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The 2020 Conference Schedule

9 November 2020

9:00 am CST

Conference Opening

A session by Andrea Hill and Susan Wheeler
Hill Management Group | 'Werx Brands and Responsible Jewelry Transformative

10:30 am CST

Responsible Gem Boutique - Moyo Gems

A session by Jennifer Gandia, Stuart Pool & Monica Stephenson
Greenwhich St. Jewelers, Nineteen48 & Anza Gems

11:15 am CST

Responsible Gem Boutique - Virtu Gem Zambia

A session by Mara Bragaglia, Virtu Gem, Mukosha Mulenga & Pauline Mundia
Maraismara, Virtu Gems, Eleora Gems & Virtu Gem

12:00 pm CST

Responsible Gem Boutique: Virtu Gem Malawi

A session by Hannah Becker, Virtu Gem & Percy Maleta
Virtu Gems & Maleta Gems and Jewels

12:45 pm CST

Responsible Gem Fair - Nineteen48

A session by Liz Kantner & Stuart Pool

1:30 pm CST

Responsible Gem Fair - Nature's Geometry

A session by Brian Cook, Liz Kantner & Jill Unwin
Nature's Geometry & She's Lost Control

2:15 pm CST

Responsible Gem Boutique - Columbia Gem House

A session by Eric Braunwart & Sabrina
Columbia Gem House

3:00 pm CST

Responsible Gem Fair - ANZA Gems

A session by Jennifer Dawes & Monica Stephenson
Anza Gems

3:45 pm CST

Responsible Gem Fair - Perpetuum Jewels

A session by Dana Bronfman & Jay Moncada
Dana Bronfman & Perpetuum Jewels

4:30 pm CST

Responsible Gem Fair - Capricorn Gems

A session by Ian Bone & Melissa Quick
Capricorn Gems & Steve Quick Jeweler


10 November 2020

9:00 am CST

Supporting the SDGs through our jewelry

A session by Ms. Emily Achor, Kirsten Dales, Jorden de Haan, Andrea Hill, Dr. James McQuilken and Prof Nellie Mutemeri
PACT, Pact World (INGO), Hill Management Group | 'Werx Brands, Pact and MutConsult

10:00 am CST

What Can Be Done About Mercury?

A session by Angel Camacho, Susan Keane, Christina Miller, Bossissi Nkuba & Benjamin Vauter
Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council, Christina T Miller Consulting, Catholic University of Bukavu & Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

11:15 am CST

Large Scale Diamond Mining: What Still Needs to be Addressed?

A session by Edward Asscher, Brad Brooks-Rubin, Pamela Fierst-Walsh, Juliane Kippenberg, Joanne Lebert & Shamiso Mtisi
Wolrld Diamond Council, The Sentry, US State Department, Human Rights Watch, IMPACT & Kimberley Process Civil Society and Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

2:15 pm CST

Choco Jewelry

A session by Juana Méndez
Independent Researcher, Fundación ACUA, Colombia

3:00 pm CST

Gemstone Panel: Bringing Value Back to Source Countries

A session by Monica Gichuhi, Marcena Hunter, Chiko Manda and Mukasiri Sibanda
VirtuGem | AGEC, Global Initiative, Perekezi ASM Consultants & Tax Justice Network Africa

6:00 pm CST

Maxima - a Group Screening

A session by Máxima Acuña and Claudia Sparrow
(Maxima will NOT be personally present at the event) & Maxima

7:45 pm CST

Q&A with Maxima Producer Claudia Sparrow

A session by Andrea Hill, Claudia Sparrow and Susan Wheeler
Hill Management Group | 'Werx Brands, Maxima & Responsible Jewelry Transformative


2020 Conference Speakers

Andrea Hill

CEO Hill Management Group | 'Werx Brands

Stuart Pool

Owner | Nineteen48

Brian Cook

Owner | Nature's Geometry

Monica Stephenson

Owner | Anza Gems

Jay Moncada

Owner | Perpetuum Jewels

Ian Bone

Owner | Capricorn Gems

Jorden De Haan

Program Officer, Artisanal Gold | PACT

Joanne Lebert

Executive Director | IMPACT

Pamela Fierst-Walsh

Foreign Affairs, Responsible Sourcing | National Security US State Department

Chiko Manda

Consultant | Perekezi ASM Consultants

Mukasiri Sibanda

Tax and Natural Resource Governance Advisor | Tax Justice Network Africa

Monica Gichuhi

Extractives Industry Consultant VirtuGem | AGEC

Tim McCreight

Co-Director | Toolbox Initiative

Angel Camacho

Analyst | Amazon Aid Foundation

Meshack Mbangula

National Coordinator | Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA)

Jennifer Krill

Executive Director | Earthworks

Irene Owusu-Poku

National Programme Coordinator | The Golden Line (Going for Gold) Ghana

Lucy Derickson

Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Jewelry and Metalsmithing/Crafts Area | Montgomery College

Bob Donofrio

Founder | Futura Jewelry

Susi Smither FGA, GIA JDT

Founder | The Rock Hound

Juana Méndez

Independent Researcher | Fundación ACUA, Colombia

Patricia Syvrud MBA, GG

Minerals, Materials and Society and JDI Program Manager | University of Delaware

Susan Wheeler

Founder | Responsible Jewelry Transformative

Susan Keane

Environmental Advocate NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Sarah Dupont

Founder and President | Amazon Aid Foundation

Bonnie Abaunza

Social Impact Consultant | Abaunza Group

Anny Jaramillo

Planning Director | Chede Mining Operation

Claudia Sparrow

Director & Producer | Maxima

Máxima Acuña

Nathalia Mendoza

Gender Coordinator | Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

Marcena Hunter

Global Initiative

Ms Gloria Majiga-Kamoto

Programme Manager | Centre for Environmental Policy & Advocacy

Christina Miller

Christina T Miller Consulting

Bossissi Nkuba

Researcher | Catholic University of Bukavu

Benjamin Vauter

International Environmental Protection Specialist | Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Shamiso Mtisi

KP CSC Coordinator and ZELA Deputy Director | Kimberley Process Civil Society and Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

Kerry Bannigan

Conscious Fashion Campaign

Dr James McQuilken

Program | Officer Pact

Susan Ganch

Associate Professor & Metal Area Head Department of Craft/Material Studies | Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Dr Elizabeth Shaw

Head of Fine Art Program and Head of Jewellery and Small Objects Department | Queensland College of Art Griffith University

Kathleen Kennedy

Adjunct Professor & Metal Area Coordinator Department of Craft/Material Studies | Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Prof Nellie Mutemeri

CEO and Mining Practice Lead | MutConsult

Ms. Emily Achor

Geologist and an expert in Artisanal and small scale mining

Mara Bragaglia

Founder, Designer & Goldsmith | Maraismara

Liz Kantner

Melissa Quick

President | Steve Quick Jeweler

Edward Asscher

President | World Diamond Council

Boitshoko Kebakile

Dana Bronfman

Founder/Designer | Dana Bronfman

Pauline Mundia

Virtu Gem

Nuskmata Jacinda Mack

Jennifer Gandia

Co-owner & Creative Director | Greenwich St. Jewelers

Kirsten Dales

Senior international expert, ASGM UNDP

Percy Maleta

MANAGING DIRECTOR | Maleta Gems and Jewels

Mukosha Mulenga

Owner | Eleora Gems

Jill Unwin

Founder | She's Lost Control

Virtu Gem

Gem Dealer | Virtu Gems

Leo Cerda

Project Coordinator-Founder | The HAKHU Project

Peter Viet

World Resources Institute

Eric Braunwart

Founder | Columbia Gem House

Miles Silman


Jennifer Dawes

Hannah Becker

Jessie Nagel

Luis Fernandez

Charlie Espinosa