Edward Bickham is the Principal Senior Advisor at Critical Resource and has led many of the company’s projects in Africa, Latin America, Europe and South Asia. He is recognised as a leading advisor on stakeholder relations and governance issues in the mining and energy sectors. Edward also works as an independent adviser to a number of other organisations.
Edward was formerly Executive Vice President, External Affairs for global mining group, Anglo American plc, between 2000 and Autumn 2009. In this role, he was responsible for public policy, government relations and political risk; social development in mining communities; communications; and corporate ethics, including anti-corruption and human rights. He was also involved in the development of a number of multi-stakeholder, developmental partnerships including the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (Board Member 2006-9; and currently an Alternate Director), the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the Investment Climate Facility for Africa. He also chaired the CBI International Investment Panel and the International Council on Mining and Metals’ working groups on communication and human rights. He was Senior Adviser to the World Gold Council (2010-14) including on the development of the Conflict-Free Gold Standard and on resource nationalism. He has been a Senior Advisor to Critical Resource since 2010.
Between January 1991 and July 1993 he served as Special Adviser to the Foreign Secretary (Rt Hon Douglas Hurd) during the first Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the start of the transition to democracy in South Africa and the negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty. He graduated in Law from St John’s College, Oxford in 1977. In 1983 he was awarded the Robert Schuman Silver Medal for services to European unity and attended the inaugural Georgetown University Leadership Seminar. He is a trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics, a member of the Programme Committee of CARE International UK and of the Advisory Board of Engineers Without Borders. He is a Visiting Fellow of Cranfield School of Management and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Energy and Sustainable Development at Cape Breton University in Canada.