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

Rene Roger Tissot, MA, MBA

Deputy 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)

Douglas Kao, BASc

Project Manager (Philippines)

Abel Ouedraogo, MSc

Exploration Geologist, Project Manager (Burkina Faso)

Ryan Painter, BA

Communications and Media Relations Specialist

Rachelle Maravilla


Karina Canevaro, M.Ed., M.P.M.

 Senior Administrative Assistant

National Project Managers and Coordinators

Saidou Kabre, MA

National Project Manager
Based in Burkina Faso

Abigail Ocate

National Project Manager
Based in the Philippines

Altanbagana Bayarsaikhan

National Project Manager
Based in Mongolia

Vasquez Ramdas

National Project Coordinator 
Based in Guyana


Brad Van Den Bussche, PGeol

Business Development Consultant

Anna Bugmann, MSc

Supply Chain Expert

Daniel Merino, MSc


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

Jose L. Barillas-Diaz, MSc

Exploration Geologist and Database Scientist