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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Engr. Saidu A. Mohammed is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Gas & Power Directorate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers. He served as the President of the Nigerian Gas Association from 2012 to 2014.
In his over 35 years practice in the industry, he has contributed immensely to the development of the Nigerian gas sector including the development and commercialization of Natural Gas, Design and Construction of gas infrastructure and supply systems.
In the course of his career, he has held various technical and management positions, some of which are as follows:
Engineer Mohammed is an avid golf player.