Board of Directors

Dr. Ernest Azudialu

Dr. Ernest Azudialu, KSC, FNISM, DBA - honoris causa (UNN)

Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi obtained his BSc. degree in Accountancy from the University of Benin. He was honoured by the University of Nigeria Nsukka with a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration. He first founded Obijackson West Africa Limited in the early 1980’s before diversifying into the oil and gas industry with Nestoil in 1991. He has attended numerous local and international seminars in business management and project implementation, and other structural training programmes in Oil & Gas service in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

For his services in the oil and gas industry, he received the 2011 THISDAY Young Global Champion Award for excellence and good governance. In August 2012, Ernest was awarded an All Africa Business Leaders Award (AABLA) by Forbes, CNBC and ABN for West African Entrepreneur of the Year, in acknowledgment his exceptional vision and leadership in building a successful company from the ground up. Recently also, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas also honoured Dr. Azudialu-Obiejesi in Washington DC with the Nigerian Business Person of the Year 2012, for his notable business acumen, global strategic planning, effective use of resources and developing alliance partnerships in multiple spheres for new economic development in Nigeria. He was also a finalist at the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist (Master Category) and received the Businessman of the Year at the Mode Men of the Year Awards in December, 2012. In 2013, Dr. Azudialu-Obiejesi received a Nigeria Advancement Award for ‘Oil and Gas Man of the Year.’

Dr. Azudialu-Obiejesi sits on the board of Directors of several companies including Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, and is the Chairman of the Board of Neconde Energy as well as Smile Communications.