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 has been a leader and bridge builder in the natural resources sector for over 20 years as a corporate executive, attorney, consultant, teacher, and researcher. In addition to chairing the Board of Trustees at Resolve, he currently serves as a member of the Independent Expert Review Panel at the International Council on Mining and Metals, and is a Senior Fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center on Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School (where he formerly served as Executive Director). Previously, he served as Executive Vice President for Legal and External Affairs at Newmont Mining Corporation, and as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining and Metals. Britt also previously served on RESOLVE’s Board of Advisors and co-chaired its Natural Resources and Energy Leadership Council.

Stephen D'Esposito

President and CEO, RESOLVE and Regeneration | Board of Trustees

Stephen D’Esposito is the President and CEO of RESOLVE and Regeneration. 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 transition, and sustainable development. He is the founder and CEO of Regeneration, a restoration start-up that provides biodiversity, community, and climate positive minerals for the energy transition, green tech, and sustainable brands.

Dave Baker

Board of Trustees

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.

Abby Dilley

Strategic Partner | Board of Trustees

Abby Dilley is a strategic partner and a member of the Board of Trustees at RESOLVE, having served as Vice President of Programs and a Senior Mediator for the last twenty years.. Through her work, spanning more than thirty-five years, Abby promotes collaborative problem solving and respectful dialogue and engagement on issues in the areas of human health, agriculture, and natural resources.

Stephane Fischler

Board of Trustees

Stephane is a third generation diamantaire with a history of service to the diamond industry. He has been active in support of the industry since the 1980s. He was involved with the Antwerp World Diamond Center, including three consecutive terms as its chairman. Stephane has led diamond industry efforts to combat the trade in diamonds fueling conflict. He was instrumental in developing a certification system that became the “Kimberley Process” (KP). He helped establish the World Diamond Council in 2000 in Antwerp, Belgium, where he was elected vice-chairman, then chairman and served through May 2020. Stephan has remained active in promoting the KP standards and sustainability in the industry and local communities. He served on the board of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) until its merger into RESOLVE. He also served on the Responsible Jewellery Council, representing the International Diamond Manufacturer Association.

Sheka Forna

Director, Regrow Sierra Leone; Country Director HealthGrid | Board of Trustees

Sheka Forna is a private sector development consultant with a particular interest in SMEs and Foreign Direct Investment. He is experienced both as an entrepreneur and in providing technical and financial support to entrepreneurs. His work focuses primarily on exploring, advocating for, and implementing the engagement of the private sector in creating and improving economic opportunities to help spur development.

Glenn Sigurdson

Chair Emeritus

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.

Jeffrey Wright

Vice Chair Emeritus

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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