Past Event

Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

June 6, 2022 - June 17, 2022
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Download the 2022 Executive Training Brochure here.

Mega investments in the extractive industries – including oil, gas, and mining – have the potential to be a springboard for development in many low- and middle-income countries, through major tax revenues, technology transfer, infrastructure development, employment and capacity building. However, reaping those benefits is challenging, and more often these investments have been a source of corruption, social degradation, resource dependency, and environmental catastrophe. How then can resource-rich countries faced with this double-edged sword make informed decisions about how to effectively leverage these resources for economic and social development while mitigating negative externalities?

In order to leverage natural resources for development, countries face a number of challenges related to the development and enforcement of a robust legal and fiscal framework; revenue forecasting, management, and allocation; development planning and implementation; infrastructure design and regulation; supply chain development; vocational training; and environmental protection; among others.

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) tackles this complex challenge with policy-makers and practitioners in an annual Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, held each June at Columbia University in New York City. The 2022 training took place online from June 6-17, 2022 (weekdays only), 9-11:30 am EST.

The program is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills to promote the responsible development of the extractive industries sector in resource-rich developing countries and to encourage a rich dialogue about best practices from around the globe. The two-week training emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of resource-based development. By working through real case studies and with practitioners and experts in the field, participants will be able to apply analytical tools and frameworks to the unique context of the extractive industries in their country.

Who should attend?

The program is designed for mid-level public sector officials and civil society representatives from resource-rich developing countries, whose responsibilities relate to the development or management of the extractive industries sector. A select number of representatives from the private sector and development agencies may also be admitted.


Please note that we required a $1500 program fee from all accepted participants, with a limited number of partial or full scholarships available for candidates from low-income countries or civil society organizations.

CCSI adheres to the following cancellation and refund policies for all executive trainings: 

• Cancellation with 30-days notice: for cancellations made within 30 days prior to the scheduled event, no refund will be allowed for any reason.

• Cancellation with 60-days notice: for cancellations made within 60 days prior to the scheduled event, the $1500 fee will be refunded.

• Cancellation by CCSI: CCSI reserves the right to cancel any event at any time. Should this take place, a full refund will be offered.

Selected Faculty

The course draws on faculty from Columbia University as well as other experts from around the world, teaching on specific topics related to their expertise. Past faculty have included:

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General
  • Saleem Ali, Professorial Research Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute, and Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Geography, University of Delaware
  • Andrew Bauer, Consultant, Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Alexandra Gillies, Anti-Corruption Program Director, Natural Resource Governance Institute
  • Leila Kazemi, Extractive Industries Governance Consultant
  • Tom Mitro, Co-Founder, Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Development and Sustainability, University of Houston
  • Antonio Pedro, Director, Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Christina Villegas, Deputy Director, Pact Mines to Markets
  • Senior economics, legal and policy staff of CCSI

If you have any questions about the program or if you would be interested in sponsoring participants in the program, please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]