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Director, Partnerships & Program Development
In her current capacity at CIRDI as the Director of Partnerships and Program Development, Dr. Bala-Miller leads on the strategic development of new programming, donor and partner relations, as well as the Institute’s gender strategy and implementation plan for a global portfolio of projects spanning 20 countries.
Dr. Bala-Miller has over 16 years of professional experience in sustainable development with specialist expertise on issues related to gender equality, human rights and sustainable finance. She previously worked with international non-government organizations, UN Agencies and institutional investors, where she led multi-stakeholder global research and capacity building programmes on these sustainability issues. In these roles, she represented stakeholder concerns in global forums such as the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, The UN-led Marrakech Process for a 10-Year Framework of Programs (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the OECD’s Working Party of the Trade Committee, the European Commission and the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI). She held the 2015 Jesse and Besty Fink Foundation Research Fellowship at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and is an alumnus of the OIKOS/UN-PRI Young Scholars Finance Academy.
Rights-based approaches to sustainable development and sustainable finance are also a focus in Dr. Bala-Miller’s academic work. She earned an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, where her dissertation examined the role of global companies in the trade of conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, she holds an MA in Political Science from UBC, where her thesis examined challenges of political mobilization and representation in on-line transnational advocacy campaigns on gender rights and climate change. More recently, she was awarded a PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia for a thesis that examined the human rights policies and practices of large institutional investors, with case illustrations covering extractives projects in Burma, Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Western Sahara. Aside from authoring numerous policy reports on sustainability topics, Dr. Bala-Miller has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal for Sustainable Finance and Investment and Consumer Policy Review.