Our Team

Our team of experts brings widespread experience in innovating global sustainability solutions backed by extensive technical knowledge.
Assheton Stewart Carter PhD Founder, Trustee and Executive Director
When you trust people to do the right thing, and you give them the means to do it, the results can be astonishing. We are beginning now, even in these early days of the Impact Facility, to see those results and there is nothing more uplifting to know that we played a small part in these successes.
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Cyrus Njonde Maina Regional Manager East Africa
While you might think you could have given more, your impact has probably been bigger than you think. The Impact Facility’s approach to artisanal mining is unique, worth growing, fulfilling to contribute to and bringing hope to the overlooked and underserviced.
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David Sturmes Director Programme & Operations
It is easy to get overwhelmed by the numbers, facts and statistics around the ASM sector. Obviously, we need to find scalable solutions to the issues and challenges at hand, but at the end of the day, we are not trying to move statistics, we want to uplift all these incredible real people that stand at the origin of complex, global supply chains. Hard-working men and women welcoming us into their lives as teachers, business partners and friends.
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Ed Bowie Senior Officer for Finance & Investment
Having spent the majority of my career working and investing in the mining sector, I have always been struck by the disparity between industrial mining and the ASM sector. The Impact Facility is bridging this gap, improving the lives and broader impacts for all those operating within the ASM sector.
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Freddy Mwamba Lead for Health and Safety of the FCA
I joined The Impact Facility team to bring my know-how and experience acquired in the industrial sector to help clean up the artisanal mining environment. In collaboration with our partners and artisanal miners, we are improving working conditions, identifying hazards and managing risks with the goal of reaching zero accidents within our cooperatives.
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Jose Diemel PhD Operations Manager of the FCA
While working on sustainable mining practices, I have too often seen corporate and advocacy groups standing diametrically opposed to each other. It is my conviction you need critical forward-thinking people from all different sides of the puzzle, to either change the system from within or push it from the outside. It takes (at least) two to tango! The Impact Facility bridges this divide, identifies common ground and come up with sensible and practical ways to move the sector jointly in the right direction.
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Patrick Sinyembo Lead for Human Rights & Community Development of the FCA
In the Lualaba and Haut Katanga regions of the DRC, most citizens are artisanal miners. They are extremely hard workers but they don’t lead the lives they deserve. Through the work of the Impact Facility, I am privileged to participate in the improvement of the miners’ lives by helping to improve their working conditions, implementing a better rating of their production that will lead to a fair wage, and leading miners to other activities such as agriculture through the social program of the Impact Facility.
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Yves Kasongo Lead for ASM Engagement of the FCA
Working with artisanal miners is my passion. At roughly 20% of production, artisanal mining is a key economic resource of DR Congo, however, without proper risk management disaster the consequences could be dire. As experts in the sector, we are happy to provide technical guidance on how to avoid mining accidents such as landslides, rockfall and subsidence. With the Fair Cobalt Alliance, the formalisation of artisanal mining is guaranteed.
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