Nigeria Energy Forum Team

NEF Organizing Team

Innovation and Strategy Development Lead

Bamise Olanrewaju is an energy researcher with specific expertise and interest in modelling of combined natural gas and electricity networks. She is currently working as an Analyst at the Office of National Statistics, UK. Bamise worked on Research Council’s UK (RCUK) project on the integration of the EU gas network to the UK gas and electricity network, which is of significant relevance to the development of gas-to-power systems in Nigeria and Africa from Oct 2012 to April 2017. Bamise received her first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan in 2005. She completed a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Environment at Cardiff University, where she graduated with a distinction grade in 2012, and was awarded a PhD. in Multi-Energy Systems in 2017. She won a foundation grant in 2014 by the Funds for Women Graduates, UK and her work was recently highlighted in an impact video produced by the RCUK’s HubNet Consortium project. She has over 6 years of industrial experience in the manufacturing and consulting engineering sector in Nigeria. Bamise is currently the innovation and strategy lead for the Nigeria Energy Forum.

Forum Chair and Technical Lead

Daniel Adeuyi is a chartered engineer with the UK Engineering Council and award-winning researcher on renewable energy and power systems. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Cardiff University, UK, for the European Commission BEST PATHS project, which focuses on grid connection of offshore wind farms through high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems. In 2009, Daniel worked with the team of Chinese electrical engineers, who designed and commissioned the 650 MW Olorunsogo combined cycle power plant in Nigeria. He received a BSc. degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria in 2010. He was awarded a Master’s degree with Distinction Grade in Electrical Energy Systems in 2012 and a PhD. in Electrical Engineering in 2016, both at Cardiff University, UK. Daniel won the prestigious World Energy Forum Student Energy Essay Contest First Prize in 2012, and he was awarded the UK First Prize and the European First Prize at the Eurelectric Student Essay Contest in 2014. He is an expert in modelling, planning and operation of electrical power systems and he is passionate about contributing his skills to enhance the development of affordable, sustainable and modern energy services for all. Daniel is an emerging research star with extensive research collaborations in China, Canada and the UK and has presented his work in over 8 countries across the world. Daniel is Forum Chair at the Nigeria Energy Forum.

Academic and Business Development Lead

Akintunde Babatunde is a chartered engineer and chartered environmentalist. A 2000 graduate of University of Ibadan, Akintunde won the 1992 overall JETS competition in Nigeria and he was a recipient of the A.G Leventis and Federal Government Scholarships, respectively for his undergraduate and graduate (MSc) studies. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from University College Dublin in 2008 and subsequently in 2010, he won the prestigious Irish Research Council and EU Marie Curie Fellowship which has a less than 5% success rate at the time. In 2008, he was awarded the Green Prize in Environmental Technologies by the Federal Minister of Education in Germany. Akintunde was a lecturer (assistant professor) in Civil Engineering at Cardiff University School of Engineering from Dec 2011 to May 2016 (Cardiff University Civil Engineering is currently ranked 1st in UK for the quality of her Civil and Construction Engineering research). In June 2016, Akintunde joined the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds as an Associate Professor. He holds the position jointly (on honorary basis) with his position at Cardiff University. The University of Leeds is currently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. Since 2011, Akintunde has been a member of Council of Society of Environmental Engineers, UK. He is an expert in sustainable water engineering and he is interested in the integration of renewable energy into water engineering to address the water-energy nexus. Akintunde is a well cited- researcher with h-index of 14 and over 1250 citations in scientific literature. He has collaborated and presented his work in over 10 countries across the world. Akintunde is currently the academic lead for the Nigeria Energy Forum.


Engr. Sunday Makinde, FNSE, FNIEEE
General Co-Chair

Engr. Adekunle Sunday Makinde is a Chartered, Registered and practicing Electrical & Electronics Engineer of close to two decades experience, with a bias for Power and Telecommunications Engineering. A 1998 graduate of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), he has executed and consulted widely for different power projects within the shores of Nigeria. He also loves to impact lives and impart knowledge, thus engages in manpower development by way of capacity building. Presently, he is the National Head, Last Mile Connectivity and Access Network of Glo Broad Access Department of Nigeria’s 2nd National Carrier, Globacom Limited, where he has successfully completed several projects while still efficiently and effectively maintaining the existing infrastructure. By the virtue of his wide experience, Adekunle engages in rural electrification, power, electrical building services, telecommunication and ICT services. He later bagged a Master’s Degree at University of Lagos in 2012. Sunday has presented many papers and attended several workshops, seminars, lectures and conferences within and outside the country. He is a Past National Chairman of The Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), a former National EXCO member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), and presently the National Chairman of Young Engineers Forum of Nigeria (YEFoN). He has been an Associate Examiner for Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), likewise for the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), being fully part of the process of admitting certified individuals into the Engineering profession as members.

Dr (Mrs) Tosin Somorin
Awards Committee Chair

Tosin is a Research Fellow in Energy Systems at Cranfield University, UK. Her research is actively contributing to the development of the Nano-Membrane Toilet, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and designed for people lacking access to modern sanitation in developing countries. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She received her PhD from Cranfield University, UK in Gas Turbines, Fuels and Applications, where she developed the first bio-fouling assessment model for gas turbine fuels and fuel systems. She has more than 8 years multidisciplinary research experience in applied microbiology, environmental sciences and energy, and is a pioneering leader with interest in technology development, deployment, and solutions for developing economies. She has published her research in leading international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and presented her work at conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. She has won a number of research awards and grants including the 2013 BioVision. Nxt Fellowship and the 2015 Best Innovative Idea for Growth in Africa. Prior to her PhD, she worked in the Nigerian oil and gas industry with technical expertise in environmental impact studies.

Ms. Folashade Jose
Communications Director

Khadijat Jose is a research assistant and second year PhD researcher sponsored by the National Grid in Cardiff University. Khadijat is very passionate about the provision of sustainable energy to all in Nigeria. She received her BSc. degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering at the University of Agriculture Abeokuta in 2011 where she specialised in Electric Power, and also a Master’s degree with Distinction grade in Power Systems Engineering at the prestigious University College London (UCL) in 2014. Thereafter, she was awarded a highly competitive funding by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to research on mitigating the effects of low inertia on an HVDC-rich AC grid.Khadijat was involved in the planning and execution of the Lagos Solar Project, a project by the Lagos state electricity board in partnership with the UK Department for International Development. The project involved the installation of solar systems in over a hundred schools and 11 primary health care centres around Lagos. Khadijat’s main interests are in electrical power, HVDC transmission, frequency control and renewable energy systems, and she is a certified trainer in Photovoltaic off-grid systems.. She has over 2 years industrial experience in the engineering and manufacturing sectors in Nigeria, and she is an active member of the IEEE and NSE.

Engr. Femi Laniyan
Ex Officio, NIEEE

Olafemi is a Chartered Electrical Engineer. Having graduated from the University of Lagos in 1982,Olafemi cut his teeth with the then National Electric power Authority,now PHCN. In 1985, he joined Guinness Nigeria PLC as a Management trainee Engineer, rising to the position of Assistant Electrical Engineer, running packaging and services functions of the state of the art Ogba Brewery of the organization. In 1990,Olafemi left the services of Guinness and incorporated Ebony crafts Ltd. a textile services company. In the year 2000 Engr. Olaniyan founded Electrosyte Company Ltd. an Electrical design and building services company with expertise in the areaofPower generation, distribution, building automation and development of Renewable Energy systems. Electrosyte continues to thrive and was recently awarded membership of KNX,the Global association of home automation specialists. Engr. Olaniyan’s business interests include the ownership of Collageo communications Ltd. with studios located in Lagos, and with a wide range of radio and television programming including the award winning tv magazine show “made in Nigeria”. His personal interests include youth development and empowerment for which he founded the Collageo communications Ltd Foundation, an N.G.O.

Mr. Tobi Ogunlesi
Finance Controller

Oluwatobi Ogunlesi is a branding, marketing, and communications expert with over 10 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry and across other sectors.
His work experience spans communications advisory, administration, account management, client servicing, research and market insights/intelligence. He currently works Junior Achievement Nigeria, a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide as Marketing and Communications Manager.
Prior to that He’s worked with the cement multinational, Lafarge Africa Plc as Communications Administrator in Nigeria; Marine Platforms as Communications Coordinator; an Agency Adviser to multinational clients such as: Coca-Cola, Diageo – Johnnie Walker, and Multichoice Nigeria. He received a B.Agric degree with 2nd Class-Upper in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 2010; and a Master of Business Administration degree (General Management) from the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos Business School in 2014. He is passionate about “Deliberately” and “Intentionally” helping brands take “Decisions” to achieve “Corporate Excellence Objectives” through “Continuous Improvement Strategies” and “Proactive Crisis Management”.
At his leisure, he is into content creation- photography…. capturing events and images on his mobile phone for creativity and pleasure.

Engr. John Funso-Adebayo
National Vice Chair, NIEEE

Funso started his career in the information technology industry, and later moved to the telecommunications industry on the commencement of the GSM Technology. In fourteen years, he has worked in different organizations and different posts as assistant project manager, installations engineers (hardware/software) for upgrade, network optimization, swap as well as operations and maintenance manager. He has improved his skills on Network Monitoring performance (KPIs) for the 3G RAN, CS-Core, and Alarm Handling (Escalation to Closure), end-to-end, both at the Front-Office and Back Office. He has worked on a multi-vendor platform, including Motorola, Huawei, and Ericsson. He has worked around the West African countries, as a Network Service project manager (enhancement Project). At present, he is a managing consultant/entrepreneur in the field of mobile broadband communications and smart metering for remote areas. He is the Vice Chair, IEEE Nigeria Section and the National Vice Chairman, The Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE). He is happily married with two princesses.