Ekpen J. Omonbude, PhD

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Managing Director

Ekpen rejoined Bargate as managing director in February 2018 and is responsible for Bargate's direction and service delivery. He 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. His experience spans commercial banking, inter-governmental organisations, academia, and independent consulting. He has consulted for international oil and gas companies, banks and financial service providers, government ministries, agencies and regulatory institutions, as well as the academia.

Ekpen spent nine years as lead Economic Adviser (Natural Resources) at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division where he was responsible for oil and gas and mineral resources policy development, fiscal system design and benchmarking, mineral, petroleum and energy sector regulation, as well as mineral and petroleum model contracts and transactions.

Ekpen holds a PhD in Petroleum Policy and Economics from the University of Dundee, Scotland UK. He is widely published, having written a book on cross-border oil and gas pipelines and authored several articles and delivered numerous conference and workshop papers 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

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Strategy and Business Development Director

Ugo Isiadinso has been with Bargate Advisory since its inception in 2012 and is responsible for business development strategy and implementation. He is an accomplished financial services professional with over 15 years' experience spanning various fields. He has worked in regulatory due diligence, structured finance, business analysis, change management and project management. 

Ugo has worked for major financial institutions including ABN Amro, Barclays Bank, Bank of America, Hoares Bank, KPMG and the Royal Bank of Scotland. He is also the founder of KSC Technology, a niche business advisory firm which provides development, strategy and project management for digital start-ups.

Ugo holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Durham,; an honours degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Kent; and the Managing Successful Programmes  Certification.

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Julian Roberts

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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.

He is the Managing Director of Blue Resources Ltd., a UK based international consultancy that specialises in developing innovative and sustainable solutions to the current challenges of ocean use and management.

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.

John Gara

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Mr Gara is a lawyer with over 39 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. During that period he was based at those organisation’s offices in New York, Geneva, Kampala, Nairobi, Rome, and London. That work involved the provision of legal advice to various Governments in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Pacific Island countries, and Caribbean countries on matters related to policy and legislative reforms governing foreign investment in general and natural resources projects in particular.


The work with international organisations was done mainly as a legal adviser for a number of United Nations agencies including the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (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.


He has also undertaken long-term country specific assignments including being a DFID Commercial Justice Advisor for five years in Uganda, a World Bank consultant for two years in Kenya, the CEO of the Rwanda Development Board for two and a half years and the Chairman of the Rwanda Law Reform Commission for five and a half years.

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