The responsibility to respect and fulfil human rights in extractive industries is the title of one of the thought-provoking panels at this year’s BEN-Africa Conference to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, and virtually on the 3rd and 4th of November. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Mommen.

Barbara Mommen has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors in various capacities over the past 30 years. For the past thirteen years, she has worked in trade, transport and development, first as COO and followed by an eight-year stint as CEO of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative, a corridor management institution for the trade and transport corridor for Mozambique, Eswatini and South Africa. She held this position until February 2019. She is a transport, trade and development corridor specialist with an acuity for regional economic development issues and enabling the critical link between policy and implementation. She is also a certified Ethics Officer and a Project Associate with The Ethics Institute and is passionate about ensuring that ethics and integrity are brought into every level of public and private sector work. She has extensive experience in process facilitation and stakeholder engagement and is passionate about collaboration across sectors to see Africa’s economic potential realised.