MEET THE TEAM

The Advisory Board

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REMI OKUNOLA

Remi Okunola is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Caracal Oil & Gas Services. He chairs the board of a number of complementary oil & energy service companies, including Scorpion Management, a preventive maintenance management and audit firm; Berenger Drilling, a rig operations and maintenance firm; HS Ocean WA, a rig inspection, repair and maintenance firm; Standard Oilfields, an oil equipment supply and rental firm; Offshore Manpower Services, a recruiter of technical and operational manpower; and Lagasa Food & Beverages, a remote and stranded location catering company.

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ENGR. ERNEST NWAPA

Engr Nwapa is a 1982 graduate of the Civil Engineering Department (B.Engr) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, graduating with honors. Engr Nwapa sits on the board of various Oil & Gas companies including Saipem Contracting, NERIN, Tenaris S.A, Seplat Producing amongst several others.

SALMA OKONKWO

Salma Okonkwo is an entrepreneur in the energy sector, based in West Africa. She is listed as one of thirty people holding a pillar of Ghana’s economy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

REMI OKUNOLA

Remi Okunola is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Caracal Oil & Gas Services. He chairs the board of a number of complementary oil & energy service companies, including Scorpion Management, a preventive maintenance management and audit firm; Berenger Drilling, a rig operations and maintenance firm; HS Ocean WA, a rig inspection, repair and maintenance firm; Standard Oilfields, an oil equipment supply and rental firm; Offshore Manpower Services, a recruiter of technical and operational manpower;
and Lagasa Food & Beverages, a remote and stranded location catering company.

Remi Okunola holds an LLB. in Law and an MBA. He is a New York Attorney, a Nigerian legal practitioner, and an English Barrister. For over a decade, prior to entering the real sector, he advised on some of Nigeria’s most internationally regarded deals in this reputed ‘Lion on the move’. As founding partner of Perchstone & Graeys, a top Lagos commercial law firm, Remi advised on the award-winning Nigeria LNG financing transaction, the Brass LNG project, and navigated the entry into Nigeria, among others, of CNOOC, ONGC and BSGE.

Remi Okunola is a keen supporter and promoter of the arts and has given immensely over the years to causes affecting Nigeria’s under-appreciated purveyors of arts and crafts, including Nigeria’s thespian and indigenous music communities. He is passionate about a number of other causes, and is particularly proud of his work as member of the governing council of the Bloom Cancer Care and Support Centre; as founder of the Kufremi Trust, a rescue and rehabilitation centre for child victims of traditional practises; as chairman of the Board of Trustees of ROPES, which sponsors highly gifted indigent children through school; and as founder of FRU, the Free Representation Unit, which assists indigent victims of miscarriage of justice.

ENGR. ERNEST NWAPA.

Engr Nwapa is a 1982 graduate of the Civil Engineering Department (B.Engr) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, graduating with honors. Engr Nwapa sits on the board of various Oil & Gas companies including Saipem Contracting, NERIN, Tenaris S.A, Seplat Producing amongst several others. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Content Future Concepts ltd (NCFC). Engr Nwapa has written several papers and made presentations on the subjects of local content development and capacity building both
locally and internationally and is now internationally recognized and well known for his advocacy and promotion of capacity building and local content development in national oil and gas industries.

Engr Nwapa was appointed as the pioneer Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board in April 2010 following the signing of the Nigerian Content Act, where he served until May 2015. He has worked for many years in the international oil and gas industry, gaining most of his experience within various capacities and functions at NNPC.

His appointment as the pioneer Nigerian Content Coordinator in 2004, threw up the challenge of translating volumes of stakeholder recommendations into a comprehensive, implementable policy document, which was submitted to the Federal Government in February 2005 and provided the framework for setting up the NCD in March 2005 where he worked up until his appointment as Group General Manager Nigerian Content Division of NNPC in March 2010 in recognition of his noted contributions to the development of the industry in Nigeria.

SALMA OKONKWO.

Salma Okonkwo is an entrepreneur in the energy sector, based in West Africa. She is listed as one of thirty people holding a pillar of Ghana’s economy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. In 2007, she founded energy trading business UBI Petroleum, specializing in procurement, storage, marketing and distribution of petroleum products in West Africa, with a primary focus on Ghana. In 2012 Okonkwo expanded her holdings and created the UBI Group, an integrated energy solutions provider. In 2014 Okonkwo sold 49% of the UBI Group to PUMA Energy, which now provides the companies’ technical and operational infrastructure. In 2016 UBI Petroleum became PUMA Energy Ghana.

Salma Okonkwo remains Chairman of both PUMA Energy Ghana and the UBI Group of Companies. She is also the co-founder and board member of Blue Star Exploration and sits on the board of directors of Makmera Upstream, an upstream exploration company and real estate development company. She emerged as Female Energy Personality of The Year at the Ghana Energy Awards 2019. She received the award for her outstanding performance in Ghana’s energy sector.