Co-Founder and Co-Director
Charmian Gooch is Co-Founder and Director of Global Witness, a non-profit campaigning organization that addresses the links between natural resource exploitation and the funding of conflict and corruption. Gooch jointly led Global Witness's first campaign, exposing the trade in timber between the Khmer Rouge and Thai logging companies and their political and military backers. She also developed and launched Global Witness's second ground-breaking campaign to combat blood diamonds. Gooch is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness and has spoken publicly across these issues, most recently at the 2013 TED Global Conference where she gave a talk about the drivers of corruption. Global Witness was nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on conflict diamonds, and in 2005 Gooch received the Gleitsman International Activist Award.