Eddie Rich has worked to define the role of corporates in international development for over 20 years. Since his appointment as CEO of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in 2019, IHA has repositioned itself as a values-based organisation as reflected in the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower, which states that “Going forward, the only acceptable hydropower is sustainable hydropower.”
He was instrumental in the launch of the Hydropower Sustainability Standard in 2021 as well as the establishment of the International Forum on Pumped Storage Hydropower. In 2022, IHA was awarded International Association of the Year.
Eddie was previously deputy head of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) from its establishment in 2007, including for a period as its executive director.
His experience also includes representing the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to Angola and deputy DFID head in Kenya, as well as head of DFID’s corporate social responsibility team.
Together with the EITI’s former executive director Jonas Moberg, Eddie developed an approach to multi-stakeholder governance that challenged conventional developmental wisdom, summarised in their book, ‘Beyond Governments: Making Collective Governance Work – Lessons from the EITI’.
He has degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Westminster.
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