Founder of CITAC Africa in 1998, Mark has over 50 years of energy business experience with most of his career focused on Africa.
Prior to CITAC Mark was President of Vitol Africa (1993 – 1998) and before that was Vice President of Chevron International for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, having spent 6 years heading Chevron’s West and Central Africa regional office in Abidjan and being General Manager for Gulf Oil’s worldwide crude oil operations. As Chairman at CITAC, Mark calls upon his rich experience in Africa and extensive industry knowledge to devise business strategies.
Mark also worked in finance and marketing for Total (1967-72) and was a consultant with Booz – Allen & Hamilton (1972-77). A British citizen he spent 12 years in the USA and has also lived and worked in Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Switzerland and Italy.
David has over 40 years senior management experience in petroleum supply chain efficiency, sales, oil retailing, marketing, trading and supply with the Total group.
Since joining CITAC in 2008, he has led various commercial and technical feasibility studies on African refinery de-bottlenecking and upgrading investment projects, market sizing for new refineries, oil product import and export options, and import price parity regulation.
He has written CITAC Insight articles on Fuel Oil in Africa, Biofuels, Physical and Trade Barriers to African Supply Chain optimisation, and Risk Management in the African Downstream Sector.
Gary has 30 years of experience in the oil business in marketing, trading and supply with the Shell group and Trafigura. Throughout his career he has travelled extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Joining CITAC in 1999 shortly after its inception, Gary has been heavily involved in the development and promotion of the company both inside and outside of Africa. He has participated in several commercial and technical feasibility studies on African oil products storage depots, fuel feedstock supply options, market entry studies, supply chain logistics and refinery crude processing.
Drawing on an extensive network of contacts in Africa and the international oil trading community, Gary has a responsibility for business origination, market intelligence and client liaison. He is a regular contributor to the CITAC Africa monthly market report.
Elitsa has extensive experience in managing projects across the downstream oil sector in Africa and delivering insights that support clients’ decision-making and policy formation processes.
Elitsa focuses on project management and consultancy and has also as set up and oversees CITAC’s short- and long-term product demand and supply forecasts for all countries in Africa, and trade balances for the continent and its sub-regions. Elitsa joined CITAC in 2005 from KBC Process Technologies (formerly Petroleum Economics Ltd.) and has led many commercial and economic studies on various African markets and energy sector infrastructure projects.
Elitsa is currently heading CITAC’s expansion into the gas and power sectors in Africa, as well as overseeing the company’s consultancy services. Elitsa holds M.Litt (Distinction) in Middle East Security from the University of Aberdeen, BA (Hons) in Economics and BA (Hons) Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria, supplemented by advanced training in oil trading and risk management and membership of various professional organisations, including the Energy Institute.
James has 12 years of experience in the oil and gas business, gained predominantly in the African downstream. He has particular expertise in investment appraisal, competition analysis and price build-ups, having worked on multiple projects for oil ministries, refineries, marketers, trading houses and other companies, and has travelled extensively in West and Central Africa. James worked as a Senior Analyst for CITAC between 2008 and 2015, and rejoined the company in 2019 as a Director. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and fluent French speaker.
As well as developing and maintaining CITAC’s award-winning Africa Downstream Database and looking after CITAC’s IT and communications systems, Richard is also a key member of CITAC’s consulting team.
Since joining CITAC in 2007 Richard has made regular contributions to CITAC’s reports and studies. Richard has acquired particular expertise regarding product specifications and has worked closely with UNEP and the African Refiners Association on projects in this field. Richard also has particular input to CITAC’s studies in the area of refining, storage and distribution infrastructure.
Prior to joining CITAC’s team, Richard had two spells working for Platts in the IT and editorial divisions.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Karen manages sales and marketing activities related to CITAC’s energy market reports, regular and bespoke – inhouse and online – training courses, workshops, studies, and PR actions, developing CITAC’s brand.
Among her responsibilities, Karen leads the development and the coordination of CITAC’s training programme, specialised in Africa trading, including the CITAC African Downstream Workshops held during ARA WEEK. She is also the prime contact with one of CITAC’s main retainer clients, the ARA (African Refiners and Distributors Association).
Karen has a wide experience in international association management as well as global marketing and event management acquired among a range of clients from various industries, before joining CITAC in 2010.
Emilie joined CITAC in 2021. She heads up the Finance department, with responsibility for all day-to-day accounting. Prior to joining CITAC, Emilie worked as a Financial Accountant at Tullow Oil and GlaxoSmithKline. She also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Emilie is a native French speaker.
Head of Business Development
Since joining CITAC in 2013, Jeremy has both led and supported a wide range of consulting projects on the African continent including market entry, feasibility, best practise and market intelligence studies. Jeremy has developed detailed expertise in West and Central African downstream market dynamics and covers these extensively in CITAC’s reports, as well as providing support on these markets to CITAC’s retainer clients.
Prior to joining CITAC, Jeremy worked at PFC Energy (now IHS) in Paris as a downstream energy market analyst. Jeremy speaks English, French & Russian.
Christina Abi Nakhoul
Christina joined our team this year as an Energy Analyst. Her main responsibilities include generating international crude market overviews, as well as Sub-Saharan African Trading and Refining market insights. She also follows developments in North African Natural Gas, Electricity and Renewables.
Prior to CITAC, Christina completed her BS in Petroleum Geosciences at the American University of Beirut, and her MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management at the University of Aberdeen.
Christina is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Ana Da Silva
At CITAC, Ana looks after all the administration aspects and is the main point of contact for any general enquiries. She is responsible for organising travel, visas, as well as formatting, publishing and notifying clients of the monthly CITAC report availability. She also takes care of the preparation and logistics for training courses such as organising venues, course materials, refreshments etc. in Africa and London.
Ana speaks fluent French, Portuguese and English. Although she holds a Landscape Architecture degree she has also completed a PA and Business Diploma from Oxford Media & Business School and has since then worked in several administrative posts across London.
BUSINESS AND TRAINING CONSULTANT
Suzanne has 12 years of experience in the oil industry. She worked in the London trading office of TOTAL S.A. for six years, including two years specialising in Risk Management with the responsibility for planning and delivering management training programmes. In addition to her oil industry credentials, Suzanne is also qualified as a lecturer in adult education. She is a guest lecturer at the IPE (International Petroleum Exchange).
MARKETS AND TRAINING CONSULTANT
Neil has 20 years experience in the energy industry. Neil was the Vice-President of Information and Trading Services at Platts, and previously, Editorial Vice-President. Experienced in project management, market design and price discovery, Neil was responsible for Platts’ expansion into the power and gas sectors in Europe, and changes in market pricing, including the Brent-Forties-Oseberg Benchmark. A former journalist, he has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Middle East.
George Dikker Hupkes
George has 30 years of oil experience in Marketing and General Management. He has worked with Shell International in both East and West Africa as well as in the Far East. George was latterly Change Manager for Shell Oil Products for the North, West and East African regions.
Hugh has 30 years of oil management experience in marketing and logistics with the emphasis on economically disturbed markets in Africa and the Caribbean. He has worked with Shell International in Togo, Haiti, Uganda, Chile, Kenya, Japan, the UK, Hong Kong and Thailand. Most recently Hugh has been operating as Managing Director of Trigon Energy in Ghana.
David has 16 years experience in the energy industry gained with TOTAL in a variety of project management, marketing, planning and analysis roles. This includes three years as a Strategy and Development Executive for Refining and Distribution specialising in assessing investment and divestment opportunities. In addition to his oil industry credentials, David has also project managed the development of fraud detection systems for a UK retailer.
Bob is a chartered chemical engineer with over 30 years oil industry experience in Fuels and Lubricants. He has held positions in senior business management, corporate and market strategy development, process engineering, refinery planning and HSEQ with Mobil, Amoco, Murco, Elf and Total in Europe and Africa. He is a guest lecturer at the South African Petroleum Industry Association Development Programme and the Minerals and Energy Education Training Institute.
Hubert has spent all his working life in refining for the TOTAL group. He was in charge of all Total’s refining outside Europe and has detailed knowledge of many African refineries through Technical Assistance contracts. He has also been involved in state-of-the-art refining projects such as synthetic crude upgrading in Venezuela, tar sands refining in Alberta, the Qatar Laffan condensate refinery and refining projects in China. He brings considerable commercial experience to add to his technical refining skills.
Our key team members
Sales & Marketing Manager
Head of Business Development
Christina Abi Nakhoul
Ana Da Silva
The combined knowledge and experience of CITAC’s consultants represents decades of close involvement in every aspect of the energy industry in Africa. All of our consultants have previously worked for Major Energy Companies, Oil Trading, Marketing and Finance Companies and have considerable experience in the energy industry in Africa.