Our Board

The Seplat Board consists of highly experienced professionals and business experts with profound understanding of the dynamics of the oil and gas industry at both local and international levels.

Dr. Ambrosie Bryant Chukwueloka Orjiako

Dr. Ambrosie Bryant Chukwueloka OrjiakoChairman

A.B.C. Orjiako, a co-founder of Seplat, was appointed as a director on 14 December 2009 and as Chairman on 3 March 2010.

After obtaining an M.B.B.Ch. degree in 1985 from the College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Nigeria, Dr Orjiako trained as a General Surgeon at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, and later sub-specialised in orthopaedic and trauma surgery and became a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons in 1996.

Whilst still practicing at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, Dr Orjiako established and managed various companies in the upstream, downstream and services sectors of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. These include Abbeycourt Trading Company Limited (with which he traded crude oil and refined petroleum products with, amongst others, Glencore UK Limited), Abbeycourt Energy Services Limited, Zebbra Energy Limited and Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited. He also has other business interests in construction, real estate development, pharmaceuticals and shipping.

Dr Orjiako went into full-time business in 1996 after eleven years of active medical practice. He co-founded Seplat in 2009 and became the Chairman, spearheading new business development and fundraising as well as providing leadership on strategy and stakeholder relationships. He is also the chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceutical International plc, which is listed on the NSE, and a director of MPI, which is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris.

Consolidating his firm commitment to philanthropy, Dr Orjiako founded the Daniel Orjiako Memorial Foundation (‘‘DOMF’’) in 1996 in honour of his late father, Chief Daniel O. Orjiako. The DOMF is committed to breaking the poverty cycle in rural Nigerian communities through education, healthcare services and economic empowerment through agriculture. The DOMF runs scholarship schemes for indigent students across the spectrum of education in Nigeria and has to date assisted towards the education of over 10,000 pupils in primary schools, over 200 in science education in post-primary schools and over 200 university graduates especially in medicine, engineering, pharmacy and geology. The DOMF also provides free care services to the elderly and micro-credits to rural farmers, particularly rural women. He further supports education and medical research through an endowment of a professorial chair in orthopaedics and trauma at the University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Between 2004 and 2006, Dr Orjiako attended Harvard Business School’s Owner’s and President’s Management Course and obtained a Certificate in Business Management in 2006.

In recognition of his services to humanity and the Roman Catholic church, Pope John Paul II in 2003 bestowed on him a Knighthood of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSGG), an award which earned him the title ‘‘Sir’’. In addition to receiving a KSGG from Pope John Paul II in 2003, he has also received numerous other awards including the Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International for Philanthropy, Distinguished Alumnus Award and Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc. Honoris Causa) by the University of Calabar, Nigeria (2001), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA Honoris Causa) for entrepreneurship, Anambra State University, Nigeria (2006), Life Member National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria which he led in 1994/95 and Platinum Award of the West African College of Surgeons for Support of Medical Research and Training. In 2012, the President of Nigeria conferred on him National Honours as an Officer of the Federal Republic (‘‘OFR’’).

Mr. Austin Ojunekwu Avuru

Mr. Austin Ojunekwu AvuruChief Executive Officer

Austin Avuru, a co-founder of Seplat, was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2010. He obtained a Geology degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1980 and a post-graduate diploma in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1992.

Prior to joining Seplat, Mr. Avuru spent twelve years at NNPC beginning in 1980, where he held various positions including wellsite geologist, production seismologist and reservoir engineer. In 1992, he joined Allied Energy Resources in Nigeria, a pioneer deepwater operator, where he worked for the next ten years as exploration manager and technical manager. In 2002, Mr. Avuru established Platform Petroleum Limited and held the role of managing director until 2010, when he left to take up the CEO position at Seplat. He is also a director of MPI, which is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris.

Mr. Avuru has served the oil and gas industry in various capacities including his work as the technical co-ordinator for the review of the industry’s memorandum of understanding, membership of the ministerial committee on the restructuring of the DPR and his role as a consultant to the Senate committee on petroleum resources between 2000 and 2003. He also chaired the technical subcommittee that drafted the policy blueprint which then formed the basis of the Nigerian Content Act of 2010.

Mr. Roger Thompson Brown

Mr. Roger Thompson BrownChief Financial Officer

Mr. Brown joined Seplat on 22 July 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer and as an Executive Director. Mr. Brown has over eighteen years’ experience in the energy industry, primarily focused on emerging markets with extensive experience in structuring transactions on the African continent. Prior to joining the Company he held the position of Managing Director of Oil and Gas EMEA for Standard Bank Group.

During his time at Standard Bank he originated and closed a number of large transactions in the emerging markets working across the entire oil value chain from upstream oil companies to midstream infrastructure and downstream refining and distribution. His client base was made up of national oil companies, super majors, independents, indigenous oil companies and trading companies. In particular he was heavily focused on the Nigerian oil sector where under his leadership the bank led and completed over US$1 billion of investment in the acquisition of on-shore oil blocks from the super majors, in particular Shell.

Between 2001 and 2005, he was also a director of the power, infrastructure and utilities teams at Standard Bank. Prior to joining Standard Bank, Mr. Brown held positions in the corporate finance and business assurance departments of PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on providing advice to governments and private sector developers in the UK and the Middle East.

Mr. Brown graduated from the University of Dundee with a B.Sc. in Finance in 1992 and an M.Sc. in Finance from the University of Ulster in 1993. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.

Mr. Michael Richard Alexander

Mr. Michael Richard AlexanderSenior Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Alexander was appointed as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director on 1 June 2013. He currently holds a number of senior board positions including the position of independent non-executive director at the Payments Council Limited and senior board advisor at EGS Limited. He is also a member of the European Advisory Board of Landis & Gyr Limited. From 2007 until 31 March 2014, Mr. Alexander served on the board of directors of Costain Plc, where he held the position of independent non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee. He also served as a non-executive independent director of The Energy Savings Trust Ltd and Associated British Foods Plc and as senior independent non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee at Russian Platinum Plc. Mr. Alexander’s previous chairmanships include executive chairman of ATOC Ltd and non-executive chairman at TGE AG, GT Solar Limited and Goldfish Bank Limited.

He held the position of chief executive officer of British Energy Group Plc between 2003 and 2005 and executive director of Centrica Plc prior to that, having held a number of senior positions within British Gas Plc including managing director of British Gas Trading and commercial director of British Gas Exploration & Production. Before joining British Gas Plc in 1991, he spent 25 years at BP Plc in various roles.

He also served as a non-executive independent director of The Energy Savings Trust Ltd and Associated British Foods Plc, while his previous chairmanships include executive chairman of ATOC Ltd and non-executive chairman at TGE AG, GT Solar Limited and Goldfish Bank Limited.

Mr. Alexander graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering in 1969 and an M.Sc. in Computer Control of Process Plants in 1970. In the UK, he is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers and the Institute of Directors.

Mr. Damian D. Dodo S.A.N.

Mr. Damian D. Dodo S.A.N.Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Dodo graduated in 1985 with a law degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. He was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. In 2001, he became the youngest lawyer in Nigeria to be awarded Nigeria’s highest legal practice rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

In 2011 he was awarded the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the President of Nigeria. Mr Dodo has also recently been awarded fellowship by the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies.Mr Dodo has acted for a wide range of major Nigerian corporations, governmental and regulatory bodies across a number of business sectors and has served on a number of panels and commissions in Nigeria.

He currently chairs the National Lottery Regulatory Commission in Nigeria and has previously chaired the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Commission of Inquiry, Chairman of the Membership Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Governing Board of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons. He is also an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.

Mr. Michel Hochard

Mr. Michel HochardNon-Executive Director

M. Hochard was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 14 December 2009 as a nominee of MPI. M. Hochard is the chief executive officer of MPI and has held the position of administrative and finance manager of Etablissements Maurel et Prom since September 2007. He is a chartered accountant whose experience includes serving as the internal auditor for the Department of Finance of ELF Aquitaine; head of the finance division for Africa and the Middle East; and director of finance of the SNEAP, then of ELF Aquitaine production. He was also appointed a director of operations at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

M. Hochard was a member of the management committee of GEOS, a leading international provider of risk prevention and management in Europe.

M. Hochard graduated from the Commercial Institute of Nancy, France with an ICN Diploma in 1977. In 1985, he graduated as a certified public accountant.

Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru

Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui OkauruIndependent Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Ifueko M. Omoigui Okauru was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 22 March 2013. She is a member of the Audit Committee, the Risk Management Committee, and the CSR Committee.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), 2001 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI), 2007, having been awarded a Master of Science, Management Science from Imperial College, University of London in 1986 and a Bachelor of Science (First Class), Accounting from the University of Lagos in 1983.

Mrs. Omoigui Okauru is the managing partner of Compliance Professionals Plc., a management consulting firm; non-executive director on the boards of ReStraL Ltd (which she founded in 1996) and Nigerian Breweries Plc.; independent non-executive director on the boards of Diamond Bank Plc. and Central Securities Clearing System Plc.; a member of the Executive Council of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), a non-governmental organisation; and a founding member of the Board of Trustees of DAGOMO Foundation Nigeria, a family-based non-governmental organisation geared to community development.

Between 2009 and 2013, Mrs. Omoigui Okauru served as a part-time member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. Between 2004 and 2012, Mrs. Omoigui Okauru held several positions within the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service, including appointments as the first female Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria, the first female Chairman of the Joint Tax Board, and member of the Nigerian President’s Economic Management Team charged with responsibility for tax reform in Nigeria. Before that she was Chief Responsibility Officer of ReStraL Ltd (1996 – 2004) and left the services of Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1996 as National Partner of the firm’s strategy practice after having spent twelve years in the firm. Mrs. Omoigui Okauru has won numerous awards in Nigeria, including recognition as a Member of the Order of the Niger (2000), a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland (2000) and a Member of the Nigerian Federal Republic (MFR) (2006).

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown

Lord Mark Malloch-BrownIndependent Non-Executive Director

Lord Malloch-Brown was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director in January 2014.

Lord Malloch-Brown served as a minister of the UK government under Prime Minister Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2009 where he had particular responsibility for strengthening relationships with Africa and Asia. He served as the Chief of Staff of the United Nations and then as the Deputy Secretary General under Kofi Annan from 2005 to 2006. During the six years prior to that, he was an administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Between 1994 and 1999, he was Vice-President for External Affairs at the World Bank and, during the early years of his career, he worked as a journalist for The Economist. Lord Malloch-Brown joined FTI Consulting in September 2010 and currently serves as a Special Adviser.

Lord Malloch-Brown is chair of the Royal Africa Society and sits on a number of non-profit and advisory boards, including the International Crisis Group and the Open Society Foundation. His Honours include being made a Life Peer and Privy Counsellor when he joined the UK Cabinet in 2007. He is a member of the House of Lords and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his international service in January 2007. Lord Malloch-Brown has honorary degrees from Michigan State University, Pace University and Walden University in the United States and the Catholic University in Lima, Peru and he is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Lord Malloch-Brown graduated in 1975 with a B.A. and a subsequent M.A. in history from Magdalene College, Cambridge University. He also holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan, USA, which he received in 1977.

Mr. Macaulay Agbada Ofurhie

Mr. Macaulay Agbada OfurhieNon-Executive Director

Chief Ofurhie was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 14 December 2009 as a nominee of Shebah. He graduated with a geology degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Chief Ofurhie worked in the oil and gas industry for over three decades. He retired after 34 years of an extensive career at NNPC and the DPR where he served in various executive positions. Chief Ofurhie was the managing director of NPDC and NGC, both subsidiaries of NNPC. Prior to his retirement, he held the position of director at the DPR.

Dr. Charles Okeahalam

Dr. Charles OkeahalamIndependent Non-Executive Director

Dr. Charles Okeahalam was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 22 March 2013. Dr. Okeahalam is the co-founder of AGH Capital Group, a private equity and diversified investment holding company based in Johannesburg, with assets in several African countries. He has significant strategic and operational experience in finance and banking, central banking, and financial sector reform.

Dr. Okeahalam has extensive board experience. Previous board appointments include Cadiz Holdings (1999 – 2001), ABSA Corporate and Merchant Bank (2001 – 2006), the Bond Exchange of South Africa (2003 – 2009), Sun International South Africa (2003 – 2005), National Discount House, Zimbabwe (2001 – 2004), and South African Airways, where he was the chairman of the audit committee and chairman of the investment committee (2003 – 2006). From 2006 to 2007, he served as chairman of the steering committee establishing the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Bank. His other roles include advising a number of African central banks and government ministries, the World Bank and the United Nations. Dr. Okeahalam was a non-executive chairman of Societe Generale Bank Nigeria (now called Heritage Bank).

Prior to co-founding AGH Capital Group in 2002, he was a Professor of Financial Economics and Banking at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He obtained a PhD in Econometrics from the University of London in 1991 and a higher doctorate (D.Sc. in Financial Economics) from the University of Exeter in 2010 for contributions to banking and finance in Africa. Dr. Okeahalam has previously served as a member of the council of the University of Cape Town and the governing council of the United Nations Institute for Development, Economics and Planning in Dakar, Senegal. He was awarded a senior fellowship of the Bank of England in 2000 and a future leader fellowship of the United Nations Leadership Academy in 1997.

Mr. Basil Omiyi

Mr. Basil OmiyiIndependent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Omiyi was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 22 March 2013. He is Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and a Member of both the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination and Establishment Committee.

He has held the position of chairman and managing director of Michael-Philips Nigeria Limited since 2011. Most of his career was at Royal Dutch Shell where he spend 40 years in various roles both in Nigeria and Europe, including Head of Production Technology, Chief Petroleum Engineer, managing director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, and ultimately country chairman of Shell Companies, Nigeria.

Mr. Omiyi has held a number of board memberships and senior advisory positions including as chairman of Greenacres Energy Limited, chairman of the Nigerian Upstream Industry Group, board member of the Nigerian Business Group of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), board member of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), chairman of the Oil and Gas Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), and member of the Presidential Advisory Council, amongst others.

In 2011, Mr. Omiyi was awarded the National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger by the President of Nigeria for pioneering Nigerian leadership in the oil and gas sector.

Mr. Omiyi graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1969 and a post-graduate diploma in Petroleum Technology in 1970 from the University of Ibadan.