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Building a Sustainable Economy
Can oil and gas exploitation contribute to green economies in the Guianas?

Join the Guianas Green Economy Dialogue! This is a series of interactive webinars focused on building a sustainable economy in Guyana and Suriname. Leaders from the business sector, government, civil society organizations and academia will explore how we can build a prosperous green economy.

In this first webinar we focus on oil and gas. Guyana and Suriname are on the brink of an oil and gas boom. This will generate billions of US dollars for the countries. But it also poses serious challenges for the rich biodiversity and natural resources. Is there a way that oil and gas exploitation can help building a truly sustainable economy in Suriname and Guyana?

Oct 28, 2020 05:00 PM in Guyana

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David Singh
Director @WWF-Guianas
David is WWF’s representative in Suriname and Guyana. He has more than 20 years executive and leadership experience in natural resource management with a focus on governance and institutional development. He has engaged directly with local and indigenous communities, civil society, governments and the private sector in developing locally driven solutions to align their interests and respond to national and international agreements such as on Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation, Indigenous Peoples Rights, and UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has led institutional change and worked to enable a range of stakeholders to vision and create sustainable policies that improve livelihood systems that achieve national and global environmental targets. David has developed a strong appreciation of conservation and natural resource challenges in resource dependent developing countries. David’s PhD is in Chemistry.
Rudolf Elias
CEO and Managing Director @Staatsolie (National Oil Company-Suriname)
Mr. Rudolf Elias, CEO and Managing Director of Staatsolie, holds a degree in Civil and Construction Engineering from the Technological University Eindhoven-Netherlands. Mr. Elias has served as a member of Staatsolie’s Board of Executive Directors since 2009. Prior to becoming Managing Director of Staatsolie in 2015, Mr. Elias served as Director of Refining and Marketing and Director of the Refinery Expansion Program from 2010 to 2015 and from 2009-2010 he served as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Staatsolie in 2009, Mr. Elias was the Vice President Development of BHP Billiton Suriname from 2004 to 2009. From 1984-2004, Mr. Elias worked at Ballast Nedam International. During mentioned period he held several positions: from 2000 to 2004 as General Manager for Caribbean, Suriname and Guyana, from 1997 to 2000 as Country Manager Suriname and during the period 1984 to 1997 he has held several positions involving international projects.
Nicholas Boyer
Chairman @Private Sector Commission - Guyana
Nicholas Deygoo Boyer, Chairman, Private Sector Commission in Guyana Mr. Nicholas Deygoo returned from Washington D.C to join the family business in 2010, where he had worked with Wells Fargo Bank N.A as a mortgage backed Securities Analyst; and for Valuation Services Inc as an Associate. The former being one of the largest banks in North America and the latter a small Accounting and Investment Firm. Nicholas is the President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry currently, as well as a Director of National Hardware (Guyana) Limited Group of Companies and Royal Castle Guyana Inc where he is responsible for the overall corporate strategy. He is also a founder of Guyana Oil & Gas Support Services Inc, a welding & fabrication startup in the Guyanese Oil & Gas industry. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, as well as dual Masters Degrees in Business & Finance from the University of Maryland in College Park.