Jay Wagner

Jay Wagner, founder & director


expert in social performance, HSSE due diligence, stakeholder consultation and social risk management; former senior advisor, Pilko Associates; former head of environment, Petroconsultants/IHS; former research associate, NUPI-Oslo

Key skills/ experience:

  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Social performance audits and reviews
  • HSSE due diligence
  • IFC / Equator Principles safeguards and assurance
  • Regulatory compliance and permitting
  • Socio-economic impact assessment
  • Strategic impact assessment
  • Best practice benchmarking

Jay has been a social and environmental consultant for over 20 years and has held senior appointments with major blue-chip consultancies. He has carried out assignments around the world and specializes in social performance and stakeholder consultation, HSSE due diligence, regulatory compliance and socio-economic impact assessment. He also focuses on social safeguards, assurance and compliance with the IFC Performance Standards and the Equator Principles.

Strong in due diligence and social performance, he has managed several major assignments for energy and mining companies, including a SIA for a gold mining project in Burkina Faso; a socio-economic impact study for Rockhopper Exploration in the Falkland Islands; and a social performance audit of Repsol’s upstream operations in Bolivia and Peru. He has variously advised on a SIA in Kurdistan, developed stakeholder engagement plans, prepared guidelines on social performance, managed a visual impact assessment for an offshore oil and gas project in Brazil, coordinated the permit transfer process for the sale of Shell’s French refineries and directed an integrated impact assessment for BP in the Faroe Islands.

He has carried out carried out over 50 buy and sell-side HSE and social due diligence assignments in Europe, Latin America and the Far East and led the regulatory practice for Petroconsultants/IHS. Based in London, he holds an MSc in International Law and Marine Resource Management (LSE) and a B.A. in Political Science. He was also a research associate at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo and has published widely on environmental and social issues. A linguist, he is a native English and German speaker and fluent in French, Spanish, Norwegian and Swedish. He also speaks conversational Portuguese

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