Adam Price has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), he is the Product Manager for RPMGlobal’s Simulation products and has over 22 years of experience in the industry. Adam has broad experience in underground metal and more recently mineral sands mining. His experience ranges from mine management to planning and technical roles.
Alberto Migliucci is the CEO and founder of Petra Commodities, a Singapore-based investment & capital advisory firm established in 2013.
He is a specialist in natural resources for M&A, capital raisings, finance, IPOs, investments, and advisory. He is an investment banker and geologist with over 25 years of industry and finance experience.
Migliucci was formerly Managing Director, Head of Mining & Metals for Credit Suisse Investment Bank in Asia. As a banker, he spearheaded many landmark natural resources transactions with a cumulative total greater than $100 billion. He worked for Standard Bank Plc where he drove the bank’s natural resources business as the Head of Energy & Mining Finance for Asia Pacific.
Petra Commodities Pte Ltd (www.petracommodities.com), is an independent advisory and investment boutique specializing in natural resources.
The company sources Asian natural resources projects of the highest calibre through its established network of corporate and high-net worth individuals. Utilizing its unique combination of financial advisory, geological, and technical expertise, Petra Commodities structures and executes its chosen transactions and invests its own capital alongside its clients’ to optimize returns for all investors.
Alberto Migliucci will present on mining investment prospects and Asia’s investment in gold. Limited seats available. Book Now!
Alex Trevisin is a Principal Financial Analyst at Trevisin Consulting. Alex has approximately 25 years’ experience in finance and engineering roles and has worked in coal and base metals as a Mining Engineer and has multicommodity exposure as a Principal Business Analyst.
Alex has additional qualifications in Accounting and Applied Finance and worked in mining equity research, commercial strategy, corporate planning across non-mining industries (research, energy and infrastructure). Expertise lies in the valuation and financial modelling associated with mining operations, capital projects, acquisitions, divestments, capital raisings, and assessing the impacts of policy.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Zimplats Holdings Limited in 2007 and has over thirteen years’ experience in the platinum mining industry, having formerly been the Managing Director of Mimosa Holdings Limited.
He was President of Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe, a position he held from May 2013 to May 2015.
Alex has the following qualifications: Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), Chartered Institute of Secretaries (CIS) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Alexander will present on strategies for positioning the mining sector strongly for financing and investment opportunities. Book Now!
CEEC International (Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution)
Alison Keogh was appointed Chief Executive of CEEC International Ltd in October 2016. Alison has worked in professional and senior roles for global mining and consulting firms in the resource sector for 25 years, encompassing operations, exploration, business improvement, valuation, and technical due diligence for mining transactions.
Alison was founding Chair of The AusIMM’s Sustainability Committee, founding Chair of the WIMARQ network in Australia, and a Director on The AusIMM Board from 2009-2011.
With a background carved in operations as a geologist, she maintains a strong network and has a natural ability to work with people at all levels and across disciplines to drive practical improvement and innovation. Alison holds a first class Honours degree in Geology and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She brings a passion to support companies to strive for sustainable and productive outcomes in mining communities globally.
Alison Keogh will facilitate the Smart Mining Efficiency workshop on Monday 30 October which will highlight a range of solutions, help you to understand how to access and use free benchmarking tools, enhance your understanding of improvement options that have worked in other operations, and learn about a raft of new technologies and emerging advances. There are limited seats available for this workshop so register now.
Professor of Mineral Economics, Centre for Exploration Targeting
University of Western Australia & CRU Group - Perth Representative
Allan Trench is a Professor of Mineral Economics at the Graduate School of Business, Curtin University of Technology and Research Professor (Value and Risk)
at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia, a Non-Executive Director of several resource sector companies and the Perth representative for CRU Strategies,
a division of independent metals and mining advisory CRU Group.
Allan is on the board of two listed explorers with nickel sulphide projects; Pioneer Resources and Enterprise Metals – and is also a former director of Heron Resources. Previously, Allan worked with WMC’s nickel division in the 1990s.
Allan Trench will present on the state of the global iron ore market for key mining investment prospects by commodity. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Andres Pesce is a Civil Industrial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica and Master in Business Administration from Universidad L. Bocconi in Milan. Prior to FCh Andrés had experience in consulting, asset management and business development in companies such as Mckinsey, Moneda, Compass and Finmeccanica (Quadrics) in Chile, Italy and England.
In his 8 years in FCh, Andrés has overseen the management of the organization’s portfolio companies, leading the implementation of +20 deals, including the creation and exit of companies such as Solar Chile, Axon Axis and mRisk. He has served as chairman of several startups such as Solar Chile, mRisk, and GCL, and as board member of several others. He managed Fundación Chile’s Investment Fund and founded EmprendeFCh, an entrepreneurship platform which has supported +60 start-ups with seed capital in the last 4 years.
Andrés currently leads the Open Innovation Platform in Mining and has recently been appointed as VP of Sustainability in FCh. A former national rugby team member, Andrés is today is a coach and director of his rugby club.
Andres Pesce will discuss mining opportunities on Chile in the International Mining and Resources Conference. Download the programme now.
Mining executives note that their number one challenge is improving productivity in their operations.
This session presents Enterprise Value Modelling as a driver of business transformation and productivity improvement in the mining sector. The advantages of modelling the entire mining value chain end-to-end in SAP, creating an integrated financial/physical model of the value creation process are outlined.
Concerto Analytics Technical Director Andrew Hely will be demonstrating how Symphony Value Modeller for SAP can model and simulate the end-to-end mining value chain, and provide deep understanding of the drivers of value from from pit to port.
This presentation will be relevant to CFOs, Mine Operators, and Business Improvement Specialists.
Andrew Hely presents on business transformation using enterprise value modelling alongside Concerto Analytics Managing Director, Stephen Williams. Book Now!
Andrew Woodmore is a Principal of Henslow, based in Melbourne. He has over a decade of investment banking experience with Nomura and Lehman Brothers, including advising on over US$30bn of completed M&A transactions, and a range of financing and risk transactions. He also has prior experience in management consulting, including with Booz Allen and as an entrepreneur, founding a successful technology firm and experience with a number of start up ventures. Andrew holds a Bcom (Hons) from the University of Western Australia, a MA from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andrew Woodmore has broad industry experience, including:
–Metals & mining
–Oil & gas
–Power and infrastructure
–Technology and biotech
–Consumer & retail
Andrew Woodmore assists clients with:
–M&A – Strategic advice and execution of mergers, acquisitions, divestments, partnerships and joint ventures
–Capital Raising – Both unlisted and listed, equity, debt and convertible notes
–Strategic advice – special situations and corporate problem solving
Mergers & Acquisitions
Advice to Hony on the investment of a 9.7% stake in Santos
Strategic advice for Mitsui & Co regarding its 49% interest in the Dawson coal mine
Mitsui & Co on the acquisition of interests in Vale’s Mozambique coal assets for US$763m
ITOCHU on its joint US$10bn investment with CP Group into CITIC Limited
BHP Billiton on the divestment of iron ore assets in West Africa
Bidder for Macarthur Coal
ITOCHU on the acquisition of a 20% interest in the Colombian assets of Drummond Coal for ~US$1.5bn
Sinopec on the acquisition of a 15% interest in the APLNG project from Origin and ConocoPhillips for US$1.5bn and an associated 4.3mtpa 20-year offtake contract
ITOCHU on the A$345m acquisition of a 15% interest in the Maules Creek coal project from Aston Resources
China Shenhua in relation to the NSW Energy Reform Process
MCG Resources on the acquisition of MDL 162 for A$285m and subsequent sale of a 90% interest to Macarthur Coal for A$334m
ITOCHU on the acquisition of stakes in Extract Resources Ltd A$175m and Kalahari Minerals plc £62m
Bidder for Origin’s CSG assets
Bidder for Felix Resources
Chinalco’s A$16bn acquisition of 9% stake in Rio Tinto
BAE Systems’ A$775m acquisition of Tenix Defence
Territory Resources’ $1bn hostile takeover bid for Consolidated Minerals
Pre-IPO convertible notes, e.g. bookrunner for Windlab pre-IPO con note
Hony on its investment in Santos via cornerstone share placement and bidding in the institutional shortfall from Santos’ PAITREO offer
Temasek on the acquisition of a 4.6% stake in Fortescue Metals
Equity placements, e.g. Tigers Realm Coal $10m equity raising
IPO advice, e.g. Riversdale Resources Ltd
Convertible notes, e.g. Hyro Limited, advising St Barbara on exchange offer
Private company raisings e.g. iSelect, Japara Aged Care Property Trust
Debt experience in loan facilities, leveraged finance, bridge loans, collar loans, and project finance
Earth Resources Policy and Programs, VIC Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Anthony Hurst has over 30 years experience in managing a range of natural resources in Victoria and New South Wales including his current role in Earth Resources Policy and previous roles in managing Fisheries, Forestry and Water.
Anthony has tertiary qualifications in geomorphology and public policy.
He has a keen interest in enabling industry to work with communities and government to deliver exploration and mining projects to generate investment and job opportunities particularly in regional Victoria.
Anthony Hurst will discuss mining opportunities in Victoria at the Global Business Forums at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Click here to download the programme.
Mines & Metals, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Arpan Gupta is the Deputy Director at Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, leading divisions steel, mining & non-ferrous metals. His primary role at FICCI encompasses regulatory & policy deliberations with governments, organization of seminars along with report development and research management. He maintains strong relations with various Government officials; alongside strong connect with steel & mining organizations in India & abroad. He has also been involved in leading industry delegations abroad for exploring steel & mining opportunities.
At FICCI, he has spearheaded reports on Mineral Exploration, Indian Mining & Steel Industries. He has also written numerous representations and is a widely known figure across the two industries.
Prior to joining FICCI, Arpan worked with IDC India for more than four years as Senior Manager Industry Verticals Research. He spearheaded key assignments for top IT vendors and was widely appreciated for his project management and leadership skills. He had conducted many feasibility and exploratory studies that have helped clients in taking winning business decisions.
Thereafter, he spearheaded the IT & industrial research, across APAC & MENA, at eprobe Research for around two years. He also had a short stint with AMI Partners driving the IT & Government research practices along with development of business opportunities pan India.
Over the years, he has acquired rich experience through various assignments & studies and has applied this to hone his skills in developing an in-depth understanding across sectors of ICT, Steel, Mining & Non-Ferrous Metals.
He is a regular speaker in various summits around these sectors and is widely quoted in national dailies and magazines. He has presented papers on Indian IT market, Indian steel & mining industries and has led mining delegation to Germany & steel delegation to Czech Republic. He regularly writes for various B-school journals and has been invited for numerous guest lecturers across management schools. He has also judged inter-college debate competition at Delhi School of Economics.
Arpan completed his MBA from Delhi School of Economics, specializing in International Business. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from University of Delhi. He has also completed one-year diploma from NIIT and holds a certificate course in derivatives, commodities and capital markets from the National Stock Exchange of India. He has also acquired beginners proficiency in SPSS. He has a special interest towards sufism.
Ashley Brown is the Program Director for the Igniting METS Startup Accelerator: Powered by KPMG Energise, connecting innovative METS sector startups with major mining companies to drive greater takeup of disruptive technologies. A management consultant with nearly 20 years experience, Ashley combines his skills in strategy, growth and business transformation for corporate clients with his passion for innovation, disruption and startups, to lead one of Australia’s most unique innovation programs.
Since the inception of Energise in 2015, Ashley has assisted 30 startups in three startup cohorts to refine their value propositions, business models and strategies, as well as helping them to develop the skills and experience required to successfully engage with leading global and national energy and resources corporations. He has led corporate innovation masterclasses and innovation diagnostic studies for corporate clients including Woodside, WesCEF, South32, Chevron and BHP Billiton.
Prior to joining KPMG, Ashley was a Principal with Momentum Partners, one of Australia’s leading boutique management consultancies focussed on the energy and resources sectors. He has worked as a management consultant specialising in strategy, growth and innovation at global professional services firms KPMG and Deloitte, having commenced his career with Telstra Corporation. Ashley has a degree in International Business from Griffith University.
Barry Fitzgerald has been working for Hancock Prospecting on the Roy Hill Project since June 2010 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd in May 2012.
Prior to joining Hancock Prospecting Barry was CEO of CITIC Pacific Mining and held senior management positions with BHP Iron Ore, BHP Engineering, Henry Walker Eltin, Simon Engineering and Roche Process Engineering.
He has a broad range of operational and construction project experience in the construction, engineering and maintenance sectors.
Barry Fitzgerald will present on best practice examples of mining supply chain development at IMARC. Limited seats available, Register Now!
Ben Adair is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of CRC ORE. Ben brings a strong background in research and operational management along with a broad industry network to his role heading up CRC ORE.
His interests are focused primarily on the application of mineral processing technologies for operational improvement with a particular focus on step change innovations to improve the energy, water and productivity signatures of mining operations.
Prior to taking up this role in November 2015, Ben had been with the University of Queensland (UQ) Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI). Here he served initially as the Director of the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC), then as Director of the Rio Tinto Centre for Advanced Mineral Separation and finally as Deputy Director (Technical) of SMI. Prior to joining UQ, he worked in a variety of Industry roles including with Rio Tinto (in the USA and Australia) and in the South African Platinum Industry.
Ben Stockdale is a financial and commercial executive with extensive mining industry experience including project and corporate debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions and metals marketing and logistics.
Over the past 18 years Ben has held a number of executive roles at public and private mining companies including Oxiana Limited, Citadel Resource Group and Unity Mining.
Ben is a graduate in commerce from Melbourne University and completed a post graduate diploma in applied finance and investment.
Bill Shaw has over 40 years of experience in economic geology including mineral resource and ore reserve estimation, mining grade control, sampling studies and mining project evaluation. He has operational experience in gold and ferrous metals and resource modelling experience in many commodities. He has audited mineral resources and ore reserves for many commodities to international standards including the JORC, US-SEC, Canadian NI43-101 and South African SAMREC Codes. He has been involved in the management of large evaluation projects and major audits.
Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Melbourne University, a Master of Geoscience in Mineral Economics from Macquarie University and a PhD in Mining Grade Control from the University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow and Chartered Professional of both the AusIMM and the AIG (RPGeo).
He has many voluntary roles including on JORC, VALMIN and IMVAL for the AusIMM and AIG. He is currently the President of the Australian Geoscience Council, the peak body representing all Geoscience organisations in Australia. He is on the Executive of UNCOVER AUSTRALIA, the AAS-NCES preparing the Decadal Plan for Earth Sciences, and is the Chair of the AGC Convention to be held in Adelaide during Earth Science Week 2018.
Bill is now an independent mining consultant with his own company Ore Control. His expertise is in resource and reserve estimation, mining grade control, reconciliation and geometallurgy. His main focus on the JORC Committee has been the relationship between JORC and other International Codes and in the understanding of errors associated with resource and reserve estimation.
Brendan Pearson has been chief executive of the Minerals Council of Australia since January 2014, having served as deputy chief executive of the MCA from 2007-2012.
Prior to re-joining the MCA, Brendan was vice-president of Government Relations and Corporate Affairs at Peabody Energy from February 2012 to December 2013.
Brendan Pearson served as a senior officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was a senior writer for the Australian Financial Review. Before that he served as Counsellor (Trade Policy) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.
Brendan Quinn is the Head of Project Finance in Asia-Pacific at White & Case.
Brendan has extensive project and project f/www.whitecase.cominancing experience in the power, renewables, natural resources, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has worked in both common and civil law jurisdictions and has experience in many forms of finance including commercial debt, export credit, multilateral and capital markets.
He has worked in Hong Kong and London, and is recognised as one of Asia-Pacific’s leading project and project finance lawyers by Chambers, IFLR1000, “Best of the Best”, Who’s Who Legal, PLC Finance and Asia’s Leading Lawyers.
This includes being ranked as one of only three “Band 1” Project Finance Lawyers in Australia (Chambers) and as “Lawyer of the Year” in Project Finance and Development in Australia in the most recent Best Lawyers guide.
Brendan Quinn will join a panel discussion on financing renewable energy projects for mines: key considerations for achieving a bankable project. Book Now!
Brett Cunningham is the Managing Director of the Mining Leaders Group and holds an Industry Fellow position with the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland. Brett works with a range of executive teams and high potential leaders in mining companies, METS and industry bodies in Australia, South America, Asia and Africa focused on driving individual, team and organisational performance.
He was formerly the General Manager of the Technology and Knowledge Transfer Groups at JKTech responsible for the transfer of leading edge research into practical applications of technology and knowledge onto mine sites around the world. Brett believes passionately about integrating people and technology to solve complex mining challenges.
Prior to Joining JKTech, he was the Deputy Director – Operations at the Sustainable Minerals Institute. Brett has delivered MBA and executive programs to FTSE and FORTUNE 500 companies, developing participants from over 130 countries across all sectors including the minerals industry. Formerly from the London Business School and Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) based in Hong Kong, he is experienced in working with governments and companies from both emerging and developed markets.
Brett’s education includes a BA from Griffith University and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Bruce Richardson, Managing Director of Anson Resources, has a proven track record in exploration, mining and production; and has raised over $170 million dollars in investment to mining projects in the past few years.
Bruce has held various senior positions in industry and government over the last 30 years – claiming positions from General Manager in one of Australia’s Blue Chip companies, to Trade Commissioner in the Australian Embassy in Beijing. With extensive international networks across the public and private sector, Bruce has proven experience in attracting Chinese investment to world-class resources projects.
Director, Resources and Strategy, Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force
Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia
Charles Moore considers himself an experienced and versatile executive who’s worked successfully developing senior policy for government and in roles managing the interface of government and the private sector. This unique experience has made him adept at managing the expectations of both sectors to deliver practical outcomes for business that satisfy government requirements.
With his formal qualifications in public policy and administration, accounting and forestry, he can take big visions and turn them into practical actions, working diligently and positively with all stakeholders.
• Leading the creation of South Australia’s Copper Strategy by bringing together senior people from the mining and services industry , research institutions, community, and Local, State and Commonwealth government agencies – and bringing this innovative initiative to life.
• Co- leading the preparation of the business case for bulk mineral export infrastructure on Spencer Gulf, South Australia, including the report on Port Funding Financing Options.
He is passionate about developing Australia’s and South Australia’s economic potential in a sustainable way.
And within Government:
• leading change, strategy, business services and corporate communications divisions;
• running major organisational change programs and implementing sustainability initiatives across several agencies;
• driving business improvement initiatives;
• developing agency project management capability; and
• managing annual budgets up to $5 million.
Global Head of Talent & Organisational Development
For the past seven years Chris has been a Non-Executive Director of Diversity Council Australia, and an Advisory Board Member of Pride in Diversity. He’s a frequent speaker on topics of gender diversity, flexibility and LGBTI inclusion.
In his Executive career, Chris is currently the Group Head of Talent and Organisational Development at Lendlease. He began his career at Lendlease in 2007 in their Global Construction business and from 2010 – 2016 was Head of HR for all Lendlease businesses in Australia, as well as the Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion.
In the past decade Chris has led the development of a culture of diversity and inclusion at Lendlease – beginning in Australia, then taking learnings to each region and finally establishing a consistent set of global D&I priorities. Chris has also ensured Lendlease’s external reputation for inclusion leads the Property & Construction sector.
Mitsui & Co. Australia is the wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., one of the world’s most diversified trading, investment and services enterprises. Its diverse portfolio of businesses in Australia includes iron ore, coal, gas, oil, food, grain, salt, woodchips, power generation, machinery, base metals, steel products, chemicals, technology, and financial services.
Christine has over 40 years experience in the Australian mining sector in trading, investment, and joint venture management. She plays an active role in developing networks for global Mitsui as a member of cross-functional teams tasked with finding resources opportunities in Australia, South East Asia and South America.
Christine has had the opportunity to visit many upstream and downstream facilities in Australia and overseas including mines, refineries, smelters, galvanizers, extruders, battery manufacturers and cable manufacturers.
This has not only contributed to Christine’s global knowledge of the resources sector and its customers, but also the unique cultures of many countries.
Through her extensive travels she has witnessed the positive impacts the industry brings to individuals, and communities, reinforcing her belief in mining as an important economic contributor.
Christine is a member of the LME Downunder committee, the Melbourne Women’s Fund and the AusIMM’s WIMnet.
Christine Coonan will join a panel discussion on bringing minerals end users and buyers into the conversation at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Click here to download the programme.
Claire Tuder is an experienced senior executive with international strategy, business development and public relations experience in both the private and public sectors.
Claire is currently CEO and Director of MICROMINE, a leading provider of innovative software solutions for geological exploration and data management to resource estimation, 3D mine design, planning and production control.
Claire is a Director of Austmine and a member of the METS Ignited Advisory Council.
Prior to MICROMINE, Claire was the Director of Sales at the West Australian Government’s Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority where she led international investment attraction campaigns for federal priority projects including the Perth City Link and Elizabeth Quay.
Earlier, Claire worked in Singapore as the Director of Consumer Brands south-east Asia, managing key clients including Adidas and The Macallan Scotch Whisky.
Her first career however was as a classical dancer and teacher. She is now a Director of the West Australian Ballet.
In March 2016, Claire was recognised as a young business leader through the West Australian Business News 40under40 Awards.
Claire is a long-term supporter of the arts, volunteer for The Smith Family and fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia.
Claude D’Cruz is a Senior Executive with 25 years of experience in the resources sector in both Owner/Operator and Professional Services companies.
He has worked both in Australia and internationally in Canada, South America (Chile, Peru and Brazil) and the United Kingdom. Claude holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with Honors and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
He is Director Mining & Metals Australia-Asia at Hatch and is passionate about the importance of collaboration to solve complex challenges
Colin Moorhead has worked in exploration and mining for 3 decades since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a BSc. (Hons) majoring in geology and geophysics in 1987.
Most of his career was spent with Newcrest Mining Limited where amongst other roles he was Chief Geologist for periods at Telfer (WA), Cadia (NSW) and Gosowong (Indonesia) mines before returning to Melbourne as General Manager Technical Services for the Newcrest Group in 2006.
In 2008 Colin was appointed Executive General Manager Minerals responsible for global exploration, mining geology, resources and reserves governance and orebody knowledge. Colin left Newcrest in August 2015 and in January 2016 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of emerging Indonesian gold producer PT Merdeka Copper Gold, Tbk.
Colin is currently President of the AusIMM.
Colin is also a Graduate of AICD and a graduate of Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Programme (AMP).
Craig Jennings is the Manager for LNG Fuels at Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company. Woodside operates 8% of global LNG supply, including the landmark North West Shelf project and the Pluto LNG project.
Craig has been with Woodside for 12 years and has extensive experience in LNG. His roles at Woodside have spanned engineering, projects, strategy and commercial across Woodside’s LNG ventures.
Craig is leading the planning for Australia’s first LNG fuel hub, and is responsible for working with industry to support the uptake of LNG fuels to displace diesel and oil fuels in the mining industry in WA.
Craig Walkemeyer is the Market Leader – Energy & Resources for GHD in Australia, with responsibility for GHD’s strategy and service delivery in energy and resources markets nationally.
GHD is one of the world’s leading Engineering, Architecture and Environmental service companies, with over 8,500 employees worldwide. GHD has a long history of providing a wide range of engineering, environmental and advisory services to mining clients.
Craig Walkemeyer holds a degree in Civil Engineering from University of Western Australia and has over 30 years of professional experience. He has led large and diverse organisations delivering engineering and environmental services. His previous experience includes key leadership positions in major resource companies including Alcoa, where he was Vice President of Engineering for Global Primary Products, and BHP where he was Regional Engineering Manager for Asia.
He has been responsible for management of large and complex capital programs, asset management and technology portfolios in the mining industry.
Craig is a Trustee of CEDA in Western Australia, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dale Blyth has over 20 years’ experience in mining and mining services related industries, over three continents.
His career includes Senior Maintenance and Operational Roles within two major mining equipment companies as well as with a contract miner. Dale’s experience has focused on asset management and service operations.
Since joining Caterpillar in 2011, he has held the positions of Service and Operations Manager in Western Canada before relocating to Western Australia in 2013 as the Asia Pacific Mining Technology Manager.
Currently he serves as the Global Operations Manager for Mining Technology.
Dale’s most recent experience has been in the commercialisation, adoption and use of technology in the Mining Industry from machine guidance through to automation.
He holds a trade certificate in Diesel and Heavy Earthmoving, and an MBA from Athabasca University in Canada.
Dale Blyth will present on remote and automated technologies that increase mine site productivity. Book Now!
Dale Sims FAusIMM(CP) is in his second term as a Director, having joined the Board at the start of 2013. A geologist with over 30 years’ experience, he has been involved with the Institute since becoming a member in 1989 while working at Mount Isa.
Always active at a Branch level, he has also served as a Young Professional Observer on Council in the 1990s and has helped to organise and deliver numerous technical conferences, roadshows, workshops and training courses with the Institute. Dale has been active with the Geoscience Society (and its precursors) since 2000 working as Chair and Deputy Chair in recent years and currently Chairs the Publications Committee and Asia Taskforce.
Dale Sims will Chair the InnovEX – new directions in exploration technology and science seminar at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Click here to claim your free pass.
Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI)
Darren Mottolini is the Research Manager for the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) responsible for the coordination and application of research projects relating to data modelling and automation of complex processes spanning local, State and Federal Governments of Australia, universities and the industry within the private sector. He holds degrees in Information Systems and Business Administration and volunteers his time working with high school students exploring complex problems.
Dave Fielding is a geologist with more than 37 years of experience in exploration and evaluation of mineral deposits.
Most recently, he has held management positions with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Ore and FMG and has evaluated greenfields magnetite projects for Portman and Aztec Resources.
He had also overseen geological and resource related aspects of Aztec’s Koolan Island hematite deposits (now Mt Gibson Iron Ore) and had played an active role in discovery and evaluation of a number of ore deposits including the Century Zn deposit in Northwest Queensland.
Dave Fielding is the Group Explporation Manager at Matsa Resources (ASX:MAT)
David Byers joined the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) as Deputy CEO in July 2016. Immediately prior to this, David was Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy for BHP Billiton based in Melbourne.
From 2011-2015, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Petroleum Producers and Explorers Association (APPEA) based in Canberra and Australian delegate to the International Gas Union (IGU).
This followed his earlier appointment as Chief Executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) from 2007-2010.
David has spent most of his career in the resources sector, with over 17 years at ExxonMobil Corporation in a variety of senior corporate affairs, planning and human resources roles in Melbourne, Singapore and Dallas.
His early career included appointments with Australian companies Woodside and BHP as well as Brisbane law firm, Morris, Fletcher & Cross. David is originally from Brisbane and has degrees in law and economics, with postgraduate qualifications in energy and resources law.
David Cormack is a Partner within Deloitte Consulting’s Technology Advisory practice where he specialises in helping clients create and sustain value at the intersection of clients’ business and technology strategies. He is the Consulting National Mining Sector leader and has over 25 years of deep mining industry consulting and operations experience and he has gained an excellent understanding of the entire mining value chain from exploration to corporate affairs. He led the Deloitte “Innovation in Mining: Australia 2016” survey and co-authored the report.
David studied mining engineering at the University of Johannesburg and holds an MBA from Bond University and an MSc in Mineral Economics from Curtin University. He is married to Alison and has two daughters, he enjoys the great outdoors, mountain biking, tennis, his dogs and technology gadgets.
David Grabau has strong technical proficiency and experience in the Resources and Energy sectors, and brings to Austrade a valuable combination of experience in both government and ASX top 20 corporates. David’s senior commercial roles include advising major Resources and Energy companies across strategy, risk, and project management.
He was most recently the Global Resilience Programme Manager for IAG and was previously Head of Government Relations at both IAG and CGU Insurance.
David spent several years working with BHP Billiton across its the minerals and petroleum businesses, including appointments as Manager Group Risk and Senior Advisor Corporate Development.
He brings with his commercial expertise over a decade of experience in government which includes work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and Thailand and work with the Office of National Assessments. David has a Masters in International Relations, a Graduate Diploma in Trade, Economics and International Law and a degree in Politics.
Director of Operations, Minera San Cristóbal SA Mine, Bolivia
David King is the Director of Operations at Sumitomo’s Minera San Cristobal Silver, Lead and Zinc mine in Nor Lipez Bolivia. Have worked at this facility for the last 10 years from startup. Prior to that worked at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Copper Mine in Utah and various other gold operations in the US. David has worked in the mining industry for the last 28 years. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his very understanding wife and daughter.
David Mallam is crazy about creating product that lives in the experience.
Passionate about the customer, behaviors and sense making! Commercially focused design and lean strategist who has worked across a broad spectrum of industries.
Thrives on challenging your business to reconsider the role of the customer in business – relating the relationship between a customer need and the empathy required to deliver effective communications through values, beliefs and behavioral sciences.
A design thinker, a creative technologist whom pushes boundaries and explores the opportunities that inspire decision makers to reconsider their role in the many interconnected parts of a living experience.
Solving customer pain points through design, demonstrating the long term economical benefits of customer service and product innovation, seeking sustainable methods of governing the delivery of customer engagement, and importantly that the ideas are linked to measureable results.
Collaboration and co-design
Product Creation and Lifecycle
Design Thinking to Doing
Lean and Agile Delivery
CDO – Design-Farm Collective
Leading strategy, engagement and innovation.
Creator of 1000 acre smart spaces environment
Leading design for government, mining, food, care and other sectors
Product Director – Design Strategy Group
Member of the Fjord Design Strategy Group –
Leading Design and Strategy for ASIA PACIFIC
Curator of Design Culture and Design Thinking
Passionate Collaborator and Rumbler
Head of Design
SMS Management & Consulting
Leading of a team of 120 designers, architects and lean product delivery. Leading global service and product transformation for CBA, Telstra, QBE, MOL, T-Mobile, Macquarie Bank.
Foundation strategist for Australia’s first through the line media and communications agency… valuing the people equal to the dollar. Leading customer design initiatives for Vodafone, Best n Less, uBank, CBA, Woolworths and Spotify.
David Mason has a broad corporate, management and mining background achieved through working in the exploration and mining industry for 35 years throughout Australasia, Asia, Southern Africa and South America.
David is the Managing Director of Dark Horse Resources, a member of the DGR Global Group, focussing on mineral resources in South America. Dark Horse currently holds a large portfolio of lithium and gold properties in Argentina and intends to be a lithium hydroxide and gold bullion producer within several years.
Prior to this, David had executive director roles with Intra Energy Corporation Limited (ASX:IEC), a coal producer in East Africa; Overseas & General Limited (ASX:OGL) an Indonesian mining company; Haddington Resources (now Altura Mining, ASX:AJM) a new Australian Lithium producer; and the Swabara Group, which developed the Adaro Indonesia coal mine, the Pulau Laut shipping terminal and the 1,260MW thermal Paiton Power Station.
David holds a BSc (Hons) and a PGradDipBA from the University of Queensland and an MBA from University of Southern Queensland.
David Moult held the position of Managing Director & CEO of Centennial Coal Company Limited from July 2011 through to April 2017. He previously held the positions of General Manager, Operations and Chief Operating Officer with Centennial Coal.
David Moult is currently chairman of Coal Services Pty Limited; a director (and past chairman) of the NSW Minerals Council; chairman of the Australian Coal Association Low Emissions Technologies Limited Board (ACALET); and a member of University of NSW Education Trust Advisory Committee.
He was previously a director of Minerals Council of Australia; the NSW Freight Advisory Council; Coal Innovation NSW (CINSW); and Australian Coal Association (ACA). In May 2014, through to project end in February 2015, David was also a member of the Minerals Industry Taskforce, tasked with providing a roadmap for the growth in the minerals sector within NSW.
In April 2017, Mr Moult received the NSW Minerals Council Outstanding Contribution to Mining Award.
David Ruddell was appointed to the role of Vice President Planning & Technical for Minerals Australia in February 2016. In this role David is responsible for managing geoscience and exploration, resource engineering, business planning, directional studies, tenure and approvals for BHP’s Australia Assets.
David joined BHP in 2000 at Blackwater in Queensland as Coal Processing Manager, before moving to marketing, strategy and business development roles. From 2004 to 2007 David was based in China and led work to understand the future of the Chinese coal industry. During this time David also established BHP’s presence in Mongolia.
In 2010 David was appointed VP Strategy & Development for Metallurgical Coal. David’s role was expanded in 2013 to lead the strategy and business development covering BHP’s global Coal business.
Prior to joining BHP, David specialised in maintenance and engineering, working for Rio Tinto Iron Ore; BP in downstream petroleum; and in the paper manufacturing industry.
David’s career spans over 26 years in the resources industry holding leadership roles in strategy, business development, resource development, marketing, operations management, engineering and maintenance.
David has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Swinburne Institute of Technology and a MBA from Deakin University. David is married with four children.
Davin Berelowitz is a proven specialist in the renewables and high voltage electrical infrastructure sectors, with a career that spans more than 15 years.
Stand-out skills include specialist expertise in planning, project development, tendering, designing, constructing, commissioning and project managing turnkey solutions for high voltage substations, overhead/underground power systems and wind farms.
In addition to engineering and project development experience, Davin is a respected and successful business leader, spending over a decade jointly developing two highly regarded design and construct companies in Australia and South Africa
Debra Stirling is a company director and senior executive with more than 20 years’ national and international experience in mining, building and construction materials, manufacturing, agriculture, retailing and property development and management.
Ms Stirling has served as a senior executive in four ASX Top 20 companies – Coles Myer, CSR, Rinker and Newcrest Mining. At Newcrest, she was Executive General Manager, People & Communications, until the second half of 2014.
She was responsible for HR and Communications in a workforce of 20,000 people, across three continents.
Newcrest was awarded the Randstad Australian Employer of the Year and Best Employer in the Resources and Mining Sector in 2012, and won the latter award again in 2013.
Prior to Newcrest’s merger with Lihir Gold in 2010, she was also responsible for corporate and government affairs, investor relations, and global community relations and environmental affairs.
In 2011, Ms Stirling was appointed a non-executive director of Federation Limited, now known as Vicinity Limited – the second largest owner and manager of retail shopping centres in Australia, and an ASX Top 30 company. Vicinity manages around $23 billion in assets, including the iconic Chadstone Shopping Centre. She is a member of the HR & Remuneration and the Risk & Compliance Committees, and was previously on the Audit & Risk and Nominations Committees.
She was previously an Executive Director of Lihir Gold Limited and is a member of the PNG Government’s Lae Training & Development Centre of Excellence Taskforce. She is also Chairman of the Monash University Mining & Resources Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Mission Australia.
Diane Jurgens holds overall responsibility for delivering innovative technology strategies, programs and capability.
Diane has more than twenty five years experience in business development, information systems, engineering, and product development. Proven track record managing complex business operations delivering technology programs and growth in emerging markets. Diane currently holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at BHP.
International business experience in more than 20 countries including 10 years working and living in China. She is currently a resident of Singapore.
2013 Magnolia Award winner from the Shanghai Municipal Government for contributions to the economic and social development of Shanghai
2012 Female Automotive Executives, Motor Trend China
Education: Masters in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in International Business.
Diane Jurgens, Chief Technology Officer at BHP, will explore the business imperatives mining faces amid the proliferation of automation, data science and artificial intelligence. The sector is experiencing a new wave of technological disruption and rampant change, heightening competition across borders for jobs and investments. The industry must embrace innovation and technology to secure and create the future. Recruiting tech-savvy teams and partnering with innovators will position the sector at the forefront of technological progress.
Diego Temperley is a seasoned investment banker with over 20 years of experience in the provision of a broad array of sophisticated financial and advisory services for natural resources and agribusiness sectors. Over the years, he has been involved in transactions totaling about USD 4 billion in value.
Founding partner and MD of Capital Agroindustrial, an investment banking boutique, where Diego leads the Mining & Natural Resources practice. Since 2012, he has strengthened his focus on mining foreign investment helping foreign investors entering or currently working in Argentina, by the screening of opportunities, providing local support and direct interaction with the federal and provincial governments and regulators.
He is also the President of Auscham, the Argentine Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Prior to joining Capital Agroindustrial, he worked as Corporate Finance Director for Criteria Investors. He was also the Business Development Manager of KPMG Argentina, where he had an active role in advisory transactions and M&A. He also worked as a commercial banker at Bank of America and BBVA.
Diego joins the Advisory Board of Mines & Money America and IMARC Melbourne
Education and Academic background
Diego is a visiting lecturer at the Master of Finance, San Andres University. He is a Capital Markets Chartered Advisor. He has a Master in Small & Medium Enterprises Management, a Master in Finance and a Degree in Business Administration.
Dmitry Danilovich is the Head of Clean Energy for KPMG Australia. He brings over 20 years of experience in the Australian energy sector having advised developers of energy projects and investors on feasibility studies, project development and financing, acquisitions and divestments.
Dmitry Danilovich has extensive experience in energy procurement and has advised electricity retailers and large energy users on Power Purchase Agreements for electricity and Large-scale Generation Certificates.
These included power supply to mining and ore processing operations, manufacturing facilities, port and rail, desalination plant, public transport, hospitals, and office buildings. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.
Dr Alp Malazgirt is the YilMaden Holding CEO, Metals and Mining division of the parent Yildirim Group of Companies, based in Istanbul, Turkey, a rising star amongst the Turkish industrial conglomerates. Active in more than 11 sectors Yildirim Group is fast becoming a global company with its holdings and assets spanning over some 20+countries.
Dr Alp Malazgirt’s tenure at Yildirim coincided with the expansion of its metals and mining business in two countries, Turkey (EtiKrom) and Sweden (Vargon Alloys) to six countries: Voskhod Oriel chrome mining operations in Kazakhstan, Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant in Russia, Bear Metallurgical Company in Butler, USA, and the recently acquired Best Coal Company in Colombia. YilMaden Holding is now the world’s second largest high quality high carbon ferrochrome producer in the world. YilKrom, another YilMaden company owns both exploration and production licenses in Turkey which are currently being explored. Dr. Malazgirt has played a key role in the post-merger integration of these cross border acquisitions and has been instrumental in the transformational changes undertaken in these otherwise poorly performing or even bankrupt companies.
Dr. Malazgirt as the YilMaden Holding CEO initiated many innovative projects including the recycling of “legacy” tailings both at the EtiKrom and Voskhod operations, extensive exploration projects on the concessions and licenses owned by YilMaden, and many corporate social responsibility projects which have received numerous accolades and awards from organizations such as the EBRD, EMEAFinance, ICDA, and CIS National Business Rating Agency. He focused on training and educating the local talent to fully staff the operations and providing equality of opportunity to the local community members. All in all, he stressed the importance of being a good corporate citizen of the community and earn the “social license to operate”.
Prior to joining Yildirim Holding and relocating to Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Alp Malazgirt lived in Korea where he was an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of business management and worked as a consultant on many high tech projects related to metals and mining. Perhaps most importantly, he was instrumental in the development and commercialization of a few mineral processing projects including extraction of lithium from seawater, which later the technology rights were sold to POSCO, and underwater manganese nodule leaching.
Prior to his tenure in the Far East, he was in the USA and had a distinguished career in the Silicon Valley with two silicon chip manufacturing companies. His last position was the Vice President of Global Operations. After his 18 years in the high tech field, he started a solar photovoltaic panel company and later was the founding member of two service company ventures which are still going strong in California. He has more than 25 years of commercial experience working in the high-tech and management fields and is the recipient of many awards.
Dr Alp Malazgirt has a BS degree in metallurgical engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and an MS from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, California, USA. He is the recipient of three patents and has published in excess of 20 technical articles and made more than 50 presentations at international venues.
Dr. Malazgirt can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Dr Jim Orchard is a former senior executive with Cloud Peak Energy, one of the largest coal mining companies in the United States. Based in Denver Colorado, Jim was responsible for both Sales and Marketing as well as Government Affairs from 2009 to 2016. This involved the annual sale and supply of up to 75 million tons of thermal coal to major power utilities in the US and Asia.
Cloud Peak Energy was a major producer for the US market with shipments to approximately 25 states. Coal was also successfully marketed into Asian markets such as Japan, Taiwan and particularly South Korea. Government Affairs duties included managing community support programs, corporate communications as well as representing the company and its employees with regulatory bodies and elected officials at both a state and federal level.
Prior to working with Cloud Peak Energy, Jim worked for Rio Tinto. Initially employed with Rio’s Aluminium division in Australia and New Zealand and then in the US with Rio Tinto Energy America, Jim has held management positions in research, technical support, logistics and operations.
Jim graduated with a BSc and PhD from the University of New South Wales in industrial chemistry.
Duncan St John is an experienced investment banking and corporate finance executive, having advised and financed a broad range of metals & mining and natural resources companies over the last 15 years.
Duncan is currently an Executive Director – Corporate Finance with Canaccord Genuity, a global mid-market focused investment bank, which he joined in 2016. Duncan co- leads Canaccord’s investment banking efforts with its Australian mining company client base. Previously, Duncan was a Managing Director with RBC Capital Markets, the Royal Bank of Canada’s (“RBC”) investment banking arm.
Duncan spent 8 years with RBC, focused solely on advising and financing domestic and offshore mining companies. Duncan has advised clients operating in the gold, copper, nickel, zinc / lead, PGM, uranium, iron ore and coal industries.
Duncan has also worked with both ANZ Banking Group and KPMG. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Business from ACU and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Assistant Secretary for Secretariat of Economic Development, Mining and Energy (SEDEME)
State of Pará, Brazil
Eduardo Leão, Assistant Secretary for Secretariat of Economic Development, Mining and Energy (SEDEME), State of Pará, BRAZIL
Former Project Leader for Environment at Vale’s and Manager for Environment and Family Agriculture, Vale.
Former Director of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation, SEDEME
Former Project Leader for Environment at Vale’s Projeto Ferro Carajas S11D
Manager for Environment and Family Agriculture, Vale / Biopalma
Over 10 years experience in environmental management, licensing, project creation, strategic planning, social development and family agriculture.
Mr Leao holds an MBA a Masters in Hydrology, and post grad qualifications in water resource management and in Environmental Industrial Management.
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is co-founder and Chairman of Gekko Systems, based in Ballarat, Victoria. Gekko is a world leader in gold and silver processing technology, and energy (processing) efficient modular plants, designing, construction and operation. The company was established in 1996 and in addition to its head office in Ballarat, has offices in Perth, Vancouver, and Johannesburg.
Elizabeth is Chair of the Federal Government’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Growth Centre and has recently stepped down as Chair of Austmine, the peak industry body in Australia for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, a $90 billion industry. Previously, she was a member of the Australian Federal Government’s National Precincts Board and the Innovation Australia Board.
The Patron of CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution), Elizabeth was visionary in the formation of this not-for-profit organisation which aims to accelerate knowledge and change transfer in the field of eco-efficient comminution. CEEC has the capacity to have a meaningful global impact on energy consumption in mining and has recently been awarded the 2013 Mining Magazine Editor’s award. In August 2014, Elizabeth was named by the Canadian CIM Magazine as a “Name to Know” in the mining industry in relation to her work at CEEC.
Elizabeth was inducted into the Australian Businesswoman’s Hall of Fame in 2000, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and has won several awards including the Warren Centre’s Innovation Heroes Award.
Prior to her involvement in the mining sector, Elizabeth worked in stockbroking and strategic planning. Her qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Economics, and a Masters in Business Management. In 2016, Federation University Australia honoured Elizabeth with a Doctor of the University Honoris Causa degree in recognition of service and contributions to the mining sector, mineral processing, business leadership, and environmental management.
Ellis Martin is an American radio broadcaster, commentator, interviewer, lecturer and entrepreneur in the mining and resource sector. He is the Host and Senior Editor of The Ellis Martin Report, a global radio news magazine with a primary focus on mining.The Ellis Martin Report can be heard on terrestrial radio outlets in the US and globally on theweb, showcasing US, Canadian and Australian issuers to an international audience of potential investors and fund managers interested in the space.Interviewees include experts and analysts, economists, mining company managing directors as well as his peer journalists in mining.
Ellis began his career in New York in entertainment, music and news radio heading to New Mexico and then landing in Los Angeles in the early ‘90s.Leaving California briefly in the mid-90s to run an agricultural radio group in the Kansas City area, he returned to Los Angeles to find himself interested in the business of bringing publicly traded mining companies to the eyes and ears of investors, He was one the first to introduce resource companies to a US audience through his radio program which has now grown to an international listening base.He studied Business Administration and Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.Ellis is featured moderator and commentator at a plethora of global mining events….as well as a recent placer miner in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
Ellis Martin chats with Sprott Global’s Rick Rule about his message to attendees at IMARC. Rick Rule applies a broad stroke to topics such as Australia’s global mining presence, energy metals and minerals (cobalt and nickel), cryptocurrencies, a projected gold boom, historical and future trends and their cyclical, reactive nature.
Erica Smyth has 45 years experience in the mineral and petroleum industries, initially as a minerals exploration geologist and later in government approvals, corporate affairs and community interactions. She has worked in the iron ore, gold, diamonds, mineral sands, uranium and oil & gas sectors.
She is now a full time company director – including Deputy Chairman Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and non-executive director roles at Deep Exploration Technologies CRC, the National Energy Resources Australia Growth Centre, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service National and Western Operations boards.
Erica is also Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Board for the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the Industry Advisory Board for the ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration.
In 2010 The WA Chamber of Mines and Energy awarded her their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Resources and in 2016 she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame
Felipe Kovacic started his career as an officer in the Chilean Navy managing and operating on board mission critical high power electronic systems. Felipe is now the General Manager – Business Development for TEC-C Investments.
Since leaving the navy over 10 years ago he has worked as a senior executive in the water and energy sectors, including Australia’s largest integrated energy company, focusing on business development of distributed generation and solar applications.
He has also consulted as an energy industry subject matter expert for clients such as McKinsey & Co, Goldman Sachs, among others. Now he focuses on developing hybrid energy solution projects for off-grid and fringe of grid applications.
Felipe is an Electronic Engineer, as well as holding an MBA from the AGSM at UNSW in addition to a Master in Applied Finance from Macquarie University. His qualifications and experience allows him to understand aspects from a technical as well as commercial and financial perspective, contributing exceptional value to projects.
Felix Lee is an economic geologist with more than 28 years experience in independent geological due diligence reporting and mineral property valuation opinions to clients. He has been instrumental in assisting companies on the stock exchanges and has helped to raise finance for their projects.
Felix has worked on a number exploration and advanced-stage development projects in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe, South America, Central Asia, Asia and Africa. He is the 2nd Vice President and a Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and chairs the PDAC’s Governance and Nominating Committee.
Felix holds a B.Sc. degree in geology from McMaster University and an M.B.A. degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Schulich School of Business, York University.
Fiona Robertson MA (Oxon), FAICD, MAusIMM
Fiona is a practicing non-executive director specialising in the resources sector. She has over 40 years’ experience in corporate finance, including 30 years working with emerging and mid-tier resource companies as a banker, CFO and non-executive director, successfully guiding growth-oriented resource companies through the transition from entrepreneurial junior to ASX 200 producer.
After graduating with a degree in geology, she joined The Chase Manhattan Bank in London. Her early career included corporate banking, risk management and resource industry financing roles over 14 years with Chase in London, New York and Sydney, followed by 8 years with gold explorer and producer, Delta Gold Limited as CFO. Fiona then transitioned to a more flexible (family friendly) role as consulting CFO to various emerging ASX-listed mining and oil and gas companies. This led to her appointment as a non-executive director of upstream oil and gas explorer and producer, Drillsearch Energy Limited in 2009.
In her CFO and NED roles Fiona has been involved in projects in Australia, Asia, Africa and the USA.
Currently, she is a non-executive director of ASX-listed Heron Resources, which is developing the Woodlawn Mine in NSW.
Fiona is an active member of the AusIMM’s national WIMnet committee. She chaired WIMnet NSW, the state-based networking and mentoring arm from 2012 to 2015 and continues to play a pivotal role in co-ordinating WIMnet’s very successful mentoring program in NSW.
Recently Fiona was named 2017 Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources by WIRNA (Women in Mining and Resources National Awards), and 2017 Gender Diversity Champion in NSW Mining in the NSW Minerals’ Council’s Women in Mining Awards.
Frank Tudor has held various executive management roles over the last 26 years in the European, Asian and Australian oil, gas and power industries with BP, Woodside and most recently Horizon Power.
Frank is Managing Director of Horizon Power which is the vertically integrated regional energy provider to the natural resource rich part of Western Australia.
For the last 11 years, Frank has also been a part-time lecturer in oil and gas economics, and oil and gas legal frameworks at the University of Western Australia and is the Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (CCI) Energy and Resources Forum.
Frank has recently been appointed to the Board of Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and chair of their Asset Management Committee. He was also the National Chairman of the Australian China Business Council from 2008-2013 and is currently a Board member of the Federal Government’s Australia China Council and a member of the ANU China in the World Advisory Board.
He holds first class degrees in engineering, economics and business administration from Curtin University (WA), London School of Economics (UK) and AGSM (University of NSW).
Gavan Collery is a business communications professional with almost 40 years of experience in corporate affairs, investor relations, communications and journalism – in industries ranging from minerals and resources to financial services and media.
With professional services in companies like Indophil Resources NL, Western Mining Corporation and Elders Resources NZFP, and before that with the IPR Communications Group and as a Melbourne-based journalist, Gavan is an experienced and outcomes-focused corporate affairs and investor relations professional.
He is a skilled communicator – through presentations, the written word, video, multi-media and other forms of communication.
Gavan has an exceptional and broad network of contacts that span the corporate, media, financial services and government spectrums – locally, nationally and internationally.
Gavan Collery is also the co-founder of the highly-regarded not-for-profit organisation, The Melbourne Mining Club.
Director - Workforce Skills, Health & Safety; Executive Director - MTEC
Minerals Council of Australia
Gavin Lind is the Director Workforce Skills, Health and Safety at the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).
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 Yeates is an established mining industry executive and leader in strategy, technology, mining and geoscience. He is a veteran of 35 years with BHP, where he led the development of a global Technology strategy for the corporation and headed the global function covering technology, geoscience, engineering, operations and maintenance across all business units. He has extensive experience in exploration, projects and operations along with corporate functions.
He is currently an independent Director of CRC Ore Ltd., has been a member of the AusIMM for more than 35 years and is currently the Melbourne Branch Secretary, and was formerly a member of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee, and a Director of AMIRA international Pty Ltd.
He is active as a strategic advisor, thought leader to mining companies, suppliers and government institutions 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.
Graham Jeffress is a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in exploration geology and management in Australasia. He is Principal Geologist with CSA Global in Perth and manages the Corporate Services teams. Graham has worked in exploration, project evaluation and mining in a variety of geological terrains, commodities, and mineralisation styles within Australia and internationally. Graham was a Federal Councillor of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists for 11 years and joined the Joint Ore Reserves Committee in 2014.
Graham Smith is a mining investment professional with over 15 years’ experience in industry including mine and exploration geology, private equity and investment banking.
After working as a geologist in Canada and Australia, Graham served 6 years as a Private Equity analyst with a leading natural resources fund prior to gaining senior project finance experience with French investment bank BNP Paribas.
He has subsequently worked as an advisor to a range of junior mining companies, private equity funds and high net worth investors considering hard rock mining investments.
Graham Smith joined KPMG’s Mergers and Acquisitions division in 2014 where he provides specialist advice to junior and mid-tier mining and exploration companies relating to on and off market transactions as well as debt and equity financing.
CEEC International (Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution)
Grant Ballantyne is an early career researcher with three years’ experience at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC). He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering) with Honours Class 1 and a GPA of 6.375 from the University of Queensland in 2007. His Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Mineral Processing Engineering was conferred by the University of Queensland in 2012. He was also awarded two presentation awards during his PhD as well as the prestigious Zinifex and Ian Morely prizes acknowledging the quality of his thesis.
During his short career, Grant has supervised 4 vacation student projects, 1 undergraduate thesis and 3 RHD students. He has also authored 6 confidential reports, 3 industry publications, 9 international conference papers (4 refereed) and 5 refereed journal articles (4 of which were first author and in ERA A* publications).
Energy efficient comminution has become Grant’s major research theme, and as such he is focussed on the industry applications supported by fundamental theoretical understanding. He has been part of research teams investigating process improvements at Tanami (gold), Northparkes (copper/gold), Mineral San Cristobal (lead/zinc/silver), Cadia (copper/gold), Mogalakwena (platinum) and Telfer (copper/gold). In 2014 he has also led two research and training groups (8 researchers including RHD students) to conduct comminution circuit assessment at Sunrise Dam Gold Mine and Citic Pacific’s Iron Project.
Grant is passionate about equipping the next generation of metallurgists through undergraduate lecturing, postgraduate supervision and professional development courses. He leads the comminution component of the Metallurgical Engineering program at the UQ. For three years he has been the lead researcher responsible for the annual, 2-week Comminution and Minerals Processing program as part of the Sandvik International Mining School.
Grant Ballantyne will facilitate the Smart Mining Efficiency workshop on Monday 30 October which will highlight a range of solutions, help you to understand how to access and use free benchmarking tools, enhance your understanding of improvement options that have worked in other operations, and learn about a raft of new technologies and emerging advances. There are limited seats available for this workshop so register now.
Greg Evans is Chief Executive of ACA Low Emission Technologies Ltd ( ACALET)and Executive Director, Coal at the Minerals Council of Australia.
Prior to this position Greg was most recently the Deputy Chief Executive of Universities of Australia which represents Australia’s 39 universities. Before that he was the Chief Economist at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) where he was employed for nine years.
Greg has experience as a ministerial chief of staff in the Howard government, an official in the both the Commonwealth Treasury and Department of Finance and working for industry bodies in the energy and farm sector, including a period as chief executive of the Wool Council of Australia for three years.
Greg commenced his career in the banking sector as a financial analyst dealing with the funding of infrastructure, mining and oil and gas projects.
Greg Evans joined KPMG Australia in February 2012. Greg has over 20 years specialising in advising corporates, directors, Boards and providers of debt and equity and other financial sponsors on capital raisings, mergers and acquisition transactions, equity and debt structuring, takeover defense and growth strategies.
Prior to joining KPMG Greg was the Managing Director and founder of boutique investment banking firm Bedford Capital Partners specialising in providing independent advice to private and mid-cap public companies.
Before that Greg was a Partner in the corporate finance and stock broking firm Argonaut Capital Limited, and had also previously been involved with working in venture capital and public company restructuring. Greg has broad experience in the public market sector as well as in representing owners in the sale of their private businesses with a clear focus on the resources sector.
Greg has substantial experience in assisting large corporates and private companies through all stages of a public listing including over sighting Due Diligence pertaining to Prospectus preparation, seeking pre-IPO funding commitments, managing capital raisings and regulatory advising Boards on best practice independence, governance and disclosure as well as advising on appropriate third party service providers to support the transaction.
Some of Greg’s recent clients and or transactions include:
– Cassini Resources on executing an earn-in arrangement with Oz Minerals for the West Musgrave Project (nickel, copper)
– Excelsior Gold Limited on the introduction of a cornerstone investor/s for up to $11.25M..
– Reed Resources Ltd on its restructure to a Lithium producer and $80m capital raising (now Neometals Limited).
– Auctus Minerals on the successful hostile takeover of Atherton Resources Limited (previously Mungana Goldmines Limited).
– Auctus Minerals on securing an initial A$200m in equity funding from global private equity resources house Denham Capital.
– Excelsior Gold Ltd on the takeover defence of the company, general corporate advisory and ore purchase agreement and toll treat executed with Norton Gold Fields in relation to the Kalgoorlie North Project.
– Hancock Prospecting on the sale of a $1.7b interest in the Roy Hill Iron Ore Project.
– Murchison Resources on the sale of a 20% minority equity interest in the Andy Well Gold Project to Doray Minerals.
– LG International Corp. on the acquisition of a number of Australian coal assets.
– Heron Resources on the sale of an interest in the Kalgoorlie Nickel Project Remote power station solutions provider – financing of $80M
– Sale of Datatel Pty Ltd. to ASX listed Southern Cross Electrical Ltd.
Greg Evans will join a panel discussion on mergers, acquisitions and divestments in the Australian mining sector. Download the programme here.
Greg Guocheng Pan is the CEO and an executive director of China Hanking Holdings Limited. Mr. Pan served as president of GeoSight, Inc. and China general manager of Gold Fields China (BVI) Ltd..
Mr. Pan has obtained more than 20-year experience in operation and management of mining companies.
He has published papers and reports in the areas of mineral exploration, mining engineering, mining reserve estimate, economic evaluation and resource modeling
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 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.
Head of Product Unit Ranging and LiDar Sensor, Identification & Measuring
Harald Weber has 21 years of experience in LiDAR 2D and 3D Sensors. He finished University with an Engineering degree in Electronics from the Hochschule of Offenburg in Germany.
He is currently the Product Unit Manager for LiDAR measurement Sensors including Radar Sensors with SICK AG located in Germany, and is involved in strategic planning of the LiDAR Product portfolio as well as RADAR sensors.
SICK is the market leader of industrial 2D and 3D LiDAR sensors with today’s broadest product portfolio. The fast evolving demands for automation in different industrial applications such as mapping, volume measurement applications, positioning or anti collision applications for moving vehicles and robots have been closely accompanied by Harald’s group. The sensor portfolio under his group’s responsibility today reflects the different application demands in the industry.
This stretches from sensors with ranges of some meters up to ranges of 250m with a high accuracy and resolution. The continuous demand and challenge for automation is driving the group and Harald to combine the newest technologies in state of the art LiDAR Sensors to bring automation to the next level.
Hashim Ali Mohamed Salem.
– Date and Place of Birth: November 17, 1952-Shendi -Sudan
– Marital Status: Married( with 7 Children)
Hashim Salim Academic Qualifications
No. Awarded Degree Educational Institution
1. Ph.D. in Textile Engineering –obtained in 1989 University of New South Wales-Sydney ,Australia
2. B.Sc. of Textile Engineering with First Class Degree obtained in(1976-1981) College of Engineering, University of Almansoura, Egypt
3- Diploma of Textile Engineering
with first Class Degree obtained in 1973-1976 Institute of Khartoum Polytechnic-Khartoum –Sudan
1- Secretary General,
The Secretariat General of the Sudanese National Dialogue.
2- Federal Minister of Ministry of Minerals- Republic of the Sudan 2017 up to date, under the following tasks and responsibilities :-
– Setting up national policies and plans of the state in the domain of mining
– Representing the state in all its rights in the field of minerals according to the signed agreements.
– Continuous work in analyzing the International changes in the fields of metals and mining
– Signing contracts with investors and offering them licenses
– Following up meeting of the ministerial committees at the bilateral level. At present heading the Sudanese side in the Joint Ministerial Committee for the Economic cooperation between Republic of the Sudan and Russia.
– Informing Council of Ministers in its periodic sessions with fresh and required information to be set within plans and strategies
3- Vice Chancellor,
University of Sudan for Science &Technology
University of Sudan for Science &Technology
College of Technology
University of Sudan for Science &Technology
6- Deputy Dean
College of Engieering
University of Sudan for Science &Technology
7- Dean Assistant for Administration
University of Sudan for Science &Technology
Department of Engineering,
University of Sudan for Science &Technology,
Textile Engineering Department
University of Sudan for Science &Technology
Hashim Salim Membership
• Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ariab Mining Company
• Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sudanese Company for Mineral Resources (LTD).
• Chairman, Faculty Board, College of Technology
• Chairman Principal Council, University of Sudan for Science &Technology
• Member, Faculty Board, College of Engineering
• Member ,university council
• Member, Egyptian Engineering Society
• Member, Society of Sudanese Inventers
• Member, Dean council
– Patent no. 65/473 , a hand waving loom called ALFHIM
– Patent no. 95/468 a hand waving loom called HASHADIL with a shuttle running on wheels
– Patent for houses roof protection against rain by using geo-textile
– Geo-textile for Road protection from underwaters by using technical fabrics
Hedley Widdup is an Executive Director of fund manager Lion Manager Pty Ltd which manages the ASX listed investment company Lion Selection Group Limited.
Hedley graduated as a geologist with first class honours from the University of Melbourne in 2000, following which he gained extensive experience working with WMC Resources at the Mt Keith Nickel Mine, Olympic Dam, Mt Isa (Black Star open cut mine) and the St Ives Gold Mine where he was Senior Mine Geologist of the combined open pits.
Hedley joined Lion Manager in 2007 and completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment with FINSIA in 2011.
Hedley Widdup will present on funding future mining sector growth at IMARC. Limited seats available, Register Now!
China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing
Helen Xu is a professor and Director of Center for resources and environmental policy research, School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing(CUMTB).She has work experience in Asia and Europe countries. As a project leader, she had successfully led many international cooperation projects, including cooperation with Energy Research Institute of NUS (National University of Singapore) on coal bed methane (CBM) research, From June 2005-Dec.2008, she was the director of Austria Carbon Management (ACM) in China. She was responsible on carbon management. From July.2008-Dec.2008, she was the Visiting Researcher, of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute of India), worked in New Delhi, India. From Feb.2004~Feb.2005, she was the researcher in IIASA (International Institute for Applied System Analysis), Austria. Major in energy and environment research.
Helen Xu will discuss mining opportunities in China at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Book Now!
Henry Tricks is based in London as the Energy and Commodities Editor. He joined The Economist as capital-markets editor in January 2006, and became Finance Editor later that year.
He was Tokyo Bureau Chief from August 2009 until April 2013, and bureau chief for Mexico and Central America from 2013 to 2015.
Before joining The Economist he wrote for the Financial Times in London, was FT bureau chief in Mexico, and worked for Reuters in America, Mexico and Central America.
For The Economist he has written special reports on The Future of Oil, the Pacific Rim, Japan, and global investment banking.
Ingo Wintruff joined Liebherr in 2016 as Managing Director with responsibility for Sales, Service, Product Management and Marketing within Liebherr’s large engine business.
Most recently, Ingo Wintruff worked for Rolls Royce Power Systems (former MTU) in Germany as Vice President with responsibility for MTU’s global Mining, Railway and Oil & Gas Business.
Overall, Ingo has more than 17 years of experience in the off-highway engine industry, holding leading positions in R&D, Application Engineering and Sales for more than 11 years.
In these roles, he was accountable for a new engine platform to fulfill US Tier 4 emissions in different non-road applications. Furthermore, he was in charge for innovative gas, duel fuel and hybrid engine concepts and expanded the global repowering business.
Ingo Wintruff will present on the new Liebherr D98 engine series and how innovative technology can empower your business. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Jacques Wannenburg was appointed Vice President Technology Enterprise Systems for BHP in May 2017. He is responsible for all design, build and deployment of enterprise applications globally. He also leads collaboration, technical computing, digital experience and SAP for BHP.
Over the 20 years of his professional career, he has held a variety of leadership roles covering IT development, IT strategic planning, business process re-engineering and SAP consulting across the APAC region and USA.
Prior to BHP, Jacques was at General Motors where he held a variety of executive roles within IT spanning systems delivery in SAP and Sales, Marketing and Aftersales Systems as well as IT Strategy, Planning and Innovation. Most recently, he was Global IT Director for Joint Venture and Alliance Partners at General Motors for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Key highlights of Jacques’ career include designing and building the General Motors IT Innovation hub in Shanghai and datacentre transformation of the Global Warranty Management application.
He has a strong belief and focus in aligning IT outcomes with business objectives to deliver real value to the organization.
Jacques is based in the USA (Houston) and married with two children.
James Orsulak oversees sales, business development, and commercial partnerships at Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company. He is responsible for selling the company’s primary product line which includes rocket propellant, water for life support functions, and construction materials sourced from asteroids for delivery to customers in the Earth-Moon system and beyond. Prior to joining Planetary Resources, he spent a decade developing industrial-scale fueling stations here on Earth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and an Agronomy and Precision Agriculture certification from Purdue University
James was appointed as the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines in July 2015. Prior to his appointment, James was the Director-General, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, a position held since 2013.
James has significant private and public sector experience. A scientist and business administrator by profession, he brings more than 30 years’ national and international experience to the role. His career highlights include being a delegate to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal.
James was formerly the Director-General of Queensland’s Environmental Protection Agency and Commissioner of the Public Service. His private sector experience includes a senior role with a large multi-national Engineering, Procurement and Contract Management firm, and he served as Managing Director for an environmental rehabilitation company.
He has also consulted to industry and government on a range of organisational design and environmental management issues. As General Manager Sustainability for an ASX top 20 resources company, he led the community and environmental programs for an $18B project.
James’ academic qualifications include a Science degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from the University of Queensland. He is also a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
James Purtill from the QLD Department of Natural Resources and Mines will present on global mining regions. Limited seats available, Book Now!
James Stoddart is a mining, professional with over 30 years’ experience, James has held operational, managerial, business and technical roles and has worked on projects globally. Currently James holds the position of Principal Mining Engineer at AMC Consultants.
James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Honours) from Camborne School of Mines, Master of Business Administration University of Western Australia, and is a Chartered Professional of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Drawing on his experience, James provides strategic oversight and opportunities for mining projects and operations, not just for improved efficiencies, but aligned with and focussed on achieving company goals.
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 join a panel to discuss the movement of private equity from an alternative to a mainstream solution for the mining industry. Book Now!
Jean Dong has had significant involvement in working with the Australian Governments to continue to strengthen Australia’s bi-lateral economic relationship with China. Jean worked closely with the Tasmanian Government and Chinese Government, initiating and leading the negotiation of the Memorandum of Understanding Modern Agriculture (Fruit Industry) System between the State of Tasmania and the Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government.
This Agreement was one of 14 country level engagements endorsed by President Xi Jinping and Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in November 2014. Jean Dong was invited to meet with President Xi and other dignitaries. Jean was also invited by Minister Andrew Robb to witness the official signing of the ChAFTA in Canberra in June 2015. With Jean’s responsibility and achievement of executing this MOU in 2015, Jean was recognised by Tasmanian Government as one of the key person leading the growth of the Tasmania-China relationship in 2015 and invited to meet with the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference and the Premier of Tasmania at the first anniversary of the visit to Tasmania by President Xi Jinping. .
With the passion to further strengthen the bi-lateral relationship between China and Australia, Jean established a not for profit organisation-the Australia-China Belt & Road Initiative in 2015. This organization will engage pioneering business leaders from China and Australia with a purpose of articulating the relevance of the Belt & Road strategy to Australian industries and identifying practical opportunities for expanded trade and investment.
Prior to her journey in Australia, Jean Dong was an accomplished young journalist and news anchor in China.
She was the awardee of the World Economic Forum New Champion Award in 2015 and the 2014 APEC Women Leadership Award.
Jean Dong will present at IMARC about how the mining industry can capitalise on the potential of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure plans. Book Now!
Jeanne Els has 25 years’ experience in the metals and mining industry.
She has experience in various aspects of Industry including commissioning, operations and technology development.
In recent years she was responsible for growing a global operations practice for Hatch incorporating asset management, operation readiness, performance enhancement and best practice sustaining capital delivery across Hatch. This included development of a center of excellence for industrial data science that supports global operations.
Jeanne was recently appointed as Director Digital for Hatch in Australia – Asia. This role spans the sectors Hatch operate in.
Jeanne Els will present at IMARC on how growing connectivity can help the mining sector enhance value through collaboration. Limited seats available, Book Now!
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 Carr joined Inmarsat to lead its mining sector development, partnering with innovative mining business to help utilise Inmarsat’s industry leading satellite communications services.
Joe Farrugia was appointed Vice President Global Technology Operations for the Mining and rock excavation business area of Atlas Copco in January 2017. Joe is responsible for developing strategic initiatives for the digital mine of the future offering by Atlas Copco. Joe is also responsible for building up a global marketing program and deployment of automation hub centres to support the global initiatives. Along with the above Joe is also part of the M&A team in identifying potential acquisitions.
Prior to the above appointment Joe held the position of Managing Director for Atlas Copco Australia/NZ and PNG from 2011 to January 2017. Joe also held an executive directorship of Atlas Copco Australia board and held a non executive board membership on Atlas Copco Finance Australia board.
Between 1999 and 2016 Joe held senior executive positions in general management and managing director in the aerospace manufacturing industry and commercial building services segment in Australia with international companies such as Boeing and United Technologies Corporation
Between 1985 to 1999.Joe held numerous positions with Atlas Copco starting in engineering, managing branches in Western Australia and Vice President Marketing Atlas Copco Robbins in Seattle USA.
Joe holds an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from University of New England.
Joe’s native tongue is English as he was born in Australia, but also speaks Maltese and Italian
Joe is married with 3 adult children, like most Australians likes sports especially rugby, cricket and both on road and off road cycling. His new adventure and passion is breeding Angus cattle.
Atlas Copco AB :
An industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems.
Provider of solutions for sustainable productivity through innovative products and services in four business areas.
Worldwide presence, customer diversification, and strong and stable aftermarket business.
Headquartered in Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 170 markets.
In 2013 Atlas Copco celebrated 140 years globally and 60 years presence in Australia
In 2016 Atlas Copco had over 44 000 employees and annual revenues of approximately BSEK 101
Joe Farrugia will present in the technology optimisation stream a step by step path on digital mining. Limited seats available, Book Now!
John Grimes is the Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council and the Energy Storage Council; both are not for profit organisations.
In his role as CEO of the Australian Solar Council he has grown the profile and influence of the organisation, as it has become the national voice of solar. The Energy Storage Council provides an independent forum for the energy storage industry, by networking and information sharing in this growing industry. John is regularly called upon by the media to provide relevant and independent comment in these areas.
John Grimes will present on how solar and storage is an increasingly affordable and viable energy source for the mining industry.Book Now!
BEng (Mining), MBA, Grad. Dip.App. Finance and Investment, FAusIMM
John was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Snowden in 2015.
John is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in managing all facets of mining from pre-feasibility to full operations for both underground and open cut operations. He has a sound background in financial modelling together with an in-depth knowledge of the processes, technologies, markets and business issues of the precious, ferrous and base metals mining and processing industry.
John has worked for both mine owners and mining contractors and John’s operational experience includes technical, supervisory and management roles with greenfields operational support through commissioning and ramp up to mine closure.
John has designed, established and worked on numerous gold and iron ore projects across the world and has worked on and been the key client representative on numerous Independent Engineers teams for bank consortiums in Australia and across the globe.
Jonathan Loraine has 35 years of resources industry operational and commercial experience in Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Australasia.
Roles have included Executive General Manager, Exploration and Development, MIM Holdings Limited. (1995 to 2001); Group Manager Development, and latterly Managing Director, International, Normandy Mining (1991 to 1995); and Group Executive, Planning, Consolidated Gold Fields PLC (1986 to 1989). Responsibilities have includes all stages of the mining life-cycle from exploration, to construction and operations.
Since 2001, founded and operated privately-owned businesses in the minerals sector. These are Core Group which is has businesses in metallurgical testing, process engineering, operational management and the marketing of innovative mineral processing technologies.
It has particular expertise in the environmentally-friendly processing of complex and refractory base and precious metal ores; and Neuchatel Partners, which provides industry-informed corporate advisory services to the resources sector. This has included corporate advice in the coal, iron ore, gold, and copper sectors, typically at board level.
Julie has almost 15 years experience working for government geoscience departments and geological surveys in Denmark, Greenland, and Australia. Her expertise is in regional geological mapping of metamorphic terranes, with a focus on metamorphic petrology, structural geology, and geochronology and their application to understanding mineral prospectivity.
Justin Strharsky founded Unearthed Solutions, the innovation platform for the global resources sector which has created opportunities for thousands of innovators while improving the efficiency and competitiveness of industry.
As a founding director of StartupWA, WA’s peak body for tech startups, Justin advocates on behalf of the growing sector with government and private stakeholders.
Justin grew Morning Startup into the premier group for tech entrepreneurs in Perth, and mentors at Startup Weekend, Founder Institute, and CSIRO’s ON Prime. His first technology startup, Synaptor, built mobile, web, and predictive tools for keeping people safe in operational workplaces.
Justin previously worked in the Silicon Valley, for both a large networking computing company and one of the first startups commercializing artificial intelligence. Justin then used his technology background to improve safety on what was the world’s largest integrated oil and gas development project on Sakhalin Island, in the Russian Far East.
Justin Strharsky will join a panel discussion on success stories in fostering collaboration for value. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Karl Roes is a multi-disciplinary technical advisor and consultant at the forefront of mining and industrial process analysis. Karl currently holds the position of Asset Management Advisor at Glencore.
He has experienced a wide range of operational, project, technology, management and consultancy roles and has expertise across multiple markets, commodities and geographies covering a broad range of industrial, commercial, manufacturing, mining, maritime, aviation, transportation and government organisations and clients.
Karl has worked with a vast array of professionals from diverse industry backgrounds on a large number of specialised management projects and is adept at identifying strategic opportunities for business efficiencies, mapping areas for process improvement and building motivated and performance driven cultures.
He also designs, builds and deploys advanced productivity solutions and systems that optimise, integrate and simplify complex technical, production, operational, and information projects and processes.
With Glencore, Karl draws on this experience to provide robust holistic solutions and specialised support across the business.
Karl Roes will present on innovations achieved by optimising and integrating production management in underground copper mining. Book Now!
Kate Hobbs runs her own management consulting business, working with senior leaders and their teams to improve their bottom line through more effective business processes, and is currently working with Neutrog Australia in the role of Chief Operating Officer. She has a broad range of experience from operational, project and consulting roles across a number of industries and has degrees in marketing, international studies, and mine management. Kate is also a qualified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt and has proven skills across a range of areas, including strategic and operational planning, management system development and implementation, diverse team leadership, organisational culture, and operational improvement.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she is currently Chair of the National Women in Mining Network (WIMnet), immediate Past Chair of WIMnetSA, an advisory member of the AusIMM Mining Society, as well as a non-executive director of Variety the Children’s Charity SA.
In this role, Kell’s focus on reducing unit costs and improving operational efficiency, safety performance and mine productivity has led the operation to record safety performance and production yields.
Kell Monro will present a mining case study on the quantifiable benefits of gender diversification in mining at IMARC. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Kevin McElligott joined Franco-Nevada Corporation (TSX:FNV, NYSE:FNV) in 1996. He has been Managing Director – Australia since 2008, and is responsible for business development and portfolio administration in Australia. Kevin is based in Perth, Western Australia.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Franco-Nevada Corporation is the leading gold-focused royalty and streaming company with the largest and most diversified portfolio of cash-flow producing assets. Its business model provides investors with gold price and exploration optionality while limiting exposure to many of the risks of operating companies. Franco-Nevada is generating free cash flow and paying dividends.
Kevin McElligott will present a royalty and stream finance update at IMARC on behalf of Franco-Nevada Corporation. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Khalid Saleh Al-Mudaifer has been President and CEO of Ma’aden since 2011, leading the company as it grows into a world class integrated national mining champion serving global markets.
Mr. Al-Mudaifer has 30 years of industrial experience, including 23 years in the mining sector and 24 years in executive leadership. Khalid joined Ma’aden as Vice President for Phosphate and Business Development where he led the development of the Ma’aden Phosphate Company and the master planning and development of Ras Al Khair Industrial City.
Prior to joining Ma’aden, Mr. Mudaifer was Vice President and Director of Finance at the Eastern Petrochemical Company (Sharq/SABIC JV) and President of the Qassim Cement Company.
Khalid has held a number of board memberships with Qassim Cement and Saudi Arabian Railways, a number of social and government committees, boards and councils, and is currently on the Board of Gulf International Bank and Ma’aden.
Eng. Al-Mudaifer is also a board member of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) and U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council’s (USSABC).
He holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).
Khalid Saleh Al-Mudaifer will present a ministerial address at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Download the programme.
Kwan Lee has been involved in the technology space for 10 years, after completing his DPhil in Physics from the University of Oxford.
He has been involved in a number of roles, including Research Engineer with Samsung Electronics, and as the Longwall Automation Engineer on the first Longwall Top Coal Caving (LTCC) in the Bowen Basin with BHP Billiton.
Kwan joined Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology in 2016 as the Sales & Business Development Manager for OptiMine in Sales Area APAC. Kwan works closely with our customers to optimise their mining operations using Sandvik’s digital offering.
Kym Fullgrabe is Senior Trade Commissioner Sub-Saharan Africa based in Johannesburg. He leads Australian Government activities across Africa in the promotion of trade, investment and education with a team of 8 business development staff in Johannesburg, Accra, Nairobi and Port Louis. Prior to this position, Kym was Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul General based in Sao Paulo.
Before joining the Australian Trade Commission in 2009, Kym spent 12 years as the Managing Director of a private investment and consulting company with business interests in Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, USA and central Europe.
Kym has also held Senior Executive Service positions in the Industry Ministry of the Australian Federal Government, served on the Boards of companies and government organisations and has worked at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Kym has a B.Sc (Hons) and commenced his working career as a medical physicist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He speaks English and Portuguese.
He has been heavily involved in the making of China’s 8th to 13th Five-Year Plan and other key government policies on the iron and steel industry, development planning and preliminary investigation on feasibility of major projects for hundreds of domestic and foreign steel mills.
In recent years, Liam has focused on providing innovative solutions to the mining sector in the areas of automation, asset management and safety to drive operational performance, improve safety and reduce total cost of ownership. In particular, this has involved the application of new technologies and techniques adapted from other industries.
Liam also has extensive experience in the power generation, oil and gas, and rail sectors.
Liam Hewitt will present with Tarun Sharma on integrated management of operational performance, asset integrity and safety using advanced analytics. Click here to download the programme.
Lindsay Owler is a geologist and company director who explores for and develops base and precious metal deposits in many parts of the world. After more than 20 years working in the fields of exploration, feasibility and capital markets, Lindsay understands what drives the industry and the markets that support it. Knowledge of mineral endowments, jurisdictions and metal markets in concert with exploration skills lead to discoveries and the creation of value.
Lindsay has successfully sourced and operated mineral exploration projects in Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa and North America. In South Australia, Lindsay has explored for gold and nickel in the Gawler Craton, copper-gold on the Stuart Shelf and industrial minerals in the Flinders Ranges. Lindsay worked on resource geology, mine planning, feasibility and environmental impact studies for the SAMAG magnesium project.
In Laos, he led a team that explored for gold in remote jungles and discovered the Ban Bak deposit on the heavily bombed Ho Chi Minh trail.
Lindsay also led the teams that defined the Kroombit zinc-copper skarn in Central Queensland and more recently the Nyungu copper-cobalt deposit at Lumwana west in north-western Zambia.
Lindsay has a particular interest in the giant Torrens copper-gold target in South Australia and has maintained his belief that its gravity anomaly points towards a copper deposit that will transform the SA economy. He has held this belief through 20 years of native title negotiations that concluded successfully in 2017.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science and is Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Lucia Corpacci – Governor of Catamarca Province, Argentina. She is the first woman to be elected Governor in the history of Catamarca and holds office since 2011.
Corpacci has a remarkable background in the Health care area as a physician and infectologist
Corpacci transformed the mining sector in Catamarca by proclaiming it a state policy, promoting new investment and advocating for sustainable environmental and socioeconomic development.
Luke Davey has enjoyed a 20 year international technology career and currently holds a position of Project Director of IOT at Snowden.
He has seen both ends of the industry having worked for global tech giants Microsoft and CSC to local technology companies and his own start up business.
Luke has held senior international positions that have afforded him opportunities to work with some of the largest mining clients across their global operations.
Luke brings a pragmatic and conservative approach to technology with a focus on generating real business outcomes.
Luke Davey will present on big strategy, small projects – partnering for innovation execution. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Malcolm Larsen leads Oxfam Australia’s Mining & Extractives Advocacy Team. He works to influence Australian extractives players to aspire to high standards in doing business, with respect to human rights, community engagement, revenue transparency, and gender impact. Malcolm Larsen works to influence government to level the playing field. He works in the extractives sector to right one of the world’s biggest wrongs: countries that are rich in natural resources are also often poor.
Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty. We envision a world in which people can influence decisions which affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally.
Malcolm Larsen has a wealth of experience driving change at the nexus of the private sector and government. He has worked both at national and state levels in policy development, research, corporate affairs and as a ministerial adviser, achieving lasting reforms in the marmite and industrial relations sectors.
Maneesh Gupta, Technical Director of AECOM is a business leader, chartered professional engineer and project director/senior project manager with over 25 years’ experience in both freight and transit rail industries. His experience spans operation, management and maintenance of passenger and freight rail assets gained through delivery of rail projects in several countries.
A graduate in Civil Engineering, with an MBA from Manchester Business School (UK), Maneesh is well known in the rail industry for his business management, project management, stakeholder management, commercial and contract management and technical advisory skills. He also has strong ability in regulatory compliance, economic principles and economic modelling for open access rail infrastructure governance, management and access pricing.
He has successfully delivered significant passenger and freight rail projects of varying complexity and scale and has a track record representing of delivering numerous major projects via various delivery models representing contractors, consultants, owners’ project managers (PMC) and owner’s teams. He has held senior leadership positions with overall outcome delivery responsibilities in a variety of delivery models associated with large infrastructure projects.
Maneesh has delivered a number of Bankable and Preliminary feasibility studies for the major, mid-tier and junior miners, detailed design and construction support for greenfield and brownfield heavy haul freight rail projects ($550m to $2B). In his role as manager for five long term panel contracts he has delivered a wide variety of multi-disciplinary projects for the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia. His experience also includes numerous advisory projects within the realm of management and economic consulting for both private and public sector clients. He has also assisted in the delivery of interstate and global rail projects, bringing in depth specialist knowledge, experience and innovation to the table. Prior to moving to Australia in 2008, he delivered significant passenger and freight rail projects in South East and South Asia.
Through his career Maneesh has authored and presented numerous papers on rail infrastructure and engineering at national and international conferences including the Australasian Conferences on Railway Excellence (CORE), AusRail and International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA).
In his role as fellow of Engineers Australia Maneesh sits on the national Civil College Board of Engineers Australia and is a member of the Western Australia (WA) Division Executive which represents 15,000 engineers of all disciplines within WA. He is also the Chairperson for Western Australia and ANZ Secretary for the Railway Technical Society of Australasia, a premier association of rail professionals. Maneesh is also a part of the Infrastructure Committee of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia. In addition, he contributes to a large number of professional and social voluntary organisations
Marco Arosti has over 16 years of investment banking experience in Europe and Hong Kong combined. Prior to joining Cedrus, he was the Corporate Finance Director at Platinum Securities, a Hong Kong-based financial boutique. He started his investment banking career at JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley in London. Then, he moved to Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong.
Afterwards he joined Daiwa Securities as the Asia Pacific Head of General Industries advising a wide range of clients on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets transactions.
Marco is a qualified Italian Chartered Accountant. He earned his MSc in Economics and Business Administration (Cum Laude) from Ancona University in Italy. He also holds an MBA from London Business School in the United Kingdom and completed a Mandarin Chinese Foreign Language Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mario Cantu is the Undersecretary of Mining within Mexico’s Secretariat of Economy. He is responsible for the national mining policy and coordinates the Mining Development Bank, the Mexican Geological Survey and the State-owned company: Exportadora de Sal.
He has extensive experience in the public and private sector, especially in fiscal economics and finance.
Mexico’s President appointed Dr Cantú in late 2016 following the creation of a mining department within the economy ministry.
Dr Cantú has a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Universidad de Nuevo León in Monterrey-México, a Master Degree and Doctoral studies in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark Coffey has lived in the Northern Territory for over 30 years and is passionate about northern Australia development. Since arriving in 1985, Mark has contributed significantly to both public and community life. As Head of the Office of Northern Australia in the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Mark he is responsible for overseeing delivery of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing the North.
Mark’s collaborative engagement is driving cross-jurisdictional development across northern Australia through innovative and targeted approaches. Under Mark’s leadership, the Office of Northern Australia is securing sustainable benefits by attracting investment, enhancing economic outcomes and driving jobs and growth whilst balancing social impacts. This important work will ensure lasting benefits, not just for the north but also for all of Australia.
Mark Coffey will discuss the mining sector growth promoting infrastructure development initiatives across Northern Australia. Download the programme now.
Mark has a first-class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide. From 1992-95 he was a British Council Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Warwick obtaining a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations, while working at the Warwick Business School.
He has had a varied career in applied economic research at the intersection of government and academia.
In 1995 he was appointed head of research on employment relations for the UK Government, where he ran what was the world’s largest survey of working life. He returned to Australia in 1999 to join the National Institute of Labour Studies as Deputy Director, and was then General Manager at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research for six years, running its statistical then research operations.
In 2009 he was appointed Chief Economist at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and in that role chaired the OECD’s Working Party on Migration. He is a member of the CEDA Council on Economic Policy.
Mark Cully will present on key global resource commodity export and production trends and implications for miners and investors. Book Now!
Mark Davis is a senior operational leader with experience in executive leadership, operations management and operational improvement.
He has held a variety of operational and engineering positions at BHP and joined MMG in 2013. Originally working in a team to design and implement the MMG Operating Model, Mark quickly progressed through the Operational Excellence team leading large scale transformational change projects at MMG Operations, to the position of General Manager.
He has successfully led businesses in different countries and in different workplace cultures, including world scale smelting operations at Richard’s Bay in South Africa where he had accountability for 3,000 employees and an operating budget of two billion dollars.
Mark brings global experience to MMG and solid foundations in business management, major greenfield project operational readiness and operational excellence. He was instrumental in the Las Bambas post acquisition integration and the establishment of the Australian Operations model and continues to shape and improve MMG operations and our “ways of working”.
Mark Davis will present on developing a mining workforce where people and operational excellence come together to achieve results. Book Now!
Mark Founded Telkwa Coal Limited and serves as its Managing Director. Mr. Gray is an Independent Consultant based primarily in Australia promoting resource projects and advising resource and mining companies.
Mark Gray is a corporate lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience specialising in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital raisings and restructurings, across many sectors and many jurisdictions. Over the last 10 years, he has worked specifically in the mining and resources sector across many continents including Australia, Africa, Canada and New Zealand.
He has worked for major law firms in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, as well as a major European Investment Bank in London. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of East Africa Resources Limited from June 1, 2011 to November 25, 2011. Mark Gray served as Managing Director of Bounty Mining Ltd. from March 2005 to 2007 and Executive Director until November 27, 2007.
He was a Partner with the major New Zealand Law Firm, Bell Gully, as well as the Australian national Law Firm, Home Wilkinson Lowry based in Sydney. He has held Chief Executive roles in a number of private companies in New Zealand and Australia.
Mark served as Corporate Advisor to the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund. He was largely responsible for building BIA which merged with Ausmet (renamed Bounty Industries Limited), in March 2005. He serves as a Director of Barclays de Zoette Wedd, served as a Director of Ausmet Resources Ltd and as a Non-Executive Director at 3D Resources Limited from February 01, 2014 to November 13, 2015.
He served as a Board member of several listed resource companies including East Africa Resources Limited and DiamondEx Limited (now Sayona Mining Limited).
Mark Noppe is consultant in mining and resource geosciences, with a career spanning over 30 years. Originally an exploration then mine geologist, Mark’s areas of expertise now include technical advice, project reviews, due diligence, and technical audits.
His technical expertise covers a wide range of commodities and geological and mining settings. Mark is a Fellow of the AusIMM and immediate past chair of the AusIMM Consultants Society.
Mark Warren is a Chartered Professional Engineer with 35 years’ international industry experience across a range of sectors with particular focus on the global mining industry. His experience includes Board, chief executive, managerial and technical roles across most commodities and geographies in public and private companies.
Mark is currently a Director of Optiro, an advisory services firm and Austmine Limited, the industry leading body for the METS sector.
Martin Donohue is the founder of Kidman Resources Limited. He has had over 15 years’ experience in equity capital markets and the natural resources sector where he has been directly involved in evaluating mineral projects at various stages of development and raising capital. Mr Donohue is a director of several private and public companies focused on base and precious metals with projects in Australia and Sub Saharan Africa. He is also the principal of Penstock Advisory, a private consulting and investment company based in Melbourne that specialises in identifying, managing and developing mineral projects in Australia and overseas. Mr Donohue has been instrumental in putting together Kidman’s portfolio of mineral projects in Australia.
Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corporation Australia
Masahiko Suenaga has taken various responsibilities for procurement of steelmaking raw materials such as iron ore and coking coal for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) as well as management of its investment activities in the sector for 30 years.
Before assuming his current role as MD of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Australia, an investment vehicle of NSSMC in February 2017, he was a chief negotiator of coking and thermal coal contracts (40 million tonnes per annum in total) for NSSMC based in Tokyo.
Between 2011 and 2014 he was dedicated to the development of a coking coal project in Mozambique and spent most of his time in the country.
Now based in Sydney, he is looking after 1 iron ore project and 6 coal projects in Australia working together with various Australian mining houses.
In addition, since July 2017, he has been working as the President of Federation of Japan Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Australia and the President of Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sydney.
Education: Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tokyo
Masahiko Suenaga joins a panel discussion on bringing mineral end users and buyers into the conversation. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Matt Fifield currently a Partner in Pacific Road Capital. Previously to this Matt was a member of the senior management team at the Cline Group, working to build a coal company Foresight Energy from a greenfield start to become one of the most productive and profitable underground coal companies in the United States.
Additionally, Matt served as a member of the Board of Directors of Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP), a mineral royalty company; an investment professional at mining-focused investment firms AMCI Capital and Resource Capital Funds; and an investment banker at Warburg Dillon Reed.
He began his career in the resources industry as an assistant on an exploration drill rig.
Matt has a BA in Geology from Princeton University and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Fifield will join a panel discussing the movement of private equity from being an alternative to a mainstream solution for the mining industry. Book Now!
Matt Gill is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience.
He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background, having worked as an underground miner, mine planning engineer, supervisor, general manager, COO and and managing director, in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and Bolivia.
Matt Gill holds three First Class Metalliferous Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency and has been instrumental in the successful development of three gold mines (Porgera, Beaconsfield and Ballarat).
He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008. Previously Group Chief Operating Officer for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp, he has also worked for Castlemaine Goldfields, Rio Tinto, WMC, Placer Pacific and Renison Goldfields.
Matthew is currently the MD&CEO for White Rock Minerals and a non-executive director for Mantle Mining.
Matt Reed is the Executive General Manager Mining, SIMEC Mining (formerly Arrium Mining), part of the GFG Alliance. Prior to joining the business in 2004, Mr Reed had roles with WMC Ltd at Olympic Dam, Newcrest Mining at Cadia Hill and Matrikon in their Australasian business.
Matt Reed brings a wealth of organisational knowledge and leadership skills formed from over 20 years’ leadership experience in the Mining and Minerals Processing industry and more than a decade in management positions within GFG’s Australian steel and mining businesses.
Matt Reed will join a panel discussion on bringing mineral end users and buyers into the conversation – pathways towards a more demand driven and collaborative global mining market. Click here to download the programme.
Matt Schofield, Partner of Shinewig Australia is an energy and resources specialist.
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 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 present on opportunities for business within the China Belt and Road Initiative. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Executive General Manager – Product Strategy and Marketing
Michael Baldwin was appointed as Executive General Manager – Global Accounts in December 2012, having previously held the roles of Executive General Manager – Field Services, GM – Marketing and Strategic Projects, and VP – Technology since he joined RPMGlobal in February 2010.
Michael added the role of Chief Marketing Officer to his responsibilities in March 2013 after successfully re-defining the business marketing strategy and managing RPM’s global rebrand in late 2012.
Michael has been in the mining industry for over 15 years and has been involved in a wide range of technologies and services across the mining value chain.
Michael has previously held management roles in sales, marketing and product management in the mining technology and services marketplace. Having spent a vast amount of time working abroad, Michael has substantial international operational experience particular in the mining sector across many commodities and methods.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland.
Michael Nossal joined Newcrest in July 2015 with responsibility for Business Development, Projects and Studies, Exploration, Minerals Resource Management and West African operations and regional growth.
Prior to joining Newcrest Mike was at MMG where, for the past five years, he was Executive General Manager Business Development. He has over 25 years’ resource industry experience in Australia and internationally and has worked extensively in the gold sector and base metals with En+ Group, Macquarie Bank, WMC Resources, Normandy Mining and Kenmare Resources.
Michael is a member of the Institute of Directors (UK).
Michael Nossal will join a panel discussion on exploring the concept of shared value as a linchpin of the modern mining industry. Book Now!
Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and Green Book Award-winning author and policy expert. For a quarter-century he has advocated solutions to lift all people out of poverty while protecting the natural environment.
Michael’s 2007 book with Ted Nordhaus, Break Through, was called “prescient” by Time and “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring” by Wired. Michael is co-founder and Senior Fellow at Breakthrough Institute where he was president from 2003 – 2015 and advisor to MIT’s “Future of Nuclear Energy” task force.
Michael has been an environmental and social justice advocate for over 25 years. In the 1990s Michael helped save an old-growth redwood forest, and helped force Nike to improve factory conditions in Asia. In the 2000s, Michael advocated for and helped realize an expansion of federal investment in renewables and energy efficiency.
Michael Shellenberger joins the line up of international keynote speakers, presenting on Nuclear energy and the environment. Book Now!
Michel Mamet joined Flagstaff Partners in 2009 and has 18 years of experience in investment banking.
Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners, Michel was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley, preceded with UBS, initially in Melbourne as part of the resources and energy group and subsequently in Texas and New York.
Michel Mamet has advised on over 60 transactions across a variety of sectors including mining, industrials, telecommunications and retail sectors and over the last 10 years focused predominantly on the resources and energy sector.
He has worked on a broad range of transactions including M&A, initial public offerings, secondary offerings, structured finance, high yield and investment grade bond offerings.
Whilst at Flagstaff Partners, Michel advised on several transactions, notably Mighty River Power’s NZ$3.5 billion IPO, Sundance Energy’s US$172 million divestment of its Williston basin interests, Eastern Star Gas’ $924 million acquisition by Santos and divestment of Burrup Holdings to Yara International and Apache Energy for US$582 million.
Significant transactions prior to Flagstaff included advising Anadarko Petroleum on their simultaneous acquisition of Kerr McGee and Western Gas Resources for $31 billion in cash, related financings and subsequent asset divestments, BG Group’s $6 billion acquisition of Queensland Gas Corporation, SP Ausnet’s attempted $8 billion acquisition of Singapore Power’s Alinta business and the successful $11 billion takeover defence of Woodside Energy.
Michel has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting (with First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland.
Michel is Chairman of the University of Queensland Alumni Council for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law in Melbourne and on the Board of a not for profit entity AMAZE (focussed on advocacy in the Autism sector).
Michel Mamet will join a panel discussion on mergers, acquisitions and divestments in the Australian mining sector. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Michelle Ash is Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold. In her role, Michelle oversees the company’s Innovation program looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.
Michelle Ash joined Barrick in January 2016 and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto.
Most recently, Michelle worked for Acacia Mining in Tanzania as Chief Operating Officer, having served earlier as Executive General Manager, Business Improvement and Planning.
In these roles, Michelle drove shareholder value by spearheading business improvement programs that resulted in operational improvements and cost-savings. Prior to this, she served as the Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance where she was accountable for the leadership of strategic projects. Michelle has held similar business improvement and strategic roles at other companies including the Minerals and Metals Group and Australian Vinyls.
Last year, Michelle Ash was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK.
Michelle Ash holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds degree in psychology from Deakin University.
Michelle Ash will present on the challenges and opportunities of innovation in mining. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Mick Wilkes is a mining engineer with 30 years of broad international experience, predominantly in precious and base metals across Asia and Australia. Mick currently
Most recently, as Executive General Manager of Operations at OZ Minerals, he was responsible for the evaluation studies, construction and operation of the Prominent Hill copper/gold project in South Australia, one of the more significant recent resource developments in Australia.
Preceding this, he was General Manager of the Sepon gold/copper project for Oxiana in Laos. His earlier experience was in Papua New Guinea in senior roles and, at the outset of his career, at Mount Isa Mines in operations and design. In January 2011, Mick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of OceanaGold, and was appointed to the Board of Directors as Managing Director in April 2011.
Mick Wilkes holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and is a member of both the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mick Wilkes will join a panel discussion on exploring the concept of shared value as a linchpin of the modern mining industry. Book Now!
Minister Javier Cordova is the first Minister of Mining of Ecuador. This appointment was made by the former President of the Republic, Rafael Correa, on February 13, 2015, with the aim of strengthening institutional and public policy in the mining sector. This decision was ratified on May 24, 2017 by the current President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno Garcés, as a recognition of the work carried out over two years regarding the strengthening and development of mining in the country.
In his management Mr. Cordova has promoted the full development of the Ecuadorian mining industry, positioning the country as the new mining frontier in the region, actions that have been recognized nationally and internationally. In addition, Mr. Cordova created the legal, tax and competitive conditions to attract foreign investment and develop responsible mining. With this, the goal was to reach not only the impulse of this sector, but also, the socioeconomic development of all Ecuadorians and mainly, those who live in the zones of influence of the mining projects, through social investment of anticipated royalties.
Javier Córdova has also encouraged important institutional achievements such as: The opening of large and medium scale mining projects with Mirador and Fruta del Norte projects in the province of Zamora Chinchipe and Río Blanco in the province of Azuay. In addition, during his mandate, he achieved the signing of the operating contract with the company Lundin Gold, in Fruta del Norte project.
The leadership of Minister Córdova allowed the implementation of the Auction and Grants method for granting mining concessions, which allows the appropriate conditions to guarantee the competitiveness and transparency of the process. This has motivated world-renowned companies to look to Ecuador as an investment destination.
Currently, he leads the process of regularization of artisanal miners, process that will link them to the small mining regime. This will create suitable working conditions and tax benefits for the State. The objective is for the mining areas to develop this activity with optimized conditions. It is important to emphasize that the main axis of this management is the coordination and articulation of all the institutions related to the sector in order to achieve the development of responsible mining.
Mitch Hooke is globally recognised for his in-depth knowledge and strategic leadership in both Australian and global public policy advocacy, and commercial operational practices, spanning over 30 years as a national and international industry leader across the agricultural, food and grocery, and mining industries.
Born of the land, educated in its agricultural ecosystems disciplines at the University of New England, and a pioneer of zero tillage farming systems as an agricultural advisor early in his career, Mr Mitch moved to Canberra where he consecutively served as Chief Executive Officer of the Grains, Food and Grocery, and Minerals Councils of Australia, retiring from the MCA and the International Council of Mining and Metals at the end of 2013.
Mitch Hooke was also concurrently actively engaged in commercial enterprise associated with his public policy career as Senior Agricultural Advisor to a commercial rural enterprise servicing the agronomic needs of grains producers across the Darling Downs in Queensland; and as Non-Executive Director of Elgin National Industries (USA), a Chicago–based private equity company of a global group of companies servicing the mining, minerals processing, and bulk materials handling industries in engineering and construction management and industrial plant equipment.
Mitch Hooke is currently:
Chairman of Partners in Performance International – a global management consulting firm uniquely positioned across minerals resources, agricultural, industrial manufacturing and services industries.
Non-Executive Director of GTL Energy Ltd – a technology Co. in the early stages of commercialising a unique proprietary technology to upgrade low rank coals,
Non-Executive Director of Rex Minerals Ltd – an Australian minerals exploration and start-up development publicly listed company with large scale copper-gold-iron ore deposits in South Australia,
Independent Non-Executive Director of Grains Producers of Australia – the peak national representative body for Australia’s grain growers.
Member of the Advisory Board to Micromine Pty Ltd – a leading Australian global provider of innovative software solutions spanning the entire mining cycle (from geological exploration and data management to resource estimation, 3D mine design, planning and production control).
Member of the University of New England Senior Advisory Group to “provide the UNE leadership with sage advice and uniquely qualified perspectives based on leadership experience and expertise”;
Emeritus Member, International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food and Trade
Member of the Winifred West Schools Company – Frensham, Gib Gate and Sturt in Mittagong, NSW
Mitch was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) on Australia Day 2016 ….
….for significant service to business, particularly to the mining and minerals sector, to policy development, research and trade opportunities, and to the Indigenous community.
Mitch Hooke was also a University of New England Distinguished Alumni for 2010…
…“in recognition of his contribution to the nation’s social and economic welfare through strategic leadership and development of public policy”
Mitch Hooke was raised on a sheep property in Victoria’s Western District and was educated as a boarder at The Geelong College in Geelong, Victoria. He completed a Bachelor of Rural Science and an Honours Thesis in agricultural industrial politics at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW.
Mitch Hooke is married with three adult daughters, two sons in-law and three young grandchildren, and has a horse property in the Southern Highlands, Bowral, NSW.
Mitch Hooke will give welcoming remarks at the global mining market and regulatory developments session. Limited seats available, Book Now!
General Manager Corporate Affairs and Business Development
Muthuraj Guruswamy (Raj) joined Adani in November 2013 and is currently working as General Manager-Corporate Affairs with primary responsibility to maintain interface with Government at Federal, State and Local council levels and provide high level strategic planning advice to Executive Team.
Raj has over 2 decades of Australian work experience. Prior to joining Adani, he has worked with Aurizon focussing on developing the rail business for the Galilee Basin and led the early negotiations between GVK and Aurizon. He has also successfully established businesses of Linfox and Toll Group in South-east Asian countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Laos and India. Raj has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Annamalai University, India and an MBA from UTS, Sydney. He is also a Councillor for the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Brisbane.
Muthuraj Guruswamy will present an update on Adani Australia’s Carmichael coal mine and rail project at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Click here to download the programme.
Navin Nirmalrajan has over 20 years’ experience in delivering winning IT solutions to many key industries including mining and resources, oil and gas, banking and insurance, Navin Nirmalrajan brings a practical approach to solving real-world problems.
As the Managing Director of InfoScope (a K2fly company), Navin has been at the forefront of delivering applications and systems that help mining and resource companies maintain and manage their social license to operate. With a hands-on approach to community engagement and empowerment, InfoScope’s innovative solutions have been driving real efficiencies and positive impact for both industry and community.
Navin Nirmalrajan’s expertise in successful global delivery businesses across the Asia Pacific and Middle East helps him work effectively with different people, cultures and situations. Navin’s strength is his excellent analytical and leadership skills with a practical approach to finding winning solutions for all stakeholders.
Neil Grimes is an international company director and management consultant. He is an independent thinker and operator with extensive experience in strategy development, business planning and International business management across Asia and Australia.
During his career he has worked with WMC Resources, Oxiana, OZ Minerals, MMG and Indophil. Since starting his own consulting firm in 2015 he has worked for a number of companies in the mining sector and in other sectors, including agricultural processing, aviation and health care. He is a specialist in helping companies achieve their business goals and to get their projects off the ground and into production to benefit the owners, communities and economies.
Nev Power has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining, steel and construction industries and has a proven track record in the delivery of major infrastructure projects, contract mining and steel manufacturing and distribution. As the CEO of Fortescue, Nev has presided over the tripling of Fortescue’s iron ore production capacity to over 155 million tonnes per annum, establishing its position as one of the world’s largest, low cost producers of iron ore.
He has long been a champion of Indigenous employment and is playing a pivotal role in strengthening and extending Fortescue’s work in developing Aboriginal businesses as well as direct employment opportunities. Before joining Fortescue, Nev was Chief Executive Australian Operations for Thiess Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings, where he was responsible for the construction business with a turnover of $4 billion per annum and 3,500 staff delivering some of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects.
Nev Power gained over 10 years’ experience in steel manufacturing and distribution as Chief Executive of the Reinforcing and Steel Products Division with the Smorgon Steel Group, one of Australia’s largest and most successful steel businesses.
He established his mining career with over 20 years’ experience in base metals, gold and coal mining and mineral processing with Mount Isa Mines.
Nev Power has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). He maintains an active interest in managing the family cattle property and is an avid aviator, holding both helicopter and fixed wing licenses with endorsements on a range of aircraft.
Nev Power will present an exciting Fire Side Chat at the State of the Global Mining Market Conference. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Nicholas Mather has been involved in the junior resource sector at all levels for 34 years, during which time has been instrumental in the delivery of major resource projects resulting in nine (9) corporate transactions delivering over five (5) billion dollars to shareholders.
Nicholas is Managing Director and co-founder of DGR Global Limited, a resource company generator. He is currently CEO of SolGold plc, heading up a tier 1 copper gold porphyry in Ecuador. Nick also sits on the board of Armour Energy, IronRidge Resources, Aus Tin Mining, Dark Horse Resources and Lakes Oil.
Nicholas Mather was co-founder and served as an Executive Director of Arrow Energy NL until 2004. Arrow Energy was acquired in 2010 by Shell and PetroChina, for a value of approximately $3.5 billion. Nick was founder and Chairman of Waratah Coal Inc. until December 2008 when it was acquired for $130m. He was co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Bow Energy Limited until its takeover by Arrow Energy Pty Ltd in January 2012 for approximately $550 million.
Nicholas also drove, as CEO, the discovery of the Pooncarie Mineral Sands project for BeMaX Resources prior to its purchase (£350 million) and the generation of the bulk of the asset base for Northern Energy ($250 million). He was a founding director of Orbis Gold which was sold in 2014 for AU$178 million and sub underwrote the refinancing of Ballarat Gold prior to its AU$500 million takeover by Lihir Gold.
Nick Hart is currently driving Pivotel Satellite and Enterprise network implementations across the mining, agriculture and oil/gas markets. Using innovative satellite SCADA applications and small cell LTE 4G managed network services to provide customised end to end network solutions and integrated applications, for rural and remote parts of Australia under Pivotel Ecosphere brand name.
Nick has undertaken challenging technical, commercially viable, market “game changing” product developments and service solutions. A strong contributor in the development and delivery of innovative engineering solutions for customers across three continents over thirty-five years. Experienced satellite and radio Engineering Manager, with innovative product development, including R&D, design, patents and manufacturing activities.
He graduated from University of Southampton, BSc (Hons) Elect. Engineering (Upper second), and worked at Marconi’s in UK, European Space Agency (ESTEC) in Holland before moving to Sydney working for Australian Satellite National Operator (AUSSAT). Returned to work in UK for Inmarsat as Senior Manager, before returning to founding various founder/owned businesses in Sydney, Perth, Singapore and most recently Brunei, before moving to Perth in 2014.
Owen Hegarty has more than 40 years experience in the global mining industry including 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 from 1989 to 1994. Owen is currently the Executive Chairman at EMR Capital.
Owen was the founder and Managing Director of Oxiana Limited where he led the growth of Oxiana from a junior explorer to an A$6 billion Asia Pacific base and precious metals producer.
Owen was also Vice Chairman of ASX listed Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), one of the world’s largest iron ore companies, Executive Vice Chairman of Hong Kong listed resources companies, G Resources and Chairman of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group.
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). He is also an advisor on mining and resources generally to a number of government and industry associations.
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 Hegarty will join a panel discussion for creating value through collaboration, on the hard word on value. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Pam Bourke has over thirty years experience working locally and globally in diverse sectors of community development and engagement as a consultant, manager, educator and trainer.
Whether working with government on policy development, for an international company or NGO, Pam focuses on providing innovative solutions with community participation and leadership.
The challenges in communities are often complex and require multiple sectors to work together to achieve sustainable outcomes. Pam is noted for her ability to facilitate collaborative working relationships between communities, government and business for mutual benefit. Pam offers a client-centred approach and works in an innovative way to build and develop existing organisational and / or community strengths and capacity.
Her work focuses on transforming social disadvantage through community development, social policy and organisational transformation. Pam puts those values into action through her work and as an Industry Fellow with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland and a Director of Catalyst Affordable Housing Company in Queensland.
Pam has a diverse knowledge base and uses a variety of methods and frameworks, including:
Pam Bourke has worked with communities and a range of stakeholders to build participatory approaches in building community capacity and sustainability.
Pam Bourke uses a variety of social planning frameworks and methods to ensure that social issues and community infrastructure requirements are integrated into development and planning.
Pam Bourke has detailed experience in training and advising the resource sector internationally on how to build effective community relations.
Affordable housing and homelessness
Pam offers innovative responses to housing stress and homelessness including the development and management of housing companies, housing policy and responses to public homelessness.
Pam has helped organisations become more effective and responsive to their clients, staff and communities.
Pam has consulted with national and international companies implementing strategy for organisational change, assisting with project development and planning, and designing and implementing community engagement and training.
Pam has worked with community organisations and NGO’s and can help support your group with facilitation, training, operational strategy and partnerships.
Pam has worked with all levels of government with research and strategy as well policy development and planning, and the facilitation of community engagement.
Patrick Mutz has more than thirty years of international mining experience in technical (metallurgist), managerial, consulting, executive and director roles in all aspects of the industry from exploration through project development, mining and mine rehabilitation. He has operational experience in open cut, underground, and in-situ mining and related processing, on projects in the USA, Germany, Africa and Australia.
He has served as CEO/Managing Director of a number of publicly listed and private mining companies based in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, primarily involved with project development and company transitioning from exploration to production.
Mr Mutz is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in the US.
Prior to joining Image, Patrick was CEO of Murray Zircon Pty Ltd, the owner and operator of the Mindarie Mineral Sands Project in South Australia.
Patrick currently holds the position of Managing Director at Image Resources.
Patrick Smith is Managing Director at AMC Consultants, a leading independent mining consultancy providing services exclusively to the world’s minerals industry and the minerals finance sector. We work with our clients to plan new mines or improve the operations of existing mines, with a primary focus on achieving optimum output and return.
Patrick Smith will chair the Raising Mining Productivity Through Remote and Automated Technology in the Mining Technology Conference at IMARC.
Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia
Paul Heithersay, Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia, leads a group of divisions which cover responsibilities for managing the state’s mineral, gas, petroleum, energy, and investment sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.
Dr Paul Heithersay also heads the Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, a specialist team that works to secure investment in state significant projects involving mineral resources and downstream processing.
Paul Heithersay will present an update on South Australia’s mining infrastructure planning at the International Mining and Resources Conference. Click here to download the programme.
Peter Akerley is one of the founders and principals of the Erdene group of companies and has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Erdene Re-source Development Corp. (TSX listed) since March 2003.
Peter Akerley has over 25 years of experience in mineral exploration, corporate financing, project development and management of publicly listed resource companies, having carried out precious and base metal exploration in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Guyana, Mongolia and the Philippines as well as extensive work with the Rio Tinto Group of companies involved in North American Industrial mineral exploration and project development. His work in Mongolia began in the mid-90’s during which time he was involved in managing a country-wide regional exploration program providing the back-ground for an eventual initial public offering of Erdene. Mr. Akerley has a BSc (1988) from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, specializing in geology. He is also chairman of Morien Resources Corp. and a director of Temex Resources Corporation and Barisan Gold Corp, both listed on the TSX-V.
Peter Nicholson, a Partner and Managing Director Australia of Resource Capital Funds (RCF), a mining-focused private equity firm where he is responsible for analysing and assessing investment opportunities, structuring deal terms and ongoing management of portfolio investments.
Prior to joining RCF in 2003, Peter gained technical experience in mine production, planning and management through his roles as Underground Manager of the Emily Ann nickel mine for LionOre Australia (Nickel) Ltd and with WMC Resources Ltd.
Mr Nicholson graduated from the University of Queensland with BEng (Mining) and is a Fellow of FINSIA, having successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
Peter Nicholson will join a panel discussing the movement of private equity from being an alternative to a mainstream solution for mining. Book Now!
Peter Ross is a highly experienced finance specialist strongly credentialed in delivering project finance, advisory and equity outcomes with particular emphasis in the infrastructure and resources sectors. Peter Ross currently holds the position of Executive Director at Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.
Key skills, capabilities and areas of expertise include:
– Leading a team or specific workstreams providing financial and commercial advice for both greenfields project development and acquisitions
– Raising debt financing in the capacity of a borrower, an adviser or a lender
– All aspects of equity including raising capital, equity investment and divestment, special purpose vehicle management and board representation
– Highly competent in financial analysis, modelling and financing optimisation
– Strong communication and presentation skills including presentations to boards and financiers
Petr Karel graduated from the Law Faculty of Charles University, Prague and obtained Ph.D. degree from the University of Economics in Prague (International Economic Relations). He also studied postgraduate courses at the King´s College, London.
In the period 1995–1999 he worked as a Manager and later the Director of the European Commission’s project „Accession of the Czech Republic to the EU“(with responsibilities i.a. for implementation of the EU Single market namely in the area of Financial Markets, Trade and Energy). 2000-2010 he was a Senior Executive in the GE Capital CEE. During 2003-2004 he worked at the European headquarters of the General Electric in Brussels.
Currently, Petr is Executive Director in the company Austral Invest based in Prague/London/Melbourne concentrating on services in the areas of export and structured finance, international trade and cross-border investment focusing namely on the infrastructure, energy and industrial engineering. (successful projects over 1,5 bil. USD in the last 5 years).
Visiting Lecturer at the University of Economy and Charles University, Prague. Key note speaker on numerous international conferences relating to EU/financial markets, export, trade and energy.
Rachel Ziembaleads Roubini’s Emerging Markets coverage and also manages delivery of our custom research.
She has a particular interest in the macroeconomics of oil-exporting nations, including the management of oil wealth and energy-sector supply risks. She also does extensive work on global macroeconomic issues, particularly foreign-exchange reserve accumulation, sovereign-wealth management and economic imbalances.
Prior to joining RGE, Rachel worked for the Canadian International Development Agency in Cairo, Egypt, and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Rachel has served as an expert commentator for Bloomberg, CNBC, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets, and her research has been cited by the Economist and in papers from the IMF, World Bank, European Central Bank and U.S. Federal Reserve.
Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago with honors, and a Master of Philosophy degree in international relations with a specialization in international political economy from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. She is the co-author of “Scenarios for Risk Management and Global Investment Strategies” (with William T. Ziemba), published by Wiley in January 2008.
Rebecca Smit has a M.B.A and Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), she is the Global Training Manager and has been with RPMGlobal for over ten years. During this time she has been a Technology Consultant / Team Lead; Account Manager for Canada and Asia; and is now responsible for Training. Previously Rebecca worked at BHP Billiton as a mine planning engineer.
Ric Gros has more than 30 years in Senior Leadership roles across Mining equipment, Mineral processing, Infrastructure, Construction, Industrial, FMCG, Hardware Retail, and consumer related industries.
Ric’s previous roles include: non-executive directorships, CEO/MD in Private and Listed Environments, portfolio management, commercialisation, mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, venture capital, Executive General Management with extensive end-to-end local and international supply chain management.
He is also a former Director of Austmine which promotes the advancement and competitive positioning of Australian technology, collaboration and innovation in mining and resources.
The Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC)
Richard Hillis is CEO of the DET CRC. He graduated BSc (Hons) from Imperial College (London), and PhD from the University of Edinburgh and was previously Mawson Professor of Geology and Head of the Australian School of Petroleum (University of Adelaide). Richard is also a non-executive director of ASX-listed Petratherm and of AuScope.
Richard Lustig has more than 25 years experience in acting for bidders and targets.
Richard focuses on public mergers and acquisitions including takeovers and schemes of arrangements, as well as initial public offerings and capital raisings.
Richard is recognized as a leading recommended lawyer by Chambers Global, APL500, Chambers Asia Pacific, Best Lawyers in Australia, Doyles, and IFLR. Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 recognized Richard’s versatile blend of knowledge, pragmatism, resourcefulness, proactivity and expertise.
Richard focuses his practice on takeovers, other public mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, capital raisings, commercial agreements and corporate governance advice. He also works with clients on listing rules compliance, Corporations Act advice, as well as Australian and international capital restructurings.
Richard coordinates the relationship with many companies using Baker McKenzie worldwide, and travels frequently in the Asia Pacific region, including to Japan. Richard acts as the Baker McKenzie relationship partner for numerous clients, and enjoys close relationships with them and their corporate advisers.
Richard Lustig will join a panel discussion on mergers, acquisitions and divestments in the Australian mining sector. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Richard Mathews was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of RPMGlobal in August 2012. Richard was previously the Non-Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of eServGlobal Limited.
He has more than 20 years’ of management experience in telecommunications, software, and investment. He is a founding partner of MHB Holdings Pty Ltd. Richard was formerly CEO of Mincom, Australia’s largest enterprise software company. Richard has also held the role of Senior Vice President, International at J D Edwards and Director of TransLink Transport Authority.
Richard has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from Otago University and is an Associate Chartered Accountant.
Richard Mathews will present on collaborating to make productive use of mining big data and critical information for operational decision making. Book 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 present welcoming remarks at Finance & Investment: Key Mining Investment Prospects by Commodity session. Register Now!
Rick Rule has dedicated his entire adult life to many aspects of natural resource securities investing.
In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long and focused career, he has a worldwide network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds.
As Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott US Holdings, Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investment management.
Rick is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is interviewed for numerous radio, television, print and online media outlets concerning natural resource investment and industry topics. He is frequently quoted and referred by prominent natural resource oriented newsletters and advisories.
Rick Rule and his team have long experience in many resource sectors including agriculture, alternative energy, forestry, oil and gas, mining and water.
Rick Rule will present on creating prosperity in the global mining sector through following consumer demand. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Robert Gee is the General Manager of the ANSTO Minerals and Radiation Services business units. In addition to his management responsibilities, Rob provides support to current operations as well as the delivery of pre-feasibility and feasibility study inputs including pilot plant testing programs. During his time with ANSTO Minerals, Rob has been responsible for a range of projects involving different metals such as: copper, uranium, rare earths and lithium.
Rob Gee joined ANSTO in 2013 and has over 25 years’ experience in the extractive metallurgy and chemicals fields. Rob has extensive experience working in technology development and implementation within both large and small corporations and as a consultant to the mining, minerals and metals industry. His technical expertise includes hydrometallurgical processing with a focus on uranium, copper, manganese, lithium and rare earths and the economics of their production.
Robert Kennedy moved into the corporate relations sphere after 25 years in financial markets in Sydney, London and New York.
He ran the Australian, Japanese and Asian equity sales operations in the US for Barclays Capital and has been involved with Australian biotech companies for more than 20 years.
Before entering the securities industry, he worked in financial journalism with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Financial Times of London and the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong. He holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 US securities licences.
Robert is one of Australia’s leading experts in international mining and natural resources law. Robert has advised major international mining companies, junior exploration firms, governments, multilateral banks, and non-for-profit entities on mining transactions and mining regulations.
He is listed as a leading lawyer in The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2014. He has been recognized in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Chambers Global Directories for his expertise in M&A and cross border transactions with Brazil and China, and resources law in Australia.
Ron Brown is a professional senior Supply Chain Executive with extensive experience and leadership in Supply Chain Operations, Logistics and Strategic Procurement within the FMCG and Resource sectors in Australia and globally.
His background includes significant cost and profit centre responsibility including running Logistics and Production operations as well as national liquor wholesale business with turnover in excess of $200M.
He also has lead transformation change with responsibilities in major strategic supply chain reviews, M&A and subsequent business integration.
Ron Brown currently holds the position of General Manager Supply Chain at MMG Limited.
Ron Brown will join a panel discussion on ensuring Australia’s mining and METS industry isn’t left behind and has the strategy, skills and technology to compete in an increasingly global supply chain. Click here to download the programme.
Ross Cayley is a senior structural and field geologist at the Geological Survey of Victoria (GSV). He is developing a radical new geodynamic model for the Australian continent for the Cambrian – Devonian, in conjunction with Robert Musgrave (GS NSW). An overview of this work was incorporated as the global type-locality for a new geodynamic model for continent collision developed with Monash University research collaborators. Published recently in NATURE, this work has fundamental implications for terrane prospectivity analysis across Australia, and globally.
Sam Street specialises in equity capital raising for small to mid cap companies. Sam has been with Morgans for more than 10 years and has worked on over 100 IPOs, placements and rights issues.
A decade in the equity markets has provided Sam with deep-seated relationships across corporates and institutional investors both domestically and abroad.
Prior to joining the Corporate Finance team, Sam was in the Equities Research team with Morgans in the Brisbane office. Sam has previously worked at Deloitte in tax and audit and in institutional banking at the Commonwealth Bank.
Samantha Stevens has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate affairs, she has substantial experience across all the key functional areas, with particular emphasis on external affairs and issues management. Samantha is currently the Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Orica.
Samantha has strong experience in managing global projects, stakeholders and issues, and in leading global teams across several markets/jurisdictions.
Samantha’s current role includes responsibility for corporate positioning, encompassing external communications, internal engagement, brand, company-wide sponsorships, media relations, issues management, along with accountability for the property and environmental remediation portfolios.
Sanjeev Gupta is an international businessman and entrepreneur, heading a global enterprise with activities spanning steel and aluminum production, engineering, power generation, banking, and commodities trading.
As Executive Chairman of Liberty House, he leads a fast-growing $6.7 billion global industrial group, head quartered in London, with additional global hubs in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, and further bases in over 30 countries.
Born into a family of industrialists in Punjab, he was educated in the UK and graduated with an MA in Economics and Management from the University of Cambridge. He founded Liberty House in 1992, while still an undergraduate, initially as a general merchant focused on Africa. Over subsequent years the Group grew rapidly to become a global trading and supply chain specialist in steel and non-ferrous metals.
His growing reputation as an industrialist was further boosted by his bold decision to rescue and revive major metals, engineering and power generation operations right across the UK from 2013 onwards, based on the innovative GREENSTEEL business model. Through a strategy that defied common perceptions of metal manufacture and engineering as dying industries, he acquired, and successfully relaunched, more than 25 businesses, saving nearly 4,500 jobs and, in the process, helping revitalize the UK supply-chain in key sectors such as automotive and aerospace. As part of this ambitious programme, he has saved Scotland’s last major steelworks, secured the future of Britain’s last remaining aluminum smelter and acquired the UK’s largest electric arc furnace capacity for melting scrap steel. His £330m acquisition of the aluminum smelter and hydro power stations at Fort William in December 2016 also included more than 100,000 acres of land in the Scottish Highlands, making Sanjeev the UK’s fifth largest landowner. Liberty has also become one of Britain’s largest component manufacturers for the automotive sector.
Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, recently completed the acquisition of Australia’s leading integrated mining, recycling, steel manufacturing and steel distribution business, creating a new future for thousands of workers and their communities. The acquisition of the former Arrium businesses, which employ around 6,000 people, builds upon the GFG Alliance’s strong track record of acquisitions and turnarounds in the UK where it is now one of the country’s largest industrial employers with more than 5,000 staff in its Liberty House and SIMEC groups.
He has since expanded his industrial investment interests to include assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the USA, Australia and elsewhere. He continues to grow his trading and industrial operations worldwide, whilst also progressing his GREENSTEEL strategy for competitive, low-carbon production based on renewable energy, re-melting of UK scrap steel and downstream engineering integration to make innovative, high-value-added products.
In a further bid to support the development of industry, he has acquired the London-based Tungsten Bank, which has been relaunched under the name of Wyelands Bank Plc as a specialist provider of supply-chain and trade financing for medium-sized enterprises.
In order to progress the energy element of his vision Sanjeev works closely with his father’s energy and commodities company, the SIMEC Group, under the umbrella of the GFG Alliance. In this respect he is a major champion of renewable power development, including hydro, bio-diesel, biomass and waste-to-energy..
Sanjeev Gupta lives in South Wales in the UK with his wife Nicola and their three young children.
Shane Stephan joined New Hope in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer before being elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2014.
Earlier in his career, Shane gained valuable ‘hands on’ operational experience having been a miner at the coal face in underground mines through to holding senior line management roles in the Australian coal industry. He has also held the position of District Inspector of Mines in Mackay and made a significant contribution as a member of the Coal Industry Health and Safety Advisory Council.
In the mid 1990’s Shane gained valuable experience as an executive in the structured and corporate finance divisions of international investment bank BZW Australia, then the Investment Banking Arm of Barclays Bank.
Shane Stephan will present a managing director’s perspective on the valuation of Australian coal mines. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner - Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay
Shannon Powell is the Senior Trade Commissioner for Andean Latin America for the Australian Government’s Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Austrade). Based in Santiago since taking on the role in January 2016, she manages Austrade’s posts in Chile and Argentina and has responsibility for Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, 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.
Before working with Austrade, Shannon was Director of SP Consultancy, focusing on strategy development in leadership, governance, community engagement, and communications and branding for large organisations. Shannon continues to sit on the Advisory Board of The Global Foundation and is also a director of the Australia-Chile Chamber of Commerce, Auscham.
Director, Strategic Solutions & Internet of Things
Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security
Sharath Muddaiah holds a Master degree in Mobile & High Speed Telecommunication Networks. He began his career within Product Management at Samsung, before he joined Sony Ericsson and Sony Mobile on various Senior Global Sales & Marketing, and Product Management roles which he supported over the last 15 years. In his current position as the Director of Business Development and IoT at Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, he is responsible for all innovation projects and partnerships in the much talked about LPWA IoT sector. Sharath is responsible to direct first global rollouts of new products that securely manage the identities of the millions of “Things” over their lifetime.
Simon Hanrahan is a practicing Mining Engineer and Project Manager who has worked in the resources industry for over 30 years. Simon is a Principal Consultant with SRK Consulting and is based in Perth. Since 2010 he has worked globally in Project Evaluations and Mining areas with SRK Consulting.
Prior to joining SRK Consulting, Simon has worked in South Africa, Australia and the USA on multiple mining operations and projects where he has lead project study teams, major underground block cave construction projects and has been mine manager across several producing operations.
During his career while holding senior leadership roles, Simon has been exposed to the whole value chain and is well positioned to speak to why technical economic studies are so important and what are the key elements around these.
Associate Professor and Acting Director for Resources Engineering
Stephan Arndt is Associate Professor and Acting Director for Resources Engineering at Monash University. He joined academia from an industry experience background, most recently as Baker Hughes’ Regional Advisor for 3D Geomechanics in Middle East Asia Pacific.
Previous roles include Manager for 3D Geomechanics in Coffey Mining and as Director of his own company, successfully brining innovative technology into the natural resources sector.
With more than 20 years’ experience in advanced 3D simulation methods and a focus on non-linear finite element analysis in geomechanics, he has worked in applications of rock mechanics, discrete fracture networks, coupled multi-physics simulations and constitutive models.
He also worked with the Baker Hughes Palo Alto Innovation Centre and Lawrence Livermore National Lab for hydraulic fracturing simulation research. Current research interests include advancing 3D geomechanics models using coupled, multi-physics simulation methods, scalability of modelling methods, integrating machine learning for parameter estimation, quantification of risk under uncertainty, visualisation and virtual reality, and decision making based on modelling.
Stephan has extensive consulting experience in projects across four continents and with most major Australian mining companies, including Newcrest, MMG, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton. He performed numerous courses, university lectures and workshops in industry and education and holds a Ph.D. in Fracture Mechanics from Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany.
Stephanie Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting trade, investment and international education, and tourism policy, programs and research.
Dr Stephanie Fahey has over 30 years’ experience both as an academic and executive working in Australia and overseas.
Previously she was EY’s lead partner for education in the Oceania region, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Monash University and Director of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Fahey brings an international perspective to her work and a wealth of experience across business and academia.
Austrade’s first female chief executive, Dr Fahey has also served on the Australia China Business Council, the Australia China Council, the NSW International Education Advisory Board, the European Australian Business Council, the Board of Canberra Institute of Technology, the Foreign Affairs Council and the Australia Korean Foundation.
Stephanie holds a PhD from the Australian National University and BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She speaks Melanesian Pidgin. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2012.
Stephanie Fahey will present on creating value through collaboration across global mining regions. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Stephen Hancock graduated as a geologist in 1961 and after working initially for BHP as an Exploration Geologist , he joined the then Victorian Mines Department to gain experience in all aspects of Hydrogeology. In 1968 he founded Australian Groundwater Consultants, the first such specialised consultancy in Australia. This company serviced the mining industry of Australia, amongst other industries, and focussed on exploring , evaluating, developing and providing the management rules for Groundwater supplies and in mine water control widely in Australia. This work included all the early work on iron ore mines in the Pilbara and Eastern Goldfields of WA; the uranium, gold and bauxite mines in NT; many coal and lignite mines in NSW, QLD and Vic as well as gold, base metal and uranium mines mines in SA and Tasmania as well as gold and base metal mines throughout Oceania including NZ, PNG and Indonesia. In many cases this work included contributions to EES and other documents relating to mine permitting and expansion of operations.
Australian Groundwater Consultants Pty.Ltd. merged with US based international consultancy Woodward – Clyde in 1987 and under Mr Hancock’s continuing supervision expanded it’s operations to include broader environmental markets. These included contaminated site assessment, solid waste management and mine site rehabilitation and environmental planning.
Woodward Clyde was taken over by URS Corporation in 1997 and URS in turn was merged into AECOM in 2013.
Over his 55 year professional career, Mr Hancock maintained his technical skills in geology, hydrogeology and in geochemistry. He has published many papers on these subjects and has received many awards for his work both from local and international entities.
He retired from full time work in 2007 after which he worked part time in project mentoring until 2013 and as a Sessional Member of Planning Panels Victoria 2008 until 2017. he has served on the Consulting Society Committee of AusIMM since 2015 and continues in this role during which time he has had published a number of Opinion Pieces in the Institute Bulletin and other publications.
Stephen Williams 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 will present on business transformation using enterprise value modelling. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Under Stephen’s leadership, the AusIMM is embarking on a major reform to build stronger business networks and to reposition the Institute as the global home for all professionals in the resources sector.
Stephen has extensive experience in business and association management, with a background in corporate strategy and government, media and community relations. In his most recent role as CEO of Engineers Australia, Stephen led the 100,000 member association through a widely applauded member-centric transformation.
He holds an MBA as well as an Honours degree in Civil Engineering from Monash University.
Steve Durkin will give welcoming remarks at Exploring The Latest Pit To Port Infrastructure Developments. Limited seats available, Book Now!
Chief Advisor - Resources and Reserves, Growth and Innovation
Steve Hunt – 30+ years experience in mine geology and operations, close mine exploration and development.
Mining and exploration experience has been gained on a variety of scales, including both hard rock and alluvial deposits. 10 years experience in developing countries as resident; Indonesia and PNG. Consulting in geology and ore reserves compliance for the Rio Tinto group across multiple commodities and at various project development and operating stages.
Significant experience in both Archaean and Epithermal gold terrains+ Uranium, Iron Ore , Copper, HM sands etc. Management of major drilling programs and resource development programmes.
Evaluation of purchase and investment opportunities.
Specialties: Resource and Reserve audit, signoff and reporting
Mine Geology, Reconciliation , Resouce development, Geometallurgy
Chairman of JORC since December 2013. Member of commitee since January 2005. Deputy Chair JORC Feb – Nov 2013
Fellow AusIMM (FAusIMM)
Member Australian Society of Geoscientists, (MAIG)
Restricted Quarry Managers Certificate (WA) 1986
Steve Travers has worked across the Petroleum, METS and Technology sectors in a variety of senior and leadership roles, encompassing technical, commercial and operational disciplines, and has developed a track record of leading multi-disciplinary teams to success, and developing significant new business.
In 2013, Steve founded Henley Business Consulting, providing a range of Management Consulting and Business Development services. In the Consulting and Advisory space, Steve has provided support to clients in a range of sectors including; Technology, Retail, METS & Mining, Oil & Gas, Food & Wine, and Sports Administration.
Steven McClare joined Hillgrove Resources in September 2012 to oversee operations at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine. Previously the Deputy General Manager, then Head of Mining Operations for Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations, Steve has spent a significant portion of his career constructing, ramping up and optimising mining operations, including Telfer, Cadia Hill, Ridgeway Deeps and Cadia East for Newcrest, and Callie for Newmont. With a background that includes management of Normandy’s White Devil Mine, various roles within Mount Isa Mines and a work/study Mining Engineering Cadetship with Western Collieries when he joined the industry in 1989, Steve boasts significant experience within the industry ranging from underground operations of 150ktpa to 26mtpa, to open pit operations of 2mtpa to 17mtpa, and copper concentrators of 2.4mtpa to 24mtpa.
Steve was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Hillgrove Resources in May 2015.
Steve McClare will join a panel discussion on the growth strategies to success for the new generation of successful Australian miners. Book Now!
Mechanical Engineer - Asset Management and Engineering Services
Tarun Sharma is a Chartered Mechanical Engineering of 9 years experience in the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure industry.
He has worked in Rio Tinto’s Asset Management and Engineering Services for the past 5 years, dealing primarily with their fleet of rail-mounted machines (reclaimers, stackers and ship loaders).
Key focus has been the ownership and technical governance of the fleet-wide management systems such as the Risk Management Program (RMP), maintenance tactics, asset risk profile and providing Operations with leadership, expertise and support in managing assets.
Tim Goldsmith is starting the journey on a new career after almost 30 years at PwC. At this point he has small chairmanship roles on listed Australian company Hazer Group and soon to be listed Kopore Metals. Tim expects to add further roles to his portfolio shortly.
Tim was a partner at PwC for over 20 years working exclusively in the mining sector. Tim was PwC’s global mining leader from 2007 to 2013 and travelled extensively around the world. He initiated a China focus in 2002 that lead to PwC’s Australia China desk. Tim was also the thought leader for PwCs mining publications for a decade
Outside of PwC, Tim Goldsmith established Redhill Australia with a geologist and mining engineer in 2011. Since that time they made two direct mining investments in Chile and brought in external capital to progress the journey. Both exploration assets remain funded and moving forward. Tim also assisted in the establishment of a Slovakian gold asset.
Chairman, Hazer Group since 24 July 2017
Tim Goldsmith has recently been appointed chairman of this Australian listed technology company. The Hazer process utilizes Iron ore as a catalyst with natural gas to produce hydrogen and synthetic graphite. The company is working through the scaling up process to ensure it is cost competitive
Chairman, Kopore Metals, Ltd since 17 July 2017
Tim Goldsmith has recently been appointed chairman of this copper explorer, with the project based in Botswana’s Kalahari Copper Belt. The company is in the process of listing through Metallum Ltd, which after a shareholder meeting in October will be renamed Kopore Metals Ltd and Tim will be elected chairman
Partner, Mining Industry Adviser 2014 – 2016
Between 2014 and 2016 Tim harnessed his relationships in the Perth market place. The aim of his work was to broaden the relationships of PwC partners and help to assist in turning those relationships into a place where they add value to the company and ultimately enable PwC to provide services. Tim is well known to chairman, non-executive directors, CEO’s and CFO’s of mining companies as well as many other in the industry such as brokers, merchant bankers, lawyers and other service providers
Partner, Global Mining Leader 2007 – 2013
Tim led PwC’s global mining team for six years. With more than 2,000 partners and staff in more than 100 mining countries, he travelled extensively throughout the world meeting with CEOs of the major miners, as well as leading politicians in regions looking to participate further in the global mining sector.
Some area’s of particular focus was the establishment of PwC offices in Mongolia, Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as assisting with expansions in Kazakhstan, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and many other African nations
Tim was responsible for PwC’s point of view on the future of the mining industry and was a well known presenter at many mining conferences around the world. Tim initially started the flagship annual review of the global mining industry “Mine” and the smaller Australian version “Aussie Mine”.
Partner – National China Desk Leader 2002 – 2013
Tim has been very active in the Chinese marketplace and facilitated Chinese foreign investment into Australian mining and other assets. Tim also held the role as Director of the Australia China Business Council and has a strong understanding of the Chinese business culture. He enjoyed bridging language and cultural gaps to ensure that the value promised in each transaction was delivered.
This very challenging role involved approximately a week a month in China over 10 years and involved meeting with senior executive and directors of many State Owned and Private Chinese entities. Tim also worked extremely closely with PwC China and created global best practice for none Chinese service providers working with China to maximize outcomes for local entities. Tim retains many close friends with many senior Chinese business people and visits at least six monthly
Assurance Partner – Mining 2000 –Present
Tim audited many mining companies over many years. He most recently was the auditor of Evolution but has previously also been involved with BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Minmetals, OceanaGold, Oakbridge, Mitsubishi Development, Alumina and many juniors.. Tim was also involved in the establishment of private equity investment funds for the mining industry and their subsequent auditing including Sentient Global Resource Fund and Lion Selection
Partner, Sydney 1996 – 2000
Tim was admitted to partner in Coopers & Lybrand in Sydney on 1 January 1996 and worked in the mining practice and was well known in the small Sydney mining market. In 2000 he relocated to Melbourne to lead an outsourced internal audit engagement at BHP, and subsequently BHP Billiton for 2 years. Tim reported initially to Chip Goodyear, the then CFO of BHP
UHY Hacker Young, London, UK 1984 – 1987
Training to become a Chartered Accountant in England. On completion of articles and qualification as a chartered accountant, Tim relocated to Australia Tim worked as an audit senior, manager and director in Coopers & Lybrand Sydney before his promotion to partner on 1 January 1996
Redhill Australia 2011 – Present
Tim established Redhill Australia together with a geologist and mining engineer. The aim was for 3 individuals to acquire unloved exploration assets and pursue external investors to make profit. Redhill acquired Magallenes and Ibanez, both in Chile
Tim lead the introduction of private equity investor EMR Capital into Magallenes in 2012. EMR provided $10 million and three drill campaigns have been completed and an initial copper resource identified. Each stage lead to intense discussion to protect the Redhill interests while enabling progress to continue. The learnings from this investment were significant and Tim leads much of the strategizing for the Redhill team. In early 2017 Redhill sold its remaining interest in this asset to EMR
The Ibanez asset was funded by a private group, Laguna Gold. Tim worked with the Redhill team to convert the direct Ibanez interest into Laguna Gold shares and options. It is expected that Laguna Gold will list its shares on the main board of the London Stock Exchange before the end of 2017
In addition to the Redhill asset, Tim has worked with the geologist on other private assets including the early commercial conditions for Prospech, a Slovakian gold asset that was acquired in 201
Director 2008 – 2012
Australian China Business Council
The role of the Council was to provide an opportunity for ACBC to network on China business activities and to be recognized as the peak body for promoting business links between Australia and China. In this role, Tim was involved in implementing strategic imperatives in two-way trade and investment between Australia and China. During this time he had the privilege to meet with the President and the Premier of China (Xi Jinping and Li Keiqang).
Committee Member – JORC Committee 2002–Present
Tim was the only non – geologist on the JORC committee (The Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves) which is a professional code of practice that sets minimum standards for Public Reporting of minerals Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves.
Tim Power has practiced as a specialist environmental, planning and land acquisition lawyer for over 24 years.
He assists leading corporations and government clients on the environmental impact assessment and approval of major infrastructure, resource and property development projects, and advises sponsors and lenders on applying the Equator Principles and IFC Environment and Social Performance Standards to new investments.
Tim also acts for clients on the remediation and development of contaminated properties, pollution risk management and incident response, managing native title and indigenous and non-indigenous heritage issues, land acquisition and disputed valuations, and advice and representation in town and environmental planning appeals and panel hearings.
Tim is accredited as a specialist environmental and planning lawyer by the Law Institute of Victoria, and is recognised as a leading environmental lawyer by independent publications, Best Lawyers International¸ Chambers Asia-Pacific, PLC Which Lawyer? and Asia Pacific Legal 500.
Education St Pius X College, Adamstown. BA, LLB (ANU).
Occupation National Industrial Officer, Federal Firefighters’ Union 1983-85. National Union of Workers 1985-94: various positions including Assistant General Secretary. Assistant Secretary of the ACTU 1994-99. Chief of Staff to the Premier of Victoria, 1999-2006.
Parliamentary Service Elected MLA for Tarneit November 2006
Re-elected November 2010
Elected MLA for Werribee November 2014
Appointments Minister for Roads and Ports December 2006-December 2010
Minister for Major Projects December 2008-December December 2010
Treasurer since December 2014
Minister for Resources since October 2017
Parliamentary Party Positions Shadow Minister for Employment December 2010-November 2014
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Shadow Minister for Ports and Shadow Minister for Major Projects and Infrastructure December 2010-February 2013
Troy Fuller is a Geologist with over 20 years’ experience, holding a variety of leadership roles in open pit and underground operations throughout Australia.
Troy has experience working on Archaean greenstone-hosted lode gold, Ordovician turbidite-hosted gold and Proterozoic orogenic gold deposits, and has been exposed to a range of other commodities including tantalum, tin and lithium.
Employed by a number of operations across the country, predominantly in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Troy returned to his home state of Victoria in 2005, where he continues to work and reside with his family.
Troy joined the Fosterville Gold Mine in May 2010 as Geology Manager and has since managed mine geology and exploration activities at the mine.
Troy has been intrinsically involved in the significant growth story of the Fosterville Gold Mine, which now hosts a current Mineral Reserve of over one million ounces of gold.
Troy holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) Hons from the University of Ballarat (now Federation University) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Vanessa Guthrie is a highly accomplished Executive and Director with a career spanning thirty years in the resources sector, in diverse roles across gold, base metals, aluminium, oil and gas and uranium projects and operations. Vanessa has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.
Vanessa was the MD & CEO of ASX-listed Toro Energy, and is currently Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia, Deputy Chair of the WACA, a Non-Executive Director of Santos Limited, Vimy Resources Limited and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Council Member of Curtin University. She is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW), and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
In 2013, Vanessa was recognised by the mining industry as the Outstanding Professional Woman from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was one of the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining globally.
Mitsui & Co. Australia is the wholly owned Australian subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., one of the world’s most diversified trading, investment and services enterprises. Its diverse portfolio of businesses in Australia includes iron ore, coal, gas, oil, food, grain, salt, woodchips, power generation, machinery, steel products, chemicals, technology and financial services.
Wendy has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors. She represented Australia in Japan as Consul-General and Trade & Investment Commissioner. In that role, she successfully attracted foreign investment to benefit Australia’s food services, biotechnology, IT and energy sectors. She was later State Director Western Australia/Northern Territory/South Australia for the Australian Trade Commission.
Wendy has held executive positions in Ernst & Young, Caltex, and GHD. She is a proponent of innovation as the key to corporate sustainability, and has championed innovation programs in all these organisations.
As Business Champion for the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan, and Trustee for the Mitsui Educational Foundation, Wendy is passionate about mobility in Asia for young Australians.
Wendy has served on education institution and government boards. She is on the UNSW Business School Advisory Board, and currently mentors its high-achiever students. Wendy is also on the Maggie Beer Foundation Board, which aims to improve the quality of food for residents in aged-care homes throughout Australia.
Wendy has a Master of Commerce from UNSW; her under-graduate degree is from Sophia University, Tokyo.
Wendy Holdenson will present on technologies and productivity strategies that position the mining sector strongly in the current global market. Book Now!
Wendy Tyrrell is a performance-focused senior executive, Non-Executive Director, and consultant specializing in stakeholder engagement, sustainable development, communications, and responsible business practices. A collaborative leader with expertise built in complex, global organizations, focused on creating true partnerships and practical strategies for lasting results.
Diverse stakeholder engagement and sustainable development experience delivering results across the life cycle of businesses – from project development and approvals through to operations and closure, from site operations to asset-based and corporate roles.
20 years + experience in the resources / extractive and manufacturing sectors, working across geographies and cultures – particularly Indonesia, Colombia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, North America, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
Specialist experience: sustainability, stakeholder engagement, environment, community, responsible procurement, governance, government affairs, media and public affairs, land tenure, and planning.
Experienced in due-diligence work, peer reviews, and audits in a range of geographies and cultures.
CEEC International (Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution)
Zeljka Pokrajcic is a mineral processing professional with 20 years’ experience in the mineral industry globally. She brings an interest and commitment to improving comminution efficiency.
She has experience in the commissioning, operation and optimisation of comminution and separation circuits. She has worked in Pb-Zn concentrators in Canada and Australia, and has also worked in the technology arm of what was Mount Isa Mines assisting the in the design and commissioning of flotation and fine grinding installations.
Zeljka previously worked for more than a decade as a Principal Process Engineer at WorleyParsons where her primary focus was trade-off and optimisation studies for the mineral industry.
Zeljka has recently joined Petra Data Science as a Principal. Zeljka holds a PhD from the JKMRC in energy efficient comminution circuit design and was award the TMS environmental award for her work. Zeljka is a founding director of CEEC International.
Zeljka Pokrajcic will facilitate the Smart Mining Efficiency workshop on Monday 30 October which will highlight a range of solutions, help you to understand how to access and use free benchmarking tools, enhance your understanding of improvement options that have worked in other operations, and learn about a raft of new technologies and emerging advances. There are limited seats available for this workshop so register now.