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The CBI Global Network

In spring 2014, following our 20th Anniversary Symposium, the Consensus Building Institute convened and hosted the first gathering of The CBI Global Network, a diverse community of leading practitioners and scholars spanning the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Network members work with multilateral development agencies, global environment and development NGOs, multinational corporations, and governments. We apply consensus building principles, strategies and tools to improve collaboration and resolve conflict on sustainable development issues in a wide range of national and international contexts.

As individuals and through our organizations, we have gained national and international recognition for the quality of our work. At the same time, we recognize there is much more to learn and an enormous amount of work yet to be done. We are committed to collaborating more closely with each other as a community of practice. Together, we seek to:

  • Enhance the quality and efficacy of our work
  • Collaborate more closely with highly qualified colleagues who are working on similar issues and using compatible approaches
  • Contribute to the development of multi-stakeholder consensus building capacity around the world
  • Offer a high quality network that can provide coordinated staffing to support global regional multi-stakeholder initiatives.

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Network Members

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XIMENA ABOGABIR 

Chile

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Ximena is founder of Casa de la Paz, a Chilean foundation that supports public participation, conflict resolution, participatory local management, environmental education and corporate-community involvement for sustainability in Chile. Ximena is a member of Inter-American Development Bank External Panel for Access to Information, and is a “social auditor” for multiple organizations, including Responsible Care of Chemical Industry, Forest Stewardship Council Forest Industry, and Sustainability Reports, among others. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to sustainability in Chile.

AlibolaFEMI AJIBOLA 

Nigeria

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Femi is the Managing Director/CEO of New Nigeria Foundation (NNF) - a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a vision to achieve sustainable social and economic development of Nigerian communities through public/private partnerships. Since 2005, he has been involved in the facilitation of company - community negotiations that have led to Global Memoranda of Understanding (GMoUs) between Chevron and many groups of communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Prior to his work with NNF, Femi was a Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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ANTONIO BERNALES 

Peru

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Antonio is Executive Director, lead consultant and founder of Futuro Sostenible, a Peruvian non-profit organization dedicated to research, training and assistance in environmental negotiation, consensus building and mediation processes. He has been an Independent mediator and facilitator since 1990, Consultant for the World Bank’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) since 2005 and member of the Democratic Dialogue Project Community of Practice (UNDP).

BrownMICHAEL BROWN 

Canada

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Michael is the United Nations' Senior Mediation Expert on Natural Resource and Land-Related Conflicts, and a Professor of Practice in Conflict Mediation at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development. Prior to this, Michael was the Head of Peacebuilding and Recovery for the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal. His central areas of expertise are development, conflict and dispute resolution with a strong focus on natural resources and land issues. He has worked in countries facing complex situations of development, democratic transition, and post-conflict recovery.

DelicadoNUNO DELICADO 

Singapore/Timor-Leste

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Nuno is a founder of Pluris, a negotiation consulting firm. He builds capabilities and addresses complex negotiations and disputes in the public and private sectors. His experience includes labor-management negotiations, community engagement in natural resources projects, and high-stakes mergers and acquisitions, sales and procurement deals, in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Nuno also teaches at INSEAD and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and founded SportImpact, a social enterprise promoting peace and human development through sport. He was previously a management consultant with Bain and McKinsey, and worked with the International Olympic Committee as a development consultant in Timor-Leste and Afghanistan.

DuzertYANN DUZERT 

Brazil

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Yann is the CEO of Temperance Academy, academic coordinator of the Master's in International Management program at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE), and Director of the Executive Education/Semana FGV at FGV Management. He has been a mediator and coach for Brazilian government leaders and negotiation processes. He has also done training and coaching for many international organizations and corporations. He is co-author of the book Manual of Complex Negotiations. He did his post-doctorate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is associated with the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program on Negotiation based at Harvard Law School.

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DAVID FAIRMAN 

United States

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David is Managing Director at the Consensus Building Institute, and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. He works globally with development agencies, governments, business and civil society stakeholders to create joint solutions to sustainable development challenges. As a facilitator, trainer and advisor, he designs and supports multi-stakeholder partnerships, strengthens organizational capacity for integrative negotiation and dispute resolution, and builds consensus to achieve sustainable development goals.  He has worked extensively in developing countries and at the global level on energy, water, agriculture and forestry resource negotiations and partnerships. 

GansonBRIAN GANSON 

South Africa

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Brian Ganson is Head, Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement, a hub for research and reflection on conflict prevention and conflict resolution. He is also Extraordinary Associate Professor, University of Stellenbosch Business School, and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. His work focuses on the nexus of business, conflict and development, addressing multi-stakeholder approaches to risk mitigation and conflict prevention, organizational management and leadership, and the role of neutrals in post-conflict and other complex environments. He engages with multinational companies, governments, community advocates and other international actors as a consultant, researcher, educator, and mediator.

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MARA HERNÁNDEZ ESTRADA 

Mexico

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Mara is an independent consultant in consensus building and multiparty negotiations. She was Executive Director of the Center for Civic Collaboration (CCC), the Mexican Center of Partners for Democratic Change International, from its foundation in 2005 until 2011. The CCC pioneered the formation of broad and inclusive coalition building based on dialogue and consensus building techniques, to enable democratic changes. As an independent facilitator, she recently designed and facilitated the "1st Citizen Summit for the Peace and Justice in México," where more than 300 civic organizations reached consensus on a shared agenda that was presented and endorsed by the four presidential candidates in the 2012 election in Mexico.

HobenMERRICK HOBEN 

United States

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Merrick is Director of CBI’s Corporate-Community Engagement practice, Practitioner Associate at the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and Faculty Associate at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Merrick helps stakeholders across diverse organizations and sectors to develop and implement more effective agreements. He specializes in helping corporations and their stakeholders engage one another more effectively, by facilitating voluntary standard setting processes, supporting collaborative resource management efforts, and leading complex strategic planning initiatives. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has extensive experience with mediation, negotiation, and training in Latin America and the Middle East. 

KangasojaJONNA KANGASOJA 

Finland

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Jonna is Co-Founder, and Managing Director of Akordi Oy, a Helsinki-based consultancy building capacity for multi-stakeholder collaboration and consensus building in Finland. Jonna is specialized in land-use planning and strategic urban planning. She teaches negotiation and dispute resolution at Aalto University. Jonna is a trained mediator and member of ACR. She is a board member and program director at the Finnish Institute for Deliberative Democracy.

KimDONG-YOUNG KIM 

South Korea

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Dong-Young is an Associate Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. His research interests include theory and practice of public dispute resolution and negotiation in developing countries, participatory & collaborative governance, and Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development. He earned two Master’s degrees (Master of City Planning from Seoul National University, Korea and Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environment.) He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Environmental Planning from MIT.

KopischkeKATE KOPISCHKE 

United States

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Kate is an independent facilitator, mediator and stakeholder engagement professional specializing in environmental and social issues in the international development arena. She is a consulting Senior Mediator with RESOLVE, a national non-profit that facilitates solutions to environmental, public policy, and social and health challenges. Kate is currently mediating several cases stemming from the impacts of oil and gas extraction, and is co-facilitating a multi-year, multi-stakeholder dialogue on “Free, Prior and Informed Consent” (FPIC), a key component of international human rights law.

KoppenIDA KOPPEN 

Switzerland

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Ida is an independent mediator based in Geneva, Switzerland. She works locally, nationally and internationally as mediator and facilitator “in the interest of future generations” on topics related to sustainable development and family conflicts. Ida is Vice President of the Sustainability Challenge Foundation and senior faculty at its annual International Programme on the Management of Sustainability. She is facilitator of the ENCORE network (Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe) and teaches negotiation and consensus building at i.a. the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She works in English, French, Italian, German and Dutch.

La VinaTONY LA VIÑA 

Philippines

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Tony is a teacher, thinker, and lawyer. His legal and governance expertise includes climate change, biodiversity, biosafety policy, mining, energy, forestry, indigenous peoples' rights, community based natural resources management, consensus building and negotiations, social accountability, local government, legal philosophy and public ethics. He is currently Dean of the Ateneo School of Government. Previously he was a Senior Fellow and researcher at the World Resources Institute (WRI). From 1996-1998, he was the Undersecretary for Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines. Tony is also a lead negotiator for the Philippines in the climate change negotiations.

LeeANDREW WEI-MIN LEE 

China

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Andrew is Founder and CEO of Leading Negotiation, a Beijing-based firm specializing in negotiation training and public policy consensus building in China. He is also Lecturer at Peking University Law School, where he established the Peking University Center for Negotiation and Consensus Building, and where he specializes in intercultural business negotiations. He is also a Fellow of the "Program on Negotiation" at Harvard Law School.

MacKenzieALEX MACKENZIE 

Canada

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Alex is an independent international development facilitator, trainer and analyst. He designs and facilitates development planning and decision-making processes with a wide range of multilateral and national organizations and stakeholders. He specializes in applying results-based management (RBM) and human rights-based approaches for programme development. Since 2002, Alex has delivered results in multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder situations in over 40 countries. Prior to this, he served as a planning and project officer with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ghana and Indonesia.

OliveiraBARBARA OLIVEiRA 

Brazil

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Barbara (PhD, MBA, LLM) is an expert in multi-stakeholder negotiations and complex problem solving involving sustainable development issues. She co-founded the Collaboration Laboratory focused on multiskateholder engagement for social investment and local development in Latin America and founded Ecosynergy – Facilitation and Capacity Building for Sustainability, through which she assists and coaches companies and organisations in their development of a strategic sustainability agenda, conflict resolution, change management and innovation in Brazil and abroad. Barbara is an Associate Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil) and Faculty Member of the International Program for the Management of Sustainability.

PanikkarASHOK PANIKKAR 

India

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 Ashok is Meta-Culture's principal consultant and a passionate conflict resolution professional. He has worked as a conflict management consultant, mediator, facilitator and trainer in the United States, India and in Europe. Prior to starting Meta-Culture, now India's first full service conflict and dialogue facilitation center, he directed a successful organizational conflict resolution program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, successfully mediating hundreds of disputes.

PeltonenLASSE PELTONEN 

Finland

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Lasse is a senior researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute, a governmental research and expert body, where he coordinates the Sustainable Communities research program. He holds a PhD in Environmental Policy, and has a long research record regarding environmental and urban planning related conflicts, including neighboring and Nimby disputes. One of his areas of expertise is climate change adaptation and related governance practices. He is the co-founder of Akordi Oy, together with Jonna Kangasoja, engaged in pioneering work to build capacity and to establish structures for environmental collaboration and conflict resolution in Finland.

PlumbDAVID PLUMB 

Chile

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David is a mediator, facilitator, trainer and researcher specializing in consensus building, negotiation, conflict resolution, and designing stakeholder engagement strategies. He directs CBI’s work in Latin America from CBI’s office in Santiago, Chile, and plays a leadership role in CBI’s Corporate Stakeholder Engagement practice. David has experience managing complex natural resource disputes and public policy issues in the U.S., Africa, Latin America, and Europe. A bilingual Spanish speaker, David has spent about half of the past 18 years living and working in developing countries.

SusskindLARRY SUSSKIND 

United States

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Larry is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of CBI. He has served on the faculty of MIT for over 35 years. He also heads the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Larry advises leaders and stakeholders on the resolution of land use conflicts, facility siting controversies, public policy disagreements, and confrontations over water. He has helped facilitate negotiations on arrangements of global environmental treaties. He offers a range of executive training programs each year and has served as guest lecturer at more than twenty-five universities around the world.

WesselinkMARC WESSELINK 

Netherlands

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Marc is a Partner in WesselinkVanZijst, a consultancy working with public and private organizations on stakeholder engagement and consensus building on environmental impacts, infrastructure siting and industrial and transport operations. While a partner at the Dutch management consultancy Twynstra Gudde, he developed Strategic Environmental Management (SOM), an approach to stakeholder engagement on large, complex projects with substantial impacts. Marc has used the SOM approach in major infrastructure and land use projects in the Netherlands.

WilkinsonROBERT WILKINSON 

United States

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Robert is a consultant and lecturer in negotiation, conflict resolution and international development.  He has experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and is a faculty member of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he teaches graduate courses on international negotiation and global aid management.  Rob has worked extensively in Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa, and currently consults with a variety of clients such as the World Bank, the United Nations, USAID, the National Urban League, Deloitte, Chevron and General Mills.

Van ZijstHANS VAN ZIJST 

Netherlands

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Hans is an independent senior advisor of several Dutch ministries, government bodies and public sector companies in infrastructure development, environmental, nature and water affairs, as well as sustainable development. As co-founder of WesselinkVanZijst he specializes in complex issues of government cooperation and public participation.  During his 16 years as a civil servant in the Dutch Ministry of the Environment (VROM), he worked on a range of national and international strategies for sustainable development and chemicals management, and was a founding member of the International Network of Green Planners.