Eng. Andrew N. Kamau, C.B.S.Principal Secretary, State Department of Petroleum and Mining
Eng. Andrew Kamau, CBS, is the Principal Secretary State Department of Petroleum, Ministry of Petroleum and Mining. Since his appointment as Principal Secretary in December 2015, Mr. Kamau has been instrumental in the development and implementation of landmark oil and gas projects which include the Kenya Petroleum Technical Assistance Project (KEPTAP), a World Bank funded project for capacity building in the petroleum sector in the country. He is also steering two key flagship projects: The Early Oil Pilot Scheme and the Crude Oil Pipeline. Mr. Kamau has vast experience in the mining, oil and gas sectors spanning over twenty five (25) years. He previously held senior positions in Saillies Ltd. the oldest Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed mining company and Drillex Ltd, a mineral exploration drilling company with drilling rigs in South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia. In addition, he has been a director of Gulf of Guinea Petroleum Company in the Republic of Congo.
Mr Moses KulabaEast Africa’s Regional Manager of the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI)
Mr Moses Kulaba is the East Africa’s Regional Manager of the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI), based in Nairobi, Kenya-where he oversees NRGI’s Country operations in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. He is a political economist and tax law expert with over 15 years experiences in extractive sector. Prior to joining NRGI, he worked in Tanzania and consulted for governments and international organisations such as the UNDP, DFID, Oxfam, and the European Union. He was an International Board Member for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), representing Anglophone Eastern and Southern Africa civil societies on the board.
Dr Assheton Stewart Carter, Ph.DFounder and CEO of TDi Sustainability
Dr. Carter is senior advisor to C-Suites on sustainability, compliance, standards and mineral supply chains. He is a pioneering consultant on responsible sourcing, corporate sustainability, non-financial risk, and responsible investment in international and emerging markets. He has been at the forefront of the CSR movement for more than 25 years with a focus on international supply chains in the mining, jewellery, luxury, auto and electronics industries.
AUDREY ALIMILA MULAMADirector of KECBO CIC
Audrey is a CEMEREM Alumna, a registered NEMA expert and a mining professional with relevant experience as a geological assistant at Acacia Exploration Kenya Ltd in East Africa now Shanta gold Ltd Kenya. She has also assisted in providing technical support as an environmental officer in Shanta gold Ltd Kenya .She is also the director of KECBO CIC, an environmental community based organisation in Kakamega, Kenya registered in the UK under the Companies house under company number SC674693. She is passionate about environmental conversation. She has worked at the Kenya Geothermal Electricity Generating Company in Olkaria Naivasha as an engineering intern under the geo-chemistry, geology, geophysics and reservoir sections respectively.
Donga NqobizithaAdvocacy and Constitutional Literacy Officer at Zimbabwe Christian Alliance
Donga Nqobizitha is an Advocacy and Constitutional Literacy Officer at Zimbabwe Christian Alliance (a faith based organisation based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe). He is an ardent advocate, with more than 10 years experience, in youth: women mobilization and capacitation especially to those in the periphery. Key note mining advocacy that he has done include capacitating youths and women in Hwange (Matabeleland North) to lobby for safer coal mining activities in the area He is a Thomson Reuters Trust Scholar. Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Fellow International Youth Diplomacy Conference (IYDC) scholar
Rebecca BurtonDirector of Communications and Corporate Engagement IRMA
With over a decade of experience in sustainability, corporate responsibility and philanthropy, Rebecca believes there is enormous capacity within the private sector to propel positive change and lead the way in driving responsible business practices. Within IRMA, Rebecca works to bring new constituents in the private sector into IRMA—specifically purchasers of mined materials and investors—by demonstrating the tangible ways their membership, involvement and investment can influence market uptake and ultimately forward more responsible mining practices.
Stuart PoolC0-Founder- Moyo Gemstones Project
Stuart is a specialist in responsibly mined and fully traceable coloured gemstones, mainly sourced directly from mines in Sri Lanka and Tanzania. He runs gem trading companies Nineteen48 (www.nineteen48.com), Rubyfair (https://www.facebook.com/ruby.fair) and Crown Gems (https://www.facebook.com/crowngemspvt), as well as being one of the co-founders of Fair Luxury (www.fairluxury.co.uk), a group focused on positive change in the jewellery industry and a key member of the Moyo Gemstones project (www.moyogems.com).
Dr. Melba WasunnaChairperson - Association of Women in Energy and Extractives in Kenya
Melba is the chairperson for the Association of Women in Energy and Extractives in Kenya (AWEIK) and the current External Affairs Manager at Base Titanium, Kenya’s largest mining company. She has 10+ years’ experience with a strong track record on leading teams in Africa contributing to systemic change in responsible mining, government affairs, external and corporate affairs, strategy development, negotiations, sustainability, human rights, gender equality, social license and risk management. Melba is passionate about stakeholder engagement in the Extractives sector and is a recipient of the Women in Mining –UK top 100 Inspirational women in Mining 2020.
Susan WheelerJewelry designer and Founder of The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference
Susan Wheeler is a jewelry designer and the Founder of The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference and nonprofit Responsible Jewelry Transformative. Susan creates cause jewelry, jewelry where the supply chain is built on purpose driven purchases. As founder of the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference, Susan has brought a global perspective to change within the jeweler industry amplifying the voice of those from all ends of the supply chain. The newly founded nonprofit, The Responsible Jewelry Transformative's mission is to facilitate equity, transparency, and knowledge throughout the jewelry industry supply chain and elevate those voices in the mining community through action, initiatives, and education.
Lemaiyan LemeinConsultant at The Mining Gallery Africa
Mining engineer, researcher and consultant at The mining Gallery Africa Lemaiyan is passionate about connecting ASM miners in Africa to the world by utilizing Blockchain Technology in the supply chain to promote responsible sourcing and improve livelihoods.
Miriam KamauBoard of Directors ,ICA and Founder Mimo Gem Traders
Miriam is a Trailblazer gemologist in Kenya. Miriam is a dynamic role model in her field whom inspire a new generation of young men and women, bright female gemologists from humble background. She is a Board Member of AWEIK and Board of Directors of International Colored Stones Association (ICA)
Hannah Wang’ombeCEO- Association for Women in Energy and Extractives in Kenya (AWEIK)
Hannah is the Chief Executive Officer at AWEIK. Previously Hannah was Head of Strategy and Planning as well as a researcher at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), the leading Global think tank in Sub Sahara Africa. Her research interests and contribution in the extractives industry include Kenya are around issues on artisanal small scale mining and socio economic effects of large scale mining, on indigenous communities as well as investigating the impact of extractive industries on political settlements and conflict. In past she regularly contributed to opinion pages in the Business Daily on current policy taking place in the extractives industry in Kenya. Hannah has a Bsc in Economics from Daystar University, Kenya and an Msc. in International Finance and Economic Development from the University of Kent, UK.
Cristina VillegasDirector, Mines to Markets At Pact
Cristina Villegas specializes in rural development strategies, mineral sector governance and local capacity building, and has direct field experience across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is a member of the Gemstone Knowledge Hub, Fairtrade’s Technical Advisory Committee for Gold, a Gold Expert for the UN Environmental Program, and an Expert Associate of the Artisanal Gold Council. She is regularly consulted as an ASM expert on gold, gemstones and conflict minerals by such organizations as USAID, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor, the World Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and others. She lectures on extractives for Columbia University’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
Evan CaplanBoard of Directors of International Colored Stone Association (ICA).
Evan Caplan is one of the most knowledgeable colored gemstone professionals of our time. His ability to source the world’s finest treasures has led many of those in the know to call him “the eye.” His journey with gems goes back to the 1980’s when a friend, who was in the business of colored stones needed some help for a few days. This was Mr. Caplan’s introduction to the unique and beautiful world of rare stones and during his short exposure, developed a serious interest in them. Caplan decided to seek knowledge, so he began his studies at the Gemological Institute of America where attained a Graduate Gemologist diploma. A noted jazz musician by profession, Caplan had studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He soon discovered that the great sensitivity and artistry needed for contemporary jazz allowed him to move quickly and easily into his new world of rare and exotic stones. His desire for greater knowledge and the direct access to stones led him to travel and grow business relationships in Burma, Thailand, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, India and many other sources of stones. Mr. Caplan was one of the first people to bring the unique Paraiba Tourmaline to America. He, along with several others, was responsible for the cutting and eventual sale of the world’s largest Padparadscha Sapphire. As his reputation grew, collectors and major museum curators began to visit his small office in Los Angeles. Collectors trusted his instinct and his eye for beauty and at shows they would visit him first to find what new surprises he had waiting. They were never disappointed. With the passage of time Caplan found himself attracted, again and again, to Alexandrite, a unique, beautiful, and an extremely rare gemstone. Alexandrite exhibits a phenomenon called “color change” in which the gem changes from red to green in different light conditions. It can also show a cat’s eye effect. On very rare occasions, both phenomena can occur in the same stone. For Caplan, this is one of the world’s most interesting stones. Now, at the pinnacle of his long career, Caplan has become an authority on Alexandrite and often lectures around the world on this truly remarkable gem. In the past several years Caplan has been spending more time in Africa, exploring and sourcing Gems and Minerals for his business. Recently he has gotten involved in mining and is now spending even more time there. Africa is the most mineral rich continent in the world and there is no excuse for poverty in Africa. Caplan spends a lot of time working to improve the lives of the people there.
Dr. Lynda LawsonTraining and Knowledge Transfer Manager
Lynda is the Training and Knowledge Transfer Manager at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining in the Sustainable Minerals Institute and has worked in the corporate training space both in Australia and overseas for many years. She is responsible for all aspects of the Centre's training offerings. She has also designed and led CSRM's local economic and social development training programs in Africa and Australia. She is committed to ensuring that these types of developments include the voices of women and youth.
David SturmesImpact Investment Specialist at Impact Facility
A specialist in value chain assessments, voluntary standards and inclusive development, David’s role at the Impact Facility centres on the development of credible and cost-efficient monitoring and evaluation systems to measure project impact in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As part of his degree in international development management, David gained practical experience working with smallholder cotton farmers in India, where he helped introduce smart technology to catalyse the adoption sustainable production practices. His award-winning in-depth analysis of the artisanal gold value chain in east Africa, published in 2018, formed the foundation for the development of a scalable aggregation mechanism grouping hubs comprising several ASM operations strategically to reach sufficient volume to make direct trade economically viable.
Emmanuel BeauChief Investment Officer at Minexx
Emmanuel previously co-founded a $90M energy access fund, EA Ventures. His focus is designing financial products to serve frontier markets. Emmanuel holds a degree in Political Sciences and speaks French, English, German, Portugeuse, Wolof, and Swahili.
Chie MurakamiFounder at Diamonds for Peace
She founded an NGO in Japan and in Liberia. They are working towards the world in which diamonds are mined, cut and processed with humanitarian and environmental considerations. They have three pillars of activities: 1) Awareness raising targeting consumers and retailers/manufacturers on the diamond related issues to change their behaviors. 2) Support self-reliance of the artisanal diamond miners and diggers in Africa. 3) Emergency assistance in the targeted country.
Jennifer PeyserDirector of Ethical Resource Program at RESOLVE
Jen Peyser is a Senior Mediator and Director of RESOLVE’s Ethical Resource program, where she designs and leads proactive, global, and multi-stakeholder partnerships. She also advises companies, agencies, and other leaders in stakeholder engagement and risk assessment on sustainability challenges, with an emphasis on responsible sourcing, supply chains, and natural resources. She works with partners to support progress on environmental and human rights performance and impacts across supply chains from source to product, including benefits to local communities where development and production of natural resources occur. Jen has also worked on a wide range of environmental, health, and social issues, including energy, drinking water, food safety, and chemicals management.
Dr. Stacy HopeHead of Global Outreach Women in Mining- UK
PhD Social Anthropologist with over twelve years experience working on gender-responsive programmes, climate resilient municipalities, ASMs, and sustainability within international development, the extractives sector and large scale infrastructure in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Recent roles with the EU, IADB, UNDP & Kenya Red Cross included designing, implementing and conducting multi-donor and multi-stakeholder programme evaluations, training and research. Special expertise: in assessing, managing, interpreting and applying various policies within the IDB, UN, IFC, AfrDB, and EU. Areas of engagement include, but not limited to: extractives industry, infrastructure, climate change, risk assessment and management, gender, biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods and food security, and indigenous and human rights policies.
Marianna SmirnovaDirector of Standards and Assurance at the Responsible Business Alliance’s (RBA)
Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) has more than 15 years of experience in responsible sourcing, human rights and compliance issues in supply chains, including human trafficking, conflict minerals, and raw materials traceability. Her expertise includes leading global collaborative projects, program management, policy analysis, strategic planning, standards, guidance and audit tool development, training, platform build-up, quality assurance, capacity-building, and research. Previously Marianna managed the raw materials and extractives auditing and advisory services program at UL's Responsible Sourcing group, including assessments using Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), and Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) standards. Marianna has a Master’s in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin. She speaks English, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese.