Esma Mneina, Stakeholder Liaison Officer

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Esma Mneina joined the Office of the CSR Counsellor in June 2016 as the Stakeholder Liaison Officer. Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Mneina pursued a three-year study on Canadian mining and Indigenous community relations in Guatemala and held various research, project coordinator positions and internships dedicated to private sector-led development, Indigenous rights, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and responsible investment.

Following months of community-level and multi-local fieldwork studying mining conflict firsthand in Mayan communities in Guatemala, Ms. Mneina worked as a Junior Associate at the Responsible Investment Association in Toronto, with a focus on impact investing and ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues.

Ms. Mneina also previously worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs as an intern at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. with a focus on CSR and Human Rights.  Also in Washington, D.C., Ms. Mneina was an intern at a private investment fund directed at indigenous development in Mexico, and held a Research Associate position at a think-tank focused on inter-American policy and development. Ms. Mneina also worked as a Project Coordinator on Mining and Corporate-Community engagement at the University of Ottawa and ran her own start-up on business with impact in Toronto.

Ms. Mneina has a Master of Anthropology degree from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba. She has work experience in Guatemala, El Salvador, Ottawa, Washington D.C., Northern Quebec, New York and Toronto. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic and has working proficiency in French.