Member of the Board of Directors at the Alliance for Responsible Mining
After obtaining his degree in mining engineering in 1985 at the Leoben University, Felix Hruschka served for six years as assistant professor at the Department for Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics.
In 1991, Felix obtained a PhD in mineral economics and left the University in 1992 to establish his own consulting firm tbb.hru in Leoben, Austria. Long-term assignments from 1993 to 2006, as resident project manager of artisanal and small-scale gold mining projects in Latin America, provided a sound basis of expertise on a wide range of development issues of the minerals sector.
Since 2004 these long-term projects became increasingly accompanied and enriched by ASM-related short-term consulting work in Asia, Africa and Latin America, on behalf of bi- and multilateral development agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector.
Past and current assignments cover the entire project cycle, from baseline research to planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects in the extractive industries sector, and particularly in the ASM sector. Issues addressed range from mining and mineral processing technology, technical and economic advice to small and medium enterprises, environmental and social issues, capacity building and training, responsible minerals supply chains, to aspects of national and global minerals- and development policy.
It is in this context that Felix came 2005 in touch with the Alliance for Responsible Mining, and being enthusiastic about ARM’s vision and mission, decided to support ARM’s work since then. In 2015 he was invited to join the Board of ARM.