Isabelle Ramdoo
Deputy Director
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Isabelle Ramdoo is the Deputy Director of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She is an economist with over 20 years of experience in trade and industrial policy. In the field of international trade, Isabelle has extensive experience as a former trade negotiator for the Government of Mauritius, where she represented her country in bilateral negotiations, notably with the EU, Turkey, Pakistan and China, in regional negotiations in Africa, and at the WTO. In the field of industrial policy, Isabelle worked on various public policies at the Ministry of Economic Development aimed at shaping the economic trajectory of Mauritius. Later, she supported many African countries on their mineral-related linkages development.

Prior to joining IISD/IGF, Isabelle was a Senior Investment and Linkages Advisor at the African Minerals Development Centre/ United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, where she supported African governments in developing strategic policies to develop linkages and supply chains to promote economic transformation, in line with the Africa Mining Vision. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Head of Programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in the Netherlands, where she led two workstreams, trade and extractive industries work stream respectively in the Economic Transformation and Trade programme. She has published extensively on trade and on various dimensions of the extractive sector, in particular on local content and industrial diversification.