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H.E. Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu

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Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu
Chairman, Afric Energy, Former Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Speaker 2020


Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu was the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of The Federal Republic of Nigeria (2015-2019) and a former Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He was nominated and subsequently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to represent his state of origin, Delta State in the President’s cabinet to oversee the task of reforming and institutionalising transparency, accountability and productivity in the Nigerian oil and gas sector. Preceding his nomination and confirmation as an Honourable Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria serving in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in August 2015 he was appointed to the position of Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where he set in place the process leading to the on-going transformation at NNPC through the implementation of a thoroughbred strategic plan focused on transforming and reviving the beleaguered state owned Oil Company into a major revenue and profit making enterprise for the nation. On 4th July, 2016 he was elevated to the position of Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where he superintended over the affairs of the Corporation. At the 168th Meeting of the Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, 4th December 2015, the Conference officially released a statement to congratulate Dr. Kachikwu who was the then President of OPEC on his appointment as Nigeria's Minister of State for Petroleum Resources by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari. He was until March 2016, the President of the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA).

In 2016, Dr. Kachikwu became the first person in history to hold concurrently the position of Group Managing Director of NNPC and Minister of State Petroleum, President of OPEC, President of Council of Ministers for Gas Exporting Country Forum GECF and President of Council of Ministers of APPO. Later in 2018, he was reappointed to the position ofPresident of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation with a mandate to lead the ongoing reforms in the organisation and position the organisation to compete favourably among global Oil producers.

Prior to his appointment as the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, he was the Executive Vice Chairman of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and General Counsel for ExxonMobil Nigeria affiliate Upstream and Downstream Companies in Nigeria. In his position as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of ExxonMobil in Nigeria, he oversaw the compliance programs of ExxonMobil in Nigeria and offered advisory on issues related to adherence with compliance regulations and anti-corruption laws for the company in Africa. Dr. Kachikwu has shown extraordinary competence in handling responsibilities in the past and this capability he modelled in his ability to efficiently manage and oversee seven (7) companies under him when he was appointed Executive Director ExxonMobil Group of Companies in 2003 as well as in 2001 when he held the forth as the General Counsel/Secretary to Board Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited. Between 1992 and 2001, 

his excellence and depth in leadership was proven beyond any reasonable doubt as evidenced in his remarkable capability to set up, manage and exponentially grow diverse business concerns of his own in key areas of downstream petroleum, law practice, consultancy and publishing. Some of the companies which he served as Chairman & Chief Executive include Flame Petroleum & Gas Company Limited, Intel & Data Consultants Limited, True Tales Publications Limited (Publishers of Hints Magazine) and Beverly Cops & Security Company Limited.

Before his foray into managing these multibillion Naira business concerns, he was General Counsel/Legal Adviser, Texaco Nigeria and Texaco Overseas Petroleum Company, a position he held for ten (10) years spanning through a period from 1984 -1994 overseeing various company divisions including Texaco Nigeria Limited, Texaco Overseas Nigeria Petroleum Company and Texaco Agro Industries Nigeria Limited. In that period, his invaluable leadership experience was identified by three (3) well respected companies who invited him to sit on their boards in advisory capacity on secretarial and legal matters.

Dr. Kachikwu’s wealth of experience and excellence in service delivery has not gone unnoticed as he has been honoured with numerous awards and prominent recognitions which include a Certificate of Congressional Recognition given by the United States Congress received in May 2017 at the occasion of the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston Texas, Oil Industry Leadership Award by Petroleum Technology Association (PETAN) (2017), Times Heroes Life Impact Award by Daily Times Newspapers (2017), Honorary Fellowship Award conferred by the Nigerian Environmental Society (2017), Oil and Gas Industry Leadership Award given by Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Branch of PENGASSAN (2016), Nelson Mandela Pan-African Exemplary Leadership honour given by African Youth Global Network (AYGN) with headquarters in Ghana, West Africa, NOPA Evergreen Icon Award (2012), The Exemplary Leadership Award by PENGASSAN (2010), Humanitarian and Service to Humanity Award JCC (2011), Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award by Ubulukwu Development Union (2012), Nigerian Role Model Award by NROMA (2010), Alma Mater Alumni Award for Exemplary Support, University of Nigeria Nsukka (2009) just to mention a few. Of note in all these recognitions is Dr. Ibe Kachikwu being listed in the “Who is Who Africa”.

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu is a distinction graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nigerian Law School. He was First in Class during his Law degree, best graduand and a multiple awards winner from both Institutions. He bagged a Masters in Law (LLM) with special focus on Energy and Petroleum Law and a Doctorate Degree with specialization on Petroleum and Investment Law Strategies from Harvard Law School, USA where he was the best graduate with Distinction and in the process set a record time for completing a Doctoral Thesis. He also has a Higher Diploma (H.DIP.T.L) from Georgetown University, USA. He was Director, Institute of Petroleum Law at the Afe Babalola University, Nigeria and also visiting Professor of Law to several Universities including Harvard Law School, USA and Nigeria Law School. Dr. Kachikwu’s prestigious fellowships include the following; Fellow, Society for Corporate Governance (FSCG); Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitration (FCIArb); Fellow Chartered Institute for Petroleum Policy (FCIPP).

Dr. Kachikwu is a visiting Professor of Law to several Universities including Harvard Law School, USA, Nigeria Law School and has written several Law Books such as; Petroleum Industry Bill: Getting To The Yes, Legal Issues in the Petroleum Sector, Compendium of Oil and Gas Cases in Nigeria – Volume 1-4, Corporate Foreign Investment in Nigeria: Issued of Law and Policy, 600pp, Nigerian Law of Contract – Concise Series, Nigeria Company Law - Concise Series and more recently getting ready to launch the following books:

-  Nigerian Foreign Investment Law and Policy

-  Nigerian Law of Contract: Study Companion

-  The Nigerian Petroleum Industry: 2015 to the Future (Restructuring & reforming for Growth)

-  The Development of Gas in Nigeria: Legal and Policy Framework

In addition, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has been honoured with an honorary citizenship of the State of Georgia and North Carolina in the United States of America. At the same event, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Trinity International University of Ambassadors, Georgia.

Dr. Kachikwu has a flair for Literature and Creative writing which has led to the churning out of ideas for magazines like Hints, Family, Beauty Box and Complete Fashion magazines. He is a titled Chief with various influential titles which include Isagba of Ezechime Clan conferred on him by twelve (12) villages in Delta North, Gbadegun of Owo, Owo Kingdom and Odogwu of Onicha-Ugbo. Dr. Kachikwu is married with children.