From 1997-2009 Alex was Head Of Special Projects for Global Witness conducting field and forensic investigations into the illicit trades in natural resources and weapons across Africa. At the same time, he campaigned successfully for legislative change in both Europe and North America to improve the accountability of international mineral and timber markets. He has also worked closely as a consultant to a number of United Nations agencies, Interpol and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
At Global Witness he was instrumental in initiating the Kimberley Process certification system for rough diamonds and was lead negotiator for Global Witness during the intergovernmental dicussions from 1999 to 2003, producing a number of publications which reviewed the global diamond trade and their control mechanisms or lack thereof. He was a leading civil society participant in a number of the first Kimberley Process review visits established to monitor the effectiveness of the control system.
In the private sector Alex has undertaken forensic auditing and financial investigations for law firms, multinationals, private clients, international organisations and law enforcement agencies relating to the extractive industries, transnational organised crime and financial services.
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With over twenty years’ experience working on the political economy of extractive industries in conflict-affected areas, much of it undertaken in the field, Caspar is an internationally-acknowledged expert on the management of natural resources, particularly within the alluvial and artisanal mining sectors, and the establishment, management and audit of supply chains and chains of custody concerned with both minerals and timber.
During the course of his career, Caspar has worked extensively with the United Nations Security Council as a member of numerous Panels of Experts, the European Commission as Special Adviser on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the US State Department and the UK Department for International Development. He also has extensive private sector experience advising a broad range of clients from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund to mining and hydrocarbons multinationals on anti-corruption and compliance issues, in particular with regard to the 2010 US Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, and the 2010 UK Bribery Act.
The author of a significant corpus of work written for both academic and official audiences, Caspar also holds a PhD in the conflict economy of the West African diamond trade from University College, London.
Philip has over 30 years professional and leadership experience gained in senior management, sales and business development roles in a number of areas including consulting, technology, software and startups.
He has held senior roles in Thales UK, Energy Solutions International, AGT International and Transmitton providing a range of consulting services and software solutions into Domestic and International markets across Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Nuclear, Utilities, Automotive, Transport and Cities.
Philip has a broad knowledge of issues and risks across Commercial and Industrial sectors and has the ability to quickly assess a customer’s business challenges and competitive landscape. He uses his experience, analytical and problem-solving skills to find appropriate technology and services solutions to address their complex challenges.
Areas of expertise: Enterprise Risk and Incident Management, Crisis Management, Security, Command, Control and Communications systems, Industry Applications, Project Management, Project Turn-around, Process and Change Management.
Philip is an Electrical Engineer and has a BA in Computing, Mathematics, Electronics, Instrumentation, Communications and Systems.
Jamie is a specialist in strategic crisis management in various arenas including: nuclear energy and weapons, oil and gas, banks, hedge funds, insurance companies and government agencies, assisting to evolve and develop their crisis management plans, processes and leadership.
He has been instrumental in the development of many crisis management plans and processes. He is particularly expert in the human aspects of the process, focussing on decision-making and effective communications. Recently he has been involved as principal consultant in the UK government’s review of the regulation of the nuclear generation industry.
Jamie performs a trusted advisor role to a number of board level and senior executives.
Areas of expertise: Effective Strategic Leadership development, Crisis Management Consultancy, Training Development and Delivery, Project Management, Project Turn-around, Process and Change Management.
He had a first career as an officer in the British Army Air Corps.
Shortly after completing degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics at Duke University, Catherine began her humanitarian pursuits as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Thailand. Following her Peace Corps service, she honed her interest in Corporate Social Responsibility by earning two post-graduate degrees from the University of Denver: a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy (Korbel School) and an International Masters of Business Administration (Daniels School) focusing on Sustainable Macro-Economic Development. Catherine joined a start-up in California that catered to major electronics manufacturers, where she offered sustainable supply chain solutions to multi-national corporations. Subsequently, Amazon.com recruited her in 2015 as a Risk Manager for the World Wide Sustainability team, where she built their first global Conflict Minerals Program and eWaste Management System. In addition, she co-founded the Circular Economy Team and developed products for Supply Chain Transparency that are currently purchased and implemented by hundreds of major retail brands worldwide.
Areas of expertise: Effective Strategic Leadership Development, Crisis Management Consultancy, Training Development and Delivery, Project Management, Project Turn-around, Process and Change Management.
Catherine can implement sustainability and risk assessment for a supply chain of any size, from the raw material to the end user. She can create solutions for supply chain and production risks on any scale. She is passionate about ethical production and the rapidly-growing consumer demand for supply chain transparency. Catherine has worked with customers to: create internal and external reporting mechanisms; exhibit supply chain dynamics to stakeholders (whether publicly- or privately-shared); and, manage supply chains that will withstand the challenges of geo-politics, scarcity, or changing consumption trends.
Les has almost 4 decades of hands-on experience and expertise operating in numerous countries across Africa, at all levels of Government and commerce, and in Europe and the Middle East doing business with people who share the same values of ethics, integrity and transparency.
Throughout the 4 decades and the trusted relationships built, Les created channels of problem-solving and a careful balance of creativity and logical thinking whilst demonstrating his expertise in communications, implementing innovative solutions and proven resilience across a wide cross section of industries. These led to added-value services provided such as supporting efforts in commercial disputes, asset tracking & recovery, in-country operations for due diligence, assessments, investigations, cross border deceptions and litigation support.
Les is passionate about the ethics of FCPA, compliance, anti-corruption, anti-bribery and all the allied “sins”. The Martello Executive team worked successfully with Les for some years prior to bringing him “in-house”.
Aside from the routine ongoing activities, Les is focusing on the new massive wave of attempts being made to fraudulently divert COVID-19 global funding into the hands of corrupt officials worldwide.
Christine Gordon has twenty years experience of working in the field on the diamond pipeline, from mines to trading and cutting centres, in a total of twenty countries. She has been involved in the Kimberley Process since 2001, when she was working for the United Nations as the diamond expert on the UN Monitoring Mechanism during the Angolan Civil War.
Christine has undertaken Kimberley Process missions on behalf of Civil Society, looking principally at internal controls and diamond production. This involves examing the entire chain of custody inside a Kimberley Process member country, from mine to point of export, though documentation and field trips. She is an experienced researcher of issues related to the diamond industry, from the multinational operations of companies to issues such as the registration of artisanal miners in Angola.
Emma Irwin is a mining sector governance and social responsibility expert, with over 15 years experience in countries including Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa. She has most recently been working with the World Bank on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) implementation in Myanmar (Burma) and in Guinea. Prior to that she worked as a minerals governance adviser in Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines, providing support on various governance and policy issues including reviewing and updating the ASM formalisation strategy.
She has extensive experience working ‘on-the-ground’ with mining companies and local communities in Africa and in Asia. In Guinea and Mali she worked as a social consultant for a major gold mining operation that was experiencing significant local community unrest as well as huge numbers of orpailleurs/ASM gold miners in, on and around its concession areas. Here, she carried out numerous stakeholder interviews, including with different groups within the local ASM communities (women, youth, etc), to assess the extent to which the large scale gold mining company could reach a ‘peaceful coexistence’ with the ASM community digging in its concession area. This led to the production of a site-specific strategic sustainability management framework including a social impact and community relations scoping study, a stakeholder engagement action plan and an integrated community development action plan for the company. Irwin’s work with EITI as both a technical adviser supporting countries with EITI implementation (Myanmar, Afghanistan, Guinea and Mongolia), and as a validator of countries’ compliance to the process (Mozambique and Cameroon), has also contributed to her in-depth understanding of local and regional extractive industry related challenges and opportunities, including those related to ASM.
She has extensive experience working with a wide range of stakeholders, from senior government officials to company representatives to local community based organisations. Emma has also advised a luxury jewellery company on the responsible sourcing of metals and gemstones and developed their ethical sourcing policy.
She continues to focus on and be very interested in responsible metals and minerals value chains, from mine to market, and has just been working on a baseline assessment of the gemstone sector in Myanmar for Myanmar EITI and the World Bank.
William is an accomplished business and political risk analyst with a diverse range of international business and cultural experience. He has provided political risk analysis for governments, blue chip companies and large NGOs.
His analysis has also been published in TIME, The Economist, The Guardian, Foreign Policy Magazine as well as other international journals.
Based out of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, William specializes in challenging political environments including Mexico, Colombia, West Africa, the Horn of Africa and Myanmar.
He is an accomplished linguist and holds a 1st Class honours degree in Burmese Language and Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Orton Kiishweko has specialized as an investigator/ private risk management consultant for the last 13 years in Eastern and Southern Africa (SADC, EAC and COMESA countries).
For over 13 years, he has assisted clients in the UK and North America overcome risks and communications challenges in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, DR Congo, Burundi and Malawi in the extractives industry, pharmaceuticals, intelligence support, fraud investigations and due diligence.
As an award winning investigative journalist, he has previously worked for local newspapers in the East African region such as the Daily Nation, Tanzania’s Citizen and Daily News, and has contributed globally to the New York Times. He regularly writes for The Guardian, Forbes Africa, The Diplomat, IPS Africa, Business Daily in Kenya and the Management Journal of East Africa.
Supporting operations for Africa, he has previously worked in Silicon Valley relying on his expertise in ethnography, ethnographic research, observational research, contextual research, point-of-sale research, qualitative research, user experience, usability testing, design thinking, and user research to assist clients scale up operations in Eastern and Southern Africa.
In 2011 he was the Tanzanian winner of The Excellence in Journalism Award
He is also a Fellow at George Washington University in Doha, Qatar.
is an international expert in Natural Resources-related risk analysis and mitigation with 15 years of field experience in transitional, post-crisis and developing contexts. A PhD in African History and Politics, he maintains collaboration with the Department of African studies at the University of Naples Federico II. In 2015 he was one of the peer reviewers of the report commissioned by the OECD to the Global Initiative on IFF and Criminal Economies in West Africa.
He previously served five consecutive terms (2013-2017) as a United Nations Security Council Expert reporting on the effective implementation of UN-imposed sanctions. In this capacity, he unveiled the details of mineral and non-mineral smuggling networks from Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to end-user markets.
Prior to his service with the United Nations he worked for Revenue Watch Institute (currently Natural Resource Governance Institute) in New York where he specialised in money laundering; Resource Consulting Services (RCS) in Barcelona where he designed, managed and implemented research projects on extractive industry sustainability, forest and land use, political economy analysis and natural resources governance; the European Union External Action Service where he served as a Long Term Election Observer in Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Tunisia; and, as a Lecturer and Researcher on the Politics and Natural Resource Governance of Africa and the Middle East at the University of Napoli “Federico II” – Napoli.
He has sound geographical expertise having worked in 23 natural resource-rich countries in Africa and worldwide in the areas of natural resources governance and compliance to international standards and political economy analysis. He is a recognised expert in due diligence procedures and traceability mechanisms. He has built an extensive network of partners, which includes policy-makers, donor countries and agencies, influencers, civil society and international organizations. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Andreas is a former Military officer with the Swedish Commandos Amphibious Corps. With years of successful supervision and leadership experience he possesses the strong ability to meet tight deadlines even under significant pressure. He has held a variety of senior military positions which demanded the highest levels of security and organizational ability from weapons program procurement to systems management to acting as the security liaison officer for the Swedish Royal family.
The mixture of his successful military career and his technical skills are the solid platform to perform in depth analysis in the area of due diligence, compliance and other security related issue. He is fluent in English, Swedish, has a working knowledge of French, Portuguese, Norwegian and has Swedish, Portuguese and Angolan citizenship.
Amjad Rihan is a credible and trusted name in the field of fighting financial crime, specifically within the Precious Metals trade. His strategic advice and analysis is regularly sought by authorities, the private sector, intergovernmental organisations, reputable international development agencies and NGOs. He assists major media outlets in complex matters related to financial crime, such as money laundering in the Precious Metals trade.
Mr. Rihan has spent more than 18 years working in North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, gaining unique exposure to best global practices and providing strategic services to leading multinationals. These include North American, European and the Middle Eastern Fortune 500 companies such as Shell, Scotiabank, Mercedes-Benz and World Bank.
Karr McCurdy has over 40 years of geologic and project development experience combined with a background in executive management, finance, and technical advisory. He is a Partner of Rock Elm Capital, a commodities-focused alternative investment fund. Karr was CEO of minerals industry advisor Behre Dolbear and served as global head of mining and metals for Standard Chartered Bank and Citigroup. He has completed over 200 transactions valued over $100 billion and has personally visited hundreds of development projects and operating sites throughout the world. As a geologist, he helped discover and develop the world-class Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Dominican Republic. Karr earned an MBA from Thunderbird and a BSc (geology) from the University of Michigan.
He serves on the boards of Bacchus Capital, a London-based investment banking boutique, Pivot Industries, a Denver-based technology start-up providing a collaborative SaaS platform for subject-matter experts working with capital-intensive industries, HonestDig, a technology startup providing IoT and DLT technology solutions to stakeholders in the extractive industries, and non-profit community organizations in Denver, Colorado. Karr is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Denver working with its Daniels College of Business MBA program teaching a core offering entitled, Creating Sustainable Enterprise.
Mr. John Gerard Holden has been an Advisor of Rockbury Services Inc/ (Private) since January 1, 2008. Mr. Holden served as the Managing Director and Global Head of Mining & Metals at Barclays Capital from January 1, 1999 to May 31, 2006 Mr.Holden has more than 20 years’ experience in finance, 15 of which he was financing projects in the commodities sector. His experience ranges from acquisition, corporate and project financing to bond issues and advisory assignments.
Mr. Holden served as the Non Executive Chairman of GCM Resources Plc (formerly Asia Energy Plc) since May 9, 2006 until June 26, 2013. He served as Executive Chairman of Brinkley Mining Plc, from January 22, 2007 to May 2007. He served as a Joint Executive Chairman of Lonrho Plc from June 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007.
He served as the Non-Executive Chairman of Brinkley Mining Plc at Lonrho Plc from May 26, 2006 to January 22, 2007 and its Director from May 26, 2006 to May 2008. He has been a Director of GCM Resources Plc, since May 9, 2006. He served as an Independent Director of Open Joint Stock Company “Mining and Metallurgical Company Norilsk Nickel” from December 2008 to June 2009 and Independent Non-Executive Director since June 2010.
He served as a Director of Lonrho Plc since May 26, 2006. He is a regular speaker at industry events. Mr. Holden holds a B.Sc (Eng) with Honours from University College London.
He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He holds B.Sc (Eng) with Honours from University College, London in 4 major disciplines: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and General Science in 1984.
Sir Richard Shirreff was NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe between 2011 and 2014. As a member of NATO’s strategic command group and deputy to NATO’s US strategic commander, he was responsible for close engagement with a wide range of stakeholders: allied and coalition nations, international and humanitarian organisations, NGOs and theatre commanders in the implementation of strategy. Under the Berlin Plus Agreement between NATO and the EU he was also the Operation Commander of the EU Operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina for which he redesigned the strategy, reporting to the EU Policy Security Committee and EU Foreign Ministers.
A professional soldier for 37 years, he previously commanded the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps between 2007 and 2011. Prior to that, Sir Richard commanded operations in Iraq, Kosovo, the First Gulf War and Northern Ireland. He also has extensive senior staff experience at Army HQ and in the Ministry of Defence. He graduated in Modern History from Oxford University in 1977 and is a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was knighted in the 2010 UK New Year’s Honours.
Emma has a background in mining and financial services having worked with mining companies and consultants, IMC Mackay & Schnellmann, investment bank CSFB, advisers VSA Resources, Ambrian Partners, where she worked as corporate broker and adviser, and most recently as an executive director of Lonrho Plc until its successful takeover.
Emma is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines, is a chartered Mining Engineer and Chartered Mineral Surveyor.
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