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Prof. Toyin Ashiru


Prof. Ashiru, a director at Vasco Da Gama Energy, is a distinguished materials and metallurgical engineer with over 30 years of professional experience that spans through the oil, gas, refining, and petrochemical industries in Nigeria, UK, USA, and Saudi Arabia. He obtained a B.Sc in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK in 1980 and thereafter, concluded his Ph.D in Industrial Metallurgy at the University of Birmingham, UK in 1983.

For over three decades, he has utilized his diverse experiences in academia, consulting, and project management to provide technical advisory services for the enhancement of productivity in major oil and gas industries worldwide. He has also served as expert consultant to ARAMCO, SABIC, SAMAREC, Qatar Oil Co. etc. He was the Managing Director of Tricontinental Oil Services Ltd and a Non-Executive Director, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Group Plc.

Prof. Ashiru holds USA, British, European, Brazilian, and other international patents for products and systems that he invented. He invented the first known instrument for in situ detection of steel cracking in sour petroleum production operations. This sophisticated microprobe device is now fully commercialized and used worldwide in oil industries.

He is also well recognized for his work on plant integrity enhancement and failure analysis investigations for industries worldwide. The proprietary rights of the inventions by Prof. Ashiru are protected worldwide through patents such as: British Patent, No. 9018984.8, May 25, 1990. International Patent, No. WO 92/04485 (PCT/GB1991/01473); 1992. Brazilian Patent, No. PI 9106795A, 19/03/1992. United States of America Patent, No. 5,378,346; January 3, 1995. European Patent, Publication No. 0546069 B1, 04/01/1995.
Prof. Ashiru began his career as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Universities of Lagos and Ibadan respectively before serving as Nigerian Senior Research Fellow at the International Tin Research Institute in the UK. He has a strong background in program development and quality assurance, with an outstanding history of managing projects from initial conception, through development, to implementation for major oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, steel production, and energy production industries worldwide. He holds an exceptional record for executing mission-critical projects on schedule and within budget and is highly skilled on strategic planning, budget controls and problem-solving. Furthermore, Professor Ashiru has extensive project management experience in major international projects ranging from US$40 million to US$2 billion.

He has served on Joint Venture and Consortium Executive Committees and has participated directly in claims negotiations and settlement agreements in excess of US$100 million. His wealth of experience also includes membership on the Governing Board responsible for strategic and operational decisions, and he was responsible for worldwide engineering operations for proposals and projects.

Prof Ashiru is an expert consultant and Board Member of many international research centers and major industrial sectors. He has served worldwide on various governmental multi-disciplinary task forces and technical committees. He is a recipient of several merit awards which include (but are not limited to) his recognition in the USA as a “Professional with Extraordinary Ability”, listings in Who is Who in the World and Dictionary of International Biography, and the prestigious Distinguished Innovator Award of the Association of Tin Producing Countries for his invention of an electroplated tin-zinc alloy coating system for corrosion protection.