Generating Economic Development through Infrastructure Investment in the Niger Delta

October 28, 2015 | Washington, DC


Welcome and Opening Session

Eniola Mafe, Programs Manager, Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation

Eniola Mafe is responsible for advocacy and outreach activities at NDPI as well as supporting the design, enhancement, monitoring and evaluation of activities both at NDPI and its implementing partner in Nigeria, the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta. Mafe joined NDPI in 2013 after serving as program manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. focusing on organizational development, entrepreneurship and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Mafe was named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, or the “99 Under 33,” by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in 2011 and one of 13 Young Africans Business/Economic Leaders to Watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine. Previously, Mafe worked at the Women’s World Banking Ghana in Accra and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. Mafe is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on economic development and women’s entrepreneurship, in Africa.

Dennis Flemming, Executive Director, NDPI Foundation

Dennis Flemming began serving as Executive Director of NDPI in 2013. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of PIND based in Abuja, Nigeria from 2010 to 2013. Most of Flemming’s professional years initially were spent in Papua New Guinea, when he was assigned by the Peace Corps to serve as Business Development Officer in the South Pacific Island nation in 1986. Two years later, Flemming helped create Income Marketing Ltd, an organization established to provide small business development services and advice.
Flemming joined Chevron in Papua New Guinea as Local Business Development Supervisor in 1992 and later on became Community Affairs Manager. In 2000, he established and managed the CDI Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to socio-economic development of rural communities near the company’s field operations. In 2004, Flemming managed the Angola Partnership Initiative and other corporate responsibility and socio-economic development programs for Cabinda Gulf Oil Company, Chevron’s Angolan subsidiary. When he joined Chevron Nigeria Ltd, Flemming spearheaded community engagement strategies including renegotiation of agreements with regional development councils.


SESSION 1: The State of Play: The Investment Enabling Environment for Infrastructure in the Niger Delta

Ambassador Robert Perry, Vice President, The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA)

At CCA, Amb. Robert Perry manages CCA’s conferences and programs to foster understanding of business opportunities in Africa and build relationships for future partnerships. He also served as managing editor of CCA’s March 2009 report: The United States and Africa – Policy Recommendations from the American Private Sector for the Obama Administration. Amb. Perry joined CCA in 2003 after a career in the U.S. Foreign Service at the Department of State, where he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs (July 2001 – December 2002) following an assignment as U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic. Ambassador Perry is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Foreign Service Association, and has served on several NGO boards.

Ambassador Joseph Chiedu Keshi, Director General, BRACED Commission

Amb. Joseph Chiedu Keshi served as the Chairman of United Bank for Africa Plc from December 22, 2013 to August 2014. He served as Vice Chairman of United Bank for Africa Plc from January 1, 2011 to December 22, 2013 and has been Director since July 2010. Amb. Keshi joined the Nigerian Public Service in 1975 and has over 35 years work experience, some of which were at the highest level of government. Apart from serving in a number of Nigeria’s diplomatic missions and heading a few, he was, at various times, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, the Presidency and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Amb. Keshi also serves as a Director of South Strategy and Chairman of Afrigrowth Foundation.

Dr. Kingsley Emu, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Delta State, Nigeria

SESSION 2: Opportunities in Power and Distributed Electricity Models for Catalyzing Investment in the Region

Andrew L. Fawthrop, former Chairman and Managing Director at Chevron Nigeria Limited, Nigeria Mid Africa Strategic Business Unit of Chevron Corporation

Andrew Fawthrop served as Vice President of International Energy Operations and Senior Vice President of Unocal Corporation, U.S.A. He was responsible for the upstream and downstream activities in the South Asia region. He focused equally on operational excellence, significant growth opportunities and government and industry relations. He held various positions of increasing responsibility of exploration activities around the world including China, Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Fawthrop served as a Director at Chevron Nigeria Limited. He served as a Member of Advisory Board of Eurasia Group. He served as a Director of Hindustan Oil Exploration Co. Ltd. from January 22, 2003 to February 2005 and served as Director of Hoec Bardahl India Limited. He was an active member of the United States Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, the Asia Society of Texas and the Houston World Affairs Council.

Fawthrop holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geology and Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Marine Geology from the University of London.

Eric Henderson, Executive Director- Infrastructure Finance Emerging Markets, SkyPower Global


Ifeoma ‘Ify’ Malo, Executive Director, Clean Tech Hub

Ifeoma Malo is an Africa energy policy expert and Executive Director of the Clean Tech Hub.

Olajuwon Olaleye, CEO KAIROS TechnoSolutions, Former Special Adviser, Ministry of Power, Nigeria

Olajuwon Olaleye  diverse 30 years of experience across management consulting, banking, enterprise solutions architecture, project management, infrastructure investment advisory and corporate Strategy. His passion is to align business opportunities with Nigeria’s development.

As the Special Advisor (Investments, Finance & Donor Relations) to the Honorable Minister of Power in Nigeria he had a mandate to pool Foreign Direct Investments to help boost the emerging privatized Power Sector. In his period of service, Olaleye to the shaping the Nigerian Electricity Market through development of smart initiatives on process optimization for the Market Operation function, modeling the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) Facility to revamp the entire electricity value chain, defining the operational dynamics of the Electricity market, especially in championing the Shadow Trading process, implementation of system control to tighten the leakages in the electricity delivery from generation to distribution and funds flow from distribution to generation to ensure the electricity market is sustainable.

Olaleye is a Fellow of ICAN (FCA), a CPA a PMP and an Executive MBA of IESE, University of Navara, Barcelona, Spain. He graduated Engineering-Physics (Nuclear & Materials Engineering specialization) in University of Ife in 1985.


SESSION 3: Opportunities and Challenges in Improving Transport Infrastructure

Mamadou Beye, Manager for International Government Affairs, Chevron Corporation

Mamadou Beye provides strategic guidance, advice and counsel to Chevron’s Africa Leadership team in support of new and existing business opportunities across Africa. He directs the implementation of Chevron’s Africa government affairs strategy and serves as corporate advisor on corporate responsibility issues in Africa. Beye joined Chevron in 1997 as a business analyst and worked in various locations in Europe and Africa and on numerous projects including the West Africa Gas Pipeline Project and the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project. Beye is a frequent speaker on African oil and gas and corporate responsibility issues. He served on the boards of directors of the U.S.-Libya Business Association, the Corporate Council on Africa and the Africa-America Institute, and is the chairman of the U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce. Beye is fluent in Bambara, French, English and Portuguese.

Lida Fitts, Regional Director- Sub-Saharan Africa, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Lida M. Fitts serves as the Acting Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa for the U.S Trade and Development Agency, where she is responsible for developing the agency's strategies and assistance activities throughout the region. In addition to her regional responsibilities, she also serves as the Telecommunications Sector Team Leader for the Agency.

Fitts has over 16 years of experience, including eight years in Africa, creating and managing international trade development program. She has travelled and worked in over 60 countries and has managed international trade capacity building projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Fitts began her career at USTDA in January 2008, and has served as the Country Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa and for East Asia. Prior to joining USTDA, she led export promotion programs in Africa and the Middle East for International Executive Service Corps (IESC). As Program Manager for Morocco, she developed export strategies for Moroccan companies that resulted in over $74 million in increased exports. Previously, as Program Manager at The Crafts Center, she advised exporters in 81 countries on how to access new markets.

Fitts holds a B.A. degree from Davidson College, speaks French and has written numerous articles on international trade.

Catherine McKalip-Thompson, Sustainability Manager, Bechtel Corporation

Catherine McKalip-Thompson is the Manager of Sustainability for the Infrastructure business unit of Bechtel, providing implementation strategies for the incorporation of sustainability concepts on infrastructure projects. From 2012-2014, she was seconded to the Gabonese National Infrastructure Agency to develop a sustainability program in the implementation of the national infrastructure master plan fulfilling Gabon’s National Sustainable Development Strategy. Previously, McKalip-Thompson was the sustainability manager for the division of Bechtel leading the implementation of Bechtel’s sustainability policy in all aspects of proposals and project execution on federal contracts. She is the Bechtel liaison to the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and sustainability representative for Construction Industry Institute, having co-chaired the Sustainability Community of Practice. She was appointed to the Frederick County Sustainability Commission and served on the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Advisory Board.  Prior to joining Bechtel, McKalip-Thompson staffed the President’s Council on Sustainable Development under the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

McKalip-Thompson holds a M.A. in International Economics, Energy and Environment from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Davis.


SESSION 4: Innovative Mechanisms for Financing Infrastructure Development

Zachary Kaplan, Director of Energy and Resources Group, DAI

Zachary Kaplan joined DAI in 2012 after several years at the World Bank Group. He offers expertise in private and financial sector development and unlocking ways to open markets to new private sector actors. Kaplan specializes in public-private partnerships in core and social infrastructure and advises multinational companies on market entry strategies, analysis and design of social investment programs, and local content development. As Director of DAI’s Energy and Resources Group, he is responsible for client relationship management and the financial and technical delivery of its prograHis experience includes working in the extractive industry advising on local content development, supply chain strengthening and enterprise development. Kaplan has advised governments on leveraging investment in natural resource production for local economic development in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Mozambique.

David Fulton, Head- USA and Canada Relations, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

David Fulton serves as Head of the USA and Canada unit at the International Finance Corporation, where he leads a program to broaden and deepen IFC relations with the U.S. and Canada. IFC is the world’s largest development finance institution focused on emerging and frontier markets. The IFC finances client firms directly and through intermediaries such as banks, leasing companies, and private equity funds. The IFC also provides a wide range of advisory services related to sustainability, inclusive business, access to finance, public-private partnerships, environment, and more.

Prior to this position, Fulton served as a career U.S. diplomat with the rank of Minister Counselor. He has more than twenty years experience supporting trade and investment interests abroad, including assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Bangladesh, Australia, Italy, Singapore, Poland, and the Philippines. He also served in Washington as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Operations and Director of Strategic Planning for the Foreign Commercial Service, and as Advisor to the U.S. Executive Director at the World Bank Group.

Fulton has a law degree from the College of William and Mary, and a Master's degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Suresh Samuel, Director in Structured Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Suresh Samuel is a Director in the Structured Finance department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation where he is responsible for underwriting, structuring and negotiating complex transactions in emerging markets.  Samuel has worked with clients in the energy, banking, agribusiness, infrastructure and microfinance sectors and has completed financings in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe.  He has also spent time underwriting investments in emerging market private equity funds. 

Previously Samuel worked in real estate investment including roles with Scala Real Estate Partners and MDC Holdings.  He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Closing Remarks

Heather Kulp, Deputy Executive Director, NDPI Foundation

Kulp joined NDPI in March 2015 as the Deputy Executive Director. Prior to joining NDPI, Kulp served as manager of public affairs for Chevron in Richmond, Calif. where she was responsible for implementing a five-year strategy designed to improve Chevron’s reputation in the community while also helping to provide leadership around issues of economic development, education and local jobs. Previously, Kulp held positions of increasing responsibility at Chevron. She served as the community engagement manager for Chevron in Richmond, responsible for developing the community investment portfolio and engaging with stakeholders throughout the area. She was community engagement advisor with Chevron’s Community Engagement Advisors group, providing strategic support on community issues to business units across the globe and later, she was responsible for developing community investment strategies and the implementation of an Enterprise-wide monitoring and evaluation system. Before joining Chevron, Kulp spent 10 years working on conflict management, community development and monitoring and evaluation. She was the country director of Search for Common Ground’s Angola office where she led a peace building and community development program recognized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State as an example of “best practices” in international development.