Core team

We assemble tailored teams to suit the requirements of each client. In addition to the team and advisors set out here, we tap into extensive in-country networks. For relevant assignments, we include in the team, interview or source intelligence from leading regional experts, analysts and other local contacts. Core team members:

Daniel Litvin is Critical Resource’s managing director and founder. A former advisor to McKinsey and Rio Tinto leadership, he has been a senior research fellow at Chatham House, and an award-winning resources correspondent at The Economist. more»

Rob Foulkes is an associate director; he managed CR projects in the Americas and Asia, and has helped clients develop their risk management systems. He joined from Chatham House. more»

Henry Hall is a senior associate; he has worked on CR projects in Africa, Asia and Central America. Prior to joining Henry gained experience at africapractice, Allianz and the Stimson Center. more »

Alex Wark is a senior associate; he has worked in the political and economic research and consulting industry for many years, developing new business within the investment industry. more »

Sebastian Sahla is a senior associate; he has led CR projects in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Caucasus. Prior to joining, Sebastian gained experience with GIZ and Global Witness. more »

Brittnee Stein is an associate; she previously practised law with a major law firm in Vancouver advising resource and energy companies on environmental and regulatory issues. more »

Juliet Carter is an advisor; prior to Critical Resource, she worked in the Investment Division of the OECD on corporate responsibilities in weak-governance zones. more »

Marco Bartholdy is an associate; he has worked on CR projects in Africa. He joined the company from CARE International’s Private Sector Engagement Team. more »

Penelope Curwen is an associate; she has worked on CR projects in Latin America. Penelope received an MSc from the LSE and gained experience working in politics and political risk. more »

Caitlin Purdy is an analyst. She previously worked for the Centre for Sociological, Economic, Political, and Anthropological Research in Lima, Peru; she holds an MSc in Global Politics from LSE. more »

Ben McDonald is an analyst. Prior to joining Critical Resource, Ben worked at the EU Delegation to the US, covering major policy areas.  more »



Our constantly growing network of industry and issue experts brings together high-level experience at some of the world’s leading resource companies, as well as local knowledge of resource issues in over 80 countries (click here for further information). Examples include:

Eric Benjaminson served 32 years in the U.S. diplomatic service, including most recently as Ambassador to Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe. more»

Edward Bickham was Executive Vice President, External Affairs for the global mining group Anglo American plc. He has been an EITI board member and was formerly special adviser to the UK Foreign Secretary. more»

Steve Botts has over 30 years’ experience in the mining sector, most recently as President and CEO of Minera Panama. Steve was VP of Sustainability for AngloGold Ashanti Americas. more»

Robert Court is a former Global Head of External Affairs for Rio Tinto and former senior UK diplomat. more»

Andrew Cuthbertson is a senior mining executive with 30 years’ experience and most recently was Vice President Business Sustainability & Improvement at AngloGold Ashanti.  more»

Bennett Freeman was SVP Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments, and US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He is now Chair of Global Witness’ Advisory Board. more»

Andy Howard Andy Howard was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he led the bank’s GS SUSTAIN team in London, integrating environmental, social, and governance research with industrial and financial analysis. more» 

Muzong Kodi is an expert in governance and anti-corruption issues in the extractive sectors in Africa. He was previously Director of International Development at Amnesty International. more»

James Lyon is an expert on conflict or post-conflict regions in South-East Europe and Africa, with extensive experience working for USAID, UNDP, EU and the International Crisis Group. more»

Magnus Macfarlane is a leading expert in socio-economic impact assessment (SIAs) in the extractive sector, and has undertaken SIAs and related work in over 20 countries. more»

Andrew MacLeod was previously General Manager Community, Communications and External Relations for Rio Tinto, prior to which he was a high-level UN official. more»

Aziz Mekouar was formerly Morocco’s ambassador to the US (2002-11), Italy, Portugal and Angola. more»

Paul Mitchell is a leading expert in environmental impacts – and social issues associated with them – in mining, oil and gas. He has 20 years’ experience in 50 countries. more»

David Rice was formerly director of BP’s policy unit, the company’s chief of staff for government and public affairs, and also BP’s group policy advisor on development issues. more»

Sir Richard Shirreff was previously NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He has extensive operational experience from the strategic to tactical levels, all of which has required wide-ranging stakeholder engagement to mitigate risk. more»

John Youle is Executive President and Founder of Consultandes, S.A., a leading Lima-based consulting and stakeholder relations company specializing in the extractive industries. more»

Advisory panel

The role of Critical Resource’s senior advisory panel is to provide input to the team on major, emerging socio-political trends to guide the further development of the LicenseSecure™  methodology. Please note that the panel is not involved in the ratings of individual projects, or in the day-to-day running of Critical Resource.

Lord (John) Browne is executive chairman of L1 Energy, and was group chief executive of BP between 1995 and 2007. more»

Prof Sir Paul Collier is professor of economics and director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on African and resource-rich economies. more »

Bill Emmott is a globally-respected commentator and consultant on international affairs and from 1993 until 2006 was editor of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly on current affairs. more»