Akachukwu Adeyinka Nwokedi is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG). He holds a first degree and a Master's degree in law from the prestigious University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. He is an accomplished legal professional with over 20 years of experience.
Aka started his working career in 1996 as an Associate Counsel with Uche Nwokedi & Co (Solicitors), a Lagos-based specialist oil and gas law firm before joining NLNG as Legal Counsel, Technical & Projects in 1999, rising to the position of Senior Counsel Technical & Projects, in which capacity he supported the corporate secretariats of NLNG and Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT). Aka was also responsible for delivering legal services to various technical and non-technical business functions within NLNG. Notably, Aka delivered the Gas Supply Agreements (GSA) for NLNG's Trains 3, 4 and 5 and the financing agreements for the NLNGPlus Project. He was also NLNG lead legal counsel for the development of the NLNG Trains 4 & 5 Sales and Purchase Agreements ('SPA') with TFE and Iberdrola and a part of the team that developed the NLNG shipping strategy in 2005.
Aka has held a broad spectrum of management positions in NLNG spanning the Legal, Human Resources and Shipping disciplines. He was the pioneer Human Resources Manager for Career Development and Talent Management and later the Human Resources and Services manager for the Production Division. He has also served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML), a subsidiary of NLNG that provides integrated manning and management services for the BGT-owned fleet of LNG carriers, repositioning the company from loss making to an organization delivering strong performance and sustained profit for the NLNG group.
As General Counsel/Company Secretary of NLNG, he has repositioned the legal function to more proactively anticipate the legal risk in the company's operating environment while protecting, creating, and enhancing stakeholder value.
Aka has strong leadership and motivational attributes with a proven track record in change management and driving organizational efficiency. He has led and delivered several complex assignments notable among which include Fit for 8 organisational effectiveness project, and relocation of NLNG Head Office from Lagos to Port Harcourt, Abuja and Bonny locations within a 90 day window on schedule, within budget and without a safety incident. He is also a dedicated coach and mentor, and has attended several management programmes. Very active in the oil and gas industry, he has been Secretary General of the Nigeria Gas Association (NGA).