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.



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.

Claudio Franco


Claudio Franco is a leading analyst, writer and field researcher with 15 years experience operating in challenging environments worldwide. Franco has designed, coordinated and implemented field research frameworks, focusing primarily on studying the human terrain of several global hotspots, ranging from southern Thailand, to Pak-Afghanistan and the Greater Middle East. Most recently, Franco has served as senior advisor for the US Department of Justice and has led field research programs for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DARPA (DOD), GIZ, Integrity Watch and King’s College London.

Dr. Lansana Gberie


Lansana Gberie has over 20 years of experience working on issues relating to the management of natural resources and peace-building in Africa. He was involved with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme from the beginning, and was in 2002 awarded the ‘Outstanding Research Award’ by the Canadian government for his work with Partnership Africa Canada on the Human Security and International Diamond Trade project.

William Lloyd George


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. 

Orton Kiishweko


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.

Roberto Sollazzo


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.

Andreas Silverbridge


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.