Edward O’Keefe


Ed has over 20 years of international experience focused on helping organisations understand and manage their interactions with society. He has played a critical role in the success of numerous sensitive projects.

Ed’s extensive expertise lies in managing the socio-economic impacts of large-scale development projects (including social impact assessments) and management systems, and building processes for effective stakeholder partnerships. He has done this successfully in over 30 countries, particularly in Eurasia and Africa, and works with companies and organisations like Shell, AngloGold Ashanti, the IFC, Rio Tinto, EITI, the DFID, Fauna & Flora International, and other international NGOs.

He is a trained ISO 14001 lead auditor and has led numerous external assessments and audits of community relations management systems. Ed has been an external assessor for Newmont’s Five Star Community and External Relations Management System.

He currently leads Synergy’s work on skills development; this includes the development and delivery of our innovative community relations practitioner course in partnership with the University of Witwatersrand, and training for ICMM members.

Ed has authored papers and delivered public talks on a range of subjects, advancing thinking on issues including indigenous people, poverty and the extractive sector. Ed is based in our UK office in Oxford.