Daniel Litvin

Visiting Fellow, LSE

Daniel Litvin

Daniel is Founder and Managing Partner of Critical Resource, and author of “Empires of Profit: Commerce, Conquest and Corporate Responsibility”


In 2006, Daniel founded Critical Resource, an advisory firm which provides strategic counsel to energy and mining companies and their investors on ‘ESG’, sustainability, and political risks. Following significant growth, Critical Resource was acquired by ERM, the world’s largest pure-play sustainability consulting firm, in 2020.

Prior to Critical Resource, Daniel was a consultant and adviser to leadership at McKinsey & Company on “business in society” issues. He was also a policy adviser to Rio Tinto, where he developed the company’s internal guidance on human rights and anti-corruption. He has also been a senior research fellow at Chatham House in London, specializing in the geopolitics of energy.

Daniel started his career at The Economist, where he worked as the magazine’s environment and resources correspondent, jointly winning the Wincott Award for young financial journalist of the year. He is author of ‘Empires of Profit: Commerce, Conquest & Corporate Responsibility,’ a history of the political challenges facing big corporations, from the East India Company onward. Daniel holds an MSc in anthropology and development from the LSE, and a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.

Research interests

  • Sustainability and geopolitical challenges associated with natural resource development
  • Corporate strategies on climate change and ESG
  • Social and political pressures facing large corporations