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Alternate Member, Academia and Public Interest Groups, Royalty Policy Committee

Graham Davis is an alternate member of the Department of Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee, and as a member of this committee advises Secretary Zinke “on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.”  

Graham Davis has spent his life working for extractive industries around the world. Davis holds a BS from Queen’s University, an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University. From 1982 to 1985, he worked for international mining company Rio Tinto as a metallurgical engineer in their Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia. From 1985 to 1987, he was a metallurgical engineer for mining company Placer Dome, working in their Equity Silver Mine in Canada. In 1987 Davis returned to Namibia as a process engineering consultant at Deblin Mines. Since 1993, he has been “a professor in the Division of Economics and Business at the Colorado School of Mines, where he teaches a range of courses including applied microeconomics, mineral and energy asset valuation, and research methodology.” Davis also “consults in mine and project valuation for several large mining companies” and works as an “academic advisor” at the Brattle Group, a consulting company that “answers complex economic, regulatory, and financial questions for corporations, law firms, and governments around the world.” The Brattle Group’s energy practice “helps energy and utility market participants worldwide anticipate and navigate the challenges and opportunities in changing markets and regulatory environments.”

Sources: [Department of Interior, Press Release, 09/01/17, “Graham Davis,” The Brattle Group, accessed 09/29/17, “Graham A. Davis, Professor,” Colorado School of Mines, accessed 09/29/17, “Company Overview of Placer Dome,” Bloomberg, accessed 09/29/17, “About,” The Brattle Group, accessed 09/29/17, and “Energy & Utilities,” The Brattle Group, accessed 09/29/17]

Special Interests

Placer Dome (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Davis worked for mining company Placer Dome as a metallurgical engineer in their Equity Silver Mine in Canada.

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Rio Tinto (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Davis worked for international mining company Rio Tinto as a metallurgical engineer in their Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia.

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Freeport LNG Development (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2011, Davis wrote a letter to DOE supporting the application of two of Freeport's subsidiaries to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries.

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Freeport LNG Expansion L.P. (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2011, Davis wrote a letter to DOE supporting Freeport LNG Expansion L.P.'s application to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Freeport LNG Expansion is a subsidiary of liquefied natural gas company Freeport LNG Development.

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FLNG Liquefaction, LLC (Resource Development on Public Lands)

In 2011, Davis wrote a letter to DOE supporting FLNG Liquefaction's application to export liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. FLNG Liquefaction is a subsidiary of Freeport LNG Expansion, which itself is a subsidiary of Freeport LNG Development.

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Birch Mountain Resources (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Davis worked as a "resource economics consultant" for Birch Mountain Resources, a Canadian company that "explores, develops, produces, and sells limestone aggregate products."

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De Beers (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Davis worked as a "resource economics consultant" for De Beers, the world's biggest diamond company.

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Westchester Resources (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Davis worked as a "resource economics consultant" for Westchester Resources Inc., a Canadian oil and gas exploration company.

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Rio Tinto Coal Australia (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Davis worked as a "resource economics consultant" for Rio Tinto Coal Australia, a coal mining company that operates as a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Rio Tinto

Placer Dome

Colorado School of Mines

Brattle Group

Other Information

Graham Davis has worked as a “resource economics consultant” for a variety of consulting and law firms, including: Yates and Leal LLP, Hall and Evans LLP, Pincock, Allen and Holt, Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, Platts Research & Consulting, Stevens Littman Biddison Tharp & Weinberg LLC, Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, Shutts & Bowen LLP, and Ernst & Young LLP, Summit Consulting LLC, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, Pomerantz, and Grossman, Hufford, Dahlstrom & Gross LLP, and White & Case LLP. [Graham A. Davis Resume, Colorado School of Mines, accessed 10/16/17]