Merrick Hoben is Director of the Consensus Building Institute’s Washington, D.C., Regional Office, Practitioner Associate at the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and Faculty Associate at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Merrick helps stakeholders across diverse organizations and sectors — globally and domestically — to develop and implement more effective agreements. As leader of CBI's Corporate Stakeholder Engagement practice, he specializes in helping corporations and their stakeholders engage one another more effectively, designing and guiding voluntary standard setting processes, supporting collaborative resource management efforts, and leading complex strategic planning initiatives.
Merrick has extensive experience with mediation, negotiation, and training in Latin America and the Middle East. His bicultural and bilingual Spanish training and mediation experience enable him to work successfully with diverse populations on sensitive resource, human rights and health issues in Latin America and elsewhere.
Merrick is listed on the roster of conflict resolution professionals of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
Areas of Focus
Corporate stakeholder engagement, natural resource and land use management, environmental health, aquaculture, fisheries, global voluntary standards development
- Chevron Nigeria GMOU Re-Negotiation
- WWF Global Standards Setting for Key Food Commodities
- IFC Global Policy Review
- Oxfam Strategic Planning
Merrick holds an M.S. in Resource Policy and Public Dispute Resolution from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont. He completed his negotiation and mediation training at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.