Ariel Meyerstein

Ariel Meyerstein
Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Citi

Dr. Meyerstein helps lead the development of policy frameworks and risk management approaches to human rights and sustainability issues for Citi’s Corporate Sustainability team. Meyerstein has developed policy enhancements related to Indigenous Peoples, coal-fired power, controversial weapons and firearms, led the 2018 revision of Citi’s Statement on Human Rights, coordinates Citi’s work in response to modern slavery and contributes to overall climate and sustainable finance related strategy, including policy advocacy. He regularly conducts human rights due diligence on client transactions and sectors and frequently engages with civil society organizations, investors and internal stakeholders on sensitive sustainability issues.

Prior to joining Citi, Meyerstein led multilateral organization policy engagement on human rights, labor affairs, sustainable development and corporate governance for the United States Council for International Business, an association of Fortune 500 U.S. businesses. Prior to USCIB, Meyerstein spent several years developing expertise in international dispute resolution and international human rights law while working for global law firms and in international courts and tribunals, including the U.N. ad hoc International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, as well as for NGOs, such as Reprieve and the Crimes of War Project.

Meyerstein has served on a number of advisory committees to various U.S. executive branch agencies on the intersection of trade, investment and human rights and sustainable development and currently serves as Business Vice-chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Board to the State Department’s U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.  He has also participated in several multi-stakeholder advisory groups at the OECD aimed at developing responsible business conduct guidance documents in different sectors, including investment and stakeholder engagement in the extractive industries.  He was elected a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2016.  He is a frequently invited speaker on business and human rights issues, has published several articles and book chapters on various aspects of human rights law, including its intersection with project finance, and has taught business and human rights as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law. He received his law degree and PhD in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He has a B.A. from Columbia University in English & Comparative Literature with a concentration in Human Rights. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children.

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