Dr. Layi Fatona
Dr. Layi Fatona PhD. MSc. DIC. BSc. FNAPE
Layi Fatona is a Petroleum Geologist with more than forty years of oil industry experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) in 1973 and obtained both the Masters of Science and Doctorate degrees in Petroleum Geology and Sedimentology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London.

He started his career as a Review Geologist responsible for regional geological studies in the Niger Delta with The Shell Petroleum Development Company, rising through the ranks in the seven years he was there. He left to join other like minds to start up Geotrex Systems Limited (Petroleum Exploration and Production Consultants) starting as a Senior Consultant and currently retaining the position of Chairman of the Company.

He holds other board positions across the industry. He is currently the Managing Director of Niger Delta Exploration and Production Plc. He also sits on the board of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc. He is the chairman of the board of Skye Financial Services Limited.

Layi is a staunch believer in the ability of indigenous minds to control the narrative of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. He insists that Nigerians can and should increasingly play major roles in exploring, producing and creating additional value for the country and its people from our vast oil and gas reserves.

He is a member of various professional bodies and has won several awards and recognitions over the years for his contributions to the general areas of Petroleum Engineering and Geology. He is a past President and Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), a Certified Petroleum Geologist of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG), the 6th and 2010 recipient of the prestigious highest ranking "Aret Adams Award" of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, the 2012 recipient of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) NMGS/DPR/Chief M.O. Feyide Award, and a "Master Class Finalist" in the 2011 Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the Year Award series.

As an explorer, he isn't resting on his oars and continues to seek means of creating awareness, growth and local participation in the industry. He is married with children. He enjoys playing golf.