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 a senior 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. He also led a flagship sustainability report from the World Bank, the Changing Wealth of Nations 2021, which published comprehensive wealth numbers for over 140 countries globally and examined the sustainability of economic development around the world.

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 under pressure from climate change. 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. James holds a DPhil (PhD) in Economics from the University of Oxford. You can find his research online at: www.jamescust.com.

Daniel Fletcher
Daniel Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher manages BP’s global Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) portfolio. In this role, he is responsible for developing BP’s existing CCUS businesses and the origination of new CCUS business across the globe. He has previously managed BP’s exploration portfolio.

Daniel is passionate about developing energy and people and has worked in the energy industry for over a decade across a variety of technical and commercial roles in the Upstream and Midstream sectors. Including most recently, leading subsurface development of bp’s West Africa gas business and as Chief of Staff for bp’s new-region entry.

He is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government’s Executive Course on Oil Gas and Mining Governance.

Prior to joining BP, Daniel worked for Centrica in the power sector, where he worked as an analyst on a number 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.

Annette Idler
Annette Idler

Dr Annette Idler is the Director of the Global Security Programme, and Senior Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. At Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government she teaches on global security and transnational organised crime. From 2019 to 2021, Dr Idler was Visiting Scholar (2019 – 2021) at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, where she was also affiliate at the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion. 

Her work focuses on global security in the contemporary world. She studies evolving security dynamics in the context of armed conflict and the global illicit economy, transitions from war to peace, and state responses to insecurity. She is particularly interested in the political economy of borderlands as spaces where criminal, terrorist, and conflict dynamics converge, and the connections between localized conflicts and insecurities and global shifts in order and power. 

Dr Idler is Principal Investigator of the Conflict Platform Project and of CONPEACE. Before taking up her current role, she was the Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford, and also served as Fellow on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on International Security. Dr Idler previously worked with UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the German development cooperation. Dr Idler advises governments and international organisations and is a regular expert for internationally renowned media outlets.

Ana Carolina González Espinosa
Ana Carolina González Espinosa

 

Ana Carolina González Espinosa works closely with thematic and regional program staff across NRGI to advance strategic priorities and drive reform in the countries where NRGI operates. She leads targeted efforts to increase the impact and effectiveness of NRGI’s work by strengthening political economy and contextual analysis, as well as by connecting research, capacity development, grantmaking and advocacy at multiple levels. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University in New York and at the Universidad Catolica in Peru. She is currently an associate researcher at the Universidad Externado de Colombia. 

Ana Carolina has worked as a research and project consultant with the United Nations Development Programme, the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank, Transparency International—Colombia, NRGI and the Stockholm Environment Institute. She was a member of the international board of directors of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the national EITI committee in Colombia, and she co-founded a coalition of civil society organizations and a non-governmental organisation in the field of governance. 

Ana Carolina is from Colombia. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and two master's degrees—in development and in comparative politics— from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, France (Sciences Po), as well as a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia.

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, which received several awards including Best Independent Energy Consultancy in the UK in 2018 and again in 2021. 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, the 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 organisation ‘Access for Women in Energy’, which she founded in 2007, to support the development of women in the energy sector, worldwide.

In 2022, Dr Nakhle featured in the ‘Top 22 Outstanding Women CEOs of 2022’ published by the New York-based The Women Leaders. A year earlier, she was selected ‘CEO of the Year’ in the UK, by CEO Monthly Magazine.

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.

Eric Werker
Eric Werker

Eric Werker is William Saywell Professor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and chief economist and co-founder of Inference Economics, an advisory firm. Eric researches and advises on how countries and jurisdictions, particularly those rich in natural resources, can build more thriving and inclusive private sectors. He has written on private sector development, the interface between investments and community, economic diversification, foreign aid, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, refugees, and Ebola. Eric teaches about strategy, policy, and global economics to MBAs and executives and has authored numerous case studies on companies and countries around the world.

Eric is lead academic to the Liberia program of the International Growth Centre in London and a nonresident senior research fellow at the United Nations University WIDER in Helsinki. He has chaired the academic directorate of the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute, served as economic advisor to the President of Liberia, and supported host government teams negotiating concession agreement. 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 returning 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.