As a London-based business consultant, Mr Prast provides commercial advice to the international energy and raw materials sectors, including fuels, minerals, metals, and electric power.
His experience includes serving as a project director for sovereign governments and global agencies such as the United Nations. As a senior adviser, he deals directly with cabinet-level government officials and board-level private-sector executives. He has over 25 years experience as a commercial consultant, prior to which he held various positions in economic planning, marketing, and government affairs during 14 years with a major international energy company.
Work encompasses economic and technical evaluations for corporations, banks, and insurance companies, due diligence, and other financial and legal support services including expert-witness testimony, market research, and sovereign risk assessments. He has visited more than 60 countries.
Substantial corporate and transactions experience includes consulting on mergers and acquisitions for both publicly- and privately-owned companies, and assisting their financial and legal advisers.
Prior to resuming independent practice, he was a director of business consulting with the Strategic Risk Management group in London in 1998 and 1999. Before that appointment, he was head of Mining Journal Research Services, also in London, for seven years. From 1979 to 1990, he was the president of Atlantis Inc, a management consulting firm specialising in the extractive industries, based in New York and Connecticut, USA. Before establishing Atlantis Inc, he was with Continental Oil Company for 14 years, including seven years in London.
Whilst most of his work has been for private-sector clients, he has been an adviser to the Government of Jamaica, Ministry of Mines and Energy and to the Danish Government, regarding resource development in Greenland, as well as to the Governments of the Dominican Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia and The Philippines.
Mr Prast holds a BSc and MSc in petroleum and natural gas engineering, and a PhD in mineral economics, from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He also received an MSt in archaeology from Lincoln College, University of Oxford.
Professional affiliations include fellowship of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and the Energy Institute, London. He is a member of the Legion of Honour of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in the USA, is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and is registered as a European Engineer (Eur Ing).
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