The Technical Advisory Group
The Technical Advisory Group represent a core group of practical experts who have excellent working knowledge of the challenges that face artisanal and small-scale miners. From mining engineers, public policy experts and trainers, their role is to advise Fairtrade on how to ensure best practise on the ground and best opportunities in international markets for certified miners.

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Technical Advisory Group

The Technical Advisory Group is made up of international experts on artisanal and small-scale mining and its associated issues including human rights and social compliance, international supply chains, due diligence and responsible sourcing of conflict minerals and safe management of chemicals.  The group advises Fairtrade on miner support strategy and direction.

Terry Garde

Terry Garde is a mining engineer and geologist. He was born, raised and mostly lived in Zimbabwe, except for his studies in Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.  After graduation he worked in the base metal sector of the mining industry, and then lectured at the University of Zimbabwe in Mining. He co-founded Maranatha Ferrochrome in the mid-nineties, where he encountered artisanal chrome miners. After a couple of years in Afghanistan as an advisor in the Ministry of Mines, he is now a research student at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and the University of Nairobi, with artisanal gold mining in western Kenya as his PhD case study.

Gonzaga Mungai

Gonzaga joined Fairtrade in September of 2012 where he heads the Fairtrade project for Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) in East Africa whose aim is to empower miners and their communities through the Fairtrade standards. Gonzaga has over 8 years’ experience in environmental sustainability and community empowerment initiatives. This interest spans from his educational background in Development Studies and Environmental Management and previous work experience. Before joining Fairtrade, he worked at Eco Tourism Kenya, as the community conservation and enterprise development coordinator and was also involved in the development and implementation of ecotourism standards at the organization.

Estelle Levin

Estelle Levin is a globally-recognized authority on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). She has over a decade of experience helping business and development clients build systems for responsible mining and sourcing for jewellery and electronics supply chains. Estelle has played a key role in developing, evaluating, and integrating into corporate management systems and mineral sectors over twenty standards and certification initiatives for ethical minerals from ASM and conflict-affected and high-risk areas. She has worked closely with Fairtrade International since 2006 in the development and revision of the Fairtrade Precious Metals Standard. Estelle is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council’s Standards Committee, an Industry Fellow at The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and a Member of the World Commission for Protected Areas. Estelle is Director at Estelle Levin Limited.

Kevin Telmar

The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) a not-for-profit organization based out of Victoria, BC, Canada dedicated to the sustainable development of artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities in the developing world. Their philosophy is to work directly with ASGM communities and local experts to find practical solutions that address the unique circumstances that exist in different locations around the world.

Tina Mwasha

Theonestina Mwasha (Tina Mwasha) is a holder of a Master of Science degree in Mineral Process Design from Imperial College, London and a BSc degree in Mineral Exploitation (Mineral Processing Engineering) from University college Cardiff, University of Wales.  In 1980 she was the first Tanzanian Woman to graduate as a Mineral Processing Engineer.  Her experience in the mining industry is in large, medium and small scale operations.  Tina has a passion for artisanal and small scale miners and she believes their operations can be transformed into business enterprises which can contribute into improvement of their livelihood.  She has been involved with the Fairtrade gold project from the beginning as a mineral expert who participated in conducting a scoping study in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Tina is currently working with MTL Consulting Co Ltd as an Associate Consultant and since 2012 she has been coordinating the Fairtrade gold project in Tanzania.

Anita Sheth

Anita joined Fairtrade International in 2009 to develop Fairtrade’s strategy to address social compliance issues in global textiles supply chains.  In June 2010, she became Fairtrade’s global Senior Advisor, Social Compliance and Development (Informal sectors) and is the organization’s lead expert on child and forced labour issues, including protection of children and vulnerable adults.  Prior to joining Fairtrade, Anita worked at Save the Children in Canada for eight years as its Senior Policy, Research and Advocacy Analyst.  She has worked on labour and human security issues in the agricultural and extractive sectors, involving countries in West and East Africa, South and Central America and Asia. She has been an expert advisor to the U.S. Department of Labour’s Cocoa and Child Labour Oversight Body and has been an invited trainer to several U.S. Custom, Immigration and Law Enforcement workshops, including the Toronto Police, on human trafficking for forced labour purposes.  Anita has also worked in the private sector on policy issues, including main streaming diversity and human rights in the workplace.  She has presented at various international child labour and human trafficking conferences and published in academic journals, been a board member of two feminist refereed journals and a board of directors of Partnership Africa Canada.  She is an Indian born, Canadian citizen, who has lived and studied in Malta and currently works in Bonn, Germany

Amy Ross

Amy Ross studied Social and Political Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge.  She worked as an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher and presenter for Channel 4 on-line before starting her career in international development as coordinator of The Aegis Trust’s student wing.  She joined the Fairtrade Foundation in 2009 and spent four years in the fundraising team, where as Fundraising Manager she oversaw delivery of the project to introduce Fairtrade gold standards in East Africa.  She is currently Project Manager for the Fairtrade Gold and Precious Metals programme with particularly focus on producer support.  She has won awards for her public speaking on Fairtrade.

Greg Valerio

Greg currently works as Programme Co-ordinator for Fairtrade Gold and Precious Metals.  His background is as a pioneering ethical and fair trade jeweller with over 18 years experience of advocating, campaigning, retailing and promoting ethical jewellery, as well as working alongside small-scale mining communities from as far afield as Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru and Greenland.  He won The Observer Campaigner of the Year award in 2011 for his work on securing Fairtrade certified gold as a high street reality.  In the same year he was voted in the TOP 100 most influential individuals in the UK Jewellery industry award. He is an author, regular writer, public speaker and advocate for the impact that Fairtrade can have on the lives of ASM communities as well as the tangible benefits it brings to the jewellery supply chain.  This experience has given him unique insights into the challenges faced by the ASM community and jewellers in managing end to end supply chains.  He was the founder of CRED Jewellery (rt. 2009), founding board member of The Alliance for Responsible Mining (rt. 2009), co- founder of Fair Jewellery Action and currently serves with National Association of Goldsmiths, British Jewellers Association, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, The World Confederation of Jewellers and Advisor to the Diamond Development Initiative.  He blogs at www.gregvalerio.com

Cristina Villegas

Ms Villegas is a recognized global expert in artisanal & small-scale mining (ASM) research with 10+ years of experience within the development sector and responsible mining and sourcing. With direct field experience across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, she advises multi-million dollar ASM development programs involving diverse materials such as diamonds and gold, to coal, salt, gypsum, the “3Ts” (conflict minerals) and beyond, via her current role on the Mines to Markets team of Pact (www.pactworld.org) and as owner of Catalyst Resources Development Group LLC. In addition to Fairtrade’s Technical Advisory Group for Gold, she also serves as an Expert Associate for the Artisanal Gold Council. Ms. Villegas specializes in ASM rural development strategies, mineral sector governance & capacity building, sustainability, gender & mining, reducing child labour in mining, and ethical sourcing/risk management in artisanal mining supply chains. She is regularly consulted as an ASM expert on gold, gemstones, and ‘conflict minerals’ by such organizations such as: Harvard, Global Witness, The World Bank, USAID, the US Department of State, major international management consultancies, and journalists. Her written work on ASM has appeared in publications for the World Bank, United Nations, USAID, Kimberley Process guidance for ASM diamond producer countries, and recently via the Cambridge University Press. A social scientist by training with an interest in economics, the environment, and the power of the private sector, she has a Master’s degree focused on Human Rights, natural resources & civil conflict from the London School of Economics (LSE), takes ongoing coursework in environmental management in the extractive industries from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and graduated with distinction from the University of California at San Diego. She has previously worked for Estelle Levin Ltd. (ELL), WWF, the Fund for Global Human Rights, and the World Bank.