Mr Austin Avuru is a specialist per excellence with a vast experience in the oil and gas industry that has spanned more than 25 years. He is an erudite scholar and paper presenter on topical issues in the oil and gas industry and a major proponent of the local content initiative in the upstream sector. He has many publications to his credit among which are, “Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry” and a co-author of “Nigerian Petroleum Business- A handbook. Mr.Avuru has many publications in the local and international journals of repute. He has a B.Sc. (HONS) Geology, UNN, 1980 and has a Postgraduate Diploma (Petroleum Engineering), 1992. Fellow Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (FNAPE). He has more than 30 Years cumulative Oil & Gas Industry experience, 11 Years as Geologist/Reservoir Engineering in NNPC, 9 Years with Allied Energy Resources (Nig.) Ltd. (Retired as General Manager, Technical), 2 Years as Petroleum Consultant (Specializing in Production, Economics, Asset Development and Asset Management). Until his appointment as the Managing Director of Seplat in 2010, he was the founding Managing Director of Platform Petroleum Limited.