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Meet the Speakers at Gold West Africa


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Yves Bertran

Executive Director


Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM),

Yves is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), a Colombia-based Organisation that envisions a legitimate, responsible and profitable artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector which promotes an inclusive and sustainable development. As such he is in charge of guiding the development and implementation of the global strategy of the organisation. He recently took the additional role of Standards Director in order to represent ARM in strategic alliances and monitor the evolution of the Fairmined standard and the CRAFT, two core tools that are developed by ARM.

He holds a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Paris Sud, and has worked over the past 20 years as a geologist and consultant specialized in the ASM sector, mostly focusing on training, technical assistance, occupational health & safety, legal and environmental issues. His experience comes from implementation of projects and studies in this sector in both Francophone and Anglophone Africa. He has progressively focused its activity on responsible mining practices and improvement of access to markets, through sustainable certification processes and the application of OECD due diligence concepts. He has been an auditor for the Certified Trading Chains (CTC) standard developed in DRC.



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