Renée Montez-Avinir named AOP MD

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AOP MD Renée Montez-Avinir.
Newly appointed AOP Managing Director Renée Montez-Avinir. PHOTO/COURTESY

Africa Oil and Power (AOP) has appointed Renée Montez-Avinir as its new Managing Director, effective 1 September 2020.

She will lead AOP into a new period of growth in 2021, with events and investment promotion initiatives planned for major and emerging markets including Angola, Nigeria, DRC, Mozambique, Senegal, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan, and South Africa.

Montez-Avinir brings to the position a strong and diverse track record in events, communications, management, and finance. Hailing from South Africa, she has over 15 years of experience working all over the African continent. Montez-Avinir has distinguished herself as a business development expert, connecting national leaders and executives at all levels.

 “This is a critical moment for both the energy sector and the events business in Africa and I’m proud to be at the heart of that transformation through working with Africa Oil & Power. I am delighted to be joining such a diverse and enthusiastic group of people and, alongside the board of directors, to lead AOP into a new phase of growth and renewal,” said the AOP MD.

Montez-Avinir joins AOP at an exciting time for the company, as it expands its portfolio of events, products, and partnerships across the continent. In 2021 AOP is set to hold its first-ever Mozambique Gas and Power conference and exhibition in March, the fourth South Sudan Oil & Power event in June, the first DRC Energy & Infrastructure Investment Summit in September, and the fifth annual flagship AOP event, Africa Oil & Power 2021, in Cape Town in October. AOP will return to Angola for the second Angola Oil & Gas conference and exhibition at a date to be announced.

Prior to her appointment as Managing Director at Africa Oil & Power, Montez-Avinir was Head of Operations for Africa at Investor Publishing, a leading international events company headquartered in the UK. She holds a degree in Communication Science majoring in Mass Communications from Endicott College in Massachusetts, USA, and two post-graduate diplomas in public relations and event management from Damelin Business College in South Africa.

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