Cees Uijlenhoed
Executive Director Commercial / CFO

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.​​

Our Board Members

Henry Odein Ajumogobia 

A senior partner in the leading corporate/commercial law firm of Ajumogobia & Okeke that he co-founded in January 1984 and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2003, having been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979. He was  also a member of the Paris based ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC International Commission on Arbitration between 2001 and 2006. Mr Odein Ajumogobia entered public service, following his appointment as Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice between 2003 and 2007 and was appointed Minister of State for Energy (Petroleum) and Head of Nigeria's delegation to OPEC (July 2007 to December 2008) and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources between January 2009 and April 2010. He was subsequently appointed Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs on April 6, 2010 and served in that position until the dissolution of the Federal cabinet on May 29, 2011
Mr Ajumogobia has received numerous honours and distinctions and is the recipient of the LL.D degree (Honorary Causa) from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and the National award of Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).

Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn 
Non-Executive Director

An E&P professional with over 30 years’ experience in industry, primarily with Shell International, during which period Casper occupied several key roles including General Manager of Shell Companies in Colombia and Venezuela and General Manager Development for Shell in Nigeria. In the course of his long career, Casper has worked in several countries, including Brunei, The Netherlands, UK, Colombia, Venezuela, and in Nigeria. He has a wealth of industry experience and a track record in technical & operational delivery.

Ademola Adeyemi–Bero 
Managing Director/CEO

As an E&P professional, Ademola has over 25 years of E&P professional experience in the Petroleum Industry. Prior to taking up the role of Managing Director and CEO of FIRST E&P, he had a 5 year stint with BG Group Plc, UK as President/Managing Director for BG Nigeria’s business interests. He had  previously spent some 20 years with Shell International, and before that had early working life with Ashland Oil Company. Over the years, Ademola has acquired deep knowledge and excellent understanding of various aspects of the oil and gas business in a variety of roles; Business Director of Shell’s Nigeria Joint Venture (SPDC JV) where he was responsible for the business growth and venture management functions of the company, VP New Business, Africa within Shell International E&P, responsible for portfolio growth in Africa as well as General & Asset Management and Chief Technical roles across a number of countries. He has a sound understanding of the Nigerian oil and gas business environment.

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

- Mark Twain

Ibrahim Waziri 
Non-Executive Director

Ibrahim has over 32 years professional experience in the Public sector, Banking, Oil and Gas Industries. With educational background spanning  Accounting, Finance, Petroleum and Gas Economics, his work experience includes: Group Executive Director at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Deputy MD/CEO Nigeria LNG Ltd,  Executive Director, Nigeria Gas Company Ltd and Executive Director the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company, Financial and Credit Analyst, Lecturer and a former Member of the Nigerian House of Representatives. Presently he is the Managing Partner, Gulf of Guinea Petroleum Consulting Limited and serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of several companies. He is a fellow, Institute of Directors (IOD) and his extensive experience across industries is brought to bear on his Board contributions. Ibrahim is married with children and is a Golfing and nature conservation enthusiast.

"Creativity, has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."

- George Kneller

"Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics."

- Albert Einstein

Richard Egan
Non-Executive Director

Richard Egan represents Larny Investments Limited (a fully owned subsidiary of Vitol SA) on the Board of Directors of FIRST E&P

Defolu Olufon  
General Counsel

Defolu has over 15 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). 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.

Emmanuel Ifeanyichukwu Enu, FNAPE
Executive Director Exploration

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 a number of senior executive positions ranging from Head of Geological services through to Deepwater Exploration Manager for Shell Nigeria (2004-2008). Emmanuel made significant contributions to Shell's groups reserves growth through successive discoveries - Bonga-1, Ngolo-1, Bonga SW-1, and Bonga-N amongst others. In 2008, Emmanuel joined BG Group as General Manager Exploration. He is known in industry circles as “Mr. Deepwater”. He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Association of Petroleum Explorationists and a recipient of the prestigious “ARET ADAMS AWARD” of the association.