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CONEX: A Progressive Liberian Owned Oil & Gas Company – A Profile

Mr. Cherif M. Abdallah

 CONEX Petroleum Group of Companies is one of Liberia’s most reliable and progressive Oil and Gas Companies. The company has gained international respect for its professional services over the years. Globally considered a leader in the African marketing business, CONEX continues to put smiles on the faces of Liberians both at home and abroad.

Under the leadership Mr. Cherif M. Abdallah, this noble Liberian company is run by a group of professional Liberian business tycoons. Mr. Abdallah is a Liberian international business executive whose quest is to see his home country on a better footing amongst the comity of nations in the oil and gas sector.

Abdallah’s remarkable services to his country and its people became a reality in 2021 when his company, “CONEX”, officially took over Total Liberia Incorporated and Total Sierra Leone Limited. CONEX was a former TotalEnergies affiliate, and is now being rebranded and referred to as CONEX Oil & Gas Liberia, and Conex Oil & Gas Sierra Leone respectively.

A GNN-Liberia research revealed the genesis and how the whole operation started. On March 6, 2020, CONEX Oil and Gas Holdings Limited signed an agreement with TotalEnergies for the acquisition of Total Liberia and Total Sierra Leone. This deal led to CONEX takeover of all assets of TotalEnergies in both countries, something which many consider a huge pride for Liberia.

CONEX is a multi-national company that provides capital resources, support and highly skilled and talented management teams in the investees’ companies. It is the holding company for a group of companies operating primarily in West Africa and headquartered in Liberia with representative offices located in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria and the UAE.

CONEX has become a powerful force in the oil and gas sector. This acquisition of the two entities is in line with the company’s expansion strategy of the group.

Speaking to reporters immediately after the takeover, the management extended special thanks and appreciation to TotalEnergies for a smooth transition and conclusion of the transaction. “We also extend appreciation to our respective advisors: Sefton Fross, Lagos, Nigeria, Platform Capital, Port Louis, Mauritius and PSTV DMCC, Dubai, UAE. We take this opportunity to recognize in appreciation our Financiers: Africa Financial Corporation (“AFC”), Lagos, Nigeria, G.T. Bank (Liberia) and Ecobank” the Chief Executive Officer said.

Profile of CONEX Chief Executive Officer

Cherif M. Abdallah, is a Liberian with multiple professional services, who has served as Chairman and or CEO of the following companies : Conex Group, J.V., Ltd., Conex Oil & Gas B.V.I., Ltd. Conex Petroleum Services Inc., Conex Oil Inc., Conex P.S.T.-Conex Petroleum Group Inc., Conex Telecommunications Group Inc., Conex/ M.D. Sow Associates Inc., Conex Realty Corporation Inc. Conex Farms Inc., Fouta Corporation, SC&G Inc., Mercury Liberia Inc., Oil Experts Global, Liberia Inc., and the Abdallah Group Incorporated.



Conex Petroleum Services Inc. /Conex Oil Inc.

May 2007 – Present15 years 11 months

Senior Executive Management

Chairman C.E.O.

Conex Group and Fouta Corporation

Mar 2005 – Present18 years 1 month

Main functions at Fouta Corporation and Conex Group J.V., Ltd. as both Chairman/C.E.O. are business development and stratagems as well as medium and long term planning for the groups. Also provide over all management services with a focus on business development and marketing, as well as public/government relations.

Managing Partner

Potomac Capital Group, LLC

Jun 2003 – Aug 20052 years 3 months

International Project Development and Advisory Services to companies and high net worth individuals wanting to do business in emerging markets with a focus on Africa.


Debtscape-Debt Advisory Services

Jun 1998 – Feb 20034 years 9 months

Managed a group of consultants providing financial services, debt restructuring and advisory services to small and medium size companies within the United States


American University School of International Service (SIS) Washington D.C. USA

Bachelor’s degree International Relations and Economics

1982 – 1985

Activities and Societies: As Founder Chairman/CEO of Conex Petroleum Group Inc. Mr. Abdallah entered in to a strategic partnership with the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation/LPRC to establish the first independently owned and operated Oil Terminal in Liberia which will provide additional storage facilities for Refined Petroleum Products. The Oil Terminal is under construction and is designed to provide back loading capabilities to engage in the Transshipment and Bunkering Services.

During my studies at the American University, I was elected and served as Vice President of the African Student Association 1984-1985 and received a Certificate for Outstanding Performance by the American University.

American Cooperative School Monrovia, Liberia

High School Diploma General Studies: High School Diploma

1975 – 1980

He served as Senator for two consecutive years in the Student Council Government at the American Cooperative School during my period of studies. I also was very instrumental in reestablishing the American Cooperative School of Liberia, currently the American International School of Monrovia (AISM). I served as a member of the board of directors for a period of one year after it was established.

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