CRAFT Code Committee

The CRAFT Code is comprised of professionals with different backgrounds and professional training.

Artisanal and Small-scale Miners

Urica Primus

Guyana Women Miners Organization president

One of the founding members of Youths for Guyana, where she served as vice president and treasurer. She also got elected as vice president of the Guyana Women Miners Org. in 2013. Urica has been actively involved in combating human trafficking in Guyana. She has fostered two victims of trafficking and provided them with an opportunity to get an education and attend court. She is a passionate volunteer and a World Merit Agent of Change. She also served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, representing the Guyana Women Miners Organisation in 2016.

Nimer Rivera

Miner Representative – Perú

Social consultant for mining, energetic and industrial projects. He has been working with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) since 2006, working as a vice president of the mining project Luicho in Paucar del Sara Sara province (Ayacucho). Nimer is also the founder of the Asociación de Mineros Artesanales de Luicho (Artisanal Miners Asociation). An activist in formalization processes of ASM, Nimer has also participated as a consultant in measurement of mercury use with the Artisanal Gold Council (Canada) within the Minamata Convention, among others.

Romain Kani

Burkina Faso miners spokesman representative

Romain is a professional farmer, currently also working as a General Secretary of Scoop (Cooperative society and organization of farmers of Karaye). He is also the General Treasurer at the same organization and at Hounde (Burkina Faso). Romain is also a professional touristic guide for the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry of Burkina Faso and the Manager for Sustainability at the touristic company Sarl (Bouamatou, Burkina Faso). Finally, he works as a Fiscal Auditor for the Gold Miners Cooperative (Gombeledougou). Until 2015, Romain worked with the Alliance for Responsible Mining to facilitate the community development of artisanal and small-scale miners in Burkina Faso and, during 2016, he collaborated with the a project to reduce environmental and health risks in artisanal mining (Zorgho city, Burkina Faso).

Daniel M Riascos

Colombia Coodmilla Cooperative representative

Daniel is a profesional Industrial Designer. His has project direction habilities and a profesional experience in working with design teams and development of products. He is specialized in tools to improve eficiency of productive processes and is currently a representative of Coodmilla Cooperative in La Llanada (Nariño), an organization certified by Fairmined.

Artisanal and Small-scale Miners

Tabara Cissokho

Senegal miners representative

She is a field officer for various local NGOs with a specific focus on ASM workers, particularly women miners. With over 12 years of experience, Tabara lead, between 2003 and 2010, a project on “Women’s Rights” within the local KEOH association, but was also in charge of the local coordination of programs affecting directly households such as “securing food supply” with the Reflect group organization. Tabara is currently the president of the Gender Equity and Development of Kedougou and is involved in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). She has been involved in working with women miners to improve their livelihoods and working conditions in ASM sector. This tasks have been implemented to the UNIDO coordinated project on mercury emissions reduction and route towards Fairmined certification project.

Standards systems or guidance bodies

Lisa Sumi

IRMA Standard Coordinator

Lisa Sumi is a consultant with 20 years of experience working on the social and environmental implications of extractive industries such as hardrock mining, coal, oil and gas. She has served as research director for two non-profit organizations, the Environmental Mining Council of British Columbia and the the Oil and Gas Accountability Project, and currently serves as the Standard Coordinator for the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA). Lisa Sumi holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Geography from the University of Toronto.

Sistemas de Estándares u Org. de Orientación

Michèle Bruelhart

EICC Technical Director

Michèle has 10 years of experience working on due diligence and validation in responsible raw materials supply chains. She has unique expertise in the design, piloting and implementation of third-party audit mechanisms at all levels of the supply chain; from artisanal mine sites to EICC member companies. In her previous work she was responsible for the growth of a company’s audit practice, including technical project delivery and management of key client accounts. Michèle holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Sistemas de Estándares u Org. de Orientación

Anne Marie Fleury

RJC Standards and Impact Director

Anne-Marie has 15 years experience working on environmental, social and corporate governance in the mining sector. She has also been a freelance consultant and Associate with Futureye. Previously, she spent nearly 10 years with the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) working to define sustainability principles, reporting and assurance systems and implementation tools for the industry. Her experience ranges from direct community consultation to stakeholder engagement and the development of working partnerships between industry, governments, NGOs, UN groups and the financial sector.

Technical consultants and experts

Cesar Ipenza

Mining and environment expert

Lawyer and specialized in Conservation of Protected Spaces, with a long experience in International, Community, Indigenous and Environmental Law. He has experience in managing cooperation projects related to these issues. Among others, he was a professor at ESAN University and an adviser on conservation, mining, consultation of indigenous people and climate change of the Minister of the Environment.

Fabiana Di Lorenzo

Levin Sources Limited Due Diligence Manager

Fabiana has lead full-scale reviews of due diligence processes, wrote policies, developed training materials on due diligence requirements and obligations, advised companies on sourcing from sustainable ASM and worked on the development of the Mineral Tracking Database for the ICGLR. Prior to joining Levin Sources, Fabiana worked as a consultant and researcher in more than 10 countries. She also delivered training programes for public, private and not-for-profits through IMA International. Fabiana holds a PhD in law from King’s College London, where she focused her studies on business and human rights. As part of her PhD she researched the role of Public Private Partnerships in addressing the worst forms of child labour in global supply chains. She also holds a Master in Human Rights and International Development and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development (Major in Economics) from the University of Turin (Italy).

Renzo Mori Junior

Researcher at Centre for Mining Sustainable Minerals Institute

Renzo Mori Junior combines his academic experience with over 10 years of professional experience in corporate social responsibility and sustainability. At CSRM, he is involved with applied research to investigate the potential role sustainability certification schemes and other governance initiatives can play to improve standards for responsible mining. Before joining the CSRM, Renzo worked as a consultant at Deloitte helping clients to manage corporate responsibility and sustainability issues for a wide range of organizations. Renzo holds a post-graduate degree in environmental management (University of São Paulo – Brazil) and a Masters degree in environmental sciences (Institute of Technological Research – Brazil). His PhD research at the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business (University of Southern Queensland) explored the role of trust in sustainability reporting and assurance processes. Currently, he also works as a sustainability consultant at Think Impact.

Assheton Carter

The Dragonfly Initiative Director

Pioneering consultant on business sustainability, social entrepreneur and responsible investment advisor. For the last 25 years, Assherton has dedicated his career to creating value through business that benefits both shareholders and society. He spent five years in the London financial markets and 20-plus years advising companies in the resources, manufacturing and luxury industries. He structured innovative ‘green’ supply chains — including the first fully traceable gold and diamond jewellery for the world’s largest retailer — and developed the only tracking system for ‘conflict-free’ metals from the DRC. He is specialist in International Business and Resource Economics (Royal Agricultural College, UK) and has a PhD from the University of Bath’s School of Business. He has published over 20 book chapters, and also chairs and serves on a number of boards and expert panels for standard-setting organizations, NGOs and private companies.

Gold refiners or associations

Simone Knobloch

Valcambi CCOO

Simone Knobloch holds a Master Degree in Chemistry and a post-graduation Specialization in Polymer Science. He served as Management System Manager for different companies focusing on Quality, Environment, Health and Safety and Compliance. Advisor and Lead Auditor from 2009, he joined Valcambi in 2013 in the Quality Management team. Since October 2014 he is appointed as COO of Valcambi.

Asociaciones o Refinadores de Oro

Neil Harby

LBMA Head of Good Delivery

As Chief Technical Officer for the LBMA, Neil’s responsibilities include acting as the Executive’s main contact for the Good Delivery system for GD Refiners, applicants and LBMA Committees. He is currently developing the LBMA’s Responsible Silver Programme for implementation in 2018. He has previously been Head of Evaluation at the Rand Refinery in South Africa. He has been involved in many initiatives to ensure and develop the integrity of the gold industry. He contributed to the steering committee which produced the “Conflict-Free” Gold Standard of the World Gold Council as well as the development of the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance and presented the Rand Refinery “Artisanal gold” Model at the OECD in Paris. He has worked in institutions such as the Responsible Jewellery Council and the South African Organising Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Asociaciones o Refinadores de Oro

Phaedon Stamatopoulos

Argor-Heraeus Director

Director, refining & banking at Argor-Heraeus since 2013. 

Non-governmental organizations

Yaw Britwum

Solidaridad Ghana Programme Manager

Yaw Britwum Opoku is a Social Development Specialist with over 13 years experience in the mining industry in Ghana. He is specialist in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) and he has a Masters degree in Development Studies from the London South Bank University (London, UK). He is also a National Executive Member of the Ghana Institute of Planners. Yaw is currently the Gold Programme Manager of Solidaridad Ghana, a CSO promoting responsible practices in the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) sector in Ghana. Before joining Solidaridad, he was a Consultant on ASM reforms for the Minerals Commission of Ghana. Hitherto, he worked in the Community Affairs and Public Relations Department of Gold Fields Ghana for over nine years, rising through the ranks to become the Manager of the department for Gold Fields’ Damang Mine.

Downstream companies or associations

Mariana Smirnova

CFSI Project Manager

Marianna has nine years of experience in 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, standards and audit tool development, training, capacity-building, and research. Previously Marianna managed the raw materials and extractives auditing and advisory services program at UL’s Responsible Sourcing group. Marianna has a Master’s in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin.

Downstream companies or associations

Brian Fiereck

Conflict Minerals Program Manager

Brian has been working for Intel and Conflict Free Minerals since 2005. 



Louis Maréchal

OECD observer

Louis Maréchal joined the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD in September 2014. He specifically works on projects focused on the extractives sector and on the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Previously, Louis worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France on issues related to transparency and governance in the mining sector. He started his career with a strategic consultancy firm focusing on the defence and extractives industries. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations, with a specialization in the defence industry.

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