Lisa E. Sachs

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"Lisa Sachs is the Director of the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment. She joined the VCC in 2008 and became Associate Director in 2009 and Director in 2012. Since joining the VCC, she developed the workstream on natural resources and sustainable development, developing a robust research portfolio and overseeing advisory work in Mozambique, Guinea, Tanzania, Malawi and Timor-Leste on resource-based development. Her academic research focuses on extractive industries, foreign investment, corporate responsibility, human rights, and integrated economic development. She is a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network thematic group on the Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law." [1]

Her father is Jeffrey D. Sachs and her husband is Matthew Lewis Steven Beck, a vice president at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, a securities brokerage and specialist firm in New York that is owned by Goldman Sachs. [1]


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  1. Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment Staff, organizational web page, accessed April 8, 2013.