About Us

Bargate’s mission is to provide our clients with timely and qualitative analysis and applications for the successful execution of investment and strategic decisions in energy, mineral resources development, transportation, and infrastructure.  This mission is driven by our primary vision of economic transformation in developing countries through their energy and natural resources.

At Bargate Advisory, we maintain a global context to our work while focusing on Africa.  This allows us the flexibility to provide services to a wider client base, ranging from E&P players and mid-downstream operators, financial service providers, to national and regional (state or provincial) governments, inter-governmental organisations and the academia.

Our history dates back to the Summer of 2009 when Bargate Energy was founded in London, UK as a small consulting firm with a primary focus on the petroleum sector. Bargate has since expanded its breadth of expertise to cover mining, energy, transportation and infrastructure. This expansion is driven by our absolute belief in rapid economic transformation through these sectors. In January of 2012, we reconstituted and engaged the services of industry experts to drive our mission and changed our name to Bargate Advisory.

Our People

We have established a dynamic and robust framework for accessing key skills and expertise from our chosen sectors and ensure our advisors have the relevant experience for client projects. We support continuous learning through relevant professional training and attendance at various industry conferences and webinars

Leadership

John Gara

Advisory board member

Mr Gara is a lawyer with over 40 years of diverse legal experience. He began his legal career in 1979 as a State Attorney in Uganda for 9 years. He then followed that with 21 years of legal work with international organizations dealing with work related to investment, business and international legal and economic issues.

The work with international organisations was done mainly as a legal adviser for a number of United Nations agencies including the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (UNCTC) in New York and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva and also subsequently as a legal adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Special Advisory Services Division in London.

Dr. Julian Roberts

Advisory board member

Dr Roberts is an international ocean management professional with over two decades of experience in oil and gas, ocean governance and management. He has a strong track record of leading high-profile ocean development programmes at both the national and international level.

Julian has worked on a broad range of marine issues including: international and national ocean governance; developing ocean policies and strategies, particularly in small island states; marine spatial planning and management; managing the impacts of dredging and disposal of waste at sea; regulation of ship sourced pollution and vessel routeing; and, managing the impacts of offshore petroleum activities.

Ekpen J. Omonbude, PhD

Chairman and lead economist

Ekpen is a petroleum, energy and mineral resources economist with nearly two decades of experience in policy and regulation, market fundamentals, asset valuation, and investment decision making.

Ekpen was the lead Economic Adviser (Natural Resources) at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division. He holds a PhD in Petroleum Policy and Economics from the University of Dundee. He is widely published, having written a book on cross-border oil and gas pipelines and authored several articles on topical issues in the oil, gas and mining sectors.

Ekpen is an avid football fan. He is also keenly interested in geopolitics, music and travel.

Ezeugo Isiadinso, MBA, MSP

Operations Director

Ugo is an accomplished financial services professional with over 16 years' experience spanning various fields, including due diligence, structured finance, business analysis, change management and project management.

Ugo has consulted or worked for major financial institutions including Santander Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America, ABN Amro Bank, Man Investments and KPMG. He holds an MBA from the University of Durham and an honours degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Kent. His MBA thesis investigated private equity investment criteria for oil and gas projects. He is also a Certified Programme Manager.

Ugo enjoys reading and travelling.

Nigel Walls

Advisory board member

Nigel is a chartered Mining Engineer with 34 years of international business experience in operations, managing feasibility studies, due diligence, operational readiness, project evaluation, and technical auditing.  

He has experience working in a wide range of countries including most of sub-Sharan Africa, Eritrea, most CIS countries, Peru, Chile, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Serbia and Germany. He was the CEO of an AIM listed coal development company in Mozambique with overall responsibility for all aspects of operation of the company.