"I envision a world where people admire and respect nature. A world in which clean, sustainable and affordable sources of energy are available to all."
What’s your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
Having spent the better part of my youth in Nigeria, I grew up in a country where electrical power and energy were not readily available on a daily basis. Around 6pm every day like clockwork, black fumes from generators filled the skies due to power outages across the country. A country once seen predominately as an agrarian society, abandoned its ways and became overly dependent on fossil fuels upon discovery. Hence my drive and passion for a world of sustainable and affordable energy.
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I envision a world where people admire and respect nature. A world in which clean, sustainable and affordable sources of energy are available to all. Of course nothing of such greatness is accomplished over a day. I hope to make this possible in Nigeria. I truly belief this can be accomplished globally. “Necessity is the mother of invention” – Plato
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I personally love and enjoy being in leadership positions. I believe in leadership by example and guidance. Situations I have been a leader include a Prefect in Boarding School (Nigeria), a Resident Assistant, Engineer Mentor and Team lead at Schlumberger and a few others. These all come with various challenges and one must be willing to learn, grow and share. Knowing when to speak and when to listen.
How has GREEN play a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
GREEN has definitely influenced the career path I am currently pursuing today and also certain decisions I have made relating to my professional endeavors. The program had a role in helping me decide my undergraduate research. I also I had the pleasure of networking with wonderful individuals such as Adam Phoebe and Shelby Bierig whom have been insightful.
Describe a personal experience that has indirectly or directly influenced your career path.
I’d say the circumstances surrounding my youth as described in my story above have directly influenced my current path in which I hope to experience all aspects of energy. Also having worked in the Oil and Gas industry and experiencing it first hand, I believe it is imperative to pursue cleaner and more sustainable forms of energy hence the reason for my current career path.
What does #onlyontheGREENprogram mean to you?
The GREEN program till date is one of the best and most adventurous life experiences I have had. There were moments I had with the program that could only be experienced on the program. If you seek an adventure and education at the same time with a beautiful view, the GREEN program is the way!!
What is your best piece of advice that you would give to a student interested in sustainable development?
I would say whole heartedly pursue this program. You’re in for a world of knowledge and adventure. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet, learn and network with great people. Plus you get to travel and explore a part of the world.