Associate Prof. Dr. Guenter Tiess is managing director of MinPol, Agency for international Mineral Policy (SME). An economic geologist by training (PhD, ‚Habilitation’), he has more than fifteen years of experience in research focused on international mineral policy, mining and sustainability (Montanuniversitaet Leoben [2002 – 2014]; Technical University of Ostrava [since 2015]; since 2011 in close co-operation with the Department of Mining Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
He is involved in the EIP on Raw Materials Initiative (OG 3 and 5), and ERECON (European Rare Earths Competency Network) Initiative on rare earth minerals (chair of WG1 (mining and processing). He is coordinator of the H2020 project MINATURA2020 (mineral deposits of public importance, 2015-2018) and of the Study on ‘Legal framework for mineral extraction and permitting procedures for exploration and exploitation in the EU-28’ commissioned by the European Commission (2016). He was coordinator of the FP7 project SNAP-SEE (2012-2014, www.snapsee.eu).