Luke Danielson

Luke is the President and Co-Founder of SDSG. He is an attorney, professor, researcher, and consultant on minerals policy, national development strategies, and environmental and social performance in the mining and oil and gas industries. He is known for his work both on international and national levels on minerals policies, and has worked with over a dozen governments, including Chile, Mongolia, Mozambique, the Peoples Republic of China, and Peru. Luke was previously the Executive Director of the path-breaking global Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development Project at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, an effort that involved a network of international staff and consultants across several continents, engagement with hundreds of stakeholders, and multiple forums, conferences, and reports. The findings of the MMSD Project established the first work plan and agenda for the International Council on Mining and Metals. Luke was the founding Director of the Mining Policy Research Initiative, a project of the International Development Research Centre that supported and conducted research on the social, economic, and environmental impacts of mining investment in the 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. He was a member of the International Bar Association committee that developed the Model Mining Development Agreement, a tool for governments and investors to develop more stable and equitable mineral development agreements with improved development outcomes. Luke was a 2015 inductee into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for his contributions to Environmental Management and Stewardship. Luke Danielson Curriculum Vitae

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Kristi Disney Bruckner

Kristi is an attorney licensed in Colorado, specializing in environmental law and policy, and international resources transactions law and policy. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she teaches Global Climate Change Law and Policy, and Sustainable Development and International Trade. Ms. Bruckner currently serves as the Executive Director at Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG), where she develops and implements programs focused on human rights, extractive industries, and sustainable development. These programs include seminars that build the capacity of developing country governments to negotiate and manage natural resource development agreements; workshops to educate government, community and industry stakeholders about roles, rights and responsibilities in mine development initiatives; preparation of validation reports for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals, and Sustainable Development; and university-based seminars and internship programs that build the skills of professional leaders around the globe to more sustainably manage natural resources. Prior to her work with SDSG, Ms. Bruckner utilized her background in social work, journalism, and economics to work collaboratively with governments and NGOs on international trade and development issues. She also worked for a leading environmental and personal injury law firm based in New York City. Kristi Disney Bruckner Curriculum Vitae


Marketa Zubkova 

Marketa is from the Czech Republic and has been living in Crested Butte for ten years. Besides her work for SDSG she volunteers as an interpreter, and ESL teacher. Marketa’s passion about immigrant integration made her to pursue her Masters in Cultural Studies with Emphasis on Latin America from the Prescott College, Arizona.  Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and practicing yoga.

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