Alabo. Surv. Charlesye David Charles was born in April 1948. He attended the Baptist Day School, Buguma where he finished his primary school in 1961 with Distinction. He began his Secondary School at the Kalabari National College, Buguma in 1962 but completed his Secondary School at the Baptist High School, Port Harcourt in 1966 with a Division One certificate in WASCE. He was the first person from the newly created Rivers State to gain admission into the University of Ibadan during the civil war, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Geology in 1973.
He began his working career with the pioneer National Youth Service in 1973/74. He did his primary assignment at the Omuran High School, Omuran, Kwara State. He was thereafter employed by the Rivers State Government in 1974 as Petroleum Economist in the Military Governor’s office in Port Harcourt. His State Government, the Rivers State Government, sent him to the International Institute for Aerial Surveys and Earth Sciences at Enschede, Holland, in 1975 to do a post graduate diploma in Applied Geology using aerial photography and other remote sensing techniques. During this course he had opportunities of carrying mapping exercises and field trips in the Pyrenees Mountain, Spain and West Germany.
In 1976 his State Government deployed him first to the Ministry of Economic Development and later to the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development. He studied at the Federal School of Surveying Oyo for a post graduate diploma in Land Surveying and graduated in 1979.
His working career spanned to the Niger Delta Development Authority where he was head of the Geomatics team of the Engineering Department.
In 1985 he was employed by the Shell Development Company of Nigeria first as a Topographer and later, as a Job Development Adviser in the exploration department. His work on competence matrix for young employees in the Exploration Department was very challenging and beneficial.
In 1996 he ventured into politics becoming a local government executive chairman of Asari- Toru LGA during the Zero Party elections. His experiences at the grass root political exposure, has enabled him to understand the soul of Politics in Nigeria.
He is currently the CEO/Managing Director of Carl Dave Consultants Limited, a multi-disciplinary company plying its trade more frequently in the downstream of the oil and gas industry. Carl Dave Consultants Limited has carried numerous survey related projects in the Niger Delta particularly and elsewhere in Nigeria.
Alabo. Surv. Charlesye David Charles has had various technical, professional and management training both locally and abroad. He is one of the earliest Nigerians to be trained in the use of Global Positioning System at Navtec Seminars in Houston Texas in 1992. He was also trained at the Southampton Institute of Maritime Studies for Hydrography and Light boat handling.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and also Nigerian Mining and Geoscience Society. He is registered in SURCON and COMEG. He is also a member of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists. He is currently the Deputy President of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors.
Alabo. Surv. C. D. Charles has a special place in his heart for young professionals and Women in Surveying. It is for this reason that he sponsored the Conference Bag of the Young Surveyors Network (YSN) in Nigeria during their last International Conference in Port Harcourt, and has always given financial support to Women in Surveying. He is very gender sensitive in his leadership style.
Alabo. Surv. Charlesye David Charles is a High Chief of the Kalabari Kingdom and currently the Regent of the vacant Stool of the Prince George Kariboye Amachree Group of Chieftaincy Houses and Communities. He is a Community Leader with a warm and charitable disposition.
He is happily married with children and grand children.
Charles’ level of experience in the Surveying and Geoscience Services and his contributions to the growth of the built industry has merited him, selected Nigeria’s Evergreen Built Environment Professional, 2016.