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Advisory Board

Luleå University of Technology

Magnus Ericson

Magnus Ericsson, is a veteran observer and analyst of global mining, his interests going back to the mid 1970s. He was one of the co-founders of the Raw Materials Group (RMG), which developed Raw Materials Data containing information on practically every mine in the world.

Since 2009 he is a consulting professor of mineral economics at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. At present he is active in a Stockholm based independent network of advisors to the mining cluster.

Directorate General Joint Research Centre

Dr. Constantin Ciupagea

Constantin Ciupagea is Head of Unit for Land Resources at the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC), within the European Commission, managing projects in support to EU policies. He is also the JRC Director-General’s Sherpa for the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.

The most recent areas of research and policy support were: Raw Materials - policy support and monitoring indicators, coordinating the management of the Commission’s Raw Materials Information System (RMIS); Soil and Land-use policies and research – providing evidence-support, assessments and management of knowledge for soil contamination, desertification, monitoring indicators, and linkages to CAP, SDGs and climate change; Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessments and Natural Capital Accounting. Before joining the European Commission in 2010, he was the director of the Institute of World Economy (IWE) of the Romanian Academy.

Between 2006 and 2008 he acted as State Counsellor for Economic Policies at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Romania, while between 1994 and 1996 he was the economic counsellor of the President of the Romanian Parliament's Chamber of Representatives.

He has a PhD in macroeconomic and international trade modelling since 1997.

Dr. Dominic Wittmer

Photo of AB member Dominic Wittmer

Dominic Wittmer is Scientific Officer at the Unit for Land Resources at the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC) within the European Commission. He is responsible for the Monitoring of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials and has a significant role in the Competitiveness Cluster of the Raw Material Scoreboard. He is also contributor to the EU Raw Material Information System and the advancements related to its data management.

He has analysed material flows of various inorganic resources on European and national level in support of raw material policy development. After his university education, he worked as consultant on the decontamination of brownfield sites. Prior to his current position, he worked as researcher at the Wuppertal Institute and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). He has a graduate degree in Geology from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and received a PhD in Technical sciences from ETH Zurich by his analysis and modelling of anthropogenic copper stocks and flows in Switzerland.

EIT RawMaterials

Dr. Karen Hanghøj

Photo of Karen Hanghoj

Dr Karen Hanghøj is the CEO at EIT RawMaterials. Karen holds a PhD in Geology from University of Copenhagen, and has worked extensively with research on geological processes in the lower crust and mantle and their associated mineral deposits.

She has spent more than ten years working in the US as a Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and as a Research Scientist at Columbia University and has furthermore worked as a consultant to the minerals exploration industry for more than 20 years. Before joining EIT RawMaterials Karen was head of Department of Petrology and Economic Geology at the Geological Survey for Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) and involved in several EU - funded mineral raw materials projects and networks.

European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals

Johannes Drielsma

Mr. Drielsma is the Deputy Director of Euromines. An environmental engineer by training, he spent the first 10 years of his career gaining industrial experience in mining of raw materials as well as research and product applications. He has been representing Euromines since 2005.

PETRAD - International Programme for Petroleum Management and Administration

Sigurd Heiberg

Sigurd Heiberg is Project Director of PETRAD (Internationale Programme for Petroleum Management and Administration), focusing on geological resources, including energy resources.

Sigurd has spent most of his working life in Government and industry working on petroleum resources management and strategy, both as Deputy director of resource management responsible for development and production at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, as Petroleum Exploration advisor to the Minister of Water Energy and Minerals of Tanzania and as a member of Statoil’s Corporate strategy team. He chaired the Oil and gas reserves committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000-2001), the UNECE Expert group on resource classification (2002-2009) and the Bureau of the UNECE Intergovernmental Committee on Sustainable Energy (2010-2012).

Sigurd has engaged in education by helping the NPD build PETRAD, a facility develop management skills in developing countries. He has been a lecturer at the MIT Sloan Executive Education and at the University of Stavanger. He was a guest editor with MIT Professor Donald Roy Lessard of “Innovation in oil and gas through partnering”, a special volume of Energy Strategy Reviews.

Sigurd holds a BSc) degree from the University of California, Los Angeles ‘67, and a SM degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’69. He has received formal management training at IMD (International Management in 1981 and High Performance Boards in 2011).


Dr. Christian Hagelüken

Dr. Christian Hagelüken is Director of EU Government Affairs at Umicore, with a focus on raw materials related topics. Between 2003 and 2011 he was head of Business Development in Umicore’s Precious Metals Refining business unit. Before that, he had held various management positions in the precious metals department of Degussa AG.

Christian has over 25 years experience in (precious) metals recycling and sustainable metals management and has made numerous contributions to professional books, journals and conferences. He represents Umicore in related policy initiatives, associations, expert groups and scientific panels, among others the UNEP Resource Panel, the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, the German Acatech working group on resources for energy applications, and the German National Platform for Electromobility.

Christian holds university degrees in mining engineering and industrial engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he also received his Ph.D. in 1991.

United Nations Statistics Division

Ronald Jansen

Ronald Jansen is part of the senior management team of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in New York. He is leading the thematic area of measurement of international trade and economic globalization, including tourism statistics, and coordinates the management of the global statistical standards and compilation guidance in these areas. His branch maintains the UN Comtrade database (see

He represents UNSD in a number of intergovernmental bodies dealing with a variety of topics, such as integrated global business and trade statistics, the classification of broad economic categories, statistical business registers and tourism statistics. Recently he took responsibility for leading the Division’s work on the use of Big Data for official statistics, which is an emerging field to support the data demands for the monitoring on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

His educational background is in Statistics and Psychology, which he studied at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he graduated in 1984. Thereafter, he taught Statistics and did his own research at the University of Nijmegen obtaining a PhD in mathematical modelling of human information processing in 1990. Ronald joined the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in June 1990 and worked mostly in the field of international trade statistics serving a few years as chief of the capacity development section.

Nancy Snyder

Nancy Snyder is a Statistician in the Trade Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in New York. She is responsible for the collection of official statistics of international trade in goods and services and their dissemination in the UN Comtrade database (see

She also provides compilation guidance in these areas and conducts research on emerging topics, such as the measurement of global value chains, linking trade and business statistics and the use of Big Data for official statistics. Prior to her current position, Ms. Snyder analyzed the potential economic effects of U.S. trade policies at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Ms. Snyder has a graduate degree in Economics from George Mason University.