Energy, Extractives & Infrastructure Track

Sheila Khama


Practice Manager World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice

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As Practice Manager for the World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, Ms. Khama is responsible for a variety of programs in the Extractives unit, with a particular focus on east and southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, south Asia, Europe and central Asia, and the Extractives Global Programmatic Support Trust Fund.

Ms. Khama joined the World Bank after serving as Director of the African Natural Resources Center at the African Development Bank (AfDB). In that role she helped African countries improve their development outcomes from natural resources. Prior to joining AfDB, Ms. Khama worked for a Think Tank in Ghana, Anglo American Corporation plc, De Beers Group and First National Bank of Botswana.

A native of Botswana, Ms. Khama holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Business School.

Elekanyi Ndlovu


Head of Engineering and Project Management Pele Energy Group

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Elekanyi is a qualified engineer; she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UCT (University of Cape Town) and completed the Technology Leadership Programme. She is professionally registered (Pr. Eng.) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and is a Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (MSAIEE) and Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (M. Inst.D).

She serves on the Board of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) as a non-executive member and on the SABS Commercial Board as a non-executive director where she serves as the chairperson of the Social and Ethics committee and a member of the Finance and Investment committee. She is a board member of Phato Investment Cooperative, a communal commercial structure of common minded individuals. She is also a non-executive director for Grovest Energy, a section 12J Venture Capital Company, where she is a member of the Investment committee and the Audit and Risk committee.

She contributes to the engineering fraternity by serving as a moderator for registration of professional engineers for ECSA and co-supervising final year projects at the University of Johannesburg.

Her experience in the energy sector includes working in the oil and gas industry and the power industry on large scale infrastructure projects, brownfield projects and renewable energy projects. She has been trained internationally in the United States of America (USA) on design and has participated in international and local technical work groups for power. She is currently heading up the engineering and project management function at Pele Energy Group which is an Independent Power Producer that owns and operates 902MW of renewable energy power plants and 340MW of baseload power plants in varying stages of development.

She was awarded the Keith Plowden Young Achiever’s Award for the most outstanding young achiever in the field of Electrical Engineering by SAIEE. She is married and has two children, a boy and a girl.

Maida Waziri


CEO Ibra Contractors Ltd

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Mrs Maida is the most known woman entrepreneur in the construction industry in Tanzania. She has grown her business in a span of about 20 years from simple house renovations to putting up multimillion dollar project for the public and private sector.

She is the CEO and Managing Director of Ibra Contractors Limited that specialises in Civil and Road works as well as general construction. Maida is the reigning best woman contractor since 2011, an award she received from former 4th President of the republic of Tanzania, Hon. Jakaya Kikwete. In 2017 she has introduced new technology in building roads and houses, and hopes to become a major player in the real estate sector.

She is a hero to millions of women in Tanzania and the President of highly respected Voice of Women Entrepreneurs.

A serial entrepreneur, her entry in business was selling used clothes (mitumba). Then she established a tailoring venture which great into car seat cover manufacturing unit. Gradually she expended into livestock and fish farming, stationary, transportation and construction. Today, her flagship company, IBRA Contractors Limited is one of the most respected general contracting (construction) firms in Tanzania. Maida Waziri is a strong, vibrant and go-getter entrepreneur who has dared the male dominated sector of construction.

Khosi Sibisi


Founder & CEO Khusela Women Investments

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Khosi has BA (Social Science) from The City College of the City Universities of New York- USA, Diploma in Supply Chain Management from The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University-USA. Khosi has held executive and non-executive positions in some of the South African Blue-Chip companies like Young & Rubicam, Telkom SA, Harmony Gold, Peregrine Ltd. and Hyprop Ltd.

She is currently the CEO of WaterBearer Sustainable Development, a company that provides services to Minerals & Energy, Oil & Gas, Environmental Management, Engineering, and Construction Sectors. The company’s services ranges from Social Impact Assessment (SIA), Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Social & Labour Plans, Local Economic Development for Communities.

Khosi was a co-founder and CEO of Khusela Women Investments, a company that started coal mining operations in the Mpumalanga area and she ensured the company committed to Implementing Local Community Development Plans that would ensure that the communities around the mining operations benefit economically and socially and that the environment is protected beyond the Life of Mine.

She is a Founder and President of Yimani Foundation, a NPO focusing on the Empowerment of Women and Positive Youth Development in the mine communities. She is a Board Member of HCI Coal and Ori Professionals.

Taçiana Lopes


Legal Expert Energy, Natural Resources, Infrastructure

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Taçiana Peão Lopes, registered with the Mozambican Bar Association, with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, has more than 17 years of experience in advising developers, sponsors, investors, multinational lenders and commercial banks to develop, construct and finance power plants ranging in size from 30 MW to 600 MW and using diverse technologies such as natural gas, coal and hydroelectric, as well as alternative technologies such as solar and wind, by guiding clients through a challenging regulatory regime. She represents the major upstream oil & gas companies based in Mozambique.

Taçiana was involved in the first LNG export project in Mozambique, one of the largest LNG projects worldwide. Her expertise in LNG includes the drafting and negotiation, together with the government of the Republic of Mozambique, of the legal instruments required for the creation of a new legal framework for the implementation and financing for LNG in Mozambique.

Taciana has been involved in the major infrastructure projects in Mozambique, including investments over US$3 billion, namely public-infrastructure projects and other forms of public-private collaboration and private finance initiatives, having advised the two first PPP concessions in the country after the approval of the PPP Law and the PPP Law Regulations.

Taçiana is also a member and a mentor of the young women leadership programme within the organisation ‘New Faces New Voices’, headed by Graça Machel and with President Henriqueta Hunguana, CEO of ICC.