Watching the watchdogs

A report evaluating independent expert panels that monitor large-scale oil and gas pipeline projects

Report launch and panel discussion

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. E.D.T.

Lunch will be provided

Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Oxfam America's latest report, Watching the Watchdogs, examines lessons learned from three international expert panels—the International Advisory Group for ExxonMobil's Chad-Cameroon pipeline project, the Caspian Development Advisory Panel for BP's BTC pipeline project, and the Peru Advisory Board for Hunt Oil's Peru LNG pipeline project. Drawing on evidence from extensive field research in Chad, Georgia and Peru, the report highlights best practices for future expert panels for pipeline or other high-risk development projects.

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Confirmed speakers

Jacques Gérin
Former executive secretary of the International Advisory Group expert panel for the Chad-Cameroon pipeline project (also former vice president of the Canadian International Development Agency and former Deputy Minister of Environment in Canada)

Clare Bebbington
Vice president for communications and external affairs, BP

Nadji Nelambaye
Representative of CPPL (Commission Permanent Pétrole Local), a Chadian civil society organization that manages a network of grassroots groups engaged on oil and gas issues

Paola Pioltelli
Researcher and representative of Peruvian civil society organization Proceso 360

Emily Greenspan
Oxfam America policy and advocacy adviser and report author

Paul O'Brien - Welcome and introduction
Vice president for policy and campaigns, Oxfam America

Ian Gary - Moderator

Senior policy manager, extractive industries, Oxfam America

Space is limited and RSVPs are required

Please RSVP by Monday, Sept. 26 to Katie Martorana.

Speaker bios

Jacques Gérin
Jacques Gérin is a civil engineer with a master's degree in regional planning. Environment, management of natural resources and international development are three constants in his career both in the public and private sectors. Formerly with the government of Canada, he was Vice President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Priorities & Planning, Deputy Minister of Environment Canada and Associate Deputy Minister of Northern Development. After leaving government he was responsible for the environment for a large Canadian consulting group and has been active with a number of NGOs and several panels. He chaired the government-appointed Panel on Ecological Integrity of Canada's National Parks. He was the first Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), was a Governor of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Chair of the Board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Recently, he was executive secretary of the IAG for the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project (2001-2009). He is currently a member of a similar panel observing a hydroelectric project in Laos and a member of the panel of experts appointed by the World Bank to review studies related to conveyance of Red Sea waters to the Dead Sea. He is adviser to Rio Tinto on a mining project in Madagascar and is a member of the board of Engineers Without Borders (Canada).

Clare Bebbington
Clare Bebbington is currently a vice president for communications and external affairs for BP's upstream business. Most recently, this role has involved supporting BP's major projects in Iraq and Egypt. Clare has more than 20 years of experience in managing nontechnical risk for BP. She led the team responsible for managing the company's external affairs in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey between 2003 and 2007 during the construction and launch of the Caspian oil and gas fields and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. She has also held senior roles in the BP Group Press Office and managed the profile of BP's solar business in the late 1990s. In 1999 she spent a year at the Royal Institute of International Affairs on secondment from BP. Prior to joining BP, Clare worked for The Economist magazine, and was assistant editor of EuroBusiness magazine, where she was responsible for covering Eastern Europe from 1988 to 1990. She is a trustee of the Friends of the Basrah Museum, a newly established UK charity to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Lakeside Palace in Basrah, and is a director of the BP Foundation. In November 2005 she was an OSCE election observer for the Azerbaijan Parliamentary elections. Clare is a history graduate from St. Catherine's College, Oxford.

Nadji Nelambaye
Nadji Nelambaye was born in Moundou in the south of Chad, and holds a diploma in social sciences with a concentration in political science from the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Since March 2004, Nadji has overseen the coordination of CPPL, a network of Chadian civil society organizations based in Moundou that monitors the socioenvironmental impacts of the extractive industries in Chad and advocates on behalf of civil society. He also oversees the coordination of lobbying and advocacy actions of local NGOs in southern Chad related to the oil project in Doba. In this position, Nadji has collaborated with various monitoring bodies for the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project, including the IAG and government and lender-sponsored project monitoring bodies. He has extensive experience in supporting local community efforts to defend their interests with respect to oil companies.

Paola Pioltelli
Paola Pioltelli is a social communicator with more than 11 years of experience in participatory development. She has led participatory development processes for diverse populations and to address diverse challenges in Asia, North America, Europe and Latin America. Her success has demonstrated the potential for participatory development processes to maximize the possibilities for dialogue and minimize risk and conflict. Paola has a master's degree in NGO management and social development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies on the use of the arts in participatory development processes with the European Graduate School of Switzerland. She is a member of the Human Development and Capability Association and the Institute for Participatory Practice network. Paola created and teaches the course "Participatory Methodologies" at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru, and teaches "Training of Participatory Facilitators" in alliance with Praxis.

Emily Greenspan
Emily Greenspan is a policy and advocacy adviser with Oxfam America's extractive industries team based in Washington, DC. She is the author of the Oxfam America report Watching the Watchdogs: Evaluating Independent Expert Panels That Monitor Oil and Gas Pipeline Projects (2011). Prior to joining Oxfam America, she worked with WWF-Peru on issues pertaining to hydrocarbons, forestry, and indigenous peoples and with the Pan American Development Foundation on a civil society strengthening program. Emily has conducted research on consultation and community engagement around extractive industry projects, including for her master's degree in public policy, which she received from Harvard University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and English literature from the University of Virginia.

Paul O'Brien
Paul O'Brien is the vice president for policy and campaigns at Oxfam America. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2007, Paul lived in Afghanistan for five years where he worked in the office of the President and the Ministry of Finance as an advisoer on aid coordination, development planning and policy reform. Prior to that, he worked for CARE International as the Afghanistan advocacy coordinator and Africa policy adviser. Previously, he was the president of the Echoing Green Foundation, and a litigator in New York for Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He is the co-founder of the Legal Resources Foundation in Kenya and the founder of the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium in Afghanistan, both of which are thriving organizations today. Paul has a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and has published on humanitarian policy, human rights and emerging trends in development.

Ian Gary
Ian Gary is the senior policy manager for extractive industries with Oxfam America. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2005, Ian was the strategic issues adviser on extractive industries at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) from 1999 to 2005. He has held positions with the Ford Foundation as well as international development organizations in the US and Africa. Ian is the author of the Oxfam America report Ghana's Big Test: Oil's Challenge to Democratic Development (2009); co-author, with Terry Lynn Karl of Stanford University, of the CRS report Bottom of the Barrel: Africa's Oil Boom and the Poor (2003); and co-author of Chad's Oil: Miracle or Mirage? (2005), co-authored with Nikki Reisch and issued by CRS and Bank Information Center. Ian has been a frequent commentator on extractive industries issues in major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, BBC, NPR and other outlets. He has testified before Congress and given presentations at the World Bank, Royal Institute of International Affairs, UN, US State Department and Harvard University, among other venues. Ian was an adviser with the World Bank Extractive Industries Advisory Group from 2005 to 2009. He has conducted field research on extractive industries issues in Ghana, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Peru and Cambodia. He holds a Master of Arts from the University of Leeds in the politics of international resources and development and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.