Mr. Lawrence Asangongo Apaalse

Mr. Lawrence Asangongo Apaalse Ag. Chief Director, Ministry of Energy, Ghana
Ag. Chief Director

Mr. Lawrence Apaalse is the current Ag. Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy. Mr. Apaalse holds a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Geology and a Master of Science Degree in Micropaleontology from the Russian State University of Oil and Gas and University College London respectively.

Mr. Lawrence Apaalse is an employee of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation with over twenty-two (22) years working experience in the area of exploration and biostratigraphy but was seconded to the Ministry as Director Petroleum in August 2015. Prior to his secondment, he was appointed Manager of Exploration and Appraisal to oversee petroleum licensing, exploration and appraisals of discoveries.

In addition, he was the National Coordinator of the Ghana National Continental Shelf Delineation Project (GNCSDP) and oversaw the preparation of Ghana’s Submission to the United Nations' Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) for the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in line with Article 76 of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

He is currently a technical advisor to the Ghana Boundary Commission (GBC) overseeing the delimitation of Ghana’s maritime boundaries, particularly, providing inputs for the international arbitration between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG), Ghana National Commission for UNESCO Natural Science Committee, Ghana National Committee for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (GNC/IOC), Ghana Boundary Commission, Petroleum Security Coordinating Committee and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He served as National Representative of the IGCP Project No. 381-South Atlantic Mesozoic Correlation (SAMC) from 1996 - 2000.

Throughout his career, Mr. Apaalse has planned and executed several projects, including a US$5.0 million seismic acquisition project for the implementation of Article 76 of UNCLOS in Ghana as well as leading the technical team of Environmental Solution Ltd (ESL) to carry out Art. 76 Desktop study for the Republic of Liberia.

He has published variously, including Ghana's Extended Continental Shelf Submission in the Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, Paleogene Climate and Productivity of the Eastern Equatorial Atlantic, Cretaceous and Tertiary Palynomorphs from the ST-9H well of the Tano Basin, and Biological Diversity Reductions: Lessons from the Geologic Past.

He is married with four (4) children and speaks English and Russian.