Member of the Board of Directors at the Alliance for Responsible Mining
Cristina led ARM as the Executive Director from 2005 to July 2011. She has over 30 years of experience in applied research for sustainable development and the participatory management of natural resources with indigenous, Afro-Colombian, and Artisanal and Small-scale mining communities. Cristina has extensive experience applying gender and cultural studies at a territorial level with emphasis on the social, environmental and governance dimensions of the sustainable development of mineral-rich regions. Cristina created the Mining, Environment, and Communities research group at the University of Antioquia (Medellin) in 1997, and between 2000 and early 2005 she was the Director of the Mining Policy Research Initiative of Canadian International Development Research Centre, and regional coordinator in South America for the Mining, Minerals, and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD). She works as a consultant for international agencies, governments, communities, NGO’s and mining companies, and has several publications to her name.