Senior Fellows, Fellows and Interns
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).
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.
Michelle Chan is a lawyer specializing in work with innovators and local communities to achieve access to justice and economic empowerment through human rights advocacy and social enterprise. She serves as a Fellow with CCSI’s Land and Agriculture Team. Through her own legal practice and past experience with Minority Rights Group International, Earthrights and Leigh Day & Co., she has assisted indigenous communities affected by the oil, mining and tourism industries in Mongolia, Côte d’Ivoire, Myanmar, and Tanzania. She is also the co-founder of Tengri, a fashion and lifestyle business, which sources sustainable materials from nomadic herders in Mongolia using an inclusive business model and traceable supply chain. Previously, she was a Research Assistant for the Mandate of the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights where she contributed to initiatives related to extra-territorial jurisdiction. She has also worked on human rights education projects in Cambodia and China, where she conducted rights awareness workshops and designed online curriculum for criminal defense practitioners with International Bridges to Justice. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights from University College London and is admitted to practice in Ontario, Canada.
Victor Zitian Chen is the Global Coordinator and Editor of the Emerging Market Global Players (EMGP) project at CCSI. He is an Assistant Professor of International Management at The Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches global business at both undergraduate and MBA levels. His research focuses on the integration of market- and non-market strategies under different institutional configurations (e.g., rules of the game of the markets, politics, and civil societies). In addition to his academic career, he was active in both the international economic and commercial arenas. He served as an economic officer at the coordination office of the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) at Government of Canada in 2010-11, where his role included supporting Minster Stockwell Day’s Asian business missions. In 2008-09 he was a Research Fellow at the Asian Pacific Foundation of Canada; and in 2006-07, he was a founding partner of an Ottawa-based foreign investment policy consulting company. He co-founded the journal Transnational Corporations Review, advised by such leading scholars as Dr. Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Novel laureate in economics, and Dr. Karl Sauvant, and retains an honorary role as Associate Editor. He has completed all three exams of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and his research has been widely quoted by such major public media as Globe and Mail, Business News Network (BNN), Vancouver Sun, and Singtao Dailyamong others. He received his Ph.D. in Strategy and International Business from Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University.
Kabir Duggal is a senior associate in the International Arbitration group of Baker McKenzie’s New York office. Previously, he was a senior associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt and Mosle LLP. His practice focuses on investor-state arbitration, commercial arbitration, and on issues and disputes relating to public international law. He has also had a wide range of experience in international law working with UNICEF and the World Bank. He is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, teaching “International Investment Law and Arbitration” and also lectures at Georgetown University Law School and Fordham Law School. He serves as the head of the advisory team on matters relating to “procedure” on investmentclaims.com hosted by Oxford University Press. He also serves on ICSID Review’s Peer Review Board. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai (University Medal), University of Oxford (DHL-Times of India Scholar) and NYU School of Law (Hauser Global Scholar). He is admitted to practice law in India, England and Wales (Solicitor) and New York.
Kanika Gupta is a lawyer specializing in international investment and trade law and international arbitration including investment arbitration. She received her Master of Law degree from Columbia Law School where she was also a recipient of Jagdish Bhagwati fellowship for trade and investment. She worked as a Legal Associate with the International Investment Agreement Division at Ministry of Finance, Government of India, where she worked on drafting and negotiations of Foreign Trade Agreements and Bilateral Investment Treaties including the revised Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty. She also worked on investor-state arbitrations and related domestic litigation in the Supreme Court of India. Additionally, as part of Foreign Investment Promotion Board and Foreign Investment Policy division in the Ministry, she provided legal advice on foreign investment approvals and on matters involving India’s Foreign Direct Investment Policy. This experience with the Government provided her with the unique opportunity to understand the State’s perspective and challenges faced in balancing investor’s and public’s interest. Prior to joining the Ministry of Finance, she worked as an Associate with the corporate, infrastructure and dispute resolution practice groups at law firms in India including Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh a Shroff & Co., Mumbai. Her research while at Columbia Law School focused on the interaction of investment arbitration with supranational obligations such as indigenous communities’ human rights and environmental law. Prior to joining CCSI as a fellow, she interned with CCSI where she worked on the analysis of current trends in drafting of the international investment agreements.
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.
Tidiane Kinda is Special Assistant to the Director in the Asia and Pacific Department of the IMF and was previously in the IMF’s African Department and Fiscal Affairs Department. He worked on advanced, emerging, and low-income countries in the context of surveillance, IMF-supported programs, and technical assistance, including the Euro Area, Canada, Croatia, Peru, Moldova,Swaziland, Mali, and Chad. He also contributed to IMF Flagship publications such as the Fiscal Monitor, the Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook, and the African Regional Economic Outlook. His work experience prior to the IMF includes the World Bank’s Research Department and the Research Division of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). His research has covered various topics such as capital flows, foreign direct investment, fiscal policy, and income inequality. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the IMF Economic Review, World Development, Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Development Studies, Fiscal Studies, and International Finance. His research has been quoted by major public media outlets such as the Financial Times, The Economist, and allAfrica. He holds a PhD in Economics from CERDI-Université de Clermont in France, where he taught macroeconomics and applied econometrics.
Rumbidzai Maweni is a public international lawyer with broad experience in international investment law, international dispute resolution, sustainable development, and human rights, particularly in transitional and post-conflict regions. Prior to working with CCSI, she clerked for Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. She, subsequently, served as an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration where she provided legal support to arbitrators in inter-State, investor-State, and State contract disputes, including arbitrations relating to natural resources, infrastructure, maritime, and land boundaries, and conducted research and assisted in formulating a proposal for business and human rights-specific arbitration rules. Additionally, she trained in the international arbitration practices of leading law firms in London and Paris- including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Prior to graduating from law school, she completed human rights fieldwork and research assignments in Slovakia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. She also completed a placement in Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Gender, and Community Development, where she provided assistance on gender-specific legislation and international development and social reform programs. She is a graduate of the University of Durham (B.A.), the University of Oxford (M.Phil.), Columbia Law School (J.D.), and the University of Amsterdam (LL.M.), and has exposure to both civil and common law jurisdictions. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
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.
Alice Osman is an international lawyer currently working as a consultant for the International Service for Human Rights and Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic. She has broad experience in the protection of human rights defenders, business and human rights, access to justice, and humanitarian disarmament. Her research at CCSI will focus on access to justice issues arising from international investment agreements and investor-state dispute settlement. Prior to working with CCSI, she completed a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School, focusing on human rights and public international law. She previously worked at the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the UN, as a barrister in New Zealand and as a judge’s clerk at the High Court of New Zealand. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Politics from the University of Otago.
Malan Rietveld was previously an Economics and Policy Researcher at CCSI. His focus is on policies towards investment around the extractive industries, including resource-related infrastructure, foreign direct investment and the management of resource revenues. Before joining CSSI, he worked in the Emerging Market Debt team at Investec Asset Management, and was also involved in the firm’s advisory work with central banks and sovereign wealth funds. Prior to that, he worked at Central Banking Publications (CBP) and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) in London. At both CBP and OMFIF, he planned numerous training and capacity building programmes for central banks, financial regulators and sovereign wealth funds. He is the editor of three books on sovereign wealth funds: Sovereign Wealth Management (with Jennifer Johnson-Calari), New Perspectives on Sovereign Asset Management and Sovereign Risk Management. He holds an M.Sc in Economics from the University of Leuven and an M.Sc in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He is currently completing his PhD in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch on the topic of sovereign wealth funds.
Diego de Leon Segovia
Diego de Leon recently graduated as a Harvey Picker Public Service awardee from Columbia University´s School of International and Public Affairs Master program in Public Administration and Development Practice. While at Columbia, as a Fulbright Scholar, he focused on studying the links between local and regional governments and the 2030 Development Agenda, particularly in the areas of climate action and localizing the SDGs. Driven by these interest, during his last semester, he engaged in an independent research project funded by the Earth Institute to study the financial mechanisms that private organization can use to finance conservation efforts. Parallelly, he has worked as a graduate consultant for CDP to research clean energy financing tools for cities in the US, and with Fundación Corona in Colombia to develop M&E tools for the SDG at the city level. He has also interned at the Office of the Executive Office of the Secretary General, where he helped to launch and strengthen the SG strategy to accelerate the 2030 Agenda at the local level (Local2030). Previous to coming to NYC, he was the Director of Foreign Affairs for the State Government of Jalisco, where he was in charge of the development of the international agenda and international cooperation projects of the Governor. He also has experience as a private consultant for international development projects, and as an entrepreneurship associate professor. He holds a BA in International Relations from the Tec de Monterrey University (magna cum laude), and a Certificate in International Environment and Development from the American University in Washington DC.
Andrea Saldarriaga is a civil law and international lawyer with extensive experience in investment law, international arbitration and sustainable development. As an associate at various law firms – including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – she spent several years working closely with corporations in structuring their complex investment transactions and defending their interests in commercial and investment arbitrations. Since launching her independent practice in 2007, she has acted as arbitrator and worked on a range of collaborative initiatives with international organizations as well as non-profit and academic institutions involving investment, corruption, human rights, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development issues. She currently co-leads the CCSI research project on “Understanding challenges and developing tools to integrate foreign investment and sustainable development” with Lise Johnson. She is a member of the International Investment Agreements expert network of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and presently functions as ambassador for the promotion of the UNCTAD Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development. She also collaborated with the work of John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, as part of the group of experts that advised him on investment. She participated in the consultation process and provided advice in the preparation of the paper entitled “Principles for responsible contracts”, an addendum to the report presented by the SR to the Human Rights Council on June 2011. She teaches international arbitration and investment law at University Paris X Nanterre and ESSEC Business School in Paris. She has also lectured in various universities and taken part in numerous seminars and conferences in Europe, the United States and Latin America. Andrea acted as international editorial coordinator for Revista Internacional de Arbitraje – a Spanish-language review distributed in Latin America – for almost seven years and publishes regularly in her areas of expertise.
Nadeeya Salleh is a Fulbright Scholar from Brunei, and serves as a fellow with the Land and Agriculture Investments team at CCSI. She is an in-house counsel with the state-owned Brunei National Petroleum Company, specialising in upstream transactional work. During her time there she has negotiated and worked closely with major international oil and gas companies, to represent the state’s interests in both domestic and international ventures. She earned an LL.B. from the London School of Economics and recently graduated with an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. Her fellowship with CCSI will focus on identifying legal support gaps which low to middle-income governments face in the context of commercial agricultural investments, and how donors and legal support providers could help bridge these gaps. This builds upon earlier work conducted as an intern with CCSI, during which she analysed the implications of trade and investment agreements on the structure and development of a country’s food systems and food security. She is admitted to practice in New York and Brunei, and is called to the Bar of England and Wales.
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.
Barbara Banchik (Investment Law and Policy)
David van Boven (Investment Law and Policy)
Anne Canavati (Operations)
Ashley Chappo (Extractive Industries)
Chantarella De Blois (Land and Agriculture)
Bianca Flamengo (Extractive Industries/Land and Agriculture)
Alicia Gorecki (Operations)
Senthil Nathan (Land and Agriculture)
Katie Nelson (Operations)
Maria Celia Poblador (Extractive Industries)
Isabella Reynoso (Investment Law and Policy)
Margaret Sagan (Land and Agriculture)
Mario Saraiva (Investment Law and Policy)
Charlotte Skerten (Investment Law and Policy)
Felipe Botelho Tavares (Extractive Industries)
Jacquie Teobaldi (Extractive Industries)
Aditi Varma (Land and Agriculture)
Pedro Villegas (Extractive Industries/Land and Agriculture)