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International Oil And Gas Consultant To Address Young Professionals In Ghana
Posted on: 17-Jul-2012         Source: GNA
Ms Lois Laraba Machunga-Disu, a topnotch oil and gas expert and international consultant, would deliver the keynote address at the Quarterly Transformational Seminar scheduled for Coconut Groove Regency Hotel in Accra on Thursday, July 19.

She would speak on the topic; “Leveraging Governance Reforms in the Oil and Gas Sector to Accelerate National Economic Growth” to unearth the hidden treasures and secrets in the energy business and specifically focus on policies and strategies that could create new job and business opportunities in the oil and gas sector for the youth, young entrepreneur, professionals and the business community.

The seminar is being organised by Young Professional and Youth Coalition (YPYC), an organisation seeking transformational leadership and youth empowerment in Africa.

A statement issued in Accra today and signed by Andy Osei Okrah, Founder and President of YPYC said Lois Laraba would be addressing young professionals, the business community and policy makers on oil and gas good governance, opportunities and prospects.

It said Mr Emmanuel Armah Buah, Deputy Minister for Energy in-charge of Petroleum, would address participants on the topic; “Ghana’s Oil and Gas Industry in the Next 30 years, Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges.”

The seminar under the chairmanship of Mohammed Amin Adam Ahata, Energy Economist would attract many young professionals, industry players and high profile personalities to share knowledge and learn new things.

Ms Machunga-Disu is the Founder and Chief Executive of JAIZ Energy Limited, based in Abuja, Nigeria, and providing energy services in strategy consulting, technical services and oil and gas operations.

Lois has over 30 years total energy industry related experience and extensive and intensive training, both in upstream and downstream petroleum sector with 21 years spent with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), occupying various staff functions.

She advises the Nigerian Government on Energy and is a Consultant to the Oil and Gas Policy Commission of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), and supports development agencies in Nigeria such as DFID, FOSTER and Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBS).

Lois is a member of the Presidential Standing Committee on Resource Mobilisation for National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS), Presidential Sub-Committee on Restructuring, Constitution and Capitalisation of the new National Oil Company (NAPCON) and its subsidiaries, which produced the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in Nigeria.

She is currently a member of the Petroleum Ministerial Taskforce on the Governance and Control for all institutions of the PIB, 2012.
Lois is also a member of the Institute of Petroleum, UK, Publicity Secretary (founding member), Nigerian Gas Association, 1999, Member of Chamber of Shippers and the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).

Lois has worked in various international offices in Japan with JGC, Yokoma on new Port Harcourt Refinery Project and in the USA on major joint interest E and P development projects such as; Mobil’s Oso Condensates Development Project with Flour Daniels, Houston and Hudson Engineering-McDermott in Houston; Mobil’s 6-Wellhead Platform Projects with Petro-Marine Engineering, Houston; Mobil’s Ubit Expansion Project with Waldarmar S. Nelson, New Orleans; Chevron’s Escravos Gas Projects with Chevron Overseas, Houston; and member of the Management Team for Shell’s Gas gathering Project in Houston, USA.

She is a graduate from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria; and post-graduate Management Science at Imperial College, London, UK; and the Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Petroleum Management – with specialisation in Refining, Trading, Supply, Distribution and Gas Management at the College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford, U.K.