Bola Adefehinti (Chief Executive Officer)


Bola is a UK-trained lawyer specializing in Company Administration, Company & Commercial and Energy Law. He graduated with a full honors from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1992 and subsequently joined the Litigation Team of T&N Plc, global Engineering Company in 1993. He went on take on the role of Assistant Company Secretary to the Board of Directors, a role in which he administered several subsidiary companies and was responsible for corporate governance issues. He moved into private practice with Linder Myers Solicitors, Manchester in 1997 where his practice consisted of Company Administration, and Company/ Commercial Law. He moved to Davenport Lyons Solicitors, London in 1999 where he was primarily involved in the areas of Corporate Administration (handling corporate compliance matters for a number of blue chip companies), Company, Commercial and Petroleum Law.

In 2001, Bola left legal practice to set up Maine Consulting Limited, a petroleum-focused consulting company and in 2003, he co-founded and became the C.E.O. of Maine Oil & Gas Limited (“MOGAS”), a petroleum company focusing on developing acreage opportunities in the Gulf of Guinea. MOGAS participated in the Nigeria 2005 Bid Round and was awarded two oil blocks (OPL 234 and OPL 454) in Nigeria.

In January 2007, Bola joined Crossharbour Partners Limited, a strategy consulting company focused on providing advisory services to international companies looking to establish interests/ operations in the Petroleum, Mining, Power and Petrochemical sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. In this capacity, he facilitated negotiations between various Chinese companies including the CITIC Group and the Nigerian Government agencies in the context of their proposed investments in major infrastructure projects (including a high-tech fertilizer plant and a refinery) in Nigeria. In October 2007, Bola joined the Board of Alphapetro Pty Limited, a petroleum marketing and trading company with crude oil lifting and supply contracts with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”) and the TEMA Oil Refinery, Ghana.

Bola brings to Astra Petroleum a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of geo-political and technical issues affecting the the West African petroleum sector. Bola joined the Board of Astra Petroleum in July 2008.

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