Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director, Africa Centre for Energy Policy
Judy Brown, Vice President for External Affairs, Rio Tinto
Daniel Kaufmann, President, NRGI
David Kennedy, Director General for Economic Development, UK Department for International Development
Sandy Stash, Group Vice President for Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs, Tullow Oil
Hon. Kerfalla Yansané, Minister of Mines, Republic of Guinea
Mohammed Amin Adam
Before joining ACEP, Mohammed was the Coordinator of Ibis’s extractives industries programme in Africa. He has also worked as the Oil Coordinator of Publish What You Pay Ghana. His experience in the public sector covered his work as an Energy Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Commissioner of Ghana’s Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission; and as a former Deputy Minister and Mayor of Ghana’s third city of Tamale.
He has consulted for national, African and international organizations including the world Bank, GIZ, African Parliamentarians against Corruption, Ghana’s Public Interest and Accountability Committee, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy, Oxfam America, and served as a member of the consortium that worked on Ghana’s first EITI Report on Oil and Gas. He also participated in design meetings for two global governance initiatives – the Open Governance Partnership and Open Contracting. Mohammed is a PhD Candidate at the University of Dundee specializing on fiscal policy options in resource rich economies. He holds an Mphil (Economics) and B.A.(Hons) Economics from the University of Cape Coast.
Judy Brown became the Chief Adviser, Stakeholder Engagement for the Rio Tinto Group in 2011. In this role she leads the implementation of a strategic framework across the company to enhance Global Stakeholder Engagement. This includes building capacity to analyze and anticipate the external environment, develop sustainable strategies and leadership models.Judy Brown started her career at Rio Tinto in 2000 Director, Federal Government Relations, for five Rio Tinto subsidiaries and leading U.S. mining companies – Kennecott Utah Copper, Kennecott Minerals Company, Kennecott Energy Company, Rio Tinto Borax and Luzenac America – that supply copper, gold, silver, coal, talc and borates to domestic and international markets. In 2004, she joined Rio Tinto Borax, the world leader in borate supply and science, as Manager of Global Government and External Affairs. In this role, Ms. Brown directed political strategy and policy development at the local and national levels in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.Prior to joining the Rio Tinto group, Ms. Brown served as Legislative Director, Environment and Regulatory Affairs, for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, widely regarded as the most influential business advocacy organization in the nation. Her experience also includes staff assignments on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, with special focus on mineral, forest policy and public land issues.
Daniel Kaufmann is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He carries out policy analysis and applied research on economic development, governance, regulation and corruption around the world. He is a world-renowned writer, lecturer and analyst on governance, corruption, and development worldwide, with experience in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as in industrialized and transition economies.
He is currently president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Previously he served as a director at the World Bank Institute, where he pioneered new approaches to measure and analyze governance and corruption, helping countries formulate action programs. At the World Bank, Kaufmann also held senior positions focused on finance, regulation and anti-corruption, as well as on capacity building for Latin America. He also served as lead economist both in economies in transition as well as in the World Bank's research department, and earlier in his career was a senior economist in Africa. In the early nineties, Kaufmann was the first Chief of Mission of the World Bank to Ukraine, and then he held a visiting position at Harvard University.
Director General Economic Development, Department for International Development, United Kingdom
Sandra Stash is Group Vice President for Safety, Sustainability, and External Affairs for Tullow Oil, London, United Kingdom. Previously, she was Senior Vice President for Health, Safety, Environment, and Operational Assurance at Talisman Energy; Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Compliance for BP Exploration Alaska; Vice President for Health, Safety and Environment for TNK-BP, Moscow, Russia; and Vice President of Operations for Atlantic Richfield Company, where she oversaw the management of $3B in environmental, decommissioning and legal financial provisions, including the oversight of environmental and product litigation, negotiations with regulators and outside stakeholders, and project and construction management. Sandy served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and of the Montana State Chamber of Commerce. She is currently the President and Director of the Montana Tech Foundation. She graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a BSc Pet.
Dr Kerfalla Yansane was appointed Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Guinea in February 2010. He was recently promoted to Senior-Minister after having achieved major macroeconomic reforms in Guinea. Before his appointment as Minister of Economy and Finance, he served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Guinea during the period of the structural adjustment program 1985-1996. Thereafter, he worked as a Development Consultant with a number of international institutions, including amongst others the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the UNDP, the NEPAD Secretariat, the African
Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank.
Over the past 15 years, Dr Yansane has been involved in a number of regional and international boards and technical committees, including, amongst others: Executive Board, African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe (2002-2009) and Board of Directors, the International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP), Toronto, Canada.