Monica was instrumental in the formation of the Association of Women in Extractives in Kenya (AWEIK) whose mandate is to advocate for gender inclusivity in the extractives industry value chain. Her passion for advocating for women’s participation in the extractives sector earned her an appointment to the board of the Association of Women in Mining in Africa (AWIMA) representing the interests of women in EI in the Eastern Africa Region. She recently served as the Advisor to the Cabinet Sectary at the Ministry of Mining on Policy, Strategy and Institutional reforms where she oversaw the legislative reforms in the Mining sector. She was the previous Chief Executive Officer at the Kenya Chamber of Mines charged with representing the interests of the private sector stakeholders in the mining industry. She is passionate about ensuring that extractives resources are exploited for the benefit of all the stakeholders and promote economic development. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Strathmore University.
The panel will be moderated by Monica Stephenson (ANZA Gems, Moyo Gems), and will also feature Eric Braunwart (Columbia Gem House), Cristina Villegas (PACT Worldwide), Eunice Negele (TAWOMA), Monica Gichuci (African Women in Mining Association), and Conny Havel (Fairmined).
They will discuss the challenges of creating market strategies for small-scale mining organizations and examine the things that must be done to promote their effective participation in responsible supply chains.