Michael Nest, PhD., has expertise in institutional reform, capacity building, governance and anti-corruption work in the mining, community and public sectors. Previous clients include Transparency International, U4 Anti-Corruption Research Centre, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (Sydney, Australia), and the Timor-Leste Anti-Corruption Commission, as well as consultancies for the EU, GIZ, USAID and Australian Aid.
He is the author of Coltan (Polity Press, 2011), which is about the changing global supply chain for the mineral ‘coltan’ (or tantalum). In 2012 and 2014, Michael advised Central African governments on the new certification mechanism for tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold being established to prevent conflict minerals from entering the supply chain. His first book The Democratic Republic of Congo: Economic Dimensions of War and Peace (Lynne Rienner, 2006) won a ‘Best Academic Title Award, 2006’ from the American Library Association. His latest book is co-authored with Mbuti (Pygmy) activist Isaac Bacirongo, and is the first memoir by a Pygmy author ever published: Still a Pygmy: the unique memoir of one man’s fight to save his identity from extinction (Finch Publishing, 2015).
Michael is an experienced speaker, and has given presentations at the World Bank, Australia Minerals Institute, mining and development events, and professional conferences.
Location: Montréal, Canada
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Website Address: www.michaelnest.com