Engr. Akinwumi Odumakinde, a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University Of California, Davis in the United States of America is the President of Impact Your World Leadership Initiative. He has over 20 years experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. Five years of this experience was acquired in the Exploration and Production sector of the United States of America Oil and Gas Industry, with over 15 years dedicated to providing a strong voice in pursuit of and championing the causes of private sector initiatives geared towards local capacity building and effective technology transfer to the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry.
Engr. Akin began his career with Chevron Refinery, Richmond, CA, USA where he was engaged as Summer Chemical Engineer between July and September 1987 before proceeding to Dow Chemical, Pittsburgh, CA, USA as Research/Process Engineer between July and December 1988 and Arco Oil & Gas, Bakersfield, CA, USA as Operation/Analytical Engineer between June 1990 and May 1994. But because of his determination to face the challenge to succeed and further pursue the cause of local capacity building, he returned to Nigeria and floated a company DeltaTek Engineering Limited. The success of DeltaTek Engineering Limited in the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry today under his able leadership led to his pioneering the formation and operation of companies like DSV Pipetronix Limited where he served as Vice President, Operations; DeltaTerratek the company he founded; Prime Atlantic, as Director and DeltaAfrik Engineering Limited (a Joint Venture Company between DeltaTek and WorleyParsons) where he is currently the Managing Director. He combines experience, creativity, and proven management skill with sound business sense to deliver excellence in these positions.
The successful technical partnership of his company, DeltaTek with a renowned Worldwide Engineering Design Company, WorleyParsons has attracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of over 80 million US dollars leading to the formation of a new JV called DELTAAFRIK (which is 51 percent and 49 percent owned by DeltaTek Engineering a 100% indigenously owned company and WorleyParsons) respectively. This has ultimately led to the creation of good paying employment opportunity for over 600 Nigerians in this sub-sector. DeltaAfrik has since repositioned and is one of the leading Nigerian Design Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management Companies in taking advantage of the Nigerian Content Act of the Nigerian Government, the fulfillment of the ambition of a right thinking Nigerian. He has handled projects worth over $1Billion for major JV operators such as Chevron, Addax, Total, Exxon Mobil and other companies.
He Commands a vast and comprehensive knowledge of the Nigerian content models currently in use in Malaysia, Oman, Brazil and Saudi Arabia that are strong examples and case studies for formulating Nigerian Oil and Gas local content initiatives to improve the lots of Nigerians. He is an active member of COREN, Institute of Directors, AICHE, SPE and NSE. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE).
In 1993, Engr. Akin took a giant step against all odds and relocated from the United States of America with a strong pull and passion to come help rebuild Nigeria. He had his own fair share of knocks when he came but that didn’t discourage or daunt his resolve to positively contribute to the well being of this endowed country. Little by little, he got his acts right and navigated the stormy waters to birth a reputable engineering company.
Engr. Akin has been able to build a world class engineering company with a “grass to grace” story, building institutional and human capacities. He has successfully raised and released leaders to start their own companies or move to embrace bigger career challenges in the international market. His DeltaAfrik Company has also been engaged in humanitarian services through the DeltaAfrik Charitable Foundation (DCF) meeting the needs of the underprivileged in our society.
He is a man of integrity and purpose who has touched the life of many. No doubt his rich pedigree will be brought to bear as he embraces this fresh national call having successfully used the DeltaAfrik pilot to test the waters of raising leaders in the market place while trading godly principles and values.
Engr. Akin is joyfully married to Olayinka and they are blessed with three gifted children.