Lead Consultant and Managing Director, Red Cliff Project Consultants
Margarita Escartin is an Indigenous Peoples Engagement and Social Performance practitioner with a strong background in land access, project agreements and regulatory compliance. For over a decade, Margarita has been working with project developers and communities on mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects throughout Australia and internationally. The focus of Margarita’s work has been the strategic management of engagement and social risk issues in the context of negotiating, finalising and delivering on project agreements; cultural heritage management; community economic participation; and sustainable development for both project proponents and Indigenous communities. With a background in law, the core of Margarita’s work has been developing and implementing codesigned and inclusive engagement frameworks that comply with local and international laws, conventions and voluntary frameworks and lay foundations for enduring and respectful engagements, that realise commercial and practical solutions for projects and communities. With experience from greenfields to operational mining and gas, infrastructure and renewables projects, Margarita has assisted both companies and communities to embed commitments in order to deliver on social investment initiatives and create sustainable partnerships. She has experience in due diligence and independent assessment of projects for lenders across numerous international development frameworks and voluntary industry ESG reporting principles, as well as social crisis intervention and management. Margarita brings a cross-disciplinary approach to her work, striving for pragmatic best practice outcomes for her clients. Well-respected for her professionalism and integrity, Margarita looks for innovative solutions aligned with business goals, community aspirations and compliance to create enduring project outcomes. Margarita is currently working towards her PhD, holds a Graduate Diploma in Community Relations in Mining, a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Laws.