Don East is a civil and geotechnical engineer with over 40 years of experience in consulting, mining operations and construction. With over 20 years of experience in South America, Don has held senior positions in Peru with international mining companies such as Gold Fields, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. He was also COO with Gran Colombia Gold Corp in 2011 and 2012 working on the operations at Marmato and Segovia, Antioquia. He is currently the Director of the Mining Division of GMI, a member of the Graña Montero Group with offices in Peru, Chile and Colombia. His interest in social issues has come from working with communities in these projects.