Meet The Team

Simon Gosling

Managing Director
 
Simon’s role is to develop Energynet’s global business portfolio, with a specific focus on government and private investment in Africa’s power and industrial infrastructure sectors.  
 
Simon’s work with the public and private sectors in growing economies provides our clients an important inroad to explore quickly and accurately P&L structures of projects and enables investors to react quickly to market and political changes.  He is passionate about job creation and keenly aware of the many industrial sector opportunities and their role in delivering public and private sector growth.
 
Simon loves comedy, but for the life of him, cannot ever remember a joke; oh, apart from the one about that guy – you know!?

Simon.Gosling@EnergyNet.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7384 8073

Shiddika Mohamed

Group Director
 
Shiddika has extensive experience in channelling investments through the events sector and has worked closely with Governments and leading businesses across Europe, America, Asia and Africa, to achieve this.  
 
As Group Director for EnergyNet, Shiddika manages the delivery of content of the conferences and meeting’s for the ‘World Portfolio’ this includes the Africa Energy Forum, which has grown to become the largest most respected international gathering of Governments Ministers and the global energy industry in driving forward Africa’s Energy sector.  Shiddika understands the crucial need for developing energy in ‘growing economies’ to aid social and economic growth and to eliminate poverty, therefore is passionate about getting the message across. 
 
Before joining EnergyNet, Shiddika worked in global capital markets. As part of this for over 8 years she was responsible for developing and leading the world’s flagship portfolio of conferences in the currency markets. The annual conferences were held in London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore, attracting Central Bank Governors and the world’s most prominent currency investors often moving currency markets as a result of the discussions. 
 
Shiddika studied Politics at the University of Warwick in the UK, and has an interest in economic and political developments.  In her spare time Shiddika loves travelling, and is not afraid to jump on to a plane to explore destinations off the beaten track. She enjoys, hiking, hanging out with her nephews and nieces, and when she can find time curling up on the sofa with a good book or movie. 
 

Damon Thompson

Commercial Director

Damon is an experienced event sales professional with widespread experience across b2b conferences and exhibitions in the IT, Retail, Energy and Telecoms sectors. He has also worked extensively in the publishing industry, having launched successful telecoms titles for the Middle East and Africa and he also  ran his own event business for 5 years – Retail Events, launching a successful portfolio of conferences in the retail IT sector.

In addition Damon has launched a series of food and drink exhibitions in Russia and Ukraine and worked with the British government on the Britain Means Business Expo in Prague and a range of oil and gas conferences in Moscow and St Petersburg. Damon joined EnergyNet in February 2012 as Commercial Director and is responsible for all sponsorship and exhibit sales across the business and for shaping the commercial strategy for AEF, AIF and our portfolio of Powering Africa Series events.

Outside of work Damon enjoys playing tennis, acting and singing with theatre groups and a Rockaoke band and spending time with family and friends.

Damon.Thompson@EnergyNet.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7384 7957

Alex Moulds

Business Development Director

Media, Communication & Management trained Alex brings to EnergyNet over 15 years’ business and commercial experience, having managed large scale trade exhibitions and B2B conferences in industries as diverse as Design and Interiors to Logistics, Oil & Gas, Energy, Infrastructure & Construction. Having run meetings from the UK to the UAE, Nigeria to Tanzania and South Africa to Colombia Alex has visited nearly 100 cities in over 40 countries and is passionate about travel, emerging markets and the development of the worlds’ frontier economies.  

Specializing in event strategy, product development & new launches as well as business development, international sales & negotiation other key strengths include key account management, government liaisons and working with international agents, foreign embassies, trade bodies & associations. With additional experience in design, journalism and criminal law, Alex is TEFL trained and after spending a number of recent years trying, still only has a very limited grasp of the Spanish language.

In his spare time he enjoys sports, music, spending time with his son and the odd beverage with friends.

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David Green

Regional Director: North Africa

David’s role is to develop EnergyNet’s highly exciting business portfolio in North Africa, focusing on government and private investment in the power and energy infrastructure sectors.

Prior to EnergyNet, he spent 7 years managing a global portfolio of events in the Oil & Gas sector, with a particular focus on stimulating social and economic development through [international] investment in native energy resource, working extensively and launching new meetings across North and Sub-Saharan Africa.

David is passionate about the energy sector, and is driven by connecting people to facilitate trade that drives sustainable social and economic development.

David has a BA in Economics and Business from the University of East Anglia, and outside of work he enjoys travelling, climbing mountains, ocean sailing and generally enjoying the outdoors with friends, and/or dogs….

Veronica Bolton-Smith

Regional Director, East and Southern Africa

Veronica brings 13 years of commercial experience working on Sub-Saharan African trade and investment markets.  She brings to her role of Regional Director, East and Southern Africa at EnergyNet a wealth of public and private sector experience, including working in the Department for International Development (DFID), UK Houses of Parliament (both The House of Commons and The House of Lords), The Ministry of Defence, Kenya and the United Nations. This extensive experience has been further complemented through her work as a senior Business Consultant, advising FTSE 100 clients such as Vodafone, De Beers, Unilever and Shell, amongst many others, on their existing investments in Africa - as well as outlining strategic plans for growth and development, and outlining new investment opportunities and related risk issues in African markets.

Veronica understands the region very well having spent two years living and working in Kenya. She is of East African extraction, and having travelled to Africa regularly, is passionate about promoting trade through regional blocs, believing strongly in the power of trade-not-aid to raise the continent out of poverty.

Veronica works on an exciting portfolio of emerging markets in East and Southern Africa.  Veronica is also responsible for the development of the EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative and the Arts Energy Partnership, both of which look to further home-grown talent by connecting students to job opportunities in Africa, as well as identifying and supporting up-and-coming African artists.

Aside from work, Veronica  enjoys travelling, live music and getting stuck in tent zippers which she seemingly can’t get out of (see picture)!

Amy Offord

Marketing Manager

Amy has been at EnergyNet for the past four years developing the marketing department within the business. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, and key areas of interest include marketing communications, research and audience development.

Amy is also the Editor of the Africa Energy Yearbook, the official publication of the Africa Energy Forum. The Yearbook features non-commercial articles by leading industry experts and academics with a vested interest in the future of Africa's economic, industrial and social development. 

In her spare time Amy loves exploring new countries, sketching and cooking, and is also partial to the odd skydive...

Amy.Offord@EnergyNet.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7384 8068

Howard Yuchetel

Commercial Manager

Howard has been working within the events sector for the last five years with widespread experience across Retail, IT, Construction, Health Service and Aid & International Development.  Before moving in to the events sector, Howard had worked in the banking sector for 5 years.

Howard joined EnergyNet at the start of 2012 to help revolutionise the way that delegates are catered for at each of the different meeting across the year, including helping to shape the delegate strategy for Africa Energy Forum, Africa Infrastructure Forum and the Powering Africa Series, making himself an asset to the team with his boundless enthusiasm and new ideas.

Outside of work Howard is a great chap to be around, as he is always up for a laugh - that is unless you get involved in a football discussion with him about his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.

howard.yuchetel@energynet.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7384 7975.

Valeria M. Aruffo

Producer
 
Valeria joined EnergyNet in November 2014 as Marketing Assistant at first and then she joined the Production team in April 2015.  She has worked toward managing and leading the agenda for in-country meetings such as Ghana, Tanzania and Mozambique and she also works very closely with the Group Director on the annual ‘Africa Energy Forum’, the world’s leading investment summit for Africa’s power sector. 
 
Valeria holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Rome and a MA in History and Civilisations of Africa (Master 1) and Political Studies (Master 2) from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. Her main area of interest includes energy, geopolitics and international relations and she is planning to complete her academic path with a PhD  focused on the geopolitical, institutional and financial developments of the African energy market. She speaks fluently English, French and Italian and she would like to learn Arabic.
 
Outside work, she loves music, art and photography, but also travelling around the world and discovering new cultures.
 
 
 

Talita Covre

Producer
 
Talita brings a multinational and multicultural experience having lived and worked in Brazil, Italy, and China prior to the UK. Before joining EnergyNet, she was responsible for a portfolio of investment meetings focused on Central Asian and Russian energy markets. She has also worked as a research analyst advising governments and international investors on the Chinese market.
 
As a Producer at EnergyNet, Talita works with public and private sector stakeholders to develop the content of the conference and meeting’s agenda to ensure that each project will lead to economic growth. She is passionate about international development and capacity building and she enjoys working alongside governments and private companies to create the right environment for collaboration.
 
Talita has a BA in Political Science from the University of Milan and a MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Italian and English and can communicate in Chinese at an intermediate level.
Outside work, Talita enjoys cooking, eating and spending time with friends…… well, in fact she enjoys doing all that at work too!
 
 
+44 (0) 207 384 7719

Berenice Juarez

Credit Controller

Berenice is an experienced event credit control professional working within the events sector for the last four years with widespread experience across the Energy, Life sciences & Healthcare industries.  She has also worked extensively in the Oil &Gas industry for the Middle East and Africa closing successful portfolios.

Berenice officially joined EnergyNet team in May 2014 but started working on our biggest event AEF from 2013 as a conference account controller responsible for all delegate, sponsorship and exhibitor invoicing and payments across the business.

Outside of work Berenice enjoys running, travelling & cooking for family and friends

Charlotte Wood-Dow

Operations Manager

Charlotte has worked in the events sector for the past 3 years. Joining EnergyNet in November 2015 as Operations Manager, she now takes responsibility for bringing the venues and suppliers together to ensure an enjoyable and successful event experience for all EnergyNet's delegates. She has always had a passion for events, whether it was organising a charity ball  or working at the London Olympics. She is always on hand to support the team and all the event sponsors and can be found at the registration desk at most events; so do come and say hello!

Charlotte holds a BA degree in French and International Relations. Outside of work she is always up for an adventure, whether it is cycling from London to Paris or trekking up a mountain to find the best snow to ski. She also enjoys travelling, cooking, sports and spending time with friends.

 

Patricia Carbonell

Senior Marketing Executive
 
Patti is a marketing communications professional, passionate about social behaviour and digital culture. With extensive experience developing communications campaigns and curating events for both corporate and cultural organisations in Spain & UK, she intrepidly coordinated the Sunrise Film & Animation Festival in UK and couture shows with popular figures like Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchel or pioneer musician Wolfgang Flur, Kraftwerk. 
 
While studying her MA in Media & Communications in London, she worked at ditto.tv as Brand Ambassador running and promoting ditto’s cultural programme and leading marketing activities. With a strong brand's vision, Patti specialises in managing relationships with logistical and creative stakeholders across multiple projects simultaneously with astute detail. She enjoys getting onboard of creative projects where she can contribute to social awareness of global and current subjects and issues. 
 
When she's not on a project, Patti is likely found in the dance floor, enjoying London's cultural scene or travelling aorund the world! 

Alexandra Cianciara

Marketing Executive

Alexandra has been supporting the marketing team since the Summer of 2015 where she has already been involved in the majority of conferences within the EnergyNet portfolio.

She brings 10 years’ experience of sales, business development and marketing from the hospitality and serviced apartments industry. She has always been involved in events outside of work, whether at the university or local cycling events. She has a degree in marketing and advertising communications with events management.

She is a keen runner and cyclist, and to combine this passion she recently started racing in triathlons. She loves cooking and the outdoors.

Monique Bonnick

Marketing Executive
 
Hailing from the tropical island of Jamaica, Monique recently joined the EnergyNet team in January 2016. Prior to joining EnergyNet, Monique was already working in Marketing and Events, that covered a variety of industry sectors, such as Energy, Investment and Finance, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Transport and Public Private Partnerships that focused on the emerging markets of Central, East and Southeast Europe and Turkey.
 
Monique holds a BA (Hons) in Media and Communication from Goldsmith University of London; this October she will begin her master degree in International Marketing at Birbeck University of London. 
 
Outside of work, Monique enjoys writing creative fictional and short stories of which she hopes to get published one day.
She also enjoys travelling, reading comics, cooking, shopping and more shopping. Most importantly, she has a huge obsession with Japanese Anime films.  
 

Vasilis Kyriakakis

Senior Graphic Designer
 
Vasilis joined the Energy Net team as an exclusive designer from Oliver in July 2015. Vasilis moved to the UK 3 years ago after a 10-year career in Greece as a designer working freelance and in multinational companies. His extensive experience covers multidimentional creative work in design and advertising ranging from corporate identities, brochures, book layouts, magazine entries to websites. He is passionate about his work and feels motivated when working around a positive and united team. 
 
Vasilis has a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Northumbria and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife exploring London, having friends around for dinner, travelling, football and photography.
 

James Eka

Client Relations Manager, East & Southern Africa

James has spent the last eight years in oil and gas sales. He joined EnergyNet in 2015 and now heads up client relations in East and Southern Africa. James loves astrology and music and whilst he has been lead vocals in a number of groups, he’s never been to mars! In his own words, “he’s a legend in his own lifetime!”

George Hudson

Sales Delegate Manager

George has been at EnergyNet since September 2014, having graduated that year from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Geography. Having been brought up in Putney, George is delighted to have the shortest commute to the office every day.

Since joining EnergyNet he has worked on a number of exciting projects in a variety of markets, including the expansion of the West African portfolio into Ghana, the launch of the pan-African Powering Africa Summit in the U.S., as well as meetings across the East African region. George is looking forward to moving into a slightly different role at EnergyNet, focusing on developing the company’s portfolio across West Africa, which will expose him to challenging and dynamic markets across the region.

Outside of work George is a keen sportsman, playing for two different football teams each week, as well as being an avid Fulham FC fan (for his sins).

 

Kofi Danso

Customer Happiness Manager
Kofi is a world-traveller from the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. Having had his primary education in Ghana and Israel, Kofi moved to London, when after GCSE’s he made the trek to Pakistan and later back to Africa where he settled at home in Ghana [refusing to come back into the cold of Europe].
 
Before joining EnergyNet as ‘Customer Happiness Manager’, Kofi worked in market research, IT and then for the last eight years at one of Africa’s leading oil and gas conference companies.  As ‘Customer Happiness Manager’, Kofi plays a key role for the business helping us all to learn how we can do more and be better – but most importantly, make your lives easier.
 
In his spare time (and occasionally at work) Kofi loves to dance and play sport. He’s a keen reader of metaphysics and Chinese and Indian philosophy – so you can bet when he gets round to speaking with you, it’s going to be interesting.
 
When it comes to sport; football, athletics, marathons and mountain climbing are all on the agenda. A few years back Kofi and a group of friends walked from London to Portsmouth to raise money for victims of land occupation in the Island of Diego Garcia in the Pacific. He also support an orphanage in Ghana where he helped build dormitories and to buy a bus, as well as organising collections of clothes and school books – however, he’s no ‘angel’!
 
 
 

Shelly Huang

Production Assistant
 
Shelly just completed her practical academic study and learning courses from postgraduate diploma in Event Management and Marketing Communication at Ashdown Academy.  She also participated in different volunteer roles including teaching language, charity, sports, festivals and conferences events.  It has created her with excellent communication skills, learn from leading professional and work with real clients and different nationalities.
 
Followed by a work placement in the events industry at Energynet, she will be supporting the production department to arrange conferences, find the target markets and learn great experiences for the industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for her to participate and understand the event management.  
 
For personal interest, Shelly likes playing piano, travelling and learning languages and she is a dependable, innovative and confident person who likes new challenges and organise the adventure events.   
 

Greg Sewell

Strategic Director
 
Greg has been working with EnergyNet for many years with responsibility for change management and advising the business on how to execute strategy. Greg gets involved in all aspects of EnergyNet’s growth through developing people and streamlining processes which he enjoys immensely. He is proud of the team’s commercial and non-commercial performance over these past few years and their passion for improving the customer experience which lies at the heart of everything they do. Greg’s experience comes from his time in senior commercial roles at Virgin, Informa, the BBC and with his role as Group Commercial Director of the broader Clarion group.
 
Outside of work, Greg is a devoted family man, father to two expensive teenagers and obsessive traveller. Always on the search for the next buzz, he frequently finds this on rollercoasters and in theme parks where he is dragged on an almost annual basis.