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Olivia Lyster

Olivia Lyster

Business Area Manager, Good Governance

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Olivia is an experienced project manager and researcher who has coordinated some of Levin Sources’ largest projects, overseeing multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams for both public and private sector clients. Her mineral experience spans numerous key value chains, from precious materials to development minerals, across Africa. A skilled researcher, she has conducted gender-aware, rights-based desk-based and field research in numerous contexts. Her research has made important contributions to the minerals policy space, such as informing Ugandan development minerals mining policy.

Olivia is an excellent communicator, able to engage with a variety of sector stakeholders, from government authorities to upstream and downstream supply chain actors, including artisanal miners, NGOs and other grassroots civil society organisations. With a particular passion for enabling the advancement of gender equality in the sector, Olivia is also a gender specialist at Levin Sources and coordinated the company’s efforts to become signatories to the WRM-OECD Gender Statement in 2020. Olivia is a natural driver of change and learning within Levin Sources, including her current role in developing the skills needed for ‘virtual’ delivery of services in the midst of the global health crisis.

Prior to her work at Levin Sources, Olivia worked as a relief officer in Mafraq, Jordan, helping to build community resilience in the post-conflict environment. She also worked as a teaching assistant in Lebanon and a wildlife conservation field researcher in Brazil.

Olivia holds an MSc (Distinction) in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she practiced French and Arabic languages.

Olivia works in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Arabic. She is based at Levin Sources, Cambridge.

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