Wumi Iledare, professor of petroleum economics and policy research and the director of the Energy Information and Data Division, retired January 3, 2014, after 21 years of service to the Center for Energy Studies. He will be director of the Emerald Energy Institute for Petroleum, Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies at the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria.
Iledare joined CES as an assistant professor in 1992. His areas of expertise include global exploration and production analysis, the geopolitics of oil and gas resources, energy economics and policy, and petroleum taxation and regulation.
Iledare’s many honors include recognition by the Society for Petroleum Engineers in 2008 for his distinguished contribution to the field of petroleum engineering in the area of management and information in Africa. In 2011, he was awarded the Nigerian Association for Energy Economics, or NAEE, Distinguished Fellowship Award in recognition of his “distinguished leadership and contributions to the development of the Energy Sector in Nigeria” and for his support of the NAEE. He served as president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics in 2008 and president of the International Association for Energy Economics in 2014.
He holds B.Sc. degree with honors in petroleum engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, an M.S. in energy resources (technology and management) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in mineral economics from the West Virginia University.
The Center expresses best wishes to Wumi.