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Fall  2021

Date: 28 June to 9 July 2021 Summary: The course is designed to create a shared understanding amongst government agencies on the intersection of the oil and gas sector with development strategies, energy plans and climate goals. This will be a live, interactive course delivered via Zoom, with a series […]

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29 April, 2021

National policies and regulations play vital roles as catalysts for building a low carbon economy. Oil and gas producing countries will need to align and broaden the implementation of their national climate and energy policies to reduce emissions and support low-carbon technologies and investments. Different producing countries will experience different […]

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23 March, 2021

One of the biggest questions new producers face as they plan for the future is how to make decisions about state equity stakes in upstream projects. For many countries, state participation via national oil companies has been an important component of strategies to retain a significant share of the benefits […]

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3 March, 2021

One year ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic closed public life in cities from Kampala to Paramaribo, the New Producers Group started a series of online discussions to review the impact of the crisis on the oil sector. The Fostering Resilience series examined the impacts felt in the countries just starting […]

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1 December, 2020

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 […]

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15 June, 2020

Finance and the energy transition

For this panel discussion on the role of finance in the energy transition, the New Producers Group brought together a range of different actors in the investment community, from banking and international finance institutions to private equity capital and fund managers. We asked them how they perceive the relative risk […]

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8 June, 2020

Thanks to executive and communications coaches, Sheldon Daniel and Donna Ramsammy, we ran this session of the Fostering Resilience in Crisis series like a communication clinic. We heard the communication challenge of three different organisations (and people within these organisations) and in a back and forth, Sheldon and Donna clarified […]

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1 June, 2020

Impact of Covid and the oil price crash on the local content policies

The risks associated with global supply chains are more prominent as a result of the crisis. But there are also risks associated with local suppliers. Will international oil companies’ own commercial and strategic interests drive them to invest more in developing the capabilities of local suppliers? How can governments reduce […]

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4 May, 2020

The impact of Covid-19 and the oil market crash on the pace and course of the energy transitions

This meeting in the New Producers Group series Fostering Resilience in Crisis examined the impact of the oil price crash and the Covid pandemic on the pace and course of the energy transition, with a specific focus on the impact on oil and gas vs. energy alternatives. Two scenarios helped […]

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22 April, 2020

This meeting in the series on Fostering Resilience in Crisis examined the challenges that new producers face in managing their contracts and relationships with contractors during the current economic crisis. The discussion focused on the potential application of force majeure provisions and how governments can make decisions about disruptions to […]

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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

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.