Olalere Odusote is a seasoned energy expert, with 25 years of experience working across the energy value chain in Nigeria, the UK, and the USA.
Since 2019, He is the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources in Lagos State, charged with the mandate to ensure the delivery of reliable energy to its citizens and achieve energy security for the State. He previously held various roles including as the Structured Ventures Executive at Axxela Limited, Head of Business Development at Oando Gas & Power Limited, and various roles at Schlumberger and General Electric. In these roles, he created new businesses from concept to revenue generation (including multiple power plants and gas infrastructure), negotiated financing instruments for project developments, negotiated and executed Power Purchase Agreements for new power plants, managed the Operations and Maintenance of a 1, 800MW portfolio of power plant assets across the UK, created and led a business development team, advised on government policy papers in the energy sector amongst others.
He earned his MBA from Pace University New York, and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan. Olalere has benefitted from leadership and professional trainings at various international institutions such as INSEAD, GE Management Development Institute, Wharton Business School, Euromoney, the International Faculty of Finance, and the Lagos Business School.
Ms. Shola Shasore is an experienced Procurement Specialist with expertise in Purchasing, Outsourcing, Privatisation, Private Finance Initiatives & Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), Business Development & Optimisation, Process Re-engineering, Project & Risk management, and Policy Development within the Public and Private sectors.
Ms. Shasore has held strategic consultancy roles having cross-functional responsibilities with major players including MTN Nigeria, The International Petroleum Exchange, ETF, London Transport Facilities, and SeeBoard Powerlink.
She joined the Lagos State Civil Service in 2009, as a pioneer member of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Office and was appointed to head the Office in 2015.
Prior to her appointment as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Lagos State on February 5, 2021, Ms. Shasore was the Director, Procurement Lagos State Public Procurement Agency where she was a key player in the Agency’s state-wide repositioning and development initiatives leading to process and performance optimization.
Ms. Shasore obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Benin in 1990 and a Master of Business Administration degree in Engineering Management from the City University Business School, London, United Kingdom in 1995. After this, Ms. Shasore obtained a Post Graduate degree in Purchasing and Logistics from the University of North London, United Kingdom in 2001.
She is a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), United Kingdom.
Goke is an accomplished earth scientist and a venture capitalist with interest spanning Transport, Oil and Gas, Finance and Entertainment.
He has over 30 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry with the unique opportunity of working with some of the best professionals and technology in the industry across Africa. Europe, America, and the Middle East.
He was the Managing Director of Schlumberger WesternGeco in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea between 2003-2008 before leaving to start his consulting outfit, Lakes Seas and Creeks, and later SeaSeis Geophysical Limited. He currently serves as Managing Director, Lakes Seas, and Creeks.
He has been involved in crafting strategic alliances and forming working partnerships across industries.
Goke holds a BSc degree in Applied Geophysics and an MBA in marketing.
Omolara Abike Alakija was born on the 29th of December 1962 in Lagos Island to the family of Late Mr. & Mrs. Cudjoe Abiodun Alakija.
Omolara attended Sunnyfields Primary School, Surulere, then Girls secondary school Gbagada. She proceeded to Cranborne Chase School, Wiltshire, UK for her A-levels. She attended the University of Buckingham and graduated with a BA in Politics, Economics, and Law. She returned for a second degree and received an LLB in Law and got called to the bar in 1986 from the Nigerian Law School, VI Lagos.
Omolara is a legal practitioner with over three decades of post-bar experience. Molly as she is fondly called by everyone started out her career as a legal practitioner at Debo Akande and Co.
She then proceeded to the banking sector; her banking career began in Financial Merchant Bank through Eko International Bank (now Polaris Bank) to Equitorial Trust Bank (now known as Sterling Bank). She started as a dealer, trading in the interbank money market, and grew to the position of Treasurer.
Omolara is an avid entrepreneur, with over two decades of experience in retail and merchandising and is currently the CEO of O’molly Ventures Ltd.
She has also been involved in politics from her early days, through Political support and engagements locally, she campaigns and sensitizes people on the importance of participating in politics and governance.
Omolara loves reading, traveling, and empowering young people to know the value of hard work and becoming entrepreneurs.
Doyin Akinyanju is a leader with a proven track record of business growth, efficiency improvement, and profitability increases acquired from 27 years of experience, in numerous management and senior leadership positions, across geographic regions.
Doyin graduated with a degree in Chemistry with honors from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, went on to obtain an MBA from the University of Wales College of Cardiff Business School, and then qualified for the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She also completed Executive Finance training at the International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland.
She was Chief Executive Officer for GE Oil & Gas in West and Central Africa and Chief Strategy Officer for GE Oil & Gas in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2.5 years. She previously held senior managerial positions with Schlumberger where she spent 18.5 years in global and regional workspaces including Kenya, Ethiopia, and the Gulf of Guinea. Doyin has served on several boards and is Co-Founder of DFD SmarTech Construction. Doyin Akinyanju currently serves as the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of IBILE Oil and Gas Corporation.