Rohitesh Dhawan

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
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Rohitesh Dhawan

Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan is the president and chief executive officer of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). He leads the council of 24 CEOs of the world’s largest mining and metals companies in voluntary leadership actions that raise the standards of responsible mining. Under his leadership, ICMM has undertaken landmark commitments and action on critical sustainable development issues, including the first industry-wide commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, pioneering actions on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and significant steps toward transparency of the industry’s contribution and performance, including on tax and contract disclosure. Ro is a fellow and faculty member of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a Raisina fellow at the Asian Forum on Global Governance. He serves on the advisory boards of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Concordia, and Resolve. He has served on the UK government’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (PACT) Programme and was named one of South Africa’s climate change leaders for his work with the country’s mining sector. Ro hold a master’s in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in economics from Rhodes University in South Africa.