Please join the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines as we welcome Patrick Heller, Advisor, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Law, Energy & Environment, U.C. Berkeley Law School, presenting National Oil Companies: Roles, Governance and Risks in a Changing Future, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 11:00am-12:00pm(MT).
This webinar will present the results of recent and evolving work on national oil companies (NOCs). These companies play a central part in global oil markets, and a dominant role in their home economies. In spite of their importance, NOCs have traditionally been poorly understood, and prone to opacity and mis-governance. The session will present the Natural Resource Governance Institute’s National Oil Company Database – the world’s largest public repository of data on NOC operations, revenues, debts, fiscal contributions and performance. It will draw on the data to highlight key areas of concern for governments and international institutions around NOC governance, stewardship of public resources and economic resilience amidst the global energy transition.
Patrick Heller has worked on legal reform and governance initiatives in the developing world for more than 20 years for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International and The International Center for Transitional Justice. He is a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Law, Energy & Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.
Patrick’s work at NRGI focuses on several core elements of natural resource governance, including the management of state-owned enterprises, legislative and regulatory reform and oil and mining contracts. He coordinates the organization’s emerging work on the implications of climate change for the economies of resource-dependent 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, Columbia University, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), the Catholic University of Central Africa (Cameroon) and the Universidad Externado de 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.