Program Director - Exploration to Mine & Sustainability
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
Adele Seymon will be interviewing on Exploration Technology in the Spotlight: A Q&A with Head of Exploration. Download the programme now
Andrew is an SAP Analytics Architect with more than twenty years consulting experience across large SAP projects in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia.
Andrew’s industry specialisations include SAP Analytics solution development for Mining, Oil & Gas, Telco and Banking sectors. Consulting clients have included Total Exploration & Production, Rio Tinto, Telstra, HP, Barclays Bank, JohnsonDiversy and CSIRO.
As Technical Director, Andrew heads up the Concerto Analytics Centre of Excellence, responsible for innovative product development and driving successful project outcomes through strong leadership with an emphasis on methodology and governance.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Information Systems (Honours) from Swinburne University.
Andrew Hely, Technical Director at Concerto Analytics, will be joining the line up of speakers at this year’s International Mining and Resources Conference. Download the programme now.
Deputy Director - International Cooperation Department
China Nonferrous Metals Industry
Ms. Angela Cao has been the Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department of China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association(CNIA) since 2013. Prior to that she worked in CNIA and was responsible for international cooperation business for about ten years.
Angela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in the PRC and a Mater of International Economics from Flinders University in Australia.
Other Current Appointments
Vice Chairperson, the Statistical Committee of International Copper Study Group(ICSG)
Deputy Secretary General, China Nonferrous Metals International Cooperation Alliance
Angela Cao, Deputy Director – International Cooperation Department, China Nonferrous Metals Industry will be joining the line up of speakers at IMARC. Download the programme here.
Newcrest is one of the world’s largest gold mining companies. We safely deliver superior returns to our stakeholders from finding, developing and operating gold and copper mines.
We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for our people, operating and developing mines sustainably in line with our environmental standards, and building lasting relationships with the communities in which we operate. Our vision is to be Miner of Choice for our people, shareholders, host communities, partners and suppliers.
We pride ourselves in being agile, bold and having an owner’s mindset.
Mr. Arnoud Balhuizen, BBE, has been the Chief Commercial Officer of BHP Billiton Limited, BHP Billiton Group and BHP Billiton plc since March 2017.
Mr. Balhuizen served as the President of Marketing and Supply at BHP Billiton Limited, BHP Billiton Group and BHP Billiton plc since March 1, 2016 until March 2017.
Prior to this, he served as President Marketing at BHP Billiton since 2013. He started his career with Billiton in 1994 working for the Marketing and Trading division in the Netherlands and since then he has held various marketing roles, including General Manager Marketing for Copper Cathodes, Vice President Iron Ore Marketing and Vice President Petroleum Marketing.
Arnoud Balhuizen will be presenting: Chief Commercial Officer in the Spotlight: A Q&A with Arnoud Balhuizen. Download the programme here
Originally from Ireland, Dr Adair has over 27 years’ experience in the Minerals Industry. He has worked for approximately half his time in applied R&D for the sector and the rest in a variety of company roles, most notably with Rio Tinto (in Australia and the United States) as well as in the South African Platinum Industry. Prior to joining the CRC in 2015, he worked at the University of Queensland both as Director of the JKMRC and then running an Industry funded Ore Sorting Centre. His primary interests are in step change technology to improve the Energy, Production and Water signatures of operating sites in the Minerals Sector.
Global Business Development Manager, Minerals Vertical
Bernardo Marinho is Global Business Development Manager for Minerals Vertical at Siemens AG, Germany. He received a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Minas Gerais and a post-graduate specialization certificate in Industrial Engineering at the Catholic University of Minas Gerais, both located in Brazil.
Mr. Marinho has acquired a comprehensive knowledge of mining operations and technologies through his experience in executing, managing and selling engineering and IT projects. As co-responsible for developing Siemens digitalization solutions portfolio in mining, he is currently involved in several initiatives worldwide helping mining customers to capture value from digitalization.
Bernardo Marinho, Global Business Development Manager at Siemens, will be delivering a presentation on: Sharing practical experience of digital transformation in the mining industry, at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
Bert Koth is a Managing Director, responsible for origination, analysis, structuring and execution of mining investments for 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.
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 18 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.
Brad commenced as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Bis in 2015.
Bis successfully concluded a protracted recapitalisation process late last year, which resulted in a generational reset of the company’s balance sheet and a sustainable capital base for the business. The new capital structure has delivered a renewed optimism within the business and enabled Bis to actively pursue growth opportunities.
Brad is a highly experienced business leader with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. He has been a key member of Bis’ leadership team since 2008, including serving as CFO for five years. He has also led the company’s corporate development commercial functions.
Before joining Bis, Brad was General Manager Corporate Development at GRD Limited, where he was responsible for group strategy, business incubation, corporate finance and investor relations. He also led GRD’s Global Renewables operating business in Australia and Asia for three years. Brad has also worked in management positions in the consulting practices of Mainsheet Corporate and Arthur Andersen.
A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Brad holds a Graduate Diploma, Applied Finance, from the Securities Institute of Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University in Western Australia.
Craig Feebrey is a geologist with over 23 years of global exploration and commercial experience. He has held senior technical and management positions across major international mining organisations and junior exploration companies. His focus has been in gold and copper exploration and mining across Australia, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. Craig’s current position is Executive Vice President and Head of Exploration for mid-tier gold producer, OceanaGold Corporation. Craig is a Chartered Professional Geologist and holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) and Master of Science degree from Hokkaido University, Japan, and a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma of Science from the University of New England, Australia.
Craig Feebrey will be presenting on: How are mining companies freeing up exploration and development budgets to exploit new reserves, or engaging in acquisitions to feed their exploration pipeline. Download the programme now.
Craig is responsible for the Cadia and Lihir operations.
Craig joined Newcrest in 2014 as General Manager Lihir. Prior to joining Newcrest, Craig worked in various roles at Nyrstar, most recently as Vice President Smelting, based in Zurich, and General Manager and Director Nyrstar TN Mining Operations in the U.S. Craig has extensive international experience in both the metals processing and mining industries.
Craig Jetson will be presenting on: What role is diversity having in our organisation, and how are we fulfilling the workforce experience and skills gap? Download the programme now.
David Garofalo was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp in February 2016. Prior to joining Goldcorp, David was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Hudbay since July 2010.
Before joining Hudbay, David served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer with Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (1998–2010). Earlier in his career, he served as Treasurer and held various finance roles with Inmet Mining Corporation (1990–1998). David was named Canada’s CFO of the Year by Financial Executives International Canada (2009) and Top Gun CFO by Brendan Wood International (2009 and 2010) and was recognized by IR Magazine with awards for Best Investor Relations by a CFO (2009 and 2010) and Best Investor Relations by a CEO (2011). He was also The Northern Miner’s Mining Person of the Year for 2012.
A graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Comm.), David is a Chartered Public Accountant and a Certified Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). He also serves on the boards of directors of the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
David Garofalo will be presenting on: Goldcorp’s Borden Mine – embracing change for an all-electric mine of the future. Download the programme here.
Don Lindsay was appointed President of Teck in January 2005 and assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Executive Officer in April 2005. Before joining Teck, Don was President of CIBC World Markets and led the bank’s Investment and Corporate Banking Division as well as the Asia Pacific Region. Earlier in his career he was responsible for CIBC’s Global Mining Group. Don holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Don is a member of the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation and was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals, Chaired the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and recently completed a two year term as Chair of the Board of Governors for Mining and Metals at the World Economic Forum. In the community, Don is Chair of the Board of Directors of the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver and served as Chair of the successful $200-million capital campaign to build a new acute care hospital. Additionally, he serves on the Board of York House School and is an Honorary Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum.
As Chair of the International Zinc Association from 2007 to 2011, Don led the development and launch of the Zinc Saves Kids campaign, a program developed in partnership with UNICEF to address zinc deficiency, which claims the lives of approximately 450,000 children annually around the world. Under his leadership, Teck also launched its Zinc & Health program, which to date has reached more than 140 million people worldwide.
In 2014, Don received a number of awards including the Nature Trust of British Columbia Conservation Champion Award, the British Columbia Community Achievement Award, the CIM Distinguished Service Medal, the Business in Vancouver CEO of the Year Award and was named to the Order of British Columbia. Don was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2002 and was honoured again a decade later with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He was named the Mining Association of British Columbia’s Mining Person of the Year in 2009, and in 2012, he received the Kathleen Beaumont-Hill distinguished alumni award from Queen’s University. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Managing Director, Thiess and Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing
Douglas Thompson is CIMIC Group Mining and Mineral Processing Executive and Thiess Managing Director. He is responsible for leading CIMIC Group’s operating companies Thiess and Sedgman.
Mr Thompson was formerly Executive General Manager Queensland, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand at CPB Contractors. Prior to that he was Executive General Manager of Australia and Pacific operations at Thiess.
Mr Thompson has more than 20 years’ experience in coal and metalliferous mining operations globally. He has a strong industry reputation for driving operational excellence and developing greater in-house capability to deliver more value to clients.
He has held senior positions on major Australian and international mine sites, giving him an in-depth understanding of all facets of operational management, including significant mine expansions and upgrades.
Douglas Thompson will be presenting on: Collaborating for change – how industry can work together to positively promote the sector, attract and develop its workforces of the future, and embrace ever evolving technologies. Download the programme now.
Asset President, Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO)
Mr. Edgar Basto served as an Acting President of Copper at BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton PLC from October 01, 2014 to March 1, 2015. Mr. Basto served as Asset President Escondida at BHP Billiton plc. Mr. Basto served as the Chairman and President of Minera Escondida Limitada. Mr. Basto served as Asset President of Escondida at BHP Billiton plc.
He has been with BHP Billiton since 1989 and has worked at the Cerro Matoso and Cerrejón operations in Colombia and Tintaya in Peru. He served as Vice President of health, safety, community, environment and sustainability at BHP from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Basto worked as Vice President of operations at BHP Billiton’s base metals division, in charge of overseeing the Cerro Colorado and Spence operations in Chile, Antamina in Peru and Cannington in Australia. He served as an Executive Officer at BHP Billiton Limited. Mr. Basto has been a Director of BHP Billiton Minerals Pty Ltd. since March 02, 2016.
Edgar Basto will be presenting on: Innovation as more than technology; its a cultural and behavioural shift. Download the programme now
A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive Officer and group executive, Elizabeth has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across a number of industries, including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality.
After joining Fortescue as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013, Elizabeth was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in February 2017. She is a former Chief Executive Officer of Helloworld Limited and Heytesbury Pty Limited and has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stella Group and Entertainment Rights Plc.
Elizabeth has significant exposure to the impact of the growth in Asian economies, particularly China, on the Australian business environment and economy as well as a deep understanding of all aspects of financial and commercial management at a senior executive level in both listed and private companies.
A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Applied Finance degree.
Elizabeth has previously held Non-Executive Director roles with NEXTDC Limited, Mantra Group Limited, Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited and ImpediMed Limited.
Newcrest is one of the world’s largest gold mining companies. We safely deliver superior returns to our stakeholders from finding, developing and operating gold and copper mines.
We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for our people, operating and developing mines sustainably in line with our environmental standards, and building lasting relationships with the communities in which we operate. Our vision is to be Miner of Choice for our people, shareholders, host communities, partners and suppliers.
We pride ourselves in being agile, bold and having an owner’s mindset.
Fraser MacCorquodale, General Manager Minerals Development at Newcrest Mining, will be joining the line up of speakers at IMARC. Download the programme here.
Gabrielle was appointed to the role of General Manager, Paraburdoo operations in August 2015, living and working in Paraburdoo which is a small town located about 1,500 kilometres north of Perth.
In her role, Gabrielle has direct line accountability for around 700 people, producing 25 million tonnes of iron ore per year from three open cut mines. During her time at Paraburdoo, she has driven an agenda focused on asset integrity and operational excellence, underpinned by valuing people and safety.
Gabrielle joined Rio Tinto in 2005 and has worked for the Aluminium and Iron Ore Product Groups and internationally across different Group functions and operations since then. She was the Business executive to then Chief executive, Sam Walsh.
Gabrielle is an avid supporter of the arts and charity sectors, as a partner of the Sydney Dance Company, as well as contributing to Meals on Wheels. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Business (BBusComm) from Queensland University of Technology. She is a Lean Six Sigma green belt. Gabrielle was awarded an Australian Government Office of Women Board Diversity scholarship in 2015.
Gabrielle speaks English, as well as Spanish having lived and studied in Argentina.
Gabrielle Iwanow, General Manager, Paraburdoo operations at Rio Tinto, joins the lineup of speakers at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
Gary J. Goldberg was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and joined the Board of Directors of Newmont Mining Corporation on March 1, 2013. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer since July 2012 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2011. Newmont is a leading mining company with gold and copper operations in the United States, Australia, Ghana, Peru and Suriname. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has about 25,000 employees and contractors worldwide.
Mr. Goldberg is credited with turning Newmont’s performance around through a disciplined focus on value over volume. The company now leads the gold sector in market capitalization, gold production and value creation as measured by free cash flow generation. This performance is the result of successful efforts to improve underlying costs, efficiencies and technical performance; to optimize the company’s asset portfolio and growth pipeline; and to strengthen the balance sheet. Newmont has also reduced its injury rates by nearly 50 percent, been named the mining sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for three consecutive years, and increased female and national representation in its workforce under Mr. Goldberg’s leadership.
He received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to safety in the mining industry from the Society of Metallurgical Engineers in 2014; was inducted into the American Mining Hall of Fame in 2017; and was awarded the Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal for his leadership and contributions to the mining industry in value, sustainability and safety in 2018.
Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Goldberg gained more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry through leadership roles in coal, gold, copper and industrial minerals businesses. Before joining Newmont, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals (RTM), where he was responsible for 19 mines and 29 processing facilities producing industrial mineral products. During his time at RTM, he improved earnings by 50 percent and reduced workplace injuries by 40 percent. He also served as Chairman of the National Mining Association in the United States from 2008 to 2010, where he led the CEO’s Safety Task Force and launched the CORESafety® initiative, with an aggressive goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing mining’s injury rate by 50 percent over the next five years.
Prior to this appointment, he served as President and CEO of US Borax. During his tenure, Borax was twice named the safest large mining operation in the United States by the federal Mine Safety & Health Administration and became the first mining company to receive the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Climate Action Registry following Borax being named the first mining company to report its emissions and one of only 40 companies statewide to earn the distinction of Climate Action Leader™ under this rigorous program.
Before joining the industrial minerals sector, Mr. Goldberg was Managing Director of Coal & Allied Industries Limited in New South Wales, Australia, one of the world’s leading coal businesses. Under Mr. Goldberg’s direction, Coal & Allied received a national environmental award for its work to restore native habitats and achieve sustainable land use in Australia. He served as director of Port Waratah Coal Services in Newcastle as well as the Australian Coal Association Sustainable Development Program Ltd., and as a member of the New South Wales Minerals Council. Mr. Goldberg was also appointed to the Australian Government’s Business Roundtable on Sustainable Development.
Prior to his appointment as head of Coal & Allied, Mr. Goldberg was President and Chief Executive Officer of Kennecott Energy, headquartered in Gillette, Wyoming. He held numerous other leadership roles throughout the Rio Tinto Group, including Mining Manager for Kennecott Utah Copper; General Manager of Colowyo Coal Company; and Mining Executive reporting to the Chief Executive of Rio Tinto’s Gold and Other Minerals product group based in London, England.
Mr. Goldberg holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Utah. He and his wife Beth live in Colorado and have two children, Anna and Brian.
Mr. Goldberg’s community and industry leadership appointments include:
Member, Mining and Metals sector of the World Economic Forum – The Forum engages the 1,000 foremost political, business and civil society leaders to shape global, regional and industry agendas for positive social, environmental and economic change.
Board Director, International Council on Mining & Minerals (ICMM) – ICMM is an international organization comprised of the world’s top mining and minerals companies and associations dedicated to improving the industry’s social and environmental performance.
Board Director, World Gold Council – The Council works to stimulate demand and develop innovative uses of gold and to realize gold’s potential across society.
CEO representative, Day of Reflection – An initiative to build engagement and understanding between mining industry leaders and faith-based groups – including the Catholic Church, Methodist Church and the Church of England – and to establish shared goals to maximize the social benefits of responsible and sustainable mining.
Trustee, Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council – one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, dedicated to preparing young people for citizenship, community service, and making ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes.
Founding member, Women on Colorado Boards – a group of Colorado business leaders working to make more gender-balanced leadership a reality, and to achieve a goal of three or more women directors on the boards of all of Colorado’s Fortune 1000 companies.
Project C.U.R.E. – a volunteer organization that has, through its partnership with Newmont, delivered more than $14 million worth of life-saving medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions. Mr. Goldberg regularly delivers medical supplies to communities surrounding Newmont operations – including an ultrasound machine he purchased for a maternity hospital in rural Ghana – and in 2016, launched a program to donate $50 to Project C.U.R.E. every time a Colorado Rockies pitcher throws a strike-out, which raises more than $60,000 per season for the group.
Gary Goldberg will be presenting on: : Aligning business growth opportunities with sustainable practices across the industry – top three considerations of CEOs today. Download the programme here.
Gavin also holds the position of Executive Director of the Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) and is currently the Acting Executive Director MCA Victoria Division.
Gavin was awarded the 2013 LH Martin Award for Excellence in Leadership in Higher Education for his work in promoting minerals education at multiple governmental, institutional, and corporate levels. Gavin has held various professional roles in industry, academia and government in both South Africa and Australia, and is a stand-up comedian in his spare time.
Gavin Lind will be presenting on: How can we achieve industry growth if we don’t have the people and the skills to support it? Addressing the technical and operational skills shortage in Australia. Download the programme here.
Gavin Wood will be presenting on: Your Digital Strategy in the Spotlight – this panel will ask mining digital leaders to discuss what is their digital strategy, what they want their strategy to achieve, and how they will change the current way they operate to implement and embrace it Download the programme here.
Gavin is an established mining industry executive and leader in strategy, technology, mining and geoscience. He has extensive experience in exploration, projects and operations along with corporate functions. He is currently an independent Director of CRC Ore Ltd. and recently appointed Director of the AusIMM. He is also active as a strategic advisor, thought leader to mining companies, suppliers and governments through his consulting practice. A graduate from University of Adelaide with a BSc(Hons) in Geology and Economic Geology, and a Graduate Diploma in Business from Curtin University in Western Australia.
Gavin brings a deep understanding of the mining industry, and its professionals, along with a vision for the future to help define the opportunities that a technology enabled future mining industry presents.
Gavin Yeates will be presenting on: Rethinking whole of value chain optimisation vs silo operations, processes and technologies – what will it take to actually achieve this, is it even achievable? Download the programme here.
Gianni is an internationally known investor and strategist who specializes in decoding complicated current events. He is a published author who draws from over 20,000 hours of research, and is a sought-after commentator related to wide ranging themes – from the divestment pivot in modern energy, to the rise of a new spending class in emerging markets. An avid proponent of realistic environmentalism, he has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique brand of storytelling that colourfully demonstrates how the environment and investment often go hand-in-hand. Frequently interviewed by the media, he is known for his algebraic way of thinking when providing solutions to complicated global problems.
His new book, My Electrician Drives a Porsche?was introduced to audiences by way of a one-of-a-kind coast to coast journey across America in an all-electric Tesla, now credited as the world’s first zero emission book tour. Gianni is a graduate of electrical studies from The British Columbia Institute of Technology, and he is an established expert in the analysis of the global energy matrix and in the study of how technology will impact commodities and emerging markets. Fluent in English, German, Italian, and Croatian, he makes his home in Vancouver.
Gianni Kovacevic will be presenting on: Scrutinising the winners and losers as we go through a global revolution in global energy and transportation – are miners able to provide the critical materials to make it possible? Download the programme now
Mr Kerr has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South32 since October 2014, and Director since 21 January 2015.
Responsible for running all facets of the business, Mr Kerr successfully led the establishment of the company and its public listing in three countries in May 2015.
Mr Kerr has a strong track record in global resource development and is passionate about health, safety and sustainability. Before joining South32, Mr Kerr worked in a wide range of roles across the BHP Billiton Group, including as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2011 to 2014. He also spent two years at Iluka Resources as General Manager Commercial.
Mr Kerr has a Business degree from Edith Cowan University and studied at Deakin University to become a Certified Practicing Accountant.
Graham Kerr will be presenting on: Aligning business growth opportunities with sustainable practices across the industry – top three considerations of CEOs today. Download the programme now
Hamish Bohannan holds an Honours Degree in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines UK and a MBA from Deakin University, Victoria. He has extensive corporate and operational experience in public companies within Australia and overseas in the capacity of Managing Director or CEO with ASX, TSX and AIM listed groups.
His experience covers a wide range of mining and minerals processing with coal, nickel, gold/copper, mineral sands and lead/zinc projects.
Hamish Bohannan has built a career developing exciting projects around the world and has a reputation for high standards in community liaison, environmental excellence and developing a safety culture.
Hedley Widdup is an Executive Director of fund manager Lion Manager Pty Ltd. Lion Manager Pty Limited is a specialist mining investment team that provides investment management services to Lion Selection Group.
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.
Hedley Widdup will be presenting on: The ultimate checklist for juniors – what makes a good story, how to position your value proposition, what investors are looking for, how to reduce your risk profile? Download the programme here.
Henry is responsible for the overall strategic management of WSP’s Digital practice, with teams in Australia, the US, the UK, the Philippines and Sweden. He has occupied a number of leadership and executive roles over the last two decades.
Specializing in technology commercialization, he is renowned in the industry as a problem solver, disruptor and thought leader in all things digital – particularly integrating the use of software to enhance customer projects. Henry is committed to business innovation and enjoys delivering smart solutions and quality outcomes.
Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement
West Australian Government
Initially elected as the Member for Cannington in September of 2008, Bill is an active member of the Cannington community, working to help people solve problems in both their lives and their community.
As an engaged member of the community, Bill Johnston holds “mobile offices” regularly on street corners in the Cannington electorate, in an effort to bring politics to the community. Bill is a member and supporter of many local groups with the belief that volunteers make where you live into a community.
Through an old fashioned commitment to service and strong family values, Bill Johnston’s efforts were recognised as he was re-elected for a second term in office on March 9, 2013.
Prior to entering Parliament, Bill spent 7 years as the State Secretary of WA Labor, which gives him a unique insider’s view to politics. This means he is effective for our community because he understands politics and he knows where to lobby in order to meet the needs of our community.
As a former senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, the union representing retail and warehouse workers, he fought for fairness for low-paid workers in industrial rights, workers compensation and working conditions.
The Honourable William (Bill) Johnston, West Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement, will be joining the lineup of speakers at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
In February 2015, Iván Arriagada joined Antofagasta Minerals S.A., a Chilean-controlled company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. In April 2016, he was appointed CEO of Antofagasta plc, the holding company of Antofagasta Mining Group.
Iván is a Commercial Engineer, graduate from the Adolfo Ibañez Business School at Universidad Federico Santa María and holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics.
Prior to joining Antofagasta Minerals, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Codelco. Before this, he was President of Pampa Norte at Base Metals BHP Billiton, Vice President of Operations at Base Metals BHP Billiton and Chief Financial Officer for Copper at BHP Billiton.
Mr. Arriagada previously worked in the oil and gas industry at Royal Dutch Shell International, holding various posts in finance and business development, primarily in England, USA and Argentina.
Iván Arriagada, will be presenting on: How mining contributes to the social, economic and institutional development of host countries and communities Download the programme now
Jacqueline (Jakie) Fitzpatrick has been at the helm of G+D Mobile Security Australia since January 2017 and as Managing Director provides dynamic and passionate leadership to her team and the Australasia market as they help shape one of the most important trends of the future; Security. G+D is a technology leader managing and securing billions of digital identities in a connected world.
Over the last 20 years Jakie has held various regional and executive management roles for international companies in the technology sector across Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to joining G+D, Jakie was Chief Operating Officer to Melbourne’s prominent business entrepreneur Larry Kestelman and his diverse group of companies. As COO she had responsibility for supporting the group’s growth strategy and overseeing the shared services of marketing, legal and finance. Prior to that, she spent eleven years based in Sydney leading and growing Oberthur Technology’s Australian business.
Jakie brings to G+D a strong focus on Customer, Innovation and Operational Excellence underpinned by a vision to grow and evolve with the digital age.
Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, Managing Director Australasia at Giesecke+Devrient, joins the lineup of speakers at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
Mrs. Murray joined RCF in 2012 after working in business analysis and improvement roles with BHP Billiton. Prior to this she worked in various geotechnical engineering roles in underground and open pit operations within BHP Billiton and WMC Resources. Mrs. Murray holds a MBA from Melbourne Business School and a bachelor of geological engineering from RMIT University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mrs. Murray serves on the Board of Directors of portfolio company Alliance Mining Commodities.
Jacqueline Murray will be presenting on: Besides politics, what other risks and challenges continue to impact mining investment and market sentiment? Download the programme now
Jake Klein is the Executive Chairman of Evolution Mining. The company was formed in November 2011 and has a reputation for reliability and consistency. This has allowed Evolution to pursue a counter-cyclical M&A growth strategy to upgrade the quality of its asset portfolio and become Australia’s second largest ASX listed gold miner and one of the lowest cost gold producers in the world. Evolution currently operates five 100% owned assets and has an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper-gold mine in Queensland. All assets are located in Australia.
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 Gold was purchased by Eldorado Gold in late 2009.
Jake has previously held positions of non-executive director on the boards of Lynas Corporation and Oceana Gold. He is also a former President of the NSW Branch of the Australia China Business Council.
Jake Klein will be presenting on: When you’re a mid-tier miner and everything is a critical asset; top five lessons learned. Download the programme now
Over his twenty five years with Hatch, Jan worked with clients around the world aligning business strategy, technology and project development. Jan has managed every aspect of the design, construction, commissioning and operation of large mines and metallurgical facilities, from the study phase through detailed design to commissioning and operations. He is skilled at guiding the project team in delivering the desired project benefits to clients, including his expertise in the development and implementation of new technology projects from pilot plant studies through all engineering phases, construction, commissioning and plant operations.
Over the course of his career, Jan has successfully completed numerous challenging assignments relating to process development and improvement, new technology evaluations, testwork, mining in remote regions, commercial and strategic decisions, sustainability, community interface, team building, joint venture projects, safety management and quality systems.
Jan Kwak will be presenting on: Ideas and initiatives for fostering new collaborations across multiple stakeholders. Download the programme now
Jason Chang 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.
Jason Chang will be presenting on: Besides politics, what other risks and challenges continue to impact mining investment and market sentiment?Download the programme here.
Javier Orellana heads Schneider Electric’s digitization consultancy team responsible for supporting the mining, mineral & metals; water & waste water; Infrastructure and Consumer Package Goods industry. In this role, Javier is responsible for providing consultancy services to industry to assist in the definition of digitization and technology strategies and roadmaps.
Prior to managing the consultancy team, Javier headed the Mineral Processing & Optimisation Centre of Expertise from the mining, mineral and metals segment at Schneider Electric. His role specifically focuses managing the execution of innovation programs across multiple product groups and provide expertise in the areas of process optimization, mineral processing, regulatory & advance process control, instrumentation, data analysis, data & information management, modelling and simulation, industrial networking and security, process systems architectures, and control systems design as well as project management.
In his previous role as lead analysis at Rio Tinto Process Excellence Centre, Javier was responsible for the development of the centres integrated operations platform and the management of business improvement projects delivered in collaboration with Rio Tinto mining operation globally.
Javier background in technology, digital transformation, process engineering, process control, process modelling and optimisation have played a key role in the integration of advance process control methods and approach for process improvement and optimization using Schneider Electrics automation solutions. as well as provide technical support in the validation and testing. Further, Javier deep knowledge of technology and data integration/management have enable Javier to help business to better leverage digital system to deliver tangible business value.
Over his career, he has been active in the fields of technology, engineering education and process control, both in academia (School of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, The University of Sydney) and industry. Javier has presented conference papers at professional meetings of CHEMECA, UICEE Annual Conference on Engineering Education, International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education & Training and IICA.
The University of Technology, Sydney (B. Applied Science / Major in Material Science, 1989)
University of Sydney (Grad. Cert., Higher education 2005).
The University of Sydney – Doctor of Philosophy Candidate – Engineering education (2008)
Macquarie School of Business (Macquarie University), Master of Business Administration (MBA) (2012 -2013)
TRAINWEST, Western Australia Certificate IV Training and Assessment Accreditation (TAA)(2008)
Hirschmann Industrial Professional Certification (HiNS) , (HiTP), (HiDP) (2011)
Highly Proficient in managing large projects and execution
Highly Proficient in managing people and teams
Highly Proficient in Process Control and Optimisation including;
Advance process control methods (IMC, MPA, Feed Forward, MIMO)
Regulatory process control
Highly Proficient in developing process Models and Simulation systems
High fidelity modelling – gPROMPs, Hysys, MatLab and MiMic
Low Fidelity modelling – PLC, first priciple
Process Engineering (Petrochemical, Chemical, Mining and Mineral Processing)
Highly Proficient in design and development of integrated system architecture – Industrial systems
Extensive experience in designing complex industrial networks from corporate to device layer
Layer 3 – routing and security (Switches and router)
Layer2 – data segregation, data management,
Cyber security and network stability
Automation and control; Expertise in
PLC (Modicon) , DCS (TDC3000 and Experion, MOD300), SCADA (VijeoCITECT)
Education – Development and delivery – Specifically in Experiential Learning
Academic and Technical writing
Recent Major Projects – Metals, Mining & Minerals
Development of business strategy for Mineral Processing & optimisation CoE
Integrated operations consulting – Iron Ore Canada
Digitization and enabling technologies consultancy – MMG
Rio Tinto Process Excellence Centre analytical lead responsible for managing projects and providing consultancy services for site process improvements (operational efficiency)
Hancock Coal – Network architecture, System Engineering (defining SE solution Hardware and Software), Process engineering (Standards development – PLC)
BMA, network audit and recommendations
Sedgman – Validation of motor control solution
North Parks – Validation of Ethernet Remote I/O solution
Javier Orellana, Business Consultant, Digital Transformation at Schneider Electric, will be presenting on: The Digital Journey in Mining: The impact of technology and digitisation on people and operations at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
Jean-Sébastien (J-S) Jacques was appointed a director of the Rio Tinto board in March 2016 and became chief executive officer in July 2016.
J-S has over 25 years’ experience in heavy industry and mining. He has gained extensive global experience leading businesses in developed and emerging markets in Australia, Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe. J-S has a strong strategic approach guided by a consistent set of values and a proven track record of delivering results.
J-S was appointed chief executive officer of Rio Tinto’s Copper group in 2013 and chief executive officer of the Copper & Coal group in February 2015. He led the transformation of this group delivering a step change in both safety and cash performance whilst reshaping the portfolio to focus on its highest quality assets. He also had responsibility for two of the group’s major growth projects, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and Resolution in the US, both of which saw significant progress during his tenure. He was the Chairman of the International Copper Association from late 2014 to 2016.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto in 2011, J-S worked in a wide range of operational and functional roles in the aluminium, bauxite, steel industries and served as group director, Strategy for Tata Steel Group from 2007 to 2011.
J-S holds a Master of Science from École Centrale Paris.
Jean-Sébastien Jacques will be delivering a keynote address on Mining’s current and future contribution to sustainable development. Download the programme now.
Mr Jerry Jiao, aged 49, was redesignated from a Non-executive Director and Chairman to an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MMG Limited in February 2017. Prior to his appointment as an Executive Director and CEO of MMG Limited, Mr Jiao served as a Non-executive Director of MMG Limited from December 2010 to August 2014 and a Non-executive Director and Chairman of MMG Limited from August 2014 to February 2017. He was the Chairman of MMG Limited’s Governance and Nomination Committee and Risk Management Committee and a member of MMG Limited’s Remuneration Committee from October 2015 to February 2017. Mr Jiao is also a director of a number of subsidiaries of MMG Limited.
Mr Jiao was appointed as the Chairman of China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Company Limited (CMN) in February 2016. He has been a director of CMN since December 2009. Mr Jiao has also been a director of Hunan Nonferrous Metals Holding Group Co., Ltd. (HNG) since July 2010.
Mr Jiao holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the Nankai University in the PRC and a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Mary’s University in Canada. He has extensive experience in international trade, investment and corporate management.
Mr Jiao joined the CMC and its subsidiaries (CMC Group) in 1992. He was the Vice-President of CMN from 2007 to May 2010. Mr Jiao was the President of CMN from May 2010 to January 2016. He was a director and the President of China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Holding Company Limited (CMNH) from December 2009 to February and January 2016, respectively. Mr Jiao was the Vice-President of CMC from December 2015 to January 2017. He was also a director of China Minmetals H.K. (Holdings) Limited (Minmetals HK) from August 2016 to March 2017.
Mr Jiao was the Chairman of China Minmetals Rare Earth Co., Ltd (a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange) and China Tungsten and Hightech Materials Co., Ltd. (a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange) from April 2010 to April 2014 and from April 2013 to March 2014 respectively. He was a director of Jiangxi Tungsten Industry Group Co., Ltd. (Jiangxi Tungsten) and China Minmetals Rare Earth Group Co. Ltd from November 2009 to August 2014 and from December 2011 to September 2016 respectively. Mr Jiao was also the Chairman of Album Enterprises Limited (Album Enterprises) and a director of Top Create Resources Limited (Top Create) from November 2011 to May 2016 and from February 2012 to May 2016 respectively. He resigned from being Chairman of Copper Partners Investment Co., Ltd. (Copper Partners Investment) in July 2016.
Jerry Jiao will be presenting on: Aligning business growth opportunities with sustainable practices across the industry – top three considerations of CEOs today. Click here to download the programme.
Group Executive, Health, Safety and Environment & Managing Director
Joanne has worked in the Mining Industry since 1981, following an earlier career as an economist. She has a BSc (Psychology and Economics), a Graduate Dip (Management) and has completed Business Leadership Programmes through the University of NSW and London Business School. Joanne was appointed Rio Tinto’s Group executive, Health, Safety and Environment in July 2016, and additionally holds the position of Managing Director Australia, a role that overseas Rio Tinto’s representation in Australia.
During her career, Joanne has held a variety of leadership roles in human resources, training, communications, health, safety, environment, government and community relations at both a corporate level and in Rio Tinto’s key commodities including iron ore, exploration, energy, aluminium, diamonds and coal. She has worked in most of the states of Australia as well as in the UK and the USA. Joanne is a director of the Business Council of Australia and a member of their Economic Policy and Competitiveness as well as their Governance and Citizenship Committees.
She is a director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, a member of Chief Executive Women and is a Special Advisor on the Male Champions of Change. She was also one of the Co-Chairs for 2017’s B20 Energy, Climate and Resource Efficiency Taskforce. In 2012, Joanne was awarded the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA Women in Resources Champion and was recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence for 2016.
Joe Carr has over ten years of mining industry experience.
He graduated from Camborne School of Mines with an MEng in Mining Engineering, where he was awarded the Rio Tinto Mining Engineer Scholarship. His first permanent role led him to Finland, where he worked on a greenfield gold development in the Arctic Circle for Agnico-Eagle. After this he worked as a mining engineer in Saudia Arabia, on another greenfield constuction project: the Jabal Sayid Copper Mine. After the project closed he moved to London, spending the past four-and-a-half years consulting to the mining industry in a technical, due diligence and business improvement capacity.
Consultancy has led Joe to work for numerous mining companies including Rio Tinto at Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and Pueblo Viejo for Barrick. Joe joined Inmarsat to lead its mining sector development, partnering with innovative mining business to help utilise Inmarsat’s industry leading satellite communications services.
Mr Lewins is a qualified Mineral Engineer with some 40 years experience in the Mining Industry who has worked in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Former Soviet Union. He has extensive experience in managing the development of mining projects from Feasibility Studies through to successful operations.
In Australia Mr Lewins managed the development and operations of a number of mines including the Tom’s Gully, Tick Hill and Nolan’s Gold Mines and the McArthur River Lead – Zinc Mine while with MIM Holdings. His other experience includes the development of a Copper SX/EW operation in Mongolia, a Gold Mine in Armenia, Platinum and Gold Mines in South Africa, as well as numerous gold and base metal studies in various parts of the World.
Over the last 20 years Mr Lewins has held numerous senior corporate positions with ASX and TSX listed resource companies. He has been working with K92 Mining Inc since June 2015 on the redevelopment of the Kainantu Mine and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for the company in August 2017.
John Lewins, Chief Executive Officer at K92 Mining, joins the lineup of speakers at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
Jordan Eliseo is an economic analyst and financial market commentator with over 20 years experience in financial markets.
He’s worked in both Sydney and London for companies including JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Cazenove and AMP Capital, where he was head of investment analytics for their Multi-Asset Group.
A gold bull since 2003, he is also the author of 2 books; “Gold for Australian Investors”, and “Dire Straits: Money for Nothing – Debt for Free”, and has been Chief Economist for ABC Bullion since 2013.
Jordan Eliseo will be presenting on: Gold vs. Bitcoin: Is this investment battle affecting the mining industry? Download the programme now.
Jose Blanco is the founding partner of Blanco Partners, a cross-border advisory firm that he established in August 2012, following a 22-year career overseeing the Australian operations of Spain’s and one of the world’s largest banks, Banco Santander.
The firm has partners in Australia, Spain and several countries in Latin America and provides companies with strategic advice and other assistance to facilitate their entry and business activity in one or more of those markets.
As chairman of the Australia-Latin America Business Council from 1992 to 2018 and vice chairman of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations from 2001 to 2010, Jose has played a major role in helping to build the commercial relationship between Australia and the Latin American region.
Jose has played an equally important role in building the Australia-Spain commercial relationship, having served as a member of the governing committee of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Australia from 1982 to 2000 and then as the Chamber’s president from 2001 to 2007.
Jose has also served as a non-executive director of a number of foreign companies in Australia; been a partner in the Sydney-based law firms, Bodors and Cutler Hughes & Harris; served as Honorary Secretary of the Overseas Bankers Association of Australia from 1993 to 2001; and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, from 1997 to 2001.
Honours awarded to Jose include the Spanish “Orden de Merito Civil”; Chilean “Orden de Bernardo O’Higgins” (Clase Comendador) and the “Orden Olímpica” from the Spanish Olympic Committee in 2001.
Julie Shuttleworth was appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals Group in January 2018.
Julie is a highly experienced mining industry executive with over 23 years’ experience in Australia, China and Tanzania, including 19 years in gold/copper working for Newcrest Mining, Sino Mining and Barrick Gold, and over four years in iron ore with Fortescue. She commenced as General Manager, of Fortescue’s Cloudbreak Mine in 2013, and subsequently took up the position of General Manager, Solomon Mine from 2015.
To date, Julie has received numerous accolades including 2011 Australian Mine Manager of the Year, 2012 West Australian Business Woman of the Year, inclusion in the 2013 WIM(UK) 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, and selection as one of the 2014 Australian Women of Influence.
Julie is a Fellow and Chartered Professional of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and a member of the International Committee of the Society of Mining Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), and the Mining & Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA). Julie also serves on the AusIMM Council for Diversity & Inclusion.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Extractive Metallurgy and Chemistry from Murdoch University, as well as Diplomas in Financial Markets and Management. She has attended Harvard Business School and INSEAD Business School and sponsors the Julie Shuttleworth Prize in Mineral Processing at Murdoch University.
Ken Brinsden is a Mining Engineer with 25 years’ experience in surface and underground mining operations. Mr Brinsden graduated from the Western Australian School of Mines in 1993. Between graduation and 2006 he worked for WMC Resources, Normandy, Central Norseman Gold Corporation, GoldFields and Iluka Resources in production, management, brown-fields and green-fields mine development roles.
Mr Brinsden was in the role of Chief Operating Officer then Managing Director at Atlas Iron between 2006 and July 2015, contributing to the substantial growth of Atlas Iron from a junior explorer to a significant Pilbara iron ore producer. Mr Brinsden remained a Non-Executive Director of Atlas until May 2016.
Mr Brinsden joined Pilbara Minerals as Chief Executive Officer in January 2016 and was appointed Managing Director and CEO in May 2016. He has led the significant growth of Pilbara minerals through corporate development, financing and project execution at Pilgangoora such that it has become one of the leading lithium development projects globally and facilitated Pilbara’s entry into the ASX 200.
Amongst Mr Brinsden’s pursuits in the community he is a member of the Dean’s Council at the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, and a Council Member at the Western Australian School of Mines Alumni (WASMA).
Ken Brinsden will be presenting on: How will lithium suppliers meet its growing demand, who’s building the mines to extract it, what challenges does this battery metal face? Click here to download the programme.
Keryn is the Group Chief Executive of ERM. She commenced this role in April 2017, having previously been the Global Director of Operations and the Regional CEO for Asia Pacific. Keryn joined ERM in 1993 and has worked with clients across a range of geographies including Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America.
She has over 25 years’ experience in sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) consulting across a broad range of sectors including mining, oil and gas, chemicals, infrastructure and power. She has supported clients in the development of sustainability and EHS strategy, evaluation of mergers, acquisitions and divestments, as well as project development and implementation and operational performance management, working at corporate and site level. Her specific technical expertise including social and environmental impact assessment, due diligence and management.
Dr Mark Cutifani, FREng, 60, has been Chief Executive of Anglo American since April 2013. He is a member of the Board and Group Management Committee (GMC), is a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum, chairman of Anglo American South Africa (AASA) and chairman of De Beers. Having begun his career in 1976 as a trainee engineer in the Australian coal mines, Mark has since worked across six continents, 25 countries and with more than 20 commodities.
He has built a reputation based on his broad industry, technical and commercial knowledge, and is recognised as an industry innovator with a track record of building high performance teams and delivering improvements across all facets of the business. In his previous role as CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, Mark led the revitalisation and restructuring of its global mining business, delivering significant business improvements, ranging from safety, operations, capital discipline, project delivery and broader financial restructuring.
Mark has also held the positions of COO for Inco and Vale’s global nickel business, as well senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA (Rio Tinto). With a leadership style that puts its focus on people development, accountability and the delivery of sustainable value, Mark has placed an emphasis on developing strong shareholder, employee and stakeholder relationships.
Mark Cutifani, will be presenting on: Development Partner Dialogue: Taking a leadership position in transitioning the mining sector to becoming a true development partner. Click here to download the programme.
Masaki “Sox” Konno is the Managing Director, Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systèmes. The third largest enterprise software company in the world with EUR3.05mn in revenue and over 15,000 employees globally, Dassault Systèmes helps businesses to model, simulate and collaborate better than ever before on some of most complex projects in the world. Sox is responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing overall performance of the company, as well as providing leadership to a team of over 700 staff across the AP South region.
Prior to this, Sox was Vice President, Asia, at BIOVIA, industry-leading software that provides global, collaborative product lifecycle experiences to transform scientific innovation. He joined Dassault Systèmes when the holding company of BIOVIA — Accerlrys — was acquired in 2014. Before that, he grew the business at Accerlrys by almost four-fold to USD40 million and transformed the sales approach from being primarily product based to solution based over an 11-year period.
Sox has also held senior executive positions at Gracenote and Sony. At Gracenote, his team was behind many successful multi-division, multi-product, worldwide initiatives to promote the company’s entertainment technology and music database both in the cloud and on connected devices. Additionally, he worked at Global Crossing Japan and managed to triple sales for various domestic and global accounts when he was there.
Sox spent his formative years in Canada, excelling in team sports such as football, basketball and volleyball in high school. He graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing with a Minor in Economics from Bishops University in Quebec, Canada, before subsequently moving to Asia for his career and family.
Masaki “Sox” Konno, Managing Director, Asia Pacific South at Dassault Systémes will be joining the lineup of speakers at IMARC. Download the programme now.
Matt Gill is a mining engineer with over 35 years’ experience, and is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at White Rock Minerals. He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background, having worked in roles ranging from an underground miner, supervisor, department head and site operations general manager, through to CEO and managing director, in Australia (Tasmania, WA, Victoria and NSW), 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. He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008. Matt has previously worked for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp, Renison Goldfields, Placer Pacific, WMC and Rio Tinto, and is currently MD&CEO for ASX-listed White Rock Minerals. He is also a non-executive director of AuStar Gold Ltd.
He is an expert on doing business with Asia, he has advised on some of the largest direct investments into Australia from China and has extensive experience in IPO’s both in Australia and abroad, as well as due diligence assignments and mergers and acquisitions.
In his role as a registered company auditor, Matthew Schofield has extensive experience in the audit of small and mid-cap ASX listed Companies, and large Chinese enterprises and their Australian based subsidiaries.
Matt Schofield will be presenting on: The Consequences of the Belt and Road Initiative: Foresight around the flow on of projects, benefits and other supply chain developments. Download the programme here.
Mike is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Sydney office. Drawing on 20 years of experience in the resource industries (in particular oil and gas), he advises major energy and mining companies in Australia, Asia, and the United States and leads our Oil & Gas Practice in Australia.
In the past few years, Mike has led the work on a liquid natural gas project that involved extensive reorganization and project execution improvement, developed commodity strategies for a major diversified mining company, and completed multiple operational performance improvement studies in oil and gas and mining. He has conducted several market scans and due diligence projects for private-equity firms investing in the mining and oil and gas sectors; identified growth options for a downstream oil and gas company; and helped a coal-mining operator negotiate major equipment purchases for its existing operations and expansion projects.
Mike began his career at Shell, spending 11 years working in Australia and the United States. This work included several corporate advisory roles and as an operations manager at an Australian refinery.
Mike Ellis will be presenting on: Collaborating for change – how industry can work together to positively promote the sector, attract and develop its workforces of the future, and embrace ever evolving technologies. Download the programme now.
Michael Nossal is responsible for Newcrest‘s growth and development activities, including Newcrest’s global exploration program and a growing portfolio of strategic partnerships, farm-in arrangements and investments across Asia Pacific, West Africa and the Americas.
Mike joined Newcrest in July 2015. Prior to joining Newcrest Mike was at MMG where 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.
Michael Nossal will be presenting on: Mining companies aren’t learning the previous lessons of cash indiscipline during mining growth cycles: agree or disagree? Download the programme here.
Mick Cairney has over 40 years’ mining experience having commenced his working career in mines in the Lower Hunter Region, gaining experience in both operational and technical roles. Managing operating mines and also leading major mine project development, Mr Cairney continued his operational focus with Centennial Coal after it acquired the NSW Government’s Powercoal assets in 2002.
Mr Cairney previously held the positions of General Manager HSEC, General Manager Western Operations and Executive General Manager Operations, within Centennial Coal before being appointed to his current role of Managing Director & CEO in May 2017.
Mick Wilkes is a mining engineer with 35 years of broad international experience, predominantly in precious and base metals across Asia and Australia. He has been the President and CEO of OceanaGold Corporation since 2011.
In previous roles he was the Executive General Manager of Operations at OZ Minerals responsible for the development of the Prominent Hill copper/gold project in South Australia and General Manager of the Sepon gold/copper project for Oxiana based in Laos. His earlier experience included 10 years in various project development roles in Papua New Guinea and, at the outset of his career, at Mount Isa Mines in operations and design.
Mick holds a Bachelor of Engineering 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. In addition, he is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Administration Committee of the World Gold Council.
Nick Holland has been CEO of Gold Fields – the South African-based gold miner – since 2008. Prior to that he was CFO of the company for 10 years. Under Nick the company has introduced its vision of “Being the global leader in sustainable gold mining” and has made significant strides in becoming a truly global mining company with operating mines and projects in six countries.
Before joining Gold Fields Nick held senior positions in other South Africa mining companies, including Impala Platinum and Gencor. He joined the mining industry in 1990 from accounting firm Deloitte where he spent the first 11 years of his professional career after graduating with a B.Com and B.Acc from Wits University in Johannesburg. Nick matriculated at King Edwards VII School, also in Johannesburg.
Nick Holland will be presenting on: Gaining a social license to operate – has this become harder, what challenges do we still face, and how can we get better at this? Click here to download the programme.
Nicolette began her career at Siemens in July 2001 in South Africa where she held various Human Resources functions e.g. Talent Acquisition Manager, and Learning and Development Manager, of which her last function was HR Head for Africa. Nicolette joined Siemens Australia in June 2011. Nicolette’s career in Human Resources started in 1994 when she joined the Girintek Group of companies in the Electronic Warfare Industry in South Africa.
Nicolette holds tertiary qualifications in Human Resources, Commercial Practice and Management.
During her tenure at Siemens Africa, the Recruitment Centre Southern Africa was awarded best practice status during a Siemens Global Audit in 2003 and again during a global research project in 2006. Nicolette was the project manager for various South African and international human resources best practice projects within the Siemens Group e.g. PMP design in 2005, Skills Revolution, Renaissance Project – Harnessing our golden skills, Source & Develop IT Tool, Share Matching Plan, Contractors Management Risk, etc. Nicolette presented, on invitation, to the Siemens AG CO, Mr Peter Loescher on the topic of “Diversity in South Africa” in 2009. She recently implemented a new Talent Management Framework for the Siemens Asia-Australia Region with the aim of ensuring best practise activities regarding developing and retaining talents within the organisation.
Owen Hegarty has more than 40 years of experience in the global mining industry. This included 25 years with the Rio Tinto group where he was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Asia and Rio Tinto’s Australian copper and gold business. Owen was the founder and Managing Director of Oxiana Limited, where he led the growth of Oxiana from a junior explorer to a major Asia Pacific base and precious metals producer. Oxiana became OZ Minerals.
Owen is also Chairman of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group and Non-Executive Director of Tigers Realm Coal. Owen until end of 2016 was Vice Chairman of ASX listed Fortescue Metals Group (FMG). Owen is a Fellow and Former Director of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a member of a number of Government and industry resources advisory bodies.
In 2006, Owen was awarded the AusIMM Institute Medal for his leadership and achievements in the mining industry, and in 2008 he was awarded the GJ Stokes Memorial Award for his distinguished service to the mining industry. Owen is currently the Executive Chairman of EMR Capital, a specialist mining private equity company. EMR has some US$2.5 billion funds under management and has 8 mining projects and operations worldwide.
Owen Hegarty will be presenting on: Challenges and risks with country and commodity diversification and global growth – top three considerations. Download the programme here.
Patrick Cocquerel joined Westpac Institutional Bank in 2003 to develop the bank’s presence in the Oil & Gas sector. He is now Head of Natural Resources in charge of the bank’s worldwide relationships with companies involved in the Oil & Gas, Metals, Mining, Commodity Trading and Engineering sectors. Before joining Westpac, Patrick spent seventeen years working with a European Banking group in Paris, Sydney, Madrid, Los Angeles and Houston.
Patrick Cocquerel, Global Head of Natural Resources at Westpac, joins the lineup of speakers at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. We provide engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients.
Paul Buch, Market Leader- Power at GHD will be presenting on: Proven cost benefits of renewables and energy storage: how to keep your operations lean and green. Download the programme now.
Peter Bryant is an executive business strategist with more than 30 years of experience developing and driving high-growth strategies for companies in the US, Asia Pacific and Europe. He has advised executive teams at a range of enterprises, from emerging businesses to Global Fortune 500 companies, and held senior leadership roles at global companies, and is currently the Board Chair at Development Partner Institute.
Peter is a serial entrepreneur, having been CEO/President for two emerging technology companies and Co-Founder of an enterprise software services company. He actively advises startups and mentors with accelerators such as Clean Launch, Founders and Innovation Pavilions. He co-authored The Growth Champions –The Battle for Sustained Innovation Leadership, published in 2012.
Peter is a leading authority on business, sustainability and technology innovation in multiple sectors, including resources and energy. He is an active speaker around the world and has advised many leading companies, including JCI, BP, GE, Castrol, Rio Tinto, BHP, Baker Hughes, and Anglo American. Peter is Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Development Partner Institute, a not-for-profit that will continue the transformational multi-stakeholder work catalyzed and incubated by the Kellogg Innovation Network.
Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He holds a CA from the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was a founding board member of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and sits on the Board of Advisors for Chrysalix, a leading clean tech venture fund, and the World Economic Forum’s Mining 2050 program.
Peter Bryant will be presenting on: Development Partner Dialogue: Taking a leadership position in transitioning the mining sector to becoming a true development partner. Click here to download the programme.
Professor, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, University of Queensland
Prof Peter Knights’ research interests are in: Mine maintenance management, Mine operations and process control, Mining simulation, Mining equipment automation
Peter Knights is BMA Chair and Professor and Head of the Division of Mining Engineering within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.
From 1996 to 2004 he was employed as an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Engineering of the Catholic University of Chile, based in Santiago, Chile. He was subsequently named as Associate Professor and Canadian Chair in Mining. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering for the University of Melbourne, Australia, a Masters degree in Systems Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from McGill University, Canada.
For the past twenty-five years Peter’s research work has focussed on maintenance and reliability engineering. He is best known for: promoting the now widespread use of logarithmic scatter plots (also known as jack-knife diagrams) to characterize and prioritize downtime events; for his industry training courses on Root Cause Failure Analysis and for developing pragmatic approaches to RCM.
His recent work has focussed on mine data analytics and the reliability and planning issues associated with novel mining systems. He has a number of maintenance publications in prestigious international journals such as the Journal for Quality in Maintenance Engineering and the Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety.
Peter Knights will be presenting on: Rethinking whole of value chain optimisation vs silo operations, processes and technologies – what will it take to actually achieve this, is it even achievable? Download the programme now.
Reg joined Canaccord in 2009 as a Mining Analyst, and has 9 years experience in the resources and finance sectors. This includes previous roles with several Australian and UK based corporate finance houses/stockbrokers, as well as a number of corporate development and managerial positions with several listed and unlisted mining and exploration companies. His current resources sector research coverage focuses primarily on precious metals companies, including mid-cap production companies through to earlier stage exploration companies. Reg has a B.Bus degree and holds post graduate qualifications in Applied Finance.
Reg Spencer will be presenting on: Understanding the lithium-ion battery supply chain and the relevance for investors. Download the programme now.
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 Morrow will be presenting on: The ultimate checklist for juniors – what makes a good story, how to position your value proposition, what investors are looking for, how to reduce your risk profile? Download the programme here.
Richard Schodde has over 30 years experience in a wide variety of project analysis and strategic planning roles within the international resources industry – including 15 years at WMC (in its Business Development Group and as Strategic Planning Manager for the Exploration Division) and more recently, 4 years at BHP Billiton (as Minerals Economist in their Global Exploration Team). In 2008 he founded MinEx Consulting to provide strategic and economic advice to mining and exploration companies.
From his work Richard has developed a deep understanding of the drivers behind mineral exploration and the associated economic and business risks of mining. This underpins his work in helping companies identify how to make money out of exploration.
Richard holds a First Class Honours Degree in Materials Engineering and a MBA. Along the way he has become experienced in geology. He serves on a number of industry committees including the AusIMM and the Melbourne Mining Club. In 2009 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the School of Earth Sciences at UWA (Centre for Exploration Targeting) and is a member of SEG, SME and PDAC. He has also on the Editorial Board for the Journal for Resources Policy – an international journal devoted to minerals policy and economics, aimed at economists and decision-makers in academia, government and industry Richard has published several papers on exploration performance and is internationally recognized by his peers as a world leader in mineral economics. Some of these papers are available for review at the publications page.
Richard Schodde will be presenting on: Where, what, when, and who? Highlighting key global exploration opportunities, trends and a perspective on the cycle of mineral exploration. Download the programme now.
Richard focuses on rapid, sustainable impact for Energy and Materials clients. He is the global leader of the Basic Materials Digital & Analytics service line, focused on helping clients derive transformational impact from digital, analytics and innovation in heavy industry often coupled with lean manufacturing as a foundation.
During his 16 years at McKinsey, Richard’s been based in Johannesburg, London, and now Stamford, CT. He has served clients around the globe in the mining, metals, energy, chemicals, advanced industries and private equity sectors. He is a published author (McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey Insights, McKinsey on Metals & Mining, Harvard Business Review) and speaker at industry conferences (e.g. PDAC, OMOC, MINExpo), covering productivity, transformation, cost, digital, analytics and innovation topics.
Recent client engagements include:
Leading the digital transformation for a multi-national precious metals mining company. Developed the roadmap, business cases and execution plan; established digital dev studio, agile teams, and delivering apps and solutions (e.g. front line apps, digital work management, predictive maintenance) for near term impact and transformation.
Designing the co-leading the developing of a new digital and analytics business model for a global chemicals company, including developing business model and setting up ‘start up’ digital business
Led a Asset Management transformation focused on cost reduction and capacity release for US headquartered global chemicals client
Architecting and leading the operational transformation of a multi-national mining and steel client, including rapid cost reduction and process improvement work. Utilized advanced analytics to e.g. improve yield
Leading the innovation strategy and digital design for a global copper mining company to generate financial impact over next 3-5 years, reduce unit costs, and increase flexibility to market demands
Led the development of a condition based and predictive maintenance strategy for mobile mining assets and implementation of a condition based & predictive maintenance
Led cost transformation of North American iron ore mining company, using advanced analytics to improve yield
Leading the turnaround and transformation of a North American coal miner, including rationalizing the footprint
Increased throughput in a chemical plant through stochastic modelling of process and debottlenecking
Prior to McKinsey, Richard worked in the Automotive industry, focussing on lean manufacturing and powertrain development. He has a Masters in Automotive Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a BSc. Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Richard lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.
Robert Pritchard is a lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in the development and financing of a wide range of resources projects.
He is Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute of Australia, Managing Director of ResourcesLaw International and Chairman of the St Baker Energy Innovation Fund. Robert served for 9 years on the Finance Committee of the World Energy Council.
Robert Pritchard will be presenting on: What is going to be the best value option of energy mix, and how will the market service the renewable energy sector? Download the programme here.
Russell Clark is a highly experienced and successful senior resource sector executive, and has more than 38 years’ experience in technical roles, project development, general management and executive positions in the UK, USA, Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea, and throughout Australia.
Prior to joining Kasbah Resources in October 2017 Russell Clark was Managing Director of Wolf Minerals from 2013 to 2017 where he had responsibility for successfully financing and developing the Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in United Kingdom. Prior to his role with Wolf Minerals he was the CEO of Azimuth Resources and Managing Director of Grange Resources Limited.
Mr Clark previously worked for Renison Goldfields for 18 years at numerous mining operations and spent eight years with Newmont where his final role was Group Executive of Operations, responsible for eight mining operations in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Clark has a mining degree from the Royal School of Mines in London, and a post grad diploma in Finance and Investment Analysis.
Russell Clark, Chief Executive Officer at Kasbah Resources, joins the lineup of speakers at this year’s IMARC. Download the programme now.
Sam Bennett leads the Resources business group across Australia and New Zealand at WSP, providing professional project and construction management services and engineering design to the mining, resources and industry sector.
Sam has extensive experience in the delivery of complex, major projects within both private and public sectors, including mining, rail, highways, power, airfield and urban redevelopment, from heavy civil engineering through to control systems and communications. Sam has held major project leadership roles on projects in the UK, the Middle East, Singapore, Indonesia and Australian including, most recently, as WSP’s Project Director for the Roy Hill Project in Western Australia.
Sandeep Biswas was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 4 July 2014. He joined Newcrest Mining in January 2014, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.
Skills, experience and expertise
Mr Biswas was previously Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Aluminium, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Rio Tinto group, which incorporated the bauxite, alumina, refining and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand. He began his career with Mount Isa Mines, working in both Australia and Europe. Mr Biswas has also worked for Western Mining in Australia and Rio Tinto in Canada and Australia. He has experience in research, operations, business development and projects, across commodities including aluminium, copper, lead, zinc and nickel.
Other Current Directorships / Appointments
Director of Minerals Council of Australia
Director of the World Gold Council (from 2017)
Member of ICMM Council
Sandeep Biswas will be presenting on: Aligning business growth opportunities with sustainable practices across the industry – top three considerations of CEOs today. Click here to download the programme.
Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner - Latin America
Shannon took up the role of Senior Trade Commissioner in Santiago in January 2016 and manages Austrade’s posts in Chile and Argentina and has responsibility for Paraguay and Uruguay.
Shannon started her career in law, working within large Australian law firms before joining Australian non-profit organisation, The Global Foundation where she led domestic and global teams facilitating public and private sector relationships and policy development in the areas of mining, renewable energy, financial services, education, agribusiness and manufacturing. Most recently she was Director of SP Consultancy, with business interests in Australia, Brazil and the United States focusing on developing strategies in management, leadership, community engagement, communications and branding for large organisations. Shannon continues to sit on the Advisory Board of The Global Foundation.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons.) and Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
Shannon Powell will be presenting on: The positive industry impacts of LATAM’s “pro-business” governments: What does this actually mean for international METs, investors and miners? Download the programme here.
Shaun McCarthy is the Chief Executive Officer of Multicom Resources and is an accomplished Civil Engineer with over 15yrs experience across the mining and construction sectors. Having held senior positions in private and public mining companies over the past 7yrs, Shaun successfully help to guide QCoal’s Byerwen Coal Project through a rapid development to first coal, and before that OZ Minerals Prominent Hill Project through a large-scale expansion, more than doubling the size of the open pit operation.
Shaun’s experiences extend across the full lifecycle of a Project from feasibility and approvals through to construction, commissioning and operations. These attributes are critical for Multicom in expediting its new supply of Vanadium to this growing market.
A New Zealander, Stephen has more than 30 years of service with the Rio Tinto group of companies. He has deep experience across a wide range of commodities and geographies, having worked on projects in more than 45 countries spanning the A-Z of minerals and metals during his career.
Stephen leads a team that has accountability for finding, evaluating, building and optimising Rio Tinto’s assets so they can safely, efficiently and responsibly produce materials that are essential to human progress.
The Growth & Innovation team has a strong track record of pioneering in automation, data analytics and industrial and operational technologies in the resources industry. Its remit extends across the entire asset lifecycle from exploration, to project evaluation and construction through to when we close a mine or processing facility. The team also leads the company’s mine-to-market productivity programme, provides technical services to operations, manages strategic technical risk and oversees Rio Tinto’s industrial and corporate IT infrastructure, innovation and automation platforms.
Stephen holds a Masters’ degree in Geology and Physics from Auckland University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology, a Member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen McIntosh, Group Executive – Growth & Innovation at Rio Tinto, joins the line up of speakers at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Download the programme now.
Stephen has over twenty five years’ experience in operational, project development, consulting and governance roles including significant leadership roles in project management, technical and management consulting and governance functions.
He is experienced in the resources, services, government, manufacturing and education sectors. His consulting clients have included Rio Tinto, Shell, BHP, MMG, Telstra, Australia Post, Mineral Deposits Limited, RMIT University and Steel Authority of India. International experience includes assignments in Western and Southern Africa, South East Asia, India, Europe and North and South America.
Prior to co-founding Concerto Analytics, Stephen was Chief Technical Advisor to the Rio Tinto Investment Committee and AMC’s Group Manager for Mining Analytics. Stephen has strong strategic, technical and organisational skills with a particular focus on the understanding and solving of complex problems through the application of advanced analytic solutions.
Stephen has completed successful assignments in feasibility project study and execution, organisational effectiveness and change management, independent technical reviews, valuation and due diligence studies for major international merger and acquisition opportunities and post investment reviews for large capital projects. He has specialist expertise in mine and rail automation, computer applications in mining and the relationship between technology and organisational dynamics.
Stephen has a Mining Engineering Degree from The University of Melbourne and a Masters Degree in Organisational Dynamics from Swinburne University.
Stephen Williams, Managing Director at Concerto Analytics, will be joining the line up of speakers at this year’s International Mining and Resources Conference. Download the programme now.
Mr Tolga Kumova has 15 years’ experience in stockbroking, corporate finance and corporate restructuring, and has specialised in initial public offerings and capital requirements of mining focused companies. He has raised in excess of $500 million for mining ventures, varying from inception stage through to construction and development.
Mr Kumova is currently an advisor of Syrah Resources Limited, an ASX 200 mining company. Mr Kumova was a founding shareholder of Syrah Resources in 2010 and served as an Executive Director from May 2013 to October 2016, and as Managing Director from October 2014 to October 2016. Mr Kumova is currently Non-Executive Chairman of European Cobalt Ltd.
During his tenure at Syrah Resources, Mr Kumova led the business from resource stage through to full funding through to development, gaining experience negotiating offtake agreements with numerous globally recognised counterparties.
Tom Butler became CEO of ICMM in July 2015. Before that, he spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, with much of that time focused on mining and power projects in Africa. From 2011, Tom was IFC’s Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries, all in accordance with IFC’s environmental and social Performance Standards.
Tom began his career as an officer in the British army. Prior to joining IFC, he was a project manager and engineer with oil and gas industry service companies Technip and Schlumberger. He holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University in the UK, and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Warren Gilman was appointed Chairman and CEO of CEF Holdings in 2011. Prior to that he was Vice Chairman of CIBC World Markets. He was previously Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific Region for CIBC for 10 years where he was responsible for all of CIBC’s activities across Asia. Mr Gilman is a mining engineer who co-founded CIBC’s Global Mining Group in 1988. During his 26 years with CIBC he ran the mining team in Canada, Australia and Asia and worked in the Toronto, Sydney, Perth, Shanghai and Hong Kong offices of CIBC. He has acted as advisor to the largest mining companies in the world including BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Noranda, Falconbridge, Meridian Gold, China Minmetals, Jinchuan and Zijin and has been responsible for some of the largest equity capital markets financings in Canadian mining history. At CEF he will apply this experience to developing a long term portfolio of quality resource investments.
Warren is a regular contributor to mining industry forums and discussions. In addition to bi-weekly commentary on commodity and mining issues for the CNBC Asia Network he has annually co-chaired Diggers and Dealers in Kalgoorlie and the China Nickel Conference in Shanghai as well as presented annually to the Asia Mining Congress in Singapore and Mines and Money Hong Kong as well as various CIM events in Canada.
Warren obtained his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering at Queen’s University and his MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He is a member of the International Advisory Board at Western and also the Dean’s Advisory Board of Laurentian University.
CEF Holdings Ltd. is owned 50% by CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd., the HK listed flagship company of Mr Li Ka-shing, and 50% by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, one of Canada’s largest banks. CEF was originally established in 1974 with a banking license in HK and it developed into a diversified financial services company over its first 30 years with operations in banking, life insurance, stock brokerage, futures and merchant banking. Since 2000 CEF has divested all of these businesses and, under the direction of Warren Gilman, has refocused its business strategy on the resource sector. This focus centers on the mining, forest products and fertilizer sectors including equity and structured debt facilities for both public and private companies.
Warren is an experienced leader with a proven record of achievement working in both the public and private sectors.
Before joining AMEC, Warren has worked in significant advocacy and membership organisations, including the Chamber of Minerals of Energy of WA (CME), and the WA Local Government Association (WALGA).
Most recently, as the Chief Executive Officer of Local Government Professionals Australia WA (LG Professionals WA), Warren led the Association and its members through the challenging metropolitan reform and amalgamations process, representing and defending the interests of professional officers in Local Government.
Previously as a Senior Adviser in the Gallop and Carpenter Governments, Warren worked for the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure across a wide range of areas such as planning, infrastructure development, ports and public transport.
Warren Pearce will be presenting on: How are mining companies freeing up exploration and development budgets to exploit new reserves, or engaging in acquisitions to feed their exploration pipeline. Download the programme here.
The Development Partner Institute is a global organisation established in 2016 to engage across the mining ecosystem, to build bridges amongst stakeholders, and to advance innovative thinking about the role of mining in society. The DPI is working to promote the vision of miners becoming innovative and proactive development partners – delivering on economic, environmental, and social shared purpose.
Wendy is passionately committed to social and environmental performance and international development, responsible business practices, and sustainability, as a leader with more than 25 years of experience spanning extractive industries, manufacturing, agribusiness, and civil society organisations.
Wendy has extensive experience of the realities of sustainable development between business and the community, through former senior roles in BHP and Orica. She has been General Manager Community at Orica and at BHP Billiton she was Group General Manager Environment, Community, and Sustainable Development for the global Coal group. As a sustainability leader in these companies, Wendy has worked across the life cycle of businesses with responsibilities spanning project development and approvals through to operations and closure, from site to asset-level, and corporate roles.
Wendy is a Director of AVI, a non-profit international development company. She has previously held the position of Deputy Chair at Transparency International Australia, an arm of the world’s foremost anti-corruption non-profit organisation. She has been a Non-Executive Director on the global board of the Oslo-based Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and a member of the Bettercoal global Technical Advisory Committee to the Board.
Wendy has also led a consulting practice for global clients (The Long View Consulting), providing strategic advice to organisations working to strengthen sustainability and engagement. A broad-ranging client base includes large and smaller companies (with a mining focus), professional services firms, industry associations, private equity, government, and non-profit organisations.
Wendy has project and leadership experience in the Indo Pacific region, North and South America, southern Africa, and Europe, as well as Australia and Canada. Bridging geographic and cultural divides, Wendy has built relationships with business leaders, government, non-government organisations, and communities in different parts of the world.
Wendy holds a Masters’ degree in International Relations and a Bachelor of Applied Science. She is a Graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Wendy Tyrell will be presenting on: Ideas and initiatives for fostering new collaborations across multiple stakeholders. Download the programme here.
Dr Xavier Amils holds a PhD in Physics – Materials Science, and is the Global Market Development Director of Bridon-Bekaert, The Ropes Group. He has more than 15 years of rope industry experience in technical, commercial and strategic positions. For several years, he was the Technical and Development Manager for Wire Rope Industries in LATAM, supporting open and underground mining hoist businesses.
As Global Market Development Director, Xavier manages technical and innovative projects in Western and Emerging Countries. He is the owner of market development initiatives across the group, with emphasis on the introduction of new products and the initiation of digital activities for rope-hoist related smart field services.
Xavier was responsible for the first successful trials of hybrid ropes in underground mining. This breakthrough has opened the possibility for operators to improve safety and productivity of existing and new shafts by increasing rope payload and life.
He has published more than 25 peer reviewed technical papers and filed more than 10 patents.
Xavier Amils, Global Market Development Director – Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group, will be presenting on: Applying advanced materials technologies to increase productivity and safety in mining. Download the programme here.