Dr Ana Maria Esteves
Ana Maria established Community Insights in 2002 and is based in Groningen, The Netherlands. Ana Maria has two primary areas of expertise – local content and social impact assessment – with a speciality in the extractives sector. Her particular interests lie in research and development of more effective approaches for resource affected regions and communities to benefit from the presence of megaprojects. She has supported global resources companies such as Shell, BG, Tullow Oil, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.
Ana Maria’s passion is in sharing of knowledge and improvement in standards of practice. She has published in academic journals, chaired conferences, managed research partnerships, led study tours for government officials, developed courses in local content, SIA and strategic social investment, established SIAhub (an online platform for the SIA community of practice). She is past President of the board of the International Association for Impact Assessment and current member of the Editorial Board for the association’s journal, Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal.
Ana Maria completed an economics degree in South Africa. She also holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and PhD (on the topic of extractives and social development) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is a graduate of the Company Directors Course of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. Ana Maria is a native Portuguese speaker and has basic Dutch, Spanish and Afrikaans.