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Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

New York, United States
Joined October 2015


Presence in: United States
Focus: Land & Natural Resources

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) is a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Our mission is to develop practical approaches for governments, investors, communities and other stakeholders to maximize the benefits of international investment for sustainable development. We focus primarily on investment in land and agriculture, investment in extractive industries, and investment law and policy.

People Associated With This Organization

Jesse Coleman

United States  
Columbia Center on Sustainable...
Joined February 2016
Jesse Coleman is a legal researcher for the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, focusing on investment law and policy, natural resources, and the intersection between human rights and sustainable development. Prior to joining CCSI, Jesse worked with a diverse network of non-profit and research-based organizations, including the International Center for Transitional Justice, Cambridge University’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights, and the Cambridge Pro Bono Project.

Kaitlin Cordes

United States  
Columbia Center on Sustainable...
Joined October 2015
I work at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, where I lead the Center's work on investments in land and agriculture and specialize in the intersection of human rights and international investments.

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Sam Szoke-Burke

United States  
Columbia Center on Sustainable...
Joined May 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Land & Natural Resources
Sam Szoke-Burke is a legal researcher for the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s focus areas of land and agriculture, and extractive industries. He also specializes in the intersection of human rights and international investments. Prior to joining CCSI, Sam worked as a legal consultant for the Land, Environment and Development project at the Legal Assistance Centre, Namibia, where he represented various indigenous communities in legal claims relating to mineral exploration, ancestral land claims and forced resettlement, amongst other projects. He has also worked with various human rights and public interest organizations in the US and Australia, including on a project concerning the human rights impacts of gold mining in Haiti, and clerked for Justice Anthony Cavanough, head of the Judicial Review and Appeals List, at the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

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Solina Kennedy

United States  
Columbia Center on Sustainable...
Joined August 2019
Special Assistant to the Director at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).
Kaitlin Cordes is the network champion (main point of contact) for Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

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