About Diezani Alison - Madueke

Oil and gas expert, Diezani Alison – Madueke played a major role in transforming Nigeria’s Oil and Gas industry. She held three major positions in the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Minister of Petroleum Resources. She also held a number of very senior positions in the Shell Petroleum Development Co of Nigeria Ltd, culminating in her being appointed as the first female executive director in over 80 years of Shell’s exploration and production history in Nigeria.

She left a positive impact on the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector, as well as on the economy of Nigeria. During her tenure as Petroleum Minister, she formulated several new processes and procedures, put in place the framework for new Acts to govern the sector, implemented several infrastructural projects and brought an end to the economically debilitating scourge of perennial fuel scarcity by restoring the stability of petroleum product supply. Alison – Madueke contributed to Nigeria’s industrialization and encouraged economic growth.

Diezani Alisonn – Madueke maintained an aggressive drive to empower local enterprise in the sector by ensuring their active participation and enabling them to compete at the same level as their international counterparts. She repositioned the downstream subsector, enabling strategic implementation of the critical gas revolution agenda of the country and ensuring that the revolutionary Nigerian Content Act was signed and implemented into law, thus giving historic empowerment to indigenous service companies within the sector.

She also led the comprehensive re-draft of the Petroleum Industry Bill, in order to re-balance Nigeria’s share of the profits on its deep offshore blocks and to create a much more transparent and accountable National Petroleum Company

Alison – Madueke, made history as the first female President of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), as well as the first female President, the ministerial meeting of the GECF (Gas Exporting Countries Forum) and remains one of the most influential women to work across the industry. Accumulating multiple accomplishments for her nation, throughout her career she has helped to increase economic growth, ensuring Nigeria’s Oil and Gas sector has remained a global powerhouse. Her development of infrastructures broadened Nigeria’s international market by delivering greater access to gas, both locally and globally. Alison Madueke gave Nigeria a major international presence by leading global energy discussions and by becoming the first female President of OPEC. She revolutionized the petroleum industry with its Oil and Gas sector now ranked as 6th in the world. 

As a strong force in a male driven sector, Diezani Alison – Madueke took it upon herself to mentor women on working in male dominated industries. She conceptualized The Network of Women in Oil and Gas (NEWOG) and continues to strive to open the Oil and Gas sector to more women. As a strong figure in the international Oil and Gas world, she stood as a global voice for women and Nigeria. Alison Madueke received her five year professional bachelor’s degree in architecture (B.Arch), from Howard University in Washington DC. She holds an MBA from The Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University (Hughes Hall) in the United Kingdom. She received the prestigious British Foreign and Commonwealth Chevening Scholarship Award in 2002.