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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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15 April, 2020

This meeting in the Fostering Resilience in Crisis series examined how to communicate during a crisis. We will look at communications with your staff, between government agencies, with oil company partners and with the public. We had speakers and discussants from our member countries sharing their experience, followed by a […]

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11 November, 2019

The two-day training couples transparency and accountability guidance with advanced communication strategy skills specific to the natural resources sector. Using case studies of public engagement from resource rich countries, this course helped Ugandan government officials, NOC executives and civil society representatives build an understanding of how communication is linked with […]

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4 November, 2019

In 2018, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy identified new onshore developments in the Voltaian Basin as an area of particular policy interest. The New Producers Group organised a national seminar for the Government of Ghana on December 6, 2018,  to discuss policy and regulatory issues arising as GNPC collects seismic data […]

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26 November, 2018

This five-day course couples traditional transparency and accountability guidance with advanced communication strategy skills. Using case studies of resource rich countries that have gotten communication “right” and “wrong,” this course helps government officials and civil society leaders build an understanding of how communication is linked with good governance and what […]

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2 July, 2015

National seminar for Tanzania

The New Producers Group facilitated a discussion between the main stakeholders of Tanzania’s petroleum sector at a roundtable with representatives of 10 emerging producer countries. The national seminar was held against a backdrop of intense debate in the parliament, which at the time was reviewing three bills affecting the petroleum […]

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29 June, 2015

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 […]

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25 November, 2014

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 […]

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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.