AFRICA – The African Energy Chamber has appointed Leoncio Amada Nze, Founder & CEO of APEX Industries, as its Executive-President for the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), and Eng. Elizabeth Rogo, Founder & CEO of TSAVO Oilfield Services, as its President for East Africa.

Elizabeth is based in Nairobi and will represent the Chamber across the region, including Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

Leoncio will be based in Malabo where he will act on behalf of the Chamber across all public and private sector energy initiatives in CEMAC.

CEMAC is made up of six states: Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea.

Leoncio’s appointment represents the next phase of growth of the African Energy Chamber in the CEMAC region, where it has already been active for several years.

The CEMAC region is a well-established petroleum province in Africa and one of the biggest producing region of oil and gas on the continent.

The region has been at the core of several pan-African energy cooperation efforts over the past few years, especially in the area of gas monetization, and its local services industry has been growing steadily on the back on solid but pragmatic local content regulations.

CEMAC countries are currently focusing on gas monetisation efforts to power industries and create jobs, which are key priorities shared by the Chamber and its partners.

“Leoncio brings the perfect balance of public and private sector with a strong track record of working collaboratively to resolve industry issues” said NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber.

“He understands what it takes to build a private company from the bottom up in our industry, and knows how to engage with government authorities so the interests of the industry are heard. He will be key in the Chamber’s efforts to spearhead a productive public-private dialogue in our industry, and to further promote capacity building and investment around Africa,” he added.

In his role, Leoncio will be contributing to key development priorities for the Chamber, especially developing local content and building domestic capacity, gas monetisation, empowering energy investors, and advocating for policy reforms.

“This appointment is an honour for me and I look forward to working with the most influential energy industry organization in Africa that represents all facets of the oil and gas and renewables industries,” Leoncio Amada Nze said.

“What is exciting at this moment are the initiatives and reforms that will make our industry stronger and more resilient that ever. It is time for the local and international private sector in the region to come together and advocate for the future of our industry,” he added.

Leoncio will support initiatives that ease doing business in the region, and promote investments in oil & gas and key segments of the energy industry.

He joins the Chamber after a successful career in the public sector as former General Director of State Entities at the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, and more recently as founder and CEO of private services company APEX Industries.

East Africa is also is a very diverse energy frontier and one of the most attractive for investments worldwide. It comprises both well-established oil producers like South Sudan and upcoming ones like Kenya and Uganda. It is also home to world-class gas discoveries in Tanzania, and a key promoter of gas-to-power projects and strategies.

In her role, Elizabeth will be contributing to key development priorities for the Chamber, especially when it comes to developing local content and building domestic capacity, promoting women in the energy sector, supporting entrepreneurship across the region, advocating for policy reforms and ease of doing business, and promoting investments in oil & gas and key segments of the power industry such as geothermal and renewables.

“Elizabeth is a representation of African entrepreneurship in the sector and a true expert when it comes to East Africa and local content development,” said NJ Ayuk.

“She is an inspiration for many young women in our industry, and a true pan-Africanist. She will head our activities in East Africa at a time when the region’s energy industry is entering a new era of growth and diversification and we look forward to her journey with us,” he added.

“It is an honour for me to be joining the African Energy Chamber and to give a stronger voice and representation to Kenya and the whole of East Africa in the global energy scene,” Elizabeth Rogo said.

“There is a lot to be done in our region when it comes to local content development across the value-chain and the adoption of the right policies to promote investment. I look forward to my work with the African Energy Chamber and to further contribute to the growth of our energy industry in the region,” she added.