Based on his experience, Dirk-Jan Koch explains the real issue behind the gold industry.
Dirk Jan Koch is a diplomat, writer and social scientist and is highly committed to a world in which natural resources are exploited and used in a sustainable way. Before rejoining the Ministry of Foreign affairs, he served as Search for Common Ground’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, based in the DRC. He oversaw more than 200 staff and conflict resolution programs in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, the DRC and Angola. He started his career as a diplomat and policy advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was based in the Hague and in the DRC, where he focused amongst others on the linkages between conflict and the exploitation of gold and diamonds. Next to being an author of several respected books, articles, and working papers focusing on natural resources, international development and diplomacy, he has been a part time professor at the Catholic University of Kinshasa.
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