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Elizabeth Arnott

Responsible Mining Consultant

Elizabeth works as a consultant across the mineral supply chain with a special focus on gold. Her areas of expertise include the relationship between small-scale mining and large-scale mining and mining policy and regulation. Elizabeth has built considerable expertise in artisanal and small-scale mining and conflict in the gold sector.

Elizabeth has recently completed a PhD at the University of Manchester’s School of Law, where her research focused on the development of ASGM regulation and its impact on the formalisation of the sector. Elizabeth is an expert on mining operating standards and has been part of expert teams to develop a number of industry standards, including the Copper Mark, The Gemstone and Jewellery Community Platform ASM Standard, the Cobalt ESG Framework, the Fairtrade Gold standard revision, and Responsible steel.

Elizabeth has experience working upstream on mining-related issues in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. In Ghana, Elizabeth worked as a Governance Advisor, where she lived in a gold mining district and worked on strategies to enhance livelihood opportunities for the local community. She has developed capacity assessment tools focusing on transparency, accountability, and the inclusion of women in local governance processes. In 2018, Elizabeth successfully worked alongside a variety of stakeholders to create the regulations to Ghana’s Mineral Development Fund Act (Act 912), which were successfully implemented during her mandate.

Elizabeth is based in East Africa and oversees ASGM projects in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana.