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Introduction to Extractive Industry Governance: Policy and Practice Course 2021

September 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am - October 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Introduction to Extractive Industry Governance: Policy and Practice Course 2021

Course Details

Course Name: Introduction to Extractive Industry Governance: Policy and Practice Course 2021
Course Date: 6th September – 29th October 2021
Course Venue: Virtual
Course Instructor: T.B.A
Course cost: FREE
Contact Hours: 1.5 hours a day/ 8 hours a week
Course Duration: 2 months


About the Course

The Introduction to Extractive Industry Governance: Policy and Practice course will be hosted virtually between September and October, 2021. Each topic of the course will include interactive lectures, group discussions, video simulation exercises, games, guest presentations by leading experts, short essays to evaluate the understanding of participants, case studies for participants to analyse real-life scenarios, as well as a policy dialogue session.

All participants will be required to attend all the online sessions, take part in the exercises and complete essay assignments. Participants will be awarded attendance certificates upon satisfactory completion of the course.


  • Professionals working in the oil, gas and mining sectors in Africa especially Anglophone Africa;
  • Currently working with key institutions in the sector specifically government, academia, civil society, media, private sector etc;
  • Have a work experience of at least 1 year in the oil, gas and mining sectors in their respective countries;
  • Demonstrated interest in policy and governance of natural resources including oil, gas and mining;
  • Availability for the full duration of the training;
  • Good understanding of the English language

Women and Persons with Disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Participants will also be eligible to apply for the upcoming full advanced Africa Extractives Learning and Governance Program (AELGP) summer school course scheduled for 2022.

Application Details

Eligible applicants should send their applications to afreikh@extractives-baraza.com and cc jnampewo@strathmore.edu on or before 17th August, 2021, together with the following documents in PDF;

  1. 1 paged cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (no more than 2 pages) indicating your experience in the oil, gas and mining industry
  3. Proof of relevant experience e.g. certificates of achievement
  4. A short write up indicating your suitability for the training and how the training will be beneficial to you and your work

Trainer and Expert Profiles

Topic 1: The Basics of Extractive Sector Governance and Management

Dr. Theophilus Acheampong - Lead Trainer

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Dr. Theophilus Acheampong, Lead Trainer- Economics Consultant & Political Risk Analyst, Associate Lecturer, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee and Associate Lecturer, University of Aberdeen.

Dr Theo Acheampong is an economist and political risk analyst with over ten years’ experience working with governments, private investors, and international organisations on natural resource governance and public financial management issues. His areas of specialisation include energy policy formulation, fiscal regime design and modelling, investment analysis, petroleum accounting, contractual negotiations, local content, and trade and investment promotion. Theo also specialises in analysing political and business risks in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and a Master of Science in petroleum, energy economics and finance from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He earned his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Theo is currently co-editing a Palgrave MacMillan book titled “Petroleum Resource Management in Africa: Lessons from Ghana”, which examines the challenges and opportunities from ten years of oil and gas production in Ghana.

Silas Olang - Industry Expert

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Silas Olang, Industry Expert- Africa Co- Director, Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Mr. Olan’g has over 29 years-experience in the development field of which 13 years in extractive sector governance. Currently, Mr. Olan’g is the Africa Co-Director at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and a member of the Governing Board of the Association of Tanzania Oil and Gas Service Providers (ATOGS). Mr. Olang has engaged with regional initiatives – Africa Mining Vision (AMV) and participated in high level technical consultations on Natural resource governance at the continental level. Mr. Olang held other different positions and led initiatives such as advocacy and knowledge management (Oxfam), Financial services for SMEs at Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) and European Development Fund (EDF)-Micro Projects. Mr. Olan’g lectured economics at Mzumbe University. Also headed the Planning Departments in various Local Government Authorities in Tanzania. Holds a Masters degree in Economics from University of Bradford, in the UK.

Topic 2: Legal and Policy Framework Governing the Extractive Sector

Professor Hanri Mostert - Lead Trainer

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Professor Hanri Mostert, Lead Trainer- Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town.

Prof Hanri Mostert’s interest in land and mineral law originated from work undertaken pursuant to her doctoral studies. At the Max Planck Institute for Public and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany she worked on issues of constitutional property law. Later, as a Humboldt fellow at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, she continued her research into the public law aspects of property and wrote a monograph on Mineral Law that was cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Appeal and relied on by the South African Constitutional Court.

As a visiting professor at the University of Groningen, she became co-founder of the Rethinking Expropriation Expert Group.

In her current role as SARChI Research Chair for Mineral Law in Africa, she is creating a book series dealing with the mineral laws of Africa, and building a network of African mineral law specialists. She is a steering committee member of the International Bar Association’s Academic Advisory Group for the Section on Energy, Environment, Resource and Infrastructure Law.

Nicola Woodrofe - Industry Expert

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Nicola Woodrofe, Industry Expert- Senior Legal Analyst, Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Nicola is a senior legal analyst at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) with several years of experience advising government and non-government stakeholders in resource-rich countries on extractive sector policy. She provides technical assistance, capacity development and analysis on legislative, policy and institutional reform, as well as contract allocation and monitoring. Prior to joining NRGI, Nicola worked as a consultant at the World Bank, where she focused on governance and management of extractive industries in central and southeast Africa. She also worked as an associate at the international law firm Hogan Lovells LLP, advising on corporate and securities law, as well as mining and agricultural concession agreements. She has worked in the trial chambers of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as well as the Supreme Court of Rwanda. She holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College.

Topic 3: Extractive Taxation and Sustainable Revenue Management

Thomas Scurfield - Lead Trainer

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Thomas Scurfield, Lead Trainer- Senior Economic Analyst, Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Thomas Scurfield is a senior economic analyst at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). He supports economic policy work across Africa, including on taxation, revenue management and other linkages between the extractives sector and the economy. This support ranges from providing policy advice to governments to building the capacity of civil society actors. Before moving to London, he led NRGI’s research, technical assistance and capacity building on these issues in Tanzania.

Prior to joining NRGI, Thomas spent three years working in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Finance on extractive industry issues. Thomas has also worked with the U.K.’s Department for International Development as a member of the technical support team to improve governance and management of Sierra Leone’s extractive industries.

Thomas holds an M.Sc. in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a B.A. honors in economics from the University of Nottingham.

Perrine Toledano - Industry Expert

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Perrine Toledano, Industry Expert- Head, Mining and Energy, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).

Perrine heads the Center’s focus on Mining and Energy. She leads research, training and advisory projects on governance of extractive industries including fiscal regimes, financial modeling, leveraging extractive industry investments in rail, port, telecommunications, water and energy infrastructure for broader development needs, local content, revenue management, and optimal legal provisions for development benefits. She also leads work on the impact of the energy transition on extractive industry investments and resource rich countries as well as on the deployment of large-scale investments in renewable energy, and how such investments can align with broader development objectives. She has led projects in DRC, Liberia, Paraguay, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Timor-Leste, and assisted many more government teams remotely. She also jointly developed curricula for a masters and an executive course on extractives and sustainable development taught at Columbia University. She is the co-editor of two volumes published by Columbia University Press: Rethinking Investment Incentives: Trends and Policy Options and The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment. Prior to joining CCSI, she worked as a consultant for several non-profit organizations, including the World Bank, DFID, and Revenue Watch Institute (now NRGI), and private sector companies, including Natixis Corporate Investment Bank and Ernst and Young. Her experience includes auditing, financial analysis, IT for capital markets, public policy evaluation, and cross-border project management. She has a Masters of Business Administration from ESSEC in Paris, France, and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University.

Topic 4: Environmental, Social and Health Protection

Professor. Ole Andreas Engen - Lead Trainer

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Professor. Ole Andreas Engen, Lead Trainer- Professor, risk management and social security, department of Security, Economics and Planning, University of Stavanger (Norway).

Professor Ole Andreas (b. 1965) holds a master’s degree in economics (University of Oslo, 1991) and PhD in sociology (University of Bergen, 2002). Engen has been project leader for several large research projects on safety regulation in the petroleum industry, aviation sector, and the maritime industry. In 2013, he was appointed as leader for the expert group «Supervisory strategy and HSE regulations in the Norwegian petroleum activities», and in 2017 as leader for joint working group «Health, working environment and safety in the petroleum activities». Both committees were on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Engen has been a board member and board chairman of the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. He is also a member of NENT – The National Research Ethics Committee for Science and Technology, Norway.

Sanjay Gandhi - Industry Expert

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Sanjay Gandhi, Industry Expert- Chief Operations Officer, Kurrent Technologies.

Sanjay Gandhi is a Civil/Structural and Environmental Engineer with thirty-one years of private sector experience working and consulting in the energy sector (oil & gas, and, power generation, and transmission). He leads multi-disciplinary teams in carrying out project ESIA Studies, E&S monitoring and, E&S audits using the IFC E&S Performance Standards and local legislation.

From 2007, Sanjay Gandhi has been working on projects financed by development finance institutions such as IFC, FMO and Proparco and is currently working on several projects financed by the above lenders. Additionally, he is currently working on a large World Bank financed transmission line project in Tanzania carrying out extensive bird and bat studies.

He is also a certified Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Expert and Instructor for Africa and Western Asia using the TapRooT® System. This system was developed in the USA and is used extensively around the world by over 57,000 professionals in all sectors. He has trained hundreds of attendees in the US, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Australia from large, medium, and small companies including O&G, power, manufacturing, construction, and oil drilling companies.

He holds an undergraduate degree in civil including structural and environmental engineering from University College London (University of London) as well as numerous professional certifications from the US.

Topic 5: Climate Change, Energy Transition and the Future of Extraction

Patrick Heller - Lead Trainer

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Patrick Heller, Lead Trainer- Advisor, Natural Resource Governance Institute.

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’s work at NRGI 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. He has facilitated courses on oil, gas and mining legal frameworks with partner institutions including the University of Oxford, Columbia University, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), the Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon) and the Universidad Externado de Colombia.

He holds a law degree from Stanford University and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Rose Mwebaza - Industry Expert

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Dr. Rose Mwebaza, Industry Expert, Director, UN Climate Technology Centre and Network.

Dr. Mwebaza (PhD) is a member of the AFREIKH Special Advisory Committee and currently the Director and Advisory Board Secretary of the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN). The CTCN is the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism. The CTCN is mandated to implement the Technology Framework of the Paris Agreement and to promote the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries.

Rose has over 20 years’ experience providing and Technical support and Policy Advice on a wide range of climate change, environment and sustainable development issues. She has previously served as Chief Natural Resources Officer at the African Development Bank and held leadership positions within the UNDP.


Aaron Sayne - Trainer

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Aaron Sayne, Senior Governance Officer, Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Aaron helps to develop NRGI’s growing work on energy transition, contributing to research, messaging, strategy and country-level programs. One particular focus for him is the challenges and opportunities fossil fuel-rich countries face as they shift to renewables.

An anticorruption lawyer by training, Aaron has conducted investor due diligence, market research and complex financial crimes investigations, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. He has advised governments and companies on political risk issues and he serves as an expert witness in cases of alleged wrongdoing in oil and gas.

Aaron holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



September 6, 2021 @ 8:00 am
October 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm