Dr. Layi Fatona is a Petroleum Geologist with forty years of practicing experience commencing with a seven year stint in the Petroleum Engineering and Exploration & Production Departments at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC). He obtained both the Masters of Science and Doctorate degrees respectively from the Royal School of Mines at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine of the University of London in 1976 and 1980. He is a past President and a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, (NAPE), and a Certified Petroleum Geologist of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He is a leading authority on the Geology of the Niger Delta Oil and Gas Province.
He is a Reservoir and Software Engineer with some 32 years of practical experience. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (1977) from the University of Lagos and began his oil field career with Schlumberger in 1978 as a Wireline Logging Engineer. He joined Shell (Nigeria) in 1980 where he acquired rich practical oil field experiences spanning reserves estimation and administration; field development design, planning and execution; field operations optimization and production analytics; data management and corporate information planning . Edirin taught petro physics and computing at the Shell Intensive Training Program (SITP) for graduate engineers and geoscientists (2000 - 2003) and still teaches the reservoir engineering module of Shell's EPOC training program for staff. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE), the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) as well as US Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).