Greg Radford has spent more than 25 years helping businesses and governments develop, adopt and apply environmental and social standards. He has worked in over 50 countries on projects involving mining, oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and the international financial sector.
Greg is an international sustainability expert in: policy development; natural resource management; environmental and social impact assessment; training and capacity building; and the application of international standards to projects in developing countries. He also has extensive experience helping corporations and governments engage with civil society and communities affected by major projects.
Greg has held senior management positions at Canadian corporations and international organizations, including the (IFC), prior to leading the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).
Greg aims to expand IGF’s advisory and technical support services, develop new partnerships and advocate for sustainable development and benefits sharing in the global mining sector.
He obtained a Bachelor of Geography at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada and a Master of Environmental Management at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Greg speaks English and is based in Ottawa, Canada.
Howard Mann is a leading international lawyer specializing in international investment and sustainable development law. He has advised the governments of more than 80 nations over the course of his lengthy career.
Howard was the founder of IISD’s Investment for Sustainable Development program, and was the lead author of IISD’s Model International Agreement on Investment for Sustainable Development. Significant portions of the model have been adopted in multiple international investment treaties since it was published in 2005.
He has written a handbook on mining contract negotiations for developing countries and crafted a template for a model mining development agreement for IISD. Howard also helped lead the development of the first internationally-recognized model contract for sustainable mining, the International Bar Association’s Model Mine Development Agreement. He is currently working with a multi-disciplinary team on an analysis of the impact of mining automation.
Howard has been actively engaged with the IGF for several years as a panelist, organizer and program developer. Since September 2015, he has been the senior advisor to the IGF Secretariat.
Howard received his law degree from McGill University, and his LL.M. and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
He speaks English and French and is based in Ottawa, Canada.
Alec Crawford is an IISD Associate whose work with the IGF focuses on the Mining Policy Framework and how countries can optimize the contribution that the mining sector can make to sustainable development.
Alec has been involved in all of the MPF assessments to date, leading those conducted in Madagascar, Senegal and Uganda and writing a synthesis report assessing the implementation readiness of three member states.
Alec also leads IISD’s work on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding. His work focuses on examining the links among environmental change, natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding. This has involved research and training on both conflict-sensitive conservation in East, West and Central Africa and on greening UN peacekeeping operations, as well as field research on the links between climate change and the risk of violent conflict in the Middle East and Africa. He also works extensively on resilience and climate change adaptation.
In addition to his role with IISD, Alec is an associate of the Environmental Cooperation for Peacebuilding team of the United Nations Environment Programme, where he works on post-conflict natural resource management.
Alec obtained a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and a Master of Environment and Development at the London School of Economics.
Alec speaks English and French, and is based in Toronto, Canada.
Suzy Nikièma is an expert in international law whose work with the IGF focuses on capacity building in Africa.
She has conducted a Mining Policy Framework Assessment in Madagascar and will soon be conducting an assessment in Burkina Faso. She is currently working with the East African Community to develop a regional law on mining and has led a number of regional training workshops on behalf of the IGF.
Suzy provides legal and policy advice on sustainable investment. She has provided technical assistance to developing country governments, particularly in Africa, with respect to the negotiation, implementation, and drafting of investment treaties and treaty templates, and has published widely on the subject. She also has led the training of developing country officials on the negotiation of investment contracts, and assisted countries in designing their domestic investment laws.
Suzy is a lecturer on international and regional trade law at the University Saint Thomas d’Aquin and on mining law at the University Aube Nouvelle, both in Burkina Faso. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Investment Treaty News.
Suzy obtained a Master in Public law from the University of Ouagadougou, a certificate of Transnational Law from the University of Geneva and a PhD in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
She speaks French and English and is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Senior Communications Manager
Mira Oberman is a former journalist with more than 15 years of experience reporting from France, Canada and the United States.
Prior to joining IISD as a Senior Communications Manager, Mira spent over a decade as the Chicago-based Midwest Correspondent for Agence France-Presse. She was responsible for managing news out of 16 states and the automotive industry. Coverage highlights include two presidential campaigns, Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.
Mira’s first job in journalism was in Paris for the financial wire Bridge News, where she covered stock and bond markets, economic indicators and general financial news before being promoted to a specialized grains and oilseed market reporter.
Her experience working in print and digital journalism gives her a unique understanding of media and communications strategies.
She obtained a Bachelor in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mira speaks English and French and is based in Winnipeg, Canada.
Tristan Easton is a Project Manager in IISD’s Economic Law and Policy group. Tristan’s education in international relations and work with international corporations has given him experience managing teams with diverse mandates and diverse stakeholders to set and reach common goals.
He obtained both his Bachelor and Master of International Relations at Griffith University, Australia.
Tristan speaks English and is based in Ottawa, Canada.