Established in 1998, African Energy is a trusted provider of consultancy, data and news services designed to support decision-making throughout all stages of the project and investment lifecycle.

 

African Energy ConsultancyConsultancy

African Energy provides bespoke services tailored to the needs of your business, including market entry and evaluation studies, strategic advisory services and, through parent company Cross-border Information (CbI), reputational due diligence on prospective partners.

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Data

Data collection and analysis has been central to African Energy's work since it was established in 1998. In September 2017 we launched African Energy Live Data, an innovative and interactive data platform that is changing the way investors and developers assess power generation opportunities and analyse markets across the continent. 

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African Energy newsletterNewsletter

Now in its 23rd year, African Energy’s subscription-based newsletter helps keep senior energy executives up to date with what is happening across the continent, including news and analysis of market developments, project awards and the political and governance issues that impact on the business environment. 

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Thalia Griffiths
Editor

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.

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Jon Marks
Head of African Energy Consultancy

Jon is the Chairman and founder of African Energy's parent company Cross-border Information (CbI). 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.

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.

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John Hamilton
Managing Director and contributing editor at African Energy

John is an expert on North Africa and leads on African Energy’s research and analysis in Libya and Egypt.  As well as regular contributions to African Energy, this includes oversight of North African power projects on the African Energy Live Data platform and the management and delivery of monitoring, strategic advisory and investigative projects for consultancy clients.

Over the past 13 years, he has worked in every part of Cross-border Information’s business. In 2019 he was appointed managing director. A vital part of this role is driving forward an active programme of business development. To do this, he is engaging with clients and subscribers, both within the African Energy brand and more broadly, and using the results to ensure the company provides maximum value to its customers.

His objective is to maintain Cross-border Information’s status as a leading multi-disciplinary business intelligence consultancy providing high-quality quantitative and qualitative research on Africa and the Middle East.

He reads, writes and speaks standard Arabic, Spanish and some French 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.

 

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David Slater
Head of projects

David is responsible for the management and growth of African Energy’s consultancy arm, which provides stakeholders in the continent’s energy sectors with a range of research services to support investment decisions. 

With a deep understanding of the electricity sub-sector and the political and economic complexities of West and Central Africa, his work has provided our clients with detailed opportunity and risk analyses, demand and supply forecasts and impact assessments, all of which have supported numerous investments in power projects in complex and often opaque markets.

With over a decade’s experience in the industry, David has led many consultancies for both public and private sector clients, including power developers, development finance institutions, private equity firms, and mining companies. David graduated with a degree in politics and a postgraduate degree in international relations.

David read politics at the University of East Anglia and has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Sussex where his research focused on UK-US relations.

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Dan Marks
Power editor

Dan is the power editor for African Energy and African Energy Live Data. He covers sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on renewable energy, IPP procurement, off-grid, project finance, market structure issues, and development finance. For Live Data, he oversees data collection and web development. 

Dan has worked with African Energy's consultancy team. Notable projects include the baseline, 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 2012 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.

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Chiwoyu Sinyangwe
Contributing editor

Chiwoyu is a Lusaka-based journalist, editor and analyst with more than ten years’ experience writing on Zambia and Africa.

He is focused on reporting and analysing news trends in energy, mining, commodities, technology, labour market, fixed income and money markets. He has an economics degree from the University of Lusaka and has worked for a range of international media.

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Daniel Haines
Research analyst

Daniel joined CbI in January 2017 as a research analyst. As a core member of the African Energy consultancy team and with a strong academic background in international politics, Daniel specialises in political and economic risk analysis, and energy policy and regulatory analysis.

His work also includes the extensive verification of power generation projects (existing and planned, on-grid and off-grid) in many countries across the African continent. Daniel also produces comprehensive weekly monitoring and analysis of political, economic, business and finance developments in East and North Africa.

In addition to contributing to energy sector market studies, Daniel has played a key role in the research and production of major projects including the Africa-EU Energy Partnership and Infrastructure Consortium for Africa reports.

Daniel is a first-class graduate of Politics and International Relations from the University of East Anglia where his research included sexual politics in Uganda.

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Ajay Ubhi
Research analyst

Ajay joined CbI in March 2017 as a research analyst and has contributed to a number of consultancy reports, specialising in energy supply and demand modelling.

He also contributed towards the research of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership 2017 update report and has written numerous articles for the African Energy Newsletter.

Prior to joining CbI, Ajay worked as a geologist and consultant for a UK-based petroleum service company, where he worked and led projects in many parts of Africa.

He received an MSc in International Development - Environment, Sustainability and Politics (Distinction) from the University of Birmingham where his research focused on sustainable energy services for poor rural communities in Kenya.

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Nick Carn
Publications and marketing director

Nick is CbI's marketing and publications director, playing a key role in developing new products and services, as well as in the strategic management of the company. 

He joined CbI in January 1999 as a researcher and writer, contributing to a variety of titles over his first six years, including African Energy, Gulf States News, International Trade Finance, International Mining Quarterly Review, and yearbooks for organisations including the Berne Union and Atradius.

Nick has led development of CbI's African Energy Atlas and has many years' experience co-ordinating production and final presentation of publications and reports for CbI and its corporate clients, including the African Development Bank-based Infrastructure Consortium for Africa and Africa-EU Energy Partnership.  

He read politics and economic and social history at the University of Leicester.

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