Africa Virtual Energy Forum

Join us this August for a packed agenda of market updates and the latest insights on Africa’s oil and energy markets. Our respected speakers will be on-hand to share their analyses and discuss key issues with you.

This forum will be presented in English with simultaneous French translation available. 

Focus areas:

- Trade flow evolution in Africa
- Regional and global benchmark usage
- LNG and natural gas markets
- Outlook on refined products
- Africa’s energy transition evolution

Who attends?

• Senior leaders from the world’s IOCs, NOCs and Independents
• Crude, product & Energy traders, brokers and analysts
• International Refiners & Petrochemical producers
• Terminal, storage and tanker operators
• LNG suppliers, traders, users
• Ship owner/operators
• Regulators and government officials
Private banks, investment banks and financial advisories
Risk managers, product controllers and finance managers


Wednesday, August 4, 2021
      • 10.00 AM Welcome and opening remarks
        Snapshot - Global Crude Market today
        Evolution of the Brent complex
        Update on key global crude benchmarks
      • Vera Blei, Global Director, Oil and LNG Markets, S&P Global Platts
      • 10:20 AM   West Africa and the increasingly competitive light, sweet crude market

        African crude values before, during, and after COVID-19
        Regional crude production update and flows outlook
        Can Africa process more of its own supply?
      • John-Laurent Tronche, Market Engagement Manager, S&P Global Platts
      • 10:50 AM   Intra-Africa refined products trade flows and the prospects for local benchmarks
        Land transportation, aviation fuels update, and the fall-out from COVID-19
        Regional flows to East-South Africa
        Key methodology changes for transportation fuels
        Key market trends in European transportation fuels
        West Africa as a key arbitrage destination for European oil products

        Francesco Di Salvo
        , Associate Editorial Director, Clean Refined Products, S&P Global Platts
        Jonathan Nonis, Associate Editorial Director, S&P Global Platts

      • 11:20 AM   Refreshment break
      • 11:35 AM   LNG and natural gas - stepping stones to a greener Africa?
        What do the 2020s have in store for global LNG markets?
        Africa's role in the global LNG trade flows - new era or a missed opportunity?
        What to expect next from North Africa's flourishing natural gas trade
        LPG as a transitory and competitive fuel – regulations and infrastructure driving adoption
      • Dozie Nzeogu, Market Analyst - NGL and Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
        Luke Cottell, LNG Analyst, EMEA, S&P Global Platts
      • 12:05 PM   PANEL DISCUSSION: Africa's future energy mix

        Eklavya Gupte
        , Senior Editor, S&P Global Platts
        Francesco Di Salvo, Associate Editorial Director, Clean Refined Products, S&P Global Platts
        John-Laurent Tronche, Market Engagement Manager, S&P Global Platts
      • 12:45 PMClose of conference


Vera Blei Vera Blei
Editorial Director, Oil and LNG Markets, S&P Global Platts

As Global Director of Oil Markets, Vera is responsible for crude oil and refined product price assessments and oil market reporting around the world at S&P Global Platts. Prior to that, Vera was Content Director –Metals at Platts, responsible for ferrous and non-ferrous metals pricing, news and analysis globally. Previously, Vera launched a real-time steel news and price assessment service at Metal Bulletin and was named Steel Journalist of the Year 2016 by the World Steel Association. Earlier, Vera worked in pricing, news, marketing and business development roles across different energy markets (power, gas, LNG, coal, emissions, crude oil) for organizations including Platts, Gas Strategies and NYMEX. Vera has worked as a freelance journalist in Germany, the UK and Russia.

John-Laurent Tronche John-Laurent Tronche
Market Engagement Manager, Europe and Africa, S&P Global Platts

John-Laurent leads S&P Global Platts’ cross-commodity editorial engagement efforts in Europe and Africa, based in London. John-Laurent previously led the Americas crude oil and Americas residual fuel oil and bunker fuel teams from Houston. John-Laurent joined Platts in 2010 and has also reported on refined oil products, electric power and natural gas.

Francisco Di Salvo Francesco Di Salvo
Associate Editorial Director, Clean Refined Products, S&P Global Platts

Francesco is Associate Editorial Director, European & African Clean Products. At Platts, he has been covering the refined product markets since 2013 and currently leads the middle distillates price reporting team. Prior to joining Platts, Francesco analysed the upstream oil and gas markets, with field postings in Nigeria, UAE, Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where he followed the nascence and consolidation of the hydrocarbons industry.Francesco holds a BA from the University of Bologna and an MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Luke Cottell Luke Cottell
LNG Analyst, EMEA, S&P Global Platts

Luke Cottell is an Analyst with S&P Global Platts Analytics, specializing on the European, Middle Eastern and African gas and LNG markets. Luke focuses on market fundamentals pertaining to both the short and long-term outlooks, developing country level models across the region and ensuring alignment between the global LNG and European gas forecasts. Before joining Platts, Luke was a cross-commodity analyst within the global market’s research team at Natixis. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geology from Imperial College London, receiving first class honors.

Eklavya Gupte Eklavya Gupte
Senior Editor, S&P Global Platts

Eklavya Gupte is Senior Editor, EMEA Oil News, with a special focus on the African oil markets and is also part of the S&P Global Platts OPEC team. Based in the London office since 2011, he has also covered the crude oil and refined products markets in Europe and Africa. He has extensively travelled to Africa reporting on the changes in the African oil sector in the last five years.

Eklavya has more than 10 years’ experience reporting on the global oil markets. Eklavya has also attended and reported on the OPEC meetings and other major news events. He is also a regular interviewee on global news channels. Previous work stints have been at Dow Jones Newswires, Argus Media, Euromoney, Time Out Mumbai, Channel V India and Percept Advertising.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mass media from the University of Mumbai, India, and a master’s degree in journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London, England.

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Download the brochureDemonstrate your strengths, raise your company profile, and maximize your ROI as we bring key industry players and decision-makers to you. At the S&P Global Platts Africa Virtual Energy Forum, each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their products and services, and distinguish themselves from the competition. We offer a full range of opportunities and packages, and can even tailor solutions to suit your needs.

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Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Irina Bondareva, Commercial Partnerships Manager, at +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].

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