Olle Östensson has 40 years of experience advising on commodity trade and regulation of the commodity sector, mining policy, legislation, minerals markets and the administration of mining policy, including economic and environmental management of the mining sector.
Since becoming a consultant in 2009 he has worked on several projects advising governments, international organizations and industry on mineral sector policies, including in Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lao PDR, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He has prepared forward looking market analyses for several mining companies, including many on iron ore.
Until 2009 Olle was a Special Adviser in the International Trade and Commodities Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In this role he led research projects and coordinated major UNCTAD policy reports. He has worked on analyses of commodity markets, including both agricultural and mineral commodities, and has for the past 14 years been responsible for UNCTAD’s annual report on the world iron ore market. Prior to this he was the Chief, Minerals, Metals and Energy Section - UNCTAD, Geneva, and was responsible for economic analysis of mineral and energy markets and for technical cooperation work. He also worked on projects concerning the local economic impact of mining in Chile, Indonesia, Peru and South Africa.
He teaches part of the Advanced Course in Commodities Trade at the University of Geneva.