Alexander Medina Herasme
Chair – Dominican Republic
Mr. Alexander Medina Herasme was elected as Chairman of the IGF Executive Committee at the 2017 AGM. 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.
Medina Herasme 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).
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.
Mandakhbat Sereenov is a Legal Counsel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mongolia based in Ulaanbaatar. Mandakhbat provides legal advice to the Minister and the National secretariat for development of the second compact agreement between the government of Mongolia and the USA Millennium Challenge Corporation. Mandakhbat has been involved in negotiating Mining Investment Agreements with mining companies, Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement with foreign governments. He also has actively involved in drafting Mining related laws, regulations and policies of Mongolia.
Mandakhbat is a lawyer specialized in natural resources, investment and arbitration law. Mandakhbat has a Bachelor degree in law from People’s Friendship University of Russia and Master’s degree in law from the University of Melbourne. Mandakhbat has previously worked with the Mongolian Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry, heading the Legal Department and he also used to work for the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs as a Deputy Director of Legal Policy Director, managing the legal reform of the country.