Dr. Chris Anderson is the principal of Yirri Global LLC, a consultancy practice based in Denver, Colorado. Yirri works for clients in the global extractives sector, governments, civil society, and communities, focusing on improving performance of companies in the sustainability and engagement space and helping build capacity of those who are impacted by economic and development activity.
Anderson has worked as a field practitioner and senior executive in the mining industry for 17 years, with Rio Tinto, Newmont Mining, and Normandy Mining, specializing in communities and social performance in Australia, Indonesia, West Africa, Turkey, Peru, Canada, and the United States. He is a social anthropologist and has also worked for around 20 years with and for indigenous communities on a variety of issues including land claims, royal commissions, customary law, and more. In addition, he is a practicing academic, teacher, writer, and researcher with community experience with indigenous and tribal peoples around the world.
He is a board member of the Open Contracting Partnership and past chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples Working Group, and he was Alumnus of the Year in 2013 at the University of Queensland. He is currently a research associate at the Colorado School of Mines and an adjunct professor in the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland.
Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology, a B.A. with First Class Honors in Anthropology, and a diploma in Organizational Psychology from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.