David has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and leads Wood Mackenzie's upstream fiscal offering service. He was Project Director on two of Wood Mackenzie's fiscal multi-client studies.
He has provided fiscal advice to a wide variety of clients, including governments, industry associations IOCs and NOCs. These include working with Governments in Ireland, Indonesia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Colombia
He has worked with the main industry associations in the United States, Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom providing fiscal support for discussion with governments. Other projects have included working with companies in responding when governments have proposed changes to fiscal regimes. This included recent changes made in the UK fiscal regime when analysis of other options was evaluated.
David is a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Taxation. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh
Graham has 30 years experience as a petroleum economist, specialising in the analysis of global fiscal systems. He currently directs Wood Mackenzie’s global fiscal research services.
Graham has advised several governments on petroleum fiscal policy, most recently Colombia, Ireland, Newfoundland & Labrador and South Africa. He has also advised numerous IOCs on fiscal matters, including assistance to oil industry associations during debates with governments on appropriate fiscal terms (e.g. Nigeria and UK).
Graham has designed and authored several successful multi-client reports, analysing and comparing global fiscal systems with prospectivity, published by Wood Mackenzie. He also has wide experience delivering training courses in petroleum economics and fiscal analysis around the world.
Graham graduated in Economics from Aberdeen University and earned a masters degree (M Litt) for his thesis on ‘Oil Field Abandonment in the UKCS’. He previously worked for Petroconsultants/IHS Energy, two independent oil exploration companies and as a research Fellow in Aberdeen University’s Economics department.
He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and is a regular speaker at industry conferences.
Nikita joined Wood Mackenzie in spring 2015 and is based in our Moscow office.
Nikita is responsible for all fiscal models and analysis in the Asia Pacific region, in addition to client support and fiscal advisory projects.
Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Nikita worked as a senior consultant for Deloitte’s Petroleum Services Group. His responsibilities included economic and fiscal modeling, product demonstrations and external economics presentations.
His background is MSc in Petroleum Economics and Management from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and Insitute Francais du Petrole.
Sarawut KaewtathipDeputy Director General, Department of Mineral Fuels,Ministry of Energy, Thailand
Deputy Director General, Department of Mineral Fuels,
Donald is leading HM Treasury policy on tax issues for late-life oil and gas assets, including a recently announced Transferable Tax History for oil and gas companies which will drive further investment into the UK oil and gas industry whilst maximising the return for the nation through tax revenues.
Donald is a chartered accountant by background with extensive professional experience advising oil and gas companies on their UK and international operations prior to working for HM Treasury.
Doug TraskAssistant Deputy Minister, Department of Natural ResourcesGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador
Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Natural Resources
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Mr. Trask has undergraduate (Bachelor’s Honours) and graduate (Master’s) degrees in Economics and over 30 years work experience in areas specific to economic development, R&D and innovation. He has significant expertise in economic research and analysis, program development and delivery, and the identification of development opportunities in oil and gas, mining and other industries. Previous positions include Senior Economist with the Advisory Council on the Economy, Senior Economic Analyst (Major Projects) with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Vice-President responsible for Strategy, Program Development and Delivery with the Research & Development Corporation. He is currently responsible for the Royalties and Benefits Division of the Department of Natural Resources in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. As Assistant Deputy Minister (Royalties and Benefits), responsibilities include: the negotiation, development, administration and monitoring of oil and gas project agreements and legislation; the development and implementation of royalty regulations and audit requirements; the provision of economic, financial and market information, analysis, and advice required for resource management decisions; and the maximisation of industrial benefits to the local economy from the development of major mining and energy projects through negotiation of benefits commitments, benefits monitoring and international promotion of the province’s industrial capacity and capabilities.
Mr. Statia has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. He served the then Inland Revenue Department for over twenty – two (22) years until 1993 when he resigned as the Senior Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue to take up a private sector appointment in the telecommunication sector. He resigned his appointment in 2001 as the General Manager (External Affairs) and migrated to the USA. He has practised for fifteen (15) years as an Attorney – at – Law and as a Certified Public Accountant for over twenty-five years with emphasis on taxation, personal financial and investment planning, and forensic and valuation services.
He has comprehensive knowledge of both US and International Accounting Standards and both Guyana and International tax laws.
He has a proven record of excellent organisation leadership and management skills.
He now serves as the Commissioner – General for the Revenue Authority, a position he has held since July 2016.
27 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry (First 15 years with ExxonMobil and currently 12 years with PETRONAS). Graduated with first class honors, Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Victoria, Australia. Worked primarily in Economics and Contract Arrangements in PETRONAS and previously with ExxonMobil in the areas of Economics, Planning and Budgeting, Business Development and Gas Marketing.
Renee OrrChief, Office of Strategic ResourcesBureau of Ocean Energy Management, US Department of the Interior
Chief, Office of Strategic Resources
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, US Department of the Interior
Renee Orr has served for over 30 years in various roles within the Department of the Interior. She joined the ranks of the Department of Interior's Senior Executive Service in 2011 as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Chief of the Office of Strategic Resources. In that position, she manages the development and implementation of the National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program, the conveyance of marine minerals for beach renourishment and coastal restoration projects, the assessment and inventory of oil, gas, and other mineral resources on the OCS, development of fiscal terms and economic evaluations to ensure the receipt of fair market value for the use of OCS resources, comprehensive mapping and boundary efforts, and the identification and mitigation of financial risks associated with OCS oil and gas activities. Ms. Orr holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.
Simon FlowersChief Analyst and Executive Vice PresidentWood Mackenzie
Chief Analyst and Executive Vice President
Tatiana CarreraHead of Financial Management of E&P ContractsMexican Petroleum Fund
Head of Financial Management of E&P Contracts
Mexican Petroleum Fund
Wissam ZahabiBoard Member and Head of Economics and Finance DepartmentLebanese Petroleum Administration
Board Member and Head of Economics and Finance Department
Lebanese Petroleum Administration
Mr. Wissam Zahabi, Chairman of the Board of directors as of 4 December 2015 and Head of Economic and Financial Department at the Lebanese Petroleum Administration. He was working as an Energy Advisor at the office of the Prime Minister in Beirut. He was actively involved in the energy sector; he was part of the team that drafted the petroleum policy, the offshore petroleum law and the petroleum activities regulations. He has been involved with all aspects of energy chain (Hydrocarbon Strategy, gas infrastructure, LNG project, feasibility study of the refinery, gas sales agreements). Wissam followed up on the Electricity sector and securing petroleum products to the thermal power plants. He has a master degree in engineering from the AUB and an MBA in Finance from HEC Montreal and has publications on Energy resource allocation using multi-objective goal programming.
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