STAFF

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Jeff Geipel

Founder, Managing Director   

jeffgeipel@ewb.ca

Jeff Geipel is the founder and venture leader for Mining Shared Value at Engineers Without Borders Canada. This initiative works to improve the development impacts of mineral extraction in host countries through increasing local procurement by the global mining industry.

Through this work Jeff is also the Community Manager for the World Bank’s Extractives-led Local Economic Diversification Community of Practice. Before Engineers Without Borders Jeff was the founder and first executive director of Fair Trade Vancouver, which became a model for municipal-based fair trade organizations across Canada. Originally from Vancouver, Jeff holds a master’s degree in international development from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. Jeff’s work and articles have been featured by the Guardian, Devex, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Next Billion, Mining Weekly and Hill Times Magazine. Jeff currently resides in Toronto.


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Kyela de Weerdt

Program Coordinator

kyeladeweerdt@ewb.ca

Kyela is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the World Bank online Community of Practice (CoP) on Extractives-Led Local Economic Diversification (ELLED).

Kyela’s focus on political economics and responsible business has lead her Mining Shared Value. Her systemic approach to economic growth in the developing world has been shaped by previous positions including with Kenyan social enterprise, LishaBora, where she worked with smallholder dairy farmers as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation. She holds a degree in Global Development from Queen’s University and is currently living in Toronto.


ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is made up of representatives of the key stakeholder groups that influence whether local procurement takes place, including mining companies, government, and suppliers themselves. Through regularly convening representatives of these actors, the intention is to ensure MSV’s programming is created drawing insights from the entire system of global mining.

Mining Shared Value’s Advisory Council’s role and mandate is to guide and support the direction and growth of MSV including:

  • Offering strategic advice to MSV to decide on and execute on priorities;

  • Providing guidance for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the approaches to achieve the desired outcomes;

  • Helping to identify potential risks and monitoring them;

  • Building MSV’s network for increased impact;

  • Disseminating, championing and providing credibility to the outputs of MSV’s work.


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Karl-Axel Waplan, Chair

Independent Consultant, Waplan Consulting AB

Born in the northern part of Sweden in 1951 and after having done Military Service in the Swedish Marine as Captain in the reserve, Karl-Axel studied at the Royal Institute of Technology and finished with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Following the Royal Institute of Technology, he joined a Swedish conglomerate with many activities in the East bloc. Karl-Axel worked as a Trader, focused on raw materials for 15 years with contact to suppliers all over the world including Africa, South America and Asia with China as a very important supplier. During the trading years, he also invested in mines and participated in JV’s in different countries.

In 1996, Karl-Axel joined Boliden, after which he mainly worked for mining companies with involvement in projects in South America, Africa and Russia. His expertise stems greatly from his experiences developing mining activities in countries where mining could, if done correctly, contribute greatly to the development of the country. From 2013, as a Consultant, he continues to work with mining development in various geographical areas.


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Luke Balleny

Manager, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Luke is responsible for ICMM’s governance, tax and transparency work, including the organisation’s relationship with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). In addition, he is responsible for the coordination of ICMM’s commodity and national association members and is deeply involved in ICMM projects related to community engagement, ESG investors and the development of site-level ‘performance expectations’ for ICMM’s company members.

Prior to joining ICMM, Luke worked as a journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation and prior to that as a compliance officer at Thomson Reuters, focusing on anti-bribery, corruption and ethics. Luke has a BA from Brown University in International Relations and a MA from The School of Oriental and African Studies in International Studies and Diplomacy.


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Zachary Kaplan

Senior Director, Sustainable Business Group

Mr. Kaplan is the Senior Director of the DAI Sustainable Business Group (SBG) where he leads activities related to local content, corporate social investment and supplier development. Mr. Kaplan has worked on local content policy and regulations, multi-stakeholder engagement, and economic benefit generation throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. He has served as a Technical Advisor to local content supplier development programs linked to the extractive industries in Zambia, Mexico, Guyana, Suriname, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana and Angola. 

He has also helped oil and gas operators draft internal local content strategies and helped governments draft sector-wide local content policies in numerous countries. Mr. Kaplan is a lead trainer of the DAI Local Content Masterclass, a 3-day course geared at enabling operators, contractors, regulators and civil society to learn to leverage local content in ways that maximize socio-economic benefits and minimize risk. 

He has served as a keynote speaker and guest panelist at industry-specific events such as the Lebanon Oil and Gas Summit 2017 and Mozambique Local Content Policy Options Forum, 2015. Mr. Kaplan’s most recent local content experience includes work in Oman, Canada, Australia, Mauritania, Mexico, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania, among other countries.


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Steffen Kramer

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, B2Gold Corp.

Steffen has been working with mining companies on socio-economic issues and impacts since 2011. As a consultant for Stratos Inc. he helped companies develop and implement social management systems including local procurement components.

He has worked for B2Gold Corp. as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager since 2016 and leads their local procurement strategy globally; B2Gold has mines in Nicaragua, Mali, Namibia and the Philippines. Steffen has an MBA from York University. Previously he worked in international development for the World Bank, the Carter Center and Médecins Sans Frontières.


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Hilary Morgan

Director, International Affairs and Trade in the Lands and Minerals Sector of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Hilary Morgan became Director of International Affairs and Trade in the Lands and Minerals Sector of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in September 2017. In this role, she is responsible for leading NRCan’s international relations and engagement activities related to Canada’s minerals and metals sector to ensure that it remains globally competitive.

Hilary leads the development of policy and strategy to advance Canadian interests in the areas of trade and investment, sustainable resource management, and science and technology. She also leads the planning and delivery of the Government of Canada’s presence at major global mining events, including the Prospectors and Developer’s Association of Canada International Convention, Mining Indaba and China Mining.


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Gosia Nowakowska-Miller

Local Supplier Development and Community Investment Specialist, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As part of IFC's Infrastructure and Natural Resources Advisory team, she works on enhancing local benefits of the investments IFC makes around the world. She advises private sector clients with designing and implementing local procurement strategies, community investment strategies, youth empowerment and gender strategies. Gosia has co-authored the “Guide to Getting Started in Local Procurement” and is part of the core team organizing IFC’s annual 2-day Sustainability Exchange.

Mrs. Nowakowska-Miller has been with the IFC for 15 years working on small and medium enterprise (SME) capacity building and local procurement issues primarily in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Prior to IFC, she worked at SCOR Reassurance in Paris developing new markets in Eastern Europe; and at TCH Systems in Warsaw, Poland launching business management software for SMEs. She has a MBA and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.


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Warwick Strong

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Cummins Inc.

Warwick has had a uniquely varied career. He was born on a remote farm in Zimbabwe and was privileged to grow up on a continent abundant in color and vitality. Despite being educated in the United Kingdom and having served in the British Army after his college studies, he remains intrinsically connected to Africa and has focused on shaping his career in international development work.

From 2005 - 2015, he worked in the mining industry, specifically within the supply chain and local content/local business development channel. From 2016-2018 he worked as a consultant for DAI, an international development firm based in Washington D.C. There he focused on local content for the mining industry. 

He now heads up Corporate Social Responsibility for the distribution unit of Cummins Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Indiana. Cummins produces power systems for clients around the world and invests heavily in social and environmental programs. He focuses on building social license in emerging markets for the firm, especially in Africa and the Asia Pacific region.


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Sean Willy

Director of Corporate Responsibility, Cameco

After a 20-year career in the resource industry and an extensive history in executive leadership, community development and human resources, Sean Willy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Des Nedhe Development in August 2017. Sean joined Des Nedhe as Vice President in July 2016 and led numerous business development initiatives for Des Nedhe.

His experience with Indigenous communities and corporations enabled him to establish strong ties between our companies and our numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners. With roots in the Denesuline and Metis communities, Sean brings an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. Growing up in a mining household, he experienced life in communities across the Canadian Shield – from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut to Alberta to Saskatchewan.

In his role as Director, Corporate Responsibility at Cameco, Sean developed the strategies and led all negotiations which saw Cameco build upon its successful track record with Indigenous peoples. This led to Sean building partnerships in Australia, the United States, and throughout Canada. Sean’s greatest career achievement was signing five community-based agreements in Australia and in northern Saskatchewan and completing the most unique legacy trust fund in Canada, the Six River Trust. Sean has served as past co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, past chair of the very successful Northern Career Quest and devotes much of his current additional time in working with global Indigenous communities on economic development strategies. Sean had two children and lives with his wife Melissa in Saskatoon.