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Executive Committee

  • Executive Committee

    The Chair, five Vice-Chairs and the Director of the Secretariat (as an ex officio member), constitute the Executive Committee, which is the executive body of the IGF. The Chair and Vice-Chairs sit as representatives of their Member States.

    • Maureen Coulas

      Maureen Coulas

      Chair- Canada

      Maureen Coulas is the Deputy Director of the International Affairs and Trade Division of the Lands and Minerals Sector at Natural Resources Canada. She manages a team responsible for natural resource governance and engagement, promoting responsible business practices and bilateral relations on mining sector issues with countries in Africa and the Americas.

      Prior to joining the public sector in 1999, Maureen worked for several years as a marketing manager for Noranda Inc. (now part of Glencore), a global natural resources company, where she managed the raw materials requirements of the company’s five Canadian- and South American-based copper metallurgical facilities. Maureen has a business degree from Concordia University in Montreal.

    • Carmen Hagenaars

      The Netherlands

      Carmen Hagenaars has served as Deputy Director, Inclusive Green Growth in the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign affairs since November 2017. Her role is focused on the inclusive and sustainable use of energy and natural resources.

      Carmen has spent 18 years working in various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, including in the Africa and Multilateral departments. She has also worked at the EU Permanent Representation in Brussels as Head of Development Cooperation and International Trade. Before that, she was seconded as a political advisor to the EU Special Representative for the Sahel, as well as working at the Netherlands Embassy in Dakar

    • Abdelaâli Lefdaoui


      Abdelaâli Lefdaoui is the Director of Mines and Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development. His previous position was Head of the Mining Activities division, which is responsible for the mining and phosphating industry, labour inspection, and management of mining heritage.

      As a member of the Council for Occupational Medicine and the Prevention of Occupational Risks since 2005, he has contributed to the development of the national policy and program for occupational health and safety, following Morocco’s ratification of ILO Convention No. 187.

      Abdelaâli is a permanent member of the Geosciences of Natural Resources Laboratory at Ibn Tofail University, where he has been a lecturer since  2005 in the master’s programs in hydro-informatics as well as exploration and exploitation of geo-resources. He also teaches at the National Superior School of Mines of Rabat (ENSMR).

      Abdelaâli is a state mining engineer specializing in land and subsoil development, exploration, and protection. He is a laureate of the National Superior School of Mines of Rabat (ENSMR) and the Mohammed V University of Rabat. In addition, he has completed a training program in health, safety, and environment in the resource sector at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

    • Dione Macedo


      Dione Macedo has vast experience in the geoscience, social, and environmental fields, particularly in research, mapping, and prospecting for gold and in artisanal and small-scale mining in Brazil. She joined the Department of Geology, Mining and Mineral Processing of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in 2007 and is currently General Coordinator and Substitute Director of Sustainable Development in Mining.

      Dione has been engaged in various aspects of mining, such as policy formulation, performing technical tasks, and cooperating with foreign agencies on mining-related issues. She also participates in some teaching activities on sustainable development and mining and has carried out studies on certification schemes in mining. She holds positions in various social and environmental sustainability forums, including Brazil’s National Council of the Environment.

      Dione holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s degree in mining and territorial ordering, and a doctorate in strategies for mining sustainability from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

    • Mohato Moima


      Mohato Moima is the principal mining engineer in Lesotho’s Department of Mines, directly responsible to the Commissioner of Mines and Geology. He oversees the implementation of ministerial policies and development of departmental strategies for mineral resources governance. He has been engaged in issues of policy formulation, mining community engagements, and environmental management aspects of natural resources.

      Mohato is a Kimberley Process (KP) representative overseeing the diamond production and exportation process to ensure it meets the KP certification requirements. He also manages mine health and safety, and environmental programs within the ministry and is currently the project lead for the drafting of the new mine health and safety bill.

      Mohato holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mining engineering from the University of Moa, Cuba.

    • Kridtaya Sakamornsnguan


      Kridtaya Sakamornsnguan is a mining engineer at Thailand’s Department of Primary Industries and Mines, Ministry of Industry. She has worked in the mining sector for more than 15 years, responsible for promoting best practices, capacity building, and technology transfer in the industry. She also participates in academic activities and conducted reviews on mining-related regulations in Thailand. Presently, she is leading research projects on smart mining to promote productivity and safety in mines and quarries.