Fellows, Researchers, and Assistants
Saleem H. Ali
Saleem H. Ali is an environmental planner whose research and practice focuses on ways of resolving ecological conflicts through technical and social mechanisms, as well as exploring novel ways of peace-building between corporations, governments and communities. He holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, USA (commencing September 2016). He has also held the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane, Australia (where he retains professorial affiliation). Previously he was Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Natural Resources where he was founding director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. His books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future, (Yale Univ. Press); Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press), Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts (Univ. of Arizona Press) and Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan’s Madrassas (Oxford Univ. Press). He has also authored over a hundred other peer-reviewed publications and been the editor of acclaimed anthologies including “Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution” (MIT Press) and “Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic” (with R. Pincus, Yale Univ. Press). Corporate and government experience includes employment in General Electric’s Technical Leadership Program; a Baker Foundation Fellowship at Harvard Business School and a Research Internship at the UK House of Commons. He was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and serves on the board of governors of the non-profit environmental organization LEAD-Pakistan. He is also a series co-editor for the University of Chicago Press on Environmental Science, Law and Policy. He received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude).
Hany Besada is the Senior Research/Programme Advisor & Senior Research Coordinator of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). He is also a Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow with the United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and Research Professor, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University and Senior Fellow, China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSA), China Agriculture University. Previously, he has served as Deputy Executive Director at the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI); Regional Advisor, African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Theme Leader: Governance of Natural Resources at the North-South Institute (NSI); Research Specialist on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel Secretariat on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Program Leader and Senior Researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo, Canada; Principle Researcher: Business in Africa at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg, South Africa; and Policy Advisor for the South African Ministry of Local and Provisional Government, Amnesty International, United Nations Associations, the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice, and the Office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed scholarly policy papers, over 70 opinion pieces and editor/author of 14 books. He sits on a number of boards, panels and expert groups, including African Capacity Indicators Reference Group, Society of International Development, Canadian International Council’s Aid Study Group, Pan-African Legal Network, Institute of African Studies Advisory Committee, United Nations Association-San Diego Advisory Council, Canadian International Council’s Africa Study Group, Cambridge Review of International Affairs Review Board, Canadian Foreign Policy Review Board, Alvin Curling Foundation Advisory Board, Centre for Youth Development and Engagement Advisory Board. He holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick.
Albert Bressand is Professor, International Strategic Management in Energy at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands. During the Barroso Commissions to 2014 he was Special Adviser to Andris Piebalgs, the Commissioner for Development at the EU Commission in Brussels. From 2006 to 2012, he was a professor and the Executive Director of the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy at SIPA, Columbia University. From 2003 to 2006 he led the Global Business Environment department in Royal Dutch Shell’s global headquarters in London where he designed a new generation of Shell Global Scenarios around an enhanced, original methodology for risk and opportunity assessment. Previously, he co-founded and acted as managing director of Promethée, a nonprofit, Paris-based think tank specializing in the emerging global networked economy and its implications for corporate strategies, capital markets, and international economic relations. Earlier in his career, he served as Special Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, Deputy Director of the French Council on Foreign Relations (IFRI) and was member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of Robert McNamara at The World Bank. Currently, he is also a member of the faculty of the World Economic Forum, of the Oxford Energy Policy Club at St Antony’s College, Oxford, as well as of the Advisory Boards of the European Center for Energy and Resources Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London, of the Natural Resources Charter (Oxford), of Politique Internationale (Paris) and of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum in London. His recent publications include “Good COP, Bad COP: When the European Kant meets the World’s Machiavels” (Fondapol, in French), “The EU ETS as bellwether of a flawed European Internal Energy Market,“ Tendances Carbone (2013); “Markets and investment in global energy,“ Handbook of Global Energy Policy (2013); and Getting It Right: Lessons from the South in Managing New Hydrocarbon Economies (2011). He earned his advanced scientific degrees at École Polytechnique in Paris, École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and Paris-Sorbonne, and a Master in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
James S. Henry
James S. Henry is a leading economist, attorney, consultant, and investigative journalist, who has written and spoken widely on tax havens and development finance issues. He has served as Director of Economic Research (chief economist), McKinsey & Co.; VP Strategy, IBM/Lotus Development Corporation; Business Development Manager, Chairman’s Office (Jack Welch), GE; and Senior Consultant, Monitor Company. He is founder of Sag Harbor Group, a technology strategy consulting firm, and has also founded several technology-based start-ups. In the not-for-profit sector, he has served as Chair of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, senior advisor and global board member of Tax Justice Network, and founder and steering committee member of TJN-USA. He is also a founder and Managing Partner of the Northern Environmental Law Center. He has written numerous books, including The Blood Bankers (NY: Basic Books, 2005) and The Price of Offshore Revisited (July 2012, Tax Justice Network) and his articles have appeared in many leading newspapers, magazines, and professional journals, including Business Week, The Financial Times and The New York Times. He has testified several times before the US Senate on economic policy issues, is a frequent speaker at forums on international development, and has been interviewed on a wide variety of economic issues for leading international broadcast networks and radio stations. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College (Magna Cum Laude, Social Studies ’72; Detur Prize; Phi Beta Kappa, National Merit Scholar, Chairman, Institute of Politics, Student Advisory Committee); Harvard Law School (J.D., Honors, 1976); Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (M.S..ABD, Economics, 1978); Danforth Fellow; “Nader Raider;” and a member of the New York Bar since 1978.
Tom Mitro is Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Development and Sustainability at the University of Houston. He has 40 years of experience in management, consulting and teaching all aspects of petroleum financial, commercial and government related activities, working and living in six countries. His area of focus is the broader economic impact of petroleum development in Africa. For the last 10 years he has been an advisor and trainer to governments and national oil companies in Africa. He was a long term advisor to the Angolan national oil company on a range of commercial, fiscal, financing and governance issues for their natural gas and LNG projects. He also structured and conducted a series of training and development programs for senior Tanzanian government officials on fiscal, environmental, commercial and local content aspects of natural gas and LNG developments. Previously, he worked for 30 years for Gulf Oil and Chevron in several senior management positions living in Nigeria, Angola, Papua New Guinea, UK and Australia. He served as regional Chief Financial Officer for Southern Africa and for Europe with responsibility for managing: taxes and fiscal terms, economic evaluations, accounting and reporting, compliance matters, strategic planning, local business development, joint venture management, contracting and procurement and financing. He has led numerous commercial and government negotiations ranging from complex tax disputes, LNG agreements, major asset transactions, oil entitlement claims, financing arrangements and joint venture disputes to PSA interpretations and sale and purchase agreements. Since 2014 he has been assisting the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment as reviewer of policy documents, instructor on extractive courses and co-author of CCSI’s open fiscal model for natural gas combined upstream, pipeline and LNG developments. He is also co-founder of Indego Africa, an NGO that has been helping provide business management training and expanded market access for groups of women in Rwanda since 2007 and in Ghana since 2015. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration and M.A. in Economics degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA.
Aniket Shah is a development strategist and investment manager working on development finance initiatives around the world. He is the Program Leader of the Financing for Sustainable Development Initiative at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), where he works with national governments, global financial institutions and non-profit organizations to finance the sustainable development agenda. Before working with the SDSN, he worked as an investment professional and strategist at Investec Asset Management, an international investment management firm based in South Africa and the United Kingdom. At Investec, he advised large institutional investors — both public and private — on developing long-term portfolio investment strategies with a focus in emerging markets and Africa. He has also worked at The Earth Institute at Columbia University as a Program Manager and Special Assistant to the Director and at Goldman Sachs & Co. He has published books, reports and articles on sustainable development and financial markets. He is the lead author of the report Africa and the United States – A Defining Relationship of the 21st Century and co-edited Learning from the World: New Ideas to Redevelop America (Palgrave Macmillan). He is an honors graduate of Yale University, where he collaborated closely with former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and former UN Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and won various academic and leadership awards at Yale. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Oxford University in Economic Geography, focusing on sustainable finance at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Ludovica Chiussi is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct Professor in Public International Law at the University of Bologna, School of Law. She has been lecturing in public international law, international human rights law, and business and human rights at the Universities of Oslo and Bologna. A fully qualified lawyer (Italy), she has worked as a legal assistant in cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, and investor-state arbitral tribunals. She has also worked with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. Her current research focuses on the legal nature of corporate liability for human rights violations under public international law. In particular, she undertakes research on the role of international investment law in fostering corporate liability for human rights violations, as well as on the issue of complicity of social media companies in gross violations of human rights. She holds a PhD from the University of Oslo (where she was a Doctoral Research Fellow in International Law with the Norwegian Center for Human Rights), Degree in Law from the University of Bologna, and Master in International Relations and Human Rights from the Italian Society for International Organization.
Antoine Heuty is an experienced development practitioner with a long track-record designing and delivering policy reforms and working for social good with business, civil society and government in over twenty countries. He is the founder of Ulula- a mobile platform to measure and improve the impact of mining, oil, gas and other large corporations on local communities. Ulula uses SMS, interactive voice response to create a feedback loop between individuals and businesses for social good. The platform generates real-time big data that enables new insights for corporate decision making to minimize social risks and maximize shared value. He is the former Deputy Director of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) – an independent organization promoting the effective, transparent and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources. He was Senior Economist with the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Public Finance Economist Bureau of Development Policy, United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He is the co-author of “Fiscal Space – Policy Options for Financing Human Development” and various articles on resource governance, public investment, fiscal policy and economic development. He has graduate degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris, Oxford University and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Alexandra (Xander) Meise has significant experience preventing and resolving international investment and human rights disputes, particularly those related to natural resources, economic development, and transitional justice in post-conflict regions. She has represented and advised foreign governments, international corporate clients, and sovereign officials before federal district courts, federal courts of appeals, UN bodies, international commercial arbitrations, investment treaty arbitrations, and the International Court of Justice, and has worked for prosecutors and judicial chambers in international criminal tribunals. She has also advised governments seeking to reform their international investment laws and policies. Active in pro bono activities, she has trained numerous government officials and practitioners on mechanisms, legal standards, and strategies in international arbitration; represented asylum seekers in immigration proceedings; and advised the Supreme Court of the Republic of Zambia as it developed a new clerkship program. In addition to her private practice and serving CCSI, she serves as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches International Human Rights Law.
Sophie Thomashausen is a former Senior Legal Researcher at CCSI. Her focus is on optimizing legal and governance frameworks to promote sustainable development. In particular, she undertakes research and provides advice on issues related to mining law and policy, resource-related infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and large-scale land investments. Prior to joining CCSI, she was a Law Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group. She also spent seven years at Allen & Overy LLP in London and São Paulo where she advised on project finance, asset finance, and other banking transactions in the Middle East, Africa, Kazakhstan, and Brazil. From 2010- 2012, she also worked on a number of law capacity-building projects in Rwanda. She received an A.B. from Princeton University, USA, a B.A. and M.A. in law from Cambridge University, England, and an LL.M. from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She is admitted to the Bar in New York State (2013) and England and Wales (2007). She is also currently a member of the Mining Law Committee of the International Bar Association.
Post-Graduate Research Fellows
Kanika Gupta (Investment Law and Policy)
Rumbidzai Maweni (Investment and Human Rights)
Nadeeya Salleh (Land and Agriculture)
Josh Pemberton (Investment & Human Rights)
Graduate Student Researchers
Hind Al Aissi (Land and Agriculture)
Priyanka Bhat (Land and Agriculture)
Julia Chen (Land and Agriculture)
Manel Chibane (Investment Law and Policy)
Josefina Correa (Extractive Industries)
Ricardo García Coyne (Land and Agriculture)
Yusuf Kumtepe (Investment Law and Policy)
Jean Lambert (Investment Law and Policy)
Ryan Lasnick (Extractive Industries)
Bea Miñana (Land and Agriculture)
Eduardo Morandé (Extractive Industries)
Rocío Peña Nahle (Extractive Industries)
Elena Leyva Ruiz (Land and Agriculture)
Alexander Rustler (Extractive Industries)
William Sommer (Land and Agriculture)
Fakhruddin Ali Valika (Investment Law and Policy)
Mercedes de la Vega (Extractive Industries)
Cat Marie Sposato