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Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Group Managing Director
HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria began his tenure as Secretary General of the OPEC on 1 August 2016. He has previously been Nigeria’s National Representative, as well as its Governor to OPEC, and in 2006, he was Acting OPEC Secretary General.
From 2009 to 2010, he was Group Managing Director and CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Earlier in his career, he was Special Assistant to former Minister of Petroleum Resources and OPEC Secretary General, HE Dr Rilwanu Lukman KBE.
Mr. Barkindo has also been leader of Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN climate change negotiations since 1991. He served as Chair of the Group of 77 and China at the UNFCCC and he was elected to serve three terms as Vice President of the Conference of the Parties.
Department of Petroleum Resources
Mr Mordecai Danteni Baba Ladan is a Petrochemist by profession who joined the DPR in November 1987 as a Senior Analytical Chemist and was deployed to the Safety & Environment Branch under the then Technical Services Division. He rose through the ranks to occupy various key positions within the organization including Zonal Operations Controller, DPR Kaduna. Having attained the rank of Deputy Director, he was appointed Head of the Downstream Monitoring & Regulation Division from October 2005 to June 2013. Thereafter, he was appointed Head of the Gas Monitoring & Regulation Division from June 2013 to May 2014. Then lastly he was appointed as the Head of the Safety, Health & Environment Division in May 2014 until his current appointment as the Acting Director then Director of Petroleum Resources.
Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board
Engr. Simbi K. Wabote was appointed as the Executive Secretary Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on the 29th of September 2016. Prior to his appointment he was an Executive Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria Limited and the General Manager Business and Government Relations for Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN).
Engr. Wabote joined Shell in September 1991 as an Oil and gas Engineer after a short stint with the Banking industry in Nigeria.
Prior to taking up his role as an Executive Director of Shell, he had served Shell in various senior positions within and outside the country in Engineering, Contracting & Procurement, External Affairs and Community Affairs Directorates. As Head of Civil engineering in Shell Eastern Division, he was responsible for major key civil engineering projects for the company, including the Shell Osubi airport in Warri Delta State Nigeria. He served as the National Assembly Relations Adviser to Shell and was the General Manager, Local Content Development, of Shell Exploration Production Company in Nigeria (SEPCiN). He was responsible for the development of Royal Dutch Shell’s local content strategy and framework and supervised Shell Local Content implementation across several countries including Nigeria, Gabon, Brunei, Oman, Kazakhstan, Australia, Iraq, Qatar, Jordan, USA and new frontier countries for Shell.
Simbi holds an MSc from Leeds Metropolitan University, Graduate of Civil Engineering from Rivers State University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt and a graduate of INSEAD group leadership programme. He is also a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a COREN Registered engineer and a member Institute of Civil Engineers London.
As the Executive Secretary, NCDMB his new assignment is to steer strategic National programs being implemented by the Board to build capacity and domicile industry activities within Nigeria. He is expected to bring his global experience to bear in re-engineering the Board’s business processes to achieve maximum impact on Nigerian Content development.
Chief Operating Officer - Upstream
Chief Operating Officer - Downstream
Chairman - Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream)
National Assembly - Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chairman - Senate Committee on Gas
National Assembly - Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chairman - House Committee on Local Content
National Assembly - Federal Republic of Nigeria
Former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources – Upstream
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Member – House Committee on Local Content
National Assembly – Federal Republic of Nigeria
Chief Financial Officer
Gas & Power GED
Engr. Saidu A. Mohammed is a resourceful engineer with cosmic knowledge in oil and gas industry especially in the Gas Sector. In his over 31 years in the Oil and Gas Industry, he has contributed immensely in areas such as the development & commercialization of Natural Gas, Design & Construction of gas supply systems as well as operations & maintenance of gas treatment & transportation facilities.
Engr. Saidu, a graduate of Chemical Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is also an astute administrator with integrity, maturity and professional competence which earned him the confidence of his colleagues especially at the NNPC Top Management Level and the Industry as a whole.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer Gas and Power in March 2016, he was the Managing Director Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) Limited since April 2014. Other portfolios held by Engr. Saidu are summarized below
Secretary to the Corporation
Chidi Momah has been a lawyer for over 33 years, having been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983 and the New York Bar in 1991. He graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Nigeria, Enugu in 1982 and took a Master’s Degree in Law from Georgetown University, Washington DC, in 1992.
Following a stint in private legal practice, Chidi joined Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd in 1992 as a Legal Officer. In the course of his 23 year stay in Elf Petroleum - now Total E&P Nigeria Limited - he served in many different capacities including being General Counsel and General Manager, Business Development and 2 stints on secondment in Nigeria LNG Ltd.
He has a unique view of the reforms being carried out in the Nigerian Petroleum Sector, having first been a long term member of the private sector industry PIB review team while in Total and now from the Government and public sector perspective.
Chidi retired in 2015 from Total as the Executive General Manager, Government Relations and Communications to join the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, where he is currently the Secretary to the Corporation.
Special Adviser - Fiscal Strategy
Ministry of Petroleum Resources
Head of the Petroleum Studies Department
Chief Operating Officer – Refineries
General Manager - Finance and Accounts
Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board
Mr. Obinna Ofili, the General Manager, Finance & Accounts Division holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration & Management from Federal Polytechnic Idah, where he emerged as the best graduating student. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Port Harcourt and a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from University of Ibadan. In addition, Mr. Ofili is a part-time Doctoral candidate in Financial Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a United Kingdom-certified Project Manager with PRINCE2 honours.
He has worked as a lecturer, consultant, analyst and banker, spanning four different banks.
In the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Ofili has performed functions relating to various aspects of Finance & Accounts, including seamless handling of Treasury operations, the Nigerian Content Development Fund as well as vastly improving the overall efficiency of the Division.
He has been instrumental in streamlining the financial operations of the Board and devising strategies that optimized the Board’s finances. He handled the transition of the Board’s accounts to GIFMIS and Treasury Single Account (TSA) with commendable ease, which ensured that the Board’s financial operations were never disrupted.
Mr. Ofili has developed very cordial relationships with stakeholders both within and outside the Board, including Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation, Central Bank of Nigeria, various commercial banks, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Bayelsa State Board of Internal Revenue, Federal Pay Office and the consortium of external auditors, among others, which has vastly enhanced the Board’s working relationship with these institutions.
Mr. Ofili has also served in various Committees in the Board, including Review of 1% Remittances, Operating Model for the two Special Purpose Vehicles established by the Board (NCD Fund Limited/Gte and NCDMB Capacity Development Limited/Gte) of which he is nominated as a Director, Technical Bids Evaluation Committee, Review of Payment Guidelines, Accounting Manual, Audit Manual, among others. He also oversees the Secretariat of the NCDF Advisory Committee.
GMD, Exploration & Production
Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company
Chike is the Group Managing Director of Aiteo Production and Development Company Limited. He graduated from University of Nigeria Nsukka as a Geologist and has extensive knowledge, depth and breath of experience in the Oil and Gas industry within and outside Nigeria, mainly in areas which include Exploration and Development activities (covering Geological evaluations, Seismic Interpretation/Prospects maturation; Field reviews/studies and Field Development Plans, Project Planning and Executions; Asset Management and General Operations. Chike has occupied Leadership and Senior management positions spanning over 30 years in the oil and gas industry.
He was Managing Director of SNEPCo (Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company), a position where he was responsible for Deep Water Oil and Gas development and Production activities in addition to managing various external, commercial, contractual, technical and reputational issues with stakeholders, Partners and Government
Chike is an alumnus of Ashridge Business School London and Wharton School of Business USA. Within his career years, he was privileged to work and operate both under the JV and PSC contract terms.
Liquified Petroleum Gas Association
Mr. Adedayo Olufunmilade Adeshina , born on the 25th April 1963 is the Managing
Director of Strategic Energy Limited , Lagos , Nigeria. He had his primary education at
St Mary’s private school Lagos , secondary education at St Gregorys College Lagos and
Irwin Academy , Leicester . He is a graduate of Business and Finance from University of
Wolverhampton (formerly Wolverhampton Polytechnic). He has attended various LPG
courses at the college of petroleum ; this includes LPG Economics, Supply, International
trading, Shipping contracts and Price Risk Management . An LPG expert and passionate
environmentalist , he has over 25 years experience in various industries, which includes
Oil & Gas, Power & Telecommunication.
He currently serves as a director in Hydrocorp Limited, Contact Solutions Nigeria
Limited, Gaztrade Limited, Gaz logistics Limited , Gas Terminalling & Distribution Ltd ,
and the Chairman of Green Rhino Ltd and Caproco International Nigeria , a local arm of
a Canadian international Corrosion monitoring and control company.
He is currently the President of the Nigerian LPG Association, (NLPGA ) , Industry
Council member of the World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) , Board Member of the
African Energy Association , Member Steering Committee of NESG’S Sustainability
Policy Commission and member of the Energy Institute , London.
Shell Companies in Nigeria
Osagie Okunbor, a graduate of Business Administration of the University of Benin, joined Shell group in June 1986. His over 30 years working experience spans Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Brunei and more recently the Netherlands.
He rose through the ranks working primarily in the HR Function until 1996 when he proceeded on international assignment to the United Kingdom as a Senior Advisor in the Shell London Office.
Between 2002 and 2006, he served as Africa Regional Human Resources Policy Manager, General Manager Human Resources for SPDC and eventually became the Human Resources Director in 2006, a position that placed him on the Board of SPDC. He was Vice President, Infrastructure and Logistics for Shell Nigeria (2007-2008) and then Vice President Human Resources, Sub-Saharan Africa (2008-2013).
Osagie was appointed the Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria on March 1, 2015.
Before his current role, he worked in The Hague, Netherlands for the Shell Group as Senior Advisor, Upstream International Operated business, supporting the implementation of the revised strategy for positioning Shell Companies in Nigeria for a stronger and more sustainable future.
He is currently the Chairman of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited
Sadiq joined Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited as a Senior Legal Officer on November 9, 1992 and has held a number of positions including Counsel, ExxonMobil Qatar, Senior Counsel/Company Secretary, Mobil Producing Nigeria and Assistant General Counsel.
He graduated with a degree in Law from the Bayero University, Kano in 1986 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. Sadiq also obtained a Master’s degree in Law from the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 1992.
Managing Director & Chief Executive
Total E&P Nigeria Ltd
Nicolas Terraz was appointed Managing Director of Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria in September 2015. He is also Total Group Representative in Nigeria.
Prior to his current position, Nicolas Terraz was Vice-President, New Ventures & Asset Management, for Total Exploration and Production.
He served as Managing Director of Total E&P France (from 2011 to 2013) and as Managing Director of Total E&P Myanmar and Total Group Representative in Myanmar (from 2008 to 2011) and before this, he held positions for Total in Qatar and at the Head Office.
Mr. Terraz joined Total in 2001, after working for seven years in the French Ministry of Industry and in the French Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.
Ewariezi Useh is the Managing Director of the Downstream Business of the Aiteo Group. His industry experience spans over 25 years covering various sectors of the Downstream sector from Oil Trading, Supply and Distribution to Terminal Operations & Management. He left African Petroleum PLC (now Forte Oil PLC) as General Manager, Operations in 2010 prior to joining the Aiteo Group. He is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin. He also holds an MBA from the University of Nevarra, Barcelona; Spain. An Alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School. A member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Society of Chemical engineers, the Energy Institute, London and also a Registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Senior VP & Managing Director
Addax Petroleum Nigeria
Cornelis Zegelaar obtained an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University. From 2002 until 2005 he held the position of Vice President for Exploration and Production and General Manager at Shell, Venezuela. Between 2005 and 2010 he was General Manager, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. Since 2011 he has held the position of Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Addax Petroleum, Nigeria.
Head – Upstream Monitoring & Regulation
Department of Petroleum Resources
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Nigeria LNG Limited
Tony Attah is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited and the Vice President of Bonny Gas Transport.
Tony has over 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to his current role at Nigeria LNG Limited, he was the Managing Director and Board Chairman of Shell Nigeria E & P Company (SNEPCo), Vice President HSE and Corporate Affairs and Vice President Human Resources (HR). He has managed other technical and non-technical roles in Operations and major projects including being Head of Joint Venture Economics in the commercial function.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Benin. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Over his distinguished career across Europe, Russia and Africa, Tony has led multi-disciplinary teams across diverse cultures. He is renowned for his strong strategic and commercial mind-set which is underpinned by a solid technical background and excellent leadership capabilities. His goal in NLNG is to sustain the historical excellent performance, move the company to the next level and continue to make NLNG an inspiration to Nigeria and a company committed to helping build a better Nigeria. NLNG is rated the 4th company in Nigeria (first amongst the home grown companies). The company contributed over 12% of government revenue in taxes and dividend in 2014 and 2015. With revenue exceeding $90bln since 1999, the company will easily rank with other FTSE 100 companies globally and is being managed to world class standards.
Tony is epitomized by his focus on people and on delivering business value to stakeholders.
Chairman & Managing Director
Mr. Jeff Ewing became the Chairman and Managing Director for the Nigeria Mid-Africa Strategic Business Unit for Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company (CALAEP) in January 2017. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria and is responsible for Chevron’s businesses in Nigeria and West Africa.
Mr. Ewing received his Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1986. He joined Chevron in 1985, working as a Drilling Representative in Louisiana, Democratic Republic of Congo and United Kingdom. Since then, Jeff has held numerous technical and management upstream positions of increasing responsibility in different locations; including Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kuwait, Scotland, the United States of America, Venezuela and Nigeria.
He is member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND).
Chief Executive Officer
Frontier Oil Ltd
Engr Dada Thomas is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Oil Limited. He has over 38 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with a proven track record in Facilities Engineering, Project Management and new business conception and development. He spent his first 21 years in the oil & gas industry with the Shell Group and managed a variety of increasingly complex engineering projects and general management roles in both Nigeria and Holland before venturing into the business world as an entrepreneur.
He resigned from Shell in 1998 to set up Tri-Ocean Nigeria Engineering Ltd., in partnership with Tri-Ocean Engineering Ltd. of Canada, providing engineering and related services to the international oil companies in Nigeria. In 2001, together with his partner, he bought out Tri-Ocean Engineering Ltd. and re-branded the company as Fairshores Ltd. He subsequently formed Frontier Oil Limited with a group of like-minded professionals in 2001to participate in the Federal Government of Nigeria’s first Marginal Field programme.
He has interests in a variety of oil and gas, real estates, facilities management and ICT ventures and is a serving Director of Fairshores Ltd, providing Twister Gas Technology solutions to the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry, and Alpha Mead Facilities Management Company, one of the leading Facilities Management Company in Nigeria. Engr Thomas was a founding and former Director of Geoplex West Africa Ltd. a specialised oil and gas service company providing wireline services to the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry and is the Chairman of Leed Technology Limited a family owned enterprise formed first in Canada and subsequently in Nigeria to promote the various interest of the Thomas family.
Engr. Thomas was appointed a 2nd Vice-|President of the Nigerian Gas Association in 2014, 1st Vice President in 2015 and incoming NGA President at the AGM of 2016. He is also the Chairman of The Marginal Fields Operators Group (MFOG) and the Somope Thomas Education Foundation, a philanthropic organisation he founded to facilitate access to education for the underprivileged in our society.
Engr Thomas is a graduate of Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom (1976) and is a registered engineer in Nigeria with COREN, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Canada.
Group Chief Executive
Wale Tinubu is the Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Africa’s leading indigenous energy solutions provider listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and the first African company with a cross-border inward listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Widely recognized for his successful transformation of Oando from a petroleum marketing company to an integrated energy group, Wale led the company’s landmark $1.5 billion acquisition of ConocoPhillips, Nigeria.
In 2016, Wale oversaw the largest capital inflow (~USD 300 million) into the Nigerian oil and gas sector via partnerships in its Downstream and Midstream businesses with Vitol, the largest energy trader and Helios, Africa’s largest private equity firm. This was achieved against the backdrop of the largest depression in the sector in 10 years and a recession in Nigeria.
In recognition of his valuable contributions to the development of the African oil and gas industry, Wale was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ West Africa by Ernst & Young and inducted into the firm’s World Entrepreneur of the Year Academy.
He has also been lauded as the ‘African Business Leader of the Year’ by Africa Investor in recognition of his numerous achievements.
Shoreline Natural Resources Ltd.
Dr Bada has a proven track record in the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector. He worked as an Adviser to Oriental Energy, a Nigerian Exploration and Production company from 2004 to 2010. He was involved in the various development cycle of the Ebok field from exploration to development and eventually to production. He has led teams to develop Oil and Gas investment in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He also worked in Nigeria and Algeria to develop opportunities in respect of the Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria.
Chief Executive Officer
Oando Energy Resources
Pade Durotoye is the Chief Executive Officer of Oando Energy Resources and the Chief Executive Officer of Oando Exploration & Production. Prior to joining these companies, he served as the CEO of Ocean and Oil Holdings Group, where he was a core member of the Group Leadership Council and a key part of the Strategy and Execution team for Upstream diversification, advising on, and in some cases leading, the acquisition of oilfield assets and drilling rigs.
He joined Oando in 2006 from Schlumberger Oilfield Services, where over 19 years he held roles in field operations, field operations management, line (country) management, human resources management, and business development while working and living in eight countries in Africa, Europe and the Far East.
Abdulrazaq is the Chairman/CEO of Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited, an indigenous oil and gas company incorporated in 1996 to carry out the business of exploration and production of oil and gas resources. He is a seasoned entrepreneur, manager and astute international businessman with over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services and Oil & Gas industries .
He has experience in strategy, enterprise transformation, asset development, business incubation and integration, start-up advisory and project management. He has participated in several international negotiations for asset acquisition and joint venture project financing in the Oil and Gas industry.
Under the leadership of Abdulrazaq, Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited has successfully grown production from a mere 500 bopd in 2008 to 7,000 bopd in current production. In 2013, Waltersmith was also awarded the Marginal Oil Field Special Award for its outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the Nigerian Marginal Field Programme.
He is a member of several professional bodies and associations which include the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Energy Institute (IE) and the Institute of Directors (IOD). He is also an active member of the Independent Petroleum Producer Group (IPPG) and the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS).
Managing Director & CEO
Ademola Adeyemi-Bero is an E&P professional with over 30 years experience in the Petroleum Industry. He is the founding, Managing Director / CEO of First E&P. Prior to this he spent 5 years with the BG Group as President/Managing Director for BG Nigeria's business interests. ‘Demola spent 20 years with Shell, where he occupied several significant roles in several countries. His roles in Shell included Business Director / Board Executive of Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited (SPDC) where he was responsible for Corporate Strategy & Planning, Commercial, JV Management, Information Technology and the Exploration portfolio, Vice President - New Business Development in Africa within Shell International E&P with accountability for new country entry strategies for Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and East/West Africa, as well as growing existing positions in Nigeria, Gabon and Cameroon. In these executive roles, ’Demola provided leadership over technical and commercial teams, delivering value to the Shell group. Aside from these executive roles, ‘he is an accomplished Oil & Gas Technical & Business Manager. His other experiences in Shell have spanned Asset Management roles in Nigeria, Asset Leadership roles in the Louisiana Assets of Shell Oil Company, USA, Principal technical roles in Shell operations in Nigeria and Business Advisory roles within Shell Group head-quarters in The Netherlands.‘Demola is a Bachelor of Science graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland in (Offshore) Civil Engineering and a post-graduate from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London, England with a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Director - Monitoring & Evaluation
Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board
Chief Executive Officer
Taofik Adegbite as the Chief Executive Officer of Marine Platforms is charged with overall responsibility of strategy formulation, performance monitoring and Improvement for the company. Prior to his assumption of the role of Chief Executive Officer, he was the Director of Strategy and Business Development.
He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan, a certificate in Strategy & Organization Management from the London School of Economics and he is a graduate of Harvard Business School OPM 44.
Taofik started his career with Agricultural Project Monitoring & Evaluation Unit, (World Bank Project). He later proceeded to the UK where he bagged his Cisco certification and worked on contract with NHS (Hammersmith Hospital) as an IT Engineer.
Shipowners Association of Nigeria
Vice President - Development
DeltaAfrik Engineering Ltd
Tunde Elesin has literally built his entire executive career on the definition of entrepreneur even before the term came into common use. Tunde has high energy and passion for achievements; He consistently turns business prospects into projects. He is a fiscally conscious and goal-driven Business Development executive who approaches each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements and company returns. He has addressed several large business conventions and is personally responsible for negotiating 10 of the largest projects won by DeltaAfrik Engineering Limited. He manages diverse team of well-trained, competent professionals to be responsive to customer’s need as well as business objectives. He is a team player who is dynamic, practical and a hands-on leader with excellent negotiating, and interpersonal relationship skills.
Austin Uzoka is a Chartered Engineer with vast oil and gas experience spanning over 24 years both as contractor and in the upstream business. He has worked for blue chip contractors and operators. In his current role, he has been at the core of Shell’s Local Content Development in the last 10 years supporting the company’s vision, strategy and growth. He was a Secondee to the start-up committee of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board after passage of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act in 2010.
In Gabon, He supported the delivery of a Shell Gabon Local Content Policy and drove the First ever National Oil & Gas Forum in Gabon. This was well received by all stakeholders including government Ministers and the Prime Minister. That marked the beginning of local content in Gabon.
Austin has a passion for import substitution to creating a true local content for the industry and to promote some Capacity Development Initiatives (CDI) on new businesses and product development as alternatives that will support compliance with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act some of which are; formulation and development of local materials such as Stud Bolts and Nuts , Production chemicals, Anodes and so on and currently working to develop alternatives with the University of Ibadan and Uniport for local sources of drilling fluids.
Austin is well experienced in collaboration and has used his trainings at Harvard and MIT to facilitate strong partnerships and the establishment of a Shell/ UKTI partnership since 2009; a model now adopted in Kazakhstan and Iraq. He is also a champion of the deepening of the ‘ The Global Nigerian’ initiative.
General Manager – Nigerian Content Development
Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria
Godwin Barika is the General Manager, Nigerian Content in Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria since February, 2015 till date. Godwin was responsible for the following International assignments from August, 1999 to September, 2007 in Pau, France:
He held the position of JV Onshore Drilling Manager in 2007 and Deputy General Manager, JV Drilling and completions in Total Exploration & Production, Nigeria limited. Total headquarters drilling/completion champion in blow-out prevention and drillsafe audit in the methods team based in pau, France from 2013 to 2015;
Godwin Barika graduated in Mechanical Engineering from university of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt and further obtained a post graduate diploma from the same university.
Managing Principal Consultant
OJA Petroleum Services Limited
A Geologist, worked in Shell Petroleum Nigeria and overseas (1979 to 2014) in technical, commercial and management roles and positions, rising to the position of GM, Business and Government Relations, and serving on the Board of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria as a Director, 2010 to 2014, when he retired from the company. An accomplished Petroleum geologist, with lots of experience in corporate governance, business controls, ethics and stakeholder relations, and a very good understanding and knowledge of the Nigerian Petroleum industry. He is presently a consultant on the Nigerian Petroleum Industry (OJA Petroleum Services Limited).
Former Managing Director – Port Harcourt & Kaduna Refineries
Engineer Alexander Ogedegbe is Chairman of the Boards of ILF Engineers (Nig.) Limited and Gasterminalling (Nig.) Limited. He graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from University of Iowa, USA. He has worked in various responsible positions in the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream of the Nigerian oil and gas industry since 1969. He started his career in the industry in Shell-BP Nig., working as well-site petroleum engineer, operations engineer and reservoir engineer until December 1974. He joined NNPC in Jan. 1975, where he worked as project engineer/manager in the NNPC refinery projects at Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt respectively from 1975-1989. He was the Managing Director of the NNPC Refineries, at Port Harcourt and Kaduna respectively from 1990-95; Managing Director, NETCO 1996-99 and the NNPC Group Executive Director, Engineering &Technology (E&T) 1999-2003, from where he retired, at the statutory age of 60years.He is a past president and Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He is also a Fellow and the current Hon. Secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
Regional Risk and Security Manager
DC Premium Logistic and Solutions Ltd
A former member of the British Army, Steve is a private sector security professional with 14 years international operational experience. His commercial experience includes security consultancy for a number of oil and gas companies in Africa as well as maritime security surveys on vessels and ports around Europe and West Africa. Between April 2006 and August 2009 he lived and worked in the Niger Delta where he designed, established and managed a security information team for an oil and gas major. Steve is also a leading security training specialist with experience in course design and delivery. He has worked or travelled in 21 of Nigeria’s 36 states with additional experience in 14 other countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Country Director – Nigeria
African Energy Association (AEA)
Tosin represents the African Energy Association (AEA) in Nigeria. AEA is a non-profit organization of experienced negotiators, advisors, and high-level policy advocates working to unlock access to energy resources and enhance energy supply in Africa and beyond. AEA creates a platform for African players in the energy industry to access the best opportunities to improve the local economy within Sub-Sahara Africa.
Tosin is an experienced Business Development Manager and Project Management practitioner in the oil and gas industry. He is a firm believer in local content development and was a participant in the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum (NCCF) in 2009. He is a member of the Engineering Working Group of the NCCF inaugurated by the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in 2014 towards increasing local capacity in engineering service within the industry.
He is an exceptionally passionate professional with a strong technical background in Engineering, project management and asset management. He has core skills in stakeholder interface/relationship management and project delivery across the energy value chain.
Tosin Yusuff currently serves as Head, Business Development in Suffix Energy. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Ponticelli Nigeria Limited
Nonye is a seasoned lawyer with over 16 years’ experience in regulatory and commercial law having worked with regulator in the UK and has also done a placement with the NCDMB. She has also worked as a Commercial Consultant. She is currently in charge of handling all aspects of Nigerian Content for Ponticelli Nigeria Limited. She was called to the Nigerian bar in 2000 and is also admitted as a Solicitor for England & Wales. She graduated from the faculty of law University of Benin in 1999 and took a master’s degree in International Economic law from the University of Warwick in 2003.
Director, National Content Development
Dele Aikhionbare attended the University of Benin where he obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Electrical & Electronics) in 1986. Dele has 27 years of industry experience and has worked in the past in Australia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Dele has occupied the following positions in the past in WesternGeco: Global Land Operations Training Manage, Multiclient Asset Development Manager for Africa, and Regional Manager for West Africa.
Senior Research Analyst
Group Chief Executive
Technova Africa Group Limited
Norbert C. Oleah is a dynamic goal getter and pace setter with over 20 years of cognate experience in the field of Engineering Services, he is the Founding Chief Executive of Technova Africa Group (TAG) Limited.
He started his career with Atlantic Oil Company Limited as a student-marketer in 1994. Two years after, he joined Automobile Doctors Inc. as a Marketing/Business Development Executive and rose to Business Services Manager in 2000, a position he occupied up until 2002.
In 2003, Engr. Norbert was appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SafetyCom Global Systems Limited an Occupational Safety, Health, Environment and Engineering (OSHEE) Services Company.
He grew SafetyCom to become arguably the largest OSHEE Company by market share after which he resigned in 2008 to found Technova Africa Group (TAG).
Engr. Oleah sits on the board of a few companies amongst which are; Technova Coating Facility Nigeria Limited (TCFNL), Technova Pipe mill Nigeria Limited (TPNL), Technova Construction Nigeria Limited (TCNL), Technova Energy Nigeria Limited (TENL), Technova Pipeline Systems Limited and Protege Oil and Gas Limited, Technova Energy East Africa Limited - Uganda (TEEAL).
He is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the Prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Acting Chief Executive Officer
OVH Energy Marketing, Licensee of the Oando Retail Brand
Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources
Standard Chartered Bank
Senior Partner, West Africa
Tom has overall responsibility for the West Africa region in Control Risks and manages an operation with over 160 consultants and staff spanning 8 countries including offshore work across the Gulf of Guinea. Control Risks security work in the region ranges from kidnap & crisis response and threat & risk monitoring through to managing the security operations of a wide range of international and indigenous clients. He has considerable expertise in advising companies as they embark on growth strategies across the region and seek to manage the challenges and complexities inherent with operating in Africa.
His recent experience includes:
Prior to Control Risks, Tom was formerly the Vice President Sales with International SOS in the US and Canada and before that enjoyed success working for the executive board on a number of international strategy assignments across the Group. Prior to International SOS, Tom worked as a management consultant advising blue-chip clients on growth strategies & organisational re-structuring to capture market growth in international markets. Tom has completed his further & executive education at Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Aston University and the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Bordeaux.
Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer
Eroton Exploration & Production
Ebiaho Emafo is a graduate of the University of Benin, He also holds an MBA from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales College of Cardiff and a Masters Degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the University of Cranfield School of Management, UK. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, United Kingdom.
He has about twenty (26) years experience in Administration, Procurement, Supply Chain Management and business startup and transformation within the oil and gas, manufacturing, telecoms & Intergovernmental organizations and has extensive experience and a proven track record in the delivery of key business results in dynamic and demanding commercial environments
Prior to joining Eroton E & P, he worked for the United Nations, Procurement Division, New York on assignment to Entebbe, Uganda, responsible for developing as a start up, the Regional Procurement Office and servicing UN Field Missions in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cote D I’viore, UNISFA, The United Nations Interim Force for Abyei & The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER)
Prior to that he has held several Director level positions, which have included; Supply Chain Management Director, Airtel Ghana Limited, where he formed and developed the supply chain management function of the new Zain acquisition in Ghana (Greenfield Operation). He was also the Regional Procurement Director for Zain Communications Limited (East & South East Africa), responsible for Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia.
Other Positions held include, Head of Purchasing Lafarge Nigeria Plc, Head, Procurement & Services Oando Plc, Head of Warehouse (Materials) and Head of Purchasing Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, Project Officer, United Nations Peace Forces, Former Yugoslavia, Administrative Office, Crown Prosecution Services, UK
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