Committee

HONORARY CHAIRMAN

Sudhanshu Swaroop QC

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VICE PRESIDENTS

Misi Oni

Misi Oni is a lawyer with the African Development Bank in Abidjan, where she focuses on representing the Bank on private sector transactions across Africa. Misi began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in London, before joining the international law firm, Linklaters, where she specialised on oil and gas and other project finance transactions in Africa. In 2014, Misi moved to Singapore to join Mayer Brown’s project finance team. Whilst there, she established an Africa desk for the firm in Singapore, advising investors across Asia about the investment opportunities in Africa. Misi was a key member of Mayer Brown’s Global Africa Practice, representing the firm in various conferences in Africa and Asia and set-up the firm’s Nigeria-focused desk. Misi is passionate about development in Africa. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Nigeria.

Tosin Etomi LL.M. MBA, PHD (in view)

Tosin is Country Head for Sahara Energy Resource Ltd in Ghana, one of Africa's leading indigenous oil and gas firms with a global presence including the Middle east and Asia. He oversees the company's activities in the up, mid and downstream space and is team lead for the billion dollar LNG Project in the country. Tosin is a shipping expert with first-hand experience of negotiating the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard contracts entered into with an indigenous African organisation in 2014 for the delivery of 2 LPG vessels. Tosin was previously a lawyer with Nigerian law firm, George Etomi & Partners, before switching paths and joining Sahara Energy in 2009 undertaking stints in their Nigeria, Geneva and Singapore offices before moving to Ghana in 2015 as Country Head. With a strong passion for African business development and continuity, Tosin has embarked on a Doctorate Degree with a focus on succession planning in business partnerships in emerging markets.

ADVISORY BOARD

Mayen Ekong

Mayen Ekong is a lawyer with the BW Group in Singapore. Mayen advises the Group on maritime, commercial and corporate matters, with a particular focus on LNG and FSRU projects. Mayen has over 10 years experience in both corporate/commercial and maritime law and has worked on a number of significant deals including two long term FSRU charters to EGAS (Egypt) and PGPL (Pakistan) respectively, BW/Pavillion Energy joint venture, advising on various long term LNG charters, shipbuilding contract negotiations and the MWCS (Marine Well Containment System) project, established as an emergency response in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Prior to BW, Mayen worked as in-house counsel for Petronas subsidiary AET (formerly American Eagle Tankers) in both London and Singapore. Mayen holds a BA Hons in Law from the University of Hertfordshire and completed law school at the College of Law, London. She trained with AET and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (now merged with Clyde & Co). Mayen is admitted to practice law in England and is a WISTA (Women in Shipping & Trade Association) Singapore board member. She is also a member of the Women in Energy Asia group and a member of WIMAR (Women in Mining & Resources).

Norah Mugambi-Schmidt, LL.M.

Norah Mugambi-Schmidt is an associate, in the Singapore office of Mayer Brown JSM and is qualified to practice as an attorney in Kenya, New York and as a solicitor in England and Wales. She began her career in 2005 at Winston & Strawn LLP's London offices where she worked on oil and gas transactions with clients such as SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company on the first acquisition of oil and gas assets from an IOC and leading up to its admission to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchange. She moved to Mayer Brown's Singapore offices in 2015, and is one of two members of the Mayer Brown's Global Africa team focusing on Eastern and Southern Africa. She regularly advises clients and governments in the region on investments into Africa, and has been invited to speak by the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitration on managing investments risks in Africa. She was also a contributor to the book: "Sovereign Investment: Concerns and Policy Reactions"

A. Selvadurai Hallman, MBA

Selva is the Managing Director of Hutchison Consulting Pte Ltd and holds the position of Vice Chairman of Theis Precision Steel (Suzhou) Co. Ltd as well as Executive Chairman of Theis Precision Steel India Pvt. Ltd. He is a man of many years of experience and possesses keen insights about contemporary trends and developments in the Asia Pacific region. He was also actively consulting for a German steel company for 10 years and helped them acquire an investment in India that belonged to TATA Steel and also set up services centres in Singapore and China.

TREASURER

Fong Tien Miao, MBA

Fongtien Miao has over 5 years' experience in Asia's Wealth Management industry. An Associate Banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Singapore, she is responsible for delivering the firm's investing, wealth transfer, credit and philanthropic services to the ultra-high/net-worth clients in Southeast Asia.

Fongtien started her career as a financial journalist in Singapore as a Singapore Press Holdings scholarship holder, specialising on real estate and Singapore-listed Chinese companies. She was an Associate Director at Bank Julius Baer, managing the bank's marketing and communications strategies in SEA.

Fongtien holds a MSc. in Media and Communications Regulation and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BSc. in Economics, Politics and International Studies at University of Warwick. She also has a MBA from INSEAD, Fontainbleau.