Sigurd Heiberg

(Updated on the 1st of April 2022)

Sigurd is an active member of the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM), its Technical Assistance Group, Resource Management Task Force and chairing its Commercial Applications Working Group. He is on the Advisory Board of the UNECE Pathways to Sustainable Development and Net Zero Carbon Emissions projects. In 2020/22 he is a member of the SPE committee organising its Digital Transformation Workshop 2022. He is the chairperson of Petronavit a.s.

Sigurd has spent most of his working life in Government and industry, working and teaching on resources management and strategy. He has been Deputy Director of resource management responsible for development and production at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in the late 1970s, Petroleum exploration advisor to the Minister of Water, Energy and Minerals of Tanzania in the 1980s, and a member of Statoil’s corporate strategy team in 2000s. He was active in the initial public offering of Statoil shares in 2001. He has followed closely and contributed to the works of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (MIT CEEPR).

He chaired the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000-2001) when the SPE Resource classification that later became the SPE-PRMS was developed. He also chaired what now is the EGRM (2002-2009) when the Un Framework Classification for Resources was developed and he chaired the Bureau of the UNECE Intergovernmental Committee on Sustainable Energy (2010-2012).

Sigurd has engaged in education by helping the NPD to form and build PETRAD from 1989 to 1993. He was responsible for Petrad’s training of the negotiators of the Ministry of Oil of Iraq in 2006-2007 and rejoined Petrad as Project director in 2017. He has been a lecturer at the MIT Sloan Executive Education at Skolkovo and at the University of Stavanger. He was a guest editor with MIT Professor Donald Roy Lessard of “Innovation in oil and gas through partnering”, Elsevier’s Volume 3 of Energy Strategy Reviews.

Sigurd holds a BSc (Magna cum laude) engineering degree from the University of California, Los Angeles ‘67, and a SM degree in Geotechnology (Civil Engineering) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’69. He has received formal management training at IMD (International Management in 1981 and High Performance Boards in 2011). He is fluent in Norwegian (Scandinavian), English and nearly so in French. He understands German.

Per Blysted

Resource Management Expert

Per holds a Cand. Real (PhD) in geology from University of Bergen. After a few years working in a cross-disciplinary project connected to a huge hydro-electric development project in the south-western mountain area in Norway, the Ulla-Førre Investigations, he joined the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for more than 30 years working on petroleum resource management and project management. His working experience includes exploration and licensing, annual reporting to government from companies in relation to the revised annual national budget, resource assessments and methodology development of yet-to-find potential of petroleum on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. He was engaged in developing NPDs database for petroleum prospects, important for overview and analyses of undiscovered petroleum potential.  For six years Per coordinated the international projects in NPD aiming at assisting countries in Asia and Africa to develop national petroleum resource management systems and capacities. These projects were financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). After this Per was seconded as project coordinator in Cooperating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) for two years in a project on Resource Evaluation and Planning. Per has been engaged in developing NPD’s petroleum resource classification system. In 2001 he joined what is now the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Managment (EGRM). He has been member of the Bureau and chaired the Petroleum group until 2004. He later chaired the EGRM Mapping Task Force prior to and necessary for developing the generic UNFC-2009 classification. He is member of the EGRM and the EGRM Communications group.