Thomas Scurfield

Economic analyst for NRGI’s Tanzania

Thomas Scurfield works for the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), a non-profit policy institute that provides policy advice, technical assistance and capacity building on the mining, oil and gas sectors to governments and oversight actors.

He is currently the economic analyst for NRGI’s Tanzania office, leading its work on taxation, revenue management, and state-owned enterprises. Recently he authored three policy briefs on Tanzania’s natural gas sector and is now working on an analysis of the recent changes to the mining legal framework.

Prior to joining NRGI, Thomas spent three years working in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Finance on extractive industry issues. During this time, he supported the development of tax policy for the extractive industries, led the ministry’s work on tax modeling for mining companies, and worked to improve intra-governmental coordination in these areas.

Thomas has also worked with the UK Department for International Development as a member of the technical support team to improve governance and management of Sierra Leone’s extractive industries. Thomas holds an M.Sc. in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a B.A. honors in economics from the University of Nottingham.