Gabriel Otarighoenyo Agiri was appointed Director of science on 13th October, 2017. He was at a time former Head of industry Safety and Environmental Technology Department. He is a petroleum chemistry and petroleum specialist with a P.HD degree in industry and pure chemistry from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Dr. Agiri won the first research grant competition organised by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) and had collaborated in research work with PTDF for several years, securing over 16million naira research grant from the Federal Government. He has several publication in both local and international journals. He is a member of the following professional bodies, institue of chartered chemists of Nigeria (ICCON), New york Academy of Science (NYAS), chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), Nigeria Environmental Society ( NES), Society of petroleum Engineers(SPE) and international Research and Development institute (IRDI). He was also a former chief editor of the Delta chemist magazine, publication of the Delta state chapter of chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN).