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H.E  Fafa sanyang

Minister of Petroleum and Energy
The Gambia

H.E. Honourable Fafa Sanyang has been the Minister for Petroleum and Energy in The Gambia since 2017 . H.E Sanyang before his current position was the Gambian Commissioner of Petroleum, and  was Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for eight years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Sierra Leone (1989), a Masters Degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University, Canada (1998), and a Masters Degree in Engineering Geology from the University of Leeds, UK (2003).

He has also completed a Diploma in Management of Petroleum Development and Operations (2004), a Certificate in International Petroleum Contracts Negotiation (2007) and an International Petroleum Management Certificate (2011).

The Honourable Minister started his career as a Geological Assistant at the Ministry of Local Government and Lands, progressing to become a Senior Geologist there before moving onto being Director at the Department of State for Trade Industry and Employment and then Commissioner for Petroleum Exploration and Production at the Office of The President of The Gambia.

Since joining the Ministry for Petroleum and Energy he has developed the Ministry of Petroleum Strategic Plan 2015 to 2020, developed the Petroleum Products Act 2016, and initiated and coordinated bilateral cooperation agreements with Senegal, Venezuela, Ghana, Morocco, Mauritania, Taiwan.

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Mike Sangter

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
Total E & P Nigeria Limited

Mike Sanggter is the Managing Director/CEO, Total E & P Nigeria Limited. Mike was before his current position, appointed Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations of Total. Prior to joining the Investor Relations team, Mike Sangster was the Managing Director of Total E&P Australia since 2010.


He has held a variety of positions in Exploration & Production within Total since 1995. Before his role in Australia, Mike was President & General Manager of Total’s Upstream subsidiary in Thailand. Other roles have included Vice President of Economics, Strategy and Planning, Vice President Business Development & Strategy for Total E&P USA, and Senior International Negotiator.


Prior to joining Total, Mike qualified as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Aberdeen and was Corporate Development Manager for Scottish Power plc.

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Stig Olav Settemsdal
Chief Technology Officer, Offshore Solutions, Siemens, Norway

Stig Olag Settemsdal is the Chief Technology Officer, Offshore Solutions at Siemens Energy. Before his current appointment, Syig was the Global Head of Technology, Drilling and Marine.. He was also Technical Manager Drilling Drives Development.

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