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Staff & Secretariat

 

Anna Pienaar

Anna Pienaar
Executive Director
apienaar@globalbattery.org

Anna was a founding member of the GBA in 2017 and served on the former Executive Board from 2017 to 2019. Anna was appointed Executive Director of the GBA during its transition in 2021 from its origins within the World Economic Forum to being established as an independent organization. Anna brings a wealth of leadership experience in human rights; international development; public-private and multi-stakeholder partnerships. In her prior role as Global Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs with International Justice Mission (IJM), she led IJM's global strategy for engaging public and private sector actors to address modern slavery in global supply chains. In this capacity she served on the Steering Committee of the Responsible Labor Initiative; as Chair of the Markets Working Group for Delta 8.7; and member of the Coordinating Committee for ILO's REFLECT project. Prior to joining IJM in 2012, she worked in the international development sector designing and supporting implementation of post-conflict microfinance programs.

 


 

Maggie Gabos
Program Manager
mgabos@globalbattery.org

Maggie comes to the GBA with experience in responsible sourcing and sustainability for mineral supply chains in the jewelry sector. She has worked to bridge responsible artisanal and small-scale mining efforts to markets in the jewelry industry and has experience in consulting, strategy development, program management, and multistakeholder engagement for responsible sourcing initiatives. She holds a master's degree in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public and International Affairs and a BA from Duquesne University.

 

 


 

Mathy Stanislaus

Mathy Stanislaus
Policy Director
mstanislaus@globalbattery.org

Mathy leads the GBA’s strategic engagement with governments, international organizations and policy-making bodies.  Mathy led the incubation of the Global Battery Alliance within the World Economic Forum as a Circular Economy Fellow for the World Resources Institute. Under his leadership, the GBA established the Principles, the 2030 Vision and launched the Battery Passport as GBA’s flagship program.  As well as serving as GBA’s global policy lead, Mathy is leading GBA’s work to accelerate circularity and energy access, including vital work to address the health impacts of lead acid batteries in the Global South.  Prior to his work with the GBA, Mathy served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management.  A native of Sri Lanka, Mathy has a J.D. with an Environmental Law Program Certificate from Chicago Kent Law School and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering with a specialization in materials science from City College of New York.

 


 

Alex Cech

Alex Cech
PMO Lead – Cobalt Action Partnership
acech@responsiblebusiness.org

Alex represents the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), which serves as the Partnership Lead for the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP) and coordinates and oversees partner implementation of activities. RMI is an initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), where Alex Cech is a Senior Project Specialist. Alex’s responsibilities focus on mineral supply chains, human rights issues, and artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) strategies and standards. Alex has over a decade of experience developing responsible sourcing programs, supply chain social responsibility issues and economic development initiatives. Her experience includes strategy development, group facilitation, project management, analyzing value chains and conducting risk assessments. Her previous roles include managing the human rights and supply chain responsibility program for a multinational enterprise IT company, consulting for a responsible sourcing advisory organization, and roles with global non-profits and international organizations.

 


 

Dr. Torsten Freund

Dr. Torsten Freund
PMO Lead - Battery Passport
torsten.freund@basf.com

Dr. Torsten has been seconded to the GBA from member company BASF since 2020. Torsten joined BASF in 1996 where he developed chemistry driven sustainable solutions by leading teams in various functions from research through product and business development, most recently leading strategic management within Corporate Technology. Within the GBA, Torsten leads the program to develop the GBA Battery Passport as a digital twin of an Electric Vehicle Battery reporting all relevant ESG performance KPIs of the supply chain that will enable the Passport to become the key instrument to foster a sustainable and circular battery economy. Torsten studied Chemistry in Köln and Mainz receiving the PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute of Polymer Research before an Alexander-von-Humboldt fellowship as postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University.

 


 

Alexander Sorokin

Alexander Sorokin
Membership & Battery Passport PMO
Alexander.Sorokin@erg.net

Alex has been seconded to the GBA from member company Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) since 2020. Alex’s responsibilities within the GBA Secretariat include project management, strategy development and membership engagement. Alex’s responsibilities also include the Battery Passport PMO, where he is responsible for establishing a plan for the future implementation and organizational structure of the Battery Passport system. Alex has been leading Operational Excellence in ERG since 2015, prior to that he worked for Boston Consulting Group. Alex graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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