The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) has appointed Suneeta Kaimal the new President and CEO of the independent, non-profit organization.
Ms. Kaimal, currently Interim President and CEO of NRGI, joined the organization in 2009 and previously served as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer.
“NRGI’s trajectory is such that it requires someone who has a holistic understanding of the field of resource management and knows how to deal with the consequences of the upheavals we are going through,” said Smita Singh, Interim President of the Institute’s Board of Directors.
“After careful and in-depth global research that identified many excellent candidates, the Board of Directors came to the conclusion that Suneeta Kaimal offers the ideal combination of attributes: a vision for the future, interdisciplinary knowledge of issues related to the management of extractive industries in resource-rich countries, extensive external networks and in-depth knowledge of the internal strengths of the Institute. Her unique skills make her the ideal candidate to guide the Institute through the important changes that must continue to take place in order to continue its work with communities. The Board of Directors is unanimously convinced that Suneeta Kaimal has the capacity to continue the activities that make the reputation of the Institute and adapt to the profound changes we are witnessing around the world. “
Suneeta Kaimal to lead Institute’s ambitious programme for 2021, building on the successes f a difficult 2020. The Institute’s programme teams work with national and international civil society organizations, multilateral organizations and governments to facilitate the transition to a more climate-friendly future in countries dependent on fuel extraction. fossils; to help countries with significant mineral deposits meet growing demand for critical minerals in a way that benefits their citizens while reducing corruption and environmental impact; reduce resource-related debt; and to defend and develop governance, environmental and social standards.
“We are at a historic turning point in the area of natural resource governance,” said Suneeta Kaimal. “New thinking conducive to transformation is needed if we are to face the heavy economic consequences of the global pandemic and the looming climate emergency.” I have the honor and the privilege, as President and CEO, to have the opportunity to build on the success of the Institute to meet this challenge. In collaboration with the outstanding staff of the Institute, distinguished members of the Board of Trustees and advisers, committed donors and accomplished partners, I believe we can create a more just and sustainable future for resource-rich countries. “
NRGI’s goal is to ensure a future where countries rich in oil, gas and minerals achieve sustainable, equitable and inclusive development, enabling citizens to benefit sustainably from extractive industries and helping to reduce the associated negative effects. to the sector. The organization is present in more than a dozen resource-rich countries in Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Eurasia, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific.
“Good governance of natural resources is more than ever essential if we want to strengthen economic resilience and advance social justice for the benefit of more than a billion people living in poverty in resource-rich countries” , added Suneeta Kaimal. “The NRGI team remains unfazed by the scale of the challenges and is emboldened by the opportunities ahead. “
Suneeta Kaimal succeeds President Emeritus Daniel Kaufmann, who worked for the Institute from 2013 to February 2020.