2017TOP 100Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders

The Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders List recognizes leaders in the conflict mineral space. These leaders shape the future of supply chain excellence and responsible sourcing with their outstanding contributions to increasing the public’s awareness of conflict mineral compliance through education and advocating responsible sourcing.

Congratulations to
This Year’s Top 100

Assent Compliance is excited to release the 2017 Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders List. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and, of course, to those who made the 2017 Top 100 list. Your contributions to conflict mineral compliance are outstanding.

The Top 100
Conflict Minerals
Influence Leaders
#1Cecilia Malmström
Cecilia Malmström
European Commissioner for Trade | European Commission
Cecilia Malmström
European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström has played a key role in the development of an EU legal framework aimed at halting the financing of armed groups through the trade in conflict minerals. Addressing the OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in May 2017, she expressed the EU's commitment to working alongside African Great Lakes Region governments on clean sourcing, and said these "new rules on conflict minerals show both how [the EU] can make trade the vehicle for our values and effect change across the world."
#2Michael Littenberg
Michael Littenberg
Partner | Ropes & Gray LLP
Michael Littenberg
Michael Littenberg specializes in corporate finance and ongoing securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions and general corporate counseling. In addition, as a part of his practice, Mr. Littenberg advises on supply chain compliance (including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals rule), responsible sourcing and corporate social responsibility, and is widely viewed as a leading practitioner in this area. Mr. Littenberg is a regular contributor both to online conflict mineral-related publications and webinars, and often shares his expertise at industry conferences and events.
#3Per-Olof Loof
Per-Olof Loof
CEO | KEMET Electronics Corp
Per-Olof Loof
Per-Olof Loof is recognized as a global leader in the ethical sourcing of tantalum. Under Mr. Loof's leadership, KEMET has established a conflict-free tantalum supply chain, demonstrates keen leadership in the ethical sourcing of 3TGs and provides a model for other large public companies to follow in complying with conflict mineral laws. Testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, he said "the Dodd-Frank Act has certainly helped companies like KEMET to...develop a competitive and secure supply chain, improving both our competitiveness and the life of the people in [mining villages in the DRC]."
#4Michael Loch
Michael Loch
President | Responsible Trade LLC
Michael Loch
Michael Loch has dedicated his career to responsible sourcing, especially with respect to conflict minerals. He was a co-leader of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative and served on the Governance Committee for Public Private Alliance for Responsible Mineral Trade. Last year's #1 Conflict Mineral Influence Leader, Mr. Loch continues his work on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. In his comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March 2017, Mr. Loch called the Dodd-Frank Act's impact on those regions "positive" and called for any change to the current rule to be limited.
#5Anna Itoi
Anna Itoi
Director, Ethics & Compliance | Google
Anna Itoi
Anna Itoi has worked at Google for 13 years and is responsible for the company's vision and industry leadership with respect to compliance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals rule. As one of the world's most influential brands, Google is viewed as a global leader in this area. The company has been part of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative since 2013 and has contributed to the Initial Audit Fund. Through her role, Ms. Itoi has been instrumental in influencing and executing these efforts.
#6Carrie George
Carrie George
Head of Responsible Sourcing | Apple
Carrie George
As the Head of Responsible Sourcing of Materials for one of the world's most prestigious brands, Carrie George's work developing and implementing responsing sourcing programs is highly influential across the compliance space. Apple owes its first responsible minerals sourcing program to her diligent work, and she has played a key role in developing sustainable sourcing practices and strategies for business. Ms. George's influence also expands throughout Apple's global supply chain, creating substantial positive change across the globe.
#7Yves Bawa
Yves Bawa
DRC, Rwanda and Burundi Country Director | Pact
Yves Bawa
Yves Bawa is the Burundi-based Pact Country Director for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. Mr. Bawa is also the Regional Program Director for the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) program, the only due diligence and mineral traceability system in the region for conflict-free mining, overseeing field operations for over 800 mining sites. Mr. Bawa's work helps to reduce conflict in the region, while providing stability and social development.
#8Carolyn Duran
Carolyn Duran
Director, Supply Chain Sustainability, Global Supply Management | Intel Corporation
Carolyn Duran
Carolyn Duran has been a steady supporter of the ethical sourcing of conflict minerals for a number of years. In November 2016, she was the subject of an article by Prachi Patel in which she was adamant that she and Intel, one of the world's leading semicondictor manufacturers, would stay the course with respect to responsible sourcing despite an uncertain regulatory landscape after the U.S. election. Ms. Duran and her team were vital to the announcement that in 2016, Intel’s entire supply chain would be conflict-free.
#9Kay Nimmo
Kay Nimmo
Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs | International Tin Research Institute (ITRI)
Kay Nimmo
Kay Nimmo is the Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at ITRI. Her efforts in sustainable mining and recycling, and on conflict minerals in 2010, led to the start of the iTSCi Programme and the organization of the first on-the-ground traceability pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ms. Nimmo is the tin representative of the iTSCi Governance Committee and continues to implement iTSCi non-field activities as the program’s secretariat.
#10Leslie Collins
Leslie Collins
Sustainability Program Manager | Facebook
Leslie Collins
Leslie Collins recently joined Facebook after 19 years at Hewlett-Packard working on supply chain responsibility and conflict minerals. In a press release published September 26, 2016, speaking on the supply chain she helped develop at HP, Ms. Collins said "[Our supply chain responsibility (SCR)] program empowers and protects the rights of workers who are making and delivering our world-class products, services, and solutions. Through our conflict minerals program, our SCR approach extends to tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold at the very beginning of our supply chain."
#11Patricia Jurewicz
Patricia Jurewicz
Founder and Director | Responsible Sourcing Network
Patricia Jurewicz
Patricia Jurewicz is the Director at the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), and a part of the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Mineral Trade and the Conflict-Free Smelter Program. Her April 2017 article with Lauren Compere for the Huffington Post highlighted the importance of staying the course with the Dodd-Frank legislation and its necessity for providing peace in the Democractic Republic of Congo.
#12Chris Bayer
Chris Bayer
Principal Investigator | Development International
Chris Bayer
Dr. Chris Bayer is an international development practitioner and academic with 14 years of project design and execution experience. He has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Nigeria. Dr. Bayer is the author of the Conflict Mineral Benchmarking Study, the first study to look at all U.S. public conflict mineral filings and evaluate them based on compliance criteria. His study has been leveraged across the conflict minerals space to improve the strength of compliance programs.
#13Leah Butler
Leah Butler
CFSI Program Director | Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
Leah Butler
Leah Butler is focused on reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of mining projects around the world. She has nine years of experience in regulatory compliance, stakeholder engagement, land rehabilitation and extractive sector governance, with a focus on artisanal and small-scale mining. Ms. Butler heads several core functions within the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), from standard development to stakeholder engagement.
#14Lawrence Heim
Lawrence Heim
Managing Director - Conflict Minerals, Sustainability and Environmental Risk Services | Elm Sustainability
Lawrence Heim
Lawrence Heim is a leading expert and public speaker on conflict minerals programs under Section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act and related frameworks. Mr. Heim was the only environmental/sustainability consultant invited by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to be a panelist at the October 2011 Conflict Minerals Roundtable in Washington D.C., and has been a steady presence within the space for three decades. He continues to inform and empower industry to comply with conflict minerals rules through participation in relevant events, webinars and publications.
#15Estelle Levin-Nally
Estelle Levin-Nally
Founder and Director | Estelle Levin Ltd.
Estelle Levin-Nally
Estelle Levin has over 10 years' experience researching, advising and educating on how to harness the development potential of minerals, especially in fragile states. Her focus is on artisanal mining, conflict minerals and certification. Conflict minerals have been her core specialization since she began working on coltan and diamonds in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sierra Leone in 2003.
Mussie Pietros
Global Product Stewardship Manager | General Electric
Kristen Sullivan
Partner | Deloitte
Lydia Hultquist
Trade Compliance Associate | Marvell Semiconductor
Dynda Thomas
Partner - Corporate | Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Paul Keel
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain | 3M
Wilhelm Janisch
Head, Global Environmental Compliance | Baxter International Inc.
Carlos Alvarado
Supply Chain GRC Program Manager | Baker Hughes Inc.
Jean Paul Lonema
Charge de Certification | Partnership Africa Canada
Fidel Bafilemba
Independent Field Research & Network Coordinator | Support Platform for Traceability, and Transparency in the Management of Natural Resources (GATT-RN)
Iuliu Winkler
Vice Chair, International Trade Committee | European Union Parliament
Karen Woody
Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics | Indiana University
Bernd Lange
Chair, International Trade Committee | European Union Parliament
Andrew Britton
Managing Director | Kumi Consulting Ltd.
Thomas Liljenberg
Global Conflict Minerals and Tools | ABB Group
Scott Gordon
Senior Project Leader, Supply Chain Regulatory Compliance | Thermo Fisher Scientific
Benedict Cohen
Chief Counsel | The Boeing Company
Kelly Katynski
Purchasing Specialist | Ford Motor Company
Ruth Crowell
CEO | London Bullion Market (LBMA)
Sophia Pickles
Senior Campaigner | Global Witness
Emily Chasan
Sustainable Finance Editor | Bloomberg Brief
Tim Mohin
Chief Executive | Global Reporting Initiative
Audrey Gaughran
Director of Global Issues and Research | Amnesty International
Oscar Cantu
Bishop | Catholic Church
Dirk-Jan Koch
Special Envoy Natural Resources | Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sasha Lezhnev
Associate Director of Policy | Enough Project
Jay Celorie
Global Program Manager Conflict Minerals | Hewlett-Packard
Geoffrey Fowler
Personal Technology Columnist | Wall Street Journal
Matt Quinn
Manager Market Access | Intertek
Todd Frankel
Reporter | Washington Post
John Kurtz
Global Sourcing Manager, Finished Products | Whirlpool Corporation
Rhonda Grady
Program Manager, Ethics & Business Compliance | Esterline Technologies Corporation
Scotty Miller
Vice President, Supply Chain Management | General Dynamics
James Kohlbach
Corporate Manager - EHS, Sustainability, Responsible Sourcing & Product Stewardship | Amphenol Corporation
Kara Hurst
Head of Worldwide Sustainability | Amazon
Elizabeth Valdivia
Director, Supply Chain Compliance Management | The Walt Disney Company
Anita Gobor
Environmental Compliance Program Manager | Microsoft Corporation
Tyler Gillard
Manager of Sector Projects | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Mark Shamas
Global Manager, Trade Compliance | Pentair
Jerry Zabronsky
Procurement Sustainability Leader | Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Harrison Mitchell
Head of Responsible Supply Chains | RCS Global
Rick Goss
Senior Vice President, Environment and Sustainability | Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC)
Debra Rossebo
Supply Chain Program Manager | Amazon Lab126
Eric Straw
Principal Project Manager | Rockwell Collins
Douglas Hileman
President | Douglas Hileman Consulting
Bill Millman
Managing Director | Mines, Minerals, Metals & Markets Ltd
Debra Paxton
Global Compliance Manager | Schlumberger
Nancy Liaboe
Director Global Commercial EHS | Abbott Labs
Herzon Lopez
Senior Vice President of Legal Services & Secretary | Herman Miller
John Crawford
Manager - Environmental Product Compliance | Anixter
Fern Abrams
Director of Government Relations and Environmental Policy | Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
Julia Litvak
Senior Program Manager - Responsible Sourcing | Medtronic
Bryce Bittner
Director of Global Trade Compliance | Textron Inc.
Caspar Fithen
Founding Director | Martello Risk
Sun Lihui
Director, Development Department | China Chamber of Commerce, Metals, Minerals and Chemicals
Bas van Abel
CEO & Founder | Fairphone
Ken Monahan
Director, International Trade Policy | National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
Bjoern Hofbauer
Head of Procurement & General Affairs | Samsung
Robert Giacalone
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Chief Regulatory Counsel | Cardinal Health
Thomas Cetta
Chief Commercial Counsel | Jabil
Brendan Kelleher
Global Compliance Director | Keysight Technologies
Ambassador Zachary Muburi Muita
Executive Secretary | International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)
Martin Kabwelulu Labilo
Minister of Mines | Democratic Republic of Congo
Jeffrey Perry
Associate | King & Spalding LLP
Rona Mohammedi
Vice President of Global Procurement | Tiffany & Co.
Brian Glazebrook
Senior Global Sustainaibility Manager | NetApp
Greg Lanchman
Manager, Regulatory Affairs | Spectrum Brands
Josie Vigil
Director, Supply Chain Operations | B.Braun
Tyler Shanks
Senior Program Manager for Environmental | National Instruments
Janet McCarthy
Group General Counsel | Sante Fe Group
Curt Chandler
Procurement Compliance Manager | Micron Technology
Rebecca Jacoby
Senior Vice President, Operations | Cisco Systems
Jonathan Hughes
Director, Strategic Partnerships | Assent Compliance
John Ruebush
Senior Director Sustainable Procurement | Johnson & Johnson
Jess Kraus
CEO & Co-Founder | Source Intelligence
Jennifer Prisco
Ombudsman | TE Connectivity
Michele Harms
Manager, Global Quality System | Finisar
Holly Baxter
Conflict Minerals Administrator | TMEIC
Sam Koda
Senior Counsel | TE Connectivity
Bandi Mbubi
Founder | Congo Calling
John Plyler
Supply Chain Social Responsibility Program Manager | Blackberry
Rich Goode
Executive Director | Ernst & Young
Hannah Koep-Andrieu
Policy Advisor | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Joy Larisey
Audit Director | Illinois Tool Works
Joanne Lebert
Executive Director | Partnership Africa Canada
Zobel Behalal
Cameroon Representative, Natural Resources Docket | United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

About the List

The Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders List is independently researched by Lucas Taylor, University of Notre Dame MBA and LDT Consulting, on behalf of Assent Compliance. Using the developed scoring algorithm, participants are added to the list and adjusted based on individual research by LDT Consulting. This list is revised annually to reflect the evolving regulatory landscape.

Mr. Taylor has focused his career on providing strategic insights across industries, from office supplies to semiconductors. His client portfolio includes Fortune 500s, Wall Street and start-ups.

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