DAI’s Energy and Resources Group expertly navigates the intersection of development and business, enabling companies and communities to prosper together. Drawing on our 46 years of experience in emerging markets, we help companies enter new markets quickly, expand existing operations, and reduce investment and operational risks by engaging productively with local vendors and communities.
The Energy and Resources Group works with companies in the oil, gas, mining, and renewable energy sectors to provide solutions to business needs, including:
Global in outlook and approach, ERG’s staff are steeped in the challenges of delivering business solutions in the developing world.
Zachary Kaplan leads DAI Energy and Resources Group, a specialized business unit serving clients in the extractives industry. He joined DAI in 2012 after several years as an economist with the World Bank Group.
Warwick Strong was born in Zimbabwe and spent his formative years in Southern Africa. He served in the British Army for six years, deploying on peacekeeping missions to Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, and Kuwait. In 2004, Warwick left the military to focus on international development in the extractives industry. Over the past 10 years, he has worked for major mining companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Mauritania, where he developed local content policies, managed local suppliers, and successfully led and implemented local business development projects.
Francis DiMora leads the Energy and Resources Group’s new business, market intelligence, and product development functions. Francis also supports ERG’s engagements with oil, gas, and mining sector clients related to local content development and political economy analysis. In Nigeria, he recently assessed political, social, and economic dynamics in communities being considered for small-scale, off-grid energy generation and distribution pilot projects to identify those best suited for investments.
Luke Kozumbo specializes in economic analysis and issues of trade and economic competitiveness. Luke has performed country- and sector-level international trade and competitiveness analyses, led market systems assessments, researched and written on the potential economic effects of improved supply chains for agricultural commodities, designed and conducted household- and enterprise-level surveys, and conducted statistical and econometric analyses of panel and cross-sectional data.
As part of the Energy and Resources Group, Dipika Chawla leads the communications strategy, designs technical service offerings, performs market intelligence on extractive industries in developing countries, and conducts new business efforts. She specializes in optimizing local content strategies and maximizing ROI of corporate social investment programs for private sector clients.
Emily Foster is an analyst with experience in technical and financial project management, corporate social investment project design, and local content analysis. Emily recently supported the design and launch of Kosmos Energy Ghana’s flagship corporate social investment project, which included technical activity design, brand and communications strategy, and action plan development.
Clare Callahan provides project management, financial management, business development, and technical support to the Energy and Resources Group. Clare analyzes policies related to oil, gas, mining, and energy access to advise clients on their investment strategies.
Jeff Mitchell has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly 40 years. His extensive experience informs DAI’s proprietary tool for economic analysis of local content in developing countries’ extractive industries.
Dorival Bettencourt is a private sector development specialist with extensive policy and extractives industry experience. As Senior Oil and Gas Advisor to DAI Energy and Resources Group, he studies industry trends related to local content and has supported the development of a proprietary tool to forecast local content supply and demand.
John DeRiggi is a data architect with 10 years of experience in software and data engineering. At DAI, John builds data-driven applications to help projects manage information, produce interactive visualizations, and make better decisions. For DAI Energy and Resources Group, John is building interactive visualizations to help clients analyze precisely how local suppliers can fit into energy systems construction and maintenance.