Adeyemi (Yemi) Akinlawon - In Memoriam

SPE Africa Regional Director and a member of the SPE Board of Directors Adeyemi (Yemi) Akinlawon died 12 August. He was a director and consultant petroleum economist at Adeb Konsult in Lagos, Nigeria.

Akinlawon had more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, specializing in oil and gas field development planning, economic analysis, project evaluation, negotiation of gas commercial agreements, new business development, and project management of integrated field development.

He started his career as a graduate assistant at the Department of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Ibadan in 1993. He joined Texaco Overseas (Nigeria) Petroleum Company as a petroleum engineer and was the manager for project development in 2001.

After the merger of Texaco and Chevron, he held several managerial positions such as manager technical and government liaison, manager for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp./Department of Petroleum Resources relations, and gas commercial manager at Chevron Nigeria. His final role was commercial manager for the Nsiko deepwater field development during its pre-front end engineering design stage, and he retired from Chevron Nigeria in 2014.

A recipient of the SPE Regional Service Award in 2006, Akinlawon served SPE in numerous volunteer roles over the years. He was a member of the SPE Board of Directors since 2016, chair of the SPE Board Committee on Training, Programs, and Meetings for 2018, and chairman of the SPE Nigeria Council in 2011. His other committee roles include member of the PetroBowl Workgroup, Africa Region Award Selection Committee, and Finance and Strategy Committee of the SPE Board.

In his earlier years, he was the chairman of the Lagos Section in 2002 and chairman of the Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition in 2010. Under his regional directorship, the SPE Benin Section became the first team from Africa to participate in the international championship round of PetroBowl and emerge as the runner-up of the 2017 competition.

Akinlawon held a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and three master’s degrees, in business administration from University of Lagos; oil and gas engineering from Robert Gordon University; and petroleum economics from Emerald Energy Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He was a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a registered petroleum engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.



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