Mil Niepold is a Senior Mediator at the Consensus Building Institute. She specializes in convening multi-stakeholder dialogues around complex social issues. As Senior Policy Advisor at Verité for nearly 14 years, Mil led a number of new initiatives including Verité’s work on women in the workplace (with UNIFEM and Calvert Social Investments) and multi-stakeholder initiatives, with a focus on programs to implement the Harkin – Engel Protocol on child labor in cocoa production. Mil has extensive experience working with governments, including those of the United States, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and France, among others.
Prior to joining Verité, as Strategic Advisor to Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Mil developed a conference of female heads-of state on the issues of global security and the role of women’s leadership (partnering with The White House Project and The Council of Women World Leaders).
Previously, her corporate social responsibility work spanned both private sector with Fortune 500 companies such as American Express and the public sector with organizations such as UNICEF, the European Union, the French Trade Office and Social Accountability International. From 1998 – 2004 she served on Amnesty International’s Business and Economic Relations Group (Co-Chairing the group from 1998-2000). She is fluent in English and French.
Areas of Focus
Corporate stakeholder engagement, human rights, vulnerable populations, natural resource and land use management, global voluntary standards development
- Worked with First Lady, Dominique Ouattara to design a first-ever multi-stakeholder oversight committee to address the elimination of child labor in Cote d’Ivoire
- Analyzed corporate stakeholder engagement lessons from the extractives sector and tailored them for use in the agriculture sector
- Mediation Training with OECD National Contact Points
- Gender and Extractives Training with Oxfam America
Mil holds degrees in International Affairs and European Studies from George Washington University and L’Institut des Sciences Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France as well as a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, UK.