October 3, 2017 – The Development Partner Institute (DPI) is pleased to announce that Wendy Tyrrell will be taking on the role of Executive Director.
With over 25 years of experience spanning extractive industries, manufacturing, agribusiness, and civil society organizations, Ms. Tyrrell brings deep expertise in sustainable development, environmental issues, social risks, and governance challenges. As a former senior manager for BHP Billiton and Orica, Wendy has extensive experience of the realities of sustainable development between business and the community.
“We believe Wendy is the right leader to continue establishing the DPI as a critical platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on the future of the mining industry,” said Peter Bryant, Co-Founder and Chair of the DPI. “She passionately and honestly believes in the aspiration that, when done right, mining has the potential to be a catalyst for global prosperity.”
“Wendy brings critically important hands-on experience to the Development Partner Initiative as a professional with BHP, a board member for the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), as well as on the ground work in community consultation in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia that will be invaluable in assisting industry in designing and managing future multi-stakeholder engagement processes,” said Ray Offenheiser, Director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and DPI Advisory Council member.
The Founding Executive Director, Kulvir Singh Gill, will remain with the organization and continue to work on global stakeholder engagement and regional workshops. “I’m delighted to have Wendy join the DPI team and am excited to be working closely with her in the coming months,” said Mr. Gill.
Building on the work catalyzed and incubated by the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN), the DPI was established in 2016 to fundamentally change the extractive business model of the mining industry from insular and reactive, to an integrated and proactive development partner, delivering on economic, environmental and social shared purpose. The DPI engages across the mining ecosystem to build bridges amongst stakeholders and advance innovative thinking about the role of mining in society.