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Emily Simpson

Junior Researcher

Emily has been professionally and academically pursuing her interest in the intersection of business, conflict, and peace for the past 10 years. Her journey began when she served as a youth ambassador in Ghana with the U.S. State Department for  a year in 2013.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Regional Studies, specialising in International Human Rights; she also participated in formal leadership and non-violent communication training with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Uttarakhand, India.

Emily spent two years in Argentina examining social movements, resource extraction and land rights, and historic and contemporary conflicts in Latin America. She has experience researching and analysing the relationship between conflict and multinational enterprises, particularly in resource extraction operations.

Emily is pursuing a master’s degree in International Development Studies from the Geneva Graduate Institute in Switzerland with a primary specialization in Power and Conflict, and a secondary specialization in Global Security.

Alongside with her work at TrustWorks, Emily is a consultant for the Alliance of Local Service Organizations, an organisation focusing on the intersection of street and domestic violence in Chicago.

Emily is particularly interested in impact investing and inclusive collaboration between businesses, community members and conflict actors as tools for development and peace. As a Junior Researcher with TrustWorks, Emily supports the CEO and Senior Advisors in their work with Cadmos Emerging Markets Engagement Fund and initiatives to promote businesses’ engagement with FCS in ways that prevent conflict and promote peace.


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English, Spanish, growing proficiency in French