Benedikt Sobotka’s contribution to Eurasian Resources Group
Benedikt Sobotka holds a Master’s degree from WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, and also attended the Rotterdam School of Management, CEIBS Shanghai, and Moscow Finance Academy.
Prior to joining ERG, Mr Sobotka worked for several years at Boston Consulting Group, in countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, and South Africa. Benedikt then co-founded his own company, Bryanston Resources – a consulting and investment firm operating mainly in the commodities sector.
He also invested in high tech start-ups, including Minerals Value Service (MVS), which was sold to Platts/Dow Jones in 2015, and Advanced Membrane Systems (AMS), a nanofiltration company for the cleantech sector.
Eurasian Resources Group under Sobotka’s leadership
Today Eurasian Resources Group is a fully integrated mining & metals business. Aside from mining and processing of natural resources, it also has its own energy, marketing, and logistics operations. The company’s headquarters is located in Luxembourg, but its business operations are spread across the world. The company is represented by 85,000 people around the globe, making it one of the biggest employers within the mining industry.
ERG is committed to being a socially and environmentally responsible company and has developed a strong partnership with the World Economic Forum, becoming a Strategic Partner Associate of the Forum by the end of 2015. ERG is a founding member and partner of the Forum’s Global Battery Alliance, which Mr Sobotka co-chairs and helped launched in September 2017. The Forum aims to ensure that batteries power development along the value chain.
ERG has worked to establish strong partnerships between Chinese companies and the Republic of Kazakhstan, a number of African countries, and Brazil, in coordination with the Belt and Road Initiative.
In 2019, Eurasian Resources Group joined the UN Global Compact – a voluntary initiative aimed to support sustainable development in business enterprises. The purpose of this project is to implement ten main principles in areas such as labour, human rights, the environment and the fight against corruption.
In 2018, Eurasian Resources Group launched its innovative Clean Cobalt Framework at Metalkol RTR, its cobalt and copper reprocessing facility in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which promotes a more sustainable and transparent battery value chain.
The Group operates across numerous countries such as Kazakhstan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Mozambique South Africa, and Brazil, to name a few.