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 joining IISD to lead 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.
Deputy Director, Programs, IGF
Matthew has 25 years of leadership experience in all aspects and phases of mine development and community engagement on six continents. He has a unique blend of experience working in senior roles in both mining companies and NGOs.
Matthew will help IGF member governments to leverage their mineral wealth for sustainable development.
Prior to joining IGF, Matthew worked in senior positions with the Dutch NGO Cordaid, the Canadian mining corporation Centerra Gold and Immet Mining.
He has been appointed to the boards of a number of organizations including the International Water Association, EITI International, Better Coal and the Mining Association of Canada.
Matthew obtained a Bachelor of Geology from the University of Waterloo and a certificate in Environmental Assessment from Lakehead University. Both universities are located in Ontario, Canada.
Matthew speaks English and is based in Ottawa, Canada.
Group Director, Economic Law and Policy
Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder is a senior international lawyer and heads the Economic Law & Policy programme of the International Institute on Sustainable Development (IISD).
In this role, she works with developing country governments across Africa, Asia and Latin America in relation to bilateral and regional investment treaty negotiations, investor-state contracts (with a particular focus on mining and agriculture), model investment treaties and foreign investment laws.
Nathalie also provides overall direction for IGF Secretariat, working closely with the Director of IGF. She regularly represents IGF at international conferences and in relation to IGF members and stakeholders.
Nathalie has extensive legal, policy, and training experience in the area of international trade, investment, sustainable development, human rights, international environmental law and arbitration. She previously worked as an attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington and Geneva, where she also managed the office.
Earlier, she was a fellow at the International Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center and worked in Hanoi, Vietnam, for a legal reform project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and for the Australian law firm Phillips Fox. In Switzerland Nathalie is admitted to the Bar of Basel and has worked for the Justice Department, Berne, in the Section for International Law.
Nathalie received her Master of Laws from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and her LL.B. from Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland.
She is based in Geneva and is fluent in English, German, and French.
Martin Dietrich Brauch
Martin Dietrich Brauch is an international law advisor and associate with IISD.
He works on international investment law and policy, particularly in the framework of IISD’s technical assistance to developing countries with respect to investment treaties and models. He is also the editor-in-chief of IISD’s flagship journal Investment Treaty News (ITN), published in English, French and Spanish.
Martin’s work with the IGF centres on promoting legal and policy frameworks which help ensure that mining activities contribute to sustainable development. Martin has led work for the IGF Secretariat on an initial mapping of major actors and initiatives in the mining and sustainable development sphere. He has served as rapporteur for IGF capacity-building courses held in the Dominican Republic and as a speaker in an IGF regional workshop in Burkina Faso. In addition, he has attended international events on behalf of the IGF to explore potential partnerships and promote IGF membership.
Martin holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and in law from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, where he also obtained a graduate certificate of specialization in environmental law. He received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Studies from New York University, and is qualified to practice law in Brazil and New York.
Martin speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and French, and is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Alec Crawford is a Senior Researcher with IISD 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, Uganda, Suriname and Mauritania 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.
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.
Tristan Easton is a Project Manager for IISD’s Economic Law and Policy group.
Tristan oversees the day-to-day administration and operations of the IGF Secretariat and acts as a focal point for coordination and management of activities as well as donor interaction and stakeholder engagement.
Tristan also works in the planning and development of IGF events and capacity-building projects and is the contact point for Secretariat inquiries.
Tristan’s background in international relations and project management 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.
Associate & Senior International Law Advisor
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 multidisciplinary 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.
Outreach and Engagement Manager, IGF
Clémence Naré is an expert in international law with over a decade of experience working with governments, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and academia in Europe and North America. She has worked on a variety of policy issues including trade and investment law, human rights and environmental regulations.
As the outreach and engagement manager for the IGF Secretariat, Clémence will engage and support member countries in their initiatives to develop sustainable resource extraction programs. She will also support efforts to expand IGF membership and partnerships, enhance the visibility of the IGF, and in the process spread awareness of its activities among stakeholders including governments, NGOs, and interested members of the public. She has also worked on Mining Policy Framework Assessments in Senegal and Mauritania.
Prior to joining IISD, Clémence worked as a policy analyst with the Canadian federal government. She previously worked for the permanent missions of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and the Republic of Congo to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.
Clémence is also a part-time lecturer in International Law and International Organizations at l’ l’École Nationale d’Administration Publique, University of Quebec in Outaouais, Gatineau Campus.
She holds a Bachelor degree in business law from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), a Master degree in public administration from l’École Nationale d’Administration Publique (Canada), a Master degree in international humanitarian law from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (Switzerland), and a Master degree in international transactions and comparative law from the University of San Francisco (United States). She is currently completing a PhD in mining investment law at the University of Ottawa.
Clémence is based in Ottawa, Canada and speaks French, English, and Mòoré.
International Law Advisor
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, English and Mòoré 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.
She is responsible for all aspects of IGF communications including the website, the newsletter, the Twitter feed, brochures and media outreach.
Prior to joining IISD as a Senior Communications Manager, Mira spent over a decade as the Chicago-based Midwest Correspondent for Agence France-Presse. Her experience working in print and digital journalism gives Mira a deep 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.
Senior Operations Manager
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Flavia Thomé is the Senior Operations Manager for IISD’s Economic Law and Policy program. She is a Prince2 qualified project manager, with responsibilities that include planning and reporting, financial management and proposal development.
Flavia is in charge of overseeing the IGF Secretariat’s operations and finances.
Her professional background is a blend of profit and not-for-profit experiences. Prior to joining IISD, she worked for four years as a consultant for Accenture in London and also as a research fellow at the UN-Habitat regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Flavia brings experience in financial and project management, as well as academic and professional expertise in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Flavia has an international background: born in Brazil, she has since lived in France, Malaysia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
She received her Master of Arts in Human Values and Contemporary Global Ethics from King’s College, University of London and obtained a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics and International Development from Bath University and a Certificate in Business Accounting from CIMA.
Flavia speaks Portuguese, English, French and Italian and is based in London.