Rex Raimond joined Meridian Institute in April 2001 and is now a Senior Mediator and Program Manager. In this role, he designs, convenes, and facilitates collaborative processes aimed at helping people solve complex and controversial societal problems. He has worked on local, national, and international projects regarding a range of issues related to: agriculture, food security, and biotechnology; nanotechnology; science and technology; international development; forestry; water and watershed management; climate and energy; and security.
Prior to joining Meridian, Mr. Raimond researched public participation practice and theory for the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Until his relocation to the United States in 1999, Mr. Raimond practiced environmental law and land-use law in the Netherlands. His practice included a focus on expert legal advice and conflict resolution through interest-based negotiations. He assisted government agencies, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individual citizens in solving problems and resolving disputes.
In 1995, Mr. Raimond was an intern with the United Nations Development Programme’s Africa 2000 Network in Zimbabwe. Mr. Raimond provided support to projects that assisted rural communities in improving livelihoods and addressed natural resource degradation.
Mr. Raimond holds the equivalent of a Juris Doctor from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and a Master of Environmental Laws from the University of London. While at the University of London, he was the recipient of a Leverhulme Scholarship, one of five merit-based scholarships awarded to exchange students from the University of Leiden.