Benedikt Sobotka’s biography
Benedikt Sobotka is the CEO of Eurasian Resources Group, one of the leading companies in the metals and mining industry. Headquartered in Luxembourg, the company is represented by over 85 000 people globally.
Sobotka graduated from WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management and also studied at the Rotterdam School of Management, CEIBS Shanghai, and Moscow Finance Academy.
Before joining Eurasian Resources Group, Benedikt Sobotka worked at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a renowned international strategy consultancy, and held multiple roles within the firm’s Natural Resources Practice in Russia, Germany, South Africa, and the UK. Shortly after leaving BCG, he founded Bryanston Resources, an advisory firm specialising in the commodities sector. Within just two years, the firm expanded to 10 offices and over 100 employees.
Benedikt has invested in multiple high tech start-ups, he founded Minerals Value Service, an analytics tool for the iron ore industry, and Advanced Membrane Systems, a nanofiltration company.
Benedikt’s career at Eurasian Resources Group
Sobotka was appointed CEO of Eurasian Resources Group in January 2014.
The Group’s operations spread across 15 countries, including Kazakhstan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and Brazil, among others.
Over the years, Eurasian Resources Group has built partnerships and joined many international organisations, including:
● the World Economic Forum,
● the United Nations Global Compact,
● the Cobalt Institute,
● Kazakhstan Foreign Investors’ Council Association,
● the Atameken National Chamber,
● the Chamber of Mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
● the Chamber of Mines of the Republic of Zambia.
Under Benedikt’s leadership, Eurasian Resources Group has been investing in improving the lives of people in the local communities in which it operates. The company continues to allocate significant resources to major international business developments, such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
In Africa, ERG invests in the construction of schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country where, unfortunately, children are often directly involved in mining. To assist in addressing the root causes of child labour in the DRC, Eurasian Resources Group helped to found the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance which strives to make the mining industry ethical and transparent.
All of the Group’s enterprises operate in accordance with ethical business standards.
Furthermore, Eurasian Resources Group supports numerous charity organisations in the DRC, intended to help reduce child labour and human rights violations.