Dorival Bettencourt is a private sector development specialist with extensive policy and oil and gas industry experience. As Manager of the DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) Local Content Advisory practice, he manages and undertakes activities related to local content policy development, stakeholder engagement, and local content implementation and compliance. Dorival and his team advise a wide range of international oil and gas companies including ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, and BP. He serves as the technical lead for engagements with the Oil and Gas Association of Tanzania and with the World Bank Petroleum Business Opportunities program in Kenya. He also leads capacity building programs on behalf of BP and Kosmos Energy in Senegal, having designed and delivered multiple training workshops on local content and the oil and gas industry. Dorival served as team leader for the Industrial Baseline Assessment (IBS) that DAI SBG completed for Woodside Petroleum in Senegal and is currently leading a comprehensive IBS and assessment of vocational and higher education in Suriname for a consortium of oil and gas operators. Dorival also currently advises the Mexican association of oil and gas companies on local content policy and designs corporate social investment programs for the oil and gas industry in Oman. He serves as a co-trainer for SBG’s Local Content Masterclass and has delivered the course in Washington D.C., Houston, and Tanzania.

Dorival has significant experience in sub-Saharan Africa, having worked in Mozambique, Kenya, Senegal, São Tomé and Principe, South Africa, and Tanzania. Previously, he served as Senior Policy Advisor on the Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development in Mozambique, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by DAI. In this role, he analyzed policies effecting competitiveness in multiple sectors, with an emphasis on the oil and gas industry. Dorival also supported the development of oil and gas regulations and led capacity building activities with government and private sector organizations for the program. He has facilitated public-private dialogue through the design and implementation of engagement platforms such as the Local Content Task Force and the Cabo Delgado Sustainable Development Forum. Dorival speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

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