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Opening Ceremony

Monday, 12 September 2022, 5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.  |  Tunis, Tunisia

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The grand opening ceremony of the MEDiNA conference will focus around the theme of ‘New Exploration Opportunities and Energy Resource Challenges’. The ceremony will start with an opening keynote by the Mr Abdelwaheb Khammassi, Conference General Chair and President and CEO, ETAP, followed by a ministerial address by the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines, H. E. Mrs Neila Nouira Gonji,. This will then be followed by 2 keynote speeches by Mr.Tristan Aspray, Director, Frontier Exploration, ExxonMobil and Mr. Eric Schmid, Associate Director, S&P Global Commodity Insights.


Opening Address
Dalila Chabbi-Bouattour, Conference General Chair and President and CEO, ETAP

Dalila Chabbi-Bouattour holds a Masters in Accounting Management from the Institute of High Commercial Studies of Carthage (IHEC) in June 1985. With more than 35 years of experience in the accounting and finance and more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry, she was involved in many positions and acquired a good and long experience in finance and management standards. She was recently appointed as ETAP’s Chief Executive Officer, the first woman in this high management position.

Since April 2018, Mrs. Chabbi-Bouattour was appointed as ETAP's Chief Finance Officer (CFO). Meanwhile, she occupied many managerial positions within ETAP like Central resources manager, Finance manager etc.

Mrs. Chabbi-Bouattour integrated ETAP in January 1991 as an Auditor within the Association Audit Service. From 1995 to 2012, she worked in different entities of the Finance Department (Treasury then Finance). From December 2012, she was in charge of the ETAP’s Finance Department. Parallel to her position, she represented ETAP in many board of Directors of ETAP’s joint companies or sector enterprises (CTKCP, Sergaz…).

Thanks to her long career inside ETAP and the continuous contact with international oil and gas companies’ representatives and, the most important, the straight collaboration with national managing authorities (DGH, Ministries responsible for energy and Finance, the central Bank of Tunisia, the energy state-owned enterprises, the Presidency of Government…) allowed her to shape management skills adapted to the energy sector.

Ministerial Address
H. E. Mrs Neila Nouira Gonji, Minister of Industry Energy and Mines

Mrs. Neila Nouira Gongi was born in September 18, 1959 in Tunis. She is married and has 2 children. She is in charge of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy since October 2021.

Mrs. Nouira Gongi graduated in 1985 from the National School of Administration of Tunis as a Public services Advisor (“Conseiller des Services Publics”) and from the National Institute of Defense in its 23rd Promotion.

She served as a Responsible of Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation within the Ministry of National Economy, where she was the permanent representative in the negotiations with the European Commission and also the World Trade Organization. In 1995, she was named Director of International Cooperation within the Ministry of Industry and then, from 2003 to 2006, General Director of Industrial Strategies within the same institution. From 2006 till 2021, she was appointed as CEO of Monastir-El Fejja Competitiveness Pole (MFCPOLE).

Mrs. Nouira Gongi has accumulated an extensive work experience in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and also in implementing industrial development strategies. Her last position as CEO of MFCPOLE allowed her to develop, under a public and private partnership scheme, the components of the competitiveness pole, including Monastir Technopark for Textiles and Materials. This was also the occasion to put into practice specific know-how on Technoparks management, research, innovation facilitation, clusters governance and technology startups assistance.

Her complementary skills and trainings cover the fields of negotiation management, certificates of origin, innovation management, Intellectual Property, policy evaluation, management of European projects… Finally, she was also an active member of several professional associations, among them: the ‘Tunisian Technoparks Association’, which she presided for eight years.

Keynote Address
Eric Schmid, Associate Director, S&P Global Commodity Insights

Eric Schmid will be speaking on: "The Role of the Mediterranean in Meeting Today’s Energy Challenges"

Eric Schmid is associate director in the saharan Africa team of the Commodity Insights group at S&P Global. Eric is primarily responsible for editing and reporting oil and gas related information in north and west African countries for the company’s GEPS publication. Prior to this position he was sub-saharan Africa area coordinator for GEPS, focused primarily on Gulf of Guinea countries. A geologist, Eric holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining IHS Markit (now part of S&P Global) in 2000, he worked as senior geologist for South African mining company Randgold.

Eric speaks English, French and German.

Keynote Address
Tristan Aspray, Director, Frontier Exploration, ExxonMobil

Tristan Aspray will be speaking on: "The North African Hydrocarbon Industry in the Wider African Perspective"

Trıstan Aspray was educated in England, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from Cambridge University in 1992 and a master’s degree in Basin Evolution and Dynamics from London University in 1993.

Trıstan joined Esso Exploration and Productıon UK Limited in 1994 as a Petroleum Geologist, workıng on Central North Sea fields. In subsequent assignments he has worked on exploration and development projects in a variety of areas, including the Gulf of Mexico, Libya, Egypt, Vietnam and Russia. In 2008 he became an Upstream Advisor to ExxonMobil's Management Committee in Dallas, Texas. Tristan was then seconded into XTO Energy, which was acquired by ExxonMobil in 2010. In 2011 he returned to the United Kingdom to take on the role of Europe Exploration Operations Manager, in which his portfolio ranged from onshore shale gas in Germany and Poland to deep water exploration in the Romanian Black Sea.

In July 2015 Tristan assumed the role of Exploration Vice President for the Europe / Russia / Caspian region, and added the Asia Pacific / Middle East regions to his area of responsibility in 2016. In April 2019 he moved into the role of Vice President, Research and Technology Development for the Upstream, and has been Director of Frontier Exploration since April 2022, leading a global team tasked with identifying, capturing and drilling exploration opportunities in new areas for the company.

Tristan is a member of the Geological Society and has served on the advisory boards of the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme (CASP) and the University of Texas Energy Institute. He is married with two children, and his interests include hiking, kayaking, history and wildlife photography.


Opening Ceremony
Laico Tunis Spa and Conference Center
Mohamed V Avenue, Human Rights Square
Tunis, Tunis 1001