The latest sustainable business appointments
Appointment of the month
Winifred (Winnie) Byanyima, a grass-roots activist, human rights advocate, senior international public servant, and world-recognised expert on women’s rights, has been appointed executive director of Oxfam International. Byanyima earned engineering degrees in aeronautics and in energy conservation and the environment in the UK, where she went as a refugee student during the repressive regime of Idi Amin in her native Uganda. An engineer for Uganda Airlines, she was appointed to the diplomatic service in 1989, where she represented Uganda in France and at Unesco in Paris. She returned to Uganda in 1994 and served as a member of parliament until 2004. In that same period, she founded and led the Forum for Women in Democracy, a national Ugandan NGO. From 2004 until 2006, she established and directed a unit for women, gender and development at the African Union Commission. In 2006, she became director of the gender team of the United Nations Development Program. In that role, she also co-founded the 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance of civil society, bilateral and multilateral organisations. She chairs UN-wide task forces on gender aspects of the millennium development goals, and of climate change.
Professor Phil Taylor has been appointed as the new lead on sustainability at Newcastle University. Taylor is a leading expert in renewable energy and the academic lead for the UK's largest smart grid project, worth £54m. He will take up the post of director of the University’s Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability in April. Training in Liverpool and Manchester, Taylor worked for five years as research and development director for Senergy Econnect, an international renewable energy consultancy, before moving to Durham University, where he established a world-leading research team.
Baldwin, who most recently served as global media relations director for KPMG International’s climate change and sustainability division, will be based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) board has elected its chair and vice-chair for 2013. Peer Stiansen of Norway will serve as chair until the first meeting of the board in 2014. An economist who joined the board in 2009, Stiansen is a senior adviser in the Norwegian environment ministry. Hugh Sealy of Barbados will serve as vice-chair. Sealy, a professor at St George’s University in Grenada, is an environmental scientist and chemical engineer who has served on the board since 2008.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has announced the appointment of Iohann Le Frapper, general counsel networks group at Alcatel-Lucent, as a vice-chair of the ICC commission on corporate responsibility and anti-corruption. ICC was the first global business organisation to develop rules to counter corruption and it has developed a suite of crucial anti-corruption tools for companies to use proactively as part of their integrity programmes.
Matthew Kotchen is the new deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy at the US Treasury. Kotchen is an associate professor of the school of forestry and environmental studies at Yale University and also serves as a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is on the advisory board of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has hired Roger Mortlock as its new CEO. Starting in March 2013, Mortlock will be joining the trust from the Soil Association, where he was deputy director, leading work aimed at widening access to healthy and sustainable food, notably the Food for Life Partnership. He is also chair of the Soil Association Land Trust. With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & Yorkcareer Claire Manuel CSR Jobs Latest CSR jobs people on the move