Elesie Ezenwanne

Lead Well Engineer, Shell


Open up your mind, get off your comfort zone, expand your horizon and keep reaching.

What do you do?

In the last four years, I have progressed from my initial start of working offshore - sometimes as the only female well engineer on the old “tuk-tuk” SEDCO 702 rig that housed about 149 men - to being the project lead well engineer, managing the Well Engineering aspect of a major green field development project while focusing on enabling a more efficient supply chain management.

Why did you choose this field?

I grew up in a small commercial city in the southeastern part of Nigeria. We were a typical middle class family until my mother lost our source of livelihood – a local cold store – due to lack of power. We would go on for days, sometimes, weeks without power. As a teenager, I watched my mother’s business crumble and I could not understand why a country so rich in energy resources would also suffer from lack of power, thereby impacting the profitability of businesses. This sparked my interest in energy and then, my journey into the world of energy began basically switching from my initial focus on studying Medicine. Till date, the challenges of the past still lingers on and not much progress have been made in the area of power generation. According to World Bank (2020), only 47% of the Nigerian population have access to electricity.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Inspiring young ladies in STEM simply through volunteerism and service to the community

Why do you love working in STEM?

Because each day brings with it new challenges and gives me the opportunity to re-invent myself. As an engineer, problem solving, seeking solutions to industry challenges and the satisfaction of seeing the impact of each solution makes it more exciting.

Best advice for next generation?

A career in STEM gives you the opportunity to stretch yourself beyond “your OWN limits”. It is when you reach beyond your own limits, your begin to realize just how great you could be. So, open up your mind, get off your comfort zone, expand your horizon and keep reaching.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Take care of yourself. Trust your instincts, they've brought you this far. Keep your wits sharp, your heart open, and your gun loaded”

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