Zach has more than ten years’ experience within the extractives industry, focusing on extensive Local Content and policy work. He has served as a Technical Advisor to Local Content supplier development programs linked to the extractive industries in Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana and Angola. Much of this work included assessing local supplier capacity, helping local suppliers upgrade to enter global supply chains, and facilitating foreign direct investment vis-à-vis joint-ventures and business-to-business relationships between international and local companies. He also spearheaded a Local Content Regime Analysis in seven countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, and Uganda, to provide a comparative analysis of the impacts of various Local Content regimes. And, most recently, Zach led the Local Content Strategy Project for ExxonMobil Ghana, which included both an industrial baseline analysis of the Ghanaian offshore petroleum industry to assess the ability of local suppliers, as well as an analysis of the Ghanaian regulatory requirements.
Mr. Kaplan also has extensive training and public speaking experience. He is one of the lead co-facilitators of DAI’s industry-leading Local Content Master Class, a 4-day course enabling companies, contractors, and regulators to effectively design and manage Local Content in ways that maximize benefits and minimize risk. He was a summer guest lecturer on social change at Georgetown University, and has been a guest panelist and keynote speaker on topics including Local Content, PPPS, supplier development and inclusive economic growth in extractive industries. His speaking engagements have included: the Lebanon Oil and Gas Summit, April 2017; the Mozambique Local Content Policy Options Forum, June 2015; and the US-Brazil Forum on Public Private Partnerships, New York City, 2014.