An International Advisory Board for the Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research has been constituted.
The Board shall provide independent, external and strategic advice to the Management Team of USCAEPR on its research and academic programmers, particularly the Energy Security in Africa Programme (ESIAP) which encompasses the MESM Programme. It shall also manage stakeholder relations and communication as well as promotes USCAEPR ‘s programmes.
The Board consists of eminent national and international professionals from the business community, academia, civil society, private and public sectors. They are also diverse in terms of gender and experience.
Members of the Executive Team of the USCAEPR have a standing invitation to meetings of the Advisory Board, in order to ensure close linkage between the USCAEPR’s external members and the Team running its activities on a daily basis.



  1. Barrister Inuwa Abdul-Kadir (Chairman)
  2. Professor Keith Engel (Chief Executive, South Africa Institute of Tax Professionals)
  3. Muhammad Sorondinki (General Manager, Tenders Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC)
  4. Professor Yinka Omorogbe (Nabo Graham – Douglas Research Professor of Energy Law, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)
  5. Ahmed Yabo (Former Legal Adviser Nigeria – Sao Tome and Principe JDA)
  6. Mr. Dionisio Fonseca Manuella (Special Adviser on Legal Affairs to the Vice – President of the Republic of Angola)
  7. Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe (Partner/Head Oil & Gas, Babalakin&Co)
  8. Dr. Peter Ntephe (Chief Executive Officer of ERHC Energy)
  9. Dr. Joseph Tolorunse (Legal Adviser, Nigerian Department of Petroleum Resources)
  10. Mr. Mark Dike (Dean of Faculties, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria)
  11. Dr. Thomas Kodjo Stephens (Lecturer, Oil and Gas Law, University of Ghana)
  12. Barrister Ada Ezenwosu (Secretary)


The profiles of members of the International Advisory Board are published below:


Barrister Inuwa Abdul-Kadir is the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research (USCAEPR).

Barrister Inuwa Abdul-Kadir is the current Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Sokoto State University, a former Nigerian Minister for Youth Development, a former Attorney-General/ Commissioner for Justice of Sokoto State and a Life Member of the Body of Benchers.






Professor Keith Engel, a South African national, has been appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the International Advisory Board for the Master’s in Energy Security Management (MESM) programme.

Professor Engel is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT). As part of his core duties managing the Institute, he is heavily engaged in tax at a policy, legislative and interpretative level such as with the National Treasury, Parliament, SARS, the Davis Tax Committee and the private sector. His role also includes presentations and participation in regional African tax issues. Outside of the Institute, he regularly teaches at the University of Johannesburg and is an honorary adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town, North Western University and Rhodes University. Keith is well known for his leading roles in the formulation of tax legislation at the South African National Treasury from 2000 to 2013.

Keith Engel has also been heavily involved in policy issues relating to the extractive sector. While working at South Africa’s National Treasury, Keith Engel was one of the chief architects of South Africa’s Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act, the Diamond Export Levy and the 10th Schedule Incentive for Oil and Gas. He continues to be engaged in a variety of income tax issues relating to mining and offshore gas as well as environmental rehabilitation. His experience further includes issues relating to ownership, such as black economic empowerment and expropriation. Outside of South Africa, Keith Engel has been involved in extractive issues arising in Uganda, Kenya and Zambia.

Prior to joining the SIAT, he was the Partner in charge of African Tax Policy, at EY (formerly Ernst &Young). Before his work stint at EY he was the Chief Director ( Legal Tax Design at the South African National Treasury.

Originally an American citizen, Professor Engel moved to the Republic of South Africa in August 2000 as the United States Government’s Tax Policy Advisor to South Africa under the United States Treasury Technical Assistance Program.

Keith had earlier lectured Tax Law at Washington & Lee Law School. He obtained his first degree in Law and Master’s degree in Taxation from Georgetown Law Center in the United States.

Professor Engel shall also lecture the module on “Comparative Tax Treaty Strategies for African Extractive Countries” to students of the Master’s in Energy Security Management (MESM) programme.


Muhammad Sani Musa Sorondinki, a lawyer and the General Manager (Tenders Board) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has joined Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research as the Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Board.

He brings his over thirty years experience in the judiciary, the Nigerian Bar and the petroleum sector to bear on USCAEPR.

Sorondinki holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) honours degree from Bayero University and a Master degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy and the BL Certificate of the Nigerian Law School. He has attended oil and gas training courses at Harvard University and several institutions.




Mr. Dionisio started his legal career as a Legal Counsel with Sonangol (Angola’s national oil company). He is presently the Legal Adviser to the Vice – President of Angola. He has also lecture oil, gas and mining law at Augustino Neto University in Luanda. He has a Masters of Law degree in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen.



Professor Yinka Omorogbe is Nigeria’s first Professor of Oil and Gas Law and currently the Nabo Graham Douglas Professor of Energy Law at the Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. She was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ibadan and was Corporation Secretary / Legal Adviser of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).  She is also a member of the International Bar Association’s Committee of Academics and a Member of the Governing Council of Igbenedion University. She advised UNDP on Liberia’s Petroleum Legislation and she has written several peer review books and publications on the subject matter. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor on Petroleum Ownership, Contracts and Arbitration on the NDA / USCAEPR Collaborative Masters in Energy Security Management Programme, she is also on the Board of Governors of USCAEPR.


Mark Dike is the current Dean of Faculties of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) as well as the immediate past President of CITN. He was for many years the head of tax treaty making for Nigeria in his then capacity as the Director of Tax Policy at the Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria and was the first Tax Controller of Oil and Gas at the FIRS. He is an economics alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University. In addition to being a Senior Lecturer for Tax Treaty Making and Mining Tax on the NDA / USCAEPR Collaborative Masters in Energy Security Management Programme.


Dr. Thomas Kojo Stephens, a Ghanaian lawyer, petroleum policy analyst and law lecturer at the University of Ghana.

He contributed to the conceptualization of the legal framework for the development of the petroleum sector of Ghana through his work as one of the senior counsels in the Accra based law firm of Akufo – Addo, Prempeh & Co.

Dr. Stephens obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy with a Summa Cum Laude from Emory University in the United States before graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Ghana. He subsequently earned a Master of Laws [LLM] degree in Transactional Law from Cornell University in the United States. Dr. Stephens also has a PhD in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland which he successfully undertook as a British Commonwealth Scholar.



Dr. Adaralegbe is the Chairman of the Research Committee of Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research.

Dr. Adaralegbe is a highly experienced oil and gas transactional and arbitration lawyer. He is well published in several peer review international oil and gas journals.

In addition to chairing the Research Committee of USCAEPR, he is the Editor -in – Chief of the Centre’s quarterly energy journal.

Bayo is a Partner and Head of the firms’ Energy and Extractive Group. He is listed in the ‘’Who’s Who Legal’’ directory as one of the top Oil and Gas law specialists in Nigeria and by the ‘’Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa’’ directory as highly regarded for his scholarship and counsel. In addition to his legal background, Bayo also has some business training, having taken Corporate Finance Management, Financial Accounting, and Strategic Business Planning courses (to mention just a few), to qualify as a Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries  & Administrators, United Kingdom (FCIS). Earlier in his career, Bayo was Legal Adviser and Company Secretary in a bank. He is a Notary Public for Nigeria.

Bayo speaks regularly at International and local conferences and has published articles in leading globally acclaimed journals , including “Journal of World Energy Law and Business” (JWELB,)  a joint publication of Oxford University Press and AIPN), “Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law” (publication of the IBA), “International Energy Law Review Journal” (publication of Sweet & Maxwell), “Arbitration International Journal” and “Journal of International Arbitration” (publications of Kluwer Law International), the Arbitrator (publication of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK) and Journal of World Investment & Trade. His works have been cited with approval in leading International academic books.

Bayo also has editorial responsibilities. He is a pioneer member of the editorial team of JWELB, and part of the editorial teams of Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL), Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) and the Nigerian Monthly Law Reports (NMLR). He is also Energy Law columnist of ThisdayNewspaper, one of Nigeria’s widest circulating daily newspapers.

His detailed profile is towering and is published at : .





Dr. Peter Ntephe has joined Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research in a very active and strategic role as the Chairman of the Internationalisation committee

Dr Ntephe has being the Chief Executive Officer of ERHC Energy since 2010. He works from the Houston, Texas llheadquarters of the company. He has being involved with the Company’s international operations in various management and consulting capacities, since 2001. His roles have included fundamental participation in negotiating, securing and maintaining all the group’s oil and gas interests in sub-Saharan Africa. As Chief Executive officer, he oversees the executive management of ERHC Energy and its subsidiaries, ensuring that the group’s strategic objectives are met. Under Dr. Ntephe’s leadership, the Company has more than doubled the size of acreage under its control and expanded its strategic focus to include onshore acreage, which is comparatively cheaper and less complicated to explore than deep offshore acreage. The Company has also rapidly grown its in-house technical capabilities, enabling it to directly operate its onshore assets in a strategic shift from the non-operator model it previously ran.

Dr. Ntephe has had a career spanning over 30 years in the Nigerian Bar, the public and private sectors. In addition to his PhD in Law from the University of London, he holds five other degrees including a Master of Science from the University of Oxford, a Master of Laws from the University of London and a Master of Science (Management) from the Brunel University, London.

Upon graduation from the University of Nigeria,Nssuka, with a Bachelors degree in Law (LLB) and earning his BL from the Nigerian Law School, Dr. Ntephe worked in the Port Harcourt law firm of Serena David Dokubo & Co before setting up the firm of Ntephe, Smith and Wills.

He later became the Special Adviser to the Nigerian Senate Committee on Judiciary during the tenure of Senator Mike Ajeagbu.

Dr. Ntephe has previously taught as adjunct faculty in the Business School of the American Intercontinental University, London. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) as well as of the Committee on Oil and Gas Law of the International Bar Association.

Dr Ntephe brings his enormous experiences to bear on USCAEPR as it pursues its objective of becoming Africa’s leading energy policy research institute.



Dr. Joseph Tolorunse is the current Legal Adviser of Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), In his over 23 years work experience at DPR, Tolorunse has been involved in designing, handling and supervising several production sharing agreements, petroleum oil block bid rounds, licensing, transfers, assignments, novations, decommissioning regimes, arbitrations and litigations. He holds a PhD in Petroleum Law from the University of Dundee in Scotland and he has published peer review journals and books. In addition to being a Senior Lecturer on pro bono basis for module on Comparative Oil and Gas Licensing and Operating Regimes of the NDA / USCAEPR Collaborative Masters in Energy Security Management Programme.




Mr Yabo voluntarily retired recently from the Nigeria – Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority where he held the position of Legal Adviser and coordinated the negotiation and drafting of all the current petroleum exploration and production regulations, policies and guidelines for the joint development zone.

Upon his attainment of an LLB from Othman Dan Fodio University in Nigeria, he attended the Nigerian Law School from where he was admitted to the Nigerian Bar. He subsequently graduated with and LLM in Energy Law and Policy in 2004 and an MSc with specialization in Energy Finance in 2008, both from the University of Dundee in Scotland.


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