Based on the particular requirements of each project we assemble a team of specialists from our vast network of experts and partners from all over the world. Currently more than 50 professionals work with us on a permanent or intermittent basis as advisors, analysts, auditors or trainers. The project teams are supported and often led by our multi-disciplinary in-house staff, who are responsible for the coordination of the assignments and serve as direct contact persons for our clients.

Thomas Hentschel
Managing Director

Thomas Hentschel is a Managing Director since 2014 and has been working with Projekt-Consult since 1988. He is also the Global Program Manager of the Swiss Better Gold Initiative (BGI) with a basis in Colombia. Thomas is an ASM expert with more than 35 years of experience managing complex international projects in mining, trade and responsible sourcing in more than 30 countries. He is regarded as an internationally recognized expert for mercury reduction in the ASM gold sector and as a pioneer for successful industry initiatives along mineral supply chains.

Moritz Lörcher
Managing Director

Moritz Lörcher is a Managing Director of Projekt-Consult GmbH and has been with the company since 2014. He holds a German-Spanish double Diploma (Dipl.) in International Economics. Upon graduating he embarked on a career in development cooperation with a focus on resource policy. Over the last ten years Moritz has participated as an expert and manager in a wide range of projects, studies and evaluations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Johanna Carstens
Chief Operating Officer

Johanna Carstens is the Chief Operating Officer of Projekt-Consult and has been with the company since 2009. She holds a Master’s (M.Sc.) in Environment and Development from the UK, and previously studied in Germany. She has experience as a senior expert, team leader and trainer for responsible ASM and mineral supply chains. Johanna is native in German, fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Swahili.

Expertise: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Training and Qualification, Responsible Mineral Extraction, Mineral Governance, Responsible Sourcing, International Resource Policies

Dr. Michael Priester
Senior Advisor

Michael Priester is a Senior Advisor at Projekt-Consult, he is a mining engineer by profession who has worked with miners and mining communities in over 40 countries worldwide. For more than 20 years he was a director of the company’s mining department. Coming from a more technical background Michael covers the whole width of small-scale mining-related topics, from child labour to policy development, from environmental management to training and from the mine to the market. He has also been involved in several research-led advisory projects on mineral policies and has published numerous articles and books.

Expertise: International Resources Policies, Responsible Mineral Extraction, Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Training and Qualification

Dr. Diderot Nquepjouo
Senior Consultant

Diderot Nguepjouo is a Senior Consultant in mining and environment at Projekt-Consult. He holds a PhD in Geosciences from Germany, and previously studied in Cameroon. He has over 15 years of experience in academics and extractive industries, particularly in Africa and Germany. Diderot has been involved in projects dealing with environmental follow-up and management, participatory mapping, remote sensing, land use and land cover change, artisanal and small-scale mining, community empowerment and capacity building. He is fluent in English, German, French, and has a working knowledge of Swahili and various African languages.

Expertise: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Training and Qualification, Mineral Governance

Christopher Demel

Christopher Demel is a Consultant for mining and mineral resources as well as the company’s security backstopper for all projects and studies abroad. He holds a German University Diploma (Dipl. Min) in Mineralogy with a focus on economic geology and geochemical-mineralogical analytics. He has been involved in projects on artisanal and small-scale mining, mineral exploration, GIS/geo-data management, mining sector development and governance. Over the last ten years, he has worked both for private companies and in technical assistance projects in Australia, Africa and Asia. He is fluent in German, English, and has a working knowledge of French.

Expertise: Responsible Mineral Extraction, Mineral Governance, Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, International Resource Policies

Viviana Lozano Castro

Viviana Lozano Castro is a Consultant for international mining policy at Projekt-Consult. She holds a Master’s (M.A) in International Relations and Cooperation from France, and previously studied in Colombia. She has over six years of experience in managing and implementing development cooperation projects in Latin America and West Africa in the areas of responsible mining, artisanal and small-scale mining and good governance in the extractive industries. She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and French, and has working knowledge of German.

Expertise: Mineral Governance, International Resource Policies

Jennifer Rangel
Junior Consultant

Jennifer Rangel is a Junior Consultant with a focus on sustainable mineral supply chains and responsible sourcing. She holds a Master’s (MSc.) in Physical Geography, Environmental History from Germany, and previously studied in the United States and South Africa. She has been involved in a large Latin American regional project as a junior expert on mineral supply chains. She has worked on other topics including ESG risk analysis, copper, international resource policies, climate change, responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chains. She is native in English and Spanish and fluent in German.

Expertise: International Resource Policies, Responsible Sourcing

Barbara Stulz
Global Programme Assistant

Barbara Stulz is the Global Programme Assistant at the Swiss Better Gold Initiative, a long-term project of Projekt-Consult, and is with the project since February 2021. Barbara holds an MSc. in Human Right and Politics from the UK, and previously studied her Bachelors in Anthropology in Switzerland and Mexico. Before joining the team, she has worked in a project related to sustainable water management in Mexico and has gained experience in various human rights organisations in Bolivia, Mexico and Switzerland. At the Swiss Better Gold Initiative, Barbara is mainly involved in the maintenance of the Swiss Better Gold supply chains and in the follow-up of the social and environmental projects that are implemented through the Swiss Better Gold Fund. Barbara is native in German, fluently speaks English and Spanish, and has working knowledge of French.

Expertise: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Fabian Rodrigues de Matos
Administrative Coordinator

Fabian Rodrigues is the Administrative Coordinator at Projekt-Consult. He supports the in-house team by ensuring that all projects comply with the company’s quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. Before joining Projekt-Consult he has worked as freelance interpreter and translator. Fabian holds a Master’s (M.A.) in Romanian Linguistics from Germany. He is native in German and Portuguese, fluent in English, Spanish, and has working knowledge of Italian and French.

Hella Lascano
Administrative Coordinator

Hella Lascano works as an Administrative Coordinator at Projekt-Consult. She has a German University Diploma (Dipl.) in Geography and minored in Ethnology and Hispanic Studies. She has long professional experience as an office manager which she gained at our sister company GFA Consulting Group GmbH, where she worked for 20 years. She is fluent in Spanish, German, and English.


Dr. Heike Schulze
Senior Responsible Sourcing Expert

Heike Schulze is the Senior Responsible Sourcing Expert with a focus on private clients. For more than 20 years she has worked as a manager in the automotive industry, as a consultant for responsible sourcing as well as a professor for supply chain & operations management. Her PhD from London South Bank University was granted for the work on sustainability competences for purchasing professionals.

Expertise: Responsible Sourcing

Nicolas A. Eslava
Responsible Mining Expert

Nicolas is a Responsible Mining Expert with over 10 years of experience in the field. He is the Director of Afai Consulting BV where he has worked for a variety of international donors as well as mining and trading companies, minerals and metals users, investors and insurers. Nicolas holds a Master’s (MSc.) in Security Studies from University College London. His work has covered topics including mineral supply chain mapping and characterisations, specifically Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, OECD Guidance and IFC Performance Standards, mineral sourcing strategies for downstream companies, design of ASM formalisation and integration strategies, and training in human rights due diligence. He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish.

Expertise: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, Training and Qualification, Responsible Mineral Extraction, Mineral Governance, Responsible Sourcing.


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