Board of Directors

ARM's maximum authority is the Board of Director's, which is why its deliberations are of mandatory compliance. It guides and manages the organization. It is responsible for defining the direction of the Foundation, in line with the interests of its various allies and actors in the supply chain.

People who serve on ARM's Board of Directors do so voluntarily and without monetary remuneration. They are committed to dedicating approximately 3 days per month to the Foundation - including meetings, reunions and other activities.

Some key functions of the Board of Directors include the design of high- level policies and strategies, the provision of advice on specific subjects, public representation of ARM and ensuring appropriate financing for the organization. 

Read the Terms of Reference for the Board of Directors.

Maria Laura Barreto | Chair

Lawyer and PHD in Mineral Engineering. She has 25 years of experience in the field of extractive industries and environmental law. Her career involves three major phases in different locations: Mozambique, Brazil and Canada. In Mozambique, she was a senior legal advisor to the Minister of Mineral Resources. In Brazil, during 17 years, she became an academic both as a researcher and professor, and she continued her work as a Senior Legal and Policy Advisor for the Secretary of Mining and Metallurgy, particularly in the area of international environmental negotiations. Arriving in Canada in 2002, she co-founded a consulting company, the Materials Efficiency Research Group, which has been actively engaged with a range of governments, companies and NGOs in the field of environmental law and extractive industries. She is also a visiting professor at universities in British Columbia, Spain and the USA. During recent years, she has worked primarily with the University of Ottawa at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Dr. Barreto is also a member of RESPOMIN, the Iberoamerican network for responsible ASM coordinated by ARM, and advisor on regulatory and public policy issues relating to ASM.

Manuel Reinoso | Vice Chair

Peruvian, artisanal miner since 1993, in 1999 he become shareholder of the mining Enterprise La Victoria S.A. In 2001 he assumed the general management and in May of 2001 he assumed the responsibility, among other miners and sectors, of formulating a law project for the formalization of Artisanal mining in Peru. Supported by international cooperation, he participated in the organization of the first artisanal miners encounter realized in the city of Arequipa, there he was elected president of the Coordinating Commission of Artisanal Miners of the Middle South. With the support of other leaders from Puno and Madre de Dios, the law 27651 of Formalization and Promotion of Small Scale and Artisanal Mining, is released. In July of 2002 he assumes the presidency of the Regional Association of Artisanal Miners Producers of the Middle South and Center of Peru, AMASUC.

Cristina Echavarría

Cristina led ARM as the Executive Director from 2005 to July 2011. She has over 20 years of experience in grassroots community development, social research and administration of research programs in participatory natural resource management, with emphasis on the social, environmental and governance dimensions of the sustainable development of mineral rich regions. Cristina created the Mining, Environment and Communities research group at the University of Antioquia (Medellin) in 1997, and between 2000 and early 2005 she was the Director of the Mining Policy Research Initiative of Canadian IDRC, and regional coordinator in South Amercia for the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD). She is a consultant to governments, communities, NGO's and mining companies, and has published widely.

Harbi Guerrero Morillo

Harbi has a degree in Economy anf Financial Administración and works as an Artisanal and Small-scale miner. Harbi is member, and has been part of the management several times, of the miners cooperative COODMILLA LTDA in the municipality of La Llanada in Nariño, Colombia. As manager in 2005, Harbi obtained an agreement with regional and local governments for the establishment of a commercial platform for the cooperative, generating significant benefits to the mining community of the region. Harbi is now president of ASOMIRCOL, Asociación por la Minería Responsable y Comercio Justo del Suroccidente Colombiano, which was created by miners and local organizations from the area to work towards Fairtrade and Fairmined (FT&FM) certification. As President he has represented miners and ASOMIRCOL in ARMs international workshops on the Fairtrade and Fairmined (FT&FM) standard in different countries of Latin America and Africa.

Toby Pomeroy

Toby Pomeroy has been a jewellery designer since 1967 and has pioneered a movement toward sustainably-sourced jewellery in the North American jewellery market. A talented artisan as well as creative visionary, he has been recognized by Jewellers’ Circular Keystone Magazine as one of the 7 most influential designers in 2008. Toby has been a key leader in the socially responsible jewellery movement since 2005 when he inspired two of the largest precious metals suppliers in the U.S, Hoover & Strong and Stuller, Inc., to offer reclaimed gold and silver to their clients as an alternative to unsustainably mined metals. His leadership on environmental issues in the jewellery business has garnered coverage in publications such as TIME, Vanity Fair, Elle, Shape, and Oprah. Toby was featured in the Sundance Channel TV documentary “Eco-trip Gold” in 2009. In 2010, his design studio received a top “A” grade in an industry-wide report generated by Washington, D.C.-based Earthworks’ “No Dirty Gold” campaign.

Patrick Schein

Patrick is French. Graduated in Finance/Marketing, and since 1992 is active in the precious metals Industry. Based in Paris, he runs a Precious Metal Trading & Refining Company that brought him to be in contact with ASM networks around Africa and South America. In 2004, he started to work on how to adapt Fair Trade Principles to Gold in order to increase the revenues of the small producers. He is working today towards the first accreditation of a Fair Trade producer organization and defining the industry standards for Fair Trade gold refining and processing. His aim is to create a Small Scale Gold Commodity. He assists the UNIDO as an expert analyzing how this new Commodity could alleviate poverty in the ASM sector.

Catalina Cock - Honorary Member

Colombian social entreprenuer. BA in Sociology and Political Science, Maryland University, US; Master's in Social Policy Planning for developing countries, London School of Economics. Social entrepreneur with over 10 years' experience in development issues. Co-Founder and Chairman: Amigos del Chocó Foundation; Green Gold Initiative; Alliance for Responsible Mining. Ashoka Fellow (2003).

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Our Vision

Our vision is to transform the ASM in a formalized, organized and profitable activity that uses efficient technologies and is socially and environmentally responsible; that it progressively develops within a framework of good governance, legality, participation and respect for diversity;
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