RAW Talks Team

The brain and muscle behind RAW Talks. We connect people in the extractive industries, to capture their ideas and expertise, and to translate their insights into shared knowledge.

Nicolas Di Boscio

Editor in Chief
Managing Partner at Ergo Strategy Group, a global advisory firm on natural resources and economic development. Following a career as a senior executive in the mining industry, he founded RAW Talks in 2016, bringing together a passion for natural resources, wealth creation, debate and the dissemination of knowledge. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. He has been regularly published on issues of resource economics and is a visiting lecturer.

Åsa Borssén

Series Host
Åsa is Program Coordinator and host at RAW Talks. She is the ballerina that turned to law and resource governance, leading to a J.D. in International Law and a Master's in International Affairs, and a commitment to sustainability in the extractive sector. In recent years she has collaborated with governments, private sector and international organisations to improve the understanding of resource-led policy and economic development.

Mark Slade

Deputy Editor and Finance Director
Partner at Ergo Strategy Group. Determined to contribute to resource-led development, Mark Slade has spent 15 years advising and advocating to maximise the positive impact of mining, oil and gas projects. With an MSc in Economics, he has combined his professional curiosity with personal wanderlust to advise Prime Ministers on privatisation in PNG, author growth diagnostic studies in the Republic of Palau, and design growth corridors in Guinea.

Jordan Ward

Research Analyst
Jordan is a former consultant at McKinsey & Company and economic development advisor. He has worked on a wide range of infrastructure and extractives projects across Asia, the Pacific and Africa, on issues ranging from capital efficiency to sovereign risk. He holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, concentrating in political and economic development.

Editorial Board

The members of the Editorial Board are all leading policy makers and practitioners in the fields of resource economics, international policy and development. They meet regularly to provide editorial guidance for the interview series.

Dr Elizabeth Bastida

CEPMLP, University of Dundee
“The literature for avoiding the resource curse is reasonably clear – the main difficulty has been putting policy into practice. RAW Talks helps to translate academic research into shared knowledge.”

Johannes Danz

Program Manager, BGR Extractives and Development
The debate on extractives has been dominated and at times strangled by trending issues. RAW Talks provides the necessary space for the broader discussion and bolder statements that is so vital for critical thinking.

Dr Nicolas Di Boscio

Editor-in-Chief, RAW Talks
“RAW Talks is insightful and modern, combining analytical rigor with a straightforward communications style. It blends all the necessary ingredients to help push the debate on the extractives and development to the next level.”

Dr Ramón Espinasa

Lead Oil and Gas specialist, IDB
“Well-managed, the mining, oil and gas sectors can deliver sustainable economic benefits to civil society, industry and government. To secure this outcome we need a more informed conversation to underpin better decision-making.”

Dr Sven Renner

EGPS Program Manager, World Bank
“While we have made progress in understanding the inherent virtues and challenges of the extractive industries, we should now shift focus to the dissemination and practical implementation of that knowledge.”

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