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The Nigeria Natural Resource Charter is governed by an Expert Advisory Panel made up of academics, lawyers, practioners and other experts. The Panel is chaired by Mr. Odein Ajumogobia SAN. Its responsibilities include championing the Charter domestically and internationally, providing expertise and guidance in conducting the bi-annual assessments on the petroleum sector in Nigeria and supervising the interventions carried out by the Charter. 


Expert Advisory Panel 

Mr. Odein Ajumogobia SAN is a former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Energy in Nigeria. He is a highly respected figure in the oil industry and in the Nigerian government. He is the chair of the Nigerian Natural Resource Charter and acts on the sector group of the expert panel.
   
Prof. Assisi Asobie is the former Chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), former head of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, and a renowned campaigner for oil sector transparency in Nigeria (formerly for Transparency International Nigeria). He is the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter Co-chair and acts on the social development group of the expert panel.
   
Ms. Lois Laraba Machunga is a seasoned petroleum-energy economist and analyst, with over 30 years Oil and Gas industry experience and is a provider of consulting and technical services in the sector, as CEO and Director in associate energy companies. Before which, she worked for 21 years at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where she held senior and management positions with experiences in, Exploration and Production (E&P) joint interest management with the major international oil companies (IOCs) and was responsible for Budget and long term Strategic Plan Development, and member of large-scale engineering development Project Management, amongst others. She has been involved in policy formulation and reforms through participation in many, Presidential, National Assembly (the Parliament), Ministerial and private sector Committees and serves as adviser to various international development agencies and local NGOs. Lois Laraba is a member of the Institute of Petroleum (UK), Nigerian Gas Association, Nigerian Chamber of Shippers and the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), amongst others.
   
Dr Ebi Omatsola is a renowned international petroleum explorationist and currently the Managing Director of Conoil. Before joining Conoil Producing Limited as a pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive in 1990, he was Head of Exploration at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria. He has over 35 years of petroleum industry experience, including the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), Shell Nigeria Petroleum Oman (Middle East) and the Shell International Headquarters. He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists (FNAPE). Dr Omatsola acts on the sector group of the expert panel.
   
Dr Jibrin Ibrahim is the director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a regional research, advocacy and training non-governmental organisation in West Africa. He was previously the Nigeria Country Director of Global Rights. Dr Ibrahim is also a political scientist and development expert with over thirty years of active engagement with the civil society. He acts on the social development group of the expert panel.
   
Dr Otive Igbuzor is the founder of the Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) and the immediate past international head of campaigns at ActionAid International and Country Director for ActionAid Nigeria. He is a frontline activist for transparency, accountability and good governance in Nigeria, and convener of the Natural Resources Governance Group. He acts on the social development group of the expert panel.
   
Mr Bode Agusto is a qualified accountant and finance expert with an excellent track record in the finance sector. He was previously the Director General of the Budget Office and Special Advisor to the President on Budget Affairs. Before joining the Presidency, he founded and directed Bode Agusto and Co. Limited which is a financial consulting company approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria to rate the performance of banks in the Nigeria. He acts as the lead for the Public Financial Management group on the expert panel.
   
Mr Tunji Lardner holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos, and over the last twenty-five years gathered wide international experience including serving as an Adjunct Professor, Centre for New Media at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1996-8) and as a Research Fellow, Freedom Forum Media Studies Centre (1992-3) also at Columbia University. Mr. Lardner was also a Reuters Scholar/Knight Fellow with the Department of Communications at Stanford University (1988-9). Mr. Lardner is an Internet savvy and globally recognized media and communications expert as well as a sought after public policy analyst with a deep and broad understanding of the uses and impact of new information technologies and communications paradigms in the process of good governance in transiting democracies. He is the Executive Director of WANGONeT a technology-based non-profit organization he founded in 2000. He currently sits on the board of Orun Energy, a promising business start-up focusing on providing alternative power for the Telecommunications sector in the developing world. He acts as the lead of the social development group on the expert panel.
   
Prof Ademola Ariyo is currently the Director, Centre for Public-Private Cooperation, Ibadan, Nigeria. He served as Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in old Oyo State between 1986 and 1990 and was also the Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria, in 1993. He was also a member of the Budget Monitoring Committee of the Federal Government of Nigeria. He acts on the Public Financial Management group of the expert panel.
   
Prof. Adeola Adenikinju holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan and is currently a Professor of Economics in the same University. He is also a Research Professor at the Centre for Econometrics and Allied Research. He is a renowned energy economist with expertise in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and has written extensively on energy issues. He is also the acting director of the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL), University of Ibadan. He acts on the Public Financial Management group of the expert panel.
   
Prof. Akpan Ekpo was appointed Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) from June 1st, 2009. Before this appointment he was the Vice-Chancellor of University of Uyo between 2000 and 2005. Professor Ekpo was the chairman of AkwaIbom Investment and Industrial Promotion Council, Uyo. He was also chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance 1994-1998. Professor Ekpo was a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2005 to 2009 and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee within the same period. He was also previously the president of the Nigerian Economic Society. Prof Ekpo acts on the Public Financial Management group of the expert panel.
   
Dr. Ukoha Ukiwo is a senior lecturer at the Department of Political and Adminsitrative Studies, University of Port Harcourt. He earned his doctorate in International Development from University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He has held visiting research fellowships at Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley and Centre for Peace and Development, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Dr Ukiwo was previously the Research, Training and Publications officer at the Centre for Advanced Social Science (CASS), Port Harcourt and correspondent (Editorial Operations) of Sunray Newspapers. He currently leads on the Research, Knowledge and Learning component of the DFID funded Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP). Dr Ukiwo has published widely on democracy governance, conflict and security in Nigeria.
   
Mr Ademola-Adeyemi-Bero is the Managing Director, BG Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited. He is a seasoned professional and has had over 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry and has spent the last 15 years in senior executive positions with global oil and gas companies in number of countries around the world. He acts on the sector group of the expert panel.
   
Mr. Osten Olorunsola is a professional Petroleum Geologist, Technologist, Development Planner & Economist, Commercial Gas and Power expert with over 35 years of practice and experience, which includes a decade with Agip-ENI (Nigeria, San Donato-Italy, Sophia Antipolis in France) and over two decades in Shell International (Nigeria and The Netherlands) where he retired as  Vice President for Sub Sahara Africa. Osten has credibly served Nigeria twice as Public Servant, first as Adviser to the Minister of State for Energy in Abuja Nigeria, and later as Director of Petroleum Resources from 2011-2013. Indeed, Osten has been uniquely blessed having operated at the highest levels of the three core areas of the Petroleum Resource Management (Technical & Commercial Operations, Policy Formulation, and Regulatory Authorty). Since 2010 Osten has been Technical Chairperson for drafting the Nigeria Petroleum Industry Bill including the 2016 Governance Bill, the most advanced towards legislative passage.
   
Mr. Sam Daibo is a 1991 MBA graduate of the University of Benin with extensive experience in business management, stakeholder engagement and conflict resolution. He has been in the Oil and Gas industry for well over 25 years with a deep understanding of the impact and nature of relationships that exist amongst various stakeholders and the Oil and Gas industry. He is currently managing the stakeholder engagement and social investment portfolio of one of the major Oil companies operating in the region. He was previously the Executive Director at PIND (Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta), a Chevron supported foundation that is focused on building peace and equitable economic development in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Mr.  Daibo is also a member of PIND’s Board of Trustees.
   
Prof. Ojowu has served in various public service positions. Between 2004 and 2005 he was a member of the Federal Executive Council with specific responsibility as the Chief Economic Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Executive Officer of the National Planning Commission. Prof, Ojowu also served as Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in Benue State between 1984 and1985 under the leadership of Brig-General Atom Kpera.  Between 1989 and 1991 Prof Ojowu was Consultant/Co-ordinator of Nigeria’s Industrial Master Plan sponsored by UNIDO and from 1994 to 1999 he was a member of the National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC) with oversight function over the national budget and Petroleum Trust Fund chaired by Gen Muhammad Buhari under the military leadership of General Sani Abacha. Upon exit from government in 2005, Professor Ojowu has worked as a policy analyst and consultant to organizations like the DFID, UNDP, the World Bank and Federal/State Governments.
   
Ms. Ronke Onadeko is one of the go to persons in Nigeria on project initiation and development, oil and gas operations, trading and marketing and management with over 27 years experience. She is the energy and power consultant to the Governor of Ogun State, FOSTER (Facility for Oil Sector Transparency) and a consultant to International banks and clients in the energy, power and oil and gas sector. She is the principal consultant at DRNL Consult Limited, UK and Delt-R Company Limited, Nigeria. She is on the board of several private and publicly quoted upstream and downstream companies. 
   
Dr. (Mrs.) Obiageli Ezekwesili served as Vice-President for the World Bank's program in Africa. She was until recently the Senior Economic Advisor to Open Society, aimed at building vibrant and tolerant societies with democratically accountable governments. She currently runs the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), which provides policy expertise and advisory support to African Heads of Government and their cabinets. She was one of the co-founders of Transparency International. She served as Special Assistant and Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring, and the Price Intelligence Unit, where she spear-headed institutional reforms of the country's Public Procurement system. Subsequently, she served as Minister of Solid Minerals Development, appointed in 2005; focused on reforming Nigeria's mining sector to meet internationally recognized standards. She served as the Chairperson for the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative from 2004 -2007 and pioneered the voluntary sign-on of Nigeria to the EITI Principles, as well as the first ever audit of the oil and gas sector. The New York Times as one of the 25 Women of Impact for 2015 while Times Magazine identified her as one of the Time-100 Most Influential People.

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