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Executive Course on Oil, Gas and Mining Governance in Emerging Markets

17 September–22 September 2023 Oxford, U.K.

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Countries with non-renewable resource wealth face both an opportunity and a challenge. When used well, these resources can create greater prosperity for current and future generations. Squandered, they can cause economic instability, social conflict, and lasting environmental damage. To benefit from resource wealth, citizens, private companies, and governments must make a broad range of decisions. Each requires leaders to consider complex options and trade-offs, and devise strategies to implement these policy choices.

Developed through a unique collaboration between NRGI and the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, this intensive five-day course provides the training and insight required for senior policy-makers from around the world to manage and govern their nation’s oil, gas or mineral resources for a better future. The course builds a better understanding of the interests of the public and private sectors and facilitates dialogue and mutual appreciation of respective positions between these different groups.

Globally recognised experts and academics have developed this course to encourage public and private sector leaders from multiple countries to share their own experiences, while gaining insights and specialist knowledge about natural resource management. The course looks at both technical policy aspects of managing resources and the complex interplay between governments, companies and citizens.

Course overview

Although the 2020 in-person programme was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, on 10 September 2020 we held a live online taster of our one-week programme, while the 2021 online event series "Managing Oil, Gas and Mining Governance in Exceptional Times," led by Sir Paul Collier, offered interesting and highly informative lectures and discussions with leading experts. In September 2022, we held the 2022 executive resource governance course in-person. 
Participant profile

This course is aimed at policy leaders in the public and private sector, alongside those in senior research and non-profit roles, who are committed to better governance in natural resources, and in a position to influence the governance of these sectors.

Participants should have in-depth experience and be in a senior leadership position or advisory role.

Read participant perspectives from the 2022 executive course edition. Hear participants share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in their countries' extractives sectors in a series of video interviews.

Topics covered
  • Licensing and discovering minerals
  • Taxing companies and combating tax abuses
  • Directing state-owned enterprises
  • Protecting local societies and the environment
  • Managing revenues and investment
  • Communicating with citizens
  • Implementing your strategy and ensuring accountability
The course is delivered in English.


The total cost of this course is GBP 8,000. This includes tuition over five days from world-class experts and academics, six nights’ accommodation and most meals, but does not cover overseas transport, visas or other incidentals.

A limited number of scholarships will be offered on a competitive basis to public sector applicants from select resource-rich countries: Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda. In exceptional cases, scholarship applications from outstanding candidates from other countries may also be considered.

For more information, click here or write to [email protected].

Photo by John Cairns for NRGI