Mr Karl Westerlund holds a BSc (Honours) in Geochemistry, and MSc and PhD degrees in Geology from the University of Cape Town. He started off his career as a diamond and kimberlite researcher in the late 1990’s and worked as a consultant in the diamond exploration industry for five years.
Over the last 15 years Karl has worked mainly within mineral sector development projects funded through bilateral and multilateral development partners, as an expert and project manager, while he is also engaged in environmental and social studies as well as mineral exploration work for the private sector. Thus, he has very wide experience from consulting for both governmental clients and private sector in diverse areas such as strategic mineral sector studies; mineral sector and environmental policy and law; institutional development; local, regional and countrywide environmental and social impact assessments; development of regulatory guidelines; artisanal and small scale mining studies; mineral sector promotion; establishment of geochemical laboratories; mineral exploration, etc.
Karl’s experience includes the management or co-management of some ten large multi-disciplinary development projects with project implementation times ranging from 1-3 years. He has worked in highly varying environmental and social contexts, with working experience from some 15-20 countries, predominantly in Africa and Asia.