Mrs Mariam Hajiya Eyitayo

CO-CEO and Executive Director of Global Operations

Mrs Mariam Hajiya Eyitayo is the CEO and Founder of Hamchid Nigeria Ltd. Mrs Eyitayo has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 2011. Mrs Eyitayo is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and schools. Whether in business or in philanthropy, she has always attempted to tackle big problems and find transformative solutions. She is an accomplished business woman who ensures that all aspects of the company are handled with absolute professionalism and integrity. She has continuously served on the Board and held simulteneous senior roles including managing director of the trading and generation businesses and head of corporate strategy. 

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Mr Luckson Emmanuel


Mr Emmanuel was the Senior Independent Director prior to his appointment as Chairman. He was also a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees from October 2011 to June 2012 and a member of the Nomination Committee from January 2011. Mr Emmanuel joined Hamchid in 2011 as Business Representative for North America and Director of Strategy and Corporate Development. At the same time he joined the Board of Hamchid Nigeria. In 2012 he took on the additional role of Managing Director CEO Office, while maintaining his responsibilities for Group strategy and coordinating the relationship between Group Head Office and the North American business.

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Head of Operations & Logistics

A Graduate of Petroleum Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, in the heart of Nigeria's capital of Hydrocarbon and Natural Gas deposit. He has vast experience in calibration of Crude Oil tankers, Gas tanker, Storage tanks and as well as Gas Infrastructural facilities. Internship/Short service with Department of Petroleum Resources as Gas infrastructural facilities supervisor. Tour inspection and Calibration and pressure testing of Oando gas Plant, Warri as well as Erha FPSO inspection of Gas flaring and Utilization. Vast experience in crude marketing and Oil movement.

Ms Nahid Vassef

Vice President and Head of Refined Fuel Sales

Ms Vassef joined the company in 2012 and having carried out a number of roles in the Refined Fuel Sales Team was appointed to the position of Vice President and Head of Refined Fuel Sales in January 2013. Ms Vassef is Chairman of the Company’s Diversity Leadership Group, is the company-appointed deputy chairman of our pension scheme, and our representative on Business in the Community in the United States. She also subsequently became Director of Regulation before taking on energy policy. In May 2013 she was appointed to the US Board, taking on responsibility for strategy as well as remaining responsible for energy policy and regulatory compliance across the entire group.

Mr Richard Sommerfeld

International Director

Mr. Sommerfeld serves as Director-International for Hamchid, where he identifies and vets international clients.  He has 40 years of domestic and international experience.  He also servers as Managing Director of Vermilion LLC, a US-based private investment company specializing in refined products, crude oil, and precious metals.  Formerly, with operations on three continents, Mr. Sommerfeld served as CEO of Hong Kong’s Dransfield Food & Beverage Holdings and was the first brewer of Chinese lager outside of China. Mr. Sommerfeld held senior positions in international investment banking with Continental Bank (acquired by Bank of America) and Citicorp Investment Bank.  While at Citicorp he managed relationships with the major Middle Eastern oil companies, among others.  He pioneered the concept of hedging gold for the central bank and mining houses of South Africa. Mr. Sommerfeld has extensive experience in the gold markets from mining to custodial services, finance, and trading. 

Mr. Sommerfeld holds a Masters of Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburg and a BA of International Studies from Virginia Tech.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors for BitSpray, a cyber security software company.

Mr Evan Sommerfeld

International Director

Mr. Sommerfeld joins Hamchid having served as the Director of Operations and Compliance of Vermilion LLC, a US-based private investment company specializing in fuel, oil, and precious metals.  He previously worked as an  Executive with the Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America where he managed the business, program, and facilities.  As President of Encore Dealer Services, he managed a national sales force of automotive electronics agents, distributors and installers and supply chain infrastructure.  He developed complex automotive electronics products with engineers and ISO certified overseas manufacturers in South Africa and Taiwan.  Mr. Sommerfeld is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a BA (International Studies).