Chief Operating Officer
Adeleke (“Leke”) Adedipe is Chief Operating Officer and a registered petroleum engineer with 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and a career that spanned locations in Nigeria, Italy, The Netherlands and Sultanate of Oman. He has extensive experience in production operations and maintenance engineering, drilling engineering, production technology, reservoir management and production enhancement coupled with a successful track record in corporate security.
Leke held various senior management positions (Production Operations and Maintenance Manager, Senior Portfolio Development Manager and General Manager Corporate Security) and retired voluntarily in 2010 to set up a consultancy firm. Prior to joining Lekoil, he consulted briefly at Atlantic Energy as General Manager Production. He also had an early career at the Nigeria Agip Oil Company.
Leke holds a BSc degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Ibadan and an MSc degree in international management from University of Liverpool.
Chief Technical Officer
Samuel ("Sam") Olotu is Chief Technical Officer at Lekoil Limited. He has over 25 years of exploration and development experience and has held senior management positions in the Netherlands, Houston, the Sultanate of Oman and Nigeria, working on several key flag-ship Exploration and Production projects.
Prior to joining Lekoil Sam was Chief Geophysicist for Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa at Shell Petroleum Development Company, where he managed large frontier seismic exploration and development operations in the Niger Delta, overseeing over 1,500 people daily. Sam also had an early career at Texaco Overseas and Schlumberger. He is a broad based Geoscientist with exposure in research, operations and management with extensive project management exposure in integrated exploration and asset portfolio development.
Sam also has a successful track record in strategy development and stakeholder management. He holds an MSc degree in Geophysics from the University of Ibadan and an MBA in Strategic Management from The Hague University, Netherlands. Sam is a registered member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Soceity of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE).
Managing Director, LEKOIL Gas & Power
Shola Adekeye leads Lekoil’s Gas & Power business with a focus on profitably monetizing equity gas in existing assets and also generating new businesses to create a thriving enterprise. Shola is also responsible for the stewardship and implementation of Lekoil’s Corporate Strategy. Shola has over 20 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry serving in various commercial and technical leadership roles in Nigeria, Venezuela, the USA and the UAE .
Prior to joining Lekoil, Shola was Director of Corporate Strategy at Mubadala Petroleum where he oversaw the Strategy, Economics, Long-term Planning and Market Research functions. Shola’s career also includes a stint at Hess Corporation where he held senior commercial positions in gas monetisation projects, successfully leading multimillion dollar negotiations in the US and Canada as well as extensive experience in ExxonMobil’s Gas & Power USA business analysis and negotiations teams for LNG development and gas transportation. In his early career Shola served as a Field Service Manager with Schlumberger Limited responsible for managing the Well Testing, Production and Completion services in East Venezuela and Trinidad following Field Engineer positions in Nigeria.
Shola holds an MBA from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA and a BS (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Managing Director, Lekoil Namibia
Mr. Shiimi-ya-Shiimi is the Managing Director of Lekoil Namibia and is responsible for managing and overseeing the Namibian operations. Mr. Shiimi-ya-Shiimi is a founding member of Lekoil Namibia and also a shareholder in the AIM listed holding company, Lekoil Ltd.
Mr. Shiimi-ya-Shiimi is very active in the Namibian economy and holds interests in various sectors. He has an MBA from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, MN; and a Bachelors in Accounting & Finance from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.
General Manager, Safety, Health, Environment & Security (SHES)
Godwin Ogadinma N. Okeke is General Manager, SHES. He has over 25 years of extensive experience in Leadership and Management positions as a SHES professional, in Operating Company (OpCo) and Contractor environments of Oil & Gas on/offshore and transition zones operations. His experience includes Operating Management System Framework design and implementation, Business Planning and JV management interfaces/client liaison, firefighting, advanced medical emergency responses and survival techniques, and large fleet management.
Godwin is a certified SHE auditor and professional member of Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigerian (ISPON), and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He was the inaugural two-term National President of ASSE Nigeria chapter.
Prior to joining Lekoil, Godwin was Senior SHE Manager for Kaztec Engineering and the lead SHE for the Chrome Group, he also held key SHE leadership roles at Shell Petroleum Development Company and Western Geophysical. Godwin graduated from University Of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife) in 1983 with Bachelor of Science (honors) degree in Mathematics.
Dotun Adejuyigbe and his team coordinate the commercial, business and strategic planning functions at Lekoil. His responsibilities include hydrocarbon marketing and support for corporate finance functions.
Dotun has wide-ranging experience in project management, consulting, private equity and corporate finance across projects in Africa, Europe, North and South America. He holds a BSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Senior Exploration Advisor
Dr. Ladipo is an award-winning and leading Nigerian expert in the geosciences, specializing in sedimentology, geology and geophysics. With over 35 years’ experience in exploration geology, Dr. Ladipo has held various senior management positions at Shell Petroleum Development Company, where he was most recently Head of Geological Services Department with corporate responsibilities for geological data analyses and technical support. He is the Director of the Center of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering studies, University of Benin (Nigeria), a member of the Nigerian Mining and Geological Society (NMGS), a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS).
Manager, Human Resources
Kike Fajemirokun is Manager, Human Resources at Lekoil Limited with company-wide responsibility for all HR activities, talent development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. She is an experienced Human Resources professional with an oil and Gas Industry career that began in the United Kingdom with Afren Plc. and then with First Hydrocarbon Nigeria (FHN) where she played a key role in team development.
Kike holds an MBA from Lancaster University Management School (Lancaster, UK) and a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from Cornell University, Ithaca (New York).
Gloria Iroegbunam is Head of Legal at Lekoil Limited. She has over 10 years of experience as a legal practitioner, starting her career with ӔLEX Legal Practitioners and Arbitrators in 2005 working in the Oil and Gas division, advising on the acquisitions, divestitures and operation and management of oil and gas assets, alternative tax structures for the financing of upstream activity, joint ventures, compliance matters, corporate management governance, and business development.
Gloria holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Uyo Nigeria. She obtained a Master of Laws Degree from the Columbia University School of Law and is qualified to practice law in Nigeria and New York. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Richards is a chartered accountant with comprehensive understanding of financial organisational workflow in public and private sector. He has over 28 years of experience which span across various areas including Tax Analysis, Business Analysis, Financial Analysis, Core Auditing, Business Advisory Services, General Accounting, IT Analysis, IT Auditing, IT (SAP) Implementation.
Head, Corporate Communications
Hamilton Esi is Head of Corporate Communications at Lekoil. He has primary responsibility for the Company's Strategic Communications which include Internal and External Communications, Public Relations, Partner Relations and Government Affairs. He also leads, develops and executes the company’s strategic Information Technology initiatives.
Prior to joining Lekoil full time in February 2014, Hamilton served in senior management roles at Perkins Eastman Architects in New York leading projects in the United States, Asia, the Middle East and Nigeria.
Manager, Investor Relations
Alfred Castaneda oversees Lekoil Limited's Investor Relations program, maintaining and expanding relationships with investors and shareholders. He directs ongoing dialog with the investment community, implementing new investment strategies and procedures, collaborating with senior executives, CEO, CFO, Corporate Communications departments. Prior to joining Lekoil, Alfred was Vice President, Global Oil and Gas at Ladenburg Thalmann. He was also Managing Director at Revere where he targeted, originated and executed Equity Capital Markets transactions for companies in the Oil & Gas and maritime sectors.
General Manager, Supply Chain Management
Ifeoma Vivian Ajoku is General Manager, Supply Chain Management with broad experience in sourcing and procurement in the oil and gas industry. Ifeoma holds a B.Sc. Business Education (Accounting) from Anambra State University of Technology (Nigeria), and an MBA from Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Nigeria). She is a member of the Institute of Supply Management.
Prior to joining Lekoil, Ifeoma held management roles at Schlumberger Nigeria Limited. She has been responsible for implementing procurement and sourcing policies, procedures and processes as well as and developing sourcing and implementation plans, timelines and resources. Mrs Ajoku also led the request for information, quotation, proposal and bidding processes, minimizing risk and maximizing value in terms of quality, delivery and total cost.
Manager, Corporate Finance
Keji Ajayi is responsible for the short-term and strategic funding of Lekoil. Prior to joining LEKOIL Keji was at Oando, participating in all debt capital raising and M&A. She has over ten years of finance and investment banking experience at The Carlyle Group focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa; and at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse focusing on Leveraged Finance in Oil & Gas. Holds an MBA from INSEAD.