OUR Team

Our team of experts brings widespread experience in innovating global sustainability solutions backed by extensive technical knowledge.

Dr. Assheton Carter

Founder, Trustee
and Executive Director

“When you trust people to do the right thing, and you give them the means to do it, the results can be astonishing. We are beginning now, even in these early days of the Impact Facility, to see those results and there is nothing more uplifting to know that we played a small part in these successes.”

Cyrus Njonde Maina

Regional Manager East Africa

“While you might think you could have given more, your impact has probably been bigger than you think. The Impact Facility’s approach to artisanal mining is unique, worth growing, fulfilling to contribute to and bringing hope to the overlooked and underserviced.”

David Sturmes

Senior Director
Programme & Operations

“It is easy to get overwhelmed by the numbers, facts and statistics around the ASM sector. Obviously, we need to find scalable solutions to the issues and challenges at hand, but at the end of the day, we are not trying to move statistics, we want to uplift all these incredible real people that stand at the origin of complex, global supply chains. Hard-working men and women welcoming us into their lives as teachers, business partners and friends.”

Davidzo Muchawaya

Research Analyst and Programme Support

“The Impact Facility uses an innovative model which not only advances economic development but also fosters environmental stewardship and strengthens governance within the ASM sector. The Impact Facility supports the sector to contribute to the achievement of targets linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

Ed Bowie

Senior Officer for Finance & Investment

“Having spent the majority of my career working and investing in the mining sector, I have always been struck by the disparity between industrial mining and the ASM sector. The Impact Facility is bridging this gap, improving the lives and broader impacts for all those operating within the ASM sector.”

Dr. Jose Diemel

Programme Director
Fair Cobalt Alliance

“While working on sustainable mining practices, I have too often seen corporate and advocacy groups standing diametrically opposed to each other. It is my conviction you need critical forward-thinking people from all different sides of the puzzle, to either change the system from within or push it from the outside. It takes (at least) two to tango! The Impact Facility bridges this divide, identifies common ground and come up with sensible and practical ways to move the sector jointly in the right direction.”

Patrick Sinyembo​

Country Manager DRC

“In the Lualaba and Haut Katanga regions of the DRC, most citizens are artisanal miners. They are extremely hard workers but they don’t lead the lives they deserve. Through the work of the Impact Facility, I am privileged to participate in the improvement of the miners’ lives by helping to improve their working conditions, implementing a better rating of their production that will lead to a fair wage, and leading miners to other activities such as agriculture through the social program of the Impact Facility.”

Our project partners

We are proud of the associations that we have formed with leading local, national and global organisations that share our focus and help us implement our projects on the ground.