Mike Davis became Global Witness’s CEO in February 2020 after three years in the role of Director of Campaigns. Under his leadership, Global Witness has embarked on a new strategic direction: working with partners to shift the balance of power from those profiting most from the climate emergency to those most adversely affected.
From 2013 to the end of 2016, Mike was Global Witness’s Asia Director. In this role he oversaw the organisation’s engagement in China and conducted in-depth investigations into corruption in Myanmar’s multi-billion dollar jade business; writing a series of high impact publications that exposed, for the first time, the generals, drug lords and tycoons involved.
Mike’s previous roles at Global Witness include managing the organisation’s work on forest protection and land rights across Africa, Asia and Latin America from 2012-2013, and leading its campaigns on conflict minerals, blood diamonds and other conflict resources in sub-Saharan Africa from 2007-2012. He ran the Global Witness office and its team of undercover investigators in Cambodia from 2003-2005 and wrote two ground-breaking exposés on high level corruption and forest destruction which were both banned by the Cambodian government.
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