Ian Smillie was a founder of the Canadian NGO Inter Pares and was an Executive Director of CUSO. He has been an independent development consultant and writer since 1983. His latest books are Freedom from Want: The Remarkable Story of BRAC, 2009, and Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade, 2010. Smillie is a leader in the campaign to end “blood diamonds”. He helped to create the Kimberley Process which certifies the world’s trade in rough diamonds, and he was the first witness at Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial in The Hague. He Chairs the Diamond Development Initiative and he is a member of the Order of Canada.