Wumi Iledare is the Chirota and Emmanuel Egbogah Distinguished Professor and Director of Emerald Energy Insititute, University of Port Harcourt, Nigera and Emeritus Professor at LSU Center for Energy Studies. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Institute of Petroleum, Energy Law and Policy (IIPELP) Iledare is a Past President and Senior Fellow of the United States Association for Energy Economis (USAEE), the 2014 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), and a Distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE). Iledare is a recipent of SPE regional award for distinguished contribution to petroleum engineering in the area of management and information.
Mr Olufemi Ajayi is the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF). Mr Ajayi, a Nigerian, was the Director-General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency until his present appointment on 18 June 2014. A multi-disciplinary professional (biochemist, journalist and international law expert), he was also the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Development Cooperation and Diaspora Relations. Before his appointment as a Presidential aide in June 2007, Mr Ajayi had previously served with the Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK as a Senior Communication Specialist at DFIDProPCom. Previous to this he was the Resident Coordination Specialist of the United System (2005/2006); UNICEF Communication Consultant for HIV/AIDS (2001); National Professional Officer for Communication and Informatics for UNESCO (1999/2001); United Nations Information Centre (1992 to 1999), Science Editor/Member of the Editorial Board of Daily Times (1987/90), and Media Consultant to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Uzoma Akalabu joined Seven Energy as Nigerian Content Development Manager in October 2012. He was previously Public Affairs and Nigerian Content Development Manager at DeltaAfrik Engineering from 2007-2012. He has a first degree in accounting and MBA in finance and strategic planning. He has worked in various managerial roles spanning 26 years across a range of industries.
Uzoma’s quest to add value to the Nigerian human capital base has resulted in a number of local content initiatives to enhance economic sustainability within producing regions and maximize local benefits through partnerships among government, companies and civil society organisations. In June 2014 he established a local vendor forum targeted at small, medium and community contractors to address key areas of project delivery and implementation. Attendees included the NCDMB Awka Ibom and Cross River States. The quality and resourcefulness of local content has provided a range of additional benefits in terms of building better relationships with project affected communities and maintaining social coordination.
Martins Arogie is a petroleum Engineer by training (graduated from the University of Benin), a Chartered Accountant and Tax Practitioner by profession with about 8 years experience working in KPMG. He has also had experience working in the UK on international tax matters, and have authored several articles in both local and international publications on issues ranging from finance, tax and local content. During his time at KPMG, he has worked on a diverse number of clients and issues ranging from corporate tax restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, liaison with the various tax and regulatory authorities and local content compliance and administration. He currently works with the Energy and Natural Resources team at KPMG with direct focus on Power and local content.
Paul Zuhumbem is the General Manager, Projects and Operations at the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
An Electrical Engineer by profession, he worked at several companies after graduation in 1987 before joining the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in 1991 where he was deployed to the company’s engineering subsidiary National Engineering and Technical Company (NETCO) where he rose to become the company’s Lead Electrical Engineer. In 2005 he was transferred to the Nigerian Content Division of NNPC where he worked with the Planning Department as a one of the pioneering Staff.
He played an integral part in the Nigerian Content Division until the enactment of the NOGICD Act, 2010 and subsequent establishment of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)
He continued to provide service to his country at NCDMB’s Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate until his deployment to Projects and Operations Division as General Manager.
He has obtained twenty three years’ experience in the oil and gas industry engaging in several activities such as Coordinating, and managing teams/units, Electrical Power Engineering and System Design, Project Management, staff development and mentoring.
He is a duly registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and a member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE). He is also a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK (MIET) and the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM).
Engr Nwapa (MNSE) was appointed Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board in April 2010 following the signing of the Nigerian Content Act. He has worked for many years in the international oil and gas industry, gaining most of his experience within various capacities and functions at NNPC. His appointment as the pioneer Nigerian Content Coordinator in 2004, threw up the challenge of translating volumes of stakeholder recommendations into a comprehensive, implementable policy document, which was submitted to the Federal Government in February 2005 and provided the framework for setting up the NCD in March 2005 where he worked up until his appointment as Group General Manager Nigerian Content Division of NNPC in March 2010 in recognition of his noted contributions to the development of the industry in Nigeria. Engr Nwapa is a 1982 graduate of the Civil Engineering Department (B.Engr) of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, graduating with honours. Engr Nwapa has written several papers and made presentations on the subjects of local content development and capacity building both locally and internationally and is now internationally recognised and well known for his advocacy and promotion of capacity building and local content development in national oil and gas industries.
Emeka Ene is the CEO of the Oildata Energy Group and Xenergi, both leading technology based companies operating primarily in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. He is a Geophysical Engineer by training and holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Lagos. He is an OPM alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
He joined a major oil field service company as a field engineer in 1985 and worked in various capacities in Italy, Libya, Cameroon, Republic du’ Benin, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and GabonEmeka has also done technical work in Reservoir Fluid-contact Monitoring Technology and helped develop prototype applications utilizing Thermal-epithermal and Pulsed Neutron Technology.
Emeka is the Chairman of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Council and Chairman of the Editorial Board of “The Nigeria Oilfield Review” and FASTRAKOIL. He has also published several technical papers in the areas of Rigless Well Intervention, Reservoir Monitoring and Well Conformance Technology.
In all his roles in Lead positions within Commercial and Operations disciplines, Anthony has played a key role in driving growth and margin expansion across several oil and gas related businesses. Mr Anthony Okolo is a Lawyer by profession and has held many senior and management positions within the services sector of the oil and gas industry. During his work experience, he has worked on projects in the North Sea and the Gulf of Guinea. He has handled a wide range of drilling and production service portfolios with large volume contracts in excess of $250 million USD.
Currently as Managing Director of Royal Niger Emerging Technologies Limited, Anthony has led the company growth from startup into an entity that provides services on several key projects on ABO and OYO FPSO ranging from supply and maintenance services to provision of turnkey solutions for fabricated control and distribution products. Royal Niger is currently executing a multimillion dollar project for the integration and commissioning of ABO 12 subsea umbilicals