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Don’t miss this episode as Ian speaks to development issues of all kinds, sustainability, how to lie with statistics and the future of development.

Ian Smillie has been an international development practitioner, consultant, teacher and writer for many years. He has lived and worked in Asia and Africa, was a founder of Inter Pares and was Executive Director of CUSO. He is the author of several books, including The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World (with Larry Minear, 2004) Freedom from Want (2008) and Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade (2010). He served on a UN Security Council Expert Panel examining the relationship between diamonds and weapons in West Africa, and he helped develop the 70-government ‘Kimberley Process,’ a global certification system to halt the traffic in conflict diamonds. He chairs the Board of the Diamond Development Initiative, he Co-chairs the Advisory Panel of the Office of Canada’s Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor and he is a member of the McLeod Group.

He received the Order of Canada in 2003.