Meet Our People

The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) is a not-for-profit organization based out of Victoria, BC, Canada. We are global experts leading the transformation to an environmentally sound, socially responsible, and formalized artisanal gold mining sector.

Our global team has extensive field knowledge and direct experience with Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining communities worldwide. We have decades of experience in the areas of business, sustainable development, social responsibility, governance, environment, health, geology, geospatial analysis, gold markets, and mercury science. We work with miners, government, and industry. Our diversity is our strength.

Dr. Kevin Telmer, PhD

Executive Director

Deborah Brougham, BSc

 Manager of Finance and Administration

Scott Gryba, P.Eng., MBA

International Finance Specialist

Tegan Holmes, MPH

Project Manager (Peru, Suriname and Guyana)

Abel Ouedraogo, MSc

Exploration Geologist, Project Manager (Burkina Faso)

Douglas Kao, BASc

Project Manager (Philippines)

Sixto Humberto Aguero, MASc

Mineral Processing Engineer

Rene Roger Tissot, MA, MBA

Project Manager (Mongolia)

Rachelle Maravilla


Dale Clarke

Executive Assistant/
Office Manager

Jose L. Barillas-Diaz, MSc

Exploration Geology and Database Scientist

National Project Managers and Coordinators

Daniel Merino, MSc

National Project Manager
Based in Peru

Abigail Ocate

National Project Manager
Based in the Philippines

Altanbagana Bayarsaikhan

National Project Manager
Based in Mongolia

Julio César Porras Ramírez, MSc

National Project Manager
Based in Colombia

Marieke Heemskerk, PhD

National Project Manager
Based in Suriname

Bunting Williams, BSc, MSc

National Project Coordinator
Based in Sierra Leone


Brad Van Den Bussche, PGeol

Business Development Consultant

Anna Bugmann, MSc

Supply Chain Expert

Anupama Ariyaratne, PhD


Hans Erasmus, MSc

Business Finance Specialist

Shawn Blore

Artisanal Gold Supply Chain Expert
Based in Canada and Brazil

Agni Pratama

Based in Indonesia

Paul Cordy, PhD

Based in Canada and Peru

Mareike Kroll, PhD

Health and Research Consultant

Jennifer O’Neill, MSc

Research Scientist

Peter Rosenbluth, MSc

Project Manager