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Meinrad Burer

Responsible Mining Foundation
Head of Research
Geneva
Meinrad Bürer has 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of sustainability strategies and standards, certification and result-based financing schemes, international climate policy, and energy technology.
He is currently Head of Research at the Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF), an independent research organisation encouraging continuous improvement in responsible mining by highlighting leading practice and transparently assessing the policies and practices of large companies in the minerals and metals supply chain on economic, environmental, social and governance issues.
Meinrad previously worked for various consultancies active in the private sector, advising large corporations on sustainability strategies. Prior to joining the RMF, he for example served as Director for Research & Development at EcoAct, an international consultancy focusing on implementing positive change within the private sector in response to climate change related challenges.
Meinrad also worked for international, non-governmental organizations. He was Technical Director at The Gold Standard Foundation, and later served as Chair of its Technical Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors. He was then instrumental in the development of the Gold Standard for the Global Goals, a certification scheme that sets requirements to design projects for maximum positive impact in climate and development -- and to measure and report outcomes in the most credible and efficient way, and eventually issue certified SDG impacts.
Meinrad also served in the humanitarian sector when he joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network. His role then was to reinforce IFRC positioning on community resilience and on climate change at international level.
Meinrad conducted research activities within various academic institutions, i.e. the University of Geneva, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with research interests mostly focusing on low carbon and climate resilient development pathways, energy and climate policies, and modelling and optimization of energy systems.
Meinrad holds a PhD in modelling and optimisation of energy systems, and M.Sc Degrees in Energy Economics & Management and in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL).