September 21, 2021

Osalusi Emmanuel – Championing the Sustainable Extraction of Oil and Gas in Nigeria

Dr. Osalusi Emmanuel is currently the Senior Metocean Engineer at Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company. He held senior positions in the UK’s oil & gas sector. These companies include GE Oil & Gas, Partrac Group, and Total Gas & Power Ltd. As an expert in petroleum engineering, and with his practical experience in fluid dynamics and numerical analysis, Dr. Osalusi models ocean currents and turbulence in Nigeria. He predicts when and where oil spills will affect coastal communities, allowing him to backtrack and identify the site of oil leaks. With the largest natural gas and second-largest oil reserves in Africa, generating approximately 70% of Nigeria’s revenue, Dr. Osalusi advises on the sustainable extraction of oil and gas in Nigeria to maximise reserves.

Dr. Osalusi was one of seven children growing up in a remote village in western Nigeria. As a child, he longed to be a chemist but switched to math only because his parents could not afford $2 for pipettes and other basic chemistry equipment. He realised that in math, one has to buy nothing.

As one of the AIMS South Africa’s pioneer students graduating in 2004, he focused on fluid mechanics. He received a Master’s of Science from the University of Limpopo and a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited more than 400 times.