Teaching faculty

Paul Collier
Paul Collier

Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, a Director of the International Growth Centre, and a member of Natural Resource Governance Institute Board. From 1998–2003, he took public service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of the British Academy and has been knighted.

His work on the management of natural resources includes the book The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature; he also co-edited a companion book, Plundered Nations? His other books include The Bottom Billion, which has won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross, Estoril, and Corine prizes. His most recent book, The Future of Capitalism, has been translated into 20 languages and holds the Handelsblatt Prize for the best book of the year.

He works with governments around the world, often advising on the management of natural resources. For example, in the past year he has worked with the Governments of Senegal, Guyana, Mauritania, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi in various capacities. He is also on the Advisory Board of IFC.

Paul has long experience in teaching senior people: you can see his teaching style in action by following his Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) on EdX.

 

James Cust
James (Jim) Cust

James (Jim) Cust is an economist working in the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region at the World Bank. Here he is co-leading a new flagship study on Africa’s Resource Future, in addition to managing the Think Africa Partnership, a regional initiative which provides support to chief governmental economic advisors across Africa. Prior to his current position, he was Director of Research and Data at the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the founding staff member of the Natural Resource Charter.

James’ research examines on the role of government and governance in harnessing resources for growth and poverty reduction. His work addresses policy-relevant empirical questions, utilising large-scale spatially identified micro data and causal identification. He has recently completed work on the 'Presource Curse' – where some countries are shown to experience growth disappointments even before production begins, on 'Institutions and the location of oil exploration' examining how much weak governance can deter investment, and on 'Stranded Nations' examining challenges faced by fossil-fuel rich nations in the face of global decarbonization, as well as studies on the local impacts of resource wealth, deforestation dynamics, and Dutch disease.

James holds a DPhil (PhD) in Economics from the University of Oxford, an MSc with distinction from Oxford, and a first-class BA Hons from Cambridge. He is an external Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre) at the Department of Economics in Oxford. You can find his research online at: www.jamescust.com.

Daniel Fletcher
Daniel Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher is Chief of Staff for BP’s West Africa business. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that the integration of all aspects; technical and non-technical, are considered as BP establishes a business in the region. He also acts as technical advisor to the Regional President and advises the leadership team on a wide range of issues.

Daniel has worked in the energy industry for over a decade, having held a variety of roles globally across the Upstream and Midstream sectors. In 2015, he was appointed Portfolio Advisor for BP Exploration, responsible for the technical and commercial management of BP’s global exploration portfolio.

In BP, Daniel has held a number of Geophysics and Petrophysics roles working across exploration, appraisal and production assets in Australia, North Africa, West Africa and Europe. He has taught on a number of BP internal technical courses.

Prior to joining BP, Daniel worked for Centrica in the power sector, where he worked as an analyst on a variety of investments, including the Hinkley Point C nuclear new build project. He has also worked as an analyst for investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort.

Daniel holds a First-Class Honours degree and Master of Science in Physics from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Patrick Heller
Patrick Heller

Patrick Heller is an advisor at NRGI and a senior visiting fellow at the Center on Law, Energy and Environment at the University of California – Berkeley. He has worked on legal reform and governance initiatives in the developing world for more than 15 years for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International and The International Center for Transitional Justice.

Patrick’s work at NRGI focuses on the governance of state-owned oil and mining companies, the analysis of extractive industry contracts and pathways to sustainability for fossil fuel-producing 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 (U.K.), Columbia University (U.S.), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), the Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon) and Externado University (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.

Daniel Kaufmann
Daniel Kaufmann

Daniel Kaufmann is the President and CEO of NRGI. An economist, he is a pioneer in the field of governance and anti-corruption worldwide. He has held leadership positions in the field, and has, with his teams, devised innovative approaches to measure and analyse governance. He has deep practical experience in providing high-level policy advice and helping countries in all regions of the world to formulate and carry out governance reforms in areas such as anti-corruption, transparency and natural resources. He has also extensively researched other topics such as economic development, political economy, investment, privatization and urban and labour economics.

Dr Kaufmann was previously a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he remains a non-resident fellow. Prior to that, he was a director at the World Bank Institute, leading work on governance and anti-corruption. He also held other World Bank senior management positions focused on anti-corruption, finance and regulatory reform, and was lead economist in the research department. He was the bank’s first chief of mission to Ukraine, and worked on capacity building in Latin America and on economic reforms in Africa.

He serves on various advisory boards and has also been a member of the Faculty and Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (Davos). He is a former member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative international board. In major policy circles and the international media, he is associated with such innovations as the Worldwide Governance Indicators, the Resource Governance Index, and the study and analysis of “legal corruption” and state capture.

Dr Kaufmann, a Chilean, received an MA and PhD in economics at Harvard, and a BA in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Daniel Litvin
Daniel Litvin

Daniel Litvin is the Founder and Managing Director of Critical Resource, an advisory firm specialising in political, stakeholder and sustainability challenges in the energy and mining sectors. A former consultant at McKinsey & Company and a senior research fellow at Chatham House, Daniel is also the author of ‘Empires of Profit: Commerce, Conquest & Corporate Responsibility’ and a recognised expert in his field. He has been invited to present the results of his research at Harvard, Stanford & London business schools.

Prior to his work at McKinsey, Daniel was policy advisor to Rio Tinto plc, where he worked with senior management on human rights & other sustainability topics. He started his career at The Economist, where he worked as the magazine’s environment and resources correspondent. In 1998, he was joint winner of the Wincott Award for young financial journalist of the year. His writing was also shortlisted for the Greenpeace award for best business coverage and the World Bank award for the ethics of international business. Daniel holds a BA (first class) in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and an MSc (distinction) in anthropology and development from the London School of Economics. 

David Manley
David Manley

David Manley is a Senior Economist for the Natural Resource Governance Institute, who thinks about how countries get value from their oil, gas and minerals. He has recently advised governments and other organizations on tax and related policies in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Zambia, Tanzania, and DRC; and published research on taxation and, recently, on the implications of the energy transition on oil and gas-rich countries. He helped produce the Natural Resource Charter, the accompanying Benchmarking Framework, the Resource Governance Index, and the Executive Course at Oxford University – four tools that together enable government officials and oversight actors make better, more holistic policy decisions. Prior to NRGI, David was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and senior economist in the Zambia Revenue Authority focused on mining tax policy and administration. He also worked for Oxford Economic Research Associates on financial regulation and utility finance in the UK and EU. David holds an M.Sc degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

Valérie Marcel
Valérie Marcel

Dr Valérie Marcel is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and project lead for the New Producers Group, a South-South knowledge-sharing network of 31 emerging oil and gas producer countries. 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). Recent publications include 'The Cost of An Emerging National Oil Company', the most read Chatham House publication in 2016, with 41,000 downloads. She advises governments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, South America and the Caribbean on petroleum sector policy and governance. Valerie is passionate about designing projects in which producer countries drive the agenda and delivery. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines and Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Valerie is also on Arthur D. Little’s advisory team working on the transformation of NOCs. 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.

Carole Nakhle
Carole Nakhle

Dr Carole Nakhle is the founder and CEO of Crystol Energy. An Energy Economist, she has worked with oil and gas companies, governments and policy makers, international organizations, academic institutions and think tanks, globally. She is active on the Governing Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. She is a program advisor to the Washington based International Tax and Investment Centre, and regular contributor to Geopolitical Intelligence Services and the Executive Sessions on the Political Economy of Extractive Industries at Columbia University in New York. She is also involved in the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development and lectures at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, University of Surrey in the UK, and Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

With numerous publications to her credit, Dr Nakhle is an avid commentator on energy in the international media. She has appeared on Al Arabiyya, the BBC, CNBC, and CNN, among others. She is the Executive Editor of Newsweek’s special edition ‘The Future of Innovation in the Oil and Gas Industry’ and the author of two widely acclaimed books: Petroleum Taxation: Sharing the Wealth published in 2008, re-printed in 2012, and used as primary reference in leading universities and industry training courses; and Out of the Energy Labyrinth (2007), co-authored with Lord David Howell, former Secretary of State for Energy in the UK.

Dr Nakhle has worked on energy projects in more than 40 countries and has been on exploratory visits to the Arctic and North Sea. She is also the director of the not-for-profit organization ‘Access for Women in Energy’, which she founded in 2007, to support the development of women in the energy sector, worldwide.

Eric Parrado
Eric Parrado
Eric Parrado is Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Before joining the IDB, he was a professor of economics and finance at the ESE Business School of the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Parrado is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems. From 2014 to 2018 he was the Superintendent of Banks and Financial Institutions in Chile. Between 2011 and 2014, he was advisor to the Financial Committee that counsels the Ministry of Finance on the investment policy of Chile's sovereign wealth funds and professor at the Adolfo Ibáñez University. Between 2007 and 2010, he was International Finance Coordinator of the Chilean Ministry of Finance, managing Chile's sovereign wealth funds and playing a key role in the development and promotion of best practices—known internationally as the Santiago Principles —for the world's sovereign wealth funds. As a consultant, he has provided advisory services to the central banks of Bolivia, China, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, and to the governments of Colombia, Mongolia and Nigeria. Eric has a BA in Economics from the University of Chile and holds a master's and doctorate in economics from New York University.
Alexandra Readhead
Alexandra Readhead

Alexandra Readhead is an expert in international taxation and the extractive industries. She was named one of the top 50 most influential individuals in the tax world by the International Tax Review in 2017. Her work is focused on issues of tax avoidance, and other forms of illicit financial flows, by multinational extractive companies in developing countries.

Alexandra is Technical Advisor to the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining (IGF) with respect to its program to address tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) in mining. Her work involves designing mining sector-specific solutions to some of the most pressing BEPS challenges facing resource-rich developing countries. She represents IGF on the UN Subcommittee for Extractive Industries Taxation.

Alexandra has authored and co-authored a range of policy reports and guidelines on tax avoidance, including the first Toolkit for Transfer Pricing Risk Assessment in the Mining Industry. The Toolkit helps tax authorities identify and detect transfer pricing risks in the mining sector. In 2016, Alexandra published the first detailed account of the challenges experienced by African tax authorities in applying transfer pricing rules to mining: ‘Preventing Tax Base Erosion in Africa: a Regional Study of Transfer Pricing Challenges in the Mining Sector.’ Alexandra has directly advised numerous tax authorities in Africa and Latin America on strengthening legal frameworks against abusive transfer pricing in the mining sector.

Alexandra is a lawyer from Australia. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Monash University, and a Master of Public Policy (Distinction) from Oxford University.

Eva Thorne
Eva Thorne

Dr Eva Thorne directs policy and innovations for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. In this role, she is responsible for leading a team that focuses on: introducing tech and non-tech innovations into Africa projects; developing a partnership with a university focused on embedding evidence-based policy into African governments; frontier learning and cross-Institute initiatives; and thought leadership focused on Africa and the fourth industrial revolution. Prior to this, Eva was Director of Policy and Research for Tony Blair Associates – Government Advisory (TBA – GA) .

Prior to joining TBA – GA, Eva served as a strategic advisor to Liberia’s National Oil Company (NOCAL), working through the Africa Governance Initiative. While in Liberia, she worked with the centre of government (President, senior government ministers, and Chair, Board and CEO of NOCAL) on reform of the petroleum sector including: working on the country’s new petroleum legal framework; liaising with international development partners around technical assistance to the sector; national and international stakeholder consultations; and reforming NOCAL.

Eva has worked with: African parliamentarians (through Revenue Watch Institute) on getting a better deal and revenue management; Malaysia’s Petronas, and; other African governments on issues of natural resource governance. Eva has also worked with other public sector institutions and NGOs in Asia and Latin America on governance and indigenous land rights issues. She has advised corporate clients on issues such as political risk and market entry, joint ventures and stakeholder consultations. And she has worked on the ground with civil society groups in developing countries on social and environmental issues.

Eva has written for both academic and business publications on environmental reform, indigenous land rights, and political risk. She taught at Brandeis University, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Tufts University, all in the US. Eva holds a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Eric Werker
Eric Werker

Eric Werker is William Saywell Professor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and academic chair of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute based at the University of British Columbia. Eric researches how less developed countries can build more thriving and inclusive private sectors, particularly when they are rich in natural resources, and how international actors can play a positive role in creating successful societies. He has written on foreign aid, foreign investment, natural resource management, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, refugees, and Ebola. Eric teaches about emerging markets, strategy, governance, and global economics to MBAs and executives and has authored numerous case studies on companies and countries around the world.

Outside of academia, Eric is an advisor to the Liberia program of the International Growth Centre in London, serves on the advisory group of the Center for Global Development in Washington, and is a member of the Centre for International Policy Studies study group on Canada’s sustainable development policy in Ottawa. He has set up and directed the International Growth Centre’s Liberia program, served as economic advisor to the President of Liberia, supported host government teams negotiating concession agreements, consulted to the NGO Conservation International on low-carbon development and to the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation on foreign aid projects, and worked with the Refugee Law Project in Uganda. Eric grew up in Vancouver, earned his AB and PhD in economics at Harvard, and then spent nearly a decade on the faculty of Harvard Business School before finding his way back home.

Ngaire Woods
Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods is the inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford. She is the founder of the Global Economic Governance Programme and co-founder (with Robert O. Keohane) of the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions.

Woods is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank; a board member for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; and in 2009 became a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust. She is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance, and serves on the Advisory group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC). She has also served as an advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government.

She was educated at Auckland University (BA in economics, LLB Hons in law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, completing an MPhil (with Distinction) and then DPhil (in 1992) in International Relations.

Ngaire Woods has been appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year's Honours for services to Higher Education and Public Policy.