About us

About the association

Neno is a non-profit, politically independent and denomination-neutral association, registered in Switzerland. Neno was founded in 2016 and is based in Berne, Switzerland. The general assembly is its supreme body, which meets once a year. The management board is responsible for the day-to-day business and represents the association externally.

Board members

Alexander Kopp, co-president of Neno. Alex has been working for 10 years on various areas of international governance of natural resources. For three years he worked with local NGOs and media in Eastern Congo on the illegal trade in minerals and supported their research and campaigns. He is currently working as an independent consultant on various projects of natural resource governance. Furthermore, he regularly writes for newspapers. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Postgraduate degree in Development and Cooperation from ETH Zurich.

Désirée Ruppen, co-president of Neno. After studying geology, Désirée worked as a project manager and research associate in international projects on the management of natural resources and the sustainability of industrial systems. From 2013-2016 she was involved in a certification project on conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) in the DR Congo where she advised the technical services of the Congolese Ministry of Mines, mining cooperatives and civil society concerning the implementation of the certification system. Since September 2017 she has been working on her PhD thesis at the Institute for Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) of ETH Zurich and investigates pollutant loads in surface water in mining areas in Zimbabwe.

Janosch Perler, webmaster. Janosch has studied at the Art School in Bern and is an independent artist and musician. He also works as a graphic designer for different cultural associations. In the past years, he also has been working for various social institutions in the past years.

Rachel Kalbermatten, accountant. After completing her commercial apprenticeship in a trust agency, Rachel continued working as an accountant in the real estate sector. She also completed a diploma as a trustee at the KV Business School in Zurich. For more than three years now, she is managing finances and personnel of an SME in the building services engineering sector in the canton of Valais.

Local partner organizations

In the field of mineral resources’ governance, Max Impact is one of the most active and renowned NGOs in DR Congo. The organization has considerable research experience and has conducted extensive research on the traceability of minerals.

Asadho South Kivu is the South Kivu office of one of the leading NGOs in the DRC. Specialized in investigative research, they have repeatedly caused a stir by pointing out important grievances in the mineral sector.

Legal information

The statutes and the foundation minutes can be viewed here (in German) :