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Cecilia Umoren


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Cecilia Aqua-Umoren is the chief executive officer of Millennium Oil and Gas Limited. She was the principal/founding partner of the law firm Cecilia Okafor & Associates (now Sapphire Partners), a full service corporate and litigation firm, where she gained a wealth of experience in international transactions and local legal practice. The firm represented many foreign companies in a range of matters both legal and commercial and advised them on various areas of law practice including contractual, regulatory and policy issues.

She acted as an external solicitor to Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and represented NITEL in its first major telecommunications Joint Venture, Mobile Telecommunications System (MTS) where she was eventually appointed Company Secretary. She also served on the Federal Government’s Ministerial Committee to implement the Open Skies Agreement.

She was part of the group of professionals that set up Emerald Energy Resources Limited, an indigenous Oil and Gas Exploration and Production company where she was an executive director.

She has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, BL from the Nigeria Law School, Lagos and a Masters in Law (LL.M) Degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA. In addition to Emerald Energy Resources Limited, she sits on the boards of Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited, Millennium Oil and Gas Limited, Ventures and Trusts Limited and SuperGeeks Limited.

She has attended several executive and managerial courses and she is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Women’s Leadership Forum. She is involved with several charity organizations and is a Past President of the International Women’s Society.

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