African Energy is a UK-based business intelligence provider managed and owned by Cross-border Information (CbI), a long-established Africa and Middle East-focused consultant and publisher active in risk analysis and primary infrastructure sectors. The company has full-time staff in London and Hastings, and a network of correspondents and associates currently active in over 40 African countries.
Established in 1998, African Energy was initially a printed newsletter conceived by CbI, under contract to the Financial Times Energy group and later Platts, to provide an independent source of news and analysis of Africa's energy industries. Purchased by CbI in a 2003 management buy-out, our experienced editorial staff oversaw the transition of the title into a provider of consultancy services, while managing the evolution of the original newsletter into electronic formats, creating the widely praised African Energy Atlas and pioneering an Africa-focused political risk roundtable series, AfricaHardball.
Under CbI’s ownership, African Energy has forged a reputation for high quality cartographic resources, showcased through the African Energy Atlas, and a projects database that has been central to much of our consultancy work. Our consultancy clients include the African Development Bank-based Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, major corporates (including banks, power developers and oil companies) and clients with a range of niche interests.
In late 2013 we partnered with experienced conference producer Bruno Coburn, channelling our expertise into a new affiliate company CbI Meetings. The focus of activities has been the Africa Investment Exchange, a series of expert dialogues held under the Chatham House Rule for leading investors in Africa’s high growth industries. In 2016 we launched a new Investment Exchange series focused on the MENA region.