Holger Grundel

Holger Grundel

Senior Manager, Good Governance


Holger Grundel is a Senior Manager in the Good Governance division of Levin Sources. He is an international development professional with a proven track record of building and implementing complex policies and multi-million pound programmes for public and private sector actors around the world and across raw materials value chains.

Holger leads the company’s Good Governance division. With 20 years’ experience in development, international relations and policy, global partnerships and negotiations in extractive industries and natural resources, Holger’s is central to the development of Levin Sources’ internal and external governance strategies.

Holger has an extensive professional history working for the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom. In his most recent role, as Global Lead, Extractive Industries, he was responsible for setting DFID’s policy positions on extractives, managing an international team and leading strategic relationships across the UK Government and global partnerships with multilateral organisations, NGOs and corporate clients.

During his tenure at DFID, Holger worked with governments, businesses and communities in China, Pakistan, and across Africa. He has lived and worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Senegal and Beijing. From 2004 to 2007, Holger defined DFID’s first strategy to work with China on international development.

Holger is a member of the Governing Council for the Africa Legal Support Facility, the Advisory Board for ‘Mining and Metals in a Sustainable World 2050’ at the World Economic Forum and of the Reference Group for ‘Extractive Industries and Development’ at the United Nations University, 2016. He is the author of ‘Natural Resource Governance in Conflict-Affected Contexts’ (International Alert, 2016) and has peer reviewed a number of publications on economic strategies related to extractive industries.

Holger holds an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Plymouth and a diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Holger works in English, German and French, and is based at Levin Sources, Cambridge.

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