The 2nd HERWorld Energy Forum, a global think tank that seeks to address the gender gap in the energy and extractives sector is set for 8th March to mark the International Women’s Day.
Hosted by Women in Energy and Extractives Africa (WEX) alongside Pink Petro under the theme “The Next Era of Energy: Lean In, All In, Join In” the global forum brings together energy professionals who care about the future of the energy industry and are open to new perspectives.
#HERWORLD17’s main stage will be in Houston, Texas and will be livestreamed between the 15 different cities participating this year: Denver, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, Anchorage, London, Florence, Aberdeen, The Hague, Dubai and Nairobi, Kenya which is serving as the hub for Africa.
“Kenya is honored to serve as the hub for Africa in this global event and recognize the challenges in the energy & extractive sectors must be analysed from a geo-political standpoint. HERWorld is imperative as we showcase women setting the pace in these sector. The energy challenges from a Sub-Saharan Africa(SSA) standpoint lie in its access, generation, production, management and distribution,” explained Lucky Ogutu Okudo, CEO and Founder, Women in Energy and Extractives Africa (WEX).
The Nairobi event will feature a wide range of speakers from the classroom to the C-Suite. The key speaker for the occasion is Eke Ugbaga Eke former Vice President and Group Managing Director of Schlumberger Oilfield Services, West Africa and CEO of the SpringRock Group as he shares his experience within the oil and gas industry over the last 25 years.
The event will feature panel discussions touching on topics around: Leaning into the Energy Transition and the NextGen Skillbuilding, the Fourth Industrial Revolution & Digital Transformation, Managing Career Transition & Attracting the NextGeneration and a Call to End the Gender Gap in the industry.
A total of 23 speakers have been confirmed including Brian Muriuki (Country Head of SHELL), Susan Munyori (Local Content Tullow Oil), Jacinta Okwaro (UNWomen Extractive Advisor for East and Southern Africa) and Dr. Connie Martinon – Mumma – Total E&P.
The event further signifies the world’s belief in harnessing women’s power to drive change and the immense amount of potential they have to change the continent.