Fabiana I. Peek - Consultant
Fabiana is a social performance and development professional with more than 12 years of international experience, primarily with major mining projects in Africa. Her work focuses on developing and managing teams of community specialists in the development of Social Performance strategies that are aligned with international best practice. Fabiana’s broad expertise ranges from the implementation of resettlement action plans to establishing stakeholder engagement strategies, developing and implementing community investment programs and creating social management systems. Her experience working as a Senior Social Advisor for Canada’s major export credit agency allowed her to be on the Lender side of the development of major infrastructure projects providing insight into ESG matters.
Fabiana is a proven management professional who drives solutions through expertise and innovation in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-language contexts. She’s an enthusiastic leader dedicated to providing on-the ground support, strategic guidance and management while fostering a teamwork approach to promoting the effective identification, understanding and management of social risks associated with private and public-sector development.
Fabiana has lived and worked in South America, Central America, North America, Europe, Asia Minor and Africa. She is now based in Arizona, USA, and speaks fluent French and English, in addition to her native Spanish.
Environmental and Socioeconomic Impact and Risk Assessment:
Fabiana was a Senior member of the Environmental and Social Advisory Group at Export Development Canada (Canada’s export credit agency), leading complex and challenging social reviews and evaluations and providing recommendations for Business Teams and Senior Executives. She has also participated in in the social review of numerous ESIAs on the client side and has led public consultations in complex environments for major mining operations in West Africa.
Fabiana is familiar with international standards and best practices regarding social performance and resettlement, such as the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the United Nations Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and World Bank Environment, Health and Safety Guidelines.
Community Relations, Social Risk Management and Capacity Building
Fabiana has extensive experience building up, training and managing teams of Community Relations specialists in Madagascar, Mauritania, Ghana and Guinea. She has provided capacity building in the areas of stakeholder engagement, risk identification and analysis, grievance resolution, reporting and elaboration of KPIs.
Fabiana has designed and implemented grievance redress mechanisms that are fit for purpose, stakeholder engagement plans, site-specific policies and procedures, community investment programs, social performance metrics and ensured the monitoring and evaluation of community benefits and perceptions for major capital projects worldwide continuously since 2011. A key area of focus in her work has been implementing systematic stakeholder identification and communications strategies and developing key messages as well as ensuring the implementation of the Social Management Plans. In her various management roles for large scale mining operations, she has worked with corporate teams and site-based management to manage risks and create value.
Land Access and Resettlement
Fabiana has directed, planned, and implemented successful Resettlement Action Plans for IFC funded projects in Africa. Her experience ranges from participating in the drafting of RAPs, including Land Access Compensation and Resettlement Frameworks to developing communications and negotiation strategies to obtain land access and proposing design changes to mitigate and/or avoid impacts. She has also led the implementation of livelihood restoration programs related to agricultural and economic development.
Prior Professional Experience
Alliance Mining Commodities – Koumbia Bauxite Mining Project, Environment and Communities Manager, Conakry, Guinea. Directed the development and implementation of the Project’s RAP, Land Access Compensation and Resettlement Framework and Livelihood Restoration Plan in conformance to IFC PS5 for the physical resettlement of 45+ households and for the economic resettlement of 600+ PAPs. Other responsibilities included directing the development of the Project’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) and Social Management Plans, including implementing the Project’s Stakeholder Engagement Plan. Key member of the ESG committee.
Emirati Global Alumina – Guinea Alumina Corporation, General Superintendent Communities, Conakry, Guinea. Participated in the review of the Project’s RAPs and led the implementation of 300+ households including the completion of the land acquisition and compensation framework and implementation of the livelihood restoration program in conformance to IFC PS5. Participated in the development of the Project’s Local Employment Program and was responsible for its implementation and monitoring.
Export Development Canada – Senior Social and Environmental Advisor, Ottawa, Canada. Conducted due diligence and environmental and social risks assessments to IFC PS, EP III, UNGPs and recommended best management practices related to international environmental and social standards. Participated in the development of EDC’s Human Rights Due Diligence Procedure.
Kinross Gold Corporation – Tasiast Gold Mine/Chirano Gold Mine, Regional Community Relations Manager, Nouakchott, Mauritania. Led the community relations team in Mauritania and supervised the team in Ghana to ensure the development and implementation of the Company’s social performance system (site responsibility plan) and their integration into the strategic business planning process at both sites in the region. Developed stakeholder engagement plans, key messages, community investment and community relations strategies, and set up appropriate management objectives in support of those strategies. Supported regional project permitting and feasibility study efforts.
Sherritt International – Ambatovy Project, Head of Service-Resettlement Villages, Toamasina, Madagascar. Led the physical resettlement for two sites of 200+ households in conformance to IFC PS5 and the implementation and monitoring of the Project’s social and economic development management plan. Contributed to the conception of the Project’s corporate social responsibility strategy.
University of Warwick – MA, Globalization and Development, 2006
Universite de Geneve – Certificate, French and Civilization Studies, 2004
University of Arizona – BA, Political Science, 2001