Dr. Pamela (Pam) Sitienei
Founder & CEO African Energy Association
UNited States Of America(USA)
As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the African Energy Association and Chief Operating Officer of ONAPS Holdings, Ltd, Sitienei brings more than 13 years of multi-faceted experience in government relations, foreign relations, international trade, financial services, energy, commodity trading and negotiations. Culturally astute and discerning in her approach, Pamela has an extraordinary track record for structuring complex deals around the globe with major corporations, governments and high-ranking officials. Her ability to nimbly operate in various business capacities has persuasively broadened her reach across continents and industries. Multilingual, Sitienei has easily afforded herself a seat at the global roundtable.
An entrepreneur at heart, Sitienei envisions the African Energy Association’s role as the most influential, effective and independent trade organization serving as the voice of energy in Africa. In her capacity as Founder and CEO, she is actively engaged in comprehensive oversight, including short and long-term strategic planning, policy draft on all facets of energy; renewables, Oil & Gas, power and local content, marketing, quality assurance and financial management.
During her tenure as the Government Relations/Federal Affairs Specialist, at the American Gas Association (AGA) on Capitol Hill, she gained exposure to policy issues in natural gas and actively liaised with the federal government, to include the executive and legislative branches of former President George Bush and currently, President Barack Obama. Her portfolio was State affairs and Federal with emphasis on Renewables, Pipeline Safety, Cybersecurity, Budget under Appropriations, Energy & Natural Resources, Energy & commerce and financial committees.
Additionally, she developed an impressive wheelhouse of expertise in areas such as Federal Election Committee laws and regulations, PACs, election cycles, legislative processes, political contributions and disbursements, lobbying disclosure and reporting. Outside of her traditional duties at the AGA, Pamela managed the legislative outreach congregation, including legislative forums and supported the Vice President in fundraising. She was also responsible for the preparation, forecasting, monitoring and tracking of the department’s budget.
Prior to joining AGA, Pamela spent four years at Zurich North America/Zurich Financial Services. She supported the Vice President’s efforts to lobby, build coalitions and sustain relationships with different multi-lateral institutions including, International Finance Corporation, OPIC, World Bank – MIGA and International Monetary Fund. As the manager of the Government & Industry Affairs, she developed business relations with emerging markets; defined project scope, goals and deliverables, which supported the company’s business goals in collaboration with senior management & stakeholders. She interpreted and ensured consistent application of organizational policies; negotiated contracts, maintained financial records and managed a $5 million dollar budget for the department.
Pamela received her Undergraduate from University of Central Oklahoma in Journalism and Public Relations. She received her Doctorate in Divinity from My Life Bible School in Maryland, USA. She recently received The Prince of Wales Business and Sustainability Leadership Certification from University of Cambridge, London, United Kingdom.
Dr. Sitienei serves as a strategic advisor to several governments, energy companies and investors throughout Africa, specifically, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya. She currently serves on the board of DFC Holdings, Nigeria. She has also managed election cycles in the USA, Republic of Congo, and in Nigeria. She is certified by the United States Government Relations Professionals.