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Maja Jakobsen

Natural Resources and Energy team leader

Natural Resources and Energy team leader

Maja Jakobsen is an economist who provides leadership to our Natural Resources and Energy team. Her expertise is in the developmental impacts of natural resource sectors, regionally and nationally. She has worked with industry actors, as well as governments, foundations and NGOs, to contribute to knowledge development and policy and regulatory reform in this area.

Working internationally, Maja has carried out an analysis of contributions from mining to economic and social outcomes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. She has undertaken a study of the sustainability of Indonesia’s recent growth in the light of the latest commodity boom, and has contributed to an analysis of vulnerabilities to corruption in NORAD’s Oil for Development (OfD) programme in Uganda, Mozambique, and Bolivia. Maja has also carried out impact evaluations of social protection programmes, and captured community perceptions using qualitative interviewing techniques and tools.

Maja is experienced in working on large DFID programmes, having recently provided leadership on the start-up and early implementation of the Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER 2) in Nigeria. Before this, she led and successfully managed a pan-African knowledge project examining the link between non-renewable natural resources and human development.

Maja holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, and an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Some of Maja's recent work can be found below: