Roper was most recently at the peace-building organisation International Alert as their corporate engagement lead, where she provided consultancy services for extractives and energy companies on managing negative social impacts and promoting positive opportunities. She also provided technical support to Alert field offices in Africa and Asia on private sector engagement (field assignments included Colombia, Kenya, Mali, South Africa and Uganda).
Prior to Alert, Roper managed the social responsibility programme at IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association on environmental and social issues. There she executed IPIECA’s flagship Business and Human Rights project, overseeing guidance development and building the international multi-stakeholder programme to raise the profile of the industry commitment to human rights. She also planned and facilitated numerous working group and multi-stakeholder meetings involving senior oil industry executives, government officials and civil society representatives.
Roper started her career in NGO roles focused on private sector engagement, indigenous rights and access to justice. She has a MA in Anthropology for Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies and she graduated Cum Laude from Vassar College. She is a contributing author on a range of papers, guidance materials and tools such as the update of International Alert’s Conflict Sensitive Business Practice.