Jeanne Ellis is a Director for DAI’s Sustainable Business Group, where she manages a portfolio of projects in social impact management, local content development, and corporate social investment. She brings to DAI 17 years of experience in designing, implementing, and overseeing programs for USAID, Australian Aid (DFAT), the World Bank, and mining and oil and gas companies focused on improving extractive sector governance and natural resource management. Her technical areas of expertise include social impact assessment, IFC Performance Standards, extractive sector governance, public-private partnerships, and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining DAI, Jeanne spent five years as Director for Social and Environmental Impact Management at Cardno Emerging Markets, where she was responsible for identifying, engaging, and providing technical leadership in social performance and extractive governance consulting. This included designing and managing social impact assessments, management plans, social investment programs, and company-community partnerships. She also spent two years based in South Africa as the Mining Governance Advisor on the DFAT-funded Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility, where she managed the design and delivery of capacity building activities across the continent in areas such as mining policy development, contract negotiation, social and environmental impacts, fiscal and regulatory regimes, and community engagement.

Jeanne has experience working in numerous countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Kenya, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Peru, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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