Mr Anibor Kragha became Executive Secretary of the ARDA in April 2020 after serving as the President of the Association from March 2019 to March 2020.
Mr Kragha served as the Chief Operating Officer, Refining & Petrochemicals of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from April 2016 to July 2019, and as NNPC Group General Manager, Treasury from September 2015 to March 2016.
Prior to NNPC, Mr Kragha worked for over ten years at Mobil Producing Nigeria (an ExxonMobil affiliate) in the Audit, Commercial and Treasurer’s groups across Africa and the United States, culminating in him serving as the Upstream Treasurer for ExxonMobil Affiliates in Nigeria from 2012 to 2015.
Mr. Kragha was nominated by the ARDA Executive Committee in March 2020 and should be confirmed at the next ARA AGM planned for October 2020.
Marième Ndoye Decraene
Ms. Decraene became President of ARDA, replacing Mr. Mboup, after taking office at the General Management of the Société Africaine de Raffinage (SAR) Refinery in Dakar, Senegal, on November 11, 2020.
Prior to SAR, Marieme led the Senegalese government’s UFC-MCA Senegal II Compact for four years (November 2016 to August 2020). At UFC-MCA Senegal II, she led an interdisciplinary team that was charged with designing a program and associated projects to address barriers to economic growth of the country’s energy sector. In addition, Marieme coordinated the intervention of several stakeholders at the institutional, technical, civil society and private sector levels.
Prior to the UFC-MCA II Compact, Mme. Decreane served as Director of Roads in the Senegalese Ministry of Infrastructure and Land Transport from April 2013 to January 2018 (simultaneuosly held her UFC-MCA role from November 2016 and January 2018) where she worked on the development and implementation of the country’s road transport policy taking into account spatial mobility, connectivity, regional integration, rural accessibility, urban mobility, road safety as well as environmental, social inclusion and gender dimensions.
Mme Decreane has also held various other positions over the course of her career including, Technical Director of the Road Network Maintenance Fund, Managing Director of a private sector company and high-level positions in various public agencies. This broad experience has enabled her to work directly with leading development partners such as the World Bank Group, the European Union, the African Development Bank and U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation.
A Civil Engineer, specializing in road infrastructure design, Marième also holds a university degree in integrated quality, safety and environmental management systems.
Mr Joël Dervain retired as Executive Secretary of the ARDA in April 2020 after initiating and co-founding the ARDA in March 2006. Mr. Dervain served as President of the ARDA from 2006 to 2010 and as Executive Secretary from 2010 to 2020.
During this period, he was instrumental in growing it into the premier Pan-African organisation giving a voice to all stakeholders across the African downstream oil industry. In retirement, Mr Dervain will continue to serve as an Advisor Emeritus to the ARDA.