Michael Benedict Edem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of Port Harcourt and is a registered engineer in the Council for Regulation of Engineering (COREN) in Nigeria. In 2017, he joined Ernst & Young Nigeria as a Tax Associate where he provided advisory and accounting services to clients on tax related issues, and developed sustainable tax strategies that help clients to manage and meet tax obligations whilst enhancing their financial performance.
In 2018, he joined the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) formerly Department of Petroleum Resources to pursue his passion of developing a career in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He worked for two years in the Incident Management unit in HSE Division where he developed, reviewed, and implemented strategies for incident management in the industry, developed an Incident Reporting Procedure (IRP) framework for the industry, and participated in the development of the Search, Rescue and Surveillance (SeRAS) Command and Control Centre domiciled in the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC). He moved to Central Electronic Licensing, Approvals and Permitting System (CELAPS) unit under the Office of the Director where he spent a year and seven months working on integrating all Licensing, Approval and Permitting portals to ensure ease of access and administration, and processing applications by companies for Oil and Gas Industry Service Permit (OGISP).
He currently works in the Facilities Development branch under the Development and Production directorate and a few of his job functions are evaluating business case adequacy and configuration of oil and gas production facilities, proposing, reviewing and implementing strategies to monitor engineering and technical reviews for oil and gas production projects, maintaining a comprehensive database of all oil and gas facility development projects in Nigeria and performing analysis of same, and coordinating project monitoring activities.
Michael is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Nigerian Gas Association, Nigerian Association for Energy Economics and Rotary Club of Abuja Capital and writes frequently on policies and programs implemented by the Federal Government to enhance growth and development of the Nigerian petroleum industry. He loves playing squash, reading, and volunteering in works of charity