Michael is an independent consultant delivering expert input on the transparency agenda, including implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). He brings more than 25 years’ experience much of it in the energy and natural resources sectors. He has recently completed projects in Albania, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Trinidad & Tobago and Zambia as well as a regional study on EITI countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a former member of the UK EITI MSG. He has extensive experience of engaging with governments, private companies, state-owned enterprises and civil society organizations. He worked for more than 12 years as a government relations manager for the FTSE 100 oil and gas company, BG Group (British Gas) including postings in Cairo, Muscat, Bangkok and on the Gaza Marine project team as well as leading on transparency issues and the relationship with EITI. He supports governments implementing transparency program such as beneficial ownership reporting systems to meet international standards as well as providing training, including to government agencies, private companies and state-owned companies.