Ian Smillie has been an international development practitioner, consultant, teacher and writer for many years. He has lived and worked in Asia and Africa, was a founder of Inter Pares and was Executive Director of CUSO. He is the author of several books, including The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World (with Larry Minear, 2004) Freedom from Want (2008) and Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade (2010). He served on a UN Security Council Expert Panel examining the relationship between diamonds and weapons in West Africa, and he helped develop the 70-government ‘Kimberley Process,’ a global certification system to halt the traffic in conflict diamonds. He chairs the Board of the Diamond Development Initiative, he Co-chairs the Advisory Panel of the Office of Canada’s Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor and he is a member of the McLeod Group.
His Ottawa Citizen blogs on international development can be found athttp://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/author/ismillie/He received the Order of Canada in 2003.
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