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Dr Fiona Solomon

Fiona is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), which she joined in March 2015 with the responsibility for leading the development and implementation of ASI’s strategy and operations.

Her career has specialised in building new and innovative initiatives in mineral supply chains over more than twenty years.  She was previously Director – Standards Development at the Responsible Jewellery Council from 2007 to 2015, where she developed a certification program for gold, diamonds and platinum group metals which has been adopted by more than 1000 companies across the supply chain from mine to retail.  She has served as a Board Member of the ISEAL Alliance and a founding member of the OECD’s Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group for responsible mineral supply chains.  From 1997, Fiona worked for ten years at Australia’s CSIRO, leading research into mining and sustainability, and was also seconded to WWF to manage a multi-stakeholder project on the feasibility of mine-site certification.  She has a Bachelors degree (Hons 1) in mechanical engineering, a PhD in philosophy of technology, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Tel:  +61 3 9857 8008
  • Mobile: +61 439 049 000
  • Email: fiona (at) aluminium-stewardship.org
  • Skype:flsolomon
Sam Brumale, Director of Standards and Assurance

Sam Brumale
Director of Assurance

Sam joined ASI in 2015 and is based in Melbourne, Australia. His role at ASI is to oversee the development and implementation of ASI’s assurance program.

Sam has over 30 years’ experience as a chemical engineer and HSE practitioner in project management, process engineering, HSE management, and standards development and auditing. He started his career with Comalco working on primary aluminium direct chill casting facilities, furnace operations and control of utilities. He has worked with a range of organisations in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors, including Rio Tinto, CSIRO, BHP, Responsible Jewellery Council, and URS Australia (Aecom).  Sam is an experienced HSE auditor having worked with accreditation bodies, certification bodies and directly with organisations seeking certification. He has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours in Chemical Engineering (1989) and a Masters in Engineering Science (1996), both from the University of Melbourne.

  • Email: sam (at) aluminium-stewardship.org

Michelle Freesz
Administration Manager

Michelle is based in Melbourne, Australia. She is responsible for ASI administration, including finance, general administration, and database management.

Originally from Brazil, she has held a range of roles in accounting, office administration, customer service and government inspections for business compliance.  She holds a bachelors degree in history, a post-graduate degree in ecotourism, and a diploma in accounting.

  • Email: michelle (at) aluminium-stewardship.org
  • Tel:  +61 3 9857 8008

Sprina Liu 
ASI China Contact

Sprina is based in Beijing, China. She acts as a key contact point for ASI in China and is fluent in Chinese and English. She handles general enquiries and requests about ASI in China and extends ASI’s communications via Chinese translations and updates to ASI’s WeChat account.

She has many years working experience in the aluminium industry, covering information consulting, marketing analysis, trading and administration, etc. In 2013, she joined Sunlight Metal Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd. as assistant to the general manager, and has a Masters degree in Management from Massey University in New Zealand.

  • Email: asi-china (at) aluminium-stewardship.org

Thad Mermer 
Communications Manager 

Thad is based in Stuttgart, Germany. He is responsible for ASI’s communications.

Originally from Canada, Thad has worked over 20 years in various capacities with the United Nations and other international organizations on environmental protection and sustainable development issues, including cleaner production, industrial ecology, life cycle thinking, green building, disaster awareness and preparedness, and sustainable tourism. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Development Economics / Sustainable Development. He is fluent in French, German and English, with a smattering of Spanish and Turkish on the side.

  • Email: thad (at) aluminium-stewardship.org

Marieke van der Mijn
Director of Impacts and Partnerships

Marieke is based in The Hague, Netherlands. She is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of ASI’s impacts and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program, and will support ASI’s broader organisational partnerships, collaborations and stakeholder engagement.

Marieke’s background lies in the development and implementation of standards, certification and impact evaluation systems in mineral and metal supply chains. Previously she worked at the Responsible Jewellery Council where she managed RJC’s certification and M&E work programs. She was actively engaged in the planning, internal research, outreach and collaborations with key stakeholders for impacts research, particularly looking at mid-scale gold mining. Her most recent role was at Bettercoal, where she led the review and implementation of the new coal supplier Assessment System. She established a multi-stakeholder Technical & Advisory Committee to complete this work through consultative and consensus-building processes over a two-year review period.

Marieke holds a Masters in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex and a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam.

  • Email: marieke (at) aluminium-stewardship.org

Carolyn Muscat 
elementAl Manager

Carolyn is based in Melbourne, Australia and is responsible for the implementation and ongoing functionality of the ASI assurance platform, elementAl.

Carolyn has over seventeen years of experience in the Information Technology industry ranging from working for large services and development organisations to project based consulting engagements. Her experience includes the back-end development and implementation of online environments using a variety of software and tools, beginning from the time when web sites were ‘new’. She has also designed, implemented and maintained an audit database to record, track outstanding items and generate reports on audit outcomes and developed the tools to streamline the completion of audits and management of outcomes.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Computer Science) from RMIT.

  • Email: carolyn (at) aluminium-stewardship.org

Krista-Bay West 
Director of Standards

Krista is based in Ottawa Canada, and has taken on the role of Director of Standards, which includes overseeing the revision and implementation of ASI’s standards, including working with the ASI Standards Committee and Working Groups.

With a background in social auditing in a natural resource management context, Krista specialises in the establishment and delivery of certification services for environmental and social standards systems. Krista was responsible for establishing a certification system that would ensure assessments against the Cornerstone Standard Council’s (a Canadian sustainability standard focusing on aggregate extraction) Standards was consistent, impartial, transparent, rigorous and accessible to all. While with Rainforest Alliance Krista oversaw a certification program that included over 40 million hectares of FSC certified forests and 400 FSC Chain of Custody certificates. She has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Masters of Public Administration.

  • Email: krista (at) aluminium-stewardship.org