Victoria is a development professional with 20 years of experience in consulting for both the public and private sectors in 26 countries.
Over the past eight years, she has worked primarily with companies in the mining and oil and gas sectors advising how to navigate and balance community expectations with business imperatives as well as undertaking relevant risk/opportunity analysis. She has assisted companies in responding to community needs, government regulations, meeting international best practices (IFC Performance Standards, EITI Guidelines, and Equator Principles) and addressing corporate accountability issues. Her assignments have included: feasibility studies, social impact assessments, social investment strategy and design, economic analysis, community consultation, stakeholder engagement and performance monitoring and evaluation.
Victoria has managed several economic strengthening and livelihoods programs that focus on vulnerable populations. For four years, she led a Nike Foundation/USAID-funded program in Kenya that applied a market-based value chain approach to improving livelihoods among adolescent girls around Lake Victoria. Other enterprise development projects have included developing opportunities for alternative livelihoods for communities around a gas plant in Tunisia, and bringing women and youth from several communities in four East African countries into the supply chains of agricultural and other companies. Throughout these programs, her focus has been on partnership development, supply chain and local content, local capacity building and monitoring project impact and success.
She has a MA degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Diplomatic History at the University of Pennsylvania. Victoria is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. She is a native English speaker, fluent in French and German and speaks basic Italian.