WIEN Founders

Funmi Ogbue
MD Zigma Limited

Funmi Ogbue is MD of Zigma focused on Oil and Gas Services providing Soil Remediation and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Services. She is also the founder of Jake Riley with its focus on Public Sector Transformation., Libra Security providing Physical Security services and defence procurement and Support our Troops Foundation which is an NGO set-up to promote citizen support for military Troops and families.

As the founder of Zigma, Funmi has taken what began as an oil and Gas Service company to a full-blown Exploration and Production company positioned to take advantage of the current commercial and regulatory environment, operate in a lean and mean manner and extract value from all opportunities. Zigma has recently acquired a commercial interest in a small Marginal field opportunity in Nigeria and has a cautious appetite for bigger E&P opportunities. Zigma is a contractor to Shell, Nigerian Agip Operation Company, Nigerian Agip Exploration, and NAPIMS. Zigma is a member of WE Connect International and has been selected as a member of Project 100 a Ministry of Petroleum Resources an NCDMB initiative.

Jake Riley Limited is a respected public sector focused consulting firm with more than 50 consultants with presence in London, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos serve public sector organisations with Organisational Development, Technology and Change Management, and People and Process’s services.

Funmi Ogbue has built successful structures on which her organisations have thrived in the Consulting, Oil, and Gas, Defence and Development Sectors. Funmi Ogbue has demonstrated the importance of female leadership in a country where 50% of the population are women and largely underemployed. She has grown her organisations by 100% year on year from inception.

Funmi was honored to be listed by NIPRO as one of the Global Top 40 under 40 female professionals in 2008.   Funmi Ogbue holds an M.Sc. in Organisational Change & Development from the University of Manchester, and a B.Sc. in Sociology from the University of Lagos.

 

Dr. Ibilola Amao
Ph.D, BSc, FEI, FIoD, MCIPM, MNSE Principal Consultant, STEM Specialist & Entrepreneur since 1991

Dr. Ibilola Amao is the Principal Consultant of Lonadek Inc. A multi-award-winning, ISO: 9001: 2015 Certified Company. Established as an Engineering, Technology and Innovations Solutions Consulting Company in 1991, she is involved in value-creating projects in the Energy, Power, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Oil, and Gas sectors. Lonadek’s STEM and local content activities create value through community, local suppliers, and human capital development in resource-rich emerging economies.  She is recognized as a Forbes Africa Rising Star 2019.

Dr. Ibilola Amao is a leading advocate of Local Content Laws and its outright implementation in the Oil and Gas sector. She was very involved in the various activities that greeted the actualization of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) guidelines before it was eventually passed into law on the 22nd of April, 2010.

She is an alumnus of Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, bagged a Ph.D. in Computer-Aided-Design and Draughting from Bradford University, UK, and a First Class Honours degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London. She is the Chairperson for the Industry Advisory Team, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, – Industry Advisory Team and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute (EI), UK, a chartered member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

She is also a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and a member of the panel of judges for the Royal Academy of Engineering UK Africa Prize. Dr Ibilola Amao is a member of the Institute of Director’s Programmes Committee and the Coordinator of the Young Members & Graduate Empowerment at the Energy Institute, UK, Lagos Branch. She sits on the Board of various reputable STEM-focused firms. 

 

 

Patricia Simon-Hart
CEO Aftrac Limited

Patricia Simon-Hart is the founder and Managing Director of Aftrac Limited, an oil and gas service company that has been in operation for over 20 years. She is also the current Secretary to the Executive Board of PETAN (Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria) and has over 30 years of experience in Management, Public Policy, and Administration.

Patricia started her career in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, and from there she set out to establish her own Oil Service company.

AFTRAC began operations in 1998 offering a range of technology-driven solutions to the Nigerian Oil & Gas Sector, including Sand Management, Process diagnostics, and Interwell Studies. In 2007 Aftrac extended its operations to include Surface Well Testing services.

In 2009 she was called into public service, appointed Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, to the Government of Rivers State (2009-2015). She continues to work in the development sector on an ad-hoc basis.

Patricia Simon-Hart has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics/Computer Science & Statistics, from the University of Port Harcourt, and is an alumnus of London Business School.