Shiddika has extensive experience in channelling investments through the events sector and has worked closely with Governments and leading businesses across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and, more recently, Latin America to achieve this.
As Group Director for EnergyNet, Shiddika manages the delivery of content of the conferences and meeting’s for the ‘World Portfolio’ this includes the Africa Energy Forum (aef), which has grown to become the largest, most respected international gathering of Governments Ministers and the global energy industry in driving forward Africa’s Energy sector. Shiddika understands the crucial need for developing energy in growing economies to aid social and economic growth and the role energy development can play in helping eliminate poverty. Shiddika is particularly passionate about empowering youth and women in growing economies who come from beyond privileged backgrounds to help them access world-class education and build their careers.
Before joining EnergyNet, Shiddika worked in global capital markets. As part of this, for over 8 years she was responsible for developing and leading the world’s flagship portfolio of conferences in the currency markets. The annual conferences were held in London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore, attracting Central Bank Governors and the world’s most prominent currency investors, often moving currency markets as a result of the discussions.
Shiddika studied Politics at the University of Warwick in the UK and has an interest in economic and political developments. In her spare time, Shiddika loves travelling and is not afraid to jump on to a plane to explore new destinations and immerse herself in different cultures. She enjoys hiking and, when she can, find time to curl up on the sofa with a good old-fashioned paperback book.