5-9 November, 2018

The Leading Business Intelligence and Transaction Platform for Africa's Oil and Gas Sector

Cape Town International Convention Centre
South Africa

Henrik Meidell Poulsen

Henrik Meidell Poulsen

SVP Government Relations

His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo


Mr. Henrik Meidell Poulsen holds an MSc in petroleum geology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and is currently Senior Vice President - Government Relations in Rystad Energy.  Rystad Energy is a reputed independent Norwegian oil and gas (energy) knowledge house providing databases and strategic consultancy for the oil and gas upstream industry. Henrik has 30 years’ experience from the E&P and Oil Field Service industry. For 15 years, he was extensively called upon by the E&P industry as a consultant to assess geological and economic uncertainties. The latter covered everything from early phase exploration prospects to late life IOR studies.  Mr. Poulsen has been instrumental in developing start-up companies, which have all had worldwide success with their reservoir characterization software. Since 2005, Mr. Poulsen has held several senior management positions within companies such as, Roxar (Emerson) and Schlumberger. Predominantly working with product strategy and global business development.

Since 2013, Mr. Poulsen has focused mainly on assessing the global oil- and gas markets, and in the beginning of 2015 he joined Rystad Energy to head up Governmental Relations. From 2015 till date Mr. Poulsen has worked extensively towards governments worldwide, by performing advanced studies on important factors making countries attractive for E&P investments. The latter comprises among others, assessments of Resources attractiveness, Policies, Business climate, Infrastructure and Player landscape, which all sums into a specific country Resource Governance Index describing the related business risk. Helping governments to understand what would possibly create the optimum blend of an investor friendly climate, while simultaneously keeping as much as possible of the revenues from their natural resource exploitation.