Harnessing the power of natural resources for prosperity and progress

Monday, 11 September 2017

Ministers, high-level officials and public servants from 12 countries join us today for our fifth annual Executive Course on Oil, Gas and Mining Governance. The intensive five-day course for practitioners from the public and private sector is organised in partnership with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), a non-profit policy institute and grant-making organization that promotes the effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources for the public good.

Participants on the 2016 Executive Course: Photo by John Cairns

The 2017 course focuses on how states can utilise the opportunities presented by natural resources – whether oil, gas or mineral – to achieve stability, prosperity and development. The participants, who each have at extensive experience in the sector, will deepen their understanding of the environmental risks of resource development and how to minimise them, as well as developing their ability to make informed regulatory decisions. The course looks at both technical policy aspects of managing resources and the complex interplay between governments, companies and citizens.

Led by globally recognised faculty both from the Blavatnik School of Government and external scholars and experts in the field, the sessions offer a combination of academic and real-world learning on topics such as ‘Managing public expectations’ and ‘Resource revenue management and investment’. We are delighted that our alumna Alexandra Readhead (MPP 2014) will be teaching the tax administration component. The varied activities include lectures, debates, case studies, audio visual presentations and group work.

The course provides an exceptional networking opportunity for participants, who benefit from the diverse range of experience and expertise within the group. After the course, they will receive Associate Alumni status and be part of a lifelong community of the School.