bringing business to business
of oil company delegates would attend the forum again if invited
rated the one-to-one meetings format highly or very highly
of supplier companies left the forum with new leads/ new clients
PetroForum Africa 2017 was marked by the bringing together of both Africa’s oil giants and younger independent fuel retailers. This unique mix ensured that panel discussions on security, health & safety, and changes in IT had a wide range of perspectives to draw from.
With 32 countries represented by a total of 144 delegates, the event took on a truly international flavour. ‘The fact that companies from different parts of the globe participated in this forum is a major positive that enhances the profile of this event,’ said Tshegofatso Maetle (Shell).
Matthew Orton from Engen, commenting on the 589 one-to-one meetings that took place over the two-day forum, noted that it was great to ‘catch up face-to-face with some old faces, meet new faces, and discover new products’. Rocco Strydom (Elegant Fuel) agreed, saying that ‘there is no replacement for face to face business, to rub shoulders with oil giants and multinational service providers… engaging in meaningful dialogue that drives the very nature of the industry’.
On the education front, the conference saw Scott Cilento (Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Platinum Partner) deliver an engaging presentation on leveraging forecourt technology investment through analytics, whilst Jeannot Bruggeling (Bever Innovations, Gold Partner) spoke of connecting forecourts with EOS technology. Remarking on the suppliers attending PetroForum, George Ammuthan Lonappan (Mountmeru) said: ‘I learned a lot from the different service providers, and it will definitely help us to keep on growing our business’.
Oil Companies in attendance included BP South Africa, National Oil Company of Kenya, Ghana Oil Company, MRS Oil and Shell. International suppliers present included Implico, GIR, Orpak Systems, Bertotto Boglione SA, Petrotec and PetroBrand.
Journalist and Presenter
Chair, Iman Rappetti, Journalist and Presenter
Iman Rappetti is an award-winning journalist and has more than fifteen years’ experience in online, print, radio and broadcast journalism. She has covered stories from the Middle East to Africa and the US, with politics as her main focus. Iman is currently the co-host of News Night of eNCA and anchor of Power Talk on Power FM.
General Manager, Retail and Property, Sasol
Panellist, Mohamed Carrim, General Manager, Retail and Property, Sasol
Mohamed is responsible for the strategic business portfolios of Property Acquisitions, Franchise Recruitment, Retail and Convenience operations nationally and across Southern Africa. His extensive marketing experience has been gained with Sasol Oil and Exel Petroleum, along with Harvard Business School (USA), Oxford Princeton (UK) and the Gordon's Institute of Business Science (SA).
General Manager, Puma Energy Angola
Panellist, Huub Stokman, General Manager, Puma Energy Angola
A business leader with a proven track record in delivering improved business performance and large scale business transformations. Huub held different international positions at BP and is now General Manager at Puma Energy Angola.
Head of Sales, OVH Energy Marketing
Panellist, Babafemi Olabiyi, Head of Sales, OVH Energy Marketing
Babafemi is responsible for leading OVH Energy Marketing’s portfolio of retail, commercial, industrial, marine and aviation units. His significant experience in the downstream oil and gas industry in Nigeria and West Africa was gained with Texaco, Corlay S.A. Cameroon, Sagas Energy Co. Ltd and the Dangote Group. Babafemi began his career in FMCG at Pfizer, GlaxoWellcome and Nestle.
Head of Operations, NOCK
Panellist, Ben Nduulu, Head of Operations, NOCK
An Oil & Gas professional with over eighteeen years of experience out of which ten years is in senior management level. Areas of expertise are Operations and logistics, Marketing and Business Development functions at strategy development level.
Vice President - Service Operations, Insite360 FuelQuest
Speaker, Scott Cilento, Vice President - Service Operations, Insite360 FuelQuest
Focus on Insite 360. How to leverage your Forecourt Technology investment through analytics
Scott Cilento has years of experience directing operations in a technology-based business or government enterprise. Prior to joining FuelQuest in May of 2000, Scott worked for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center where he directed the preparations for space shuttle launches. His education and work experience include organizational design, ISO 9000 certification, and continuous process improvement program management. Scott earned his BS in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University and his MS in engineering management from the University of Central Florida.
Commercial Director / Co-Owner, Bever Innovations
Workshop Leader, Jeannot Bruggeling, Commercial Director / Co-Owner, Bever Innovations
Connect your forecourt with EOS technology
EOS technology® creates an automatic network that enables wireless communication between all Bever Innovation LED products via the new EOS® app. The new technology keeps companies informed on their products’ updates and technical details, all accessible via Wi-Fi or secured network on site.
As a manufacturer of intelligent outdoor LED lighting products and LED information systems with a 100% focus on petrol retail, Bever Innovations is the market leader in intelligent LED lighting solutions for petrol stations. Bever Innovations is represented globally and supplies its products in over 61 countries to many clients including Shell, BP, Q8 and Total.
Sasol Limited is an integrated energy and chemical company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company was formed in 1950 in Sasolburg, South Africa, and is the world's first oil-from-gas company. It develops and commercialises technologies, including synthetic fuels technologies, and produces different liquid fuels, chemicals and electricity.
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