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Lunch'n Think Webinar: Working with the local population

...too many companies cannot deliver 'on the ground' what they preach corporately!
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Friday, May 28, 2021

Much of what is being discussed in this ‘Southern Africa’ series of Webinars relates to the various sources of energy that may be deployed to effect what might be termed a Just Energy Transition – which might be defined as an Energy Transition that leaves nobody behind. On the one hand, this is about relieving the widespread ‘energy poverty’ in the region but on the other that, as onshore activities proliferate – for solar, offshore wind, geothermal and unconventional gas projects – local communities are not adversely impacted, disrupted, even ‘moved out’.

It is a common observation that most companies fail to demonstrate how their corporate-level management standards are translated into actions and engagement on the ground, where it matters to society, to the local population. Often there is a striking mismatch between corporate-level commitments and systems on the one hand and project/operational-level action on the other, on issues of primary importance to the region. Think RTZ!!

In this Webinar the presentation will be by Minerva SRM provides bespoke social risk management services to companies operating in the most challenging social, political and conflict-affected settings.


13:00 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction

David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He was on the board of Premier Oil from May 2014 to May 2016.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.

From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

Finding Petroleum
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13:05 Rob Palfrey - CEO & Founder
Minerva SRM

ESG: Words into Action – Actions into Words?

Talk Description
Do ESG metrics represent a company’s policy commitments, or the impact that their activities have on the ground? Of course they should be one and the same thing, but often they are not. To understand why this is so, a different way of viewing the challenges is required and a complex adaptive systems approach can provide this. This can be uncomfortable as it includes reflecting the realities of local contexts in policies and being bluntly honest when reporting risk. The good news is that companies can often fall back on living their values when grappling with such issues, assuming those values are more than an exercise in public relations.
Minerva SRM provides bespoke social risk management services to companies operating in the most challenging social, political and conflict-affected settings. Our services empower clients to build and maintain robust social licences to operate, enabling them to optimise results and protect their business.

Through sensitive and constructive management of social risks, Minerva SRM ensures clients incorporate affected stakeholders’ interests into their ventures. This frees client management and staff to concentrate on core business activities, confident that their actions will sustain affected stakeholder support.

Minerva SRM

13:30 Q&A
14:00 Close

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