EITI Board Appoints Mark Robinson As New Executive Director

Mark Robinson, incoming EITI Executive Director

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) Board have announced the appointment of Mr. Mark Robinson as executive director of the EITI.

Robinson who is currently the global director of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Governance Center, will assume his position at the end of November 2018, according to a statement by the EITI Secretariat.

Robinson will be based at the EITI’s headquarters in Oslo, Norway. He will take over from EITI’s Acting Executive Director Eddie Rich, who will return to his position as Deputy Head of the EITI International Secretariat.

“Mark Robinson is a widely respected figure in the international development community, spanning the worlds of policy-making, research and philanthropy,” said Chair of the EITI Board Fredrik Reinfeldt.

“I look forward to working with Mark as the EITI continues to address the important issues facing open and accountable management of oil, gas and mineral resources worldwide, such as beneficial ownership transparency, contract transparency and systematic disclosure of extractives data.

While much has been achieved over the last decade, we owe it to the citizens of resource-rich countries to push harder for better governance to ensure that the revenues from the extractives sector truly do benefit all,” The EITI Chair said.

Robinson, a British national, has extensive experience in applied policy and research on governance, transparency and conflict issues. At WRI he led the development of an ambitious climate and environmental governance strategy focused on climate resilience, energy access, environmental democracy, and natural resource governance.

Over the course of a 30-year international career, Robinson has held numerous leadership and management roles at WRI, the Department for International Development, the Institute for Development Studies, the Ford Foundation, and the Overseas Development Institute. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the Open Government Partnership Secretariat.

“It is both a great honour and responsibility to be appointed as executive director of the EITI and to lead it into its second decade,” said Robinson. “I am passionate about the potential for enhanced transparency and accountability to contribute to fundamental improvements in the well-being of countries and in the lives of their citizens. I believe the EITI is of huge importance to the governance of the extractives sector and that it serves as a beacon of innovation to seemingly intractable governance problems,” Robinson added.

Robinson earned his PhD in Comparative Politics from the University of Sussex, specializing in the politics of contemporary India. He also holds a BA honours degree in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Comparative Politics from the University of Sussex.

“Mark comes into a small, strong and important organization, which has achieved a lot in a short time,” said Rich. “However, there are still challenges ahead. Countries and their citizens are not yet getting what they should from their resources, companies who are open and honest are still not always able to compete on fair terms, and in many countries, the civic space is closing. The EITI needs to help reformers deliver. The team looks forward to working with Mark on addressing these issues.”

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