Engr. Henry Ikemefuna C. Obih, a graduate of B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA in Finance from the University of Bradford, UK was appointed Group Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, NNPC on 1st April 2016. Prior to this appointment, he had been an Executive Director of Operations at Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc from July, 2008 and its Executive Director, Retail from 2013 until he was appointed to head NNPC's Downstream businesses. He joined Mobil Oil Nigeria from the U.K. in 1994 as a Project Engineer on the $30million Mobil Oil Nigeria manufacturing and terminal automation projects. Engr. Obih became Lubes Plant Manager in 1995 and was appointed Manager, Petroleum Jelly Plant in 1995. He subsequently held the positions of Manager, Aviation & Marine and Area Operations Manager (Nigeria & Ghana) before proceeding on a foreign assignment in 2000, to Belgium as Financial & Business Planning Analyst for Fuels Marketing, Africa & Middle East supporting Mobil Corporation's businesses in 41 countries in the Africa-Middle East region.
While in ExxonMobil (EM), among several projects, Engr. Obih led the Africa Terminal Optimization Project which evaluated the portfolio of assets owned by EM in Africa and restructured the portfolio supported by an investment plan which increased annual income from the owned terminals by over $5M, a 20% increase ...in addition to his regional responsibilities, he was also part of the Global team that implemented Activity Based Costing (ABC) and Cost to Serve, two global programs aimed at achieving pacesetter cost levels for the Corporation, a critical factor for achieving Operational Excellence. Engr. Obih was a member of the Project team that delivered on time and within budget, the $154million asset upgrade project of MON's Real Estate assets.
He has had a diverse and cross-functional career spanning over 30 years in the Downstream sector of the Oil & Gas industry with 22 of those years in Mobil, involving assignments in Project Management, Lubricants & Specialties, Manufacturing, Quality Systems Management, Business & Strategic Planning, Marketing & Operations.
As GED/COO, Downstream, NNPC, he is currently leading the rehabilitation and restoration of the NNPC Pipelines, Terminals, Retail stations and Depot assets. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating the NNPC Downstream Strategic Business Units to achieve efficient Management of the Corporation’s fuels supply and distribution assets for a hitch-free supply chain.
Engr. Obih received B. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1986 and an MBA from Management Centre University of Bradford UK in 1993. He is an Alumnus of INSEAD France and has also completed the Advanced Management Programme from Lagos Business School. He is also a member of various international and Nigerian Professional Bodies including Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Council for the Regulation of Engineering (COREN) and a Fellow of Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FNIMechE)
Senator Kabir MarafaSenate Committee Chairman on Petroleum Resources (Downstream)National Assembly - Federal Republic of Nigeria*
Senator Kabir Marafa
Senate Committee Chairman on Petroleum Resources (Downstream)
Mr. Anibor Ohiole Kragha holds four degrees: a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota (1996), a Masters in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (1998) and two Masters’ degrees received from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2003. At MIT, Mr. Kragha was a Fellow of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) dual-degree program via which he secured both a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Mr. Kragha is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Refineries & Petrochemicals Directorate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a position that he has held from April 2016 to date. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the operations of NNPC’s four refineries with a total combined installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day (BPD). He is presently a member of the Board on two NNPC subsidiaries: NNPC Retail Limited and NNPC Medical Services Limited.
Before then, he served as the Group General Manager (GGM), Treasury for NNPC from September 2015 to March 2016, a role that saw him responsible for the Treasury Operations and inter-company funding arrangements for NNPC. He was responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) initiative across all Strategic Business Units in NNPC.
Prior to joining NNPC, Mr. Kragha spent over ten years working for Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), an affiliate of ExxonMobil, in various capacities of increasing responsibility in Nigeria and the United States. At MPN, Mr. Kragha served as Upstream Treasurer for ExxonMobil Affiliates in Nigeria from July 2012 to September 2015 and was responsible for Affiliate Finance, Benefits Finance & Investments, Cash Management and Insurance activities.
From January 2011 to June 2015, Mr. Kragha served as Financial Advisor for the ExxonMobil Development Company (EMDC) in Houston and Affiliate Finance Department at the ExxonMobil Corporate Headquarters in Dallas. At EMDC, he worked on a landmark US$ 1.5 billion project financing arrangement for Nigeria and developed a National Content framework for cross-functional teams in Angola, Indonesia and Houston. In the Affiliate Finance role, he worked on complex valuations for ExxonMobil’s Hong Kong and Singapore subsidiaries, re-introduced inter-company financing into Esso Thailand and coordinated financing arrangements for affiliates in Thailand, Malaysia and Nigeria.
From February 2005 to December 2010, he occupied various positions of increasing responsibility in ExxonMobil Upstream Africa Audit and MPN’s Commercial and Treasurer’s departments. His roles included leading a diverse range of audit engagements in Chad, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Nigeria, implementing various Alternative Funding Arrangements and performing analysis of the impact of proposed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) provisions on industry-wide oil & gas operations in Nigeria.
Mr. Kragha also worked as a Manufacturing Team Coordinator and Process Engineer at the Polaroid Corporation in the USA from 1998 to 2001. He performed his mandatory one-year Nigeria National Youth Service requirement by providing leadership and career development seminars at local secondary schools.
Segun Adebutu is a Nigerian visionary, business magnate, investor andphilanthropist.
His vision to create an African conglomerate of world-class standards, has seen him invest immensely in the Oil and Gas, Mining, Infrastructure, Construction, Telecommunications and Entertainment Industries across sub-Saharan Africa.
As a strategic business enthusiast, he started trading in oil and gas in 2004.
Adebutu has dedicated his extensive knowledge of the industry towards playing a huge role in its advancement, the most notable being his investment in a Mega Oil City in Ibefun, Ogun State.
Upon completion, the megacity it will be home to a 250,000 barrel-per- day capacity refinery, an ultramodern lube plant, an LNG and LPG plant, and a power plant.
The project is expected to create over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.
At present, Adebutu serves on the board of various blue-chip companies as Chairman and Director, some of which include Oladiran Engineering and Trade Nigeria Limited and Petrolex Oil and Gas, an innovative diversified energy services organisation providing value added services in supply and distribution of petroleum products, used oil recovery, fleet/fuel management services and shipping and logistics.
Segun Adebutu is the founder, financier and chairman of Oladiran Olusegun Adebutu (OOA) Foundation, a not- for-profit and non-political organisation, which was formally launched in October 2016 at Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The foundation is committed to supporting orphans and vulnerable children through access to "quality education, primary healthcare, nutrition as well as social and economic welfare." The foundation whose mantra is ‘Leave No Child Behind’ adopted 300 internally displaced children, and has been responsible for their upkeep including education, feeding, housing and health.
Adebutu is the Chairman of Bluebridge Marine, Oladiran Agro-Allied Company and a music record label, named Baseline Records.
Adebutu is also the Executive Director and a member of the Board of Premier Lotto Nigeria Limited. He studied Economics at the prestigious University of Ibadan.
How have plans to overhaul Nigeria’s refineries progressed? Are the refineries on track to operate at 90% by Dec 2019?
How will legislation encourage private sector participation in the downstream sector?
What lessons can be learned from international counterparts in developing a robust downstream sector?
What is the role of modular refineries in closing the output gaps in the downstream sector?
Questions & Answers
10:20 - 10:50
Networking Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:20
Session 6: Industry Leaders’ Panel: Unlocking Nigeria’s Investment Potential
Maikanti Kachalla Baru is an indigene of Bauchi State. He obtained his West African School Certificate in 1978 from the Federal Government College Jos and later bagged a First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1982. He also attended the University of Sussex, United Kingdom where he graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering in 1987.
Between 1988-1991, he held various positions at the Jos Steel Rolling Company Ltd. including Head Corporate Planning and Electrical Department while also serving in several committees in the company.
He was the Manager National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO) from May to November 1991. He became the Manager, Operations of Procurement Management Services (PROMAS) from 1991-1993 where he saved the Corporation over $70 million in six months of operation.
Thereafter, he served in NAPIMS as the Manager Gas Department for four years and in 1997, he was appointed General Manager, Gas Development Division and during his stewardship of the Joint Venture Gas Projects, they were able to save over $575 million.
In July 1999, he was appointed as the Executive Director, Operations of the Nigerian Gas Company, Warri where he was responsible for the smooth operation of all the facilities in the Nigerian Gas Company ensuring uninterrupted gas supply to customers such as NEPA.
He left this position in 2004 and was appointed as the Managing Director Hyson (Nigeria) Ltd and under his stewardship; Hyson was introduced into the domestic LPG business and grew rapidly raking in N24m in 2004, N164m in 2005 and N400m in 2006.
From 2006 to 2007, Dr. M.K Baru was the Group General Manager, Greenfield Refinery Projects Division where he was tasked with ensuring the smooth execution of the feasibility study, design, construction and operation of new refineries in Nigeria.
Following his good work there, he was appointed in 2007, as the Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) where he was responsible for ensuring the effective supervision of the nation’s investment in the upstream of the Nigeria’s oil industry. This covered the six joint ventures, sixty-two production-sharing contracts and other ad-hoc assignments.
Till his appointment as the Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, Dr. Baru was the Group General Manager LNG Division. In his capacity, he handled the commercial and administrative aspects of the LNG Investment Businesses. He was also the NNPC’s Chief Technical Negotiator on the West African Gas Pipeline project and chaired the NNPC Anti-Corruption Committee.
In March 2016, he was appointed Technical Adviser (Gas Matters) to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and on July 4th 2016, President Muhammad Buhari appointed him as the 17th Group Managing Director of the NNPC.
Dr. Baru has shown academic excellence over the years winning various prizes such as the Shell BP Petroleum Prize for the Best Final Year Mechanical Engineering Student and the Lever Brothers Prize for the Best Final Year Mechanical Engineering Investigation Project at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He has also attended prestigious institutions such as the Harvard Business School, College of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Oxford, Columbia University Business School, New York and the Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business among others.
Jeff EwingChairman & Managing DirectorChevron Nigeria Ltd
Chairman & Managing Director
Chevron Nigeria Ltd
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).
Nicolas TerrazManaging Director & Chief ExecutiveTotal Upstream Companies in Nigeria
Managing Director & Chief Executive
Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria
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.
Born in 1969, he is married with four children.
Paul McGrathChairman & Managing DirectorMobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited
Chairman & Managing Director
Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited
Paul McGrath is Chairman/Managing Director of ExxonMobil’s two upstream affiliates, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) and Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL).
Prior to his appointment as Chairman/Managing Director in March 2017, he was Project Execution Manager for ExxonMobil Development Company in Houston.
He has over 30 years oil and gas industry experience, beginning as a process supervisor working offshore operations on Brent Delta, UK North Sea. He Joined ExxonMobil in 1999, and has held various technical and managerial assignments covering deepwater platforms, subsea and onshore oil and gas facilities.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University in Glasgow. He is also a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Osagie OkunborChairmanOil Producers’ Trade SectionCountry Chair & Managing DirectorShell Companies in Nigeria & Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd
Oil Producers’ Trade Section
Osagie Okunbor was appointed the Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC) and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria in 2015.
A graduate of Business Administration, Osagie has over 30 years industry experience in Nigeria, the UK, Brunei and the Netherlands.
His previous roles in the Shell Group include: Senior Adviser for Upstream International Operated business; Vice President Human Resources for Sub-Saharan Africa; Vice President for Infrastructure and Logistics in Nigeria and Human Resources Director in Nigeria.
He also chairs the Oil Producers Trade Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He is married and blessed with three children. He enjoys music and football
Massimo InsullaVice Chairman & Managing DirectorNigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd
Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd
What plans are in place to create an enabling environment for further investment into exploration and production – especially deep offshore gas?
What strategies are being explored to reduce the cost of crude production - increasing efficiency and transparency in procurement, technology, security and stakeholder management?
What impact have the alternative funding mechanisms had on joint venture production projects? Is the new model sustainable and how is will it be protected?
What other barriers remain in unlocking the industry’s full investment potential?
Questions & Answers
12:20 - 13:50
13:50 - 15:10
Session 7: The Independent Producers’ Role in the Future of Upstream Production
Uzo NwagwuChief Operating Officer - Sub Saharan AfricaBHGE
Chief Operating Officer - Sub Saharan Africa
Yusuf MatashiManaging DirectorNigeria Petroleum Development Company
Nigeria Petroleum Development Company
Dr Ladi BadaManaging Director & Chief Executive OfficerShoreline Natural Resources
Dr Ladi Bada
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Shoreline Natural Resources
Dr. Ladi Bada is the managing director/CEO of Shoreline Natural Resources; an indigenous oil and gas exploration and production company with reserves in excess of 1 billion barrel, and production in excess of 50 kbbl/day.
Even as a trained medical doctor, Dr. Bada’s passion to build the indigenous oil and gas industry and local content drove him to work in and develop this sector. He worked as an adviser to Oriental Energy a Nigerian exploration and production company from 2004 to 2010. In that role, he worked with the executive chairman to farm out and develop their three offshore assets.
He was also involved in the various development cycle of the Ebok field from exploration to development and eventually to production. While at Oriental Energy, he led teams to develop oil and gas investment in Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Bada worked in Nigeria and Algeria to develop opportunities in the proposed Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline for Oriental Energy and NNPC. He is a director in several Nigerian companies including Costain West Africa Plc, a foremost civil infrastructure company
Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune is the Chief Operating Officer, Oando Energy Resources (OER). Prior to assuming this role in 2018, he was the Chief Strategy & Corporate Services Officer at Oando PLC from 2016 to 2018. He also served as the Head of Corporate Communications from 2013 to 2016, where he oversaw all internal and external brand-building efforts across the company’s business entities.
Dr. Irune spearheaded the global communications strategy following Oando’s successful $1.5bn acquisition of ConocoPhillips Nigeria’s upstream assets. Recently, he re-enacted these efforts in the wake of a $210 million strategic partnership between Oando Downstream, Vitol and Helios Investment Partners to create OVH Energy; and a $115.8 million Midstream alliance between Oando Gas & Power and Helios.
Prior to his time at Oando PLC in 2011, Dr. Irune worked in the United Kingdom as an In-Vehicle Systems Designer with Nissan, Honda, and Jaguar Land Rover and graduated from the University of Nottingham with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 2002, and attained his PhD in Computer Science from the same university in 2009.
Ebiaho EmafoManaging Director & Chief Executive OfficerEroton Exploration & Production Company Ltd
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Eroton Exploration & Production Company Ltd
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
Independent producers perspective: Remaining profitable amidst shifting global markets
What is the indigenous producer’s appetite in supplying gas to the domestic market?
How is current policy surrounding gas commercialisation impacting the level of investment into gas development?
What steps can be taken to increase the cost effectiveness of doing business in Nigeria?
To what extent have government partnerships with independents spurred development and growth?
Esimaje BrikinnGeneral Manager – Policy, Government & Public AffairsChevron Nigeria Ltd
General Manager – Policy, Government & Public Affairs
Chevron Nigeria Ltd
Esimaje Brikinn is the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, (PGPA) Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), a role he assumed in December 2016. He is based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Brikinn joined CNL on April 1, 1996 as an operator trainee for the Escravos Gas Project and moved to the Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA) department in year 2000 as a Field Public Affairs Representative, interfacing with community stakeholders in support of field operations and capital projects.
Within PGPA, he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Nigeria and the United States in the course of his career. These include: Community Engagement Representative, Government Affairs Representative, Community Engagement Coordinator, Social Performance Advisor, Manager Social Performance & Planning and Area Manager, PGPA West. As Area Manager, he provided leadership in planning and executing Company’s strategies for stakeholder engagement, social investment and social issues plus risk management in support of Chevron’s operations and capital projects in the Niger Delta.
Brikinn received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure in 1989 and a Master’s degree in Production Engineering (Industrial Engineering option) from the University of Benin in 1993. He also holds a certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management from the College of Natural Resources of the University of California, Berkeley.
Brikinn is happily married with children.
Stephen PhelpsRegional Risk & Security ManagerDC Premium Logistic and Solutions Ltd
Regional Risk & 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.