INSPIRATIONAL PROFILE

Adebayo O. Akinpelu

Adebayo Akinpelu was born in Lagos Nigeria on April 11, 1946.  He attended the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He thereafter worked for Chevron Nigeria Limited for 33 years before retiring in 2006. During this time he worked on exploration and development assets, rising to become manager of both at various times.  In the early 1990s, he was consultant to Chevron Overseas Petroleum Incorporated in San Ramon, California where he took part in the company’s early stage exploration economic evaluation process – the vehicle through which exploration thinking is translated to investment opportunity. On his return to Nigeria in 1993 he was named manager of the Exploration Planning Division. In this capacity, he participated in negotiations for entry positions for Chevron in several exploration opportunities especially in Nigeria deepwater acreages. He was a member of teams that analyzed some global investment including the Atlantic Margin Opportunities assessment team and the Chad basin review effort.   He later participated in a specialist team set up to valuate Chevron assets in Nigeria prior to the onshore leases renewal efforts of the mid 1990s. These experiences sparked his passion for the business side of geology and strategic investment planning.

He was made Exploration manager in 1996. In this capacity, he managed the Shelf as well as Deepwater and Frontier Benue Basin leases. He retired in 2006 as Director – Government Relations, and is currently a consultant with Fixital, a petroleum investment analysis company.  Mr. Akinpelu led AAPG Africa as president from 2001-2003. He is currently a member of AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs and AAPG Africa Region Council.  He is also a fellow and founding member of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE and was honored in November 2013 with the Aret Adams award, the highest award given by NAPE.