Chijioke Akwukwuma is one of the founders and the pioneering Managing Director / CEO of Ocean Deep Drilling ESV Nigeria Limited (ODENL), the largest deepwater driller in Nigeria. He has over two decades of diverse leadership experience in drilling rig operations, engineering, project management, strategic planning and business development in ten countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, working for several blue-chip companies.
Earlier in his career, Chijioke was the first African to manage an ultra deepwater 5th generation drillship and was the driving force in getting the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) established in Nigeria. Under Chijioke’s leadership, ODENL has gone from being a concept to the largest Nigerian deepwater driller, with a reputation for excellent service delivery.
He is non-executive director on the Board of several companies and a member of many professional organisations. Chijioke holds a B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Benin, and an MBA in General Management from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He is a registered professional engineer and an alumnus of Cambridge University.