About African Energy

African Energy is a respected source of independent analysis on the continent’s energy industries, produced by Cross-border Information (CbI), a globally recognised business intelligence company with a long established research focus on the politics, energy and financial sector trends of Africa and the Middle East.

First published in 1998 under the FT brand and bought by CbI in 2003, African Energy’s work is based on the foundation of experienced staff analysts – African Energy has been produced by the same lead team since its launch in 1998 – and a network of correspondents and sources across more than 40 African countries.

Through continual monitoring of developments, African Energy has established itself at the forefront of informed commentary and analysis on this most vital of sectors for the continent’s future and as a leading provider of cartographical resources.

African Energy has a strong focus on emerging energy trends and the political risk issues that concern established operators, new entrants and the finance sector. Clients come to us for incisive and informed analysis on the issues, events, people and organisations that affect their businesses and interests.

CbI also offers a trusted source of intelligence to a range of clients requesting accurate and timely analysis of political and business developments within the Middle East.  We have particular expertise in the countries of the Gulf region, backed by the continual monitoring of the polities of these markets through Gulf States Newsletter (GSN).


African Energy Consultancy

Cross-border Information (CbI) created its African Energy Consultancy (AEC) arm in 2012 to provide bespoke solutions to clients seeking answers to problems and pointers to opportunities. AEC has conducted research for a wide variety of private and public sector clients includng the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), and the African Development Bank-based Infrastructure Consortium for Africa.
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  • Thalia Griffiths


    African Energy editor Thalia Griffiths is an experienced journalist and analyst of the politics and economics of Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been instrumental in the development of African Energy since its launch in 1998, and also works on other Africa-related CbI research projects.

    Thalia started her journalistic career with Reuters news agency and is also a former deputy editor of London-based newsletter Africa Confidential.  Her career with Reuters included three years in the West Africa regional bureau in Cote d’Ivoire, where she covered civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the changing relationship between France and its former colonies, devaluation of the CFA franc regional currency and the death of Cote d’Ivoire’s founding president Félix Houphouet-Boigny and its consequences.  She also had assignments on the Middle East and Africa editing desk in Cyprus, and reporting in Eastern Europe.  She still travels regularly to sub-Saharan Africa.

    She has an MA in German and French from Oxford University, where she specialised in medieval literature. 


    T: +44 1424 72167

    E: thalia@africa-energy.com

  • Jon Marks

    Head of African Energy Consultancy

    Jon is the Chairman and founder of Cross-border Information. He is a political scientist with a deep knowledge of the politics and economies of Africa and the Middle East, based on more than 30 years of travel, study and curiosity about the post-colonial world.

    In addition to his internationally recognised work in policy and corporate circles as an expert analyst on North Africa, Jon takes a lead role in CbI’s business development and strategy.

    The founding editor of African Energy, which he set up in 1998 under the banner of the Financial Times’ former FT Energy subsidiary, Jon is author of several books and academic papers on North African history, politics and security, as well as on various aspects of finance and business – notably on issues associated with national energy industries and approaches towards debt.

    A fluent French speaker, Jon carried out doctoral research on Algeria’s Mozabite community at University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), which included fieldwork in Algeria. He has a Masters degree in African Government & Politics from the London School of Economics and read politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

    Jon is an Associate Fellow of the London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs' (Chatham House) Middle East North Africa Programme.

    Specialist interests include:

    The Maghreb: Jon has a long-standing interest in the failure of – and potentials for – regional economic and political integration in the Maghreb region, and how to unleash the potentials of the southern Mediterranean’s big populations and natural resources to build a more stable, prosperous future for the majority.

    Algeria: From the development of the nationalist movement to contemporary shifts in ideology and factional balance, Algeria has been at the centre of Jon’s work and life. Interests include Mozabite political sociology, Houari Boumedienne and Algerian football

    Morocco: The experience of close friends at the business daily L’Economiste excited Jon’s deep interest in this most complex polity, and exciting business environment.

    Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo: How the business elites work in these difficult governance environments, and how national wealth can be put to better use for the majority.

    T: +44 (0)1424 721 1667
    E: jon@africa-energy.com

  • John Hamilton

    Director - North Africa

    John Hamilton is director of CBI's London office, where he plays a key role in the company’s business development and strategy. He is also a contributing editor for both African Energy and Gulf States News (GSN)

    A specialist in North Africa and Iraqi Kurdistan, John produces regular analyses, detailed monitoring reports and briefings for CbI's private clients.

    He reads, writes and speaks standard Arabic and is also fluent in Bulgarian. His travel memoir of five years spent in Bulgaria entitled The Good Balkans was published by Wild Man Books in 2009.

    T: +44 (0)207 839 5982
    E: j.hamilton@cbi-research.com

  • David Slater

    Senior project manager

    David is an analyst, researcher and journalist who specialises in the politics, security and energy sector of Nigeria. A frequent traveller to the country, David plays a key role in developing and managing CbI's network of Nigeria contacts.
    He read politics at the University of East Anglia and has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Sussex.

    T: +44 1424 721667

    E: davidslater@cbi-publishing.com

  • Dan Marks

    Contributing editor and senior research analyst

    Dan is a contributing editor to African Energy and a research analyst. His focus is on renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa, IPP procurement, project finance, electricity market structure issues and development finance. Dan is also heavily involved with developing CbI’s data collection and management systems.
    Dan writes on a wide range of subjects for African Energy, with coverage spanning the continent. He has developed a strong knowledge of financial issues and structural constraints in the African power market. He has particular knowledge of the South African electricity sector and renewable energy.
    Dan is also an analyst with African Energy's consultancy team where he undertakes quantitative and qualitative power sector analysis, data collection and management and project planning. Notable projects include a lead role in the preparation and production of the first and second Monitoring progress in the Africa-EU Energy Partnership reports and a planning, advisory and supervisory role in the preparation of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa's annual report, Infrastructure Financing Trends in Africa.
    Dan graduated with a BSc in economics and physics from the University of Durham in 2010 and with a MA in international relations in the Middle East from the same institution in 2011. Between 2013 and 2015 he undertook a Master Recherche in economics at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

    T: +44 (0)207 839 5982

    E: dan@cbi-publishing.com

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9-10 June

AIX: Transport & Infrastructure 2016, London

13-16 June

Nigeria Power Forum, Nigeria

13-16 June

Nigeria Oil & Gas, Nigeria

21-24 June

Africa Energy Forum 2016, London

23-24 June

6th Zambia International Mining & Energy Conference & Exhibition, Zambia

28-29 June

Africa Rail 2016, Johannesburg

29-30 September

MENA Investment Exchange: Gas-to-Power and Renewables, London

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Mauritanides 2016, Mauritania

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23rd Africa Oil Week, Cape Town

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4th Senegal Mining Conference & Exhbition, Senegal

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