Chilenye is an extractive sector policy, governance and regulation expert. He is Legal Adviser in the Trade, Oceans and Natural Resources Directorate of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK, where he provides technical assistance to governments in Commonwealth countries on mining and petroleum policy, economic and legal reforms. This role builds on his broader international development consulting practice, where he has worked on donor-funded technical assistance projects providing capacity building to national governments and their agencies on extractive sector governance and regulation.

Chilenye also serves as Co-Head of Research, International Women in Mining. He holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada, specializing in resource extraction, business and human rights. Research excellence is closely tied to the improvement of society and this has been a profound driver of his work in the international development arena.

Q&A

Which company are you currently with?

The Commonwealth Secretariat

What is your area of value in the field of mining sustainability?

Concern for the environment

How is your practice of sustainability value perceived today?

Highly critical

What are your greatest challenges to practice mining sustainability?

Cost of implementing sustainability, political support

What are your greatest successes in promoting mining sustainability?

Increased public awareness of sustainability issues

What is your vision of how mining can change?

Improve positive impact on local communities

How do you use innovation to apply your value and how can it be improved?

Adaptation of legal rules to promote sustainability

Choose the areas which are most important to you

  • Community and Aboriginal Outreach
  • Remediation and Mine Closure
  • Gender Equality and Diversity