Mele Kolo Kyari was born on the 8th of January 1965 in Maiduguri, Borno State.
He attended Government Community Secondary School Biu in Borno State between 1977 and 1982.
Mr. Kyari graduated from University of Maiduguri in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology.
He was Nigeria’s Representative at the OPEC before his appointment as NNPC CMS.
The new GMD is not related to Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari nor to Assistant Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari.
Within the last 27 years, Kyari has traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry posting resounding performances in all his assignments and duty posts.
In 2007 Kyari won the GMD Prize for the Overall Best Performance for NNPC Management Development Program.
In 2007 he was also awarded GED CS Award for best Performance in Leadership.
Kyari led a team that proposed and managed the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) arrangement of Petroleum products from 2016 to date, a process that saved the nation $1 million in 2016 when compared with the previous crude SWAP arrangement with products.
He has participated in various deep water projects across the globe.
Kyari as Head of Crude Oil Marketing Division of the NNPC has ensured optimum determination and secured government’s equities and entitlements of Crude Oil, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) production from various fiscal arrangements.
Kyari is also a unionist, and many have cited his activism as a trade unionist as likely reason why he is an advocate for transparency. He is fondly called by other unionists as “grand chairman.