Since studying economics and international relations, Mr. Land has spent his entire career analysing and advising on mining and petroleum issues. He began as a mineral commodities analyst with CRU International in the mid-1980s and then spent three years in Papua New Guinea in the Department of Minerals and Energy's policy unit, during which he became closely involved in policy-making, legal reforms and investment negotiations.
After earning a masters degree in resources law at the Centre for Mineral and Petroleum Law and Policy, Dundee, UK, Mr. Land joined Petroconsultants in London, where he ran a reporting service on oil exploration contract terms and taxation around the world.
In 2001 he moved to the Commonwealth Secretariat, where he he has been advising member Governments on mining and petroleum policies, laws, taxation and negotiations. He lead a team of lawyers and economists engaged in advising Governments in this field, as well as on the reform of investment, trade, competition and securities trading regimes.
In 2007 Mr. Land joined the World Bank.