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Robert Walker

Robert Walker

Job title
Sector Lead, Finance
Current employer
The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)

Robert leads IRMA’s engagement and partnerships with the finance sector and has joined the board of the Howe Sound Biosphere Regional Initiative, bringing 30+ years of experience in the sustainable investing field helping lead the development of the industry internationally. He formerly served as Executive Director of the Responsible Investment Association and Vice-President, Head of ESG Services at NEI Investments, a leading Canadian asset manager focused on sustainable investing. He is a Climate Governance Expert for the Canadian Climate Law Initiative established by the University of British Columbia and York University. Robert is the recipient of a 2021Clean50 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Robert currently sits on the board and chairs the Nominations and Governance Committee of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a top global environmental think-tank.  He also serves on the board of Vajrakila Innovations, a Finnish app-development company advancing smart earth technologies and citizen science in support of the environment. He is the owner of Le Chardonnier, a vineyard located in the Mâconnais wine region of France, and is working with local partners to adopt organic and biodynamic wine-growing practices.

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