Dr. Nicky Black is a Director at the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation that brings together 27 mining and metals companies and over 30 regional and commodities associations to strengthen environmental and social performance and enhance mining’s contribution to society. Nicky joined ICMM in June 2017, where she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership to the organisation’s work on social and economic development, including the future of work, community relations, security and human rights, tax and mineral resource governance. Prior to joining ICMM, Nicky was Group Head of Social Performance at De Beers, the world’s leading diamond company, strengthening social risk and management systems in mining and exploration activities in six countries, and working with the board and executive committee across the diamond value chain on sustainability strategy, assurance, reporting and communications.
Nicky holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, a Master’s degree in Political Sociology from McGill University in Canada, and a degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford in the UK. Her academic work focused on global governance, sustainable development and human rights, particularly in fragile states and areas of conflict. She serves on a number of boards and advisory panels, including on the board of the Global Compact Network UK, the UK focal point for the United Nations’ responsible business initiative (2013-present; Chair 2017-2020).