Deputy Minister for Operations
Hon. Sam G. Russ is the Deputy Minister for Operations, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy. He is currently leading a number of reform initiatives in the mining and energy sectors. Mr. Russ is the former Deputy Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Justice, serving as a member of the GOL’s legal team for mining and petroleum concession negotiations. He also served as Director-General of Debt Management, Ministry of Finance coordinating Liberia’s debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) Initiative. His career in government has been heavily focused on economic and legal reforms for improved economic governance and investment climate.
Mr. Russ is a geophysicist with an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University in New York and a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St, Paul, MN. He is both a Fulbright Scholar and a World Bank Graduate Scholar.
Regulatory Reform in the Liberian mining sector: Striking the Right Balance, ECDPM’s Great Insight, Extractive Sector: African Perspective, vol 3, Issue 7, July/August 2014
Book: Contributor, Mining Contracts: How to Read and Understand Them, Colophon, June 2014
OECD, Paris, France: Co-Chair Policy Dialogue “Natural Resource Based Development”
Mining Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa, panelist/speaker – various World Bank events
North-South Institute, Montreal, Canada, “Chinese Investment in Africa: The Liberian Experience”
Columbia University, New York, NY, Negotiations Support Portal, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).
African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Accra, Ghana, Panalist- High Level Forum
West African Mining Conference, London, England, Speaker/panelist
“Harnessing mineral wealth to drive national development”, AfricaPractice-African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), Mining Indaba 2013, Cape Town, South Africa.
“Many, Many thanks for today. I think the Liberian people can be very proud of you. I think you spoke very well and the feedback was good. We at ACET value our relationship and if there is anything we can help with we always will.” Sheila Kharma, ACET
“China’s Investments in Africa’s natural resources: A Liberian Perspective”, Governing Natural Resources for Africa, North-South Institute (NSI), May 2013, Ottawa, Canada
“It was a real pleasure to have welcomed you to the NSI Ottawa Forum. Thank you for making it and for the excellent presentation you have made. Your contribution to the success to the event is very much appreciated” Hany Besada, Theme Leader and Senior Researcher, Governance of Natural Resource Program & Development Cooperation, North-South Institute; Research Specialist, United Nations High Level Panel Secretariat, Post 2015 Development Agenda, United Nations Development Program.
“Your business insights are invaluable, …will offer tons and tons of value to any organization.”
Cathy Kibbe, Director, Network Integration, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Minneapolis, MN
Licensing and Contract Disclosure - the new normal, Beyond Revenue, World Bank Institute (WBI), Mining Indaba 2013, Cape town, South Africa;
“On behalf of the World Bank, I would like to thank you for participating in yesterday's panel on "Licensing and Contract Disclosure - the new normal? Beyond Revenue". We really appreciate you investing your valuable time, thoughts and ideas. A number of those in attendance made a point of saying that they really enjoyed the session”
Michael Jarvis, World Bank Institute (WBI)
High Level Forum (HLF) on Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Africa, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), March 2013, Accra, Ghana;
“Your participation and invaluable contribution during the event, added in no small measure to heightening the dialogue on the findings of the ACIR 2013. Your contribution during the discussions, have gone a long way to enhance the relevance of our flagship publication” Dr. Frannie A. Léautier, Executive Secretary, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
“…Very insightful and very perceptive, strong analytical skills, very good business judgment...”
Kathleen Lock, Director of Finance, United States Satellite Broadcasting Corporation, Minn., MN
“Strong quantitative skills, very analytical, logical and creative unique ability to take very difficult and complex concepts/ideas and make them simple and understandable... “
Jim Jacoby, Director, Strategic Market Planning, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Minneapolis, MN