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Governance

Insight, experience, and deep, diverse networks characterize our governance group. The Board of Trustees plays a fiduciary role, the Board of Advisors and Working Groups provide strategic insights, and the Leadership Council expands our network and extends our influence.

Britt Banks

Chair of Board of Trustees

Britt Banks is a Senior Fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center on Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, University of Colorado Law School. He is a former Executive Vice President for Legal and External Affairs at Newmont Mining Corporation. He is also Chair of the Independent Expert Review Panel at the International Council on Mining and Metals. In addition to serving as a member of RESOLVE’s Board of Advisors, he co-chairs RESOLVE’s Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council.

Glenn Sigurdson

Chair Emeritus of Board of Trustees

Glenn Sigurdson is the Founder and Principal of CSE Group. He has been delivering leadership, conflict resolution, and executive and management development programs for over twenty-five years. He has a long association with Simon Fraser University as an Adjunct Professor, Associate of the Learning Strategies Group in the Beedie School of Business, and Senior Dialogue Associate of the Morris J. Wosk Center for Dialogue.

Stephen D'Esposito

President, CEO, and Board of Trustees

Stephen D’Esposito is the President and CEO of RESOLVE and a Solutions Strategist. Trained as a policy advocate, he helps partners envision, design, and implement innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Stephen’s work covers all of RESOLVE’s issue areas, with a focus on natural resources, energy, and sustainable development.

Abby Dilley

Vice President of Programs, Senior Mediator

Abby Dilley is Vice President of Programs and a Senior Mediator at RESOLVE. She has more than twenty-two years of experience in facilitation and mediation of scientifically complex and highly controversial public policy issues in the areas of natural resources, environment, agriculture, biotechnology, and human health.

Dave Baker

Board of Trustees | Leadership Council

Dave Baker's career has spanned forty years in the mining industry. He retired as Chief Sustainability Officer after thirty-two years with Newmont Mining Corporation. He joined Newmont in 1980 as a geologist; in 1985, he moved to Newmont’s fledgling Environmental Department and became Vice President of Environmental Affairs in 1991. His experience has spanned the globe. Today, Dave consults for companies in the natural resources and energy sectors on sustainability issues and serves on RESOLVE’s Board of Trustees.

Stephane Fischler

Board of Trustees | Leadership Council

Stephane is a third generation diamantaire with a long history of service to the diamond industry. He has been active in support of the local and international diamond manufacturing industries since the 1980s. He was involved with the Antwerp World Diamond Center, the organisation representing the interests of the Antwerp international diamond trade (including three consecutive terms as its chairman). In particular, Stephane has been much involved with the so-called “conflict diamond” issue since its inception. He was contacted in early 1999 by Chairman Gooch , co-founder of the UK-based NGO “Global Witness” and later by PAC Canada and Ian Smillie, now Chair of the DDI, to look into driving the diamond industry efforts to combat the trade in diamonds fuelling conflict. Stephane contacted the UN ambassador in charge of sanctions against the UNITA forces in Angola, Robert Fowler; Ambassador Fowler accepted his invitation and met Stephane first in Antwerp, then again in NY to discuss how best to secure a solution. The industry proposed a certification system that became what is now known as the “Kimberley Process” (KP) and established the World Diamond Council in 2000 in Antwerp, Belgium, in the presence of Ambassador Fowler and various international dignitaries. The then minister of mines of the Republic of South Africa , Phumzile Mlango Ncguka, who was present in Antwerp, and currently Chair of UN Women, accepted the proposal of hosting the first meeting in the mining city of Kimberley in 2003. Since then Stephane has remained very active in promoting the KP standards, their implementation and ways to strengthen its impact. He was elected vice-chairman, then chairman of the WDC and served till May 2020. He was asked to join early on the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) by its chairman Ian Smillie, as well as the Responsible Jewellery Council as a board member representing the International Diamond Manufacturer Association.

Jeffrey Wright

Vice Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees

Jeffrey Wright is a critically acclaimed actor and Tony® Award winner. He is Chairman and co-founder of Taia, LLC, and Taia Peace Foundation and Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources, Inc. He has been particularly active with RESOLVE on its development and natural resource work in Africa.

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