Meet the Visionaries: SITEI 2023 Speaker Lineup Unveiled

Meet the Visionaries: SITEI 2023 Speaker Lineup Unveiled

In just over 40 days, the Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) Conference will return for its 12th event, bringing together stakeholders, policy analysts, top government officials, sustainability experts, and the general public to discuss the critical challenges and opportunities facing the extractive sector.

The SITEI Conference isn’t just another industry gathering; it’s a pivotal convergence of stakeholders, policy analysts, top government officials, sustainability experts, and the general public. At SITEI, we believe in the power of dialogue, collaboration, and innovation to shape the future of the extractive sector

This year’s Conference will be led by a distinguished roster of speakers, including sector experts and visionaries who will hold discourse on how to align governance, policies, and practices in the extractive sector with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here is a brief introduction of some of the speakers who would be gracing the stage at this year’s SITEI Conference:

Murjanatu Gamawa serves as the Head of Business Ethics at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. She was previously the Country Manager for the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of EITI standards across Anglophone Africa. She has over 17 years of expertise in the oil and gas sub-sectors of upstream, midstream, and downstream. Her previous experience also included overseeing the NEITI Oil and Gas Audits. She has also worked as a petroleum analyst and team lead of the Oil and Gas Team at the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Her extensive experience in the oil and gas business, as well as in EITI mandate execution, is expected to strengthen the Corporation’s compliance strategy and roadmap. She holds a B.Sc. in Geology, an M.Sc. in Petroleum Geoscience, and an MBA in Energy.

Ms Beatrice Eyong is a seasoned expert in gender equality and women’s empowerment, having worked in the sector for over 35 years. She is presently the UN Women Country Representative in Nigeria, where she directs the organisation’s activities to enhance the rights and prospects of Nigerian women and girls. Previously, she served as the UN Women Resident Representative in Mali, the Head of Office in Niger, and the Eastern DRC Office Manager. She has also worked in Cameroon for the Canadian Cooperation Support Office and the UNDP as a Gender Specialist/Adviser and an Agronomist, respectively. Ms. Eyong has a Master of Science in Agricultural Extension from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, as well as certifications in Women, Extension Workers, and Agriculture from the Netherlands.

Dr. Uwem Ite is the Head of Community and Government Relations at Oriental Energy Resources Limited. He is a sustainable development expert with over 25 years of experience, including responsibilities in leading and defining sustainable development thinking and practice in the academic and corporate sectors. He is also a known Thought Leader in Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, as evidenced by his publications and conference speeches delivered at numerous fora and platforms.

Tengi George-Ikoli works as a Senior Officer with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). She is currently working on NRGI’s project “Oil Dependency in Nigeria,” which seeks to envision a world without oil. Prior to joining NRGI, she was the programme coordinator for the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter (NNRC), where she was responsible for implementing the charter, which is a set of economic global best practice principles designed to advance the interests of the Nigerian economy and its citizens in the management of the country’s natural resource endowments.

Dayo Okusami is a Partner and Co-Head of the Energy and Natural Resources practice of TEMPLARS. He has dedicated his career to TEMPLARS, assuming diverse roles both within and beyond the legal spectrum, with an experience spanning over two decades in the domain of commercial law. Dayo has a good reputation in the Nigerian market as a respected legal practitioner in the Energy, Projects, and Natural Resources industry. His experience in oil and gas law has earned him significant recognition, with endorsements from major international directories such as the Legal 500, The Clients Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms and Lawyers, the International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, and the IFLR 1000.

Deji Haastrup is the Chief Consultant and CEO of Strategic Communications Solutions. He is a director at Good Governance Africa (GGA), a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving governance performance across Africa. He has worked with international corporations such as Chevron and headed the team that created the community-driven, multi-stakeholder sustainable development model that has been praised for its success in conflict resolution and sustainable development in Niger Delta areas. He is the Executive Director of the Jewels of Africa Foundations (Africa Chapter).

Oluwakemi Ajakaiye is the Executive Director of Ampak Nigeria Limited. She serves on the board of the Nigeria Chapter of the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN-NG). She is a Chartered Environmentalist with extensive experience in business sustainability, environmental management, occupational health, safe work practices, and employee well-being. She is a Life Fellow of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), a Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA), and an active member of eleven other professional organisations. She is deliberate about mentoring and capacity building for aspiring professionals. She is a trustee of the Philipanna Foundation and a member of Women in Management, Business, and Public Service (WIMBIZ). She holds a BSc in Microbiology and an MSc in Planning Sustainable Environments.

Dr. Igazeuma Okoroba is the Group Head of Sustainability at Dangote Cement. She is an experienced Development Sociologist with experience in CSR, sustainability planning, reporting, and climate action across many industries. Her work experience spans 18 years in civil society, media, oil and gas, and telecommunications. She formerly worked for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, and IHS Towers Nigeria, where she was the Sustainability approach Manager, in charge of the company’s sustainability thought leadership approach. Dr. Okoroba holds an M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Nigeria’s prestigious University of Port Harcourt.

Dapo Omolade is the CEO of Hybrid Group. He is an international HSE Consultant with over 22 years of expertise in HSE, Project & Dangerous Goods Management administration, operations, training, and consulting for clients in the Oil and Gas, construction, manufacturing, FMCG, and other sectors. He is actively involved in ISO system creation, improvement, implementation, and certification. He has chaired a number of prominent institutions, including the IOSH West Africa Network. He is the National Coordinator of the Safety Advocacy & Empowerment Foundation (NGO) and a member of Nigeria’s technical committee on International Labour Organisation OSH Profiling. He attended Lagos Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, Columbia Southern University, and the London School of Business Finance.

Bankole Oloruntoba is the CEO of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre, a World Bank Climate Technology Partnership programme supported by the Nigerian government that focuses on the development of a viable green economy in Nigeria. The Centre has collaborated with numerous partners to build growth structures in Nigeria, including Coca-Cola Foundation, AllOn, EDC/PAU, FC4S Lagos, and GIZ, among others, to develop Green Economy startups and SME economic scale projects worth more than $3 million USD. He presently serves as the Honorary Consul of Finland in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an engagement specialist in social and business techniques with a strong background in entrepreneurial development, business growth, and innovation management. He founded the Abuja Startup Ecosystem and has assisted in the establishment of over 15 startups.

Dr. Mina Ogbanga is a member of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (NEITI) national stakeholders working group (NSWG). She has a doctorate in Development Studies. She works at the University of Port Harcourt’s Institute of Natural Resources, Environment, and Sustainable Development (INRES) and the Department of Sociology. She is a Social Science Researcher with experience in Environmental Social Work, Philanthropy, Non-Profit, Public Policy, Stakeholder Engagement, and Impact Analysis. She has also worked as a research fellow at a number of national and international organisations. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals.

Adewole Lawal is a Senior Manager of Sustainability at Mazars. He is an ESG professional with over ten years of experience in Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM), ESG Due Diligence, Sustainable Finance, ESG Strategy Development and Implementation, ESG Reporting, Needs Assessment, Impact Assessment, and Occupational Health and Safety Audit, among other things. He is an Environmental Management System (EMS) Lead Auditor (ISO 14001), Lead Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OH&SMS) Implementer (ISO 45001), Lead Risk Manager (ISO 31000), and Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance Professional (GRCP) certified. He has worked in several industries such as banking, oil and gas, energy, agriculture, and renewable energy and has experience in stakeholder engagement and sustainability strategy formulation in accordance with formulation Finance Institutions’ (DFIs: WB & IFC, Equator Principles, etc.) requirements.

These are just a few of the distinguished speakers who will be taking the stage at the 12th SITEI Conference. The full list of speakers can be found on the SITEI website.

Register for the SITEI Conference.

Here are a few thought-provoking questions that the speakers at the SITEI Conference will be addressing:

  • How can the extractive sector be aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • How can we measure and track progress towards sustainable development in the extractive sector? What are some key indicators and metrics?
  • What role can governments play in promoting sustainable practices in the extractive sector? What specific policies and regulations can be implemented?
  • What are the emerging trends and technologies that are shaping the future of sustainable extractive industries? How can we prepare for the future?

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 31 October 2023

Venue: Victoria Island, Lagos

The SITEI Conference is an opportunity to hear from leading experts on extractive sector sustainability, and to engage in thought-provoking discussions about how to build a more sustainable future for the sector. We encourage you to register in order to access the event as we look forward to seeing you there!

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