Marilyn Eze graduated from the University of Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School with second class upper degrees. She has an LLM degree in International Commercial Law, with Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation focus, from the University of Warwick, as a recipient of the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship.
In 2008, following her success at ICSA’s qualifying exams, she became a member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA); attaining UK Fellowship in 2016. Marilyn is also an IFC/ICSAN Certified Corporate Governance Trainer. In 2010, she qualified for membership of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb, UK).
Participation at National Events
- She is a contributory Author in ICSAN’s forth coming hand book.
- Marilyn has facilitated several in-plant trainings for the Institute. For instance, she facilitated two difference ICSAN’s training for CBN Senior Staff.
- She has participated at National events such as Annual General Meetings, Governance Roundtables and MCPEs.
- She was Chairman of the Electoral Committee for ICSAN Abuja Chapter’s 2020 Elections; midwifing the smooth transition of current executives for Abuja Chapter.
- She has participated at Chapters events including periodic members’ meeting and Quarterly Governance Breakfast Sessions.
- She was a facilitator at the inaugural Abuja ICSAN’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) in 2017.
- She was also a member of the Corporate Governance Committee, Abuja Chapter in 2015.
Marilyn has had a robust work and leadership experience.
She was Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN), a JV comprising of NNPC, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total. At GACN, she was part of the negotiation and execution of Gas Supply Contracts between GACN and a number of National Power Plants; Omotosho PHCN, Olorunshogo, Geregu PHCN, Ughelli Delta PHCN and Sapele Power Plants.
As Company Secretary of GACN, she played a key role in the culmination of the Gas Supply arrangements for an International Company in the South-South of Nigeria. The gas supply agreement using natural gas feedstock procured through GACN, was for the construction of a Petrochemical Complex at Port Harcourt, Rivers State. This 1.2 Billion Dollar project was funded through a lending consortium of Foreign and Nigerian Banks, of which GACN was privy to.
In 2012, she served as Technical Adviser- Legal in the Gas to Power Unit of the Presidential Taskforce on Power (PTFP). She was part of the President’s implementation team set up to revamp Nigeria’s Power sector, in line with the provisions of the Electricity Sector Reform Act of 2005.
She was a member of the multi-disciplinary team of gas industry experts comprising the Gas to Power Unit. A major part of her duties included facilitating the resolution of bottlenecks and liaising with inter-governmental agencies to speed up negotiations, which enhanced the gas commercialization process. At PTFP, she was engaged in the preparation for, and the implementation of outcomes from several Inter-ministerial/Government Committees.
Her work experience in the London city firms spans working in the Corporate, Merger & Acquisition Department of Magic Circle Firm; Slaughter and May. She interned at Hogan Lovells LLP, as one of five selected participants in UK, for the firm’s bespoke ‘Africa LLM Scheme’ for Africans. Where she had work in the Infrastructure, Energy Resources and Projects department and Corporate, Merger & Acquisition department. She also worked at Stephenson Harwood LLP in the Commercial Litigation Department of the firm’s Africa & India Group; gaining significant International Arbitration experience. She was Senior Counsel in the Nigerian Law Firm of Chris Uche (SAN) and Co.
She currently works as Senior Commercial Legal Advisory in NNPC’s wholly owned subsidiary, NNPC Retail Ltd. Her current role with Nigeria’s National Oil Company involves providing Senior Commercial and Legal Advisory within the organization. As In-house counsel, she assists company management as they steer the Company towards efficiency and profitability. She has performed creditably as member of several cross-functional project teams within the Corporation.
Recently, she was Alternate Team Lead for the Lubricants Project Team which saw to the successful market launch and product entry of NNPC range of lubricant engine oils; “NNPC Nitro” and “NNPC Rhino”. As team member, she performed key legal roles; drafting a myriad of contracting for the project, as well as coordinating non-legal project activities. NNPC’s pioneer Lubricant project is aimed at diversifying the Corporation’s petroleum product offering. It promises high profitability, thus creating an increased revenue stream for shareholders being all Nigerian citizens.
Marilyn Eze has been active in other professional spheres outside her public sector role and ICSAN.
Marilyn represented Nigeria as a Forum Delegate at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2018. She recently received a commendation letter from the management of the National Oil Company, for her legal role in the Corporation’s successful lubricants launch. She was recently recognized as one of Africa’s 50 Most Promising Arbitrators 2020 by the Association of Young Arbitrators.
In May 2020, she was elected Legal Adviser of the Chevening Alumni Association of Nigeria, a global body of scholarship beneficiaries of Nigerian descent. During her Chevening year, following an essay competition win; for her price, she was invited to spend a day at UK’s House of Lords and participate in its Chamber Debate on “UK’s International Relations in the 21st Century”. She subsequently received a commendation letter of the Speaker of the House of Lords; RT Hon. the Lord Fowler, for her participation at the debate. She is a Voluntary Award recipient from UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office for her role as an Enterprise Mentor to young people engaged in business start-ups under the auspices of the Princes Trust Charity, UK.
She was the Chairperson of Young Member’s Group (YMG) of the CIArb, Abuja Chapter in 2016. She led the team in organizing workshops/programmes promoting Arbitration. She organized Abuja Chapter’s maiden Bite-size Workshop. She liaised with the Nigerian Law School and senior members of Abuja’s Arbitration Community to organize Mock Arbitration sessions and speaking events.