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Professor Wumi Iledare, a distinguished professor of Petroleum Economics and Policy Research is the Vice President Training, Research and Development at the International Institute for Petroleum, Energy Law and Policy (IIPELP) in collaboration with Emerald Energy Institute UNIPORT (EEI UNIPORT). He is also the Director of Emerald Energy Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He is a visiting professor of Petroleum Economics at the Institute of Petroleum Studies (IPS) in the University of Port Harcourt and the African University of Science and Technology. Professor Iledare holds a B.Sc. degree with honors in Petroleum engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, an M.Sc in Energy resources from University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering, and a Ph.D. in mineral and energy resource economics from West Virginia University. Professor Iledare has over twenty-five years of oil and gas experience bridging both research and practice.

Iledare contributes to the training of undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals in petroleum economics worldwide. He serves as an adjunct or visiting professor of petroleum economics to several Universities in the USA, Asia, and Nigeria. As part of his effort to champion public education and applied research in petroleum economics and policy, Professor Iledare is the naissance instructor for the continuing education course for SPE Nigerian Council. In addition to teaching for SPE, he has also taught short courses on petroleum economics for professional organizations such as the AAPG affiliated Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE), and many international consulting firms in Ghana, Brazil, Singapore, Peru, and Malaysia since 1999.

He has organized several petroleum economics and management workshops on the impact of petroleum and energy policies on the oil and gas industry and national economies for legislators, managers, executive officers in and professional staff of the Federal Government of Nigeria and International Oil and Gas Companies as well as several emerging Indigenous Oil and Gas Operators in Nigeria since 2001. Iledare has also served as a consultant on international petroleum economics and policy issues to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other agencies of the Federal Government in Nigeria; served as honorary adviser on oil and gas matters to the Minister of National Planning, Senator Mohammed Daggash, 2007 – 2008 and honorary consultant to the Special Adviser on petroleum matters, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, 2008-2010.


In addition to teaching and conducting public policy research on oil and gas economics and policy worldwide, Professor Iledare participates actively in petroleum and energy professional organizations. He is an Associate Editor of the SPE Economics and Management Journal since 2007 and a former editor of the USAEE Dialogue--a publication of the United States Association for Energy Economics, 2005 – 2007. He served previously as Director of the U.S. Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) for the U.S. Gulf Coast Region, 2010 – 2014 and as the 2008 President of United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). Iledare is a Senior Fellow of USAEE and Chairman of the governing council and the 2014 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). He is a founding advisor to and Distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics – an IAEE affiliated organization, and the founding President of the Association of Nigerian Petroleum Professionals Abroad (ANPPA). Iledare received SPE regional award for distinguished contribution to petroleum engineering in the area of management and information, the SPE Nigeria Council Service and recognition awards for pioneering the SPE NAICE Pre Conference Continuing Education Programme. He is married to Mrs. Joyce Abike Iledare.

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