Transparency Matters seminar series


The Transparency Matters seminar series was launched in February of 2020. It covers cross-cutting themes relevant to extractive industries stakeholders, EITI implementing countries and civil society organisations.  Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date on upcoming seminars.

Transparency Matters seminars

Why Transparency Matters in the Energy Transition

Speakers for this in-person event included Helen Clark and Lord Turner. 

Helen Clark is the EITI Board Chair. She served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008, and as a Member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1981-2009. Prior to that she taught in the Political Studies Department of Auckland University, New Zealand. From April 2009 until April 2017, Ms. Clark was Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Chair of the UN Development Group.

Lord Turner is the chair of the Energy Transitions Commission. He is also the Chairman of Chubb Europe, and advises the board of the Shanghai-based company, Envision Energy. He was appointed the first Chairman of the Climate Change Committee (2008-2012) whose recommendations were adopted by the UK government in 2009. He is also Chairman of insurance group Chubb Europe and serves as a Trustee of the British Museum.


Why Transparency Matters for resource-rich countries caught in a triple crisis

For resource-rich developing countries, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about a triple crisis: strained public health systems, a sharp decline in commodity prices and abrupt economic downturns. At this critical juncture, transparency and trust are critical in forging smart and responsive policies. 

As the second event in the Transparency Matters seminar series, our webinar explored how transparency can help resource-rich countries navigate the challenges of Covid-19.


The webinar featured a diverse panel of experts and transparency champions, including:

  • Ms Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator. Chair of the International Board of the EITI.

  • Dr David Nabarro, one of six Special Envoys of the Director General of the WHO tasked to respond to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Mr Waziri Adio, appointed Executive Secretary of NEITI by President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2016. Prior to that he worked as a Special Adviser to a former Senate President, as a Communications Specialist with UNDP, as a reporter, editor, columnist and publisher in various media organisations, and as a public policy consultant. 

  • Mr Roberto de Michele, Principal Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank focusing on Modernization of the State. De Michele has been a consultant with the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Open Society Institute, Transparency International, the Ethics Resource Center, the Chr. Michelsen Institute of Bergen, and the Utstein Anti-Corruption Resource Centre.