Board of Directors
ARM’s maximum authority is the Board of Directors, which is why its deliberations are of mandatory compliance. It guides and manages the organization, and 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.
Maria Laura Barreto
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 researcher and 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 is 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 Canada, 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 an advisor on regulatory and public policy issues relating to ASM.
Peruvian, artisanal miner since 1993, in 1999 he became a shareholder of the mining Enterprise La Victoria S.A. Beginning 2001 he assumed general management and in May of that year he accepted 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 carried out 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 Miner Producers of the Middle South and Center of Peru, AMASUC.
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 also regional coordinator in South Amercia for the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD). She is currently 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 is an Artisanal and Small-scale miner from La Llanada in Nariño, Colombia. He is a partner of the miners cooperative COODMILLA LTDA. 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, (In spanish, Asociation for Responsible Mining and Fair Trade of the Colombian Southwest), which was created by local miners and organizations 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 has been a jewellery designer since 1967 and has pioneered a movement towards sustainably-sourced jewellery in the North American jewellery market. A talented artisan as well as a 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; and in 2009, Toby was featured in the Sundance Channel TV documentary “Eco-trip Gold”. In 2010, his design studio received a top “A” grade in an industry-wide report generated by the Washington, D.C.-based Earthworks’ “No Dirty Gold” campaign.
Patrick is a French entrepreneur, 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 currently working 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 also assists UNIDO as an expert analyzing how this new Commodity could alleviate poverty in the ASM sector.
Felix Hruschka is a mining engineer with a PhD in mineral economics, based in Austria and providing consultancy services through his own company founded in 1992. Long-term assignments in Ecuador and Peru, as resident project manager of Swiss-funded development projects in the artisanal and small-scale mining sector from 1993 to 2006 provided a sound basis of expertise on a wide range of development issues of the minerals sector. Since 2004 these long-term projects became increasingly accompanied and enriched by short-term consultancies in Asia, Latin America and Africa on behalf of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector. In 2005 Felix joined ARM as member of the Standard Zero Technical Committee and was appointed Advisor to the Board in 2007. From 2009 to 2014 he acted as ARM’s Standards Coordinator, leading the development of the Fairmined Standard, until the operational role of standards coordination could be handed over to Marcin Piersiak. Felix then shifted to the role of Standards Director and was elected member of the Board of Directors in 2015. His passion for working towards a responsible mining sector that tangibly contributes to human development was recognized 2012 by the CSR award “Trigos” under auspices of UN Global Compact as well as by the Austrian State Prize for Consulting in 2013.