Lina Villa-Cordoba is executive director for the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), which is based in Colombia. At ARM, Villa-Cordoba has led the development of the Fairmined standard for gold and associated precious metals. ARM works for the sustainable development of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) with a worldwide network of experts and partners. Their mission is to set standards for responsible ASM and to support and enable producers to deliver Fairmined certified metals and minerals through economically just supply chains to the markets, in order to contribute towards the transformation of ASM into a socially and environmentally responsible activity and to the improvement of• the quality of life of marginalized artisanal miners, their families and communities.
Before ARM, Villa-Cordoba co-founded REFLEJARSE, a Sustainability Consultancy where she is still a partner. She has always been close to the realities of ASM through her previous work with ARM and by being part of the Oro Verde and Amichoco team between 2003-2009.
Her professional background is in business and she holds an MA in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, IDS.