Man Crush Monday (MCM): Babajide Ademola Agunbiade

by Duke Magazine

Engr. Jide Agunbiade COREN, MNSE, FIISE, MBA is a Nigerian oil and gas professional, businessman, and philanthropist. He is an Engineer and Subject Matter Expert in Subsea Production Systems. With over two decades of cognate experience in the Oil & Gas industry, Engr. Agunbiade is a Businessman, Investor, Energy Consultant, and has attended several Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops all over the globe. He is currently a Director at National Oilwell Varco (NOV), an American conglomerate that is the largest worldwide provider of equipment and components used in Oil and Gas drilling and production operations based in Houston, Texas.

Engr. Agunbiade started his career in Nigeria working with a few Oil and gas service companies in Eket and Port Harcourt area. In the early 2000’s he joined Texaco overseas as a subsea Engineer, he left Texaco to join General Electric (G.E) where he rose to become principal Engineer of the GE Gasification business group.

Engr. Agunbiade graduated with a combined honors degree in Industrial & Production Engineering from the University of Ibadan. He completed the GE Advanced Engineering program, GE Green & Black belt certification and also obtained an MBA in Business Management from American InterContinental University – Houston, Texas and he’s a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Southern University In Environment Policy.

He started his Oil and Gas career as Subsea Engineer at Texaco Oversea Houston. He has completed over $1 billion worth of Deepwater projects as Director of the NOV Subsea Production System Group. 

He is the Founder/President of the Jide Agunbiade Foundation, with the objectives of empowering the needy with primary healthcare,  access to basic education and community development. 

The Foundation has donated and completed several projects around the world, especially in his home town of Fiditi, Oyo State.

Quite apart from his philanthropic activities in Nigeria and the USA, Engr. Agunbiade has also been a veritable source of hope and succor to the needy in his Alma mater, the University of Ibadan; he donated £6,000 to the Institution U.I. Alumni Trust Fund, amongst others support. He’s among the first diaspora alumnus to make such a large donation at the 70th anniversary of the Premier University.

A thoroughly educated individual, Engr. Agunbiade has an MBA in Business Management from American Intercontinental University, Houston, Texas. He simultaneously read two Ph.D. degrees, a Doctorate in Urban Planning & Environmental Policy from the Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas and earned a Doctorate in Leadership and Business from the Higher Place Christian University, Atlanta, Georgia, a rare and outstanding feat. 

Engr. Agunbiade was among the stakeholder invited by the Mozambique President to advise the country on their newly discovered sizeable offshore gas reserves in 2014. A prominent guest speaker at the Offshore Technolgy Conference (OTC) Houston, African Oilweek, and Sub-Saharan African International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference.He loves playing Golf. A committed supporter of Chelsea FC.

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