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Celso Amor

Mining Engineer
Minera de Órgiva, S.L.
Celso Amor
  • Celso Amor
    Mining Engineer from the School of Mining and Energy Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).
    From 2001 to 2003, he worked as Mining engineering in several countries such as Mexico (Open Pit copper mine “Caridad del Cobre” in Nacozari de García, Sonora), and Peru (Orcopampa Gold Mine). From 2004 to 2010 he worked as Technical Director in opencast blasting, both in quarries and civil works. Simultaneously, he worked as an independent consultant, controlling mining operations and redacting mining projects all over Spain. In 2010, he acquired 33% of the company Minera de Órgiva S.L., whose unique value at that time was the property of the Mining Concession of fluorspar “Lújar”, which was almost closed and in the process of abandonment. From then until now, it is fully dedicated to the reopening of this mine, participating in the Board of Directors, mainly in strategic decision-making, as Technical Director of the Mine and the Processing Plant.
    In these years he has redesigned both the methods of extracting, loading and transporting the mine, increasing sections of galleries and planning sustainable exploitation of fluorite.
    Regarding the ore treatment, he has collaborated in the design and installation of the concentration plants by Dense Medium Separation and Spirals. He is currently involved in the design of the Flotation concentration plant which will have a capacity of 25 t / h.
    In these last 10 years, Minera de Órgiva, S.L. has increased the working force from 2 to 60 people, and they have incremented and modernized the machinery park. Additionally, we are involved in several researching projects, some of them of the Horizon 2020 of the UE. In addition, recently we have obtained the environmental authority for the opening of a new mine (San Isidro -fluorite/galen) close to Lújar mine. We also have four research permits for several industrial and metallic minerals such as barite, fluorite, gold, and alabaster.
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Paul Anciaux

Policy Officer Defence Industry
European Commission
Paul Anciaux
  • Paul Anciaux
    In 1990 Paul Anciaux became Master of Political and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He completed his military service in 1991.
    He started his professional career in 1991 working for the Belgian branch of the multinational pay-television company, FilmNet (later: Canal+), where he was responsible for purchase management.  In 1999 he continued his career as Purchase Manager, working for Intec, a company near Louvain which specialised in socio-medical software, and followed this with a brief period in 2001 with the pharmaceuticals company Nycomed-Christiaens in Brussels.  
    In September 2001 he joined the European Commission, Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. Until 15 May 2012 he was the policy officer responsible for the EU non-energy extractive industries. Paul was a driving force behind the development of the EU’s raw material policy (i.e. the “EU Raw Materials Initiative”). During several years he also acted as Vice-President of the International Lead & Zinc Study Group and Chairman of the Environmental & Economics Committee of the International Nickel Study Group. 
    Since 16 May 2012 Paul has become Policy Officer responsible for the Defence Industries. Within the area of the defence sector, Paul is covering, in particular, all actions in support of SMEs, clusters, regions as well as access to raw materials. He manages the activities of the European Network of Defence-related Regions.
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Efthymios Balomenos

Metallurgical Engineer, PhD
Residue Valorisation, Mytilineos Metallurgy Business Unit
Efthymios Balomenos
  • Efthymios Balomenos
    Dr. Efthymios Balomenos (male), studied Mining and Metallurgical engineering at National Technical University of Athens and received his PhD degree in Thermodynamics in the same school in 2006. Since 2008 he has been working in the Laboratory of Metallurgy as a senior researcher focusing on sustainable process development, CO2 mitigation strategies, exergy analysis and resource utilization efficiency. He was involved in the research management/coordination of the ENEXAL, the EURARE (FP7) and the ongoing SCALE, ENSUEAL, SIDERWIN and  REMOVAL (H2020) projects. He has more than 40 research publications in journals and conference proceeding with more than 170 citation and an h-index of 8. Since 2015 he has been working in Mytilineos -Metallurgy Business unit, researching and promoting the re-use of bauxite residue.
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Michael Bonnemaison

E-MINES Manager
E-MINES
Michael Bonnemaison
  • Michael Bonnemaison
    Dr. Michel Bonnemaison D.Sc., Ph.D., SEG fellow, is a specialist in the characterization of metal deposits and their targeting for the mining industry. He worked for 30 years at the BRGM in charge of exploration programs for metalliferous deposits in more than 20 countries, mainly in the field of gold and tungsten.
    As an international expert, he taught exploration geochemistry at the Higher School of Mining in Madrid and headed several exploration mining companies, first in Spain in the BRGM Group (SEIEMSA Company) and then in France (Variscan Mines , Ariège Tungsten and Mines du Salat).
    In 2011 he created an R & D company, E-Mines, which promotes the concepts of responsible mining and circular economy as fundamental for the exploration of critical metals in Europe in the 21st century.
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Klaus Brauch

Managing Director of Terratec Geophysical Services
Terratec Geophysical Services
Klaus Brauch
  • Klaus Brauch
    Klaus Brauch, Dipl. Geol. graduated from the Department of Geology of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany in 1989. He is a founding member (since 1989) and managing director of terratec geophysical services providing surface downhole and airborne geophysical services focused on Europe and Africa. Klaus has widespread experience and knowledge of geophysical data collection and interpretation techniques, acquired over the last 30 years of servicing the mineral industry. Klaus’s speciality is, working in multidisciplinary teams, finding appropriate geophysical methods to support exploration projects and translating the geophysical results into geology. Terratec are primarily based near the HiTech AlkCarb natural laboratory at Kaiserstuhl in Germany, as well as having activities in Mali, Namibia and Bulgaria. Within HiTech AlkCarb Klaus is working on the collection and interpretation of the geophysical data acquired on the Kaiserstuhl Volcanic complex to establish a general geophysical approach for the exploration of REE’s.
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Chris Broadbent

Director of WAI – Research Director
Wardell Armstrong
Chris Broadbent
  • Chris Broadbent
    Chris worked for over 15 years in industrial and academic research prior to moving to consultancy in 1994 as a Principal Engineer and subsequently Director of the WA Group.  At Birmingham University Chris lectured copper pyrometallurgy to final year “Minerals Engineering” BSc students and had close working relationships with the James Bridge (secondary) copper smelter.  In industry he worked on a number of research and innovation projects related to the Pb/Zn Blast Furnace at Avonmouth (Rio Tinto) including projects to investigate whether copper could be recovered together with lead and zinc.  Whilst at Shell/Billiton he was a senior Project Leader working on a wide variety of processing projects (e.g Ferro Nickel smelting – slag chemistry of coal gasification ashes/slags).  Whilst at Wardell Armstrong he has acted as project director for many technical and commercial evaluations of mining and metallurgical processing projects throughout the world including CPR’s and due diligence for copper and iron ore operations in India, (Sterlite industries – Tuticorin Copper IsaSmelt Furnace) Zambia (Mufilera Furnace), DR Congo (Congo Copper Corporation Blast Furnace, Lubumbashi), West Africa (various Iron Ore projects) and Europe (Medet Tailings, Copper leaching and recovery project).  Chris has recently produced a CPR on Copper ISA Smelt facilities at Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazzinc) and iron ore operations in west Africa.   Chris is a registered Expert with the EU, adjudicating Research and Innovation (R&I) Projects and was the coordinator of the 7.4M Euros H2020 FAME project which concluded on 31 Dec 2018.   Chris is currently a Work Package Leader in the H2020 Ion4raw project and coordinates the Faraday Battery Challenge Project “Lithium for the UK” funded by Innovate UK.  Chris works closely with banks and financial institutions and is WAI’s principal contact with EBRD.
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Stéphane Bourg

Project Manager
CEA Marcoule Research Center
Stéphane Bourg
  • Stéphane Bourg
    Dr Stéphane Bourg is Project Manager at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in the Research Department on Mining and Fuel Recycling Process located in the CEA Marcoule Research Center, in charge of international cooperation. 
    He is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of PROMETIA, an international non-profit association aiming at promoting the development of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy for mining and recycling. This association, gathering academia, research and technology centers and industries, acts as a pre-consortium tank for answering industry R&D needs and fostering innovation in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. Stéphane is also the coordinator of the European Expert Network on Critical Raw Materials, SCRREEN. He is a permanent member of the French Committee for Strategic Metals (COMES) headed by the Ministry of Economy.
    Stéphane graduated has an Engineer from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles de Paris (1993) and is Doctor in Chemistry from the University of Montpellier (1998). He is still involved in research activities related to life cycle assessment of energy systems and raw materials value chain analysis.
    He is author or co-author of about 30 publications, author or co-author more than 15 proceedings and has given more than 30 oral presentations in international conferences over the last 5 years
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Peter Buchholz

Head of DERA German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA)
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)
Peter Buchholz
  • Peter Buchholz
    Peter Buchholz is heading the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) at the German Geological Survey (BGR) since 2012. The main focus of DERA is to provide market intelligence to assess potential price and supply risks for mineral raw materials as well as to develop mitigation strategies for the German industry to diversify supply sources. Peter joined the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in 2005 as economic geologists. Before his time at the BGR he worked in the areas of ore deposit research, exploration and commodity trading. In 1995 he completed his PhD on Archaean gold deposits at the RWTH Aachen in Germany. Subsequently, he worked as assistant professor at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and from 1998 to 2002 as director of the M.Sc. Programme in Exploration Geology at the University of Zimbabwe. After this time he joined a commodity trading company. His research and entrepreneurial work has, nationally and internationally, been awarded.
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Patrice Christmann

Researcher and consultant
Patrice Christmann
  • Patrice Christmann
    Dr. Patrice Christmann (PhD in 1979, University of Grenoble; MBA in 1993, ESCP Europe Business School) is a self-employed researcher and consultant, specialised in minerals and metals and related issues (sustainability, policies, governance, economics, research, technologies …). He retired from BRGM, the French Geological Survey, in 2016, after a 40 years long career. At BRGM his last positions were Head of the Mineral Resources Department (60 persons) was Deputy Director, Strategy and Research. 
    Currently he is as an United Nations International Resource Panel (IRP) member since 2011, He also is a regular lecturer at EPF and Mines ParisTech, two French engineering schools. He is a member of scientific advisory boards and a research program/ projects evaluator (ERA-MIN, Horizon 2020, German Ministry for Research, CEA)
    He started his career in 1970, still being a student, in Québec (Canada) doing geological mapping and mineral exploration with the Ministry for Natural Resources. With BRGM he worked abroad (Iran, then Yemen) during 8 years in geological mapping and mineral exploration before starting a management career with BRGM’s International Division (1985-1997) as Area manager. He was then seconded twice to Brussels: to the European Commission (DG Development, !997) and then from 2004 to 2009, where he was the Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys, the Association of the European Geological Surveys (31 members). For 20 years he was member of the European Commission’s Raw Materials Supply Working Group.
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Peter Clark

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Raw Materials
Knowledge Transfer Network
Peter Clark
  • Peter Clark
    Peter holds a PhD in Chemistry and has a broad range of experience working in Australia and UK across research & innovation, industry consulting, policy development and managing sustainability programmes for the chemicals sector. Peter currently works for the Knowledge Transfer Network whose remit is to accelerate business-led innovation in UK by connecting innovators to partners and funding. Peter’s technical area of focus is in helping to accelerate innovation in Raw Materials & Chemical Feedstocks. Peter is one of Technical Leads for KTN on the SCRREEN Project.
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John Cooper

Director General of FuelsEurope
FuelsEurope
John Cooper
  • John Cooper
    John Cooper was appointed Director General, FuelsEurope and Concawe in April 2015. He started his career in the motor industry working on future powertrains, and after 3 years moved to BP Downstream where he has 27 years of experience. His previous role was as Director, Renewables Strategy Downstream, leading BP’s commercial compliance strategy for renewables regulation.  He has also had business leadership roles in aviation fuels and lubricants, transport energy policy, and fuels technology, in the UK and USA, and has represented the UK fuels industry at the UK Automotive Council Technology Group. He holds a BA in Engineering from Cambridge University.
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Gwenole Cozigou

Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW
European Commission
Gwenole Cozigou
  • Gwenole Cozigou
    An economist by training, he has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations.
    First working in the area of food industry within the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs Directorate-General (DG), he joined the service in charge of relations with Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR in 1989, and became Assistant to the responsible Deputy Director-General in 1990 until 1996 when he came back to Enterprise and Industry DG.
    A former Deputy-Head of Office of Commissioner Liikanen in charge of enterprise and industrial policy, he has occupied several management positions: 
    - Food Industry and Biotechnology;
    - Coordination of the internal market legislation for goods;
    - Enterprise and Industrial policy;
    - Defence, Aerospace and Maritime Industries.
    Since December 2008, he has been Director in DG GROWTH (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), in charge of competitiveness issues and EU internal market legislation for several industrial sectors, including REACH, engineering industries, medical devices, raw materials, etc.. 
    His main responsibilities today cover: circular economy, energy union and energy-intensive industries, construction, automotive industries, raw materials, engineering and maritime industries.
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Sophie Damm

Senior Geologist – German Mineral Resources Agency
German Mineral Resources Agency
Sophie Damm
  • Sophie Damm
    Sophie is a senior geologist with DERA, the German Mineral Resources Agency within the Federal Institute of Sciences and Natural Resources (BGR) where she is part of the mineral economics team. She holds an MSc in geology and prior to joining DERA in 2017, she spent eight years working as an exploration and mine geologist on a number of copper, gold and lead-zinc projects in Australia. At DERA her particular interests are the global tantalum and graphite industries.
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Rima Dapous

Director Education of EIT Raw Materials
EIT Raw Materials
Rima Dapous
  • Rima Dapous
    Dr. Rima Dapous is the Director Education of EIT Raw Materials. Dr Dapous holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. She has set up several public-private partnership ventures in education and innovation, including at the University of Oxford, the University of Frankfurt and the British Council.
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Catherine Delfaux

CEO Provençale S.A, President of IMA-Europe; CCA-Europe
Provençale S.A; IMA-Europe; CCA-Europe
Catherine Delfaux
  • Catherine Delfaux
    Catherine Delfaux is the CEO of Provençale S.A. and President of IMA-Europe and CCA-Europe. Provençale is a medium sized family owned calcium carbonate and marble producing and processing company with operations in France and Spain with exports worldwide. In addition to the leadership in managing her family business, Catherine has been a member of the IMA-Europe Board of Directors since 2004 and President of CCA-Europe, the European Calcium Carbonates Association (member of IMA-Europe) since 2003. Since December 2017 Catherine Delfaux is the president of IMA-Europe, the association representing the interest of various industrial minerals towards the policy makers. 
    Catherine Delfaux holds a Degree in Mining Engineering from the École des Mines of Saint-Étienne. She is also administrator of one cooperative in France..
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Roderick Eggert

Professor, Colorado School of Mines, and Deputy Director, Critical Materials Institute
Critical Materials Institute
Roderick Eggert
  • Roderick Eggert
    Roderick G. Eggert is Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation Chair in Mineral Economics at Colorado School of Mines, where he has taught since 1986.  
    He also is Deputy Director of the Critical Materials Institute, an energy innovation hub (research consortium, led by the Ames Laboratory) established by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2013, to accelerate innovation in energy materials.
    His research and teaching focus on mineral economics and public policy. He chaired the U.S. National Research Council committee that wrote the 2008 book Minerals, Critical Minerals, and the US Economy (National Academies Press).
    He has a B.A. in earth sciences from Dartmouth College, a M.S. in geochemistry and mineralogy from Penn State University, and a Ph.D. in mineral economics also from Penn State.
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Anna Eklind

Program Manager Connectivity
Epiroc
Anna Eklind
  • Anna Eklind
    Despite the challenge, mines are taking part of our connected and automated world. Safety and productivity are the top priorities and both have great potential for levelling up in a smart mining environment.
    Epiroc is a manufacturer of mining and infrastructure equipment, and as Program Manager Connectivity, Anna Eklind is helping mining companies connecting their assets in remote and underground locations around the globe and will give a speech how smart mining contributes to increased safety and productivity.
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W. Eberhard Falck

Advisor
W. Eberhard Falck
  • W. Eberhard Falck
    Prof. Falck trained as an applied geologist at the University of Kiel (DE) and the ETH Zürich (CH). He obtained his PhD from the Technical University Darmstadt (DE). His career stations include the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Keyworth (UK), the consultancies ISMES Spa. in Bergamo/Rome (IT) and WS Atkins International in Berlin (DE)/Epsom (UK), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna (AT), the EU Joint Research Centre in Petten (NL), the OECD-NEA in Paris (FR), as well as the University of Versailles St. Quentin-en-Yvelines (FR), where he has been a professor of environmental sciences. He also teaches on sustainable radioactive waste management at IMT Atlantique (former École des Mines) in Nantes (FR). His main areas of work are the scientific-technical issues of the front- and back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and technical and socio-economic issues of managing (uranium) mining legacies. Since 2015 he has been an independent advisor inter alia to the European Commission and the European Parliament on mineral raw materials policy related matters.
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Andreas Gaich

Managing Director 3GSM
3GSM
Andreas Gaich
  • Andreas Gaich
    Andreas Gaich holds a PhD degree from Graz University of Technology. Since 1995 he worked in the field of Photogrammetry and Computer Vision mainly for rock mass characterization purposes. Within these fields he published about 70 conference and journal papers. 
    In 2002 he founded 3GSM company where he is Managing Director since. 3GSM developed several innovative 3D imaging and assessment solutions for the tunnelling and mining industry and shipped their systems in more than 40 countries worldwide.
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Rolf Gehring

Political Secretary Wood and OSH
European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW)
Rolf Gehring
  • Rolf Gehring
    First professional education as machine fitter in Germany.
    Working in the machine construction sector for 12 years. 
    Studying pedagogics and sociology in Hannover/Germany
    Working for the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) from1999 until 2002. Core responsibility was OSH.
    Working for IG Metall in Germany on local level from 2002 until 2006.
    Working again for EFBWW from mid 2006. Main responsibilities are today the woodworking sectors, including forestry and OSH.
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Patrizia Gregori

Head of Environmental Performance Department at SNCF RESEAU
SNCF RESEAU
Patrizia Gregori
  • Patrizia Gregori
    Environmental impact expert, Patrizia GATTI GREGORI has 23 years’ experience developed in Italy, Canada (Ontario) and France, both in private industry and in national research centers (Italy and Canada). She joined SNCF, French National Railways in 2004. She is responsible for Environment Management System (EMS), strategic and technical assistance in environmental assessment and regulatory procedures (REACH, Biocides, IED, EU Water Directive, EU waste Directive,…), support of environmental and industrial performance improvement, raw materials, LCA. Moreover she manages the wood strategy (uses, purchase and sustainability) for SNCF Group. Member of several business organizations and networks in France and Europe (INNOVASOL, RECORD, UIC, IEO/WEI, CEI-Bois, SGH, LCB, SCORE LCA ...) and one NGO (ATIBT), in2018, she has founded a new European industrial research network for testing alternatives to creosote. In 2018 she received the Woman of the Year Award of French Industry for Sustainable Development.
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Peter Handley

Head of Unit, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, DG GROW
European Commission
Peter Handley
  • Peter Handley
    Peter Handley is, since September 2017, Head of the Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Growth. He was previously Head of the Resource Efficiency Unit at the Secretariat-General, where he was responsible for coordination of Energy Union, 2030 climate and energy package, low emission mobility strategy and the circular economy.
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Michael Haschke

Manager Research & Innovation at DMT Group
DMT Group
Michael Haschke
  • Michael Haschke
    Michael is the Research and Innovation Manager at DMT Group with 25 years of experience in innovation and mineral resource management in the mining industry. He holds a doctoral degree with distinction from the FU Berlin (Germany) and an MSc degree from University of Albany, NY (USA). Michael has previously worked as Head of Mineral Resources and Mining Consultant for the General Atomics Group Europe at UIT Dresden in Australia and USA. Before moving into industry 10 years ago, he worked as Associate and Guest Professor and Researcher at several Universities in USA, United Kingdom, South Africa, Israel and Germany with more than 50 publications.
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Ali Hassan

Student on the EIT Labelled EMerald Master’s in Resources Engineering
Ali Hassan
  • Ali Hassan
    Ali Hassan has worked as a mining engineer, in the cement sector and as Deputy Manager of Environment & Facilitation in the Directorate General of Mines & Minerals in Pakistan. He is currently a final year student on the EIT Labelled EMerald Master’s in Resources Engineering, an Erasmus Mundus joint master’s which is taught across EIT Raw Materials partner universities in Belgium, France, Sweden and Germany.
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Corina Hebestreit

Director of Euromines
Euromines
Corina Hebestreit
  • Corina Hebestreit
    Following her PhD in English and additional studies in law and business administration, Mrs Hebestreit worked for 8 years for the European Aluminium Association for communication, EHS and marketing of aluminium to its main markets, automotive, packaging and construction. She then took over the position of EHS manager for Eurometaux (non-ferrous metals) and in 1997 she was appointed director of Euromines, the European association representing 42 different metals and minerals being mined in Europe.  In 2000 she also took over European Carbon and Graphite Association over as Secretary General representing natural and synthetic graphite and its applications in the metallurgical, chemical, electric and transportation sectors. Since 2001 she also became Secretary General of the International Barytes Association. Between 2012 and 2017 she also held the elected position of the President of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources.
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Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler

Professor at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler
  • Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler
    Dr. Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler is a professor for mineralogy at the Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. She is leader of the working group “Classification and reporting of anthropogenic material resources/reserves” of the pan-European expert network on “Mining the European Anthroposphere” (COST Action MINEA) and vice-chair of the UNECE Anthropogenic Resources Working Group to apply the United Nations Framework Classification for Resource (UNFC). Since 20 years her research is focused on Environmental Mineralogy. She has various EU and national research projects in the field of waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, with a special focus on understanding physical, chemical and mineralogical processes in municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) residues, including their environmental risks and potentials as secondary resource. She is also head of a research group with the aim to develop a comprehensive technology to recover heavy metals from wastewater by a specific product orientated precipitation (SPOP) and so to avoid the dissipation of valuable elements beside cleaning the water. The projects are performed in close collaboration with industrial partners and Environmental Authorities.
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Michael Hitch

Professor of Mining, Tallinn University of Technology
Tallinn University of Technology
Michael Hitch
  • Michael Hitch
    Dr. Michael Hitch P.Eng, P.Geo is a Professor of Mining at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia.  Professor Hitch has a rich geological and engineering background from 23 years of industrial practice spanning 190 countries and resulted in the development of six mining operations.  In his academic role, over the past 12 years, his academic interests involve sustainable mining operations resulting from appropriate technological usage and consideration of the social and biophysical impacts of these operations. Professor Hitch has published extensively in high-quality scholarly journals and is recognised as one of the world’s top scholars in the sustainable mining practices.
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Alessandra Hool

CEO ESM Foundation
ESM Foundation
Alessandra Hool
  • Alessandra Hool
    Alessandra Hool, MSc, is the Managing Director of ESM Foundation. The Swiss-based Foundation has been existing since 1951 and is dedicated to support research and development activities in the field of rare and critical elements. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation coordinates projects, organizes conferences and workshops, publishes studies and surveys, and confers scholarships and educational grants in areas relevant to the Foundation’s topical focus. Alessandra has a background in History and Philosophy of Science and holds a Master in Project Management. She is Coordinator of the European education project SusCritMat on the sustainable management of critical raw materials, and IRTC, the "International Round Table on Materials Criticality”.
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Marian Hopman

Program Manager Sustainable Industry
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Netherlands
Marian Hopman
  • Marian Hopman
    Ms. Ir. M.C.G.  (Marian) Hopman is Program Manager Sustainable Industry at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, at the Department Top Sectors and Industrial Policy. Within this Program CO2 reduction in the (energy-intensive) industry sectors is key. Her team contributes to accelerate sustainable industries, such as in refineries and in the chemical-, paper and steel industry. The main effort was de Climate-agreement in 2019.  Before her current position Marian had several functions e.g. as a Program Manager Environmental affairs at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
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Liesbeth Horckmans

Team leader of the Waste Recycling Technologies team
VITO
Liesbeth Horckmans
  • Liesbeth Horckmans
    Dr. Ir. Liesbeth Horckmans graduated as an Environmental Engineer at the University of Leuven in 2002. After obtained her PhD in Geology at the same university, she joined an engineering consultancy firm from 2008-2011. Since 2011, she has been working at VITO as a researcher in the field of sustainable materials, focusing on the valorization of inorganic mineral waste streams to increase resource efficiency. Liesbeth has coordinated several national and international research projects, including FP7 REFRASORT and H2020 CHROMIC, and has been WP leader and partner in several other H2020 and EIT Raw Materials projects. Since 2016, Liesbeth is the Team leader of the Waste Recycling Technologies team at VITO.
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Kim-Marie Jackson

Director of North Coast Consulting Ltd.
North Coast Consulting Ltd.
Kim-Marie Jackson
  • Kim-Marie Jackson
    Kim-Marie is Director of North Coast Consulting Ltd. Minerals and Environmental consultancy, and has worked with the firm for 8 years. Prior to setting up NCC, Kim-Marie worked for Wardell Armstrong International for nearly 7 years most recently as a Principal Environmental Scientist. She specialises in Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Audit of mining projects and has worked extensively in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Kim-Marie has been involved with various mine waste and treatment projects for operations across Europe. She has worked in UK, Macedonia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Portugal, DRC, Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Greece, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, providing environmental and social assessment of mining projects as part of ESIA, CPR or due diligence processes. She has also worked on projects for IFIs including EBRD, improving environmental performance and implementing Environmental Management Systems and plans, in accordance with Equator Principles, IFC PSs and EBRD PRs. She also has extensive experience in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land and has a strong interest in sustainable treatment options for Brownfield sites. Kim-Marie is a fluent French speaker, having lived and worked in France.  She also speaks Italian fluently, and was the President of the Cornish Institute of Engineers (2015-2018). She is also on the Steering Committee for the Cornwall Mining Alliance, which unites 90 companies based in the SW, UK, working in the UK and overseas mining sector.
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Pierre Joris

Chairman of A.SPIRE
A.SPIRE
Pierre Joris
  • Pierre Joris
    Pierre Joris is Engineer in Physics from University of Liège, holding an M.Sc. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Stanford, and an Advanced Executive degree from Kellogg's School of Management, Chicago.
    Pierre has 35 years of international experience in the Chemical Industry. He built his career for 29 years at Solvay, where he has held different leadership positions in R&D, Business Development/M&A and in Global Business Management. In his last positions, he was Managing Director of Solvay Solexis, the global fluoromaterial division of Solvay from 2005 to 2011 and completed his career at Solvay as Chief Scientific and Innovation Officer for the group from 2011 until June 2013. He was active at that time in the Research & Innovation Program Council of CEFIC.
    For the last six years, Pierre has been a senior advisor and independent board member at various companies in the field of materials and chemical industry, including Senior Executive Advisor to the Chemical division of Daikin as well as Member of the Supervisory Board of Domo Chemicals GmbH. It is in this last tenure that he was elected chairman of A.SPIRE in March 2019.
    Pierre is also Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group and to Kreab
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Athanasios Kefalas

Chairman & CEO, IMERYS Greece S.A.
IMERYS Greece S.A.
Athanasios Kefalas
  • Athanasios Kefalas
    Athanasios (Thanassis) Kefalas is the Bentonite & Perlite Intermediates Business Unit General Manager of IMERYS and Chairman & CEO of IMERYS Greece S.A. He earned a Diploma in Mining Engineering–Metallurgy from the National Technical University of Athens and has completed an Executive MBA at INSEAD (France). He has been working at IMERYS since 2015 upon the acquisition of S&B Industrial Minerals, where he started in 1981 initially on operations and gradually moving to more strategic, managerial roles with high international exposure. A crucial part of his experience is the management of industrial units with large staff both in Greece and abroad where he implemented human resource management systems, so as to support the adjustment of staff in the shifting operational needs. Through his roles in operations, Thanassis was accountable for the fostering of relations with the local communities in order to obtain and maintain the social license to operate. During his more than thirty eight years of experience in the field, he has gained deep knowledge and experience in health and safety, and environmental standards, and experience in establishing and applying sustainable development principles. He currently serves as President of the Greek Mining Enterprises Association, the main association of the mining industries in Greece. He is also member of the General Council of SEV (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises) and member of the Board of Directors of SEV’s Business Council for Sustainable Development.
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Päivi Kinnunen

Research Team Leader, Principal Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Päivi Kinnunen
  • Päivi Kinnunen
    Dr. (Tech.) Päivi Kinnunen heads Metals and Materials Recovery group at VTT in the fields of material recycling, hydrometallurgical process development and geomicrobiology. She is the coordinator of METGROW+, “Metal recovery from low grade ores and wastes plus” project. Before joining VTT, she held industrial positions in metallurgy, and developed sustainable hydrometallurgical production processes for the mining and metal industry. In addition to technical competences, Dr. Kinnunen has M.Sc. degree in Economics and Business Administration with special focus on circular economy in mining.
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Zuzanna Łacny

Research assistant
AGH University of Science and Technology
Zuzanna Łacny
  • Zuzanna Łacny
    Zuzanna Łacny is a research assistant at AGH University of Science and Technology (Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering) in Kraków, Poland.  Zuzanna has an environmental engineering master's degree. Her research is focused on the social aspect of mining activities (social acceptance) and revitalisation of post-mining areas.
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Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes

CNRS senior scientist, Head of IAM team of ICGM
Charles Gerhardt Institute of Montpellier (ICGM)
Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes
  • Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes
    Dr. Patrick LACROIX-DESMAZES graduated in 1992 from the National School of Chemistry in Montpellier (France) and received his MSc in Polymer Science from the University of Montpellier. He obtained his PhD degree in 1996 from the University of Lyon in collaboration with Elf Atochem and in the frame of a European program on reactive surfactants. After a postdoctoral research in 1997 at BP Chemicals in Wingles, he joined CNRS as a research scientist. In 1999, he developed RITP, a promising method for controlled radical polymerization. He received his Habilitation Degree in 2004. He was awarded the 2004 Innovative Research ADER Award in collaboration with Solvay. In 2009, he was distinguished as a researcher laureate from Languedoc-Roussillon and he was promoted CNRS research director. His research interests cover reversible-deactivation radical polymerizations, the synthesis of polymer colloids and hybrid materials in aqueous media, as well as the synthesis and use of polymers in supercritical carbon dioxide. He has been deputy president of the French Polymer Group (GFP) (2013-2016). He is Distinguished Member Laureate 2018 of the French Chemical Society (SCF). Since 2015, he is the head of the team Engineering Macromolecular Architectures (IAM) at the Institute Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier.
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Monique Le Guen

Executive Expert in Geology and Mining
Monique Le Guen
  • Monique Le Guen
    Having worked for 30 years in different mining subsidiaries of Eramet group. Is currently in charge of technology transfer and skills sharing, in the field of mineral resource and reserve estimates and ore valorisation. Competent Person according to the mining codes for prospecting and estimating resources and reserves. In charge of European collaborative project and involved in the development of innovative methods related to the mining industry, from the acquisition of data to the quantification of the risks associated with the process of ore.
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Gregory Mahy

Professor Biodiversity and Landscape Unit University of Liege
University of Liege
Gregory Mahy
  • Gregory Mahy
    GREGORY MAHY (PhD), a senior ecologist expert, holds a full professor position at the University of Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech.  He is currently head of a research group ‘biodiversity and landscape’   within the TERRA Research Unit of Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, including about 25 scientists with expertise in biological conservation, biological invasion, ecological engineering, ecosystem services, landscape ecology.   His scientific work focusses on biodiversity management and the study of pattern-process links in plant biodiversity, mainly in stressful environments  and human driven ecosystems.  He has managed numerous projects of ecological restoration and ecological engineering , specifically in relation to extractive industry in tropical (www.copperflora.org) and temperate (www.lifeinquarries.eu) countries.  Most of the applied projects led by GM include direct implication of private and public stakeholders with a focus on biodiversity and business strategy.   GM team is currently the scientific partner of the ‘Life in Quarries’ European project, an ambitious program aiming to promote biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services enhancement in an network of more than 20 active quarries in Southern Belgium.
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Mathilde Mesnard

Deputy Director for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD
OECD
Mathilde Mesnard
  • Mathilde Mesnard
    Mathilde is Deputy Director for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD, covering financial markets, international investment, corporate governance, competition and anti-corruption. Previously, she was Coordinator of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Initiative and Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary General. She launched an OECD-wide project on integrity and anti-corruption. From 2001-2009, she was an economist working on corporate governance and developed the OECD Guidelines on corporate governance of SOEs. Ms. Mesnard previously held positions as management consultant with Deloitte & Touche and Financial Analyst at Citibank. She holds a PhD.
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Simon Michaux

Senior Research Officer in University of Liege
University of Liege
Simon Michaux
  • Simon Michaux
    My name is Simon.  I am from Australia and I have come to work for GTK as a senior scientist.  My education is a Bachelor of Applied Science in physics and geology.  My PhD was in Mining Engineering.  I am from the Australian mining industry.  I studied and worked for the JKMRC (Sustainable Minerals Institute) for 18 years, where I was involved in several high profile industry funded research programs.   One of those projects was the AMIRA P843 and P843A Geometallurgical Mine Mapping projects.  In these projects I developed small scale comminution tests fit for purpose in geometallurgy and managed the experimental campaigns.
    My areas of technical interest are characterization, electrical dynamic fragmentation, engineering separation, material science, and multi-phase data analysis of geometallurgical data sets and modelling the mining process as a dynamic system.  I believe that process plants need to be considered simultaneously as a whole circuit and as a collection of individual units; where each process unit also needs to be mass balanced in terms of mineralogy as well as mass transfer.    Previous process engineering work has been in rock breakage, blast fragmentation and comminution.  Work has been done in dust generation and dust plume modelling.  I have also been studying the environmental fallout of industrialization. 
    I left the JKMRC for the private sector and worked an EPCM company called Ausenco in their Technical Solutions division.   As this was a commercial engineering company, servicing mining corporate clients, geometallurgy had its most effective influence in a Pre-Feasibility Study.    What was being attempted was an integration of geometallurgical data and Enterprise Optimization analysis (Whittle software).  Part of my set tasks was the establishment a series of small scale tests I had seen as a researcher to be done through ALS Global in a commercial manner.  In this work, I was forming a conduit between technical engineering design, executive management and mining investment personnel.   During this time, I learned about industrial investment, due diligence and the problem solving done by investment analysts.  I was developing a methodology that would optimise the three areas of engineering design, executive decision making and corporate investment together into a single coherent methodology. 
    Until recently, I worked as a Senior Research Officer in the GeMMe Dept of Géoressources Minérales & Imagerie Géolgique at the University of Liege. My role is to develop department capability in electrodynamic fragmentation using a Selfrag EDF instrument. I was required to develop alliances and partnerships between the GeMMe department and stakeholder groups across Europe (other universities, independent R&D groups, private sector corporations, EU government entities). A series of research proposals were written and submitted to H2020 and EIT KIC.
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Arnoldas Milukas

Head of Unit - H2020 Environment and Resources, EASME
European Commission
Arnoldas Milukas
  • Arnoldas Milukas
    Since January 2014 Mr Milukas is leading Unit B.2 "H2020 Environment and Resources", which main task is implementation of the Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge on Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials. Unit B2 is managing close to 280 projects, for which the EU funding amounts to € 1,6 billion. Besides, the unit is also collaborating with other relevant parts of the Horizon 2020 and LIFE programmes, as well as provides the European Commission with input and support for its policy making to underpin sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Europe. 
    Mr Milukas was seconded to EASME from DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD), where – since 2005 – he worked as an official of the EU. He started as a Head of Unit responsible for Strategy and Policy in the Transport Directorate of DG RTD, and five years later he became Head of Unit for Management of Natural Resources in the Environment Directorate of RTD.
    Arnoldas Milukas completed mechanical engineering studies at Lithuanian Agriculture Academy and holds Master degree in International trade from Vilnius University.
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Lee Min-Ha

Principal researcher of the KITECH; Professor of University of Science and Technology of Korea
KITECH; University of Science and Technology of Korea
Lee Min-Ha
  • Lee Min-Ha
    Dr. Lee has been the principal researcher of the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) and professor of University of Science and Technology (UST) Korea since 2010. He joined KITECH as a senior researcher in 2008. Dr. Lee graduated Yonsei university in 2004 with a Ph. D. in metallurgical engineering. He worked on development of governmental policy on Rare Metals at the Korea Institute for Rare Metals (KIRAM). He was also an invited visiting scholar at the Ames Laboratory (US DOE) to act on international cooperation of Critical Materials issue from 2012 to 2014. He also served as Senior Researcher at the Korea Materials and Components Industry Agency (KMAC) of the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy (MKE) from 2008 to 2009 for working on Korean governmental policy planning of critical materials issues. Prior to coming to KITECH he worked as Research Scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden) in Germany. His research interests include rapid solidification and thermoplastic deformation. Currently he focuses on engineering application of rare metals with recycling and substitution of critical elements. 
    Dr. Lee is a member of TMS and the German Materials Science Association (DGM). He received the 2009 Korea Materials & Components Industry Agency President’s Award. Currently He serves as a member of the Korean government policy advisory board on International affairs of Rare Metals and is a member of the Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute’s Committee on international affairs.
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Gavin Mudd

Associate Professor
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Gavin Mudd
  • Gavin Mudd
    Assoc. Prof. Gavin Mudd has been at the forefront of research on the sustainability of modern mining for over 20 years, with detailed research across almost sectors of the industry. To date, he has published over 200 scientific and technical papers and reports, about two-thirds of which are peer-reviewed. In recent years, Gavin has published world-leading papers on the global mineral resources of copper, uranium, lead-zinc, nickel, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, indium, cobalt, and together with PhD students has helped pioneer approaches to quantifying critical minerals endowments despite the lack of directly reported data. He has worked closely with local and indigenous communities across Australia, Papua New Guinea, parts of Africa and elsewhere – helping to navigate and support understanding of the environmental risks and management of mining (e.g. water, tailings, rehabilitation, energy-carbon issues, etc). Gavin’s reputation has seen him contribute to projects for the International Resources Panel, UN Environment’s Global Environmental Outlook-6th Edition, Geoscience Australia, Columbia University, Yale University and a range of other international research and consulting projects. Overall, Gavin is a unique and world-leading expert voice on mining and sustainable development and perfectly placed to communicate the challenges and opportunities for Australia and critical minerals.
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Gert-Jan Nabuurs

Professor European Forest Resources
Wageningen University and Research
Gert-Jan Nabuurs
  • Gert-Jan Nabuurs
    Gert-Jan Nabuurs is currently professor European forest resources at Wageningen University and senior researcher at Wageningen Environmental Research, WUR. His background is in European scale forest resource analyses, and management under climate change. His work has both scientific aspects as well as large outreach to the forest sector. He started the work with the EFISCEN model, the European forest resource, forest management and carbon balance model. Applications are in wood availability, effects of forest management, climate change impacts and CO2 sequestration. He was Assistant Director of the European Forest Institute in Finland from 2009-2012. He is member of Ministerial Advisory Committee Sustainability of Biomass for Energy Purposes, advising on certification schemes and their applicability to Dutch biomass sustainability criteria. He leads the Dutch forest climate pilots under the Climate Accord, a 2.3 M€/y programme with 38 partners from the Dutch sector.  He is currently IPCC Coordinating Lead Author in the Sixth Assessment Report  for the Agriculture and Forestry chapter.
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Nedal Nassar

Chief, Materials Flow Analysis Section, National Minerals Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Nedal Nassar
  • Nedal Nassar
    Nedal Nassar is the Chief of the Materials Flow Analysis Section at the National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Nassar is a leading expert in mineral criticality assessments and material flow analyses. Employing a systems perspective, Dr. Nassar and his team examine the global stocks and flows of nonfuel mineral commodities at each stage of their life cycle, analyze trends and examine concerns regarding foreign mineral dependency, and develop supply and demand scenarios to better anticipate potential shortfalls. Dr. Nassar received his Ph.D. from Yale University where he worked on the development and application of a methodology for identifying critical minerals. He has continued that work by developing an early-warning screening for critical minerals with the U.S. National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Nassar was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers. His research has been published in several high-profile journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Advances, and Environmental Science & Technology. Previously, Dr. Nassar worked as a consultant and as a process development engineer in the semiconductors and data storage industries where he was the recipient of three trade secrets. Dr. Nassar also holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, an MBA in sustainable global enterprise from Cornell University, as well as two master’s degrees from Yale University.
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Ligia Noronha

Director, Economy Division, UNEP
UNEP
Ligia Noronha
  • Ligia Noronha
    Ligia Noronha is the Director of the Economy Division of  UN Environment (UNEP). The Division works to  shift economies from brown to green with a strategic focus on decarbonizing, decoupling, and detoxifying. She  leads two of UNEP’s subprogrammes – Resource Efficiency and Chemicals, Waste and Air Quality, and the emerging agendas in UNEP on Environment/Pollution and Health and Extractives and the Environment. 
    Prior to joining UN Environment, Ligia Noronha was Executive Director (Research Coordination) and  Director of the Resources, Regulation and Global Security Division at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi.  Ligia Noronha has served on the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India, and on several expert committees of the Government of India including the Expert Committee on Climate Change, the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), and the Task Force on Natural Resources of the Commission on Centre State Relations.
    Amongst other representations, she was a member of the Planning Board of the Government of Goa,  member of the Goa Jubilee Development Council, a member of Shell International’s External Review Committee on Sustainability Reporting, member of the Global Assurance Group’s project on Minerals, Metal and Sustainable Development (MMSD), and on the Global Agenda Council  of the World Economic Forum on Minerals and Natural Resources.
    Her research and publications include climate change; environmental policy  in mining, designing tools to track health and well being in mining regions, governance of mining and minerals development; energy and resource security; India's environmental and coastal policy, coastal resource use governance;  and resource and environmental federalism. 
    She holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Bombay, a Masters in Sea Use Law, Economics, and Policy, and a PhD from the London School of Economics.
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Malwina Nowakowska-Ketterle

Deputy Head of Unit, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, DG GROW
European Commission
Malwina Nowakowska-Ketterle
  • Malwina Nowakowska-Ketterle
    Malwina Nowakowska is the Deputy Head of Unit in DG GROW at the European Commission responsible for Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials. She coordinates trade and international aspects of the Raw Materials Initiative as well as non-metallic mineral products and forest-based industries.
    A trade economist by background she specialises on trade analysis and international policy aspects, responsible and sustainable business conducts and project management. Prior to joining the European Commission she was a researcher at the Swiss Institute for International Economics, Switzerland, member of the Global Trade Alert Team by CEPR and University of St. Gallen. She authored several trade-related research papers on the GSP, rules of origin and protectionism spread in the post-crisis era.
    She holds an M.A. in International Economic Relations from Warsaw School of Economics, Poland and CEMS Master in International Management from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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Henrik Ørskov Pedersen

Director, Head of Core Technology
Technical University of Denmark
Henrik Ørskov Pedersen
  • Henrik Ørskov Pedersen
    Degree in Electrical Engineering from DTU (Technical University of Denmark)
    Working for Grundfos since 1993
    Professional experience within permanent magnet motor design.
    Various management positions within technology development.
    Since 9 years heading the global technology organization for the Grundfos Group
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Irina Oswald

Environmental Program Manager
Apple
Irina Oswald
  • Irina Oswald
    Irina is a program manager in Apple's Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives team and works on the company’s Closed Loop Initiative, where the goal is to build products using only renewable resources or recycled material. As part of this effort, Irina works with cross-functional teams to evaluate social, environmental and supply impacts of materials used in electronics, in order to prioritise materials with the most urgent need for closed loop supply chains. Prior to joining Apple in 2012, Irina completed a PhD at the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences and a Diploma in Physical Geography at University of Augsburg, Germany.
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Petri Peltonen

Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Petri Peltonen
  • Petri Peltonen
    Petri Peltonen is Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE). In this capacity he oversees the policy development and implementation in the sectors of economic growth, enterprise and innovation as well as foreign direct investments.  
    Prior to taking his current position in 2016, Petri Peltonen was Director General of the Enterprise and Innovation Department at MEAE and the Technology Department at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. 
     From 1996 to 2006, he worked at the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), most recently as Executive Director and member of the management team. From 1987 until 1996, he held several technology development positions at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands and in electronics industry in Finland. 
    Within his duties, Petri Peltonen takes part in several national and European functions such as the boards of the Business Finland organisation and the Nordic Investment Bank. He is also acts as the European Commission’s SME Envoy for Finland. 
    Petri Peltonen (b. 1962) has M.Sc. and Lic.Tech. degrees from Tampere University of Technology. He is an invited member of the Finnish Academy of Technical Sciences.
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Ton Peters

Expert Advisor at Deltares
Deltares
Ton Peters
  • Ton Peters
    Ton Peters is an expert advisor with a broad expertise in the fields of electro technical engineering, geotechnical instrumentation, geotechnical engineering, risk assessment, climate change adaption, crises management and business administration. In his current position he is responsible for international business development and project management of European research projects and research projects in cooperation with international industry. Also he is a member of the Deltares crises management team that can mobilize vital expertise 24/7 in case of hazards like flooding, droughts and construction failure. 
    Before that Mr. Peters was a consultant and head of a survey department accumulating 20 years of international experience in geotechnical instrumentation, geophysics, soil investigation and development of laboratory and field testing equipment. 
    Mr. Peters has a passion for sharing his knowledge and teaches courses at the Deltares Academy and lectures at international seminars. He works with enormous drive, thinks in possibilities and has the communicational skills to connect people to achieve successful projects for clients and stakeholders. Respect for every individual, in a professional environment and beyond, is highly valued.
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Radu-Robert Piticescu

Senior Scientist 1st degree/Innovation Manager
National R&D Institute for Nonferrous and Rare Metals, Romania
Radu-Robert Piticescu
  • Radu-Robert Piticescu
    PITICESCU RADU-ROBERT received his engineering license in Nonferrous Metals Metallurgy at the University POLITEHNICA Bucharest. Since 1998 he is PhD in Materials Science. 
    Dr. Radu Robert Piticescu works as senior scientist in the Laboratory for Nanostructured and Advanced Materials. In 2004 he founded the Center for Technology Transfer in Advanced Materials CTT AVANMAT where he is now involved as innovation manager. 
    His main expertise is the green synthesis of nanomaterials using solution chemical methods, their processing in new sintered products and thin films and the study of their thermal stability by developing specific methodologies by differential scanning calorimetry. 
    Since 2001 he was responsible for more National and International Projects in the frame of NATO Science for Peace (2000-2004), European FP6, FP7 and H2020 Programs. 
    He is coordinating the Virtual Centre SUPERMAT developed in the frame of the H2020 TWINN 692216 project (2016-2018). Actually, he is Project Director of the ERAMIN II COFUND project ID 87 MONAMIX (2018-2021) and is member in the management core team of COST Action CA 15012 Critical Raw Materials for Extreme Environments.
    He is founder member of the Nanofutures Association and member of the European High-Pressure Research Association and SPIRE PPP Initiative. 
    He published 2 books and 2 book chapters, over 50 papers and presented more invited lectures in different conferences and summer schools. He is co-author of 4 National Patents and 2 European Patent Requests.
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Mark Rachovides

President of Euromines
Euromines
Mark Rachovides
  • Mark Rachovides
    Mark Rachovides is in his third term as President of Euromines, the recognised representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry. The association's main objective is to promote the industry and to maintain its relations with European institutions at all levels. 
    Euromines represents National Mining Associations and over 100 companies producing more than 42 different metals and minerals. Mr. Rachovides has been a Director or Chairman of a number of natural resource companies in different countries for over 20 years. His career also includes ten years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development specialising in Resource Finance.
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Kevin Rebenius

Managing Director
Orexplore
Kevin Rebenius
  • Kevin Rebenius
    Kevin (M.Sc in Engineering and Business Administration) is a business development professional with a proven track record of growing product and technical consultant companies. Kevin has more than 15 years’ experience of working with sales and leadership within advanced product development companies. In 2010 he was one of the founders of Orexplore.
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Dominique Roberts

Chief Operating Officer of Mineco
Mineco
Dominique Roberts
  • Dominique Roberts
    Dominic Roberts has been working in the Balkan’s natural resource sector for 12 years. As Chief Operating Officer of Mineco he has responsibility for the development of new projects, opening the Olovo lead mine in 2017 and the optimisation of the group’s four operating base metal mines in Serbia and Bosnia. After a geology degree Dominic joined the British Army, deploying on operations across the globe including tours in both Bosnia and Kosovo. Following a policy secondment to the Cabinet Office in London and command tour in Iraq, Dominic left service in 2007. He completed the first commercial waste retreatment project in the region (ferro-chrome) after-which he joined the Mineco team in 2013. Believing in both the absolute potential and the requirement for European metal mining Dominic has been a driving member of the H2020 IMP@CT consortium from its fruition.
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Marcin Sadowski

Head of the Raw Materials sector, EASME
European Commission
Marcin Sadowski
  • Marcin Sadowski
    Marcin Sadowski obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Warsaw in 1994 and later worked on investigating the optical properties of semiconducting structures and materials at the University of Warsaw, the University of Montpellier, and the High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Grenoble. In 2007 he moved to the European Commission in Brussels. For several years, he was a Research Programme Officer at the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission, responsible for research on advanced materials. Since 2014, he is the Head of the Raw Materials sector at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission, responsible for the research and innovation projects of Horizon 2020 concerned with Raw Materials.
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Kotaro Shimizu

Chief Analyst, Manager of Resource and Energy division
UFJ Research Institute
Kotaro Shimizu
  • Kotaro Shimizu
    Kotaro Shimizu completed his Master of Science degree from Waseda University, Japan in 2002. He joined UFJ Research Institute (present organization: Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting), a policy institute in Japan, as an analyst of environment and energy field in that year, was promoted to the chief analyst of the resource and energy field in 2010 and is working as the section leader of the resource and energy division. He and his staff have completed more than 200 reports to governmental and private organizations in the fields of mining, smelting, manufacturing, waste management and recycling.
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Slavko Solar

Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys
EuroGeoSurveys
Slavko Solar
  • Slavko Solar
    Dr. Slavko Šolar is a Mineral Resource Geologist who worked as an exploration geologist (1984-1991) and then moved on to the position of Head of Unit of the Economic Geology Department from 1991-1997 at the Geological Survey of Slovenia. There afterwards he became a consultant/adviser for the Slovenian government and industry on minerals, resources management and sustainability and was coordinator of the Mining Public Service until 2012. From 2012 to 2016, he was a seconded national expert to the European Commission, DG GROWTH, Unit C2 "Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”. Afterwards he served as a Senior Scientific Officer at DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the Land Resources Unit for a year. He is serving as Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys from late 2017 onwards.
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Beata Staszkow

CEO & President of the Board
Polish Copper Employer’s Organisaton ( ZPPM)
Beata Staszkow
  • Beata Staszkow
    Beata Staszkow is currently serving as a CEO of Polish Copper Employer’s Organisaton ( ZPPM).  Represents organisations’ interests to the EU institutions and the government, she has forged and managed strategic partnerships, particularly between the Government, civil society and the private sector as mechanisms that support economic growth, job creation, innovation and enterprise.
    Involved in multiple initiatives aiming at disseminating good management practices and fostering entrepreneurship. She has redesigned members' services to ensure their alignment with the changing business environment and EU policies to ascertain information exchange and co-operation across industry sectors worldwide. Before joining ZPPM, she has worked as a business consultant, trainer and coach in Poland and in the UK.
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Maria Taxiarchou

Assist. Professor in National Technical University of Athens
National Technical University of Athens
Maria Taxiarchou
  • Maria Taxiarchou
    Prof. Maria Taxiarchou studied Mining and Metallurgical engineering at National Technical University of Athens, 1982-1987, and received her PhD degree in Metallurgy from School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering in 1991. 
    She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering of NTUA and has more than 20 years experience in research in the area of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy with 48 publications in refereed journal and conferences totaling 723 citations.
    The last 10 years, she has participated as scientific responsible or senior researcher in more than 45 national and EC funded projects on the development and evaluation of processing technologies for the treatment of ores and industrial minerals, the production of high added value materials from industrial minerals and mining and metallurgical wastes and assessment and environmental impact and LCA of metallurgical processes. 
    Her research experience includes process design and development, processing of ores and industrial minerals, synthesis of high added-value materials from ores and industrial minerals, assessment of the environmental impact of products and production processes. She has gained considerable experience on perlite expansion process technology and more specifically in the sectors of energy efficiency optimisation, integration of new technologies and analysis of kinetics and thermodynamics.
    The last 10 years, she has established close links with university schools specialised in mineral processing and mining and metallurgical industries and has good access to relevant scientific, research and business fora. She participated as member and rapporteur in Operational Group 1 of the EIP on Raw Materials and as member in Working Group I (Opportunities and road blocks for primary supply of rare earths in Europe (primary resources and stocks) of the ERECON Network. She was also member of the Ad-Hoc working group of the SHERPA Group on the Raw Materials Score Board.
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Luis Tercero

Head of Business Unit Systemic Risks
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Luis Tercero
  • Luis Tercero
    Luis TERCERO is head of the Business Unit Systemic Risks and coordinates all work related to materials and raw materials at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, Germany. Starting 2009, he has managed or been actively involved in a variety of projects (German, EU, Industry) related to flows of raw materials, critical raw materials, raw material supply and demand, changing demand through emerging technologies, raw materials policy and resource efficiency. Luis had a leading role in supporting the Ad-hoc Working Group on Defining Critical Raw Materials (2009-2010 and 2013-2014) in the context of the EU Raw Materials Initiative and is currently a member of the Operational Groups of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. He received his formal training as a chemical engineer (B.Sc., M.Sc., Dr.-Ing.) in Nicaragua, U.S.A. and Germany.
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Armida Torreggiani

Researcher at National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
Armida Torreggiani
  • Armida Torreggiani
    Armida Torreggiani received her degree in Chemistry in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1997 at the University of Bologna (Italy). After several fellowships from National Research Council, University of Bologna, and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (USA), she became a researcher in 2001 at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). Her scientific interests are mainly in Spectroscopic field (Raman and IR spectroscopic techniques) and Radiation Chemistry and she is author of 120 publications in qualified journals and more than 100 communications to International Congresses.
     She is currently Member of the Scientific Committee of European Conference on the Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules, the National Group of Raman spectroscopy (GISR), and has been one Management Committee Member of the Cost Action CM1001 and Member of the Scientific Committee of Italian Society for Researches on Radiations (S.I.R.R.). 
    She has a long experience in education and dissemination activities at middle and high schools as well as at University and is very active in the framework of the EIT Raw Materials Community. Thanks to her experience as a mum-researcher, and before teacher, she has developed a successful methodology to improve the image of science & technology in schools (age 10-19 yrs.) and a wide dissemination action in Schools and Society with the support of Raw Materials Accademy. Since 2016 she is the project coordinator of Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools (RM@Schools - http://rmschools.isof.cnr.it), one of the two flagship programmes in the Wider Society Learning segment of EIT Raw Materials, involving a strategic partnership between School, University, Research and Industries from 13 European States.
    She is also the project leader of a National Programme for students called “From Research to School and …back” funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).  She also contributes to other EIT Raw Materials projects, such as ESEE Education Initiatives which is  a “pilot” project of RM@Schools for ESEE Countries, Cross-KIC Human Capital - Green Innovation@Schools in collaboration with Climate KIC, E-Mining@Schools, SmartPlaCE@Schools (Serious game Platform for education on Circular Economy in highschools) and other European projects, such as Boosting future careers, education and research activities in the European bio-based industry  (UrBIOfuture - BBI) and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions in the framework of Horizon 2020 programme. 
    In 2018 she was one of the nominees for the EIT Awards 2018 which recognises the outstanding achievements of women entrepreneurs and leaders from European Innovation Communities. She finished 2nd out of 38 nominees, in the EIT Public Award voting.
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Kaisa Turunen

Research Scientist
Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
Kaisa Turunen
  • Kaisa Turunen
    Kaisa Turunen (MSc) works as a Research scientist at the Geological Survey of Finland with seven years of expertise studying the environmental issues of mining. She specialises in mine water related emissions and is currently conducting PhD studies at the University of Helsinki with a research topic of “Mine effluent impacted surface and groundwaters: implications for tracer and hydraulic applications at the mine-site scale”. Currently her work includes also the Scientific coordination of the Horizon2020-project MIREU – Mining and Metallurgy regions within EU.
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Rachel Ward

Head of Policy, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
Rachel Ward
  • Rachel Ward
    Rachel supports IIGCC's membership by building consensus and identifying key topics on which to engage and influence policy makers in national capitals, Brussels and globally. Rachel also leads the policy work of The Investor Agenda. Rachel joined IIGCC in 2017 having previously worked for the UK Civil Service for over ten years on EU and international climate change, energy and transport policy, including four years in Brussels with the European Commission and the UK Diplomatic Service, and as part of the UK delegation to COP21 in Paris. Rachel holds a BSc in International Management with French from the University of Bath, and an MA with distinction in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland.
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Ulrika Wedberg

Head of Sustainable Business, Sandvik AB
Sandvik AB
Ulrika Wedberg
  • Ulrika Wedberg
    Ulrika Wedberg, an educated lawyer with solid experience from M&A and for the last 10 years being the President of Wolfram Bergbau und Huetten AG in Austria, a company specialized in production of tungsten carbide, mining and recycling of tungsten. Since tungsten is both a critical and conflict mineral and together with cobalt constitutes the main ingredients for cemented carbide, sustainable supply throughout the whole supply is key.
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Norbert Zajzon

Associate professor and Head of the Department
University of Miskolc
Norbert Zajzon
  • Norbert Zajzon
    Norbert Zajzon competed his studies about mineralogy, geochemistry and solid mineral resources at the Eötvös Loránd University (MSc 2001, PhD 2006), Budapest, Hungary. His research subject was instrumental mineralogy and geochemistry related to global environmental crises, mass extinctions. Until now he is dedicated to numerous analytical techniques in the geoscience field.
    He is currently an associate professor at the Institute of Mineralogy and Geology, and head of the Mineralogy – Petrology Department, University of Miskolc (Miskolc, Hungary), teaching instrumental mineralogy, ore deposits and astronomy and planetology and head of the microprobe laboratory (http://www.geology.uni-miskolc.hu/index.php/en/staff/13-munkatarsak/438-dr-norbert-zajzon). He is working on numerous H2020 projects and also the coordinator of the currently running UNEXMIN project (www.unexmin.eu) which is a European Union funded Horizon 2020 project, aims to develop an autonomous underwater robotic explorer (UX-1) to 500 m water depth, capable to 3D map and deliver geo-scientific information by non-invasive methods from abandoned, flooded underground mines. And he will lead its continuation the EIT Raw Materials financed UNEXUP project from 2020 to 2023. He is also the CEO of the UNEXMIN Georobotics Ltd, which was founded by the UNEXMIN consortium.
    Nearby his university carrier, he also works for the geological society, as Co-president of the Hungarian Geological Society and fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.
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