Dr Chilenye Nwapi is a Legal Adviser (Oceans and Natural Resources) in the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK. In this role, he contributes to the implementation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s technical assistance work, advising Commonwealth countries in the development of laws and policies to enable them to maximise the benefits of oil and gas and mining development in a socially and environmentally responsible and business friendly manner. This advisory role builds on Dr Nwapi’s initial international development consulting practice, where he worked on donor-funded technical assistance projects providing capacity building to national governments and their agencies on extractive sector governance and regulation.
Research Excellence is closely tied to the improvement of society and this has been a profound driver of Dr Nwapi’s advisory work. He has an extensive track record of research in energy and natural resource governance and spent several years conducting research in the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, Calgary, Canada. He is also a Senior Fellow and Head of Oil and Gas Law and Policy Research in the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. His primary research concern is to understand how energy and natural resource development can contribute to public welfare improvements in countries where regulatory and accountability mechanisms are weak. A major theme in his research is local content development in the oil and gas sector.
Dr Nwapi holds a PhD in resource extraction, business and human rights from the University of British Columbia, Canada, a Master of Laws in oil and gas and environmental law from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a Bachelor of Laws from Imo State University, Nigeria. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.