managing director/ceo
ademola adeyemi-bero

Ademola Adeyemi-Bero is a seasoned Oil & Gas Executive with a sound knowledge for scenario and strategy development and execution. He leads FIRST E&P’s drive towards the attainment of a sustainably successful integrated oil and gas business in the Nigeria and delivering on its corporate strategy.

Prior to embarking on the entrepreneurial journey, Ademola was the President of BG (British Gas) Nigeria with responsibility for the Integrated Gas, Exploration & Production businesses of the British Gas Group in Nigeria. He also spent about 20 years with Shell, where he occupied significant roles in several countries which included Nigeria, The Netherlands, and United States of America.

In these management and executive roles, Ademola provided leadership over diverse technical and commercial teams, country business units, focused on value creation and supporting Business Governance objectives of the respective companies.
Executive Director Exploration
Emmanuel Ifeanyichukwu Enu, FNAPE

As an E&P professional, Emmanuel has over 20 years experience as a Petroleum Geologist. Emmanuel joined Shell International in 1991, following a 12 year academic career as an associate Professor of Geology. He held several senior executive positions ranging from Head of Geological services through to Deepwater Exploration Manager for Shell Nigeria (2004-2008).
GM Corporate Services
Emmanuel Etomi

Emmanuel’s Human Resources Management experience spans over 20 years in the Oil & Gas industry both in Nigeria and Brunei. His Human Resources knowledge covers Resourcing, Employee Relations and Recruitment.

He led the Shell Social Performance transformation agenda between 2004 – 2008.
GM Operations
Olatunbosun Oni

Olatunbosun has over 28 years of E&P professional experience in the Petroleum Industry. Prior to taking up the role of General Manager Operations in FIRST E&P, he had a 28 year stint with Shell Nigeria in various roles running Maintenance, Engineering and Operations, The last half of his time with Shell was spent in SNEPCO Deepwater Operations in various roles as OIM, Production Superintendent and Operations Manager.
Executive Director Commercial / CFO
Cees Uijlenhoed

An E&P professional with over 25 years’ experience with Shell International. Has held senior executive positions as the Finance Director for Shell Middle East and as Finance Director for Shell in Africa. Worked in The Netherlands, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Dubai and Nigeria. Cees first came to work in Nigeria in 1994.

He possesses global expertise in finance, treasury, supply chain management, strategy, planning and risk management. Served nearly three years as MD/CEO of a Nigerian E&P company before joining FIRST E&P.
GM Finance
Darlington Okougha

Darlington’s Finance Management experience of over two decades cut across Downstream, Service, Power and the Upstream sectors of the Oil and Gas industry gained at Texaco Nigeria; Schlumberger Nigeria as Treasurer, and Divisional Controller, AES Corporation as Country Financial Controller; and until recently BG Nigeria.

His most recent career at BG Group in Nigeria commenced in 2006 as Chief Accountant, and in 2009 he accepted the role of Finance Manager at BG Group’s significant North Sea portfolio based in Aberdeen Scotland, a position he held until his return to Nigeria in late 2011 for the position of Head, Finance and Information Technology.

Darlington has attended numerous courses locally and internationally, and had work assignments to Angola and England. Darlington is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with Finance specialization from the UNE Graduate School of Business, Armidale, Australia.
General Counsel
Defolu Olufon

Defolu has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Lagos and a Master of Laws Degree from the University College London. Defolu’s experience in a number of legal roles covers dispute resolution, corporate & commercial law and energy law whilst working as an Associate and Senior Associate at Aluko & Oyebode and as the Legal Counsel/Company Secretary of BG Nigeria (Nigerian branch of BG Group Plc, UK).

Since inception of the Company in July 2012, Defolu has been the General Counsel, where he has led the legal team to support the Company’s bids for numerous oil and gas assets in divestment rounds involving International Oil Companies, from which the Company has been successful in acquiring interests in five (5) Oil Mining Leases.

Defolu has worked in challenging environments like China and Nigeria and also worked in Singapore and the United Kingdom. His expertise is focused around upstream matters relating to Production Sharing Contracts, Joint Operating Agreements, Farm-In and Farm-Out Agreements, Drilling Services Agreement, Shareholders Agreement relating to LNG projects as well as Corporate Governance issues.

He is an expert on anti-corruption matters in challenging environments and has a very good understanding of the UK Bribery Act, U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Nigerian Anti-Corruption legislation.
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