Conference Day One: Tuesday, 28 March 2017

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and welcome refreshments

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM National anthem and conference starting ceremony

9:05 AM - 9:10 AM Welcome remarks on behalf of IQPC


Rear Admiral (R) Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro

Former Chief of Naval Staff
Ghana Navy

9:15 AM - 9:35 AM Welcoming remarks on behalf of the Ghana Navy

Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy


Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo

Chief of Naval Staff
Ghana Navy

9:35 AM - 10:05 AM Official ribbon-cutting and opening of exhibition

10:05 AM - 10:45 AM Keynote panel discussion: Maritime domain awareness information sharing in the Gulf of Guinea

This session will see the gathering of many of West Africa’s leaders in maritime security as they discuss how they can accomplish greater levels of maritime security through enhanced information sharing across borders. This session will consider the following points:
  • What possibilities exist for maritime domain awareness sharing and how can this information be seamlessly shared across borders for better security?
  • How have operations such as Obangame Express contributed to enhanced cooperation?
  • What are the next steps towards achieving greater integration of information gathering and sharing?

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM The new challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea: Operationalisation of the Yaoundé process

Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua, Chief of Naval Staff, Cameroon Navy
Established in 2014 as a regional centre for the sharing of information and finding ways to combat crime at sea, the CIC Yaoundé has since been implementing ways for the governments of West Africa to work together on maritime security. In this presentation, the commander of Cameroon’s navy will outline how they have been applying the lessons of this process.


Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua

Chief of Naval Staff
Cameroon Navy

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Session reserved for a senior member of the Ghana Navy

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Coffee and networking break

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Coastal and maritime long and short range security and surveillance

Lt. Gen (R) Giorgio Battisti, Former Commander of Training and Doctrine Command, Italian Army
This presentation will cover contemporary coastal and maritime surveillance techniques, evaluating those which may be of benefit to African maritime security.


Lt. Gen (R) Giorgio Battisti

Former Commander of Training and Doctrine Command
Italian Army

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Session reserved for Babcock

Sponsored by: Babcock

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Monitoring the maritime borders: Challenges for Togo

LCDR Atatoum Babate, Commander, Togo Navy


LCDR Atatoum Babate

Togo Navy

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Networking lunch

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM Joint task forces and ship raiders as an ideal model for maritime law enforcement

Giuseppe Sernia, Programme Officer, Global Maritime Crime Programme, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
This presentation will cover the successful ways in which maritime law enforcement in West Africa has been able to be carried out. It is promulgated that joint task forces are the ideal model of bringing criminals at sea to justice.


Giuseppe Sernia

Programme Officer, Global Maritime Crime Programme
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM How the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration is increasing the security of Sierra Leone’s waters

Ibrahim Wurie, Director, Maritime Safety & Security, Sierra Leone Maritime Administration
In this presentation, the Director of Sierra Leone’s maritime administration’s maritime safety and security division will identify their efforts to bring security to the waters of Sierra Leone.


Ibrahim Wurie

Director, Maritime Safety & Security
Sierra Leone Maritime Administration
Nigeria finds itself at the forefront of the global fight against the trafficking of drugs. In this presentation, a representative of the NDLEA will examine how their organisation has been effective in combatting crime stemming from the sea.


Mabo Olugbenga

Director of Operations and General Investigation
National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM Maritime domain awareness sharing: Case studies from ports across the world

Captain (R) Edward Lundquist, Chief Engagement Officer, Echo Bridge LLC, Springfield, Virginia
This presentation will look at several ports that have created their own MDA system, creating a valuable product that can then be made available to port partners, the coast guard and other government entities. Examples include Prince Rupert and Nanaimo in British Columbia and Port Canaveral in Florida.


Captain (R) Edward Lundquist

Chief Engagement Officer
Echo Bridge LLC, Springfield, Virginia


Rear Admiral (R) Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro

Former Chief of Naval Staff
Ghana Navy

5:00 PM - 6:45 PM End of conference day one

6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Depart from Kempinski Hotel

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Gala dinner commences

7:55 PM - 9:00 PM Gala dinner ends

7:55 PM - 9:00 PM Buses return to Kempinski Hotel

The programme is correct at time of publishing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. You can find the most up-to-date programme on this website.