Our team

The Extractives Hub is being implemented by a team comprised of Adam Smith International (ASI), the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, Open Oil, and Skotkonung.

ASI is one of the leading institutions building the capacity of governments around the extractives sector. Our staff have been embedded in numerous mining, energy and petroleum ministries in Africa and Asia. ASI provides strategic advice and implements complex reform programmes to support governments in maximising resource revenue, increasing employment and delivering equitable economic growth in resource rich developing countries.

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee is an internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy. With over 37 years of experience, CEPMLP’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy provides a unique perspective on how governments, business and communities operate. Apart from traditional postgraduate teaching, the CEPMLP offers a programme of seminars, conferences and professional development courses that are attended by delegates from government, ministries, academia and industry, providing those attending with a global forum for theoretical and practical interaction. These courses, focussed on the natural resource and energy sectors, include amongst others, negotiation skills, petroleum regulation and licensing, managing contracts and agreements, arbitration and dispute management skills.

OpenOil is a Berlin-based publishing house which seeks to innovate uses of public domain data to create system-level transparency in the world's extractive industries. Since 2011 Open Oil has produced 20 reference works at the country level in five languages using Mediawiki collaborative software, to lay the foundation for self-maintaining reference materials by the governance community. The organisation’s book "How to Read and Understand Oil Contracts" has been downloaded over 90,000 times. OpenOil is now developing two applications which seek to offer greater insight into revenue flows around the petroleum upstream. PowerMapping uses corporate filings from jurisdictions around the world to create open data sets and visualisations showing complex corporate structures used by extractives companies. OpenOil also works with open source geospatial systems to create applications which help capture the full footprint of extractive industries at a local and national level.

Skotkonung is a UK based specialist software development company, formed in 2011 with an in-house team that brings together decades of expertise in international development, technology-driven businesses and related disciplines. Focused on the needs of international development organisations, Skotkonung’s technology programs are delivered in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa. Skotkonung’s highly trained development team uses their experience in international development to support design, development and delivery of technology solutions that have a real and positive impact on the development sector.