Ian Smillie

Ian Smillie has lived and worked in Africa and Asia. He was a founder of the Canadian development organization, Inter Pares, and was executive director of CUSO from 1979 to 1983. He was an adjunct professor at Tulane University in New Orleans from 1998 to 2001. During 2000, he served on a UN Secretary Council expert panel investigating the links between illicit weapons and the diamond trade in Sierra Leone. He is an associate of the Feinstein Center at Tufts University. His latest books are Patronage or Partnership: Local Capacity Building in Humanitarian Crises (Kumarian, 2001); Managing for Change: Leadership, Strategy, and Management in Asian NGO's (with John Hailey, Earthscan, 2001); and The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World (with Larry Minear, Kumarian, 2004). He serves as research coordinator on Partnership Africa Canada's Diamonds and Human Security Project and is an NGO participant in the intergovernmental Kimberley Process, which has developed a global certification system for rough diamonds. He is chairman of the Diamond Development Initiative, a new international NGO working with Africa's 1.3 million artisanal diamond miners. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2003.

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