Conference Day One: Tuesday, 25 June 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration, refreshments and networking


Captain (ret’d) Phillip Heyl

former Director of Staff, Operations and Logistics Directorate (J3/J4)

Countering Transnational Threats in Africa
Many of Africa’s emerging security threats are transnational in scope, testing the capacity of countries to coordinate capable, effective responses. Pervasive insecurity in this resource-laden maritime environment has resulted in more than $2 billion in annual financial losses, significantly constrained investment and economic prospects, growing crime and potentially adverse political consequences.

9:10 am - 9:20 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Establishing a national security strategy and implementation plan

  • Overview of current capabilities
  • Future plans for the Armed Forces

9:20 am - 9:40 am Countering violent extremism and criminal organisations from a joint perspective

Brigadier General NK Kporku - Director General of Joint Operations, Ghana Armed Forces
  • Uncovering the breeding grounds of indoctrination
  • Determining the effective soft and hard power approaches to isolate threats
  • Increasing the capabilities of joint operations to eradicate insurgencies

Brigadier General NK Kporku

Director General of Joint Operations
Ghana Armed Forces

9:40 am - 10:00 am Custom-designed solutions for an enhanced border and maritime security

  • Radar systems for the surveillance of coastal and pre-frontier areas
  • Affordable and easily deployable technologies coastal border surveillance
  • Expanded aerial surveillance and on-water patrols solutions
Can we achieve 100% awareness over our maritime borders?
  • Facilitating reliable communication channels inter and intra-state
  • Coordinating joint command and control on joint maritime operations
  • Intelligence sharing and timely threat detection and reporting

Major General Sekou Touré

Chief of Defence Staff
Ivory Coast Armed Forces


Lieutenant General Obed Akwa

Chief of Defence Staff
Ghana Armed Forces


General Oumarou Sadou

Chief of Defence Staff
Burkina Faso Armed Forces

10:20 am - 11:00 am Ribbon- cutting ceremony by senior officials followed by exhibition tour & networking coffee break

Advanced Confined and Shallow Waters Operations
Experts say up to 300,000 barrels of crude is stolen every day by smuggling gangs in Nigeria. Crude oil thieves - known locally as “bunkerers” - have been a fact of life for years in Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry and responsible for losses of up to $1 billion a month in certain cases.

11:00 am - 11:20 am Adapting to a unique demand for a broad set of scalable capabilities

Captain Gérard Kerebel - Naval Advisor, French Navy
  • Developing, procuring and operating a set of compatible components
  • Taking advantage of non-integrated systems as a plug and play capability
  • Integrating assets on a case-by-case demand basis

Captain Gérard Kerebel

Naval Advisor
French Navy

11:20 am - 11:40 am New river patrol boats to boost fight against maritime crime and terrorism

  • Boats that can operate in brown, green or blue waters
  • Aluminium hull enhanced for performance, fuel efficiency, easy maintenance and firepower
  • Ballistic protection, with armour plating around the engines and fuel storage

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Near shore threats and neutrilisation strategies

Commodore Stelios Kostalas - Commander, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre
  • Utilising intelligence for catching the enemy off guard
  • Precise and targeted operations to avoid destruction of valuable evidence and intelligence
  • Analysing tactics of oil smugglers from findings in the Niger Delta

Commodore Stelios Kostalas

NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre

Countering Illegal Fishing and Smuggling by Sea
Corruption and other financial crimes, such as large-scale tax evasion and money-laundering, are a key element of fisheries crime, rendering it highly profitable and undermining the rule of law and accountability. Financial investigation is thus key to identifying those who profit from fisheries crime. Fisheries crime has devastating social, economic and environmental consequences. Up to $1.3 billion a year is lost to criminal fishing activity in West Africa alone.

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Generating USD 3 billion by developing and protecting Africa’s fisheries

Séraphin Dedi Nadje - Secretary General, Fisheries Committee Gulf of Guinea
  • Satellite tracking to monitor the methods and scale of the problem
  • Technology solutions for more efficient inspection of containerised shipments
  • Cooperation for international and transnational pursuit of vessels

Séraphin Dedi Nadje

Secretary General
Fisheries Committee Gulf of Guinea

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Networking coffee break

What are the
  • Spurring progress on ocean-focused sustainability efforts
  • Increasing percentage of waters under national jurisdiction
  • Promoting local ownership on the fight against saiko and other illegal practices

Per Erik Bergh

Stop Illegal Fishing Coordinatior
West Africa Task Force


Séraphin Dedi Nadje

Secretary General
Fisheries Committee Gulf of Guinea

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm SPECIAL SESSION: Medical combat Care in Maritime Operations for better shipping security and safety

Dr Nikolaos Tsamopoulos - Medical Advisor and Healthcare SME, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre

Dr Nikolaos Tsamopoulos

Medical Advisor and Healthcare SME
NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre

Maximising Port Security to Boost Trade
A 25% improvement in port performance can drive a 2% growth in GDP, according to a new report released as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) reveals several moves to boost security at African marine hubs. Maritime schedules are worked out years in advance, so even a single incident of piracy, or the failure of just one port to prevent armed robbery, spreads ripples through the local economy.

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION Integrated maritime surveillance providing authorities with cheaper and more effective ways to exchange information and data

Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu - Calabar Port Manager, Nigerian Ports Authority
Dennis A. Osanwuta - Survey Manager, Nigerian National Inland Waterways Authority
Senior Representative - Executive Management Team, Nigerian Ports Authority
  • Border control, safety and security, fisheries control, customs, environment and defence collaboration
  • Surveillance systems and sensors for upgraded capabilities
  • Conceptualising a Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for African regions

Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu

Calabar Port Manager
Nigerian Ports Authority


Dennis A. Osanwuta

Survey Manager
Nigerian National Inland Waterways Authority


Senior Representative

Executive Management Team
Nigerian Ports Authority

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

2:00 pm - 2:00 pm VIP Executive lunch for VIPs, networking lunch and end of Day One

The published programme is correct at time of printing. 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.