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Mission Team | Equipo de Misión

Mission Team (English) / Equipo de la Misión (Español)

The mission team is composed of the following individuals:

Tim Martin, Team Leader
Myriam Méndez-Montalvo, Team Member
Miguel Cervantes Rodriguez, Team Member
Dana Goodson, Policy Advisor

Tim Martin, Team Leader

A policy leader and experienced diplomatic practitioner, Tim Martin has been at the forefront in Canadian diplomacy and peace, human rights and security in Latin America, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. He has served as Ambassador to Colombia and to Argentina and Paraguay. His high level international work includes leading Canada’s civilian work in Southern Afghanistan as Representative of Canada in Kandahar and concurrently Director of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. In 2004 he was Chairman of the Kimberley Process to ban Conflict Diamonds, overseeing the implementation of the global certification scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds. With reference to Tim’s Kimberley Process work, the book Diamonds, by international expert Ian Smillie, states that “no subsequent chair had Martin’s combination of good sense, purpose and resolve.” In 1998, he opened the Canadian Representative Office in Ramallah, West Bank where he served as the first Representative of Canada to the Palestinian Authority. His career includes accreditation for political affairs to Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Following his retirement from the Foreign Service, Tim is active as President of Diplomatic Counsel International Policy Consulting (www.diplomaticcounsel.com) and as a strategic advisor to RESOLVE.

Tim is a recipient of the Canadian Treasury Board’s Award of Excellence in the Public Service for his leadership on Canada’s humanitarian assistance to Palestinian children affected by conflict. For his service to Canada he has been awarded three medals by Canada’s Governor General: the Commemorative medal of the 125th Anniversary of Confederation; the Queen’s Jubilee Medal; and the Operational Service Medal.


Myriam Méndez-Montalvo, Team Member

Myriam Méndez-Montalvo is an international advisor on democratic governance, human rights and participation. As Ford Foundation’s Representative for the Andean Region and Southern Cone Office (2011-2015) Myriam led the Ford’s work on tackling social economic, political and cultural exclusion and discrimination affecting racial and ethnic minorities most severely. She also led Ford’s regional work on promoting government responsiveness, transparency and accountability in particular in areas where the extractive industries operate and where ethnic and racial minorities are affected as a consequence. Her work focused on fostering social dialogue mechanisms among local communities, mining companies, and governments in order to empower communities to effectively participate in decision making processes that affect their lives; promote greater compliance by the industry with national and international human rights standards, and strengthen local governments’ capacities to manage and drive sustainable development agendas in their territories. Before joining Ford, Myriam served as a global democratic governance policy adviser at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She held a number of leadership roles at UNDP since 2003, providing strategic direction for governance programs globally and for the Latin America and Caribbean region, and promoting human rights, democracy and state building in countries undergoing transitions and post-crisis situations.

Previously, Myriam led country programs across Latin America for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in particular in Guatemala after the signing of the Peace Accords, and in Peru during the democratic transition of 2001. Myriam worked with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She began her career as a lawyer in Colombia, where she was a member of the Women for Democracy Movement.

Myriam holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and an L.L.M. from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.


Miguel Cervantes Rodriguez, Team Member

Miguel is Executive Director and founding partner at CCPM Grupo Consultor. With 15 years of international experience as a researcher, consultant and manager in the extractive industries sector, he has focused on understanding the dynamics of relations between communities and mining companies, looking for innovative solutions that will enable them to develop mutually beneficial relationships. He has also developed a practical approach for the integration of Social Management in project development. His areas of interest are: Human Rights, Stakeholder Engagement, Sustainability, Regional Development, Resettlement, Strategy, Risk Analysis and Management Systems.

Miguel has participated in several projects in Latin America and is a member of the International Technical Committee (COMREL) of the Center for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) of the University of Queensland.

He has been responsible for the Community Relations area at the La Granja de Rio Tinto Project; and previously he served as Project Manager at the consulting firm Social Capital Group and was National Adviser on social policies for the Ministry of Health in Peru.

Miguel has recently participated in consultancies related to the implementation of the process of Prior Consultation in Peru, working in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture, the World Bank and German Cooperation (GIZ). He is an anthropologist, with master studies in Social Management from the Catholic University of Peru.


Dana Goodson, Policy Advisor 

Dana Goodson is a RESOLVE mediator with nine years of experience in helping people of different perspectives reach agreement on challenging issues. Her work focuses on bringing communities, civil society organizations, and indigenous peoples’ groups together with agencies and companies to have productive dialogues on complex environmental, health, and social problems, on both national and international levels.

She has worked on several projects involving natural resource development, including mining and oil and gas development. For example, as part of RESOLVE’s Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Dialogue Process, she facilitated a meeting with representatives of extractive sector companies, indigenous groups, environmental and human rights organizations, and investors on the topic of indigenous rights, extractive industries, and risks to communities. Her current projects include leading the creation of a guidebook on the community health issues that arise with newer methods of oil and gas development (often known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking). Also in the area of environmental health, she is helping to plan and will facilitate a November 2015 conference on identifying and preventing environmental health risks to children in U.S. elementary schools.

Dana received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she focused on Conflict Management, writing her thesis on the experience of the Colombian peace communities and conducting field research in Chocó. She also holds a graduate degree in International Organizations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP, known as Sciences Po) in Paris, France. She is a member of the Leadership Council for the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Environment and Public Policy section and chairs the Diversity and Equity Committee. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two daughters, who are 2 and 5 years old.

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