Dr. Erwiza Erman, MA is a researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), with a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Dr Erwiza is known as an expert in the history of mining in Indonesia particularly from the social, political and economic perspectives.
Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is one of the leading global experts in critical research on the length and breadth of gender and community livelihoods in mining and water resource management. Currently Kuntala is a lecturer and researcher at the Australian National University. Most of her research is in South Asia, but she has led a number of major research projects in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Mongolia.
Dr Sam Spiegel is a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. He has conducted research on social, political and environmental dimensions of small-scale mining and advocacies in mining communities for more than 10 years, with fieldwork in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, ndonesia and Cambodia.
Richard Guiterrez is the Program Manager for the Asia section of the Artisanal Gold Council and has over a decade of experience in Artisanal and small-scale gold mining projects. Richard established an NGO in the Philippines focused on environmental justice and sustainable development. His work in the Philippines has helped transform government policies on mercury and artisanal and small-scale gold mining, including a national strategic plan to phase-out gold mining. Richard received his Masters of Law from Columbia University, NY, and Juris Doctor from the Ateneo School of Law in Manila.