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Bayo Akinpelu

Leo Okara
Dr. F.A. Njoku

Felix U. Igwe

Olajide Lawal

Prof. Sokari Braide


Bayo Akinpelu

Adebayo Akinpelu is one of the most recognized names in the business of finding and developing petroleum in Nigeria and internationally. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Ibadan in 1973 and had a 33 year career with Chevron and its legacy companies.

He was at various times the Manager of Development Geology, Exploration Planning Manager and Exploration General Manager responsible for the Shelf, Deepwater and Frontier (Benue Through). He retired from Chevron in 2006 as Director of Government Relations.

He has received several awards in his career including the Distinguished Service Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and The Right Hon. (Dr) Nnamdi Azikiwe medal of the Nigerian Mining and Geoscience Society (NMGS). He is a Fellow of NMGS and the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Geologists (NAPE). He is a certified Geologist of AAPG and a COMEG registered earth scientist in Nigeria.

 

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Leo Okara

Dr Leonard C. Okara has over 25 years in the oil exploratory (seismic) world, 8 years as a field Seismologist/Geophysical Supervisor with seismic contractors, 12 years as Operations Geophysicist/Head of Seismic Operations in Shell, one year as technical Manager in Mabon and 4 years as a Consultant with a London based Consultancy Company, Vision Project Services, during which he supervised CNPC, PETRONAS, Petrodar and Total seismic acquisition projects in Niger Republic, Ethiopia, Sudan and Nigeria  respectively. 

He has acquired 2D, 3D, 4D, OBC, streamer explosives and vibroseis seismic data in and outside Nigeria. He supervised the first 4D seismic data acquisition by Shell in Nigeria and also two other consecutive 4D seismic and was commended for the timely completion of the projects without any down time. 

He has both B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Applied Geophysics from the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Ile-Ife, and also a PhD degree in Environmental Management from the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt. 

He is a member of NAPE and NMGS and has presented several technical papers on seismic acquisition, environment, and occupational health and community affairs management in international conferences in and outside Nigeria.

 

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Dr. F.A. Njoku

With over thirty years of Nigerian oil & gas industry experience, Dr. Felix A. Njoku was a pioneer Director of VRMT International Nigeria Limited, offering services & consultancy as well as in-house & open-subscription courses/seminars in Petroleum Geoscience & Engineering, managing Reservoir Fluids & Rock Analysis, including Geochemical Fingerprinting & Environmental Laboratories, Data Base Management, Workshops and Seminars. 

He pioneered the consultancy of Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QC/QA) and Supervision of Core Analysis of Niger Delta Reservoirs for the multinational oil & gas companies in Nigeria. Earlier, he was the Operations Manager of Core Laboratories Division of Western Atlas International (1990-1994). He supervised and managed Core Laboratories' widely subscribed Geochemical Speculative Study of Niger Delta Oils and Shales.

Dr. Njoku had worked for NNPC in various capacities including Head, Exploration Research, from 1979 to 1990. He initiated the establishment of the current core analysis laboratory in NNPC Research & Development Division. He obtained a B. Sc. Geology, 2nd Class Honours, Upper Division, University of Ibadan, 1974;  M.Sc/DIC Geophysics, University of London/Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, 1978 and Ph. D. in Applied Geophysics, Univ. of Calabar, 1988;

Dr. Njoku attended several industry courses inside & outside Nigeria, including, but not limited to:- Oil & Gas Consultants Intl (OGCI) Calgary: Formation Evaluation/Log Interpretation (Units I&II); Schlumberger Nigeria: Full Cycle Formation Evaluation & Dipmeter Courses;  Western Atlas Nigeria: Diplog Interpretation; Core Analysis Courses (Routine & Special), Formation Damage Assessment & Control, Integrated Reservoir Description, Initial/Residual Saturations by Core Laboratories Houston, Aberdeen & Nigeria

He is a Fellow (FNAPE) of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists;  the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 1989; The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) since 1979.  Dr Njoku has been honoured with the Nigeria Petroleum Golden Jubilee (1958-2008) Award for Excellence by Nigerian Energy Chronicles, Abuja (August, 2008).

He won the NYSC Chairman’s Award for the Best National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Member in the then Midwest (now Edo & Delta) State in the 1974/75 Service year. He was the Japan Petroleum Company Nig Ltd Geology Scholar (University of Ibadan 1973-1974). He has authored/co-authored several scientific publications.

 

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Felix U. Igwe

Felix U. Igwe graduated with a BSc degree in Chemistry and PhD in Environmental Management. He has attended several post graduate courses in Drilling Technology and Drilling Fluids Engineering in Houston, USA and Nigeria since 1988. 

He acquired wide experience in the industry having worked as Senior Drilling Fluids Engineer and Technical Professional with Baroid – Halliburton in Nigeria, USA and Congo. With wide experience in the academia, as university lecturer, and in the oil and gas industry, he is presently a Consultant and Senior Fluids Advisor to drilling fluids companies in Nigeria. 

He is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), Institute of Chattered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) and a Registered Environmental Specialist (RES).

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Olajide Lawal

Olajide (Jide) Lawal graduated with B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Geology from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile-Ife in 1974 and obtained his M.Sc. in Applied Geology (Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology option) from the same institution in 1977. He proceeded to the University of Nice, France where he received his Doctorat de 3e Cycle (Ph.D) Geology specializing in Stratigraphic Palynology in 1982. Jide did major parts of professional training and attachments in the laboratories of Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine Production (S.N.E.A.P.) in Boussens and Esso Production Research (European) at Bčgles near Bordeaux.

In 1983, Dr. Jide Lawal joined the academic staff of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State as Lecturer II in Geology. He was promoted Lecturer I in 1985 till September 1991 when he resigned to pursue a career in geological consulting. During the year 1985, he was a post- doctoral Research Fellow for 3 months at the University of Göttingen, Germany where his research was entirely devoted to the study of Cretaceous and Cenozoic Dinoflagellate cysts and Cenozoic Calcareous Nannofossils from Nigeria. Jide was Associate Lecturer in post-graduate geology teaching Paleontology and Palynology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1985 – 1986 session. As Associate Lecturer, Jide has been teaching Petroleum Geology to postgraduate students in the Master of Applied Geophysics programme of the University of Lagos since 2005/2006.

Between 1986 and 1988, during a leave of absence from Unilorin, Dr. Jide Lawal served as Senior Consultant Palynologist with Geotrex Systems Limited, Lagos-Nigeria. From September 1991 to January 1992, he was Senior Palynologist and Project Coordinator with Mosunmolu Limited, Lagos before becoming the CEO of Petrostrat Services Limited, Lagos in 1993. Dr. Jide Lawal has conducted biostratigraphic and sedimentologic studies majority of which are integrated with seismic and sequence stratigraphic methodologies on over 140 exploration and/or development wells (coal and petroleum) in Cretaceous and Cenozoic sedimentary sequences across several Nigerian basins particularly the Benue and Niger Delta. Ninety-eight per cent of these studies are confidential and proprietary to clients especially the oil companies. Jide has published several academic papers in international journals and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Geology at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. Dr. Jide Lawal has had over 30 years experience, both in academics and industry, in biostratigraphic, sequence stratigraphic applications to geological exploration and production of coal and petroleum in Cretaceous and Cenozoic sedimentary rocks.

 

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Prof. Sokari Braide

Prof. Sokari Braide was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. A Certified Petroleum Geologist by the Division of Professional Affairs of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Sokari started his career as a Junior Field Engineer with Schlumberger in Paris in 1977. He later pursued an academic career in Nigeria, rising through the ranks to Associate Professor of Geology, before joining The Royal Dutch Shell Group in Nigeria in 1991.

Sokari was utilized by Shell in various capacities which culminated in his being appointed Shell Professor of Geology and seconded to the University of Port Harcourt, in a partnership with the university to raise the standard of geoscience training.

Sokari retired from the Royal Dutch Shell Group in 2008 on reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60, and lives in Port Harcourt were he consults independently.

He earned his three geology degrees (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.) respectively from the Universities of Ibadan, Oxford and Cincinnati.

Sokari served on the Education Committee of AAPG from 1999-2002. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) from 1997-2000, and served as NAPE Vice-President from 2000-2001.

Sokari was made a Fellow of NAPE in 2005. He was also honoured with NAPE’s Distinguished Education and Mentorship Award in 2007 in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of geoscience training in Nigeria.

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