President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria has appointed Olu Verheijen as his adviser on the energy sector. Ms Verheijen is a seasoned professional with almost two decades of experience in the energy industry, covering sub-Saharan Africa’s oil, gas, power, and renewable energy sectors.
Olu Verheijen’s Impressive Career Highlights
Ms Olu Verheijen’s career has been marked by remarkable achievements, including her successful roles at Shell where she held various high-powered positions such as Deal Lead, Business Opportunity Manager, Commercial Lead, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Manager, and Commercial Finance Advisor. She also spearheaded the development and execution of value-optimization and monetization strategies for large-scale offshore gas capital projects, unlocking portfolio value, and establishing venture governance.
Diverse Roles and Prominent Positions
In addition to her core roles, Ms Verheijen holds various prominent positions, including serving as an Advisory Council Member of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Energy for Growth Hub, and the Founder and CEO of the BFA Foundation. She is also a Partner and early-stage investor at Persistent, an investment firm based in Nairobi, focusing on distributed renewables companies across Africa.
Impressive Educational Background
Ms Olu Verheijen’s impressive educational background includes obtaining a master’s degree in public policy with a focus on Financial Markets Analysis, Business, and Government Policy from the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Long Island University.
Ms Verheijen’s expertise and diverse background make her an asset in formulating strategic policies and driving sustainable economic growth in the energy sector. Her appointment as the president’s adviser on the Energy sector is well-deserved, given her extensive experience and track record in the industry.