40th Anniversary Kick-Off

RESOLVE Announces New Governors and Strategic Partners

Washington, DC – RESOLVE, known for forging sustainable solutions to critical environmental, social, and health challenges appointed new governors and strategic partners at its annual meeting today. RESOLVE also announced the creation of two new governance bodies, a Board of Advisors and the Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council.

Appointments include:
Ramanie Kunanayagam, former Group Head of Social Performance and Human Rights for BG Group, to RESOLVE’s Board of Directors.

RESOLVE’s new Board of Advisors comprises: Britt Banks, Senior Fellow with the Getches-Wilkinson Center at the University of Colorado Law School; Jay Campbell, partner at Hart Research; Bennett Freeman, former Senior Vice President for Sustainability at Calvert Investments; Alana Knaster, the Gates Foundation, Mediator; Huguette Labelle, former Board Chair of Transparency International and previous Chancellor of the University of Ottawa; Sara Lipscomb, former General Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Thomas Lovejoy, George Mason University and Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation; Tim Martin, former Canadian Ambassador to Colombia, Argentina, and Paraguay; Lori Price, Investing in Nature, BWS Partner, Photographer; and Paul B. Thompson, W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University.

RESOLVE’s new Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council comprises: Britt Banks, chair; Dave A. Baker, former Vice President, Environmental Affairs at Newmont Mining Corporation; Tom Butler, CEO of the International Council on Mining and Minerals; Anisa Costa, Chairman and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and Chief Sustainability Officer at Tiffany & Co.; Stephen D’Esposito, President and CEO of RESOLVE; Gillian Davidson, Non-Executive Director at Lydian International, formerly of the World Economic Forum; Erin Dovichin, the Alaska Venture Fund, formerly of the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation; Tony Hodge, former President and CEO of the International Council of Mining and Minerals; Deanna Kemp, Director of the People Centres – the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre – at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland; Bruce McKenney, Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Development by Design program; Herbert M’cleod, Country Director for Sierra Leone and Liberia at the International Growth Centre; Laurel Sabur, expert in risk management, treasury management, quantitative modeling, research, company analysis and corporate governance; Lisa Sachs, Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment; John Thompson, Wold Family Professor in Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability at Cornell University; and Alan Young, Director of the Materials Efficiency Research Group. Board of Advisors members Huguette Labelle, Bennett Freeman, and Tim Martin, and Board of Directors member Ramanie Kunanayagam, are also part of RESOLVE’s Natural Resource and Energy Leadership Council.

This meeting included a reception featuring Sheka Forna, RESOLVE strategic partner and Executive Director of ReGrow West Africa, who spoke about RESOLVE’s ReGrow West Africa initiative, in a Global Development Alliance with USAID and Chevron.

“This group of global, collaborative leaders has a shared commitment to a less polarized world. With these appointments, as RESOLVE turns 40, we’re bolstering our role as a home for innovative impact partnerships like those to help communities replace lead service line pipes, implement Free, Prior and Informed Consent, and restore wild salmon habitat. We’re recommitted to building a healthy, sustainable world through collaboration, unique networks, and innovation” said Stephen D’Esposito, RESOLVE’s president.

RESOLVE’s board chair, Glenn Sigurdson, one of the early innovators in environmental conflict resolution added: “We are led by an ambitious group of collaborative leaders, seeking real benefits for people, communities, and ecosystems.”

RESOLVE is known for:
• Implementing ReGrow West Africa, a Global Development Alliance with USAID and Chevron that provides capacity building for small and medium enterprises and uses an innovative platform to link entrepreneurs to impact investors.
• Facilitating the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee, which provides guidance to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works regarding the Missouri River recovery and mitigation plans based on input from States, Tribes, Federal Agencies, and other stakeholders.
• Training farmers to construct chili fences to protect crop damage by elephants, safeguarding farmer livelihoods, and promoting human-elephant existence though the Tembo-Pilipili project.
• Hosting the Public Health Leadership Forum, a platform to engage public health and healthcare leaders in dialogue on current challenges facing public health and opportunities for transformation in the field.
• Co-founding and facilitating the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade, a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder platform committed to bolstering progress on supply chain solutions to enable responsible sourcing from the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa.

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