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Meet Dr. AndrĂ© Ufer – Founder and Director of Parzifal – Gems and Precious Metals Trading

Andre Ufer with the head of an ASM gold mining cooperative in Mongolia

Andre Ufer is a mining industry expert and has worked as a mining and mineral sector specialist for more than 13 years for global organizations such as the World Bank, the German Technical Development Cooperation (GIZ), the EU, and the Government of Switzerland.

In this capacity, he has developed advised and managed various projects in more than 15 countries around the world that aimed at improving the mining sector for the people of developing nations.

One of his core expertise was and is to improve the public management of the so-calles Artisanal Mining Sector (ASM) – a subsector of the mining industry that is responsible for the bulk of global coloured gemstone production, as well as for substantial shares of the production of diamonds and gold.

Small mines like this in Ivory Coast have been the subject of Andre Ufer’s work. Such mines generate significant parts of the worlds gemstones, diamonds and gold

This experience not only gave Andre Ufer deep insights into the global markets for gemstones, diamonds and gold. It also provided him with a global network of miners, producers, traders and buyers. With Parzifal, he combines his expertise of the gemstone, diamond and gold markets with his network and his deal-making capacity.

Andre Ufer on a scoping trip to evaluate Afghan emeralds

Since 2020 he is also a certified gemologist (International Gem Society).