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Event summary  2017

National seminar for Guyana “Managing Resources Post-Discovery”

This is the summary of a workshop, held in Georgetown on 21–22 June 2017, that examined how petroleum development might influence Guyana’s development trajectory as well as the various mechanisms of saving petroleum revenues and rules for spending them.

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Report  2016

A Local Content Decision Tree for Emerging Producers

This paper seeks to present policy-makers of emerging producer countries with a structured framework for considering the multiple factors that come into play in the development of a local content policy.

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Article  2016

Large Oil Discovery Generates Hope, Challenges in Guyana

The Liza oil field discovered off Guyana’s coast in 2015 might be the world’s biggest oil discovery in the last two years. The discovery may ultimately produce 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels of crude. This could have a massive economic impact on a country currently ranking among the poorest in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

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Event summary  2015

New Petroleum Producers Survey Policy Options In Wake of Oil Price Slump

Countries seeking to develop newly-discovered petroleum resources are facing a fall in global oil prices, with competition from the ‘shale gas revolution’ in the United States, as well as renewable energy sources. At a New Producers Discussion Group in Tanzania, authorities from more than 20 countries met to find solutions to these and other shared challenges.

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Event summary  2015

Annual Meeting 2015

This forum was the third meeting of the New Petroleum Producers Discussion 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, which has dampened the exploration boomin frontier areas and caused delays to and the shelving of development projects in many areas. While emerging producers around the table reported a slowdown in investments, there was nonetheless the expectation –and, indeed, the hope –that the market disruption would prove only temporary.

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Report  2012

Governance Challenges for Emerging Oil and Gas Producers

This paper presents key questions of concern to emerging oil and gas producers and lays out possible policy options. The focus is on new oil and gas producers, countries that are attracting exploration interest or have recently made discoveries, as well as more established small producers that plan to restructure their sector. Two sets of policy challenges are presented. One relates to designing the licensing terms and sector legislation in a manner that attracts the most qualified investors under terms that are beneficial to the country in the long-term. The second is to set up capable institutions to oversee and monitor resource development.

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Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.

In 2020, Marny Daal-Vogelland retired from Staatsolie, the NOC of Suriname, after a career of over 23 years. As director of the Staatsolie Hydrocarbon Institute she was responsible for the team that assessed the petroleum potential in offshore Suriname, promoted the investment opportunities in oil and gas, negotiated petroleum agreements and monitored signed petroleum agreements. During her career she prepared and executed bidding rounds, technical study agreements and was the lead negotiator of seventeen PSCs for twelve offshore and five onshore blocks. Marny is a member of the supervisory board of the Republic Bank, the St Vincentius Hospital, the Majella senior citizen center. She has lectured at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname and has served on several committees on behalf of the Government, employers’ organizations, and trade unions. She holds a master’s degree in law and an MBA in Petroleum & Gas Management.

Peter Stewart is an EMEA lead at Squire Patton Bogg's Energy & Natural Resources Group and a partner in the London office. Peter's practice spans energy and infrastructure projects, corporate and technology transactions, and international arbitration. His geographic focus in energy, infrastructure and arbitration has been on Africa and emerging economies, while his corporate practice has been mainly in private equity, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions largely in the technology arena.

Laura Robinson, CPA, MPA, CFE, is the President of the ICGFM and President of Swale House Partners Inc., providing bespoke risk management services to government clients worldwide. Prior to Swale House Partners, she served as a senior civil servant with the U.S. Government after starting her career as an auditor at Deloitte. Mrs. Robinson is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Business Continuity Management.  She holds an International Diploma in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management, an Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California.

Vanessa Ushie is Acting Director of the AfDB’s specialised department for natural resources management and investment, and Manager of the division for policy analysis on natural resources. She leads the AfDB’s strategy, programmes, and policy engagements to catalyse natural resource investments for sustainable development in Africa. She has worked for over 20 years on sustainable development. Vanessa holds a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London.

Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam is Ghana’s Minister of State for Finance and a member of parliament for Karaga. He was previously Deputy Minister of Energy and chaired Ghana’s National Energy Transition Committee. He has worked extensively on extractive industries and resource management as a University lecturer, advisor on resource governance and a campaigner for transparency in resource management around the globe. Before working in the Ministry of Energy, Amin Adam was the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP).

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.

Vandana Gangaram Panday is Director of the Surinamese regulator Staatsolie Hydrocarbon Institute. She previously held various role in Staatsolie, the national oil company of Suriname, including Manager of Offshore Strategy, E&P Strategy, Strategy and Business Development Manager, and

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 was a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Law, Energy & Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.

Patrick is Chief Program Officer at NRGI and his own research 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 work on the implications of climate change for the economies of resource-dependent countries.

Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.