Urkarsh Akhouri
Utkarsh Akhouri, Chief Operating Officer, Minpol GmbH

Utkarsh Akhouri has a Bachelor's Degree in Mining Engineering and a Master's Degree in Financial Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (Batch of 2014).

He has been a core member of Minpol Management since its inception and has held various positions in the organization in the past 7 years starting his journey from research associate to holding key positions such as Head of Operations, Asia-Pacific Region. Currently he is the chief operating officer of the organization responsible for smooth functioning of all the project operations and engagements of Minpol across European Union, Asia-Pacific & Africa. At the same time, he is also one of the key natural resource economics and policy experts of the organization.

He is currently also involved in foundation of the Strategy and Consulting division of the organization and heading the development of IT based resource analysis and governance products such as Project MINRIS.

Utkarsh has gained ample experience and expertise in multiple fields in a short period of time. He has substantial understanding of Mines & Metals Industry, Natural Resource Economics and Governance, Sustainable Finance and Development, Financial Markets & Products, Applied Data Analytics.

He has successfully contributed and managed various European Commission funded EU research Projects as part of Minpol team including International Cooperation on Raw Material (INTRAW), Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis (MICA), Solution for Critical Raw Materials - a European Expert Network (SCRREEN), Mining & Metallurgy Regions of EU (MIREU).

As a student of mining engineering, keen interest in the field of mineral economics and minerals policy framework. Presently the head of MINE ECONOMICS AND MINERAL POLICY RESEARCH GROUP (MEMPRG), IIT Kharagpur an organisation which is a network of students and professors who work in the field of mineral economics and mineral policy.
As a student of Financial Engineering he is interested in the economical aspect of a country's mineral policy focusing on demand and supply analysis of minerals, factors regulating local and global prices of minerals.
He has worked on developing the methodology, concepts and theories involved in forming an ideal minerals policy. He has also worked on several research papers on the topics related to aggregate mineral scenario in India and Analysis of (selected) critical minerals for the BRICS countries