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)

9:10 am - 9:15 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Establishing a national security strategy and implementation plan

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

9:15 am - 9:20 am Keynote address and Goodwill Message on behalf of Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority

Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu - Calabar Port Manager, Nigerian Ports Authority

Mrs. Olufunmilayo Olotu

Calabar Port Manager
Nigerian Ports Authority

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 Topic TBD

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

Ali Bogac Cicioglu

Export Manager


Major General Sekou Touré

Chief of Defence Staff
Ivory Coast Armed Forces


Lieutenant General Obed Akwa

Chief of Defence Staff
Ghana Armed Forces


Aleksey Yermolayev

Business Development Manager
Inkas Vehicles

10:50 am - 12:30 pm Ribbon- cutting ceremony by senior officials followed by exhibition tour & networking coffee break

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

  • 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


Adrian Martin

Airborne ISR Marketing Manager
Airbus Defence & Space

  • How to turn crossing borders into a disantvantage for terrorists
  • Experience sharing on guerilla war in harsh territories
  • Maritme borders and how to secure sea trade routes and critical infrastructure.

Captain (ret’d) Phillip Heyl

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


Fortunet Alain Nouatin

Benin Ministry of Defence

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Executive lunch and networking break

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Special Mission Aircraft “Turn-Key Solution” to counter illegal fishing and smuggling

Michael Neufingerl - International Sales Manager, Diamond Aircraft
  • State of the Art technology & most cost effective “Aircraft Turn-Key Solution”
  • Versatilely aircraft in regards to different sensors and operations
  • Well known on the African market and fully proven in tropical environment
  • Best suited aircraft solution to counter illegal fishing & smuggling

Michael Neufingerl

International Sales Manager
Diamond Aircraft

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm Special session: Building legal capacity to counter transnational threats in West Africa: Requirements and potential

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Coffee and networking break

Alex Fortescue

Sales Manager for Africa

An analysis regarding Nigeria’s measures and capacity to ensure a safe maritime operating environment in the Gulf of Guinea. Highlighting recent steps the government has taken to enhance Nigeria’s security capabilities, and examining the importance of a holistic approach in tackling the root causes of maritime insecurity.

Rear Admiral Raphael Osondu

Advisor to the CNS and former Chief of Naval Transformation
Nigerian Navy

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Use of military grade capabilities in commercial ISR service provision and solutions to counter illegal fishing

Dicky Patounas - Business Development Director, DEA Aviation
Henry Mitchell - Senior Business Manager, DEA Aviation

Dicky Patounas

Business Development Director
DEA Aviation

Henry Mitchell

Senior Business Manager
DEA Aviation

Angola is thus well placed to take a role in developing an integrated and comprehensive strategy for managing the regional maritime space in partnership with other littoral states. Angola hosts the Secretariat of the GGC, which is a regional body that aims to promote peace and security and is also highly involved in the Interregional Cooperation Centre taking initiatives for the execution of the regional strategy on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.

Rear Admiral Narcisco Fastudo

CIC Director
Angolan Navy


Captain (ret’d) Phillip Heyl

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

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm End of Day 1

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.