Queen's College Of Guyana Alumni Association of New York

Presents In


JPAC - Jamaica Performing Arts Center,
153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, NY
Date & Time
3pm – 5pm, Saturday, May 29th, 2021



(NEW YORK) Since officially joining the ranks of oil-producing nations just over a year ago, Guyana has moved rapidly to center stage in the international media spotlight. Recent offshore discoveries of more than 8 billion barrels of proven, recoverable petroleum reserves have fueled the prospect of explosive GDP growth and previously unthinkable per-capita income gains for the country’s 800,000 residents. Last summer, ExxonMobil announced an 18th discovery of recoverable resources less than 10 miles away from its Liza Oilfield, which is already in production. From Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal to Forbes, Reuters, BBC World Service and The New York Times, Guyana’s oil boom is making global headlines.

But will Guyana be able to beat the odds by overcoming the dreaded “resource curse” that has bedeviled so many other similarly endowed developing nations? How might the country learn from the missteps made by others, and what are the regulatory and policy imperatives necessary to safeguard the long-term economic, environmental, social and political wellbeing of its people?

These are among the core questions to be explored by an international panel of experts on Saturday, May 29th, 2021, when the Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association, New York (QCAANY) convenes a public symposium in Queens, New York under the theme, Navigating the Opportunities and Imperatives in Guyana’s Oil and Gas Economy. The two-hour event will be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC), located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Queens, NY, and will be free and open to the public.

Guyana’s newly discovered energy resources are being heralded for their potential to transform the country’s future and greatly improve the lives of its people,” said John Campbell, President of QCAANY. “However, the realization of that potential will require careful and strategic planning, bold ideas and broad public engagement that transcend any partisan political interests or affiliations. Our symposium will provide a forum in which Guyanese nationals and other interested parties of all backgrounds can participate in a forward-looking conversation on these issues and challenges.” Campbell further noted that the Symposium will seek to promote a “public cross-fertilization of ideas” on Guyana’s oil and gas economy in areas ranging from private sector and business opportunities, workforce development and training, to local content, diasporic engagement, and environmental health and safety. Campbell added that the organizers are looking forward to a “robust, respectful and constructive dialogue” on these and other issues at the event.

Participating experts at the symposium will include:

Dennis A. Pieters, Ph.D. – International Reservoir Engineering Consultant, Professor and Author. Pieters obtained his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is also a Queens College alumnus. He currently serves as a Director of Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas Inc., in Georgetown, Guyana.

Edwin M. Callender, Esq. – Texas-based attorney and international energy consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of Oil & Gas law, energy economics, risk analysis, commercial energy transactions and business strategy. In addition to his legal qualifications and expertise, Mr. Callender holds graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering, Business Administration and Finance. He is also an alumnus of the Bishop’s High School in Guyana.

Fareed M. Amin – former Deputy Minister for Energy and Infrastructure in the Province of Ontario, Canada, and Deputy City Manager of the City of Toronto. Mr. Amin is also a former Infrastructure and Environmental Adviser to the Government of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Amin is a graduate of the University of Guyana, with post-graduate degrees and certifications in Public Administration from the University of Toronto and Queens University in Canada, as well as the Kennedy School of Government in the United States.

Abbigale LonckeAn innovative entrepreneur and founder of the Loncke Group, a business enterprise consisting of three companies, which she heads as its Chief Executive Officer. Her fastest- growing company is MBW Energy Support Services, a comprehensive oil and gas service advisory that is an industry-leading authority providing guidance for companies entering the Guyanese energy market.


The Symposium will include a moderated discussion with audience members. However, due to social distancing and related public health protocols, in-person attendance will be strictly limited at this event.  Pre-registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis via our Online Pre-Registration Portal.

As we count down to this historic symposium, we encourage you to keep track of the debate and developments on Opportunities and Imperatives in Guyana’s Oil & Gas Economy by visiting our regularly updated Media / Resources menu; you may also join the conversation by posting your own comments, questions and observations. For additional information about the symposium, including sponsorship opportunities, please email us directly at qcsymposium@qcaany.org.


Media Contact: John Campbell – President, QCAANYPresident@qcaany.org.

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This program will be streamed on Zoom and simulcast via YouTube and Facebook.. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. An official confirmation will be sent to the email address you have provided. Please check your email for your confirmation and additional details.


Due to strict social distancing protocols, a printed or digital copy of this ticket must be displayed for in-person attendance at the Symposium. Only persons presenting a valid ticket will be admitted into the auditorium.

Our Speakers

Dennis Pieters, Ph.D.

Dennis Pieters, Ph.D.

Director, Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas, Inc.
Edwin M. Callender, Esq.

Edwin M. Callender, Esq.

Principal, The Callender Law Firm PLLC
Fareed M. Amin

Fareed M. Amin

Corporate & Governmental Strategist
Abbigale Loncke

Abbigale Loncke

President & Founder - The Loncke Group
Rosalind McLymont

Rosalind McLymont

Executive Editor – The Network Journal
John Campbell, President

John Campbell, President

President, QCAANY
Mohamed A. Karimullah

Mohamed A. Karimullah

Vice President / Director of Information Security - Infinity Services, Inc.

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