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Omowumi O. Iledare

Ph.D, Snr. FUSAEE, FNAEE, FEI, MSPEi Richardson, TX, USA
Professor, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Chair@UCC Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, Cape Coast, Ghana/Director, SPE Africa Region

-By Danlami Nasir Isah

Omowumi O. Iledare, Ph.D. currently occupies the professorial research chair in Oil and Gas Economics and Management endowed by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation at the Institute for Oil and Gas Studies, University of Cape Coast. He is Africa Region Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International. Iledare served previously as Chirota and Emmanuel Egbogah Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Economics and the immediate past Director of Emerald Energy Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Professor Iledare is the inaugural Executive Director of Emmanuel Egbogah Foundation founded to sustain the legacy of Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, OON (1942-2018) and anchored on the philosophy of the latter, prosperity without posterity in inconsequential.

Professor Iledare, a recipient of several professional awards, recognitions and honors, served on the eighth Nigeria National Assembly Technical Advisory Team on Petroleum Industry Reforms. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Petroleum Economics and Policy Research at the Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University, USA.

Iledare holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering with honors from University of Ibadan, Nigeria; MS in energy resources from the School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, USA; and a PhD from the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University. He is a senior fellow and former president of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) and International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), and the immediate past president and a fellow of the Nigeria Association for Energy Economics (NAEE). He is also a fellow of the Energy Institue and Executive Vice President of the International Institute for Petroleum, Energy Law and Policy (IIPELP), Abuja.

Professor Omawumi Iledare contributes to the training of undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals in petroleum economics worldwide. He serves as an adjunct or visiting professor of petroleum economics to several Universities in the USA, Asia, and Nigeria. As part of his efforts to champion public education and applied research in petroleum economics and policy, Professor Iledare is the renaissance instructor for the continuing education program of SPE Nigeria Council. In addition to teaching for SPE, also introduced and taught short courses on petroleum economics for professional organizations such as the AAPG affiliated Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE), and many international consulting firms in Ghana, Brazil, Singapore, Peru, and Malaysia since 1999. He has also organized several petroleum economics and management workshops on the impact of petroleum and energy policies on the oil and gas industry and national economies for legislators, managers, executive officers in and professional staff of the Federal Government of Nigeria and International Oil and gas Companies as well as several emerging Indigenous Oil and gas operators in Nigeria since 2001.

Professor Iledare who was a member of the technical team that advised the Senate and House of Representatives committee on the petroleum industry reforms from 2016-2019, has also served as a consultant on international petroleum economics and policy issues to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other agencies of the federal government in Nigeria; served as honorary adviser on oil and gas matters to the minister of national planning, Senator Mohammed Daggash, 2007-2008 and honorary consultant to the Special Adviser on petroleum matters, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, 2008-2010.

In addition to teaching and conducting public policy research on oil and gas economics and policy worldwide, Professor Iledare participates actively in petroleum and energy professional organizations. He was an associate editor of the SPE economics and management journal since 2007 and a former editor of the USAEE Dialogue–a publication of the United States Association for Energy Economics, 2005-2007. He served previously as Director of the U.S. Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region, 2010-2014 and as the 2008 President of United States Association for energy economics (USAEE). Iledare is a Senior Fellow of USAEE and a past chair of the governing council and 2014 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). Iledare received SPE regional award for distinguished contribution to petroleum engineering in the area of management and information, the SPE Nigeria Council service and recognition awards for pioneering the SPE NAICE Pre Conference Continuing Education Programme.

Professor Omawumi Iledare has attended various courses, training and seminars worldwide, written many journals, and research publications; and he is a member of various professional bodies such as; member – Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Richardson, TX, member – International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), Cleveland, OH, member – Association of Nigerian Petroleum Professional Abroad (ANPPA), Katy, TX, Member – Nigeria Association for Energy Economics, NAEE, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Professor Omawumi Iledare is happily married to Mrs Joyce Abike Iledare.