Jeanne Ellis

Director, Social & Environmental Impact Management

Jeanne Ellis is one of Cardno’s most insightful and passionate international development professionals. She has a long history of designing, managing and implementing programs for USAID, Australian Aid (DFAT), the Global Fund and various mining and oil and gas companies.

She recently completed a 26-month assignment in South Africa with the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility (AAPF), a $65M Australian Aid-funded and Cardno-managed regional initiative to build partnerships and capacity in three areas – mining governance, agriculture and public policy.

As the Key Project Development Specialist (Mining Governance), Jeanne managed the Facility’s mining governance portfolio, the largest of the three portfolios. She worked with public sector agencies, mining companies and civil society organizations on a wide range of activities to improve partner countries’ ability to manage their own mineral resources.

“It was an incredible experience,” says Jeanne.

“The program worked in 51 countries across Africa. We’ve seen many outstanding results across the scope of mining governance, agriculture and public policy.”

Today, she is a Director with Cardno’s Social and Environmental Impact Management unit in Washington, working on an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of a mining project in Ecuador, to ensure the company meets international standards (the IFC Performance Standards) on Environmental and Social Sustainability.  

She has worked with public sector agencies, mining companies and civil society organisations to improve partner countries’ ability to manage their mineral resources.

“Put simply, I help extractive companies operate more responsibly and sustainably,” says Jeanne.

“A lot of the projects are also focused on building women’s capacity in business and breaking down gender-related issues, especially mining – an area rife with gender inequality.”

“It has been a very satisfying project to be part of.  I have the opportunity to work across many different parts of Cardno.  It is truly amazing to be amongst all the different skills, knowledge and experiences that our staff have,” she says.