Who We Are

Upstream Awards were born out of a simple vision; to create an event which would honor excellence from within the emerging upstream oil and gas community.

Upstream Oil & Gas Awards, which is already endorsed by Kenya’s Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, is a platform aimed to bring together players in the oil and gas ecosystem.

The upstream awards, which are a brainchild of Joe Watson Gakuo, will be recognizing achievements from local and international companies involved in the upstream oil and gas value chain in the country and will be rewarding those that have played a defining role in moving the industry forward.

We shall be finding out who those performers are during Upstream Awards 2018 Gala dinner to be held on Friday, 21st June 2019 at Nairobi, Kenya


Joe Watson Gakuo

Joe Watson Gakuo sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. He is an entrepreneur with a passion for creating value, and a networker per excellence who today is the CEO of Oleum Holdings Limited, a primarily boutique oil and gas firm focusing on the East African region’s upstream sector.

“We are here to create the win-win, and if we do that, our vision is that you are going to be successful in engaging with the East Africa’s upstream oil and gas industry”, He says.