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Armando de la Flor Olavide
As a passionate and dedicated professional, Armando is committed to improving environment, health, business and social practices around mine operations. A Specialist in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with 10 years’ of professional experience working in Peru and Australia, Armando is recognised by peers and managers for exceptional project management, mediation, negotiation and community engagement skills.
Armando has an exceptional academic record with a Master of Development Practice (Advanced) from the University of Queensland, majoring in Planning for Social Development. Armando’s graduating thesis: ‘Prior Consultation’ and Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Peru: A Critical Analysis’, set a high benchmark. Other qualifications include Certificate in Social Investment in Development from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Mexico), Diploma in Social and Environmental Analysis, Management and Conflict Resolution from the Centre for Arbitration and Conflict Resolution at the Pontifical Catholic University (CARC-PUCP) in Peru, and a Bachelor of Law and Human Sciences from PUCP.
Currently a Research Analyst for the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Armando has achieved several successes while assisting senior team members to develop and implement a range of social research projects within the Latin America region (Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Ecuador). Armando has also been an integral team member in other international projects located in Mozambique, Madagascar, Burkina, Faso, Ghana, Laos and Papua New Guinea. In providing first-rate international project management, administrative and translation support, Armando makes an active contribution to the Centre and Institute through his analysis, logistics and strategic communication assistance, especially for the Latin Amercian region.
Recently Armando designed and implemented a knowledge transfer project regarding CSR to mining experts based at the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), the oldest University in the Americas. In this role, his key achievement was, the research, development and edition of CSR materials and a workshop that were adapted to the Peruvian context and which aligned to CSRM standards. As Project Manager he led and engaged with 21 Peruvian San Marcos teachers, 9 Peruvian experts and 14 CSRM experts while providing ongoing assistance to UNMSM teachers. Armando also coordinated and delivered workshops and seminars in liaison with UNMSM, Government authorities, interested companies and non-government organisations (NGOs).
Over the past three years at CSRM, Armando has compiled funding proposals for projects which successfully secured new industry partners and grant income. In addition to his responsibilities, Armando designed and edited a multi-lingual Interactive Learning Course with 14 modules on different aspects of CSR and created a marketable product with videos, content, case studies and recommended readings on each topic (yet to be released). Armando has been a valuable team member who is hard working, dedicated and passionate about CSR.
Previously, Armando was a practising lawyer for 4 years in Peru, when his career took a unique path that saw him on the forefront of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In the past 6 years, he has worked in Peru and Australia on large-scale extraction mining projects including community engagement and developing social impact assessments. Armando has successfully implemented, managed and monitored strategies to mitigate the impacts of mining in local communities and designed sustainable programs for local contractors, landholders and ex-landowners.
During his career, Armando has overseen Social Planning, Community Relations, Conflict Resolution, Local Procurement, Internal Social Responsibility and Rural Communication functions. He worked in the social responsibility area of Newmont Mining Corporation at its Yanacocha site and Conga Project, in the highlands of Peru, where he specialized in planning and implementing local contracting and employment programs. Armando conducted studies on key social topics for the company, elaborated on social metrics and communication plans and development projects, designed sustainable development programs and participated in field negotiation teams.
With specialist knowledge in CSR, Armando identified mitigation measures for socio-economic impacts in the Latin America region. He has focussed on business development and local procurement and has written terms of reference for tenders and assessed investment proposals. Expertly skilled in complaint resolution, Armando designed, developed and implemented the Centralised Community Centre for Grievances and Complaints (CCCGC) that resolved major contractor problems and community complaints for the Conga Project. The grievances and complaints alert and assessment procedure aligned with Newmont’s policy and due to high level of success, the CCCGC was used as a general grievance mechanism for all stakeholders of the Conga Project.
In 2010, Armando was a facilitator for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US AID Program that focussed on Anticorruption within Peru. In this short-term role, he was responsible for stakeholder engagement across numerous state capital cities and successfully leveraged his superb client relationships skills to facilitate and communicate with a diverse range of individuals. In addition, Armando organised program workshops and engaged with grassroots and NGOs within the local provinces. As an outcome, Armando presented the program to participants, facilitated robust discussion to gather feedback and elaborated on an evaluation report.
As a high-performing law student, Armando was elected the Executive Director of ‘Ius et Veritas Civil Association’, a prominent Law Journal edited by students of the PCU Peru Law Faculty. Working in a high-profile voluntary capacity and leading 40 people at just age 23, Armando independently created the marketing section which is still operating today. During his tenure, the magazine and fraternity reached their peak, beating all other rival publication organisations. He also co-facilitated law seminars within timeframe and budgets, managed the Associations accounting function and influenced stakeholders to contribute financially.
Overall, Armando’s strengths include Community Business Growth Projects, Community Employment, Policies and Procedures, Program Facilitation, Resource Allocation, Information Dissemination, Arbitration, Corporate Law, Stakeholder Relations and Health and Safety.
On a personal note, Armando is an innovative problem solver and proactive team player who works calmly under pressure and in hostile environments. Fluent in Spanish, English and German, combined with basic Quechua and Italian, Armando can easily understand, empathize and engage with a wide range of people from different culture and socio-economic backgrounds.