Homangnefaih Emmanuel Richmond has over six years of experience working in the mining sector. He currently works as a diamond evaluator for the Cote d’Ivoire Kimberley Process in the Ministry of Mines. As a diamond evaluator, Homangnefaih designs and implements programs aimed at assisting local populations impacted by mining. He holds a master’s degree in Mining from the National Polytechnic Institute of Yamoussoukro. Homangnefaih is also an alum of the University of Cape Town and the University of Queensland in Australia where he completed a short professional course in Local, Economic, and Social Development in Extractives. He is committed to addressing the socio-economic impact of mining on local communities in Cote d’Ivoire. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Homangnefaih plans to continue his work to develop communities in mining areas.