Dikko Atanu - CEO

Dikko is an oil and gas executive with 20 years experience, and has been involved in various energy projects in Nigeria and the US. He has also handled gas strategy, project development and commercialization of oil & gas assets including advising on small-scale LNG for power generation and industrial applications in West Africa.  Dikko started his international career at the trading division of Credit Suisse First Boston, whilst his energy career started at Global Energy in Houston, in which he worked with the management team in taking the first indigenous owned and operated 120MMscfd barge mounted LPG gas processing plant in Africa to first gas milestone. Prior to Neoleum, he served as the Head of Business Development and Gas for LSE listed Afren plc and its affiliates.

Bill Dean - Subsurface Director

Bill is a geoscientist with over 22 years of E&P experience, as a technical specialist in both geophysics and geology, and in management positions with strategic and operational focus. He has spent the last 10 years focused on African exploration and early development projects. He most recently led the team responsible for the giant 3Tcf Ogo Gas Discovery, Offshore Lagos in 2013. Bill has gained a wealth of experience working on a wide range of E&P projects in the UK and overseas at Shell, CNR and Hess Corporation.

Yahaya Atanu - Facilities Director

Yahaya has over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He began his career as an Engineer and Project Manager at Spectra Energy, the largest US midstream company, and managed various projects in pipeline integrity management, corrosion integrity, gas meter stations, gas separators, storage tanks and various projects on gas transmission, pipelines and facilities. He was previously the Manager of Operational Compliance responsible for assuring that the company’s gas and liquid pipeline facilities; and operations were in compliance with DOT, NEB, BOEMRE, state and other pipeline safety regulations.

Advisory Board

Eric Williams

Eric Williams is a former Minister for Energy in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with over 35 years experience in the oil & gas industry in which he was instrumental in implementing local content policies, and driving the development of numerous pioneering gas initiatives. Mr. Williams started his energy career at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries as a geologist (where he would later return as Minister), and later at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (PETROTRIN), where he was involved in various various gas initiatives.
In 2009, Mr. Williams returned to the private sector by serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Afren Nigeria, and successfully supported taking 2 projects to First Oil. Mr. Williams is currently the Principal Consultant of Royal Triangle Energy Solutions Limited advising Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique on LNG development.

Fred Jones

Mr Jones was a founder and shareholder of Marc Rich + Co. AG, now Glencore plc, and a former Advisor to the President of OPEC. Mr. Jones was one of the early investors in US Shale gas, and together with his partners developed assets in the Barnett shale starting in the mid-1990s. Throughout his 40 year career in the energy industry, he has led numerous ventures around the world. Mr Jones is currently developing the Delfin FLNG project in the US.

Abraham Faga

Dr Faga has over 25 years drilling operations, and well completions experience around the world starting with Schlumberger, and numerous indigenous Nigerian companies including Afren, Seplat, Oriental Energy and Amni. Abraham led the drilling operations of the Ebok field operated by Oriental Energy in OML 67 since 2010, and is the MD of an indigenous well service operations company – Ciequal Limited.

Emery Goodman

Emery has 35 years of experience with technical, management and executive positions starting with Shell, Mobil, Exxon Mobil, and most recently NYSE listed Vaalco. At Vaalco he lead overall strategy for portfolio growth and developed a network of E&P, private equity, and service company contacts, to identify and mature asset acquisition, and strategic partnerships in Gabon, Nigeria and Angola.