Thursday, 14 May
10:00 A.M. Central
Dr. Rachel Bernice Perks
Rachel Perks is a mining specialist with the Extractive Industries practice of the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked and lived for 12 years in the Horn and Central Africa. She has worked on managing the transition from conflict to peace in countries where natural resources have played a role in conflict, and may equally play a catalytic role in state building. She has spent considerable time in particular in the Great Lakes region, working directly on mining development and reform programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Her PhD was on the formalization of the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector in Rwanda, and the impacts that the regional mineral initiatives have brought to bear on Rwanda's domestic mineral economic agenda.
Cristina a mining & rural development specialist focused on responsible mining and sourcing. She works with all scales and types of mineral producers, from industrial mining companies to artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM). She is known for her specialization in gemstones, diamonds, gold and other jewelry-relevant materials, but she has previously worked in cassiterite (tin), tantalum, tungsten, coal, salt, and other materials around the world. She has an emerging interest in mica in cosmetics supply chains.
In 2019, Cristina led a team to co-found Moyo Gems, a first-of-its kind responsible mine to market sourcing program working with ASM to source beautiful colored gemstones, assure their provenance, improve their mining, and bring these traced stones to market. More at www.moyogems.com
Cristina specializes in ethical sourcing/risk management in artisanal mining supply chains, improving the social performance of mining companies, ASM-LSM, rural development strategies, ASM market development, mineral sector governance, gender & mining, and reducing child labor in mining. She has particular expertise in fragile and post-conflict economies.
Cristina is a member of the following international technical groups: (all by invitation only)
- Advisory Board, Gemstones & Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub
- Advisory Council, Ethical Metalsmiths
- Nominee (2019), Board of Directors, Jewelry Industry Summit
- Advisory Committee, CRAFT Standard for ASM (mining standard)
- Co-creator, CRAFT for Gemstones (mining standard)
- Fairtrade Technical Advisory Group for Gold
- ASM Gold Expert, UNEP Global Mercury Partnership
- Expert Associate Group, Artisanal Gold Council
Cristina has more than 15 years of international development-sector experience, including field work in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and beyond.
Benjamin Katz is a Policy Analyst, Extractives Sector Projects for the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs.
Hill Management Group
Andrea owns Hill Management Group, LLC, with the brands StrategyWerx, MentorWerx, and WerxMarketing; providing strategy consulting, professional development, branding, and marketing services to small and mid-sized businesses. She has 30+ years professional experience as the CEO and president of start-up through mid-sized companies, and she has demonstrated serial success in leading companies through rapid and profitable growth. Her experience spans multiple industries as the CEO of Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, the president of international clothing manufacturer and direct marketer Fulcrum Direct/After the Stork, president of marketing services firm Anthill Marketing, and a founding senior executive of Playboy’s direct marketing catalog operations in music and video. In addition to owning her business in the US, she is also Managing Director of jewelry industry supplier Legor Group in Italy.
Andrea’s special expertise is in preparing companies for growth – whether they seek to improve cash-flow for organic growth, or acquire angel or institutional investors. She uses proprietary processes for strategic planning, leadership development, branding & marketing strategy, operations improvement and management, and human resources strategy. Her forward-looking orientation and deep background in marketing technology and data make her business perspective particularly useful during this time of significant economic and business transformation. When she’s not running her company or enjoying her large family, she is very active in political and social causes related to jewelry supply chain responsibility, diversity and equality, women’s rights, and women’s health.
On May 13-14, 2020, we hosted an event to explore ways to help Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners (ASMs) cope with the economic, health, and security fallout from the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.
In two one-hour sessions, we learned ways to help the source communities in the colored gemstone supply chain - ways to have immediate impact. You can watch the replays below, then skip to the links of the beneficial initiatives you can participate in right now.
Links to Initiatives
Responsible Jewelry Transformative
Zambia Gemstone Initiative