WASHINGTON (July 17 2023) — World Resources Institute (WRI) is pleased to announce that Helen Palmer has joined as the new Chief People Officer. In this role, Palmer will lead WRI's global Human Resources (HR) function, overseeing the organization’s effectiveness and change management processes, talent acquisition, employee engagement, performance management, compensation and benefits, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) policies and programs. Palmer will be based in the United Kingdom.

"WRI is blessed with some of the most talented people working on some of the toughest challenges facing the planet today," said Moazzam Malik, Managing Director for Global Delivery. “With Helen as our Chief People Officer, we aim to support and enable world class talent and leaders to thrive as we take forward WRI’s new Strategic Plan.” 

Palmer has over 25 years of experience as an HR professional, working across all facets of the HR function in large, global organisations. She comes to WRI after nine years with Kelly Services, a market leader in the outsourcing, consulting and staffing solutions industry with over 8,000 staff across 21 countries. 

"WRI has a special ability to attract and retain world-class talent," said Helen Palmer. "I look forward to fostering an innovative and diverse global workforce and culture that prioritizes a meaningful and positive work experience for our people."
Most recently Palmer served as Vice President and Head of International HR, leading all people practices including talent acquisition, employee relations, learning & development, DEI and succession planning for their international business units. Previously, Palmer was Head of Learning and Development at Reed Specialist Recruitment.

"I’m thrilled to have Helen join WRI, bringing her infectious energy and decades of experience to our team. She will play a critical role in ensuring staff well-being is central to how we run our organization."  said Ani Dasgupta, President & CEO. "People are at the heart of everything we do at WRI. I look forward to working together to ensure every member of our team feels supported and equipped to deliver impact for people, nature and climate across the world."  

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World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization with offices in Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States, and regional offices for Africa and Europe. Our over 1,700 staff work with partners to develop practical solutions that improve people’s lives and ensure nature can thrive. Learn more: WRI.org and on Twitter @WorldResources.