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.
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.
Catherine began her humanitarian pursuits while in the United States Peace Corps, after completing degrees in Cultural Anthrology and Lingusitcs at Duke University. Post Peace Corps service she enterered into Corporate Social Responsisbility with two masters degrees, in Sustainbable Macro-Economic Development and an MBA, from the University of Denver. Then, she began offering sustainable supply chain solutions to multi-national corporations with a start-up in California that catered to major electronics manufacturures. As a result, she ended up joining Amazon.com in 2015 as a Risk Manager for the World Wide Sustainability team, and built there first global Conflict Minerals Program and eWaste Management System. At Amazon she co-founded the Circular Economy Team and developed products for Supply Chain Transparency that are currently puchased, 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, from the raw material to the end user, for a supplychain of any size. She can create solutions for supply chain and production risks, at any scale. She is passionate about ethical production and the rapidly growing consumer demand for supply chain transparency. She works with customers to: create internal and external reporting mechanisms, exhibit supply chain dynamics to stakeholders (whethor publicly or privately shared), and to manage supply chains that will withstand the challenges of geo-politics, scarcity, or changing consumption trends.