Michael Hammer initiated and is ROCsalt’s Managing Director. He is an experienced Director and Programme Manager of not for profit organisations working in the field of human rights/conflict transformation, global governance and capacity building. From 2013 to 2016 Michael led organisational development and capacity building specialists INTRAC, and prior to that for seven years global governance think tank One World Trust (2006-2013). Before that he worked as West Africa Programme Director for peacebuilding organisation Conciliation Resources (2005-2006), and as Researcher, Africa Programme Director and Head of Office of the Secretary General of Amnesty International (2000-2005). Earlier in his career, Michael worked in sustainability and regional planning for Germany based Institut Raum & Energie. Michael studied African history in Dakar, Senegal, and holds a research-based master’s degree in geography, history and urban planning from the University of Hamburg, Germany. He lived and worked in West Africa for several years, researching urban and rural land conflicts in the context of slum rehabilitation and environmental resource degradation. His main research and organisational development focus is on accountability, governance and effectiveness of international organisations involved in providing and advocating for access to global public goods. He co-developed the Global Accountability Framework, a comparative assessment benchmarking tool for global organisations, and led its use in relation to close to 100 global organisations across different sectors. As part of an ESRC-DFID project he co-led, with Dr Susannah Mayhew, research on change and citizen-responsiveness of global institutions in the context of climate change. Building on his governance experience such as on the Boards of the UK’s international development network BOND, Greenpeace Germany and as a member of the UK Development Studies Council, he serves on the International Board of Greenpeace, and guides the organisation’s international governance committee. Michael speaks fluent English, German, French and Dutch.
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