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Dawn Wells

Associate Researcher

Dawn Wells

Dawn joined Oxford HR in 2021 after having co-developed one of the first internationally recognized methodologies with the OECD for development co-operation to structurally align with the Paris Climate Agreement.

She is a globally minded Sustainable Development professional, dedicated to advancing social inclusion and environmental sustainability, driving systemic change and supporting local action. She has spent many years engaging with the corporate sector, founding a social enterprise focused on transforming supply-chains in targeted markets through advocacy and services, and has worked on the formulation of global standards with the United Nations, The OECD and The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Notably, through her work at the Earth Institute at Columbia University she contributed to the creation of indicators for the United Nations (UN SDGS), specifically UN SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities with Jeffrey Sachs and Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law. She also completed assignments in India, Kenya, and Uganda where she collaborated with local governments, global NGOs, climate scientists and ecologists to design and deliver projects on sustainable development and conservation, encompassing public health, water, energy sectors.

She has managed portfolios for UN programmes, specifically UN Women’s a $100 million annual portfolio, for 22 countries in Africa, developing program proposals and agreements. She supported the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, for the agreed conclusions on CSW61 and CSW62 sessions on women’s economic empowerment, and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Dawn holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in Energy and Sustainability Strategy from IPAG Business School in Paris, France, and Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in the City of New York. Her MBA Thesis is on how digital disruption in the energy sector will drive decarbonization. She is Founder of Global Alignment Consulting and passionate about travel.

We are at an inflection point in the development and climate sectors to ensure our work isnt just sustainable, but regenerative. This requires a transformation in how we conceptualize these fields and the structures of our institutions, and this is achieved by promoting diverse leadership. OxfordHR is at the forefront of this work and I am proud to be a part of that.

View Dawn's current roles

Full Time
Europe, Germany
Posted 4 days ago

Status: Open

The SPP is an international grassroots and non-profit organization for procurement professionals, academics and practitioners, seeking to be recognized as the most impactful non-profit in its field.
Full Time
Europe, London, UK
Posted 3 weeks ago

Status: Open

The Executive Director for the United Kingdom will lead Oceana’s policy campaigns to protect and restore the abundance of the UK’s seas.
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Full Time
Amsterdam, London, New York
Posted 4 weeks ago

Status: Open

The Director of Effective Philanthropy will work across strategic initiatives, social and environmental challenges of philanthropic programmes and regional offices.
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