Stephen D’Esposito, President and CEO, RESOLVE
Stephen D’Esposito is the President and CEO of RESOLVE, a solutions focused NGO that works with community, business, government, foundation and NGO leaders to get results on natural resource, health and sustainability issues. Today RESOLVE is working with hundreds of partners on over 60 projects on issues like smart energy, food safety, sustainable agriculture, responsible mining, sustainable fisheries, safeguarding human rights and indigenous peoples, biodiversity and habitat protection. Through its Solutions Network, RESOLVE has pioneered the innovative use of public-private partnerships to catalyze sustainable development, including projects that attract investors and program related investments.
Stephen has worked closely with leading companies, NGOs, foundations and governments, including Apple, Shell, the World Economic Forum, TNC, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Newmont, Oxfam, the Pembina Institute and others to envision and implement solutions to challenging issues.
Prior to RESOLVE, Stephen was President and CEO of EARTHWORKS, a leading global policy NGO focused on mining, oil and gas issues. He served as Deputy Director of Greenpeace USA and the led the Greenpeace International Executive Committee, based in Amsterdam. During his tenure Stephen played a central in building Greenpeace into one of the world’s largest environmental organizations. Stephen began his policy career with the New York Public Interest Research Group in the mid-80s. Stephen serves on a number of boards. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining and Metals, is former chair and serves on the board of Resource Media, and is a board member of the Diamond Development Initiative among others. In his community, Stephen designed and led a volunteer recycling program that spread across Washington, D.C. and eventually led to passage of the city’s first recycling legislation.