Every year, a member country hosts the five-day event. During the last two years of Covid-19, the meeting has moved temporarily to an online format. The annual meeting includes emerging producers and more established producers, as well as subject matter experts, non-governmental organisations and industry representatives. The meeting includes international discussions, interactive training sessions, a national seminar for the host country to debate policy issues, and public information sessions.
The New Producers Group is celebrating 10 years in 2022 amidst a climate crisis and in a global industry in flux. There is a push to invest in oil and gas in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, but this may not help emerging producers. They are not the primary […]Find out more
The 2020 Annual Meeting was held against the backdrop of a global pandemic which precipitated a crash in oil markets, hampered or halted operations and caused many oil and gas investments to be delayed or shelved. In addition to these immediate effects there will also be long-term ramifications associated with […]Find out more
The seventh annual meeting of the New Producers Group brought together the group’s member countries. The meeting included an international discussion, a national seminar and a range of policy-relevant courses which were specially tailored to the priorities of the group. The international discussion focused on ‘Building Capacity and Institutions’. The […]Find out more
The meeting was held in Accra and brought together officials from the member countries of the NPG for focused discussions over two days, followed by a National Seminar for Ghana. Discussions focused on the short- to long-term context for investment in oil and gas, highlighting the impact of capital availability, […]Find out more
The 5th annual meeting of the New Producers Group was hosted by Staatsolie in Suriname. The international group meeting focused on creating investment terms that incentivize oil companies to perform financially and operationally to the highest standards as well as contract administration and operational oversight issues. At the meeting, the […]Find out more
The fourth Discussion Group meeting which was held in Naivasha, Kenya from 2 –4 March was the second meeting of the Group outside of London. It was hosted by the National Oil Corporation of Kenya. The central theme for this meeting was the importance of a clear vision for petroleum […]Find out more
This forum was the third meeting of the New Producers Group. It was hosted by the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation in Dar es Salaam. The group’s 2015 meeting was held against the backdrop of a steep fall in global oil and gas prices. While emerging producers reported a slowdown in […]Find out more
The second meeting of the New Producers Group was held in London. It focused on managing public expectations around the sector, especially as exploration interest was on the rise. It also examined what role NOCs should play in an emerging producer context. And finally we discussed how to get the […]Find out more
The inaugural meeting of the New Producers Group asked what challenges are faced by new producers and producers seeking to restructure their governance set up? Are these unique to emerging producers? Discussions focused on getting a good deal in licensing and reforming the institutional set up to oversee the sector. […]Find out more
Dr. Sarpong has been in executive management for nearly thirty-five (35) years.He was Chief Accountant and General Manager, Ghana Food Distribution Corporation (1983-1990),Deputy Managing Director, Produce Buying Company Limited (1990-1994), Deputy ChiefExecutive, Ghana Cocoa Board (1994-1998), Head of Administrative & Financial ServicesDivision, International Cocoa Organisation London (1999-2003), Deputy Managing Directorand Managing Director, Tema Oil Refinery (2003-2009),Executive Chairman, KumasiAsante KotokoFootball Club (2010-2013),Group Chief Executive, Global Haulage GroupLimited (2014-2016). Since January 2017, Dr.Sarpong has served as Chief Executive ofGhana National Petroleum Corporation(GNPC). A result-oriented person,Dr. Sarpong Carried out relevant initiative in the organisations mentioned above to turn around their fortunes.
Dr. Sarpong stepped down as Chair of the New Producers Group Advisory Board in April 2022, after a successful period of leadership, bringing a strong vision and voice to the Group. His successor as Chair will be announced shortly.
Honey Malinga holds a Master of Science in Exploration Geophysics, a diploma in Exploration Geophysics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He currently serves as a Director, Directorate of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda.
Walid Nasr is the Chairman of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and Head of the Strategic Planning Department. Walid held several senior managerial and technical positions with the United Nations agencies in Lebanon and abroad, working closely with Governments public institutions, and international organizations at both the national and international levels. He has wide professional expertise in diverse developmental fields including policy, planning and programming in energy, natural resources management, and sustainable development.
Dr Valérie Marcel is an associate fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House and project lead for the New Producers Group. She is an established expert on national oil companies, petroleum-sector governance and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector. She is the author of Oil Titans: National Oil Companies in the Middle East (Chatham House/Brookings, 2006). She advises governments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, South America and the Caribbean on petroleum sector policy and governance. She is deputy chair of the governing board of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP) and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s oil and gas strategy council. She previously led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, and at Cairo University.
Naadira Ogeer has 20 years industry experience across all aspects of the exploration and production value chain covering both the investors and Government perspective. She is an economic adviser in the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Ocean and Natural Resources Advisory Division. In this capacity, she advises governments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific on policy, fiscal regimes, sector regulation and contract negotiations. Naadira also delivers customized training to member countries and is the project lead for the Commonwealth Secretariat in the New Producers Group.
Prior to this role, Naadira worked at BP for 15years in various senior strategy, commercial and planning roles at Group Headquarters (Strategy Advisor – Group Strategy & Policy), Houston (Senior Business Advisor – Upstream Planning), Aberdeen (commercial advisor) and Trinidad (Head - Upstream Commercial Operations, Head of Strategy, Planning and Performance Management). She has been involved in multiple aspects of investment decisions at project, country and company level including managing economic evaluation teams and support for upstream executives on matters of project portfolio decisions.
Patrick has worked on legal reform and governance initiatives in the developing world for more than 20 years for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International and The International Center for Transitional Justice. He is a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Law, Energy & Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.
Patrick is an Advisor at NRGI and his work focuses on several core elements of natural resource governance, including the management of state-owned enterprises, legislative and regulatory reform and oil and mining contracts. He coordinates the organization’s emerging work on the implications of climate change for the economies of resource-dependent countries. He contributes extensively to NRGI’s programs of technical assistance to governments and civil society organizations throughout the world, and to NRGI’s capacity development efforts. Patrick is the project lead for the Natural Resources Governance Institute in the New Producers Group.