Chair – Suriname
Glenn Gemerts has extensive experience as both a mining regulator and a mining operator. He served for many years as Head of the Suriname Geological and Mining Service (GMD) and as Deputy Director, Mining of the Ministry of Natural Resources. He also ran the state mining company, N.V. Grassalco.
Glenn has been a part-time lecturer in geology and mining at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname since 1990. He is currently acting as a policy advisor to both N.V. Grassalco and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Suriname.
Glenn also sits on the boards of Rosebel Gold Mines N.V., a subsidiary of Iamgold Corporation in Suriname, and the Paradise Oil Company, a subsidiary of state oil company Suriname N.V.
Glenn’s advisory work includes membership in the External Advisory Board of the Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health, and in the past, the Rosebel Task Force Negotiation Team and the Advisory Group for the Development of the Bakhuis Bauxite Deposits.
Glenn was elected IGF chair 2013 and reelected for a second two-year term in October 2015.
He holds a Licentiatus degree in Geology from the University of Suriname and a Masters degree in Quaternary Geology from the Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium.
Jerry Ahadjie is a mineral resource specialist with 19 years of experience in public natural resource management: researching, writing, making presentations, recommending and implementing policy, especially in the minerals and mining sector.
Jerry is currently the Assistant Manager in charge of sectoral policy and planning at the Minerals Commission of Ghana. The Minerals Commission is the government agency responsible for promoting the mining sector as well as managing and regulating the utilization of Ghana’s mineral resources on a sustainable basis.
Jerry joined the Minerals Commission in 1997 and rose to the position of Assistant Manager in 2015.
He graduated from the University of Science & Technology (School of Mines, Tarkwa, Ghana) with a BSc (Hons) in Mining Engineering in 1997. He subsequently graduated with an MSc in Mineral Exploration (GIS-based) from the University of Twente (ITC Faculty of Geo-information Science & Earth Observation) in Enschede, the Netherlands in 2003.
Jerry has professional certificates in mineral policy & economics, strategic management, mine closure, project management and has published papers on Ghana’s mining sector, fiscal regimes, small-scale mining and sustainable development through mining.
Alexander Medina Herasme
Vice President – Dominican Republic
Mr. Alexander Medina Herasme has been the Director General of Mining in the Dominican Republic Ministry of Energy and Mines since 2012, where he is responsible for the supervision of all mining activities in the country. He has more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry, academia and government.
He joined Falcondo, a large nickel mine subsidiary of Falconbridge Ltd. in 1975, occupying several managerial positions in that company including Strategic Business Manager, Communities and PR Director, Energy Manager, Project Manager for Energy Conversion and Corporate Environmental Director at the corporate office of Falconbridge in Toronto before his departure in 2009.
Mr. Medina has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Tecnolgico de Monterrey in Mexico, a MBA from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and an Executive Mining Management Course from Queens University in Ontario, Canada. He has also been a professor in the Chemical Engineering School at Santo Domingo University (UASD).
Mr. Alexander Medina Herasme, was elected in 2015 as vice president and member of the Executive Committee of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) representing Latin America on contaminant transport in ground water.
As head of the Mining and Sustainability unit at BGR, Gudrun Franken advises the German government, industry and the public on issues related to responsible mining and sourcing of minerals. Major current issues include capacity building through development cooperation in the mining sector, mainly for mining authorities, along with sustainability standards and certification in mining and mineral supply chains.
Gudrun worked for a decade in International Development Cooperation at BGR on project management of technical cooperation projects, mainly in the water and the mineral resources sector in Africa and Asia, prior to being appointed head of the mining and sustainable unit in 2009.
She has also worked as an advisor to the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on issues of mineral resource governance.
Gudrun was appointed to the IGF’s executive committee in 2015. She has been a member of the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) since 2012. That group supports the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
Gudrun studied environmental sciences and afterwards obtained a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Hannover, with research in Germany and Canada on contaminant transport in ground water.
Nikolai V. Miletenko
Professor Nikolai V. Miletenko is a specialist in geological and geophysical methods of exploration of mineral resources, a State Prize Winner of the Russian Federation (1998), and the discoverer of the Amangeldy gas condensate field in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Nikolai worked in the oil & gas industry as a geophysicist until 1984 when he joined the USSR Ministry of Geology. He joined the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology in 1999. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Department of the State Policy on Geology and Subsoil Use.
In the Ministry, Nikolai is responsible for the implementation of the Russian Federation state policy on geology and subsoil use, on the mineral resources development.
Nikolai has researched the geology of the Chu Sarysu depression, Mangyshlak area, sedimentary basins of south-western Turkmenistan, the Caspian Depression, analyzing the regularities of the structures and the evolution of the salt-dome basins.
Nikolai holds a doctorate in in Geology and Mineralogy, graduating from the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute in 1971 and from the Academy of National Economy in 1995.
Julie Boyer is Director for International Affairs and Trade at Natural Resources Canada.