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Supply Chain Practice Director Giuliana Canessa Walker

Giuliana Canessa Walker is an international development practitioner with seventeen years of experience designing and managing projects across Latin America, Europe and Eurasia, and Middle East and North Africa. She currently serves as the supply chain practice director. Previously, Ms. Walker led the Knowledge, Innovation, and Technology Department, which provides guidance and resources to integrate deep and innovative technical knowledge in Chemonics’ work. Before that, Ms. Walker was a director in the Corporate Partnership department working with private sector partners and a deputy chief of party for USAID’s Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices Project. As Chemonics’ economic growth practice manager, she facilitated knowledge sharing of best practices, and created multiple resources to leverage the use of technology and partnerships in programs. Prior to Chemonics, Ms. Walker was a project director for Peru 2021, where she advised companies on shared value strategies, conducted social performance assessments, and designed community development projects. Ms. Walker has an MBA from George Washington University.

by Giuliana Canessa Walker

Increasing Resiliency in the Face of Disaster: Four Best Practices

As Category 4 Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Southeast of the United States last week, preliminary damage estimates indicated 758,000 homes across three states could be impacted. Reconstruction costs were estimated at $170.2 billion. Despite the dire forecast and its associated challenges, however, the United States is one of the countries most prepared to respond…

A New Framework for Maximizing Business Value from Social Investments

Ever since the term “sustainability” entered the mainstream in the 1980s, companies have struggled to convince their boards and investors of why they should integrate social and environmental dimensions into their core businesses. I have heard from many executives who are eager to invest in sustainability but find themselves stuck with the same question: “How…

Do Extractives Companies Need Another Environmental, Social, and Governance Performance Standard?

Interest in how extractives companies deal with the environmental, social, and governance aspects of their work is increasing among investors, financial institutions, affected communities, consumers, and NGOs. To meet stakeholders’ expectations and avoid additional regulations, many extractives companies are committing to voluntary environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards — essentially principles, guidelines, and certifications systems…