MMS Leadership Council

Minerals, Materials and Society Leadership Council

The role of the MMS Leadership Council is to advise the program directors and help guide the program and course curriculum in defining strategic objectives and provide a mechanism for communication and interaction to a broader community of stakeholders. Your annual contribution will help us align and enhance resources, fund critical research projects and scholarship funds, assemble critical partnerships and support the ongoing function of the program.  The Leadership Council will be composed of members from government and civil society, industry executives, and strategic academic partners who will meet at an annual MMS Stakeholder Workshop.

As a Blue Hen myself, I could not be more excited about the launch of this program and its value as a resource to the jewelry industry and other sectors addressing similar issues. I look forward to serving as Honorary Co-Chair of this council and hope you will join me and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group in our enthusiastic support of the Minerals, Materials and Society program by supporting and serving on the MMS Leadership Council.

Ken Murray, Honorary co-Chair, MMS Leadership Council

Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Customer Experience, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group


Photo credit: Dr. Laurent Cartier

About the Leadership Council

Minerals, Materials and Society (MMS) is one of the first programs of its kind in the United States to take an interdisciplinary approach to linking science and policy around extractive supply chains and addressing timely issues facing all consumer industries of minerals and extractives. The council is chaired by Dr. Saleem H. Ali, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor and Academic Director of the MMS.

To ensure the success of the program, an MMS Leadership Council is being built that will bring the viewpoints of stakeholders across industries into the process of developing pertinent curricula, identifying research gaps and opportunities, and supplying much needed financial support.

The members of the Council serve at the invitation of the Academic Director of MMS. Council member’s responsibilities include:

  • Participate in an annual MMS Stakeholder Workshop.
  • Advise on the development of impactful academic, professional and research initiatives.
  • Make the activities and offerings of the MMS program more widely known among prospective students, professionals, potential donors and partners and other stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership level financial support to MMS through annual giving at the Ambassador ($10,000 – $25,000), Patron ($5,000 – $9,999) or Contributor ($1,000-$4,999) level and assist when appropriate in obtaining financial support from other industry and institutional sources.
  • Willingness to review MMS planning, curriculum and research draft documents once or twice a year.

You can be a part of a timely, valuable endeavor that will build the skills needed for game-changing leadership roles in finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) challenges of the global minerals and extractives industries. MMS Leadership Council members will receive recognition and link to your company web site on the Minerals, Materials and Society web site.

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Interested in joining the MMS Leadership Council?

Contact Professor Saleem Ali, MMS Academic Director at