David Plumb

Director, Latin America Practice and Senior Mediator

David Plumb 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 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.

Prior to joining CBI, David was director of the Sustainable Business Practice at Search for Common Ground, a world leader in conflict resolution. The practice assisted corporations and their stakeholders to find common ground and create sustainable relationships. He was also a financial journalist and correspondent. A bilingual Spanish speaker, David has spent about half of the past 18 years living and working in developing countries.

Corporate stakeholder engagement, sustainable development, natural resources, mining and extractives, forestry, aquaculture, fisheries, and global voluntary standards development  


  • Chile Guide to Prevention, Management of Development Conflicts, (2012-2013). Working with the Chilean government agency that approves Environmental Impact Assessments (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental), co-developing a guide for conflict prevention and mitigation around development projects. In partnership with a local NGO, Casa de la Paz, also providing advice about how to enhance the agency’s own role in preventing and managing conflict related to development projects.  
  • Peru Documentary on Tintaya Dialogue Roundtable, (2010-2011). Co-led a video documentary, with the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, of the Tintaya Dialogue Roundtable in Peru. The roundtable has for the past 10 years assisted communities and a copper mine to resolve disputes and promote sustainable development.
  • Chile Renewable Energy Project – Community Engagement Advisor, (2013-present). Senior advisor on community engagement to a start-up company seeking to build an innovative pumped-storage energy project near a fishing community in northern Chile. Advising the company on how to establish and maintain a credible, transparent and participatory interaction with the community and other stakeholders.  
  • Shell Training for Community-Facing Professionals 
  • WWF Aquaculture Standards 
  • Chevron Nigeria Participatory Stakeholder Evaluation

A Fulbright Scholar, David holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Politics and Latin American Studies from Princeton University.