Dr. Pam C. Sitienei

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Pam NamaiAs the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the African Energy Association and Director of Foreman Holdings, Ltd, Sitienei brings more than 10 years of multi-faceted experience in government relations, foreign relations, international trade, financial services, energy, commodity trading and negotiations. Culturally astute and discerning in her approach, Pamela has an extraordinary track record for structuring complex deals around the globe with major corporations, governments and high-ranking officials. Her ability to nimbly operate in various business capacities has persuasively broadened her reach across continents and industries. Multilingual, Sitienei has easily afforded herself a seat at the global roundtable.

An entrepreneur at heart, Sitienei envisions the African Energy Association’s role as the most influential, effective and independent non-profit organization serving as the voice of energy in Africa. In her capacity as Founder and CEO, she is actively engaged in comprehensive oversight, including short and long-term strategic planning, marketing, quality assurance and financial management.

During her tenure as the Government Relations/Federal Affairs Specialist at the American Gas Association (AGA) on Capitol Hill, she gained exposure to policy issues in natural gas and actively liaised with the federal government, to include the executive and legislative branches.  Additionally, she developed an impressive wheelhouse of expertise in areas such as Federal Election Committee laws and regulations, PACs, election cycles, legislative processes, political contributions and disbursements, lobbing, disclosure and reporting.  Outside of her traditional duties at the AGA, Pamela managed the legislative outreach congregation, including legislative forums and supported the Vice President in fundraising. She was also responsible for the preparation, forecasting, monitoring and tracking of the department’s $1 million dollar budget.

Prior to joining AGA, Pamela spent four years at Zurich North America/Zurich Financial Services. She supported the Vice President’s efforts to lobby, build coalitions and sustain relationships with different multi-lateral institutions including, International Finance Corporation, OPIC, World Bank – MIGA and International Monetary Fund. As the manager of the Government & Industry Affairs, she developed business relations with emerging markets; defined project scope, goals and deliverables, which supported the company’s business goals in collaboration with senior management & stakeholders. She interpreted and ensured consistent application of organizational policies; negotiated contracts, maintained financial records and managed a $5 million dollar budget for the department.

Sitienei serves as a strategic consultant to several energy companies throughout Africa and is certified by the Association of Government Relations Professionals. She received her doctorate from My Life Bible University.

Steve Hirsch

Renewable Energy Expert

Steve is an electrical engineer with over 30 years of energy-related experience in Africa. He’s worked on geothermal and other renewable energy projects for US and international government agencies including USAID, US Dept. of Energy, US Trade and Development Agency, World Bank, United Nations Development Program and host country governments (Uganda, Djibouti, Morocco, Burundi). He lived 14 years in Africa, including in the Ivory Coast, Guinea, Morocco, Djibouti, Uganda, Burundi, and Ethiopia, managing renewable energy projects (geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, energy efficiency). He initiated organization of the first East Africa Regional Geothermal Conference in Nairobi in April 2003 and prepared country geothermal summary documents for the Conference. He worked from 2006-12 as VP for New Business Development for Geothermal Development Associates, based in Reno, Nevada, before becoming Director for the startup of the USAID-GEA East Africa Geothermal Partnership (EAGP) in Washington DC. He recently completed work for the EAGP Program as Senior Technical Advisor.

Mr. Dayo Adeshina

Board Director

Mr. Adedayo Olufunmilade Adeshina is the Managing Director of Strategic Energy Limited , Lagos , Nigeria.  He had his primary education at St Mary’s private school Lagos, secondary education at St Gregorys College Lagos and Irwin Academy, Leicester . He is a graduate of Business and Finance from University of Wolverhampton (formerly Wolverhampton Polytechnic). He has attended various LPG courses at the College of Petroleum, Oxford; this includes LPG Economics, Supply, International trading, Shipping contracts and Price Risk Management.  An LPG expert and passionate environmentalist , he has over 25 years experience in various industries, which includes Oil & Gas,  Power & Telecommunication,

He currently serves as a director in Hydrocorp Limited, Contact Solutions Nigeria Limited, Gaztrade Limited, Gaz logistics Limited, Gas Terminalling & Distribution Ltd , and the Chairman of Caproco International Nigeria , a local arm of a Canadian international Corrosion monitoring and control  company.

He is currently the President of the Nigerian LPG Association, (NLPGA ) and an Industry council member of the World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) and a member of the  Energy Institute , London.

Mr. Barry Adedamola

Board Director

Barry AdedamolaHe has extensive working knowledge of projects, activities and political climate of the E&P industry in West Africa and a solid experience in assisting clients with problem solving, strategic planning, and market development. He was the former Director for Global Oil Markets at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), a leading consulting think-tank renowned for its global expertise on the economics, geopolitical and fundamentals shaping energy markets worldwide. He is also the advisor to several multinational companies on International market strategies

Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

Board Director

Karima serves as a Senior Advisor to the African Energy Association and Women In Energy For Africa (WEFA).

She is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WordSmithRapport™, a boutique consulting firm specializing in delivering professional development services worldwide. She consults individuals and organizations on the dynamics of complex communication and high performance leadership competence and brings more than two decades of comprehensive, blue chip experience in law, business, and academia to the field of professional development. A testament to the efficacy of her skills and experience, Karima serves as an expert advisor to numerous corporate boards, both nationally and internationally. Her shrewd ability to identify nuances and empower clients to achieve greater purpose is what makes Karima an indispensable asset in today’s global economy.

Prior to founding WordSmithRapport™, Karima spent more than a decade working exclusively with corporate litigation based firms where she focused on corporate compliance, commercial transactions, and complex foreign litigation. Introduced to the world of complex litigation while clerking for the late Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., she learned to manage voluminous caseloads and developed an affinity for resolving high-stakes disputes. For the past nine years she has served diligently as a trusted advisor to the Lawyer Assistance Committee for the Lawyer Assistance Program of the District of Columbia Bar, a confidential program that provides assistance to lawyers, judges, and law students who experience problems that interfere with their personal lives or their ability to serve as counsel or officers of the court.

Bilingual, Karima speaks both Spanish and English fluently. Her foreign language skills have allowed her to perform a variety of highly specialized tasks across industries, including foreign and domestic litigation, academic instruction, and clinical research for the University of California Davis Medical Center and the California School of Professional Psychology.

Karima is Cornell Education Fellow, received her Bachelor degree from the University of California, Davis and her law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law.

Mr. Anthony Onianwah

Board Director

Anthony OnianwahAnthony Onianwah, President & CEO, Apex Petroleum Corporation (APC); a leading provider of gasoline and petroleum products, and a pioneer of its unique “Apex Branded” state-of-the art fuel management system.  Onianwah has over twenty years of professional experience and expertise in supply chain management, productivity enhancement, process optimization and international operations.

As an astute business man, Onianwah’s ability to create and maintain strategic alliances in lateral integration between distributors has increased sales and distribution for the company projected at several millions of U.S. dollars within a five-year period.  Currently, Apex is implementing 35% of President Obama’s Stimulus Package for Energy (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) supporting infrastructure projects during the recession to create jobs and promote investment.

Onianwah has a knack for international business development initiatives – outside the oil sector – diversifying trade activities in the United States, Eastern Europe, and Africa.  His business leadership approach includes the ability to identify and resolve problems, forecast sales trends, and improve upon core competencies and business strategies.

Onianwah received a “National Leadership Award of the National Republican Congressional Committee” in recognition of his outstanding service commitment and promotion of a pro-business agenda in tax reform and fiscal responsibility.   He has also received awards from two of Maryland State’s Governors: Robert L. Ehrlich and his incumbent, Martin O’Malley who honored Apex Petroleum as the “Minority Business Enterprise Energy Company of the Year” in 2008.  Additionally, APC received the “All Stars of Small Business” award from Bank of America in 2002.  In recognition of Onianwah’s professional accomplishments, he was hosted by the British Ambassador to the US who organized a roundtable with top companies to offer business incentives and discuss expanding Onianwah’s APEX Petroleum to the United Kingdom.

Onianwah received his Advanced Studies in Economics at the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Howard University. In addition, he received a Business Management Certification from the British Petroleum U.S. Marketing Training Center in Chicago, Illinois and a Professional Petroleum Marketer Certification from the Energy Management Institute in New York, New York.