Jewel Okwechime, Business Leader, Board Member VFD Group & Abbey Mortgage Bank – Education, Global Environment & Business in Nigeria
Jewel Okwechime is a global environmental leader, expert in change management strategies for Oil and Gas companies. Jewel Okwechime is a fellow & chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience assisting businesses such as Schlumberger, Woodside Energy, BP, Shell and ExxonMobil. Jewel is the Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Investor relations for the VFD Group Plc. Jewel is also an Oil and Energy Consultant Business Development Manager for Deltic Energy Limited.
Jewel Okwechime Interview Focus
1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education… UK, Nigeria
2. Education in UK University of Surrey the bridges between cultural background UK, Nigeria
3. Nigerian culture
4. How is it to do business in Nigeria – The country is also named among the top best 10 improving economies globally for implementing regulatory reforms across six of the report’s 10 indicators.
5. How is it to do business in Africa?
6. Career highlights.
7. Working with engineering and oil and gas and energy
8. Working with Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu
9. Your company / companies, organisations and focus: VFD Group
10. How do you see Africa in a time of 4IR and all areas of digital transformation?
11. You have been working on cybersecurity and blockchain. Can you tell your views on these technologies?
Jewel Okwechime Interview Notes
About investing in Nigeria. Nigeria is very optimistic and very welcoming. It is a country that is always open for new businesses and organizations. We have learned over the years how important it is to make sure that new foreign investors and companies have a great time in Nigeria and their image of the country is improved. In fact, Nigeria offers a great cultural background, raw nature, amazing people, etc. It is definitely a great place to go and invest.
The Oil and Gas industry is the most attractive for foreign investors. We are rapidly institutionalizing the industry and making sure that new investors are compliant with the country’s regulations. The opportunities are huge in this aspect and it is growing fast. We still have challenges that we need to overcome, like providing power to the whole country and ensuring that the population can feel the wealth that this industry is bringing.
The World Economic Forum experience. I was tasked to organize our participation in The World Economic Forum in Davos. It was a great experience as I had to push myself to the limits, and learnt a lot about managing top-notch world personalities. It helped me develop my governance and strategist skills.
About VFD Group. Founded by skilled professionals with diverse experience, qualifications and backgrounds, VFD Group is a Nigerian based proprietary investment company that focuses on building positive and socially conscious ecosystems by aggregating potentially viable business with the objective of creating innovative products and solutions that are accessible to the everyday entrepreneur.
Biohacking is about health optimisation and upgrading our body along the way. It follows the same principles as the way we hack digital systems. The goal is longevity. The idea is to take steps to improve our body to make sure we can get the best performance and that includes better productivity, more happiness, less stress, mind empowerment etc.
Jewel Okwechime Biography
Jewel Okwechime is currently the Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Investor relations for the VFD Group Plc. A Chemical Engineer she has 20+ years experience working with the likes of BP, Shell and ExxonMobil, and growing into becoming a global environmental leader.
Jewel Okwechime is a proven environmental control strategist within the global oil and gas sphere, reviewing the best available technologies and providing cost-saving options on-site. In fact, Jewel set up J&R Environmental Services in 2001, a successful environmental services consultancy and she works in process industry expertise and access to a large network and knowledge base. She – provides businesses and organisations, large and small, with practical, cost-effective solutions for achieving environmental and safety compliance.
Jewel Okwechime is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the highest level of professionalism in chemical engineering. Jewel Okwechime also helps other engineers to become chartered.
A pioneering female engineer, Jewel OkwechimeI thrives on demanding jobs and overcoming challenges. Jewel Okwechime is always interested in specialist leadership roles within the environmental and oil and gas sustainability arena.
Jewel Okwechime holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology from the Halton College, Cheshire, England and a Masters of Engineering in Chemical and Bio-process Engineering from the University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, England.