Governance Committee Member – Sebastian Teunissen
Sebastian is the Managing Director of Solidaridad North America, part of the Solidaridad Network. Solidaridad has the largest active program addressing the sustainability of artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Africa and Latin America and is a member of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals.
Sebastian’s career has spanned the corporate, academic, government and non-profit worlds. As a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, he headed the school’s International Business programs. In Japan he oversaw the operations of an importing and distributing company and was instrumental in the establishment of a Japanese – Portuguese Joint Venture. He became involved with small-scale mining in the Great Lakes region while working for a major conservation organization. Sebastian’s first involvement in the mining industry was in Papua New Guinea, where he served on the board of directors of the Bougainville Mining Company on behalf of the PNG government.