Dr. Chris Anderson is one of the extractive world's leading communities and social performance practitioners, working on some of the most difficult projects with seemingly intractable community issues. He has worked at both a corporate policy level and on the ground at sites in more than two dozen countries on four continents.
His original training is as a social anthropologist, working for some twenty years with indigenous and tribal peoples and then seventeen years in senior executive roles with Normandy Mining, Newmont Mining and Rio Tinto.
Anderson has been an active participant for many years in the global extractive industry and its engagement with society, including key roles in the International Council on Mining & Metals, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Open Contracting Partnership, the Interlaken Group and others. He has had long teaching and research associations with universities including the University of Queensland and the Colorado School of Mines. He is a gifted and lively speaker and a prolific writer. You can see more of his work at www.yirri.global.
Dr. Linda Battalora is a Teaching Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. She has BS and MS degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Mines, a JD from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from Mines. Prior to joining the Faculty at Mines, Linda served in various roles in the oil and gas industry including operations engineer, production engineer, attorney, and international negotiator for oil and gas project development. She teaches Properties of Reservoir Fluids, Mechanics of Petroleum Production, Petroleum Seminar, Field Session, Fossil Energy, Environmental Law and Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She teaches courses in the Leadership in Social Responsibility, Humanitarian Engineering, Energy, and Midstream Minor programs and the Natural Resources and Energy Policy graduate program at Mines.
Linda is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and serves on the Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Advisory Committee and is Chair of the Sustainable Development Technical Section. She is also a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Society for Engineering Education, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, American Inns of Court, American Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association. Her research areas include HSSE-SR, Sustainable Development, and the Circular Economy. She is the recipient of the 2015 SPE Rocky Mountain North America Region Award for distinguished achievement by Petroleum Engineering Faculty and the 2014 Rocky Mountain North America Region Award for distinguished contribution to Petroleum Engineering in Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility.
Michael Oxman joined Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business in 2016 as the Managing Director of The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business where he teaches business sustainability courses and oversees the Center's industry outreach, partnerships, and educational initiatives (together with the Faculty Director). Michael's teaching includes a strategy consulting practicum with company projects from such companies as Autodesk, Kimberly Clark, Coca-Cola, Silicon Ranch, Rubicon Global, and others. In addition to the practicum, Michael teaches a module in the Executive MBA program that is focused on risk management and social performance that draws from his prior experience in the field.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Michael spent over twenty five years working at the intersection of international business, sustainability, and risk management including serving in leadership roles at Acorn International LLC and at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) where he led the organization's largest industry practice. In these roles, he advised a broad range of international energy and mining companies on local content, social impact/performance, reporting, strategy, and human rights topics. In addition to work at corporate HQ, Michael has worked in such locations as Guatemala, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Turkey, and in rural areas of the U.S. on traditional/renewable energy and mining projects. Michael also lived in Kazakhstan for seven years in two separate expatriate assignments.
Michael has also worked in commercial/risk management and strategic planning roles for Chevron, Price Waterhouse, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Michael has an MBA from Rice University, an MIA from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a B.A. from Trinity College in Russian Area Studies. Michael has spoken at a number of industry and sustainability conferences and is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Sustainable Development Technical Section.