Meet The Team

Board Of Directors

Our Board is made up of a strong executive leadership from diverse and professional backgrounds.

Kola Karim


Kola Karim is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SNRL. Kola also Chairs the Board of SNRL’s parent company, Shoreline , a leading industrial group focused on Infrastructure , Energy and Infrastructure related investments in Sub Saharan Africa. Over the last 3 decades, Shoreline has grown to become the preferred joint venture partner in Africa for companies within its target sectors, its operating companies include Mota Nigeria limited a leading construction company, DBN Energies, a specialist EPC contractor to the oil and Gas Industry and Shoreline Power Company, a leading power generation company.

Kola balances his business interests with a passion for Law, the Environment and contributing to development and education across the continent. Awarded an LLM Masters of Laws in international business Law with a focus on environmental practices, he has championed a pan African agenda at the Harvard Centre for African Studies where he sits on the advisory board with a specific focus on building a Pan African resource center with an initial center launched in South Africa in 2017. Kola also serves on the Africa Advisory board of the London Stock Exchange and is a Young Global Leader Award Honoree (2008), a pioneer and an active member of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals of the World Economic Forum.

Tunde Karim

Managing Director

Alongside his position on the Board of SNRL, Tunde Karim currently serves as Managing Director of the company. He has over 20 years of experience within the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry including leading operating and investment teams within the Gulf of Guinea and across Sub-Saharan Africa. During the last two decades, Tunde has developed an extensive network amongst the various stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas industry including regulatory bodies, operators, traders, and service providers, these relationships provide him with a unique insight that enables him successfully navigate the complexities of the Nigerian energy industry on behalf of SNRL.

Tunde also serves on the board of various companies within the Shoreline Group and has been instrumental in the development of the group over the last 3 decades. Tunde holds a degree in Biochemical Engineering B.Eng (Hons) from the University College of Wales, Swansea, a Post Graduate Diploma, Entrepreneur Practice from the University of Wales Glamorgan, Treforest, South Glamorgan and MSc in Sports Directorship from the University of Manchester. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors, Nigeria.

Yinka Karim


Mr. Olayinka Karim (Yinka) has extensive experience in the technical development and leadership of engineering teams focused on the rapid delivery of new products and services within the Construction and Power Sectors including electrical power hardware, execution of electrical projects, installations and maintenance of diesel engine generator from 27KVA-20MW power controls, erection of all electrical outdoor equipment, panel transformers line. Yinka has had more than 20 years of leading over 6,000 employees through requirements analysis, design, development and implementation which has been of significant impact on the civil engineering industry. Yinka’s professional milestones include the rehabilitation and installation of Navigational Equipment on board Nigerian Navy Warships, which entails purely Electrical/Electronics systems with a high-security status for Nigeria, supervision of the installation of a 2MW Generating Set for a Vegetable Manufacturing Company from Broadcrown Generators in the UK, supervision of the installation of a 15MVA IPP (power plant) for foremost Cement Company in Shagamu, Ogun State and led the Refurbishment team of all electrical installation for one of the major Nigerian Ports.

Ado Oseragbaje


Ado brings twenty-five years of global leadership experience in the oil and gas business and joins Heritage from Baker Hughes where he was Vice President covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to working for Baker Hughes, he held executive roles with Schlumberger across the world. Ado holds a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College and a Diploma in Real-Time Oilfield Project Management from Heliot-Watt University.

Guido Michelotti


Mr. Michelotti has over 40 years of international experience in the oil & gas industry and a unique first-hand knowledge of nearly all segments of the upstream business, from negotiation of petroleum contracts to exploration, development, joint venture governance and asset management.

A reservoir engineer by education, he spent most of his professional career with Eni where he grew through the ranks and held a number of positions at a senior executive level, managing multi-billion-dollar assets and overseeing major capital projects, world-wide exploration, research and technology innovation. He has worked and lived in many countries across four continents.

Since leaving Eni in 2013, Mr. Michelotti served in a variety of roles including COO of a Luxembourg-based investment fund, CEO of Cadogan Petroleum Plc, an independent, UK listed oil company, Non-Executive Director of Proger Spa, an international, Rome-based engineering and project management contractor, and advisor to the energy practice of the Boston Consulting Group. He is currently a non-executive director of Heritage Oil Limited, after serving as its Executive Chairman for one and half years.

Mr. Michelotti is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a former Director of its Swiss section and a former member of its Industry Advisory Council; he is also a member of the Geneva Energy Forum. He holds a Degree in Mining/Petroleum Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin.

Executive Management

Tunde Nwofor

Chief Financial Officer

He is an experienced and dynamic finance professional with 19+ years of banking experience in diverse roles. He has excelled in providing financial services across various industries, managing business relationships of medium to large corporates as well as multinationals.
Prior to joining Shoreline Natural Resources Limited, he was the Head of Upstream Oil and Gas with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc where he oversaw key relationships with International, and Indigenous Oil Companies.

Mr. Nwofor received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Port Harcourt and holds an Executive MBA from the prestigious Lagos Business School. He has attended several leadership and finance-specific courses from top-class institutions including Ross Business School, the University of Michigan, and the International Faculty of Finance (IFF).

Lara Coker

General Counsel And General Manager Legal & External Communications

Lara Coker is the General Counsel as well as the General Manager, External Communications of Shoreline Natural Resources Ltd. Prior to joining Shoreline, she was the Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of a publicly listed company for over 5 years.
Lara is a graduate of King’s College London where she holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial/Corporate Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Law and Politics from the University of Keele.
Lara has over three decades of Business Advisory, Tax, corporate and commercial as well as Litigation experience having worked in one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firm and in a “Big four” professional services firm. She is an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Women on Boards Program at IE Business School.
She was listed as one of Africa’s leading and most influential in-house counsel in the Corporate Counsel 100: Africa in 2015. She has also been named on the Legal 500 General Counsel Powerlist Africa.
She is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria, the Nigerian Bar Association and is also an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) as well as a Notary Public. She enjoys mentoring young women in career.

Funmi Lanre-Phillips

General Manager, Human Resources And Corporate Services

Funmi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan, after which she obtained an MBA (majoring in Human Resources Management and Marketing Management) from the Cardiff Business School, Wales.

Over the course of her career, she has held senior management and executive management positions across various portfolios which include corporate affairs, business development, share registration, corporate banking and human resources management; across diverse industries, including construction, finance, banking and energy.

Funmi is passionate about people and all her roles have involved an interface with people either on the external clients’ side or with the companies’ internal clients, its people.
A proven team leader who successfully integrates strategic thinking with strong technical and analytical competencies, Funmi has been responsible for a broad range of initiatives aimed at optimizing business processes and the development, deployment, and support of new systems and processes.
She has participated in several leadership training. Noteworthy are the Women on Boards Training (Wimboard Programme) organised by Wimbiz and IE Business School, Madrid; and the Advanced Management Programme of the Harvard Business School.

Funmi is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and the Institute of Directors, Nigeria (IOD). She is also a founding member of GAIA, Africa.
She serves as an alternate director on the board of Grange School, Lagos and is a member of the school’s Governing Council.

Joseph Ojo

General Manager, Technical

Ojo Joseph is the General Manager Operations at Shoreline Natural Resources Limited. He is responsible for managing Well Operations & Engineering, Production Operations and Facilities Engineering/Capital Projects.
His position is focal for the interface with the Joint Venture partners to achieve the approved production targets, field development plans and to monitor performance of the agreed annual work programs and budget.

Since 15th January 2018, Joseph has overseen our Technical and Operations team. He has over 30 years in Operations management in the oil and gas industry. He has worked in various technical and operations management roles.
He has contributed immensely to the growth of our production profile.
Prior to joining SNRL, he worked as the Operations Manager for Shell for over 30 years where the focus of his role was effective management of Production Facilities, Export Terminals, and offshore facilities.
He was the offshore Production Manager at Shell Malaysia for 3 years where he successfully completed the turnaround maintenance of several production facilities to improve asset integrity and production stability.
Joseph is a Mechanical Engineer, Internationally Certified Technical Authority (TA) in Oil and Gas Operations and holds MBA from University of Benin. He is a member of several bodies including Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Richard Hibbert

General Manager, Shipping and Commercial

Captain Richard Hibbert is the General Manager, Shipping and Commercial of Shoreline Natural Resources Limited. Prior to joining Shoreline, Richard worked with Shell Plc for 40 years in various positions, including 25 years at sea to the rank of Captain. He has over 20 years of experience in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry, specifically with NLNG, SPDC, other shore-based appointments in Shell, and SNRL. His vast experience comprise of all aspects of Marine, LNG, Oil & Gas Shipping and Export activities including commercial & terminal operations, and the development of marine infrastructure.

He graduated from Plymouth School of Maritime Studies UK as a first-class Master Mariner.
Richard effectively manages conflicting interests in challenging environments with multiple stakeholders, including Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies. He chaired the Operations & Terminals subcommittee of the Oil Producers Section of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce for over 7 years, interfacing with various Government ministries and Oil Producers, including indigenous producers, NNPC, and other IOCs.