Mele Kyari

Mele Kolo Kyari (born 8 January 1965) is a Nigerian geologist, crude oil marketer and the 19th Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC). Before this appointment, Kyari was the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC and the Nigerian National Representative at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) since 2018.

Mele Kolo Kyari
Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Assumed office
7 July 2019
Preceded byMaikanti Baru
Group General Manager, COMD
In office
Personal details
Born (1965-01-08) 8 January 1965 (age 55)
Nigeria, Maiduguri, Borno State
EducationUniversity of Maiduguri
OccupationPublic Servant

Early life and EducationEdit

Kyari was born on 8 January 1965 in Maiduguri, Borno State. He attended Government Community Secondary School Biu in Borno State between 1977 and 1982. In 1987, he obtained his bachelor of science (BSc) in geology and earth science from the University of Maiduguri.[1]


After the retirement of Maikanti Baru from the corporation on 7 July 2019,[2] Kyari was appointed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the 19th GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.[3] In 1991, he joined NNPC Processing Geophysicist with Integrated Data Services Limited. In 1991, he started his career with the Department of Geological Survey of Nigeria as Field Geologist. He worked as an Exploration Geophysicist with the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) in 1998. In 2007, Kyari headed the Production Sharing Contracts Management in Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD)[1]. In 2014, he became the General Manager, Crude Oil Stock Management while in 2015 he was promoted to the post of Group General Manager, COMD.[1] He's the focal person for the Open Government Initiative, the initiative helps the government to track the buyer and seller of crude oil. On 13 May 2018, he became the Nigerian National Representative at OPEC.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Kasim, Sumaina. "(Profile) Mele Kyari, the New NNPC Helmsman". ThisDay. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Baru sets new bar for new NNPC GMD Mele Kyari". P.M. News. 7 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Kyari take over from Baru as NNPC oga". 8 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  4. ^ Published. "Five things to know about new NNPC GMD". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Breaking: FG appoints Mele Kyari, new chief executive of NNPC". Vanguard News. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.