Globeleq Board announces new Chairperson

LONDON, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq has confirmed that Laurence Mulliez will take up the Chair position of the Globeleq Board effective from 1st September, 2018. Laurence has more than 20 years of experience in the banking, energy, chemical and industrial sectors.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth

Currently, Laurence is Chair of Voltalia, a €500m market capitalisation producer of renewable-based power and a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit committee at Aperam stainless steel (a $5 billion revenue spin-off from Arcelor Mittal). She is also a Non-Executive Director at SBM offshore, a $3 billion revenue world leader in floating production and mooring systems for the oil and gas industry and a Non-Executive Director at Morgan Advanced Materials, a £1 billion revenue global engineering company.

Globeleq’s CEO, Paul Hanrahan commented: “Laurence brings a wealth of experience and fully complements our well-rounded Board. We are thrilled to have her as our Chairperson where she will help guide Globeleq to look at every opportunity to grow the business and power Africa’s growth.”

Laurence Mulliez added: “I am honoured to join an organisation which has already demonstrated its impact on providing power and supporting development in Africa.  I look forward to working with a great management team and Globeleq’s shareholders, CDC Group and Norfund, both institutions which target investments in regions where it is most needed.”

During the period 2007-2010, Laurence was CEO of Castrol Industrial Lubricants and Services worldwide and from 2010-2013, she led Eoxis, a start-up renewable power company, financially backed by private equity.

About Globeleq

Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation in Africa. Since 2002, its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating nearly 1,300 MW in 8 locations across 5 countries, with a further 2,000 MW of power projects in development.

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Le conseil d’administration de Globeleq annonce la nomination d’une nouvelle présidente

LONDRES, 9 août 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq a confirmé que Laurence Mulliez occupera le poste de Présidente du conseil d’administration de Globeleq à partir du 1er septembre 2018.   Laurence a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans les secteurs bancaire, énergétique, chimique et industriel.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth

Actuellement Laurence est Présidente non exécutive du conseil de Voltalia, un producteur d’energie renouvelable à la capitalisation boursière de 500 millions d’euros et Administratrice non exécutive et Présidente du comité d’audit d’Aperam Inox (une société du groupe Arcelor Mittal d’une valeur de 5 milliards de dollars). Elle est également Directrice non exécutive chez SBM offshore, leader mondial des systèmes flottants de production et d’amarrage pour l’industrie pétrolière et gazière, et Directrice non-exécutive chez Morgan Advanced Materials, une société d’ingénierie d’une valeur d’1 milliard de livres sterling.

Au cours de la période allant de 2007 a 2010, Laurence a été PDG monde de Castrol Industrial Lubricants and Services et, de 2010 à 2013, elle a dirigé Eoxis, une start-up spécialisée dans les énergies renouvelables financée par des fonds de capital-investissement.

Paul Hanrahan, PDG de Globeleq, a commenté : « Laurence apporte une expérience riche et complète pour faire de notre conseil un groupe bien équilibré. Nous sommes ravis de l’avoir comme Présidente, elle aidera Globeleq à passer en revue toutes les opportunités de développement de l’entreprise afin de stimuler la croissance en Afrique. »

Laurence Mulliez a ajouté : « Je suis honorée de rejoindre une entreprise qui a déjà démontré son impact sur la fourniture d’électricité et son soutien au développement en Afrique. Je suis impatiente de travailler avec cette excellente équipe de direction et les actionnaires de Globeleq, CDC Group et Norfund, deux institutions qui ciblent les investissements dans les régions où elles sont le plus nécessaires. »

À propos de Globeleq

Globeleq est un développeur, propriétaire et exploitant de premier plan dans le secteur de la production d’électricité en Afrique. Depuis 2002, son équipe de professionnels expérimentés a développé un portefeuille diversifié de centrales électriques indépendantes, générant près de 1 300 MW sur 8 sites répartis dans 5 pays, avec 2 000 MW supplémentaires de projets en développement.

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Free Curtin Program Puts International Students on Pathway to Success

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In a move to assist international students meet English language requirements and put them on a pathway to success, Curtin University is offering a free 10-week, tailor-made program to enhance language skills and immerse students in the Australian academic culture.

In addition to English language training that includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary support, the 10-week program will offer lessons in such areas as study skills, academic referencing skills, critical thinking development and how to communicate effectively in seminars, discussions and presentations in an academic context. It will also provide an introduction to Curtin’s course outlines and student systems as well as bespoke tours of the relevant Curtin faculties.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Seth Kunin said the program would start immediately for international students planning to enter the University courses from 2019 onwards who have been identified as needing to improve their English language skills.

Professor Kunin said the program would offer international students the skills needed to support their university studies at Curtin.

“With campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius, as well as two major campuses in Western Australia, Curtin is a truly global university and we want to ensure that our students are equipped with the tools for success in their tertiary studies,” Professor Kunin said.

“This program, which will help international students reach their required English language level and navigate their university studies, will be available free of charge to international students seeking to study at Curtin University.”

Professor Kunin said the program aimed to make international students as comfortable and familiar as possible with the academic context in Australia through the 10-week program.

“We will not compromise on our existing standards for English language skills but we recognise that some students will require that extra level of support and this program will offer them the greatest assistance,” Professor Kunin said.

“By offering this free program, we are breaking down language and cultural barriers in a bid to offer international students a true taste of what studying at Curtin University entails.”

The program is only free for students who have an English condition on their offer and progress to university studies at Curtin University’s campus in Perth, Western Australia.

Curtin course fees are also frozen for the next two years, meaning a student who starts studying at Curtin in 2018 will pay the same fees for most courses in 2019.

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For more information about the 10-week program and the terms and conditions, visit here.

For more information about the support available at Curtin for international students, visit here.

About Curtin University

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university, with more than 56,000 students. Of these, over 14,000 are international students. The University’s main campus is in Bentley near the Perth CBD. Curtin has six other campuses across WA, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius. Curtin also has a presence at a number of other global locations.

Curtin celebrated ’50 Years of Innovation’ in 2017 – the combined history of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), which opened its doors to students in 1967 and Curtin University, which opened in 1987.

Today, Curtin is estimated to be ranked 180th and in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, and 9th in Australia in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 (ARWU) (, and features highly in a number of other key world rankings.

The University has built a reputation around innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, being at the forefront of many high-profile research projects in astronomy, biosciences, economics, mining and information technology. It is also recognised globally for its strong connections with industry, and for its commitment to preparing students for jobs of the future.

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Ghana launches national public sector reform strategy

ACCRA, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday launched the national public sector reform strategy (NPSRS) for the period 2018-2023.

Akufo-Addo said the NPSRS is expected to review and modernize the current structures, systems, processes and internal management functions of the public sector to support the government’s development priorities.

“It will also help create the conditions necessary for the private sector to thrive and thereby create employment opportunities for the youth all within the context of our overall vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid,” Akufo-Addo said.

According to him, the strategy would lead to the creation of a new public service that is fit for purpose which would help guarantee the delivery of high quality services for Ghanaians and the private sector.

Akufo-Addo stressed that a major goal of the reform would be to strengthen the human resource capacity of the public sector to improve its delivery.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nigeria’s ruling party raises alert of plot to impeach president Buhari

LAGOS, Nigeria’s ruling party has alleged that some members of the National Assembly were planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), who made this known in southern city of Uyo, warned the plotters to drop their sinister move because it is not possible for a lizard to wrestle an antelope.

He described what is happening in the country now as a war between progressives and the conservatives.

Nigerians, the APC chieftain said, gave opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) 16 years to rule but the party failed.

He expressed happiness that oil-rich state of Akwa Ibom had embraced the change of Buhari.

The Nigerian leader is currently in the United Kingdom for a 10-day vacation.

Buhari has duly transmitted power to the Acting President before traveling to London on vacation.

The siege to the National Assembly by State Security Service (SSS) operatives has drawn a lot of reaction from opposition parties and individuals.

This siege came amidst claims of attempts to force Senate President Bukola Saraki out of office.

Scores of senators and members of the House of Representatives were initially blocked from entering the National Assembly premises, but later allowed to move in after threatening to force their way in.

Source: Ghana News Agency