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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.

    • Rokhaya Sambe

      Rokhaya Samba Diene

      Chair - Senegal

      Rokhaya Samba Diene has been the Director of the Department of Prospecting and Mine Promotion in Senegal since 2015. Her previous roles have included Head of the Documentation Centre and Mining Cadastre at the Directorate of Mines and Geology, Head of the Mines and Quarries Division, and Head of the Regional Department of Mines and Geology in Dakar. She coordinated the Africa-Europe Georesources Observation Project, the Institutional Diagnostic Program of the Ministry of Mines, and the Diagnosis of the Legal and Tax Framework of the Mining Sector.

      Rokhaya is a geological engineer by training. She holds a doctorate in applied geology from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and an Executive MBA in advanced finance and management from the Polytechnic University of West Africa in Dakar.

      Rokhaya has also completed a program in public administration of mines from the Paris School of Mines, training on mineral resources regulation and management from Curtin University in Western Australia, and a course on mining policy and trade negotiations from the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning.

    • Ayasgalan Molor

      Ayasgalan Molor


      Ayasgalan Molor is Head of the Finance Division at the Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry of Mongolia. She is responsible for sectoral budgetary affairs, investment and external projects, and revenue projections.

      Prior to this position, Ayasgalan spent over a decade at the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia, working in different sectors, including development projects. She has a master’s degree in international economics from the University of Manchester.

    • Carmen Hagnaars

      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

    • 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.

    • Maureen Coulas

      Maureen Coulas


      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.

    • Vincent Kedi

      Vincent Kedi


      Vincent Kedi is Assistant Commissioner (Licence Administration) with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda. He is also the program manager for the implementation of the Sukulu Phosphate and Steel Mining Project in Eastern Uganda and the country focal point for the Development Minerals Programme.

      Previously, he has served in Uganda’s energy and mineral sector as a geologist, a geotechnical engineer, and an engineering geologist. Vincent also worked at Rio-Tinto’s Northparkes Mine as a graduate geotechnical engineer and holds other qualifications in mineral policy, law, and taxation.

      He has a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering and engineering geology from the University of New South Wales in Australia.