Teaching faculty

World Class Learning

The course has been developed through a unique collaboration between Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and the Natural Resource Governance Institute. It incorporates the latest knowledge from expert faculty, and participants will actively apply these insights during strategic planning sessions.

Each module of the Executive Course on Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance will be taught by some of the following leading academics and practitioners:

Paul CollierSir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, the Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 1998–2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, and at Paris 1. In 2008 Paul was awarded a CBE ‘for services to scholarship and development’.

Paul is currently adviser to the Strategy and Policy Department of the International Monetary Fund, adviser to the Africa Region of the World Bank, and adviser to DfID. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies. Recent books include The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes and in May 2009 was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize; Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (Vintage Books, 2009); and The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Philip Daniel is Senior Fellow at NRGI, a member of the NRGI Advisory Council, and Honorary Professor in the School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee (Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Minerals Law and Policy). Philip also Chairs the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCARRE) in the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Until April 2015, Philip worked for nine years at the Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) of the IMF, part as Deputy Head, Tax Policy Division and part as Advisor in FAD’s Front Office.  Earlier in his career, Philip also worked as a negotiator or advisor for many governments covering major legislation, fiscal regimes, and agreements (intergovernmental, government/company, or commercial) on oil, gas or mining projects, including processing and transportation infrastructure.

Philip is co-editor of The Taxation of Petroleum and Minerals: Principles, Problems and Practice (Routledge/IMF, 2010) and a forthcoming volume on International Taxation and the Extractive Industries (Routledge/IMF, 2016).

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

Glen Ireland is a founding partner of InfraShare Partners, which develops and implements "win-win" solutions for the shared use of railway, port, power generation, power transmission and other critical infrastructure. InfraShare is an independent "honest broker" between mining companies, host governments, community groups and other stakeholders. Glen has more than 25 years' experience in advising mining companies, financial institutions, governments and other stakeholders on major resource projects and transactions. Recognised as a leading advisor in the global mining/metals sector, he has negotiated complex multi-party joint ventures, mining concessions and similar arrangements between private- and public-sector participants. Glen has chaired the top-rated global mining and metals practices of two major international law firms (White & Case and Latham & Watkins), worked in more than 30 countries (including many in sub-Saharan Africa) and advised on projects and transactions valued at over $50 billion.

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 currently a full 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 M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Keith Myers is a President, Research at Westwood Global Energy Group. Dr Myers joined BP in 1987, having graduated with a geology PhD at Imperial College. Following a variety of technical roles, he became Senior Commercial Advisor leading several major business negotiations for new business access. He also led strategy for BP’s business in West Africa in the Strategic Alliance with Statoil. Since 2000 Keith has been an advisor to numerous energy companies on strategy and partnership issues. He went on to found Richmond Energy Partners in 2006 to provide independent advice to investors in smaller oil and gas companies. REP now advise some of the largest funds and institutions investing in the sector and provide exploration strategy and benchmarking services for the global exploration industry. Keith takes a keen interest in the oil sector governance and serves as a member of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and guest lectures at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

Carole Nakhle is the Director and founder of Crystol Energy, an advisory, research and training company in London. An Energy Economist by training, she specialises in international petroleum contractual arrangements and fiscal regimes; petroleum revenue management and governance; energy policy and investment; global oil and gas market developments. With expertise spanning the private sector, government and academia, Dr Nakhle has worked with oil and gas companies (NOCs and IOCs), governments and policy makers, international organisations, academic institutions and specialized think tanks. She is a regular contributor to Geopolitical Intelligence Service on energy matters, a program advisor to the Washington based International Tax and Investment Centre, and is active on the Advisory Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Dr Nakhle also founded the not-for-profit organisation ‘Access for Women in Energy’ in 2007, with the aim of enhancing opportunities and enriching dialogue within the industry. She is a respected and regular contributor to the global debate on energy matters, with numerous articles in academic journals, newspapers and magazines to her credit; has reviewed studies, books and reports for leading publishing houses; and is an avid and regular commentator on energy and geopolitics in the international media, in many countries. She is also the author of two widely acclaimed books: Petroleum Taxation: Sharing the Wealth published in 2008 and re-printed in 2012; and Out of the Energy Labyrinth (2007), co-authored with Lord Howell. She is currently working on a new book: Petroleum Fiscal Regimes and Wealth Management. Dr Nakhle has worked on projects in more than 40 countries – including locations in the Arctic and North Sea – and is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

Eric Parrado is Professor of Economics and Fnance at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and consultant for the IMF, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He also advises several governments, central banks and companies on international financial matters, asset management and monetary policy. He has coordinated international finances of the Chilean Ministry of Finance and served as senior economist and financial stability manager at the Central Bank of Chile. 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. Parrado has a doctorate in economics from NYU and a BA in economics from the University of Chile. He is also a Member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on long-term investment.

Alexandra Readhead is an independent advisor on international taxation and the extractive industries. Her work is focused on issues of tax avoidance, and other forms of illicit financial flows, by multinational extractive companies in developing countries. She currently advises the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) on its program: ‘Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in the Mining Sector in Developing Countries.’ The program is a collaboration with the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. The objective is to equip resource-rich developing country tax authorities with policy guidance and practical tools to confront aggressive tax planning by mining multinationals.

Alexandra has authored and co-authored a range of policy reports and guidelines on tax avoidance, including the first reference book for tax practitioners on transfer pricing in mining. She has worked with a range of international organisations including the OECD, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the World Bank Group, the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance, Open Oil, and the EITI Global Secretariat. In 2016, Alexandra published the first detailed account of the challenges experienced by African tax authorities in applying transfer pricing rules to the mining sector: Preventing Tax Base Erosion in Africa: a Regional Study of Transfer Pricing Challenges in the Mining Sector. Alexandra has a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from Monash University, and a Master of Public Policy (Distinction) from Oxford University.

Anouk S. RigterinkAnouk S. Rigterink  is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Natural Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre). She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Anouk investigates the political economy of violent conflict. Specifically, she researchers whether and how natural resources (especially diamonds) are related to violent conflict, the impact of media in conflict-affected situations, and individual and group ehavior in violent conflict, including the impact of drone strikes on the internal organisations of terrorist groups in Pakistan. 

Michael L. Ross is a Professor of Political Science at University of California Los Angeles and is affiliated with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He has published widely on energy politics, the political and economic problems of resource-rich countries, civil war, democracy, and gender rights. Ross’s most recent book, ‘The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations’ (Princeton University Press, 2012) was named an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice magazine and has been translated into Russian, Arabic, and Portuguese, with a Japanese translation forthcoming.

Ross’s research has been published in leading academic journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Middle East Development Journal, Politics and Gender, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Politics. His work has also been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and featured in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Financial Times, and many other publications.

Eric WerkerEric Werker is Associate 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 A.B. and Ph.D in economics at Harvard, and then spent nearly a decade on the faculty of Harvard Business School before finding his way back home.

Ngaire WoodsNgaire Woods is the inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford. She is founder and Director 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 editorial advisory board for the Ethics & International Affairs journal; a governor of the Ditchley Foundation; and in 2009 became a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust. 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 YEAR) in International Relations.