Engr Kupolokun holds a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos where he studied as a Shell scholar. He also holds an honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. He had a brief stint with Shell BP before joining the Nigeria National Oil Corporation now the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He occupied various strategic roles within NNPC, including Head of Special Projects in the NNPC JV, Head of Petroleum Engineering Department, Group General Manager, Head of NNPC’s London office and Group Executive Director, Commercial & Investment (at the time, the youngest person to serve on the NNPC Group Board).
He was appointed Special Assistant to the President on Petroleum Matters in 1999 and soon thereafter became the Group Managing Director of NNPC, appointed to drive the reform of the oil & gas sector. He was Chairman of Nigeria LNG and several other strategic businesses in the oil & gas and non-oil sectors.