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.
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.
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.
Simbi WaboteExecutive SecretaryNigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board
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.
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.
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.
What policies are needed to enhance the Nigerian oil & gas industry’s competitive edge?
What changes in legislation and policy do industry players want to see and what impact will this have?
How will investment be attracted into industry activities within a lower oil price environment?
How does the Government plan to support the growth of indigenous operators and service providers?
What changes are required in Nigerian Content law to deepen the level of local participation in the national oil and gas industry?
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
2: Resetting Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry – Reviewing Global Trends
Chike OnyejekweGMD, Exploration & ProductionAiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company
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.
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
Managing Director, Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) – 2010 to 2014
Executive Director Operations, Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) – 2007 to 2010
General Manager, N-GAS (Bermuda) – 2004 to 2007
Team Lead NNPC Project PACE and later Project Manager SAP – 2004 to 2006
Depot Manager PPMC Calabar – 2002 to 2004
Manager, Lagos Operations Department, NGC – 1997 to 2002
Board Chairman, Green Gas Limited (a joint venture company between Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company - NIPCO and NGC).
Director, West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAGPCo)
Director, West African Gas Limited (WAGL) – a joint venture company between a wholly owned subsidiary of NNPC (NNPC LNG Limited) and Ocean Bed Trading Limited (BVI), a subsidiary of Sahara Group.
Board Member, Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP)
President, Nigerian Gas Association (NGA) – elected to serve a two year term as President in 2012
Dr Timothy OkonSpecial Adviser - Fiscal StrategyMinistry of Petroleum Resources
Dr Timothy Okon
Special Adviser - Fiscal Strategy
Ministry of Petroleum Resources
Tony AttahChief Executive Officer & Managing DirectorNigeria LNG Limited
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.
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.
What legislative framework is necessary to unleash the potential of the gas sector?
Cultivating an attractive gas sector for investors through robust policy
Reviewing the implementation of the Gas Revolution Plan – how will key objectives be maintained in the short and long term?
How can the barriers for gas infrastructure development be overcome and where will much needed funding come from?
What plans are in place to further secure gas pipelines and decrease the impact of militancy?
How is the gas regulatory framework being developed for deepwater projects and downstream and gas utilisation?