Core Staff

Andrew Buchman - Consultant

Mr. Buchman is a development professional with more than 15 years of international experience, primarily for major oil and gas industry projects. Andrew’s focus has been in the areas of:
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Community Relations
  • Non-technical Risk Management
  • Communications
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Investment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental and Social Impact Management

Andrew joined Acorn International in 2010, following seven years of experience living and working in the Caspian Sea region. As Sustainable Development Advisor for Agip KCO, Andrew contributed to social risk and performance management for Kazakhstan’s Kashagan project. Prior to joining Agip KCO, he developed and managed stakeholder consultation, environmental and social investment, and civil society engagement projects and initiatives for BP in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in support of a major international oil pipeline development program. 

Andrew brings a civil society perspective to the extractive industry, having previously served in policy and communications roles for a leading environmental research non-governmental organization (NGO), the World Resources Institute. He has lived and worked in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the South Caucasus.

Professional Experience

Non-technical Risk (NTR) Assessment and Management

  • Managed benchmarking study of non-technical risk management processes for major oil and gas company
  • Environment, Health and Safety Facilitator for major oil and gas client’s risk workshops (HAZIDs) for North Sea platforms, onshore oil and gas production facilities in Central Asia, U.S. co-generation power facilities, and major work camp construction / renovation in the Caspian region
  • NTR Subject Matter Expert (SME) for HAZID workshop, Texas refinery major expansion project
  • NTR Subject Matter Expert (SME) for HAZID workshop, Texas pipeline and storage facility  expansion project
  • Environment, Health and Safety Facilitator for major oil and gas client’s risk workshop onshore facility (N. America) review
  • Managed study of non-technical risk context for oil and gas exploration offshore French Guiana
  • Managed country-level Sustainable Development Risk Assessment and Gap Analysis for major oil and gas project in Kazakhstan
  • Provided policy research and forward planning regarding management of community resettlement challenges in Kazakhstan
  • Co-managed resettlement and livelihood restoration challenges associated with major oil and gas project in Azerbaijan
  • Designed and participated in stakeholder engagement and public consultation strategies, plans in support of ESIA process, new exploration, and other business activities in Azerbaijan and Turkey
  • Consulted on issue management and non-technical risk analysis, mitigation strategy and political processes in Azerbaijan
  • Participated in screening activities for potential environmental and social impacts for proposed pipeline construction, expansion and offshore activities

Stakeholder Engagement and Public Relations Management

  • Expert review of Stakeholder Engagement Plan for major N. American pipeline construction project
  • Research, strategy formulation and facilitation of initial civil society engagement for oil and gas client in Mauritania
  • Co-facilitated stakeholder engagement planning workshop and wrote Stakeholder Engagement Management Plan for the North American shale play operations of a major oil and gas client
  • Researched and co-wrote Social Baseline Study, Social Impact Assessment, Claims Management and Stakeholder Engagement Plans for the Gulf of Mexico operations of a major oil and gas client
  • Drafted Stakeholder Engagement Plans for offshore exploration in Vietnam
  • As member of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Sustainable Development Department, provided oversight and input to community initiatives, NGO relationships for a major oil and gas project in Kazakhstan
  • As a member of Stakeholder Investment and Reporting and Community and NGO Programs Leadership Teams, contributed to efforts to develop and maintain strong, constructive relationships with local communities, civil society and NGOs in Azerbaijan
  • Wrote and coordinated implementation of NGO Engagement Strategies and Plans in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey
  • Designed and coordinated international public workshops on sustainable development and conservation issues in Kazakhstan
  • Designed, launched and coordinated an external, independent social advisory board reporting to BP Azerbaijan Business Unit Leader
  • Designed and managed the ‘NGO Monitoring and Audit Programme’, a multi-year initiative allowing local NGOs to examine the economic, environmental and social aspects of BP and Partners’ Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and South Caucasus (SCP) pipeline construction projects
  • Represented BP in public meetings – challenged by negative publicity and community concerns regarding  potential for livelihood disruption in pipeline construction and expansion; offshore exploration and fishing
  • Designed and led regular meetings with local NGOs, media to improve understanding of business activities

Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Investment

  • Researched, facilitated and developed Social and Corporate Social Responsibility performance review for the combined on and offshore activities of an oil and gas client in Ghana
  • Researched and developed Community Development and Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for the offshore Mauritania exploration activities of an oil and gas client
  • Researched and developed Community Development and Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for the offshore Suriname exploration activities of an oil and gas client
  • Member of team designing and implementing social investment strategy for the major onshore construction project of an oil and gas client in Mozambique
  • Researched and developed Community Development and Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy for the offshore French Guiana exploration activities of an oil and gas client
  • Wrote Social Investment Assessment for the North American shale play operations of a major oil and gas client
  • Wrote Social Baseline Study, Social Investment Assessment, and Community Development Management Plan for the offshore Philippines exploration activities of a major oil and gas client
  • Managed development and implementation of community sustainable development projects with national partners in Kazakhstan
  • Managed sustainable development projects for Community Investment Programme (CIP), and evaluated  economic and social impacts in Azerbaijan
  • Wrote staff training materials on sustainability and corporate responsibility approaches for oil and gas companies
  • Supervised team delivering Environmental Investment Programs and NGO engagement activities in Azerbaijan; provided leadership and coaching for newly-appointed national members of staff
  • Co-authored community investment manual of processes and procedures for use by country business unit
  • Coordinated regional social investment planning and strategy network for Caspian oil and gas operations
  • Contributed to numerous country and global sustainability reports

HSE Management

  • Managed the Social and Health Impact Assessment for major oil and gas client’s 200-mile planned onshore domestic pipeline construction project
  • Participated in benchmarking of best practice environmental regulations for the oil and gas industry, capacity needs assessment, and training for the Government of Ghana
  • Managed the Social and Health Impact Assessment for major oil and gas client’s domestic LNG Facility expansion project
  • Managed the drafting and submission of environmental and safety regulatory submission documents for offshore exploration in Vietnam
  • Participated in the creation of a set of corporate procedures and tools for management of stakeholder engagement, community development and human rights protection for a major oil and gas client
  • Managed country level Sustainable Development Risk Assessment and Gap Analysis for major oil and gas project in Kazakhstan
  • Researched and wrote strategic planning and 'lessons learned' documents on such topics as: company and project commitments for public engagement; trends in corporate approaches to civil society
  • Conducted audits of performance against requirements of community liaison management plans in Azerbaijan and Georgia
  • Reviewed key indicators and HSE metrics of major oil company for alignment with best practice oil company sustainability reporting

Prior Professional Experience

Agip KCO – Sustainable Development Advisor. Oversight and input to sustainable development and social impact management activities, community initiatives, NGO relationships, benchmarking and performance review, Atyrau, Kazakhstan, 2008-2010

BP Azerbaijan – Community and NGO Programs Advisor, Team Lead. Development and daily implementation of programs to maintain strong, constructive relationships with local communities, civil society and NGOs, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2004-2008

World Resources Institute Project Manager, Communications Coordinator. Research, management, publication and communication on governance and Central and Eastern Europe environment and climate issues, Washington DC, 1998-2003

Education

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies – Master, International Public Policy, 2003
University of Pennsylvania – BA, Political Science and Theory, 1991

 

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