Petroleum Commissioner, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Republic of Namibia
Maggy Shino heads the Petroleum Affairs Directorate within the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy. She has over 15 years working experience in petroleum geological & geophysical and environmental management related fields with a substantial part of her job requirements being supervisory role and field works. Her career journey started when she joined the Ministry as an Energy Researcher where she was responsible for making use of energy research findings to influence honoring energy demands and policy formulations in the renewable energy sector. She later became a Petroleum Inspector with the responsibilities of ensuring the health, safety, and environmental sustainability in the petroleum upstream and downstream sector for Namibia. To focus on advancing the exploration activities in Namibia she later became the Petroleum Geologist conducting geochemical and structural analysis to locate possible oil and gas accumulations on the Namibian continental shelf. She advanced with this role through different rankings to become a Deputy Director with overall responsibility of: - evaluating the hydrocarbon potential of the different basins onshore and offshore by using all the existing data, - provide steer on the overall exploration strategy - provide input to the planning exploration drilling and testing programs and monitor their execution etc. This therefore led to her progressing to the role of Petroleum Commissioner and Director of the Petroleum Affairs Directorate where she regulates the petroleum upstream & downstream sector by: - ensure adequate supply of petroleum products to the Namibian nation. - minimize the negative impact of petroleum resources utilisation, exploration, and exploitation on the environment - contribute to the creation of value for society from petroleum activities and - promoting oil and gas investments - And administering the various legal instruments governing the Namibian petroleum industry Her current role as the Petroleum Commissioner involves amongst other responsibilities the promotion of oil and gas investments, negotiating Petroleum Agreements, issuing of licenses and the administration of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act. Mrs. Shino has served as a Board member of Namibia's Petroleum Training and Education Fund (Petrofund) since 2012. Mrs. Shino holds a master's degree in petroleum Geochemistry from the University of Newcastle in the United Kingdom, a BSc degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Namibia and a diploma in Upstream Management of Petroleum Development and Operations from PETRAD, Stavanger in Norway. She further holds an MBA degree from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Through her career journey she attended trainings in various petroleum related fields including Oil, Gas and Mining Governance from Blavatnik School of Governance at the University of Oxford. She is a daughter, a wife, and a mother to two wonderful children.