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.
Felix Hruschka is a mining engineer with a PhD in mineral economics. He is based in Austria and provides consulting services through his company since 1992. Long-term assignments in Ecuador and Peru, as resident project manager of Swiss-funded development projects in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) 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 bi- and multilateral development agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector. In 2005, the Alliance for Responsible Mining invited Felix to join its Technical Committee for the development of “Standard ZERO”, the first prototype standard for responsible artisanal gold mining. In 2007 he was appointed advisor to the board and for many years he acted as ARM’s Standards Director, leading the development of the FAIRMINED Standard and the CRAFT Code. In 2015 Felix was elected member of the Board of Directors, and since September 2018 he serves as Chair of the Board.
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.
Harbi Guerrero Morillo
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Natalia is an economist from the University of Antioquia and has focused her professional career on issues related to local development, especially in vulnerable communities. Between 2013 and 2014 she participated in the Agreement with UNDP, Ministry of Labor and the University of Antioquia in the construction of productive profiles and economic recommendations for the population of victims of the conflict in prioritized municipalities in Colombia. From 2014, to the present, she has been member of the ARM team. She began her path as a project analyst supporting issues related to Fairmined Certification and project management, then joined the Standards and Certification area, where she leads the processes related to Fairmined Certification, the continuous improvement of the Fairmined Standard and the development of the CRAFT Code.