Speakers

  • Peta Metacalfe

    Peta Metacalfe

    Peter is currently the Chairman of THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA (FDA). Peter is regarded as an expert on issues effecting business in Africa; sustainable development; CSI (Corporate Social Investment); Corporate Governance; FDI (Foreign Direct Investment); LED (Local Economic Development); PPP’s (Private Public Partnerships); NEPAD (New Partnerships for Africa's Development) and now LEADERSHIP, his favorite topic. Peter is currently facilitating a host of motivational seminars on LEADERSHIP: "Leadership ... The key to Service Delivery" which is essential for an investment climate which is imperative for Local Economic Development. "Leadership ... The key to Project Management" which is essential for implementing projects, no matter how insignificant. He was an active participant to the Advisory Board for the OECD-NEPAD - Africa Investment Initiative for Growth and Development, where he endeavored to contribute on behalf of the People of Africa. As such, his contributions are now sought after in many people-driven summits and events.

    Biography

    As Project Quality Assurance Engineer, during the construction of a number of coal-driven power stations in South Africa, Peter was exposed to most trades and professions while developing quality procedures used in the construction process.

    The vision he had of "connecting" Africa, led to the 'birth' of Info Africa in 1992.

    After establishing this concept, Peter was once again exposed to empowering and capacitating of our people, as a consultant for the then Northern Province Department of Housing (South Africa), preparing quality procedures for low-cost housing. His passion to address sustainable development needs in Africa became an obsession.
    Peter, in his then capacity as a business consultant, assisted emerging PDI's (Previously Disadvantaged Individuals) with realisation of their vision and the establishment of these PDI's in business. He holds the title as an accredited assessor for the South African Business Excellence Foundation. This knowledge he now willingly shares with others.

    In 2003 Peter received an award from the Minister of Social Development in South Africa, Dr. Zola SKWEYIYA, for his contribution towards Corporate Social Investment.

    Peter’s expertise has made him a well-known personality in Africa. His numerous televisions, radio and print media interviews and the number of high level conferences and events he has addressed, testifies to the respect he commands in the field of Africa affairs.

    For more detail see: www.peter-metcalfe.com



  • Professor Bartholomew Nnaji

    Dr. Bartholomew Nnaji

    He is a Igbo Nigerian scientist, innovator and one of the inventors of the E-Design concept. He was born in Enugu State, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics at St John's University, and then proceeded to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for post-graduate studies.
    He joined the faculty at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1983. After a few years, he became the director and a founder of the Automation and Robotics Laboratory at the University. He was made a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in 1992. As a researcher, he focused on three major topics: Computer Aided Design, Robotics and Computer Aided Engineering. Using the knowledge he gained from his research pursuits, he created the term geometric reasoning, the idea that most things we operate has a geometric configuration. He is also credited as one of the innovators of the E-design concept.
    He is also the founder of the first indigenous owned power generating company in Nigeria and was also a former minister for Science and Technology in the country.
    He ran in the 2007 Nigerian presidential election as the candidate for the Better Nigeria Party. Click here details about him

     

  • Professor Bartholomew Nnaji

    Austen Oniwon

    Engr Oniwon is from Kogi State and is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained his first degree. He has several diplomas obtained from various institutions in the United States, United Kingdom and France. He has worked in several capacities within the NNPC group including Managing Director at the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited. He has recently been conferred with a fellowship of the Chemical Society of Nigeria and is currently the Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemicals, of the NNPC.

     

  • Diezani Alison-Madueke

    Diezani Alison-Madueke

    Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke came to limelight when she was appointed Minister of Transport in 2007. Her stay in the Transport Ministry lasted a little over a year before she was reassigned to the Ministry of Mines and Steel in December, 2008. Before the dissolution of the last cabinet, Alison-Madueke was working hard to surmount the challenges she faced at her second job at the federal level. Her appointment as the Minister of Petroleum comes with some surprise, though she was before her ministerial appointment in 2007 a top management staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and as such may be said to be in a familiar terrain.

     

  • Engr. Bahijjahtu Abubakar

    Engr. Bahijjahtu Abubakar

    Engr. (Mrs) Bahijjahtu Abubakar is the National Co-ordinator of the Renewable Energy Programme an initiative aimed at fulfilling the country's obligation as part of African strategy on emission reduction. According to her, the longEngr. (Mrs) Bahijjahtu Abubakar is the National Co-ordinator of the Renewable Energy Programme an initiative aimed at fulfilling the country's obligation as part of African strategy on emission reduction. According to her, the long term renewable energy action plan for Nigeria, was to tackle the challenges of moving towards clean, reliable, secure and competitive energy supply. the objectives of the programme includes, "Developing and implementing strategies that will achieve a clean, reliable energy, supply and establish mechanism, to develop the sector, based on International best practices, to showcase viability for private sector participation." and setting up and implementing integrated Renewable Energy Programmes that are expected to provide inputs to national sustainable development and agenda to meet the following targets: National Agenda on emission reductions, Millennium Development Goal, Vision 20:2020 Environment sub-sector, Clean Development Mechanism and achieving Federal Government's programme on development of alternative sources of energies, that are clean and sustainable," The National coordinator’s mandate is to augment the rural poverty alleviation, the Renewable Energy services, generation of local employment, local capacity building, market development and local and global environmental benefits.

     

  • Ohene Akoto

    Mr Akoto holds a PGDip in Agriculture administration and Plant Science and another degree in Social Studies. He has nearly 10 years experience working in agriculture, food security, rural development economics and Data Management and Business Continuity. He also has significant investment experience in Ghana farming. Travelled extensively under UN  and South –South Cooperation funding to various bio energy Projects in the world including, Brazil, India, Tanzania, Mali, Sweden, Germany, Italy, USA and many more. He also is a frequent speaker on major conference related to sustainability, Bioenergy, Food security and water usage.

     

  • W. I. OKONKWO Ph.D

    There is food crisis world over today. It is no secret that the challenge facing the world now is fundamentally how to reverse the agro-economic downward trend that affected the world in the recent time. For successful agricultural production there must be a way forward. The best way to start the war against poverty is increase in agricultural production. There must be new design road map. This design road map must need radical innovation and different ways of thinking that will ensure efficiency in agricultural production activities.

     

    The possible way forward is the use of clean energy in agricultural production systems. Zero emission agricultural production is an initiative into the use of renewable energy in agricultural production. In this case environment becomes an important consideration. This paper focuses on sustainable agricultural development and environmental protection through eradication in carbon emission. Anything that is harmful either to the soil or the surrounding is eliminated in zero emission agricultural production. The practice discourages the use of inorganic fertilizer in farming cultivation. This is because environment is seen as the most important capital in agro processing. It involves the recycling of animal and plant wastes in the process. Nothing is wasteful.

     

    A waste at one point is useful at the other point. Animal droppings and plant residues are decomposed and ploughed back into the ground for plant growth. This is a new revolution in agricultural production. Power is generated from the wastes through biogas technology. Solar energy is used for crop drying and electricity generation. Zero emission agriculture eliminates environmental pollution and enhances the environment. It increases the production capacity through energy generation. It also ensures that future energy generation’s right to a healthy and productive environment is not compromised. Studies showed increase in yield and sound friendly benign environment is achieved using zero emission agro practices.  This paper presents the innovation experience over the years on zero emission farming drawn from practical experience from integrated renewable energy National Centre for Energy Research and Development (NCERD), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, agricultural farm. Incorporation of zero emission agricultural practices into the nation’s agricultural system will boost the sector furthermore the countries socio-economic growth.

     

  • Maréchal Desmet Junior

    Maréchal Desmet Junior

    He is a CBI consultant for emerging countries on Personal Protective Equipment in accordance with European Directives 89/686/EEC - amended by the Tax Authority 93/68/EEC and 93/95/EEC and 96/58/EC and the Directive 89/656/EEC lying within the meaning Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC. To participate in, manage or otherwise have an interest in companies with a similar or related objects“Marechal is a sincere leader with a large and valuable network, keeping sight on the entire picture, with an excellent performance as a negotiator, coach and diplomat.” Desment has visited more than 60 Countries in the course of this assignment.

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