African Energy Association hosts Leadership Awards dinner

On August 5, the African Energy Association hosted its much-anticipated Africa-US Leadership Awards Dinner to bring African and American energy sector leaders together and to honor several of its outstanding figures. Two members of the United States Congress, Representative Karen Bass and Representative Gregory Meeks, were recognized for their unflagging support for expanded trade with and investment in Africa.

In addition, two private sector leaders – Benedict Peters, Executive Vice President of Aiteo Group, and Dr. James Mwangi, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Equity Bank Group – were honored for their impressive individual achievements: under their guidance, their respective companies have become market leaders driving innovation and progress far beyond their industries and national borders.

Over 200 attendees listened to remarks from Pam Namai, the Managing Director and CEO of the African Energy Association, former Congressman J. C. Watts, Jr., Christopher Smith of the US Department of Energy, and H. E. Dr. Neil Parsan, the Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States.

One theme resounded throughout the evening: the great opportunities that Africa offers to American companies that are willing and able to (1) leave behind outdated ideas and ways of doing business, (2) take the time to understand the great variety of business cultures throughout Africa, and (3) create lasting partnerships with African companies.

The African Energy Association is proud to support these goals as it works with its members to create a brighter future for Africa.

Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources to Address the Inaugural African-US Leadership Event

Bridging the Intercontinental Leadership Divide: African Energy Association to Host Inaugural African-US Leadership Awards Dinner in Washington, DC

“Africa is the untold story, and could be the big story, of the next decade,” says Muhtar Kent, CEO, Coca-Cola. And, regarding energy, he couldn’t be more correct.

On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 The African Energy Association will take its place on the world stage by hosting its inaugural African-US leadership awards dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, highlighting the over $300B business opportunity in the energy sector in Africa. This highly anticipated event will commemorate the renowned accomplishments of awardees Representative Gregory W. Meeks(NY/D), Mr. Benedict Peters, Executive Vice President of Aiteo Group, and Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director, Equity Bank Group, who have each been instrumental in tackling Africa’s energy challenges and championing global interfacing with the continent. The blue ribbon host committee is chaired by Pamela T. Miller, President & CEO of Summit Global Strategies, Ltd.

This event coincides with the Obama administration’s historic US-Africa Leaders Summit, which will focus on the importance of supplying energy to the growing economies of Africa, creating jobs in the United States and Africa, and fostering economic opportunities for American and African businesses alike. Washington, D.C. will witness the gathering of Heads of State from 45 countries throughout Africa; CEOs and executives representing corporations in the energy, finance, and technology sectors; and thought leaders from around the globe who are committed to advancing a progressive bilateral economic agenda.

Renowned Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Diezani Alison-Madueke will attend and address the gathering. Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, Mr. Christopher Smith will also give remarks.

Among the confirmed attendees are several dignitaries, including members of the diplomatic corps, a cadre of distinguished African Ministers, CEOs of technology, energy and finance companies, and U.S. policy makers.

The invite only event will begin with a press conference at 5:00 pm, followed by a 6:30 pm reception, dinner, and the awards program.

For more reservation and tickets, contact: Peter Costolanski, or at 202.315.4251

For Press inquiries contact: Katina Joy Rojas at 646.337.9662