Time: 11:30-12:15
Venue: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development

Farouk Al-Kasim has 52 years experience in private and government positions within the petroleum industry and has been called “the Iraqi who saved Norway from oil.” With a background in petroleum geology, he worked 12 years with the Iraq Petroleum Company. He then moved to Norway where he was instrumental in establishing the Norwegian Petroleum Administration (1968 to 1973), and played a key role in developing the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate where he was Director of Resource Management (1973-1990). Since 1991 he has been working as an international consultant advising developing countries on the organisation and regulation of their petroleum sectors. This work has taken him to countries including Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Sudan, and Ghana.

Al-Kasim currently collaborates with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre on the link between corruption and suboptimal oil production in developing countries. He is also co-author of the U4 Issue paper: Grand Corruption in the Regulation of Oil

U4 Programme Coordinator Aled Williams introduces the seminar. Senior Researcher John McNeish has been asked to open the discussion.