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Estelle Levin-Nally

Estelle Levin-Nally

Founder and CEO

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Estelle Levin-Nally is the Founder and Director of Levin Sources. She founded the company in 2010 as a catalyst to deliver sustainability through better business and good governance in the mineral sector. Estelle has convened a team of experts and specialists with whom she has developed service propositions that solve complex problems and add value for communities, stakeholders and shareholders around the world.

Estelle leads the company’s Better Business Division. With more than 14 years’ experience in supply chain due diligence, conflict-affected and high risk areas, conservation, raw materials, and SME formalisation, especially artisanal and small-scale mining, she is well-positioned to deliver bespoke, discrete and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most high-profile brands and social enterprises.

Estelle is an internationally recognised leader in sustainability and responsible sourcing. She has spoken at high profile events and conferences around the world and has been an expert participant in a number of panels and knowledge sharing initiatives.

As a Team Lead, Estelle manages projects with a focus on excellence in scoping, rigorous methodological approaches, opportunity identification and quality control. Her solutions are both context-sensitive and commercially astute.

Pioneering projects

Estelle has been instrumental in the founding and technical implementation of a series of programmes that develop innovative toolkits and strategies to address issues surrounding artisanal and small-scale mining. In 2016, Estelle developed The GIFF Project: an initiative to deepen the understanding of illicit financial flows linked to artisanal and small-scale gold mining, in collaboration with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime. The tools developed by the initiative have been applied in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mongolia and the Philippines.

In 2010, Estelle developed the ASM-PACE initiative in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) to address artisanal and small-scale mining in protected areas and critical ecosystems. The resulting programme focused on building stakeholder knowledge and capacity for tackling issues with a focus on human rights, corruption, security and governance. The tools developed are now part of another Levin Sources-pioneered project: BEST-ASM.

Estelle has a Master’s degree in Geography, with a focus on sustainable development, natural resources, conflict minerals, climate change and CSR, from the University of British Columbia where she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Geography from the University of Edinburgh.

Leading change in ethical jewellery

She is presently

  • an Advisory Board member for the CRAFT Standard (Alliance for Responsible Mining);
  • Advisory Board member for Ethical Metalsmiths serving on the Responsible Sourcing committee;
  • the Ethical Sourcing Ambassador for the Women’s Jewellery Association, UK;
  • Founding Member of the Better Business Committee of the UK’s National Association of Jewellers;
  • and Advisory Council Member of the East and Southern African Coloured Gemstones Alumni Forum.

She previously

  • served for over 10 years on the Standards Committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council until May 2019,
  • served on the Technical Advisory Group for Fairtrade Gold (2015-2017),
  • was a founder member of the British Ethical Jewellers Association (2007-2009),
  • and was founding Co-Chair of the Ethical Diamonds Group of the Madison Dialogue (2007).

Estelle was named #48 Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers 2018; #15 Top 100 Conflict Minerals Influencers 2017 and #52 in 2016. Estelle works in English, French, and Spanish. She is based at Levin Sources, Cambridge, UK.

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