TDI audit

David Sturmes, Netherlands

Location: Netherlands
Languages: German (Native), English (fluent), Dutch (fluent).

A specialist in value chain assessments, voluntary standards and inclusive development, David is project-lead for Value Chain Development projects, most recently focussing on ASM cobalt and gold. He has been instrumental in the development of credible assurance and traceability systems for ASM minerals, in line with the OECD DD guidelines, and is exploring appropriate usage of blockchain technology for chain of custody applications.

As part of his degree in international development management, David gained practical experience working with smallholder cotton farmers in India, where he helped introduce smart technology to catalyse the adoption sustainable production practices. His award-winning in-depth analysis of the artisanal gold value chain in east Africa, published in 2018, formed the foundation for the development of a scalable aggregation mechanism grouping hubs comprising several ASM operations strategically to reach sufficient volume to make direct trade economically viable.

David now leads a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on the roll out of asset financing solutions providing much needed equipment through to artisanal and small-scale gold mines throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He continues operationalising export hubs for gold brokering deals with local middleman, negotiating contracts with refiners, and navigating international legislative and compliance requirements.

David leads efforts to develop ASM engagement tools and approaches in line with learnings and feedback from the field. David is currently conducting field research on the topic of financial service provision and is scoping out opportunities to scale the Impact Facility’s reach through partnership with other organisations.

David holds a BSc in international development management with a special focus on sustainable value chain management and a minor in conflict studies from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.