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Jeff Geipel

Founder, Managing Director

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

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.


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

Karl-Axel Waplan is a consultant at Waplan Consulting AB and Partner at Senior Advisors business association. With a focus on mining, he has more than 30 years' experience in raw material extraction, production, processing and trading.

Karl-Axel was the President and CEO of Northland Resources from 2010-2013 and President and CEO of Lundin Mining Corporation from 2005-2008. Over the course of his career, he has held various positions with responsibilities such as negotiating M&A deals and managing complicated mining development and production revamping projects. He has also spent years negotiating and finalizing financing models through equity raising, bond financing, project financing as well as ordinary debt financing with international investors and banks. He has worked around the world including in South America, Africa, Russia and Iran. Karl-Axel's expertise lies in structuring organizations through designing business models and administration processes.

Karl-Axel received a Masters of Science Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm.

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Luke Balleny

Manager, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Luke Balleny 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

Zachary 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. Zachary 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. Zachary 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. Zachary’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 Kramer has been a Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at B2Gold since 2016 and leads their local procurement strategy globally. In this role, he co-developed corporate standards and supported in-country implementation through training and collaboration on processes, plans and procedures, and established an annual auditing procedure. Steffen also developed and implemented corporate human rights strategies including in-country assessments and action plans, company-wide training, and a corporate Supplier Code of Conduct. He has been working with mining companies on socio-economic issues and impacts since 2011.

Prior to B2Gold, Steffen was a Senior Consultant for Stratos Inc. where he managed private and public sector sustainability consulting projects, delivering social management systems, regional socio-economic analyses, community investment processes and criteria, governance reviews, and strategic and action planning.

Steffen has a BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Strategic Management..

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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.


Gosia Nowakowska-Miller

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

Gosia Nowakowska-Miller is a Local Supplier Development and Community Investment Specialist at the 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. She 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, Gosia 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.

Gosia has a BA in International Relations from Boston University, an MBA, and an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University.


Warwick Strong

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader, Cummins Inc.

Warwick Strong is the Corporate Responsibility Leader at Cummins Inc. where he focuses on building social license in emerging markets for the firm, especially in Africa and the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to Cummins Inc., Warwick worked as the Senior Manager for Sustainable Business Group at DAI, where he led a team of experts who work to solve social performance and management challenges for clients with international operations. He conducted baseline studies of local supplier capacities, determining the most effective and efficient means of building business linkages and reporting on local content and other social performance metrics.

Warwick received a BA in Business Administration and Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a post-graduate diploma in International Sustainable Development from the Royal Agricultural University, an MA in International Business Management from Georgetown University and is currently completing an MA in Development Economics and International Development from the University of London.


Sean Willy

Director of Corporate Responsibility, Cameco

Sean Willy is the is the President & CEO of Des Nedhe Developments. After a 20-year career in the resource industry and an extensive history in executive leadership, community development and human resources, Sean joined Des Nedhe as Vice President in July 2016 where he led numerous business development initiatives for Des Nedhe. With roots in the Denesuline and Metis communities, Sean brings an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. His experience with Indigenous communities and corporations has enabled him to establish strong ties between companies and numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.

Prior to joining Des Nedhe, Sean was the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Cameco where he developed strategies and led all negotiations, building a successful track record with Indigenous peoples. 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, and past chair of the very successful Northern Career Quest.

Sean has a B.A of commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and lives in Saskatoon with his wife Melissa and two children.