- Board of Advisors
- President’s Circle
- Series & Programs
- Africa Insight Committee
We are pleased to introduce you to our Africa Insight Committee. With their counsel and expertise, our committee members will help us drive the initiatives necessary to unlock the potential of the sub-Saharan African market, and deliver first-class programs to our stakeholders, partners and members.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to these esteemed leaders:
Universal Weather & Aviation, Inc.
Gregory Evans is Chairman of the Board for Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. and a vocal and active advocate for business aviation. Mr. Evans has been with Universal since 1978 and currently serves as a member of the National Business Aviation Association’s Associate Member Advisory Council.
Prior to serving as Chairman, Mr. Evans served as flight supervisor for two years and Vice President, Operations Officer for 18 years. Mr. Evans earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Marketing from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
He is also extremely active in the community, supporting organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and donating the usage of Universal’s business jet to assist non-profit organizations, including the Corporate Angel Network, Impact a Hero and Operation Mend.
President - Managing Kurdistan & Libya
Marathon Oil Corporation
Dr. Adel Chaouch currently heads Marathon Oil Company’s interests in the MENA region with responsibilities for the management and the optimization of the business. He is also the chairman of the private owners of the Waha operating company in Libya and continues to act as President over Marathon Oil Kurdistan, a business that he has been overseeing since 2011, and has matured with a number of successful oil as well as significant gas exploration discoveries, sanction of development plans, early exploitation; and commercialization of oil production.
In the same time period, Dr. Chaouch also directed the opportunity team that successfully re-entered Gabon through operated and non-operated interests in deep water exploration off the Gulf of Guinea.
Dr. Chaouch was previously the director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Marathon’s worldwide activities. Dr. Chaouch was responsible for the development and execution of the company risk mitigation strategies for current and planned ventures.
He was previously the Sustainable Growth Manager for Marathon Central Africa Operations based in Equatorial Guinea. He was associated with several developments in the Oil & Gas sector of Equatorial Guinea since 1998, including the development and project management of the methanol and gas production facilities.
Prior to working with Marathon Oil Company, he held technical and managerial positions of increasing responsibilities with research, consulting and EPC companies. He worked as division manager with Raytheon E&C Company on major projects, mostly in the oil and gas sector, infrastructure development, heavy industry facilities, energy projects such as refineries, power generation facilities and pipelines, in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa and South East Asia.
Dr. Chaouch completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Physics at Saint-Louis College, Paris, France in 1990, prior to earning simultaneous masters’ degrees in Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and from the E.S.T.P., Paris, in 1991. He also earned a Ph.D. in Engineering with emphasis on deep water offshore structures in 1994 from Texas A&M University.
He is board registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He is a member of the American Society of Petroleum Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is listed in the Who’s Who of International Professionals and the national Who’s Who register of executives. He is also a director of the board of the Bilateral US-Arab chamber of Commerce
Vice President – Energy Government & Construction Services
Fred Lucha is a supply chain professional with experience in international transportation, logistics, and materials management with direct experience supporting US/NATO contractors, upstream energy development, mining operations, power generation and project freight forwarding. Fred has gained a thorough understanding of international sourcing, supply chain execution and SCM technology through implementing and operating complex import and export supply chain solutions in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America combining warehousing, air transport, sea transport, customs brokerage and SCM software. In his current role as VP for UPS, Fred specializes in the international transportation of high-value capital equipment for customers in the energy, government, construction and aerospace market sectors.
Michael B. Mizwa
Texas Children's Global Health
Chief Operating Officer
Baylor Pediatric AIDS Initiative
Michael B. Mizwa is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital. Mr. Mizwa has over 26 years experience in non-profit HIV/AIDS prevention and social services and extensive experience globally in pediatric HIV/AIDS program development, administration and management, human resources development and government relations. Mr. Mizwa is the Board of Directors Chairman of BIPAI NGOs in Swaziland, Malawi and Uganda and Board Vice Chairman of BIPAI NGOs in Romania, Botswana, Lesotho and Tanzania. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mizwa oversees the BIPAI Network operations, which has an aggregate annual budget of $42 million. Mr. Mizwa has received numerous local, state, and national awards in HIV prevention and leadership, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Price Fellowship in HIV Prevention Leadership for developing the first HIV/AIDS offender education training-of-trainers program throughout the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Prior to joining BIPAI in 2004, Mr. Mizwa spent over 17 years with AIDS Foundation Houston, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, where he served as Outreach Coordinator, Director of Education, Vice President-Community Affairs and ultimately Chief Executive Officer. In partnership with AIDS Foundation Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, Mr. Mizwa and Dr. Mark Kline founded Camp Hope in 1996, one of the country’s first and largest recreational summer camps for children living with HIV/AIDS and the camp still thrives to this day in Texas, Botswana, lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Romania. Additionally, AIDS Foundation Houston and BIPAI, under Dr. Kline and Mr. Mizwa’s leadership, teamed up to raise funds and build two Habitat for Humanity Houston homes specifically designated for families living with HIV/AIDS, at the time (2000), the first of their kind in the world.
Chief External Affairs Officer
City of Houston, Houston Airport System (HAS)
As Deputy Director of the Houston Airport System, Saba Abashawl leads the External Affairs team in the areas of Global Industry & Government Relations, Corporate Communications and International Business Development. She leads a variety of initiatives towards expanded air service in Houston that offer a greater level of connectivity for millions of Houstonians, fueling economic growth.
Saba also serves as Executive Officer for the Mayor of Houston in foreign affairs and business development initiatives. She organized trade missions to numerous countries in the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, affording Houston businesses significant contacts and joint venture opportunities.
As primary liaison with federal and state elected officials and governmental agencies, Saba is responsible for HAS’ legislative agenda and assuring the highest level of customer service for international passengers that enter the United States through Houston.
Saba earned a Masters degree in International Finance and Business from the University of St. Thomas and holds leadership positions in numerous professional industry organizations.
E > Saba.Abashawl@houstontx.gov
T > 281-233-1829
Managing Director and Head of Oil and Gas - Americas
Mr. Carlos Aguilera has been Managing Director and Head of Oil and Gas – Americas at BNP Paribas SA since February 2016.
Mr. Aguilera leads the Houston and New York oil and gas teams. He served as Vice President of Business Development for Latin America and Africa at Chevron Corp. (CVX). He managed E&P and business development organizations, pipeline gas, LNG supply and new country entry negotiations at Chevron. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s of business administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
MODEC International, Inc.
Oise Ihonde started his career at Oceaneering International where he quickly moved up to a managerial level. He has since worked for FMC Technologies, SOFEC, and currently is Director at MODEC International where he has been instrumental in acquiring over $6.5 billion worth of projects in the past 15 years.
He is an avid traveler that has shaken hands with virtually all the cultures in Africa. He has built a solid network of high profile contacts over the span of 20 years in the Oil and Gas Industry. He sits on the Board of Offshore West Africa.
Mr. Ihonde is the founder of Christian In Action Charity Organisation which is involved in African prison ministration, and aid to African refugees among other projects, and has been involved in the Medical Bridges program to Africa. He can be reached at: Oise.Ihonde@Modec.com
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