Program Director - Exploration to Mine & Sustainability
<span style=”color: #000000;”>Adele Seymon is a Program Director – Exploration to Mine & Sustainability at AMIRA International, a global mining industry member-based organisation. At AMIRA she is responsible for creating opportunities that provide solutions to members’ business challenges through collaboration. With 20 years of diverse experience in the minerals exploration, government and finance sectors, Adele works passionately with her networks to improve efficiencies in exploration and mining operations, through application of best practice R&D. She has a BSc (Hons) from Monash University and a Diploma of Business from the Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education, Melbourne Business School. Adele is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), and a committee member of the Geological Society of Australia, Victorian Branch.</span>
General Manager Human Resources and Risk Management
General Manager Human Resources and Risk Management
Adrian is responsible for overseeing PanAust’s human resources, risk management, corporate communication, and sustainability functions and has worked with the Company since 2006.
Over the course of the Company’s development from junior explorer to mid-tier international copper and gold producer with operations in Laos and projects in Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Chile, PanAust has become synonymous with best-practice community development, environmental management, health and safety, and employee engagement wherever it operates.
As PanAust’s lead for human resources and sustainability, Adrian has been the architect of the strategy behind the Company’s sustainability initiatives and has overseen the evolution of PanAust’s high-performance culture in this regard.
Adrian has more than 28 years’ experience in human resources and sustainability in the mining industry and prior to joining PanAust worked with BHP Billiton, Xstrata and M.I.M. Holdings Limited in Australia and South America.
Alan Bye is Vice President Technology – Strategy and Innovation at BHP Billiton. Alan, along with his global team, is accountable for defining the technology strategy and execution of technology development programs across the company. This includes responsibility for strategic partnerships, emerging technology, innovation hubs, enterprise architecture, technology capability, technology improvement and intellectual property management. He works closely with BHP Billiton stakeholders, including technology companies, R&D centres and Universities, and focuses on advancing the technology interests of BHP Billiton globally.
Prior to this Alan lead the establishment and was the managing director at the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction. CRC ORE is a ~$100m collaboration between 25 mining, METS and university organisations focussed on innovating the mining value chain.
Preceding that role Alan held the position of Professor and Director of the Bryan Research Centre (BRC) at the University of Queensland. The BRC’s research excellence is recognised in the fields of mass mining, blasting engineering and geology-mine-plant integration. Alan developed and led a cross discipline R&D team working on mining projects across a range of commodities and international locations.
Alan has an extensive mining operational background, spending 10 years with Anglo American where he held a range of senior operational and corporate positions. He has worked on over 30 operational sites across a broad range of commodities and countries delivering technology projects. Alan holds a PhD in mining engineering, a BSC <em>Hons</em> in engineering geology and a BSc in geology and hydrology.
Alan is a board member of the CSIRO – Minerals Resources Flagship Advisory Council and the METS Ignite – Research and Innovation Advisory Council.
Alan is Principal of ITS Global which consults to the public and private sectors on international trade, resources, economic development, investment and sustainability, with a particular focus on Asia and the Pacific.
He is also chairman of the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University, Melbourne and is a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. ITS Global has close affiliations with public policy think thanks in the US and Southeast Asia.
Alan is regarded a leading authority on international trade and investment and is staunch advocate of free trade. He is a regular commentator in Australia and global media including wire services, Forbes, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, CNBC, Bloomberg and Xinhua.
Before establishing ITS in 1990, Alan was a career diplomat. He served in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. He transferred to the Trade Department in 1985 and served as Australian Ambassador to the GATT, the predecessor of the World Trade Organisation until 1989. He served as Chairman of the GATT
Dr Duffy is a Research Fellow and astrophysicist at Swinburne University, creating model universes on the nation’s most powerful supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our own Milky Way form and explore the nature of dark matter, a new type of mass holding the galaxies together. He is a team member of the leading galaxy mapping projects with the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, tracing out the distribution of dark matter in the universe using the visible galaxies as tracers.
He is also a member of SABRE – the world’s first dark matter detector experiment in the Southern Hemisphere searching for dark matter from the depths of a gold mine in Stawell, Victoria.
He is a regular on ABC Breakfast News and Ten’s The Project with hundreds of TV and radio appearances, as well as a writer for one of Australia’s most popular science magazines Cosmos and his own column in the conversation.
Alastaire Dick is the Operations Lead for Sunshine for Mines at the Carbon War Room.
Before joining the Carbon War Room Alastaire was the Group Energy Specialist for Gold Fields Limited responsible for guiding the Gold Fields group in energy security planning (including renewables), energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.
Alastaire has previous experience as a renewable energy program manager having worked in managing large-scale wind and solar PV programmes. At the start of his working career he began working for the Energy Research Institute (now the Energy Research Centre) at the University of Cape Town and was involved with energy modeling that contributed to South Africa’s White Paper on Energy. He then joined Eskom (South Africa’s national electricity utility) as an engineer involved with flue gas cleaning and scrubbing. Much of his experience comes from the bulk materials, mining and mineral beneficiation industries through various senior management and directorship roles.
Alastaire has a masters degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden as well as a masters in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Alastaire is passionate about leadership, integrated thinking and renewable energy. He enjoys playing music, woodwork and is fluent in Xhosa (one of the local South African lanuages).
Alex is a member of the Executive Team of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. As Executive Director – Environment, Energy and Resources, Alex has responsibility for 4 business units with 1,500 fulltime research staff. His team is in the top 10 of research organisations globally in geoscience and environmental sciences. He directs an annual research investment of over $400 million. The team’s work covers research from exploration, mining, oil & gas production, right through to processing and supplies chain logistics. His team is also a global leader in understanding land, water, coastal and ocean ecosystems as well as new energy technologies.
As part of his leadership, Alex has also
Overseen the successful spin-out of a number of technology based companies, eg most recently BuildingIQ, which was listed in Dec 2015 on the ASX
Chaired the energy theme at the 2014 G20 in Brisbane
Advised several Australian governments on energy policy including, the federal government’s expert panel of the 2012 and 2015 Energy White Papers.
Been appointed to the Low Emissions Technology Roundtable, convened by the Minerals Council of Australia.
He conceived the Future Grid Forum that brought together over 100 participants from across the whole electricity system value chain todefine its possible future, focus, technology developments and inform regulatory processes.
Been responsible for CSIRO’s overseas operations in Chile
Sponsored the development of the Australian National Outlook 2015 (published in Nature in Nov 2015), the first fully integrated economy, energy, food and water projections for Australia in a global context
Prior to joining CSIRO, Alex worked 7 years for McKinsey & Company mainly on operational and strategic topics in the resource sector.
Alex holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge, UK and a BSc/MSc equivalent from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in exploration and operations in the resources industry. Following exploration geoscientist roles in Australia, Canada, USA and Mexico with Rio Tinto Exploration (CRA and Kennecott), Andrew spent 10 years in mine development and mine operations with Rio Tinto in Australia, China, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium in 2013, responsible for the leadership of more than 5,000 employees across four operating sites based out of Montreal.
Andrew is particularly passionate about leading and developing people, creating safe workplaces and driving continuous improvement. Andrew was appointed to Managing Director and CEO of OZ Minerals in 2014.
Mr. Andrew Drager serves as Managing Director and Director at Qi Power Limited. Mr. Drager started his career at LC Engineering, a Brisbane based mechanical engineering consulting firm. He undertook a senior engineering role responsible for increasing productivity in the Australian mining sector. Since 2009, he was responsible for the start-up and management of LC Energy division within the LC Group. In 2012, he co-founded Qi Power which is focused on the development of utility scale solar PV. He serves as a Director of Regard Properties Pty Ltd which operates investments in commercial rooftop solar PV and real estate. He holds B. Mech. Eng. (Hons).
Anthony Hall is a qualified lawyer and company secretary with 20 years´ commercial experience in venture capital, risk management, strategy and business development. He was Managing Director and CEO of the ASX listed Highfield Resources Ltd between October 2011 and September 2016. During his tenure the company´s market capitalisation grew from $10m to over $500m and was successful in raising over $140m to progress five potash projects in Spain. In August 2016 Anthony moved his family back to Australia and is currently providing full time transitional support to the Company´s new Managing Director as the flagship Muga Potash Mine moves into a construction phase. The Muga Potash Mine is expected to produce over 1m tonnes of potash per annum and is the first potash mine built in fifty years that is not owned by a major fertiliser company.
Mr Kirke currently manages the mine technical services for the Fortescue mines covering the Life of Mine Planning through to the weekly scheduling. His role also incorporates the Integrated Planning for the supply chain from the mine to ship., resource definition drilling and hydrology.
Mr Kirke joined Fortescue in 2010 and in his role as General Manager Solomon (FMG’s largest operation) was responsible for the operational startup of the 60 Mtpa Project and the introduction of Autonomous Hauling. He continues to retain an involvement with AHS through over-site of the partnership with Caterpillar.
Commencing with Mt Newman Mining in 1985 in Port Hedland he has worked across the full supply chain with roles encompassing port operations, ore processing, mining and maintenance. A five-year period in Chile at the BHP Escondida Copper Operation had a profound impact on Mr Kirke’s view of the Australian Mining industry, in particular the significant opportunity that exists in the Pilbara to increase efficiency through more rigorous mine planning and increased operational productivity.
In his current role as GM Operations Planning, Mr Kirke continues to seek opportunities to improve efficiency through motivating the innovation of his people and where appropriate the application of technology.
Anthony’s role in the Division of Resources & Energy is to promote NSW resources and energy opportunities to investors, facilitate project development, provide a link for industry to Government and deliver policy advice. Previously, Anthony worked as a senior mining analyst for the mining consulting firm Palaris and held various equity trading and risk management roles for investment banks in Australia and UK.
Andrew Whibley is Vice President: Technology and Innovation with Gold Fields. He started his career in January 1990 as an Apprentice Electrician in South Africa. After further studies and obtaining a Government Certificate of Competency in November 1994, his first appointment was in January 1996 as a Sectional Engineer on a deep level gold mining operation.
He has subsequently performed numerous roles for Gold Fields both in South Africa and Australia that include Project Management, Business Improvement and numerous Engineering Management positions. In September 2016 Andrew accepted his current position in Technology and Innovation.
Barry has been working for Hancock Prospecting on the Roy Hill Project since June 2010 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd in May 2012. Prior to joining Hancock Prospecting Barry was CEO of CITIC Pacific Mining and held senior management positions with BHP Iron Ore, BHP Engineering, Henry Walker Eltin, Simon Engineering and Roche Process Engineering.
He has a broad range of operational and construction project experience in the construction, engineering and maintenance sectors.
Mr Hammond holds degrees in geology and business, spending his career in a variety of roles across the mining supply chain and development cycle. He has held operational and project development roles throughout his career mostly outside of geoscience across mining, processing, ports and logistics. He played a key role in marketing and negotiation of previous major international joint ventures completed by Centrex, including setting up and running a Chinese/Australian iron ore joint venture company. Originally joining Centrex in 2007 he was appointed CEO in 2013.
Bert Koth is a Managing Director, responsible for mining investments at Denham Capital. He joined Denham Capital in 2008. Prior to joining Denham, Bert worked at BHP Billiton in business development, and at ING Barings, and Deutsche Bank in their metals and mining corporate finance teams in London, South Africa and the Netherlands.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of African focused mineral platform Pangea, Auctus Minerals and Pembroke Resources. He has been working in the metals and mining industry for 19 years and lived, travelled and worked in a wide range of countries, including South Africa, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Brazil and many others. Bert received a graduate degree and a PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics, Austria. He speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Russian.
Brett serves as Caterpillar Safety Services’ Consulting Manager for the Asia Pacific region. He is a Certified Safety Professional with more than 20 years of experience working with executives to front-line employees to establish, bolster and sustain safety management systems and culture.
Brett has successfully implemented environmental, health and safety management systems within multiple industries in North and South America, Australia and Europe including internal and external customers such as Caterpillar Global Mining, Duquesne Light, Hastings Deering, Pembina and Sheehan Pipeline.
Brett’s best practice article on Strategies for Engaging Employees in Safety Culture Improvement has been published in multiple industry trade journals including ASSE Perspectives, Waste Advantage and IFAP SafetyWA (Australia).
Brett is currently in his 12th year with MRT after previously working with the EPA and with Industry as a consultant. After working in roles including Mine Leasing and Liaison and as part of the MRT Management team, Brett moved into the role of Director of Mines in early 2014. His current role includes the management of MRT as a division of the Department of State Growth and he also undertakes the statutory role of Director of Mines.
Bruce Brymer is the Manager for Rolling Stock Maintenance for Roy Hill and has been with the integrated Mine, Port and Rail project since May 2012. Bruce began his career as an Apprentice with Queensland Rail in 1983. After studying Engineering at CQU and graduating in 1996 he went on to work with QR National in maintenance management across Queensland and Australia.
The Roy Hill project is now approaching name plate capacity of 55mtpa with 5 iron ore trains operating with 40 tonne axles loads and has some of the best technology in condition monitoring in a heavy haul railroad in the world.
Cameron Cairns is Manager Minerals with the Victorian Geological Survey and responsible for the team there currently working on the Stavely Project. Prior to joining the Victorian Geological Survey Cameron worked for 14 years in industry, mainly in exploration and development for porphyry copper and related systems in Lao PDR, Pakistan and Myanmar undertaking project generation through to feasibility programs. Cameron started his industry career as an underground mine geologist in Kambalda, Western Australia.
Christine has a 20 year career in international business and export development and has worked in the METS sector for 8 years. She also has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, USA, and an MBA in International Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Christopher Cairns completed a First Class Honours degree in Economic Geology from the University of Canberra in 1992. Mr Cairns has extensive exploration and mine development experience having worked for BHP Minerals in Queensland and the Philippines, Aurora Gold in Borneo, LionOre in WA and Sino Gold in China.
Mr Cairns is best known as the former Managing Director of Integra Mining Limited having taken Integra from successful WA gold explorer to producer. In 2008 Integra was Resource Stocks Magazine’s ‘Australian Explorer of the Year’ and in 2011 was voted Paydirt Magazine’s ‘Gold Miner of the Year’. In January 2013, Integra was taken over by Silver Lake Resources Limited for $426 million.
Mr Cairns is a Member of JORC, is the Chairman of the Australian Prospectors and Miner’s Hall of Fame and is currently the Managing Director of Stavely Minerals Limited.
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency – World Bank Group
Professor Colin Roberts practices as an International Resources Geo‐strategist. He is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, Chartered Mining Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Resources & Investment Legal Academic, International Commercial and Investment Arbitrator, Accredited International Commercial Mediator, Adjudicator, Expert Determiner and Dispute Board Member, with over 40 years of Multi-disciplinary resource industry experience, most of which has been in the developing world.
Colin is a Professor at Curtin University, and was Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee. Also at the CEPMLP, he has been a Senior Research Fellow and lecturer of International Comparative Law and International Arbitration, and director of the MBA and LLM programs in Resources Management and International Dispute Management.
He now specializes in mitigation of sovereign risk, advising governments in resources law and policy and facilitation of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. Colin does, and has held, numerous public and private directorships, and among others was for eight years, the Honorary Investment Consul for Pakistan in Australia, and is currently, Authorized Emissary for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) ‐ World Bank Group, Director of Natural Resource Geo‐Strategy (NRG), Resource Dispute Resolution (RDR), the Centre for International Dispute Resolution (CIDR), Chairman of the AusIMM‐WA, Australian Mineral & Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Australian Institute of Energy (AIE) and is the Immediate‐Past‐Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers–WA (SPE). He is a Fellow of the CIArb, AusIMM, SAIMM, IMMM, FAVE, DBF-Geneva, EI, and AIE.
National Business Development Manager – Mining & Metals
Xylem Water Solutions - Oceania
With over 25 years experience in mine dewatering and mine water management from a hands on tradesman at the mining face to Managing Xylem’s $100M Oceania mining business I have wide experience in this challenging and rewarding market. My passion for water and the importance of it to our future generations drives me to support our mining customers to become the best in the world at monitoring, using, managing, recycling and re-using this most valuable of resources. Xylem is the leader in these fields and takes a holistic approach to solving the problems. Our recent acquisition of Sensus further strengthens our position in the amrket and will be a game changer when it comes to smart infrastructure and the benefits this will bring to our mining customers.
Mr Daniel Zavattiero was appointed as Executive Director – Uranium in October 2013 to manage uranium specific issues following the integration of the Australian Uranium Association into the Minerals Council of Australia.
Daniel has over 24 years management and marketing experience in the resource sector, spanning multiple commodities including iron ore, base metals and uranium in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands.
Mr Zavattiero has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Monash University and a Graduate Certificate of Corporate Management from Deakin University.
Mrs Danielle Nardini has been at Sandvik since graduating as an Industrial Engineer from Witwatersrand University in South Africa in 2006. She proceeded to complete her Masters of Engineering in 2012.
She has been involved in many projects around the globe where her expertise were applied in operational optimisation of customers mine, development of models for operational business decisions and more recently looking into the application of data to create value add in customers operations.
Damien is a Partner in White & Case’s Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Group. He has extensive experience in non-contentious and contentious complex restructuring and insolvency related matters, having acted for financiers, investment funds and insolvency practitioners, as well as distressed debtors, throughout Asia, Australia and in Europe. Damien’s industry experience includes mining and energy, banking and financial services, oil and gas, agriculture, shipping and real estate. Prior to joining White & Case, Damien worked in-house, in banking and in corporate advisory roles, as well as having practiced with international and Australian law firms.
Darren is a mining engineer with extensive mining and corporate experience. Prior to joining Peak Resources, over a period of 6 years Darren was President & CEO of TSXV listed Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp where he was responsible for building a tantalum mine in Mozambique and completing the acquisition and resource drill out of a large rare earth and niobium project in Kenya.
Previously Darren has also worked at De Grey Mining Ltd where he held the position of Managing Director from May 2006 to December 2007. Prior to that he was General Manager of Operations at Sons of Gwalia’s (now Tailson) Wodgina Tantalum operations and over a period of 7 years, led and managed the development of the mine to become the world’s largest hard rock Tantalum operations. Darren has also served as a director of De Grey Mining Ltd from May 2006 until November 2014 and Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp from July 2008 until January 2015.
Mr Fielding is a geologist with more than 35 years of experience in exploration and evaluation of mineral deposits. He joined Matsa Resources in 2010 where he holds the position of Exploration Manager. He has previously held management positions with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Ore (formerly Portman) and FMG and Rio Tinto (formerly CRAE). He played an active role in discovery and evaluation of a number of ore deposits including the Century Zn deposit in Northwest Queensland
Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC)
David Cliff was appointed Professor of Occupational Health and Safety in Mining and Director of MISHC in 2011. His primary role is providing education, applied research and consulting in health and safety in the mining and minerals processing industry. He has been at MISHC over fifteen years.
Previously David was the Safety and Health Adviser to the Queensland Mining Council, and prior to that Manager of Mining Research at the Safety In Mines Testing and Research Station. In these capacities he has provided expert assistance in the areas of health and safety to the mining industry for over twenty seven years. He has particular expertise in emergency preparedness, and fires and explosions, including providing expert testimony to the Moura No,2 Warden’s inquiry, the Pike River Royal Commission and the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry as well occupational hygiene issues such as dust and noise exposure and fatigue. He has also attended or provided assistance to over 30 incidents at mines involving fire or explosion.
David has also extensive experience in providing training and education in OHS in mining to in many countries.
He has published widely in the area of occupational health and safety in mining including not just the physical hazards but also on the processes for the effective management of these issues.
David Moult is Centennial Coal Company Limited’s Managing Director & CEO with over 37 years’ world coal mining experience having worked with British Coal, RJB Mining PLC and Joy Mining Machinery in the USA and Australia.
In January 1998, David joined Centennial Coal as the General Manager, Operations, and subsequently assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer before being appointed to his current position in July 2011.
David holds positions with industry groups such as Australian Coal Association Low Emissions Technologies Limited Board (ACALET); Minerals Council of Australia Coal Forum, NSW Minerals Council; Coal Services Pty Ltd; Coal Mines Insurance Pty Limited and Mines Rescue Pty Limited; Minerals Council of Australia; University of NSW Education Trust Advisory Committee; and NSW Freight Advisory Council.
A proven specialist in the renewables and high voltage electrical infrastructure sectors, Davin’s career spans more than 15 years. Standout skills include specialist expertise in planning, project development, tendering, designing, constructing, commissioning and project managing turnkey solutions for high voltage substations, overhead/underground power systems and wind farms.
In addition to engineering and project development experience, Davin is a respected and successful business leader, spending over a decade jointly developing two highly regarded design and construct companies in Australia (Consolidated Power Projects Australia) and South Africa (Consolidated Power Projects (CONCO)).
As Deputy CEO of CPP Australia, Davin was a key member of the transaction and negotiation team that sold CPP Australia to Quanta Services.
Now using his business leadership and project delivery skills, Davin has established TEC-C Investments.
Dirk has been working in the field of instrumentation and control for over 20 years.
In the last 16 years Dirk has specialised in process automation in a wide range of industries including food and beverages, manufacturing and mineral processing.
Dirk’s current role at PanAust is to improve the throughput, recovery and grades at the current operations through automation control.
A large portion of Dirk’s time is spent analysing PanAust’s plants performances to identify opportunities for improvement. Dirk’s objective is to highly automate PanAust’s operations to maximise their economic benefit. He believes a plant that is easy to run will be a well-run profitable plant.
Dominic’s twenty seven year career in the mining industry has been spent working in remote projects across a number of developed/developing SE Asian countries (Australia, PNG, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam) covering precious metals, non-ferrous metals and industrial minerals. His business experience and network is built on a very strong operational base across a diverse range of successful roles from feasibility studies through and into mine closure. This experience was gained across a range of different community, environmental and corporate settings, within an industry that has becoming increasingly proactive to mitigating negative impacts associated with mining developments.
Dominic’s corporate experience began as part of a multinational company, and the last 6 years have been spent successfully developing the start-up of a world-class Vietnamese polymetallic project from community resettlement and engineering through to achieving full production throughput and participating in the negotiation of off-take contracts, raising of over $1.2 b and capital raisings for over $600 m (including a $400 m refinance), and company listing. Stakeholder management during this period has been challenging as a number were new to the resource’s industry.
These experiences have honed Dominic’s ability to quickly assemble and lead teams in problem solving with both tactical and long-term strategic outcomes in mind considering the needs of all stake-holders.
Dr Drew Rae is Associate Editor of the journal “Safety Science”, and Manager of the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University. Drew’s research brings a critical cross-disciplinary approach the examination of myths, rituals and bad habits that surround safety practice. Drew’s recent publications challenge the common assumption that risk assessments and incident investigations lead to safer work. He suggests alternatives based around a better understanding of the constraints that prevent safe innovation, and the resources that support successful work.
Eddy Solbrandt is the founder of GPR Dehler. He has been working in and consulting to the mining industry since 1990. He has since worked in open cut and underground metalliferous mines, as well as in coal, and mineral sands in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.
GPR Dehler is an international consultancy that harnesses the skills and knowledge of experts from fields that include: computer science, cognitive science, economics, psychology, engineering and finance. They have been operating in Australian mining for close to 30 years.”
Eddy is also co-founder and Director of Simmersal Inc, a San Diego based business recognised as a world leader in immersive experiential learning in virtual world environments.
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is co-founder and Chairman of Gekko Systems, based in Ballarat, Victoria. Gekko is a world leader in gold and silver processing technology, and energy (processing) efficient modular plants, designing, construction and operation. The company was established in 1996 and in addition to its head office in Ballarat, has offices in Perth, Vancouver, and Johannesburg.
Elizabeth is Chair of the Federal Government’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Growth Centre and has recently stepped down as Chair of Austmine, the peak industry body in Australia for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, a $90 billion industry. Previously, she was a member of the Australian Federal Government’s National Precincts Board and the Innovation Australia Board.
The Patron of CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution), Elizabeth was visionary in the formation of this not-for-profit organisation which aims to accelerate knowledge and change transfer in the field of eco-efficient comminution. CEEC has the capacity to have a meaningful global impact on energy consumption in mining and has recently been awarded the 2013 Mining Magazine Editor’s award. In August 2014, Elizabeth was named by the Canadian CIM Magazine as a “Name to Know” in the mining industry in relation to her work at CEEC.
Elizabeth was inducted into the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame in 2000, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and has won several awards including the Warren Centre’s Innovation Heroes Award.
Prior to her involvement in the mining sector, Elizabeth worked in stockbroking and strategic planning. Her qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Economics, and a Masters in Business Management. In 2016, Federation University Australia honoured Elizabeth with a Doctor of the University Honoris Causa degree in recognition of service and contributions to the mining sector, mineral processing, business leadership, and environmental management.
Eric Fethers is a partner based in the Perth office of international law firm, K&L Gates. He has experience in fundraising, securities, mining and resources, and mergers and acquisitions. His current clients include, both Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed and private companies predominantly in the mining and oil and gas sectors and construction services industry. In addition to advising his clients on fundraising, securities, and mergers and acquisition transactions, including project acquisitions and divestments, he regularly advises his clients on the negotiation of a range of exploration, mining and oil and gas agreements, including joint ventures, farm-in agreements, option agreements, ore marketing agreements, off-take agreements and mining project, construction and engineering agreements. Eric has extensive experience in cross border transactions, in particular mining projects in Africa and Latin America.
Onyx Natural Resources Ltd & Onyx Capital Partners Ltd
(MSc PhD CEng FIMMM FIMgt FAPM FIMC FRSA FInstD)
Dr Cowley has been a Chief Executive Officer of major corporations in Africa, Russia, the United Kingdom, China and the Middle East, including senior executive positions in Anglo American Corporation (SA), De Beers (SA), British Energy, British Rail, Murray and Roberts (Dubai), the Press Corporation (Malawi), Basic Element (Russia), Kinross (Russia), Maple Minerals Corporation (Canada), White Tiger Gold (Russia), and CIC Gold Group (the United Kingdom and China).
He has advised several governments on economic growth and expansion (Oman, Malawi, and South Africa) and was responsible for establishing the European Development Corporation under the auspices of the EC, through which he assisted in the stabilisation and industrial rebuilding of several countries in Eastern Europe.
Following this, Dr Cowley was, for several years, a Senior Advisor on African Affairs (Political and Economic), to the World Economic Forum, attending the annual meeting of government and business leaders at Davos.
Currently, he is CEO/Director of Onyx Capital Partners Ltd and a non-executive director of several companies in Mining, Energy and Financial Services, including:
His experience over the years covers many sectors including Engineering, Consultancy, Utilities, Transport, Government, Public Sector Reform, Banking and Finance, Manufacturing, Electronics, Mining and Minerals, Metallurgical, and Energy.
Dr Cowley possesses unique experience in public and corporate administration, including privatisation, operational and economic restructuring issues, and he is an expert in the field of Mining, Metallurgy and Energy economics. He is a regular speaker at international conferences.
He has a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Engineering, is a chartered engineer, and holds fellowships of several major professional institutions in the UK. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Medal for Excellence, awarded for outstanding contribution to the global mining industry, by the institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. Following completion of his Ambassadorial term, after 27 years in the public service, mostly with DFAT, he resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Assoicates Ltd.
Dr. Raby also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies, including Fortescue Metal Group (FMG), OceanaGold , Yancoal and iSentia. Dr. Raby was appointed to the Investment Attraction South Australia Advisory Board on 29 March, 2016. In China, Dr. Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice. Dr. Raby is a member of the non-for-profit Advance Global Advisory Board, University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre Advisory Board, La Trobe University Asia Advisory Board, and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Gerard Rheinberger is the Managing Director for Rio Tinto Explorations’ global Project Generation Group based in Brisbane. This group houses global commodity and technical specialists and is responsible for all the exploration group’s R&D activities. This group is also responsible for RTX’s advanced project support team as well as the global data and information management function.
Gerard is a geologist who has held a number of positions in the Rio Tinto Exploration Group over the past 26 years in Australia and overseas. He has experience in multiple commodities and all phases of the exploration process from generative programs and grass roots exploration to advanced project evaluation studies.
At the World Economic Forum, Gillian leads engagement with business, political and other leaders of society and multi-stakeholder initiatives to shape the global industry agenda and advance responsible and sustainable mining. Recently this work has ranged from the role of mining in the response to Ebola and pandemics and private sector engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals and climate agenda, to the digital transformation of industry and the role of materials in the 4th industrial revolution. Prior to joining the Forum, Gillian was Director of Social Responsibility at Teck Resources, Canada, and held roles related to social justice, community development and natural resources in government, civil society and academia. Gillian is a 2012 alumni of the Governor General of Canada’s Leadership Conference on sustainable communities and holds a PhD in Development Economics and Geography from the University of Liverpool (UK).
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
Glenn works with Golden Valley Mines Ltd, and other small exploration companies, and lives in Val-d’Or, Quebec. He has followed a traditional exploration/prospecting path, beginning with contract geophysical surveys (and getting the “bug” for being up north and in remote locations), later prospecting and staking mining claims on his own account while working his way through Concordia University (B. Sc. Geology-Earth Sciences), then conducting exploration geological services, mostly located in Northern Ontario and Quebec. Many “prospector/vendor” transactions followed with arms-length public companies, including many concluding at vesting with NSR’s and other mining royalties. He later formed a public company in 1999 which evolved into Ni-Cu-PGE producer employing over 800 in Northern Quebec. A broad spectrum of industry-related experience, domestic and in Africa, includes early-stage acquisitions and exploration, through PEA, BFS, permitting and mine development-stages, and including CSR initiatives, financing and corporate development. His main area of interest continues to be “grass-roots” early-stage exploration, primarily for base and precious metals in Canada and abroad. Glenn has been a PDAC member for over 40-years, and serves on the Executive Committee, Awards Committee, CSR Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee.
Greg has more than sixteen years experience in corporate travel and financial services, gained in business transformation, strategic planning, business development and account management roles in Australia, the UK and US. Currently, Greg supports GBT’s customers in the mining, marine and energy sectors, by providing strategic insight on business travel programs, advice on best-in-class account implementation practices, and overseeing the adoption of relevant products and technology.
He is a trained Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a Master of Science degree in International Economic & Political Relations from University of Economics in Krakow, Poland.
Mr Greg Evans is Chief Executive of ACA Low Emission Technologies Ltd ( ACALET)and Executive Director, Coal at the Minerals Council of Australia.
Prior to this position Greg was most recently the Deputy Chief Executive of Universities of Australia which represents Australia’s 39 universities. Before that he was the Chief Economist at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) where he was employed for nine years.
Greg has experience as a ministerial chief of staff in the Howard government, an official in the both the Commonwealth Treasury and Department of Finance and working for industry bodies in the energy and farm sector, including a period as chief executive of the Wool Council of Australia for three years.
He commenced his career in the banking sector as a financial analyst dealing with the funding of infrastructure, mining and oil and gas projects.
Gus has more than 10 years’ experience in providing advisory services to the mining sector on above-ground risks and opportunities (at group-, region- and operation-level). Key focus areas include stakeholder relations, social licence to operate, FPIC (free, prior and informed consent), political risk, business ethics, security and human rights.
Key activities include operational / strategic risk assessment, human rights impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, strategy / management system development and award-winning integrated/sustainability reporting. This includes extensive fieldwork in Australasia, Central Africa, South-East Asia, Southern Africa and West Africa.
Gus trained in international law in the City of London and has an MLitt. in International Security from the University of St. Andrews. He has worked in the Lloyd’s insurance market and the European Commission, where he trained with the terrorism and security cooperation unit.
Hedley Widdup is an Executive Director of fund manager Lion Manager Pty Ltd which manages the ASX listed investment company Lion Selection Group Limited.
Hedley graduated as a geologist with first class honours from the University of Melbourne in 2000, following which he gained extensive experience working with WMC Resources at the Mt Keith Nickel Mine, Olympic Dam, Mt Isa (Black Star open cut mine) and the St Ives Gold Mine where he was Senior Mine Geologist of the combined open pits.
Hedley joined Lion Manager in 2007 and completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment with FINSIA in 2011.
Hugh is an accomplished business leader with an impressive track record as both a General Manager, Facilitator and Management Consultant. Prior to consulting he held senior leadership roles in Europe, USA and Australia with AMCOR, UpRight, Searle and Yves Rocher. With full P&L responsibility he led business transformations across multiple sites delivering sustainable top and bottom line growth.
As a consultant, Hugh works with both large corporate and medium size businesses across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, construction and service. He works with people to improve business outcomes taking a whole of business perspective. This is achieved through a practical customised approach, blending facilitation, coaching and action learning to develop and successfully implement strategies to achieve the strategic objectives.
Amongst his current and past clients are AMCOR, BP, AME Systems, Volgren, PPG Industries, AMCOL Inc., PMP, Gekko Systems and Life Saving Victoria.
Hugh is a director of the High Performance Consortium and VTO Coaching and Consulting and a past board member of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence. He is currently an Advisory Board member for a fast growing SME and is a past Director of Innovation Insights (i2e). He has also delivered Leadership Development Programs at Melbourne Mount Eliza Business School. He is an international speaker on business improvement and business excellence and has presented at conferences in Australia and North America.
A highly motivated and solution’s focused individual with 15 years’ experience in the bulk explosive supply industry internationally and within Australia. A proven track record of key customer and contract management, technical support and stewardship, strategic business development, pricing and contract negotiations.
An accomplished Drill and Blast Engineer within coal and hard rock environments with specialist knowledge in leading blasting practises as well as new product introduction and performance evaluation. Active in industry knowledge development and sharing, currently the secretary of the ISEE Australian Chapter.
MAXAM Australia specialises in the supply of explosives and associated services to the mining, quarrying and civil construction industries across Australia and the South Pacific.
Reporting to the General Manager and Global Technical Applications Manager with responsibility for MAXAM AU Technical Applications department for technical blasting services, product stewardship, management of technical services field officers and value-in-use projects.
Delivery of value-in-use savings projects for key customer accounts
Development of mine-to-mill evaluation tools
Elected representative for AEISG for MAXAM Australia
Hugh Morgan is Principal of First Charnock Pty Ltd and Executive Chairman of Arete Capital Partners Pty Ltd. He was Managing Director of WMC Limited from 1986 until 2003. Prior to that he was Director of Marketing and Finance for North Broken Hill Limited from 1971 until 1976.
He was Chairman of Central Norseman Gold Corporation Limited from 1986 until 1994, Chairman of Hill 50 and KLVS and Director of Alcoa of Australia Limited from 1977 until 1998 and of Alcoa Inc from 1998 until 2001. He was on the Council of the MCA (previously named the Australian Mining Industry Council) from 1976 until 2003 and President from 1981 until 1983. He served on the World Gold Council from 1986 until 1991 and its Chairman for two years. He was a Board member of the ICMM from 1991 until 2003 (previously known as the ICME) and its Chairman for two years.
He served as a Board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia for fourteen years. He is a graduate of Law and Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Senior Fellow and Convenor Natural Resources Governance Progam
Perth USAsia Centre
Ian has 25 years of experience in mining and development policy at state, national and international levels, operating at the business-government-community interface. For the past 10 years, he has held management roles in national economics consultancy firms, advising industry and government on a broad range of issues. Previously, Ian was a manager within four different minerals and energy industry bodies. Ian is a regular visitor to countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Ian is a member of the Board of Directors for CEDA. Ian has work experience in all Australian States and Territories and in several countries in Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei. In 2011, he undertook a six month assignment in Indonesia, advising the Government of Indonesia on trade and investment policies and regulations. He is National President of the Australia Indonesia Business Council.
Mr. Telfer has been Chairman of Goldcorp since 2006 and was Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp and its predecessor Wheaton River Minerals since 2001. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, he transformed the company into one of the world’s premier senior gold producers. He also served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2009-2013.
With over 30 years of experience in the precious metals industry, he has been a founder, officer and director of numerous international mining companies including: TVX Gold; Lihir Gold; SilverWheaton; UraniumOne; and Newgold. Mr. Telfer has financed, developed and operated mines throughout the Americas, Asia and Australia.
Mr. Telfer has been recognized for his contributions to the mining industry numerous times. In 2007 he received the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2013 Mr. Telfer was named one of Canada’s top 25 most powerful business people and listed in Canadian Business Magazine’s “The Power 50.” In 2015 he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and in 2016 he was honoured as a Laureate of the British Columbia Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Telfer is also known for his philanthropic endeavors. In 2007 he donated $25 million to what is now known as the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He is a Patron of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation and generously supports many local causes.
Mr. Telfer is a Fellow in the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2015.
Ivor Frischknecht is a former Investment Director of Starfish Ventures Pty Ltd, a venture capital firm that manages $400 million, primarily on behalf of Australian superannuation funds. His key activities included responsibility for the firm’s clean tech investment activities in areas such as energy, water and environmental technologies.
Ivor was previously Director, New Ventures, of Idealab, a company involved in developing and investing in technology start-up companies, including renewable energy companies. He was also previously the CEO of H2OnSite, a company involved in the commercialisation of clean energy generation technology, and a senior executive and adviser to a range of venture capital and energy companies.
Ivor holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration and Public Management Certificate from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jake Klein is the Executive Chairman of Evolution Mining – a leading, growth-focussed Australian gold miner with an enviable track record of delivering to guidance. Evolution is Australia’s second largest ASX listed gold producer with six 100% owned Australian operating assets and an economic interest in the world-class Ernest Henry coper-gold mine. In total, Evolution produces over 800,000 ounces of gold annually.
Jake was previously the President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited where he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino was listed on the ASX in 2002 with a market capitalisation of $100 million and was purchased by Eldorado Gold Corporation in late 2009 for over $2 billion.
Jake is a non-executive director of ASX listed Lynas Corporation Limited. Jake is also a former director of Oceana Gold and a past President of the NSW Branch of the Australia China Business Council.
James Gerraty has been ASX’s Manager of Listings in Melbourne since 2000. ASX is one of the world’s top 10 listed stock exchange groups. The Listings unit of ASX is concerned with ensuring ASX provides fair, orderly and transparent markets.
As well as managing the relationships ASX has with Victorian based entities listed on the exchange, James and his team facilitate new listings and secondary capital raisings on the market. James is a member and Deputy Chairman of the ASX Listing Committee.
A Principal Mining Engineer with more than 25 years’ experience including operational, technical and business roles. James’ expertise is in management of scoping, prefeasibility, feasibility and optimisation studies, review and benchmarking of mine operations, management and planning systems, and development and analysis of cost and financial models.
Jan Kwak, PEng, understands the relationships between business strategy, technology, project development, and life-of-mine operations. He has managed every aspect of the design, construction, commissioning, and operation of large mines and metallurgical facilities. A skilled project manager, he leads multi-functional teams, developing, implementing, and delivering innovative solutions for mining clients around the world.
Jason is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of EMR Capital, and a member of its Investment Committee.
Prior to EMR Capital, Jason was the Head of the Asia Practice for KPMG in Australia, responsible for all Asian based transactions, projects and Asian corporate clients. Jason has spent a significant part of his career, on the ground in China, assisting Chinese state and private owned enterprises acquire metals and mining projects globally, working with major Chinese resources companies, investors, commodity end users and government. Jason also has considerable experience in the Indonesian and Indian markets, where he successfully led significant investments and established joint ventures.
Jason is a member of the Board of Commissioners and Executive Committee of PT Agincourt Resources, the owner and operator of the Martabe gold and silver mine located in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Jason was the President of the Australia China Business Council (Victorian Branch) and a member of its Board of Directors from 2008 -2015 and remains a Committee Member of the Victorian Branch. He graduated from Monash University (Australia) with Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Law and Masters in Law.
Javier Felipe Córdova Unda is the current Minister of Mining of Ecuador. Prior to this Mr Córdova held the position of Vice Minister of Mining, and Vice Minister of Internal Security. Mr Córdova has also held prominent positions in the government.
Throughout his career, Mr Córdova has played an integral role in advancing important institutional reforms in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Some of these achievements include the territorial restructuring of the police force into districts; implementing a new model of management of the police force to better serve the citizen; generating campaigns against violence towards women; and, in dismantling drug trafficking.
Mr Córdova holds a degree in Finance from the College of Government for Development, at Universidad San Francisco of Quito. Mr Córdova completed his baccalaureate at the Lincoln School, in San José – Costa Rica
A resources industry veteran with a proven track record in global resource capital markets and successfully delivering profitable growth and cash flow in a number of sectors covering most aspects of mining and downstream processing businesses.
Juan is a dual qualified engineer and geologist with over 30 years of international experience in geotechnical, operations management, business improvement, engineering management and commodity trading. He has a passion for technological innovation and commercialisation.
Juan has held board executive and non-executive directorships in a number of private and listed corporations. In addition, he has held senior management and executive roles in multi asset mining and plant operations. He has worked extensively as a consulting engineer in Asia‐Pacific and Africa with multinational corporations including Placer, Rio Tinto, BHP, BHP-Billiton, First Quantum Minerals, URS and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Jeannette McGill is the Head of Telstra Mining Services. She recently joined Telstra from Anglo American Platinum where she was head of Technology and Innovation responsible for strategy development and investment into game-changing technologies impacting the way narrow-reef is undertaken. She has previously lead research teams in applied programs focused on automation, robotics and in-mine communications. In addition, she has exposure as a mining analyst responsible for evaluating streaming agreements for funding opportunities in North America. Jeannette’s career began in mining production as a section and exploration geologist where she became the second woman in South Africa’s Free State Province to be issued an underground blasting certificate. Jeannette brings 20 years’ mining sector experience and management skills to IMARC. She is a non-Executive Board member and holds a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines. Jeannette is among one of the Top 100 global women in mining for 2016, as identified by Women in Mining (WIM) UK.
Jeff is a geologist with over 20 years worldwide experience in various roles. He is a recognised authority on nickel deposits, having advised several multinational mining companies and published numerous papers on the subject, and has been involved in the targeting and discovery of nickel sulphides in Canada.
Johan de Villiers has more than 25 years’ systems and systems integration experience in the mining, manufacturing, and petrochemical (Upstream and Downstream) industries. Johan has deployed multiple systems on a global scale to support smart management of enterprises. He has served on the International Board of MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) for two years and holds qualifications in Electrical Engineering from the Durban University of Technology.
During the past 5 years, Johan’s primary focus has been to establish environments to support solutions that will pro-actively manage Enterprises using Real Time data. This environment supports decentralised Enterprise Management with the emphasis on Operations, Business Intelligence and Financial Management.
John is Director of Member and Market Relations at the World Gold Council, leading its programmes to support the world’s major and most forward-thinking gold mining companies and its engagement with partner and stakeholder organisations.
Additionally, he contributes to the organisation’s wider research and communications outputs to improve understanding of the whole gold supply chain. He has written extensively and comments regularly on gold market and investment strategy issues.
John joined the World Gold Council in early 2005, working initially on the investment research programme and then, from 2007, as Investment Marketing Manager, specifically addressing institutional and HNW investors.
John has worked in or around the financial and commodity markets for over 20 years, including senior roles in business development, product management and marketing, trading systems and market data analysis.
Beyond the financial markets and prior to joining the World Gold Council, John consulted on research, analysis and knowledge management projects for a range of clients, from small businesses to international corporations and supranational organisations including, for example, SOAS (University of London), the BBC World Service and UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).
John has degrees from the University of Sussex and Birkbeck College, University of London.
John leads White & Case’s Global Mining and Metals Industry Group. He has over 20 years’ experience in mining sector investment and M&A including 6 years as in-house counsel for both junior and major mining houses advising on the development and operation of mining projects in Australia and Asia. His extensive experience in mining and natural resource transactions and projects enables him to deliver sector specific guidance and solutions to clients. John has steered clients through project acquisitions and investment reviews across the globe, including advising Chinese state-owned enterprises on investments into the mining sector in Australia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas.
Mr John Welborn B.Com, CA, MAICD, SA Fin, JP, MAusIMM
John Welborn is an experienced senior executive in the resources industry. A former International Rugby Union player, Mr. Welborn was previously the Head of Specialised Lending in Western Australia for Investec Bank. As a Director and Chief Executive, he has been responsible for driving growth in resource companies including Prairie Mining Ltd, Papillion Resources Ltd, and Equatorial Resources Ltd. Joining Resolute in July 2015, Mr Welborn is a champion for responsible and sustainable mining development in West and Central Africa and was named by MiningMx as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Africa’s Mining Industry.
Jonathan Law currently leads CSIRO’s mineral exploration, mining, processing and sustainability research as Director of Mineral Resources.
CSIRO Mineral Resources works with industry across the value chain to grow Australia’s resource base, increase productivity and drive environmental performance. It also provides critical scientific analysis, underpinning a growing national dialogue on how resources impact society and the environment.
Jonathan and his leadership team bring together research with global partners in academia, government and industry to tackle short and longer term challenges to the sustainability of the Australian minerals industry.
Jonathan is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a geologist by training and has worked across the value chain of the mineral resources industry and in many countries around the world. A major focus of his working career has been managing the interface between research and practical applications in industry.
José is the chairman of the Australia-Latin America Business Council, which was founded in 1989 and is at the forefront of promoting Australia’s commercial ties with the markets in Latin America.
He is also a counsellor of Dragoman Global and the founding partner of Blanco Partners, a specialist advisory firm that he established in 2012, following a 22 year career overseeing the Australian operations of the international bank, Banco Santander. The firm has partners in Australia, Spain and several countries in Latin America.
Before joining Banco Santander, José practiced law for 10 years, having been a partner in the Sydney-based firms, Bodors and Cutler Hughes & Harris.
Other major positions held by José have been:
Vice-Chairman of the Australian Government’s Council onAustraliaLatinAmericaRelationsfrom 2001 to2010.
Member of the governing committee of the Australia-Chile Chamber of Commerce from 1991 to 2000.
Memberof the Advisory Boardof the Institute ofInternational Studies at theUniversityof TechnologySydney, from 1997 to 2001.
Justin believes in the power of entrepreneurship to transform individuals and communities, to create economic opportunity, and to address global challenges.
Justin is a director at Unearthed. Through hackathon events, online challenges, and a technology accelerator, Unearthed is creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and improving the efficiency and competitiveness of the global resources sector.
Justin previously worked in the Silicon Valley, where he wrote documents on enterprise management software solutions. He has also managed a healthcare clinic, ran a café-bar, and produced an album.
Kane Thornton is Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, the peak body for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry in Australia.
Kane has more than a decade’s experience in energy policy and leadership in the development of the renewable energy industry. Kane has advocated for and helped design the policies that have been critical to the renewable energy industry’s growth, and continues to be an active political advocate, public presenter and media spokesperson.
His previous roles include senior manager and advisor for Hydro Tasmania – Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy – and executive officer of Renewable Energy Generators Australia.
Kane has broad international management experience having previously worked in technology, living and working in Asia. He has held a range of advisory and board roles with government and non-government organisations in the climate change and energy sector, and is a non-executive director of Sustainability Victoria.
Kane is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Masters in Social Science and Bachelor of Information Technology.
Katie provides strategic leadership across thematic areas of Oxfam programming and advocacy with a focus on supporting the organisation to develop an evidence base for policy and accountability. She has a substantial background in community and international development working at a variety of levels from grassroots programming to global governance on a diverse range of issues such as gender based violence, community resilience and disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Katie worked for many years in regional communities in Australia and has spent much of the last 10 years working across the Pacific, including a 6-year stint in Solomon Islands.
Dr Kwan Lee has been involved in the technology space for 10 years, after completing his DPhil in Physics from the University of Oxford.
He has been involved in a number of roles, including Research Engineer with Samsung Electronics, and as the Longwall Automation Engineer on the first Longwall Top Coal Caving (LTCC) in the Bowen Basin with BHP Billiton.
Kwan joined Sandvik Mining in 2016 as the Sales & Business Development Manager for OptiMine in Sales Area Australia. With a clear mind set to set the foundation to optimising mining operations for our customers.
Lane is head of the renewables business at the Impact Investment group, which has recently launched its $100M Solar Income Fund. The fund aggregates small utility solar farms to provide an investment opportuntiy in a diversified portfolio of contracted solar plants.
Lane is a champion of the renewable energy industry. For the last 10 years he was the Executive General Manager for Pacific Hydro. Lane was responsible for leading the Australian business, having lead the growth of the company to become a clean energy utility with a portfolio of more than 300MW of operating wind and hydro power facilities and a growing base of retail electricity customers.
In his career he has over 25 years of international experience in the energy industries in Australia, Asia, the UK and New Zealand. He was worked in energy regulation and risk management. His early career included engineering design and project management in the oil & gas industry.
Lane has a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical from Canterbury University in New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law from Deakin University.
Louis is an energy scientist and economist who has helped multinational mining and resources companies seize the opportunities present throughout their energy interactions. His work has included technical and economic assessment of energy efficiency, energy management and renewable energy options for mining, industrial, commercial and government clients. He has worked on a diverse range of projects including developing demand management analysis tools for energy utilities, identifying and evaluating productivity opportunities for mining companies and forecasting commodity demand in a 2 degree world. Louis is also the vice chair of the Perth Branch of the Australian Institute of Energy and is a volunteer director of a cooperative aiming to develop a community owned wind farm in his home city of Fremantle.
Dipl. Ing. Mark Eberlein is responsible for the quality management (e.g. ISO 9001) and the technical support at the RWE Maintenance & Engineering Center in Frechen near Cologne. He studied mechanical engineering at Aachen Technical University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen) and joined RWE as an operational engineer in the “Hambach opencast mine” in 1999. He did a lot of major maintenance projects in different open cast mines in the Rhenish lignite area. Since 2012 he is responsible for developing integrated SAP solutions for a better servicing, inspection, repair and improvement of the opencast mines assets. With a strong focus on mobile services we prepare RWE mining operations for the industry 4.0.
Mark leads the newly formed GHD Advisory business line – responding strategically to our clients’ needs; by combining business strategies with technical capability across our client’s business and asset lifecycle.
Mark’s diverse track record and experience in the Mining community allows him to act as an effective Austmine director in the promotion of Australian based businesses associated with providing world class mining services and equipment capability to the mining sector, both in Australia and Globally.
A business leader with over 30 years’ experience in both Listed and Privately Owned global engineering service companies. Experience ranges from global enterprise management, Engineering, Project Management and Turnkey Construction through to Operations and Maintenance in a wide range of industries including Mining, Power, Environment, Water and Infrastructure.
Mark is also Non-Executive Director of Aspire Mining Limited, where he is responsible for the activities focused on discovering and developing world class premium coal deposits in Ovoot, Mongolia.
Matthew is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience. He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background, having worked as an underground miner, mine planning engineer, supervisor, general manager, COO and and managing director, in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and Bolivia. He holds three First Class Metalliferous Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency and has been instrumental in the successful development of three gold mines (Porgera, Beaconsfield and Ballarat).
He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008. Previously Group Chief Operating Officer for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp, he has also worked for Castlemaine Goldfields, Rio Tinto, WMC, Placer Pacific and Renison Goldfields. Matthew is currently the MD&CEO for White Rock Minerals and a non-executive director for Mantle Mining.
Professor Matthew Barnett is an Alfred Deakin Professor, Chair in Metallurgy and Director of the new ARC Training centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency,which will commence operation in 2017. He began his career as a Trainee Metallurgist at BHP Steel’s Western Port works, following this with placements in Montreal, Gent and Port Kembla. He moved to academia in 1999 when he took up a position at Deakin University, where he has held ARC QEII and Future Fellowships. His research seeks to create superior alloy performance based on microstructure control.
Internationally experienced Mining Engineer with management education, with over 24 years in mineral industry. Managed international workforces and equipped with advanced technical knowledge and expertise in Business Management, Logistics, strategic planning, evaluation of new business opportunities, M&A, New project planning
Currently works as General Maneger Raw Material Strategy for Tata Steel Ltd, India
Education: Mining Engineering Degree- Osmania University, India with first division, General Management program at XLRI, Jamshedpur, India with Marketing, Finance, project management, an Executive Development Program at CEDEP, INSEAD, France with Strategy, Marketing and Finance. Obtained First Class Mines Managers Certificate of competency from the Government of India.
International Experience: operated for 5 years from Abidjan, West Africa from 2008 -13 as Executive in Charge for Western Africa & Managing Director of Ivorian JV company of Tata Steel. Chaired the board of International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) and serves the board of International University of Grand Bassam (IUGB) . Multiple visits for business to South America and African countries as well as Australia and Asian coutries.
Melanie is an executive recognized for transforming functional organizations, delivering commercial value and increasing technical and management capability. Known for removing costs from the business and driving change through process and technology optimization, partnership and collaboration with stakeholders. Over 17 years of industry and consulting experience in developed and developing countries demonstrating functional success across cultures and in challenging environments.
General Manager Social Development & Public Policy
Melanie joined MMG in late 2015 to managing the strategy for MMG’s Social Development and Public Policy areas. Over 15 years in senior leadership roles at the MCA, Melanie was responsible for the provision of policy and strategic advice on issues relating to the social and environmental performance of the Australian minerals industry internationally. She uses partnerships with external stakeholders and opinion leaders to develop industry capacity to continuously improve social and environmental performance, and developed Enduring Value – The Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development in response to growing public dialogue relating to the social impacts of mining, and calls for increased regulation of multinational companies. Melanie was recognised as one of Australia’s Inaugural 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac for her contribution to public policy.
Assoc. Professor, Director and Mitsubishi Chair in Sustainable Mining
UNSW Mining Engineering
Dr. Hitch is a registered professional engineer and professional geoscientist in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Hitch’s research interests centre on the mine of the future. This notion challenges one to consider not only the traditional aspects of mine design, extraction and closure but also aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and the social implications of mine operation. Dr. Hitch’s research considers operational efficiencies through the lens of sustainability and appropriate extraction that seeks to provide a platform for local prosperity and sustainable livelihoods for all actors.
Dr. Hitch has travelled to 189 countries in various capacities including as a senior mining executive in his prior life including; a Mining Analyst and Corporate Finance professional for several Toronto brokerages; as Executive Vice President Corporate Development for Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., Vice President Corporate Development for AngloGold Ashanti, Director of Corporate Development – Western Hemisphere for Echo Bay Mines, and Manager of Business Development for TeckCominco. Michael served on the board of directors and as a technical advisor for several TSX and NASDAQ companies.
Michael was appointed as Executive General Manager – Global Accounts in December 2012, having previously held the roles of Executive General Manager – Field Services, GM – Marketing and Strategic Projects, and VP – Technology since he joined RungePincockMinarco in February 2010. He added the role of Chief Marketing Officer to his responsibilities in March 2013 after successfully re-defining the business marketing strategy and managing RPM’s global rebrand in late 2012.
Michael has been in the mining industry for over 15 years and has been involved in a wide range of technologies and services across the mining value chain. Michael has previously held management roles in sales, marketing and product management in the mining technology and services marketplace. Having spent a vast amount of time working abroad, he has substantial international operational experience particular in the mining sector across many commodities and methods.
Over 20 years experience in carrier, service provider and enterprise ICT solutions. Pioneered many leading edge solutions for carriers (Telstra, TNZ), emergency services (Ambulance NSW) and Resources, Mining & Transport.
Over 3 years with Huawei Australia as Enterprise Principal Architect and 6 years Huawei Enterprise solution experience.
SME with extensive experience in Wireless (LTE and WLAN), Data Centres, WAN Routing, QoS and Internetworking.
Executive Council member of the Internet Of Things Alliance Australia (IOTAA).
Mike joined Newcrest in July 2015 with responsibility for Business Development, Projects and Studies, Exploration, Minerals Resource Management and West African operations and regional growth.
Prior to joining Newcrest Mike was at MMG where, for the past five years, he was Executive General Manager Business Development. He has over 25 years’ resource industry experience in Australia and internationally and has worked extensively in the gold sector and base metals with En+ Group, Macquarie Bank, WMC Resources, Normandy Mining and Kenmare Resources.
Mike is a member of the Institute of Directors (UK).
Michael is Associate Professor of Mining Engineering within the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat). Prior to that Michael was a Research Fellow in the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Major research interests include; Mine ventilation, heat and mine climate, blasting, water demand management and numerous other areas.
Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Society of Mining Engineers, Mine Ventilation Society of Australia and the Society of Mining Professors. As well as teaching and research duties at the University, has undertaken a wide range of ventilation consultancies in a number of countries
Michael has a long background in mining from various positions in Boliden, starting as a miner 1984, Surveyor and mine planner for 10 years, Development Engineer and most recently, Production manager 2011-2015 in the Renstrom Mine.
Boliden Mine Automation Program is focused on development and implementation of new automation technologies for our mines mainly in cooperation with telecom, general industry, mine equipment suppliers and mining companies networks. With the Mine Automation program Boliden get a long term commitment to improve the productivity and safety in our mines. Michael have been responsible for the development and implementation of Bolidens Mine Map navigation system for Atlas Copco Drill Jumbos.
Michaels current focus within autonomous machines team is systems that allows autonomous machines to co-exist with humans in mixed traffic.
Mr Henry joined BHP Billiton in 2003. He served as President, Coal from January 2015 to February 2016 when he was appointed President Operations, Minerals Australia. Prior to January 2015, he was President, HSE, Marketing & Technology. His earlier career with BHP Billiton included a number of commercial roles covering both Minerals and Petroleum, including the role of Chief Marketing Officer.
Mick is a mining engineer with 30 years of broad international experience, predominantly in precious and base metals across Asia and Australia. Most recently, as Executive General Manager of Operations at OZ Minerals, he was responsible for the evaluation studies, construction and operation of the Prominent Hill copper/gold project in South Australia, one of the more significant recent resource developments in Australia. Preceding this, he was General Manager of the Sepon gold/copper project for Oxiana in Laos. His earlier experience was in Papua New Guinea in senior roles and, at the outset of his career, at Mount Isa Mines in operations and design. In January 2011, Mick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of OceanaGold, and was appointed to the Board of Directors as Managing Director in April 2011.
Mick holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and is a member of both the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mitchell H Hooke (Mitch) is globally recognised for his in-depth knowledge and strategic leadership in both Australian and global public policy advocacy, and commercial operational practices, spanning over 30 years as a national and international industry leader across the agricultural, food and grocery, and mining industries.
Born of the land, educated in its agricultural ecosystems disciplines at the University of New England, and a pioneer of zero tillage farming systems as an agricultural advisor early in his career, Mr Hooke moved to Canberra where he consecutively served as Chief Executive Officer of the Grains, Food and Grocery, and Minerals Councils of Australia, retiring from the MCA and the International Council at the end of 2013.
Mr Hooke is currently Chairman of Partners in Performance International – a global management consulting firm uniquely positioned across minerals resources, agricultural, industrial manufacturing and services industries.
He is also a Non-Executive Director of GTL Energy Ltd – a technology Co. in the early stages of commercialising a unique proprietary technology to upgrade low rank coals, a Non-Executive Director of Rex Minerals Ltd – an Australian minerals exploration and development company with large scale copper – gold – iron ore deposits in South Australia – and he is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Grains Producers of Australia – the peak national representative body for Australia’s grain growers. And he is a member of the Advisory Board to Micromine Pty Ltd – a leading Australian global provider of innovative software solutions spanning the entire mining cycle (from geological exploration and data management to resource estimation, 3D mine design, planning and production control).
Mr Hooke was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) on Australia Day 2016.
Mr Hooke was also a University of New England Distinguished Alumni for 2010.
He is particularly recognised for his contribution to sustainable development in all of its manifestations, international trade and investment liberalisation, open market economic reforms including taxation and mining royalties’ reforms and competition policy, the rights of indigenous peoples, climate change management and energy policy, and education and training policies in vocational and professional skills development.
He has been instrumental in improving the Australian mining sector’s contribution to sustainable development, in turn recovering the industry’s social licence to operate, and in particular, in strengthening the industry’s relationship with Indigenous Australians.
He was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Elgin National Industries (USA), a Chicago–based private equity company of a global group of companies servicing the mining, minerals processing, and bulk materials handling industries in engineering and construction and industrial plant equipment. He was a Director of the Australian operations, Roberts & Schaefer, Australia. And Mr Hooke was formerly a Director of Australian Trade and Industry Alliance Pty Ltd established to promulgate cross-industry public policy.
Natasha is an expert in the management of alcohol and drug issues in the workplace, with over fifteen years’ experience leading training, policy development and management strategy across the corporate sector and the armed services.
Natasha currently leads the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Workplace Services program development and training team – supporting organisations to minimise risk and maximise team productivity through practical alcohol and drug management in the workplace.
She has lectured in Community Mental aHealth at an undergraduate level, and regularly presents on the best practice management of alcohol and other drugs in a corporate and industrial environment.
Nev Power, Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd is responsible for leading one of the world’s largest, lowest cost producers of iron ore.
Since his appointment in July 2011, Fortescue has quadrupled its production to over 165 million tonnes per annum while more than halving production costs to world class levels. In 2015, Fortescue generated revenue of approximately US$9 billion. The company is recognised for its unique culture, innovation and world class infrastructure and mining assets in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
Fortescue believes in generating long term value for its stakeholders through empowerment, valuing communities and respecting the environment. Nev has led Fortescue’s commitment to safety excellence, and to the Billion Opportunities program which has awarded over A$1.8 billion in contracts to Aboriginal businesses.
B.Sc. (Hons, Geology)
Nick’s area of experience and expertise is the financing and development of unrecognised resource exploration opportunities. He has been an executive and investor in the junior resource sector at all levels for more than 30years and in that time has been instrumental in the delivery of major resource projects resulting in nine corporate transactions, delivering over $5billion to shareholders.
Nick is Managing Director and CEO of DGR Global, a worldwide resources project generator and major shareholder of several Petroleum, Copper, Iron, Tin and Coal companies.
Nick joined Sarawak Energy in June 2010 as the Head of the CEO Office. In his current position as Vice President of Business Development, he led the negotiation of the Power Exchange Agreement with PLN governing the interconnection between Sarawak and West Kalimantan, which commenced operation in early 2016.
He is also leading the negotiation of similar agreements for Sarawak to export power to Brunei and Sabah, and recently closed a deal with PETRONAS to supply 250 million standard cubic feet a day of natural gas to Sarawak.
For the four years prior to joining Sarawak Energy, Nick was the Senior Advisor for Energy, Water and Mining to the Minister for Energy and Resources, Tasmania.
Nick holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, University of New England. He also has a Bachelor of Arts (with First Class Honours) in Government and Economic Policy, as well as a Bachelor of Laws, from University of Tasmania.
Mr Oliver Yates was appointed the CEFC’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer on 26 November 2012.
Mr Yates has more than 20 years’ global experience in corporate advisory, financial structuring, project finance, debt structuring, equity raising and listings, with extensive experience in clean energy.
Mr Yates was an executive director at Macquarie Bank for more than 10 years, being country head in the United States (1998-2004), co-head Macquarie Capital Private Placements Group (2004-2008) and co-head Macquarie Capital Products Group (2001-2008).
At Macquarie Bank, Mr Yates was involved in establishing new businesses and growing the bank’s operations internationally, as well as leading the bank’s initiatives in wind, solar, biofuels, carbon credits and other renewable businesses.
Mr Yates is an investor in and has held board positions on a number of innovative energy ventures. He participated in the South Australian Government Green Grid study to look at unlocking renewable resources on the Eyre Peninsula, and the Victorian Government study into carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the Latrobe Valley.
Mr Yates holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with an Advanced Diploma in Mastering the Boardroom.
PAUL FLYNN BComm, FCA Managing Director Appointed: 25 March 2013 Previously Non-executive Director Appointed: 3 May 2012
Paul has extensive experience in the mining, infrastructure, construction and energy sectors gained through 20 years as a professional advisor at Ernst & Young. Paul was formerly Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Tinkler Group and was instrumental in the merger of Whitehaven Coal with Aston Resources. Paul joined the Board of Whitehaven on 3 May 2012 and assumed the role of Managing Director and CEO on 27 March 2013. Prior to joining the Tinkler Group, Paul was the managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Sydney office and a member of its Oceania executive team. As a partner for over eight years, Paul managed many of the firm’s largest mining and energy clients across Australia, Asia, South and North America.
Paul has also fulfilled various leadership roles with large corporations on secondment including as the CFO of a top 50 listed company.
Deputy Chief Executive, Department of State Development South Australia
Chief Executive, Olympic Dam Task Force
As Deputy Chief Executive, Department of State Development, Dr Heithersay leads the Minerals, Resources, Energy, Investment, Trade and Strategic divisions of the Department of State Development. These divisions manage the State’s mineral, gas, petroleum, energy, investment and trade sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.
Paul also heads the Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, a specialist team that works to secure investment in state significant projects involving mineral resources and downstream processing. The Task Force emerged from the Olympic Dam Task Force, which was originally established to facilitate the proposed open-pit expansion of BHP Billiton’s underground copper-gold-uranium mine near Roxby Downs. Its team members and partners have since been responsible for delivering innovative solutions to major project challenges through the work of the Port Pirie Transformation Task Force and the Steel Task Force and they have also overseen the development of South Australia’s Copper and Magnetite strategies.
Before joining the Public Service in 2002, Dr Heithersay spent more than 20 years in the mining industry in Australia and Southeast Asia and China for North Ltd and its predecessor Geopeko.
Dr Heithersay was awarded a Public Service Medal for his outstanding public service to the growth and development of the mineral resources sector in South Australia and in November 2012, elected to the Fellowship of the Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (ATSE). In October 2013 Dr Heithersay was awarded the prestigious Legend in Mining award for his role in guiding South Australia’s transformation into a major destination for investment in mineral resources and energy.
The Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) has appointed Dr Heithersay as the 2014 International Exchange Lecturer. This is the Society’s lectureship that is intended to bring leading economic geologists to lecture venues worldwide, in order to interact with economic geology professionals and students, and act as an ambassador for the profession and SEG
Mr Paul Henharen B.Sc, MSc, MBA, MAusIMM
Paul Henharen has over 20 years of experience in the design, commissioning and management of a wide range of mineral processing operations. Paul has held senior management roles within a number of International Engineering Companies and provides extensive experience in the management of feasibility studies and development of mineral processing projects in Africa and Australia.
Paul is a forward focused project and operational management professional with a strong ability to identify business opportunities for revenue growth or capex/opex reduction in Greenfield, Brownfield, local or international operating environments.
An industry recognised, action oriented, highly focused, innovative and results driven leader. Paul is passionate about continuous strategic improvement within competitive environments and has developed a consistent track record of steadfast commitment to excellence in engineering and project delivery that respects the need for full project life cycle implementation.
Paul has developed an entrepreneurial, but focused, leadership style with highly effective planning, organisational and communication skills that utilise solutions oriented approaches to problem solving that instill a common vision into a multidiscipline and culturally diverse teams based on the trust and respect engendered in doing what they say they will do.
As a Senior Manager with Shenhua, the world’s largest integrated coal based energy company, Paul has developed a performance based, low cost execution and operational solution for the Watermark Project that leverages and builds off 20 years of comprehensive achievements within the mining industry across the approvals, engineering, construction, manufacturing and operational disciplines whilst leveraging business acumen across diverse cultures, communities, stakeholders and economies.
Professor Paul Lever is the CEO of Mining, and also holds the CRCMining Chair of Mining Engineering at the University of Queensland. Before joining CRCMining in July of 2000 he was head of the Mining and Geological Engineering department at the University of Arizona.
His research interests include the fields of robotic and automated mining systems, smart mining machines and systems, and intelligent data analysis techniques. He has worked on projects that include; (1) intelligent control algorithms for an automated (Robotic) excavator, and (2) developing the science of bucket/material interactions to improve the performance of large excavators.
Professor Lever obtained a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and received his MSc and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
Paul Lucey is CEO of MVS and formerly Global VP of Technology and Innovation, at Gold Fields. He has 25 years of experience in the Resource sector working mainly in the process control, engineering and technology, and innovation space. Paul has a sound knowledge of fix automation, field robotics & visualization, idea adoption techniques, and innovation in conservative organizations. Paul is also on the board directors at the non-profit Resources Innovation Through Information Technology (RIIT) and a Director for METS Ignite, the Australia Federal Government’s innovation growth initiative.
Pernilla Lirell, Section Manager Mining Engineering Production and Planning Technology. Also managing one part of Boliden Mine Automation Program, Production Control.
M.Sc in Production technology from Luleå University of technology. Then working in Manufacturing industry for 8 years before entering the mining industry.
Starting at Boliden as an Operations Developer Pernilla has a focus on Lean and TOC concepts to drive the organization and production towards continuous and consisting improvements.
Boliden Mine Automation Program is focused on driving new technologies into our mines and sharing the experience in the mining industry. With the Mine Automation program Boliden get a long term commitment to improve the productivity and safety in our mines.
Peter is OSIsoft’s Industry Principal for Metals & Mining based in Sydney, Australia and is a Mining Engineering graduate of the University of New South Wales.
His previous mining industry roles include Global Sales & Marketing for Blutip Power Technologies, GE Mining as Global Leader Mining Solutions and President of Modular Mining Systems, a subsidiary of the Komatsu group, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona in the United States.
Peter started with Modular Mining Systems in 1993 as the Business Development Manager for the Asia Pacific region, based in Australia. In 1995, he became Managing Director for the Asia region. Peter moved to the U.S. in 2000, where he worked in several executive roles prior to being named President & CEO of the company in 2006.
Prior to Modular Mining Systems, Peter worked for 18 years in different mining roles, starting as a mining engineer up to mine manager working in base metal, coal and gold mines in Australia, including North Broken Hill, Hunter Valley Operations, Telfer Gold Mine, Drayton Coal, and Callide Coalfields.
Peter Harold is a process engineer with over 22 years corporate experience in the minerals industry specialising in financing, marketing, business development and general corporate activities.
Peter has extensive experience with the development and operation of both sulphide and laterite nickel projects having been responsible for metals marketing and various corporate functions relating to the Cawse nickel laterite project and the Silver Swan and Mt Keith nickel sulphide projects.
Peter has been instrumental in taking the Company from initial Project acquisition in the Kimberley through IPO, feasibility study, financing, construction and into the operational phase together with the successful purchase and re-commissioning of the Company’s second mine, Lanfranchi making it one of Australia’s largest pure nickel producers.
Peter is also Chairman of Youth Focus, an independent not for profit organisation aimed at supporting young people and their families to overcome the issues associated with suicide, depression and self harm.
Peter’s ambitions for Panoramic involve becoming a global diversified mining house and an ASX/S&P 100 Company.
Ric has more than 30 years in Senior Leadership roles across Mining equipment, Mineral processing, Infrastructure, Construction, Industrial, FMCG, Hardware Retail, and consumer related industries.
Ric’s previous roles include: non-executive directorships, CEO/MD in Private and Listed Environments, portfolio management, commercialisation, mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, venture capital, Executive General Management with extensive end-to-end local and international supply chain management.
He is also a former Director of Austmine which promotes the advancement and competitive positioning of Australian technology, collaboration and innovation in mining and resources.
Peter Wright is an Executive Director at boutique funds management and corporate advisory firm Bizzell Capital Partners in Brisbane , where he oversees the running of in house resource funds and the broader resource investments of Bizzell Capital Partners .
Prior to this Peter worked as an equities trader and resources analyst at an ASX member firm in Brisbane where he covered bulk metals and copper and has nearly 20 years experience in the resources equities sector. Peter has a bachelor of commerce , bachelors of economics and post graduate diploma as well as post graduate study in geology .
Peter has recently accepted a non-executive directorship at Bass Metals Ltd whose primary asset is the producing Graphmada graphite project in Madagascar.
Richard was appointed as Managing Director of RungePincockMinarco on 28 August 2012.
Richard was previously the Non-Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of eServGlobal Limited. He has more than 20 years of management experience in telecommunications, software, and investment. He is a founding partner of MHB Holdings Pty Ltd. Richard was formerly CEO of Mincom, Australia’s largest enterprise software company. Richard has also held the role of Senior Vice President, International at J D Edwards and Director of TransLink Transport Authority.
Richard hold a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, and ACA.
Richard also holds a position on the Board of Directors of METS Ignited, the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services Growth Centre (METS).
Richard Morrow is a Melbourne-based stockbroker with establishment broking house, Baillieu Holst. He is also chairman of the Melbourne Mining Club. Richard began his relationship with the resources sector as a journalist with the Australian Financial Review in the 1980s. He moved to London and joined the gold desk of London stockbroking firm Smith New Court. Returning to Australia just in time for the 1987 crash, Richard became a director of the then E.L. & C. Baillieu and an enthusiastic commentator on the Australian resource sector. He is also a director of Australian expert network, Statesman Institute.
Richard has been in mining and finance journalism for 25 years, spending the bulk of his career in Australia but visiting and covering projects and other aspects of the industry all around the world in that time. He spent eight years developing the weekly Australasian-focused HighGrade.net before joining Mining Journal, and prior to that ran Mining Journal owner Aspermont’s mining publishing business out of Perth, Western Australia, for more than a decade.
Richard holds an Honours Degree in Materials Engineering and a MBA and has over 30 years experience in a wide variety of project analysis, business development and strategic planning roles within the international resources industry – including 15 years at WMC and, more recently, 4 years at BHP Billiton.
In 2008 Richard founded MinEx Consulting to provide strategic and economic advice to industry and government. His main focus is on the economics of mineral exploration and building the business case for how exploration adds-value to a company. In short – how companies can make money out of exploration by knowing which commodities to look for, where to look for them, and how best to do it. It also involved what Governments can do to attract investment in exploration and mining.
Even though Richard is based here in Melbourne, his client base is truly international. It covers over 70 companies (both Major and Junior), investment groups and Governments around the World.
Richard has published several dozen papers on exploration performance and is internationally recognized by his peers as a world leader in mineral economics.
In recognition of this, in December 2015, the Mining Journal nominated him as one of the top 20 power people in world mining, due to his influence on strategy and policy in the exploration sector.
He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Resources Policy, the organising committees for the AusIMM and the Melbourne Mining Club, and is also a member of SEG and an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at UWA.
Ritesh is responsible for running the business improvement and mining optimisation program for the Zambian operations at First Quantum Minerals limited. He has a team of engineers and graduates from multiple disciplines who work on several projects ranging from implementing new technology to creating in-house business improvement products for the group.
After graduating as a Mining Engineer from India in 2009, Ritesh worked for a year as a Mining Engineer for Lafarge in their Qatar operations. Ritesh subsequently did 2 masters in mining majoring in the field of project and resource management. He started working for First Quantum Minerals Limited from 2012 onwards and since then has been involved in a range of business improvement projects aimed at various parts of mining ranging from production optimisation to warehouse and inventory management.
The key area of interest of the optimisation team at FQM is to gain insight into business problems using rigorous data analysis and designing mitigation measure around it.
Rob Murdoch is a Junior Resource Management specialist with 50 years of experience managing resource projects and companies, listed on ASX, TSX & AIM across a wide spectrum of commodities and from exploration to production. Over the past 2 years Rob has developed AUSTEX as a specialist independent resources industry research and analysis advisory. Rob is a fellow of the AusIMM and a competent professional in geology and management.
Robert Milbourne is a partner of the international law firm K&L Gates, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Queensland, and an Industry Fellow of the Sustainable Minerals Institute. His practice focuses on mining and natural resources corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on emerging market investments. Robert has worked in over 30 jurisdictions and across most major minerals commodity groups. His experience includes 7 years working a senior lawyer for global mining firm Vale, including 4 years in Brazil.
His advisory work has also included assisting governments, including Myanmar, Indonesia and PNG, with respect to mining regulatory and transactional matters. For the last 8 years Robert has coordinated and taught mining law at UQ, and has presented workshops and seminars on mining law and policy around the world. He is frequently recognised as a leading international mining and resources law expert in Chambers Global, Who’s Who and other international directories. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctorate from Duke University.
He was co-founder of the Australian Mining & Petroleum Law Association and one time President. He is a life member of AMPLA.
Robin was one of the founders of Chambers and Company International Lawyers. Prior to that he was General Counsel of CRA Limited (now Rio Tinto Limited) for 14 years. He graduated with degrees in Australia and the United States, and was an associate with Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York before returning to Australia to join CRA.
He is a director of the Chinese Government-owned Sinosteel Australia Pty Ltd, a director of Wuhan Steels Australian Subsidiary, a director of YTC Resources Ltd appointed by Yunnan Tin Group Company Ltd and Co Chairman of the China Advisory Board of Fortescue Metals Group.
He was awarded the AO for his distinguished services to Australia-China relations, particularly through the promotion of trade and investment relationships in the minerals and metals sector, and as an adviser on international corporation law
Robin founded Lion Selection Group in 1997 and since that time has been involved with investment and mining development in both developed and developing countries globally.
Current partnerships in subsidiary Lion Funds that invest in developing economies include CDC, Proparco, RMB, European Investment Bank and the IFC.
Prior to founding Lion, Robin worked as a mining analyst with Australian Stockbroker J B Were and before that in the mining industry in Australia, Africa and the UK.
Dr Roger Dargaville is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute. He is an expert in energy systems and climate change. Roger specialises in large-scale energy system transition optimisation, and novel energy storage technologies such as seawater pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He has conducted research in global carbon cycle science, simulating the emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel and exchanges between the atmosphere, land and oceans as well as stratospheric ozone depletion.
Roger leads a research group of PhD and Masters students working on a diverse range of energy related topics including disruptive business models, EROI, transmission systems, bioenergy, wave energy and high penetration rooftop photovoltaics systems. He coordinates the subjects Renewable Energy and Climate Modelling as part of the University of Melbourne’s Master of Energy Systems degree.
Roger completed his undergraduate and PhD at the University of Melbourne, as well as a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching. He has worked at Monash University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA) and at the Centre nationale de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) at UNESCO and the International Energy Agency.
As AMMA’s Executive Director, Industry, Scott Barklamb has responsibility for policy and advocacy, member services and business development, media, public affairs and government relations.
This executive role also requires people leadership and management responsibilities for a dedicated group of more than 20 AMMA professional and administrative Industry Services personnel.
Scott came to AMMA from the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva; the peak global body representing employers’ organisations in more than 140 countries.
In addition to his global employment and workplace policy role, Scott has focused on developing employer representation in Asia, and maintains active contacts throughout the region.
Prior to 2009, Scott was Director, Workplace Policy with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), representing Australian employers on workplace relations policy, employment regulation, and minimum wages.
Scott holds a Master of Arts (Hons) – Industrial Relations and Management, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) majoring in Political Science and Public Administration, and a Graduate Diploma of Labour Relations Law.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Scott is the Executive Director for Renewable Energy for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
In this role Scott leads the development and delivery of the Government’s policies and initiatives to promote renewable energy, drive innovation in new energy technologies, create new jobs and increase investment.
Prior to this role he was Executive Director of Policy, Governance and Legislation within the Water and Catchments Group of the Department.
Scott has 25 years’ experience in public policy, working on climate change, environment, sustainable energy, water, waste and natural resource issues.
He led the climate change strategy and policy agenda, providing the Department and Government with advice and solutions to climate change challenges. This included leading the development of the Climate Change Act 2010 for Victoria. Prior to joining the Water Group, he led reform of coastal management and compliance activities for the Department.
He spent ten years working in various roles for EPA Victoria, including managing EPA’s cleaner production partnerships program. After working at the Sustainable Energy Authority (now Sustainability Victoria) and on greenhouse policy at the Department, he spent three years working as senior advisor to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Environment, Water and Climate Change.
Scott was a non-executive Company Director of the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd and was a School Councillor and Treasurer for Wales Street Primary School.
Now working in China Uranium Corporation Limited as Deputy Manager of Central Planning department, and used to work as Auditing Manager. Responsible for In house planning, financial management, financial auditing, risk management, Internally piloting.
Before joining CUC, worked as Financial Manager in Beijing RIXING Reality CO.,LTD, responsible for In house accountant statement preparing, Financial report analyzing.
Being Certified Internal Auditor and Holding Master Degree of Accounting graduated from Central University of Finance and Economics.
Simon is an Senior HSE Manager with over 17 years of experience in Australia and overseas working in mining, steel manufacturing, oil & gas and construction, this is complemented by over 24 years emergency services experience. Simon holds Tertiary qualifications in OHS, Environment, Emergency Management and Risk Management. Simon is a non-executive board director of the Lake Cowal Foundation and currently sits on the Queensland Mine Safety & Health Government Advisory committee.
Simon Kidston has an investment banking background with more than 20 years global experience with groups such as Macquarie Bank, HSBC and Helmsec Global Capital. Simon is a co-founder and Executive Director of Genex Power, and has responsibility for project finance and business development. He is currently engaged with banks and potential equity partners to finalise the funding arrangements for the 50MW Kidston Solar Project and the co-located Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project.
Stuart is the lead partner in our Brisbane office and has over 27 years’ local and international experience working in Australia and the Asia region. He also leads ShineWing Australia’s Energy and Resources National Industry Group
Stuart has extensive experience advising multinationals and Australia’s largest listed corporations on global and regional tax planning, in addition to investment planning, tax and business issues affecting businesses operating in Australia, with a particular focus on the mining sector. He also has extensive experience in due diligence assignments and mergers and acquisitions in the sector.
Working and living in Asia for over 13 year from 1994 to 2007, Stuart has successfully completed engagements and built networks in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and also in Russia, and has a deep understanding of both Australian and Asian business culture from this time.
Sunil is a result oriented professional with experience of leading high performance teams and has worked in leadership positions for more than 19 years. Sunil has the ability to keep a level head at all times, nurture and
grow a business, evaluate opportunities and risks, successfully drive efficiency and productivity whilst reducing costs and inefficiencies and deliver innovative solutions to challenges. Stint in Hindustan Zinc
Sunil joined the company in August 2010 and has been a significant driver of Hindustan Zinc‘s growth
over the years. His dedicated efforts on sustainability front has created safety awareness and helped
building a robust safety culture. His thrust on adopting best-in-class mining and smelting techniques,
machineries, state of art environment friendly technologies and mechanisation & automation of
operational activities has added great value.
• Recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Award for environment excellence in 1998
• Executed construction of India’s first concrete road with 60 % fly ash
• Handled complete P&L Account of 8 Million Ton Per annum, Cement facility at Darlaghat,
• Executed successful tests on utilization of Zn Slag in cement kiln as fuel optimizer
• Published various articles in Science & Technology section of newspapers
Sunil is has an Electrical Engineering degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology,
Patiala and is an Alumni of IMD, Lausanne – Switzerland and IIM , Kolkata.
As AMMA’s Director Industry Services, Tara Diamond holds responsibility for a range of critical services and projects designed to meet the evolving workforce needs of AMMA members spanning the mining, oil and gas, and allied service sectors.
Since joining AMMA in 2011 following broad commercial business and specialist marketing roles with previous employers including Telstra and Vodafone UK, Tara has been instrumental in driving growth across the association.
She now oversees an enthusiastic team to deliver AMMA’s membership and corporate partnership model; policy and public affairs; media, marketing and communications; industry projects; and a full calendar of events including the annual AMMA Industry Awards.
Tara also leads development of AMMA’s national diversity initiative, the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA), which assists resource employers to build more gender diverse workforces.
Her experience in developing projects to meet the industry’s skills challenges also earned Tara a coveted position on both the Australian Government’s Australian Industry Skills Committee and the Vocational Education Advisory Board, guiding reform and implementation of new national vocational education and training (VET) policies.
Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis
Tim has over 25 years global equity market experience. Tim provides financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for IEEFA, studying renewable energy, energy efficiency across Australia, China and India, and the resulting risk of stranded fossil fuel assets in Australia. Tim has published numerous financial papers, including “Remote Prospects: A Financial Analysis of Adani’s coal gamble in Australia’s Galilee Basin” in 2013 and “Indian Electricity Sector Transformation: Capacity Building” in 2015. From 1998 to 2007 Tim held the position of Managing Director at Citigroup, and was Head of Australasian Equity Research from 2001. Tim was a highly rated conglomerates analyst for two decades, culminating in being rated Australia’s top Industrial Analyst by BRW.
Todd Harrington is the recently appointed Resources Investment Commissioner. Todd is a seasoned resource executive, possessing significant investment, mining, asset development, approval and corporate financing experience. Originally a geologist by profession, Todd has significant mergers and acquisition resource transaction experience with capital raising and debt, for company and project acquisition and divestment. As a geologist he has worked on 50 projects at over 20 operating mines and has previously held Chief Executive roles in Stanmore Coal, Cockatoo Coal, and Blackwood Corporation. He has also held senior industry board or committee positions at AMEC, ACARP, QRC and EMERST.
Dr Vanessa Guthrie is Managing Director & CEO of Toro Energy Limited, an ASX listed uranium exploration and project development company, based in Perth WA.
Vanessa has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a Doctor of Philosophy in Geology. She has substantial experience in the mining industry in diverse roles including operations, environment, community and indigenous affairs corporate development and sustainability. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and is currently on the Board of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Murlpirrmurra Connection and is Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia.
During 2015, Vanessa was appointed by the Australian Prime Minister to the Australia-India Prime Ministers’ CEO Forum, to help drive the bilateral economic relationship between Australia and India.
Vanessa was the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Professional Woman award from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was also recognised in 2013 in the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining globally.
International Limited, joined CNNCI in 2013 and has substantial experience in finance, management in economy and strategic planning.
Ms. Wang had served the Operating and Planning Department of CNNC as Director. Before joining CNNC in 2010, Ms. Wang had served the Forecast Department of Economic and Information Center of Beijing Planning Commission as Deputy Director, Hong Yuan Security Ltd. as Chief Macro-economy Analyst and Assistant to President, and worked in Research Center of City Development and Environment of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Ms. Wang had served the planning department of Chinergy Nuclear Technical Co. Ltd. as Manager and Assistant President. During 2007 to 2010, Ms. Wang was seconded to China Atomic Energy Authority and National Energy Administration.
From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Wang was the Secretary of China Nuclear Exploration and Design Association. Ms. Wang graduated from Beijing Agricultural University with a bachelor degree in Agricultural Planning and Statistic in 1994. She obtained a doctor degree in Economic Management from China Agricultural University in 1999. She also obtained a post doctorate degree in Economy from Peking University in 2003. She was qualified as a senior economist
Mitsui & Co. is one of the world’s most diversified trading, investment and services enterprises. Mitsui manages a global portfolio of businesses in sectors including mineral & metal resources, energy, infrastructure, machinery, steel, chemicals, food resources & products, and consumer services.
Former Mitsui started its involvement in the Australian economy as far back as Australia’s federation.
Mr. Takebe has a 30+ year career with Mitsui, mainly in trading, investment and development of coal, iron ore, non-ferrous metals, and LNG, and was a former COO of Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit in Tokyo HQ.
His overseas assignments have taken him to New York, London, and mostly recently Jakarta where he served as President & CEO of P.T. Mitsui Indonesia.
Mr. Takebe graduated from Tohoku University, Japan majoring in law.
Zhang Jijing has been at the forefront of China’s economic expansion for more than three decades, holding senior leadership roles within China’s largest conglomerate, CITIC Limited.
Established in 1979, CITIC is a pioneer in Chinese foreign investment and today ranks as a Fortune Top 500 Global Company, with more than 130,000 employees and total assets of $US936 billion. Its major domestic and overseas businesses include financial services, resources and energy, manufacturing, engineering and contracting and real estate.
A former Executive Director and Vice President of CITIC Limited, Mr Zhang is the Chairman of Australian subsidiary CITIC Pacific Mining, the company developing the fully integrated Sino Iron project in the minerals-rich Pilbara region of Western Australia. An industrial megaproject, Sino Iron is both China and CITIC’s biggest-ever overseas investment in the mining sector. With a mine life of more than 25 years, it’s already the largest magnetite mining and processing project in Australia.
Born in China, Mr Zhang graduated from Hefei University of Technology in Anhui Province with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and, later a master’s degree in economics from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing.
Mr Zhang is the Vice President of China Industrial Overseas Development & Planning Association, the Vice Chairman of China Group Companies Association and, until recently, a Visiting Professor of Durham University Business School in the UK.
Mr Zhang is the author of 项目融资 (Project Financing), published in 1997 with a second edition in 2003.