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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 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.

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

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.

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.
She has successfully mediated policy disputes resulting in the development of legislation on investment in public health infrastructure and implementation of regulations concerning food safety, accelerated approval of therapeutics for HIV/AIDS, prescription medicine labeling and information, and oversight of agricultural biotechnology and the impacts and limitations of voluntary standards and certification systems for natural resource-based commodities.

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.

Stephane Fischler

Board of Trustees

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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