Who We Are

Arthur G. Blundell, Ph.D.

Art has focused on the intersection of violent conflict and natural resource management.  He is the former chair of the inspections monitoring panel on Liberia for the UN Security Council.  Art collaborated with the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights.

Currently Art is working with Forest Trends on forest governance and peace-building in Myanmar.  Formerly, he helped the European Commission to negotiate a trade agreement with Liberia to license legal timber exports.  Art has also worked with the US Agency for International Development combating illegal logging, for the US Environmental Protection Agency on eco-risk assessment, and for the Africa Development Bank on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

His work has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, NPR, Nature magazine, and Foreign Policy, among others. Art has a BSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, a PhD in biology from Dartmouth College, and has taught at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Emily E. Harwell, Ph.D.

Emily has over 25 years of experience in the social aspects of natural resource management and policy. Emily’s particular interest is in the social and political conflicts that arise from natural resource extraction. She has worked with human rights organizations, corporations and international financial institutions toward corporate responsibility with respect to the environment and human rights. She worked with truth and reconciliation commissions in East Timor, Liberia, and the Southeast United States on human rights investigations and peace building initiatives, with particular emphasis on the role of natural resources in conflicts and peace-building. She also has collaborated with the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights, and with Profor of the World Bank.

Emily earned her Doctorate from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and her Bachelors of Science in Botany from the University of the South.

W. Tyler Christie, MBA.

Tyler has over a decade of experience working in natural resource management, conservation, and post-conflict reconstruction. Tyler also has experience working with various technology firms and platforms including geographic information systems and remote sensing. Formerly with Conservation International, Tyler focused on protected area design and financing, institutional development and reform, and community development. Tyler earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Middlebury College, Vermont and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.