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Marco Abis

Research Assistant
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Marco Abis
  • Marco Abis
    Marco Abis studied Environmental and Land engineering at the University of Cagliari (Italy), where he gained his Master degree in 2015. Since 2016, he has been working as Research Assistant at the Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economics of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), while pursuing his PhD. Marco’s research is focused on the post-treatment of residues from municipal solid waste and sewage sludge incineration, aimed at the recovery of resources and valuable materials.
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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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Tomasz Calikowski

Policy Officer
DG RTD.C1, European Commission
Tomasz Calikowski
  • Tomasz Calikowski

    Tomasz Calikowski works at European Commission since 2007. He is Policy Officer at Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Directorate “Healthy Planet”, unit “Circular Economy and Bio-based Systems”. He is in charge of policies related to bio-based systems and sustainable biomass value chains and Bio-based Industry Joint Undertaking. 
    He graduated in biology at University of Warsaw (1995) and received PhD degree in plant biochemistry at Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics in Warsaw (2000).


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Joao Castro-Gomes

Professor and leader of Centre of Materials and Building Technologies Research Unit
University of Beira Interior
Joao Castro-Gomes
  • Joao Castro-Gomes
    João is the professor and leader of Centre of Materials and Building Technologies Research Unit at the University of Beira Interior since January 2007. João graduated from the University of Minho with a degree in Civil Engineering. He completed his PhD studies at the University of Leeds in 1997. After the doctoral degree João worked as a university lecturer and team leader until his appointment to the professorship. His research interests are the reuse of industrial and household wastes particularly mining waste to develop sustainable cementitious materials by alkali-activation and carbon absorption. He was awarded the First prize in the 2018 Climatelaunchpad Global competition, organized by EIT Climate-KIC with the eCO2blocks project - building a business with the production of masonry blocks with 100% industrial waste-based materials, carbon dioxide and non-potable water. He was also awarded in 2018 the first prize of Manuel António da Mota Foundation.
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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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Daniel Cios

Policy Assistant, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Unit, DG GROW
European Commission
Daniel Cios
  • Daniel Cios
    Joined the Commission in 2018 in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Has been following closely EU raw materials policies since 2008 and conducted academic research and gained professional experience in this field. Before joining the Commission he worked as a consultant for mining and oil companies on issues related to supplies of raw materials and performed economic and technological analysis of various innovative projects. He also worked in the Polish Ministry for Foreign Affairs for the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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Fazilet Cinaralp

Secretary General
European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA)
Fazilet Cinaralp
  • Fazilet Cinaralp
    Born in Turkey, Fazilet Cinaralp graduated from the University of Mons (Belgium), BSc in Economics and Master as International Interpreter. 
    In 1984, she joined the American Group “Champion Spark Plugs Inc”, where she worked until 1991.
    Mrs Cinaralp joined the Rubber Industry in 1991 where she exercised several functions towards the European Institutions, mainly leading environmental projects. 
    Between 1997-2006, she served as Secretary General of the European Rubber Industry Association –BLIC.
    Since 2006, Mrs. Cinaralp is leading the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association-ETRMA. Fazilet Cinaralp has an extensive experience in environmental and sustainability issues. 
    She is member of several Advisory/Expert Groups of the European Commission and amongst the founding members of European industry coalitions, such as Industry4Europe, CheMi Platform and the European TRWP Platform. She was also appointed Advisor to the EU with the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG).
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Constantin Ciupagea

Head of Unit D.3 Land Resources, JRC Directorate D – Sustainable Resources
European Commission
Constantin Ciupagea
  • Constantin Ciupagea
    Constantin Ciupagea is Head of Unit for Land Resources at the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC), within the European Commission, managing projects in support to EU policies. He is also the JRC Director-General’s Sherpa for the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. The most recent areas of research and policy support of the unit are: Raw Materials – policy support and monitoring indicators, coordinating the management of the Commission’s Raw Materials Information System (RMIS); Soil and Land-use policies and research – soil contamination, desertification, monitoring indicators, and linkages to CAP, SDGs and climate change; Ecosystem Services Mapping and Assessments and Natural Capital Accounting. Before joining the European Commission in 2010, he was the director of the Institute of World Economy (IWE) of the Romanian Academy. Between 2006 and 2008 he acted as State Counsellor for Economic Policies at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Romania, while between 1994 and 1996 he was the economic counsellor of the President of the Romanian Parliament’s Chamber of Representatives. He has a PhD in macroeconomic and international trade modelling since 1997.
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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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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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Otmar Deubzer

Scientific Advisor
UNU SCYCLE
Otmar Deubzer
  • Otmar Deubzer
    Otmar Deubzer graduated from TU Berlin as environmental engineer. Since 2008, he has been working with United Nations University SCYCLE Program among others on the development of standards for e-waste collection, transport, treatment and disposal. Otmar is the main responsible for e-waste-related projects in Africa, currently in Ghana, Ethiopia and Nigeria and is working on project related to circular economy and CRM. 
    Otmar is also active as international consultant for industry for European legislation, mainly the RoHS-, WEEE- and REACh Directives at Fraunhofer IZM, and he is working in projects related to recycling of critical materials from electrical and electronic equipment and on circular economy. Since 2006, he has been reviewing the exemptions from the substance regulations of the RoHS Directive and the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive for the European Commission.
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Giovanni de Santi

Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Joint Research Centre (JRC), EC
European Commission
Giovanni de Santi
  • Giovanni de Santi
    Mr Giovanni De Santi, Director, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, European Commission's Joint Research Centre
    Giovanni De Santi is, since September 2017, Director of the Directorate for Sustainable Resources at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The Directorate provides independent scientific evidence to support the development, implementation, evaluation and coherence of EU policies, mainly in the areas of sustainable development, agriculture, Earth Observation (Copernicus), environment and climate change, blue growth and fisheries, bioeconomy, industry and trade. 
    He previously served as Director of the JRC Institute for Energy and Transport. He has been working for the European Commission's Joint Research Centre since 1985. 
    Giovanni De Santi holds a university degree in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and a PhD degree in Fluidodynamics.
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Axel Eggert

Director General
EUROFER
Axel Eggert
  • Axel Eggert
    Axel Eggert is Director General of the European Steel Association (EUROFER), a post he has held since 2014, having initially joined the association in 2007 as Director of Public Affairs and Communication. A German national holding degrees from his studies of modern history, economics and law, Mr Eggert has extensive experience, having worked 8 years in the European Parliament prior to his leadership at EUROFER. Mr Eggert is also Vice-President and Member of the Board of ESTEP, The European Steel Technology Platform.
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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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Åsa Ek

Director Business Development
Stora Enso
Åsa Ek
  • Åsa Ek
    Åsa Ek has an M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry from KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics. She has many years of experience in bio-based material development as well as technology transfer from academia to industry. Since 2016 Åsa Ek is the CEO of Cellutech, a company developing new innovative material from wood, that was acquired by Stora Enso in 2018. Currently Åsa leads the Biofoam area within Sotra Enso Innovation Centre for biomaterials.
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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

Vice-President
INTRAW International Raw Material Observatory
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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Susanne Feiel

Head of Resources Innovation Center
University of Leoben
Susanne Feiel
  • Susanne Feiel
    Susanne is head of Resources Innovation Center - RIC Leoben - at Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria which houses the institution’s participation in the EIT RawMaterials, EIT Climate-KIC, its SDG and sustainability actions. Parallel to this position she is also still pursuing her position as head of the university’s international department. Despite the twofold function, she has always been passionately involved in her work and the symbiotic development of both centers. Susanne’s vison is a comprehensive internationalization of her institution through long lasting, stable and strong quality partnerships with other universities as well as necessary relevant structural amendments to create unique knowledge for excellent graduates and excellent science. At RIC the area of education and the creation of visibility of the raw materials sector has become a focus area as well as integrating the university’s raw materials activities into sustainable development, circular economy and climate action initiatives. Susanne is active in networking in several relevant stakeholder groups, for example as Sherpa in the High Level Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials. She is currently pursuing a PhD regarding the responsible production cycle of Aluminium in the light of SDG12.
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Scott Foster

Director, Sustainable Energy Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Scott Foster
  • Scott Foster
    Scott Foster has been Director of UNECE's Sustainable Energy Division since 2011. With more than 35 years' experience in energy, Mr. Foster has worked extensively with governments, industry, and international organizations on energy policy, market design and regulation, and climate change strategies. Mr. Foster's particular focus recently has been assisting energy stakeholders address the critical challenges of sustainability, technology choice, and investment mobilization. Before founding Nomad Energy Consulting in 2004, Mr. Foster was VP of Global Regulatory Affairs with AES Corporation, Senior Director for Global Power with Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), and Senior Expert on Electricity for the International Energy Agency. Mr. Foster holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
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Julio Rodrigo Fuentes

Innovation Manager
CENFIM – Home & Contract Furnishings Cluster
Julio Rodrigo Fuentes
  • Julio Rodrigo Fuentes
    Julio Rodrigo has a long experience leading R+D+I and consultancy projects/studies:
    Since June 2015: Innovation Manger in CENFIM – Home & Contract Furnishings Cluster (www.cenfim.org).
    2000-15: Eco-innovation project Manager of a consultancy company (SIMPPLE).
    162 projects in consultancy, innovation and/or R+D, 21 EU projects.
    1.474 training hours in masters, workshops or in-company.
    15 papers in scientific journals or books collaborations.
    83 contributions in congresses or technical workshops.
    Since 2004, Coordinator of “ISO 14001” of MGICMAS (Master of Integrated Management of Quality, Environment and Safety) - URV.
    Since 2011, Associate professor in Master Degree in Environmental Engineering & Sustainable Energy, Chemical Engineering Department (DEQ) - URV.
    Co-author of 7 books.
    Co-developer of various environmental software tools (e.g LCAmanager®).Mr Rodrigo holds a degree in Chemistry of URV – University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, he is a Master in Environmental Engineering and Management and a Master of Business and Administration at the URV and he has coursed PhD courses in Chemical Engineering Department at URV..
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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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Massimo Gasparon

Innovation Director
EIT Raw Materials
Massimo Gasparon
  • Massimo Gasparon
    Dr Massimo Gasparon is the Innovation Director at EIT RwMaterials, the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide, initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union. His responsibilities include the overall coordination and management of EIT RawMaterials’ funding program and International Outreach strategy. He holds a PhD in geochemistry from the University of Tasmania, and prior to joining EIT RawMaterials in 2017 he was a professor and geochemistry laboratory manager in the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Queensland. Between 1995 and 2013 he coordinated several programs aimed at establishing human impacts at research stations in the Australian Antarctic Territory, including the management of the Airllink program (direct flight connection between Australia and Antarctica). The main goal of his recent research has been to provide the geochemical tools for the assessment of risk to the environment and to human health, particularly at mine sites, following exposure to air, water and soil contaminated with metals and metalloids, particularly arsenic. He is the co-author of over 100 scientific publications, a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and a Special Visiting Researcher at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. In 2006 he won a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and received a UQ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. He was the Chair of the School’s Teaching and Learning Committee from 1997 to 2012, and coordinated the most awarded Earth sciences undergraduate curriculum across Australian universities.
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Roland Gauß

Senior Advisor
EIT Raw Materials
Roland Gauß
  • Roland Gauß
    Roland Gauß received his PhD from the University of Tübingen in 2008. His research interests are related to metallurgy, the resource criticality and life cycles of materials, and innovation. He worked in the fields of Nd-Fe-B processing and recycling, the extractive metallurgy of copper, and geochemical fingerprinting. He was Head of Department Functional Materials at Fraunhofer IWKS. Today, he is Senior Advisor at the Innovation Community EIT RawMaterials. He coordinates the Lighthouse Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility, which is a multiannual program fostering innovation and education in electrification and lightweight design.
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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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Stefan Gerth

Group Manager Innovative System Design
Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
Stefan Gerth
  • Stefan Gerth
    Physicist by training ,after finishing his PhD thesis end of 2012 Dr. Stefan Gerth started to apply Computed Tomography in the field of plant phenotyping in the year 2013. Already in April 2016 he became the head of the group “Innovative System Design” within the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray technology. Nowadays, Dr. Stefan Gerth and his group and me are developing software and hardware solutions to increase the throughput of Computed Tomography especially adapted for root phenotyping and automate the complete imaging pipeline in the data post processing. His main focus is the visualization and quantification of below ground organs like roots or tubers using non-destructive methods.
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Tyler Gillard

Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser
OECD
Tyler Gillard
  • Tyler Gillard
    Tyler Gillard is Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser in the Responsible Business Conduct Unit of the OECD’s Investment Division. He manages the OECD’s work on due diligence in the financial, textiles, mining & metals, oil & gas and agriculture sectors. Tyler joined the OECD in 2009 and led multi-stakeholder negotiation and agreement on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, and the adoption of the related OECD Council Recommendation on the Due Diligence Guidance. Since the adoption of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, Tyler has facilitated its use and support by the UN Security Council, G8, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (pursuant to section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the European Union and multiple African countries and industry schemes. 
    Tyler also led the development and implementation of the OECD-FAO Guidance on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractive Sector, the OECD Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment & Footwear Sector (forthcoming) and best practice papers on due diligence in various financial products and services (forthcoming). He is currently supervising OECD efforts to develop a general Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, relevant for all sectors of the economy. 
    Before joining the OECD, Tyler was a fellow in international law at Columbia Law School, where he worked with the Human Rights Institute and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment on responsible business conduct, international investment law and transparency in the extractive industry. Tyler has also worked with Human Rights Watch and for a number of years on local development and public-private dialogue throughout India. @tylergillard
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Fatima Gonzalez Gomez

Policy Assistant in the unit of Sustainable Industry Systems
European Commission
Fatima Gonzalez Gomez
  • Fatima Gonzalez Gomez
    Fatima Gonzalez joined the European Commission’s DG Research & Innovation in 2016. Since June 2019, she holds the position of Policy Assistant in the unit of Sustainable Industry Systems. In terms of training, she possesses a solid academic background: she is an environmental scientist through a 5-year university diploma obtained in Spain, with an exchange year in Ireland, and a 3-year university diploma in Tourism. Both during and after her studies, she actively volunteered in youth work, which led her to manage associations and teams and developed an own-initiative EU-funded project in her hometown. Participation in similar projects took her to Canada, the Netherlands, France and Finland. She has lived in Brussels for nine years where she has worked on environmental policy, sustainable tourism and competition issues in key organisations like the EU Representation of the Government of Castilla-La Mancha Region, the former European Commission’s DG Enterprise & Industry and Brussels-based associations. Currently, she is working on bringing sustainability to industry through her involvement in the Public-Private Partnership SPIRE in the European Commission.
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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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Milan Grohol

Policy Officer, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, Directorate-General for Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
European Commission
Milan Grohol
  • Milan Grohol
    Mr Milan Grohol is a Policy Officer in the European Commission, where he is responsible for raw materials and non-energy extractive industries. His main contributions to the raw materials field in the European Commission since 2004: implementing the EU Raw Materials Initiative, including the development of the EU list of Critical Raw Materials; creating and developing the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and the raw materials part of Societal Challenge 5 under Horizon 2020, the EU’s framework programme for research & development (2014-2020); and organising the series of the EU Raw Materials Week. He represents the European Commission in the Bureau of the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Management since 2018. For several years previously, he had been in charge of the industrial technologies as a Research Programme Officer in DG Research and Innovation in the fields of raw materials, chemicals, biomaterials and textiles production, manufacturing and construction. Milan Grohol holds Master's degrees in Mineral Processing and Environmental Technologies from the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia, and in Economy and Business Management from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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Christian Hagelüken

Director EU Government Affairs
Umicore
Christian Hagelüken
  • Christian Hagelüken
    Christian Hagelüken is Director EU Government Affairs at Umicore. From 2003-2011 he was head of Business Development in Umicore’s Precious Metals Refining unit. Before, he held various management positions in the precious metals department of Degussa AG.
    Christian represents Umicore in policy initiatives, associations, expert groups and scientific panels, among others the UNEP Resource Panel, the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, and the Acatech Circular Economy Initiative Germany, where he chairs the working group on EV-batteries. Christian has contributed to numerous scientific journals, books, and conferences with a focus on metals recycling, sustainable metals management and circular economy.
    Christian holds university degrees in mining engineering and industrial engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he also received his Ph.D. in 1991.
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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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Kari Heiskanen

Technology Director
Outotec
Kari Heiskanen
  • Kari Heiskanen
    Technology Director at Outotec (Finl) responsible for technology foresight and exploratory technology themes at the Mineral processing Business Unit of the Company.
    I have a M.Sc in mineral processing (thesis on cobalt mineral flotation) and a D.Sc. (thesis on comminution modelling) both from Helsinki University of Technology. Served Outokumpu Oy in several positions as a design engineer, assistant superintendent, project manager and in-house consultant. Worked five years as head of the processing group at Larox, before was appointed 1985 as the chair and professor in Mineral Processing at Helsinki University of Technology (later renamed Aalto University). Retired in 2014 and joined Outotec to take my present position. 
    My interests are now systemic solutions the mitigate water stress in mining operations; participate in developing phenomenological bases for the future digital plant operative, and economic models.
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Boris Heller

Head of Project-Development
Erdgas Südwest GmbH
Boris Heller
  • Boris Heller
    Boris Heller is Head of the Product- and Project Development and coordinates all work related to the development of renewable projects in the field of Green Gases and Floating Photovoltaics at the Erdgas Südwest GmbH, an energy company located in the south-west of Germany near Karlsruhe. It’s a subsidiary of the Energie Baden-Württemberg AG where he was starting his professional experience in 2009. He has managed a variety of projects in the IT and digitalization sector before he changes to Erdgas Südwest where he was responsible for several projects related to the ongoing energy transition in Germany. Since 2018 he was also responsible for the first and biggest Floating Solar Project in Germany which was put into operation in June 2019. It is a perfect example to combine decentralised energy production and regional raw material extraction. It was a project with the focus on the self-consumption of a gravel plant, which was also supported by the Industrieverband Steine und Erden Baden-Württemberg e.V. (ISTE).
    He received his diploma as an Industrial Engineer and also a Master’s degree in Energy Engineering and Management at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
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Sigurd Heiberg

Project director
Petrad
Sigurd Heiberg
  • Sigurd Heiberg
    Sigurd Heiberg is an active member of the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM), its Technical Assistance Group, Resource Management Task Force and chairing its Commercial Applications Working Group. He is Project director of Petrad and the chairperson of Petronavit a.s, 
    He has spent most of his working life in Government and industry, working and teaching on petroleum resources management and strategy. He has been Deputy director of resource management responsible for development and production at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in the late 1970s, Petroleum exploration advisor to the Minister of Water, Energy and Minerals of Tanzania in the 1980s, and a member of Statoil’s corporate strategy team in 2000s. He participated in initial public offering of Statoil shares in 2001.
    He chaired the Oil and Gas Reserves Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000-2001) when the SPE Resource classification that later became the SPE-PRMS was developed and what now is the EGRM (2002-2009) when the Un Framework Classification for Resources was developed. He also chaired the Bureau of the UNECE Intergovernmental Committee on Sustainable Energy (2010-2012). 
    Sigurd has engaged in education by helping the NPD to form and build PETRAD up to 1993. He has been a lecturer at the MIT Sloan Executive Education and at the University of Stavanger. He was a guest editor with MIT Professor Donald Roy Lessard of “Innovation in oil and gas through partnering”, Elsevier’s Volume 3 of Energy Strategy Reviews.
    Sigurd holds a BSc (Magna cum laude) degree from the University of California, Los Angeles ‘67, and a SM degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ’69. He has received formal management training at IMD (International Management in 1981 and High Performance Boards in 2011). He is fluent in Norwegian (Scandinavian), English and nearly so in French. He understands German.
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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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Gavin Hilson

Professor at Ludwig Maximilian
University of Munich
Gavin Hilson
  • Gavin Hilson
    Gavin Hilson is a leading global authority on the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in sub-Saharan Africa.  He has published over 300 papers on ASM, and has consulted for the donor community (e.g. World Bank, GIZ, DFID, USAID and the UN), private sector (e.g. Gold Fields, Newmont Gold Mining and the Alliance for Responsible Mining) and NGO community (e.g. OXFAM America, IIED and WWF Guianas) on the subject.  Professor Hilson received Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto, and his PhD from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.
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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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Zoltán Horváth

Head of department
Geological Survey of Hungary
Zoltán Horváth
  • Zoltán Horváth
    Dr Zoltán Horváth (Phd) is a geologist and soil-engineer, expert on general geology, mineral resources management and non-metallic solid mineral raw materials. He is the head of the Department of Mineral Resource Management in the Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary (MBFSZ). His focus is on mapping between national classification, CRISCO types reporting systems and international reporting codes and UNFC/UNRMS including professional and legislative issues. He represents the EuroGeoSurveys in Bureau of the UNECE EGRM and the MBFSZ in the EC DG Grow, Raw material Supply Group. He deals with vulnerability and loadability studies for domestic hydrocarbon concessions. He is responsible for the potential assessment of construction aggregates and industrial minerals in Hungary with field survey experience. He was involved in many EU-projects dealing with sustainable resource management and mineral safeguarding like Sustainable Aggregates Planning in South East Europe (SNAP SEE) and Mineral Deposits of Public Importance (MINATURA2020). The ORAMA project for data optimization for EU, the COST-MINEA for Anthropogenic Resources and the GEOERA program serve good fields for sharing experience and develop the concept for data harmonization for raw materials. He is the member of the Hungarian Geological Society.
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Jaco Huisman

Scientific officer on secondary raw materials
European Commission
Jaco Huisman
  • Jaco Huisman
    Since March 2018, Mr. Jaco Huisman works as scientific officer on secondary raw materials at the European Commission DG JRC Directorate D – Sustainable Resources. He has a background in chemical engineering and a PhD in Design Engineering with almost 20 years of experience in electronics recycling. Before joining the European Commission, Jaco worked at United Nations University in Germany as a scientific advisor. Between 2008 and 2017 he was employed as an associate professor at Delft University of Technology and Leiden University. His research work includes roughly 100 publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. Among them is the development of the first global E-waste Monitor in 2014, as well as multiple international policy briefs and impact assessments. He was the scientific coordinator of several projects including the FP7 “Countering WEEE Illegal Trade” (CWIT) project and the H2020 “Prospecting Secondary raw materials in the Urban Mine” (ProSUM) project.
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Marta Iglesias-Émbil

Responsible for Sustainable Materials and Ecoinnovation
SEAT
Marta Iglesias-Émbil
  • Marta Iglesias-Émbil
    Marta Iglesias-Émbil is responsible for Sustainable Materials and Ecoinnovation in the Environmental Affairs Product department of SEAT, affiliated company of the Volkswagen Group in Barcelona. She has carried out her career in Chemical Engineering at Universidad de Oviedo, and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a specialization in Industrial Ecology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Presently she is a PhD student in the program of Environmental Studies, focused on “Resource use on the automotive sector”. Current research lines conducted by her include the analysis of scarce metals within car parts, in terms of mass and thermodynamic rarity, to identify the most valuable parts for establishing circular economy practices.
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Simo Jaakkola

Vice managing director
Koneyrittäjät (Trade Association of Finnish Forestry and Earth Moving Contractors)
Simo Jaakkola
  • Simo Jaakkola
    Simo Jaakkola works as vice managing director of Koneyrittäjien liitto (Trade Association of Finnish Forestry, Earth Moving and Bioenergy Contracors). His background is in forestry, M.Sc in Helsinki University 1988).  Koneyrittäjät is an association,of nearly 2500 member companies (SMEs)  and looks after contractors interests in Finnish society and wider (=lobby organisation).  He has long experience (nearly 30 years) in lobbying for land based contractors in forestry and bioenergy sectors. He is also member of the board of CEETTAR (European Organisation of Agricultural, Rural and Forestry Contractors).   He is responsible for wide range of issues related to forestry and forest based bioenergy machine contracting in both organisations.  He is experienced in social dialogue between forest sector’s labour union and Koneyrittäjät. Simo Jaakkola has been for a long period forestry contractors representative in PEFC Finland forest certification organisation, which maintains, develope and promotes sustainable forestry by certification. He is also vice chaiman of PEFC Finland.
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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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Andreas Klossek

Interim CEO, COO, Managing Director EIT RawMaterials
EIT Raw Materials
Andreas Klossek
  • Andreas Klossek
    Andreas has been with EIT RawMaterials since the beginning from 2014. Before that he has managed large R&D networks and PPPs in the energy and raw materials sectors. Andreas has a PhD in business administration and has worked in consulting for many years.

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Jens Kobow

Assistant of the management board
Supracon
Jens Kobow
  • Jens Kobow
    Dr. Jens Kobow, assistant of management board, received his diploma degree in food sciences in 1993 and his Doctorate degree in 2001 at Technical University Berlin. He is familiar with public funded projects and especially with EC-Projects since 1995. In 2007 he joined IPHT and from 2009 to 2010 he was responsible for administrative project management of EU-projects (P4L, RODSOL, etc.) at IPHT. He joined Supracon in 2010 and is responsible for R&D project management.
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Jane Korinek

Economist and Trade Policy Analyst
OECD
Jane Korinek
  • Jane Korinek
    Jane Korinek is Economist and Trade Policy Analyst in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) based in Paris, France.  Her relevant recent policy research has been in the areas of benefits of good regulation in the extractive industries, export restrictions on raw materials, local content policies in the extractive industries, global value chains, mining services and their competitiveness, impacts of regional trade agreements, trade costs, short-term trade finance, and trade and gender.  Ms. Korinek holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University and graduate degree in International Economics from Stanford University.
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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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Min-Ha Lee

Principal researcher of the KITECH; Professor of University of Science and Technology of Korea
KITECH; University of Science and Technology of Korea
Min-Ha Lee
  • Min-Ha Lee
    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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Aleksandra Lobnik

CEO
IOS Ltd
Aleksandra Lobnik
  • Aleksandra Lobnik
    Prof. dr. Aleksandra Lobnik is since 2009 a Full professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maribor, where she is leading the Centre of Sensor Technology. In 2006 she co-founded a spin-off company IOS Ltd. She is currently interested in applicability of scientific research in the field of sensors, nanomaterials, water treatment & recycling processes. In the meantime, she is involved as a Technical Manager in the Resyntex project, Horizont 2020, dealing with depolymerization of textile wastes to a new secondary raw materials.  
    She is also active in promotion of the science as a President of the Slovenian Academic Association of Natural Sciences and Engineering, SATENA and as a President of International Sol Gel Society, ISGS. She promote science also through the TEDx lecturing in CERN (http://tedxcern.web.cern.ch/video/2015/nanosensors-love-andother-emotions). She received several international as well national awards (CITEX Award, France, The UM prize for the best researcher, Slovenian Army Awards for Research & Development, Saubermacher Award, Gold medal for the best innovation). She is member of various scientific organizations, delegations, committees. She is author/co-author of 30 patents/patent applications, of more than 120 scientific and conference papers, she gave more than 30 invited lectures, she is author and co-author of 5 scientific monographs and 7 scientific chapters. She was involved in 56 mentorships of BA, MA and doctoral students. As a project manager, she participated in more than 40 national and international research projects.
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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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Lucia Mancini

Ph.D. Scientific officer at EC Joint Research Centre
European Commission
Lucia Mancini
  • Lucia Mancini
    Dr. Lucia Mancini is a scientific officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre. Within the Raw Materials team, she works to support the EU policies related to raw materials, in particular for what concern social sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals and responsible sourcing, e.g. in the batteries sector. She is part of the Advisory Committee of the UN Life Cycle Initiative project on Social Life Cycle Assessment. 
    Since 2012, she has been working in sustainability assessment methodologies focusing on natural resources and critical materials in supply chain analysis and in Life Cycle Impact Assessment. 
    In 2009 she was visiting scientist at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany), where she developed her Ph.D. study on the agri-food chains’ sustainability using a material intensity analysis.
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Simone Manfredi

Work package leader of the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS)
European Comission
Simone Manfredi
  • Simone Manfredi
    Simone Manfredi (Italy, 1981) holds a MSc degree in Environmental Engineering and obtained his PhD at the Technical University of Denmark with a thesis on the topic ‘environmental assessment of waste management systems and technologies’. He joined the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 2009 and became an EC-official in 2014. At the JRC, he has been involved in the management of projects in the areas of sustainable consumption and production, resource efficiency and raw materials. Since 2015, he has had a leading role in the conception and development of the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), the EC reference online knowledge platform on raw materials.
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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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Margherita Miceli

Policy Officer
CEI-Bois
Margherita Miceli
  • Margherita Miceli
    Margherita Miceli works as a policy officer in CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of the Woodworking Industries. She coordinates the activities of the working groups Sustainability and Trade and focuses on advocacy in the fields of environmental, industrial and trade policy.
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Simon Michaux

Senior Scientist
Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
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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Kathryn Moore

IMP@CT project lead
University of Exeter
Kathryn Moore
  • Kathryn Moore
    Dr Kathryn Moore is the Senior Lecturer in Critical and Green Technology Metals at the Camborne School of Mines in the University of Exeter, UK. She has BSc and PhD degrees in Geology and a Diploma in Archaeology. Kathryn led the Magmatic Studies Group for doctoral research at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) before taking up her present post. She has 25 years of combined experimental, numerical and petrological modelling research experience. Her current research is concerned with the technological and societal step changes that are required to resource sustainable futures in a whole systems context.
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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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Claudia Muresan

Policy Officer in the Space Data unit of the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
European Commission
Claudia Muresan
  • Claudia Muresan
    Claudia Mureșan is Policy Officer in the Space Data unit of the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission, Brussels. Here she is lead on space data for public policy, including SDGs. She is also lead on uptake at the European Commission of Copernicus/Earth observation-based information products. Contributing to Commission-wide (big)data, interoperability, and GIS work streams. She has previously worked on environmental decision support systems for farming, on water and agriculture, and rural development. She holds a Ph.D in Political Science (on scientific uncertainty and regulatory decision-making) from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy.
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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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Rafael Navarro

Senior Geologist
MINERA DE ORGIVA, S.L.
Rafael Navarro
  • Rafael Navarro
    He obtained his degree in Geology at the University of Granada (Spain) in 1999, centering his professional activity in all related to industrial minerals, from exploration to exploitation. He holds a Master (MS) of geology from the University of Granada (Spain), conferred in 2011 and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Salamanca (Spain) (conferred in 2016). 
    He started his professional development in HOLCIM in 1999 with an academic scholarship. From 1999 to 2007, he developed his career in a consulting company exploring mineral deposits of clays, kaolin, marbles, gypsum or aggregates, being the Director of Geology Department since 2001. In 2008, he moved to the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME) working in the project “Cartography of Mineral Resources in Andalucia (Spain), among other projects related to industrial minerals. At the end of 2014 started in Minera de Orgiva, S.L. as senior geologist responsible of exploration, resources and geological research. He is also collaborator member of the Recognized Research Group “Characterization of Geomaterials-CHARROCK” from the University of Salamanca (Spain).
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Emma Nehrenheim

Chief Environmental Officer
Northvolt
Emma Nehrenheim
  • Emma Nehrenheim
    Emma Nehrenheim took her PhD on industrial waste and continued her academic career in academia until she became a full Professor in 2016. She also spent a number of years in ABB, focusing on the utility segment as a product line manager and business developer.
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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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Stefan Pauliuk

PhD, assistant professor for sustainable energy and material flow management
University of Freiburg
Stefan Pauliuk
  • Stefan Pauliuk
    Stefan Pauliuk is an expert for method development to assess sustainable development strategies. His work includes supply chain analysis, scenario modelling for sustainable material futures, life cycle assessment of renewable energy supply and conversion, and indicator development for resource efficiency and circular economy strategies. Together with colleagues, he estimates current in-use stocks of the climate-relevant bulk materials and develops scenarios for material efficiency in the different material cycles. These scenarios show the substantial greenhouse gas emissions mitigation potential of material efficiency. He studies the link between the transition to renewable energies, costs, and the material cycles from a life cycle perspective. He is assistant professor for sustainable material and energy flow management at the Faculty for Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Germany, where he leads the research group “Industrial Ecology Freiburg”.
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Claudiu Pavel

Scientific Project Officer in Knowledge Management, JRC
European Commission
Claudiu Pavel
  • Claudiu Pavel
    Claudiu Pavel works since 2014 as Scientific Project Officer in the Knowledge for the Energy Union Unit in the Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). His current research activities focus on providing scientific evidence for policy considerations on strategic supply chains and advanced materials for low-carbon energy and dual-use technologies.
    Before joining the JRC, he worked as materials scientist in the private sector developing hydrogen and fuel cell systems, and made several postdocs, for instance at University of Manchester and Max-Plank Institute for Coal Research.
    Claudiu Pavel holds BSc in Chemistry and Physics, and a PhD in Environmental Technology. He has published about 40 peer-reviewed papers and produced many science for policy reports in the area of critical materials and industry innovation.
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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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Catalin Perianu

Project Adviser at EASME B2.4 Raw Materials and SILC II
European Commission
Catalin Perianu
  • Catalin Perianu
    After graduating Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Catalin started as a researcher in France within the Laboratoire Génie de Production (LGP) of ENI Tarbes working on modeling the Aluminium gravity casting. After that, he has joined the Structural and Material Computational (SMC) mechanics research team of ULB in Brussels where he worked on the Phase transformations in transformation induced plasticity (TRIP)-assisted multiphase steels. He has then moved to KU Leuven, MeBioS (Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors) division, where he was developing Non-destructive Technologies for Agricultural and Food Products Quality Inspection.
    In 2012 Catalin has joined the European Commission, Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry (DG-ENTR), where he worked as a Project Officer on FP7 Security Research projects. Since 2014, he is a Project Adviser at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (EASME) and he works on H2020 Raw Materials projects.
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Timo Pesonen

Director-General of Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
European Commission
Timo Pesonen
  • Timo Pesonen
    Mr Pesonen is the Director-General of Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since March 2019.
    Mr Pesonen has been previously working as Director-General for Communication at the European Commission and the Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Olli Rehn, who was in charge of the Economic and Monetary Affairs (2010-2014) and of the Enlargement (2004-2009). Earlier in his career, Mr Pesonen has worked as a Spokesperson to Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, responsible for Budget and Administration.
    Before joining the European Institutions, Mr Pesonen has been the Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Finland, Mr Paavo Lipponen. Mr Pesonen has also served as a Counsellor in the Finnish Foreign Service.
    Mr Pesonen has Masters in Social Sciences-International Politics, University of Tampere, Finland (1989). He has accomplished External Relations training course of the EU Institut d'Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (1992 – 1993) and "Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage" course at Harvard University/John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA (2008).
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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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Sergio Piazzardi

Policy Office in in the Private Sector and Trade unit in DG DEVCO
European Commission
Sergio Piazzardi
  • Sergio Piazzardi
    Since September 2014 Sergio Piazzardi has been working as Policy Officer in the Private Sector and Trade unit in DG DEVCO. He holds responsibilities in the areas of extractive industries and minerals, industrial competitiveness and innovation, vocational training and sustainable tourism.
    Over the period 1994-2014 he served as Economic Adviser, Head of Development Cooperation and Head of Infrastructures in several EU Delegations, in Africa and Central and South Asia and in Africa. Before joining the European Commission in 1994, he worked as Technical Officer at the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in Brussels for six years.
    As educational background Sergio Piazzardi graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Pavia in Italy.
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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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David Pennington

Project Leader for Raw Materials
European Commission
David Pennington
  • David Pennington
    Dr. David Pennington is Project Leader for Raw Materials in the European Commission's Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC).   Focus is on knowledge support to EC policy in relation to the secure and sustainable supply of raw materials.  Key activities include supporting the development of the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), the EU Raw Materials Scoreboard, Critical Raw Materials assessment, and supply chain assessments of raw materials.  Dr Pennington has a PhD from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Chemical Engineering and a B.ENG from the University of Surrey.  He worked in the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).  He’s been on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment as well as of the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
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Benjamin Podmiljšak

Scientist
Jozef Stefan Institute
Benjamin Podmiljšak
  • Benjamin Podmiljšak
    Dr. Benjamin Podmiljšak is a scientist at the Department of nanostructured materials at the Jozef Stefan Institute. He achieved his Ph.D. in Materials Science at the Jozef Stefan International  Postgraduate  School in 2010. He has a total of 24 publications in international scientific journals with 81 citations, 2 book chapters and additionally, he had over 40 presentations at international conferences. In 2005 he has won the young scientists award at the 13th Conference on Materials and Technologies, Portorož, Slovenia. In 2013 he was honoured with the Exceptional scientific achievement award from the Slovenian Research Agency for his work on Magnetic refrigeration and in 2018 he won the Best Poster Presentation Award at the IEEE AIM 2018 Advances in Magnetics in La Thuile, Italy. He is also co-owner of a Slovenian patent for Enhanced magnetocaloric  materials   and  its  producing   procedure (P-201000176; Podmiljšak Benjamin, McGuiness Paul J., Kobe Spomenka). His Major research fields are: Synthesis and characterization of magnetocaloric materials (Gd(Si,Ge), La(Si,Fe) and amorphous alloys), synthesis and characterization NdFeB hard magnetic materials, magnetic measurements (VSM, permeameter), material synthesis (melt spinner, spark plasma sintering, arc melting) and additive manufacturing. Currently he is involved in numerous national projects and two European projects: MaXycle: A novel circular economy for sustainable RE-based magnets (ERA.MIN2) and SUSMAGPRO: Sustainable Recovery, Reprocessing and Reuse of Rare-Earth Magnets in a Circular Economy (H2020)
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Risto Poutiainen

Region Mayor
Regional Council of North Karelia
Risto Poutiainen
  • Risto Poutiainen
    Mr. Poutiainen is the Region Mayor of the Region of North Karelia and he is leading the regional office and It’s activities. Mr. Poutiainen has a long work experience at the regional level in North Karelia. Before coming the Region Mayor he have had the responsibility for regional strategies and international activities including EU-affairs in the Regional Council of North Karelia. Mr. Poutiainen has graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology with a degree in Engineering (Master of Science) in 1984.
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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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Sven Renner

Program Manager, EGPS Trust Fund
World Bank
Sven Renner
  • Sven Renner
    Sven is manager of the World Bank’s Extractive Industry’s Trust Fund (EGPS). He has more than 20 years of global experience in Extractive Industries with a focus on Latin America and Africa. Prior to the current position, he was responsible for the Federal Cooperation Policy in raw materials and led the German Government funded Extractives and Development Program. 
    Between 2001 and 2009, he managed the Santiago based bureau of the Chilean-German Cooperation in the mining sector, prior to that he held a similar position in Bolivia. He initiated his career as an exploration geologist in the Pijiguaos bauxite deposit in Venezuela. 
    Sven is a geologist by training, holds a PhD from the Tübingen University and is honorary lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee.
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Markus Reuter

Director at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology
Markus Reuter
  • Markus Reuter
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Markus A. Reuter: Director at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (2015-). Industry: Chief Technologist Ausmelt Australia & Director Technology Management Outotec Australia and Finland 2006-2015. Mintek & Anglo American Corporation (South Africa). Academic: Professor & Adjunct @ TUDelft (Netherlands 1996-2005); TUBAF Freiberg (Germany 2015-); Aalto Uni. (Finland 2012-2018); Central South Uni. (China 2012-2017); Melbourne Uni. (2005-2018) & Curtin Uni. Perth (Australia 2018-). Education: Honorary Doctorates @ University of Liège (Belgium) & University of Stellenbosch (South Africa); D.Eng. & PhD Stellenbosch University (South Africa); Dr. habil. RWTH Aachen (Germany).
    Publications and Patents: https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=5cLC8VEAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao over 38 patents in 4 patent families. Recent awards: 2016 TMS EPD Distinguished Lecture Award; 2015 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer; 2013 Outotec technology award.
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Jori Ringman

Director General of CEPI
CEPI
Jori Ringman
  • Jori Ringman
    Jori Ringman is an expert in sustainability, environment, circular economy and consumer protection. After working as CEPI's Deputy Director General and Sustainability Director since 2016, he was appointed Director General on 17 June 2019. Prior to joining CEPI as Recycling Director in February 2005, he was a civil servant in the European Commission. He has also worked in the European Parliament Environment Committee as a political advisor (1999 – 2004), as a journalist and editor in Finland, and as Secretary General of a parliamentary group in the Finnish National Parliament in Helsinki.  Mr. Ringman has a background in Economics, Econometrics and Business Management and broad experience in communications, public administration and politics. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Decision-making.
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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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Debby de Roover

Policy Officer, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials, Directorate-General for Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
European Commission
Debby de Roover
  • Debby de Roover
    Debby De Roover has been the Horizon 2020 coordinator for DG GROW (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) since January 2013. In 2017, she became Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe team leader for DG GROW. 
    From November 2017 until June 2018, she was detached to the Horizon Europe drafting team of DG RTD on a part-time basis to help prepare the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
    She has joined the Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials unit in DG GROW in October this year.
    Prior to her work on Horizon, Debby worked in the area of Better Regulation as a legal officer in the Impact Assessment unit of DG GROW.
    Prior to joining the European Commission, Debby worked as a qualified environmental lawyer in the private sector. 
    She holds law degrees from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Université Catholique de Louvain and the University of Edinburgh and participated in an exchange programme with the University of Melbourne.
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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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Peter Schelkle

Head of HR Strategy, Projects & Labour Relations
Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
Peter Schelkle
  • Peter Schelkle
    Peter Schelkle, Diploma in Social Sciences (Munich), MBA in International Management (Hamburg), head of HR Strategy, Projects & Labour Relations at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, Duisburg. Secretary of the Focus Group “People” at the European Steel and Technology Platform (ESTEP), Brussels.
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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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Roman Stiftner

Secretary General of EUMICON
EUMICON
Roman Stiftner
  • Roman Stiftner
    DI Roman Stiftner, CSE, is Managing Director of the Austrian Non-Ferrous Metals Federation and the Austrian Mining and Steel Association. He is President of the Austrian Logistic Association (BVL), Vice President of Euromines and the European Logistics Association (ELA), Member of the Board of European Shippers Council (ESC), Secretary General and Director General of EUMICON as well as Chairman of National Association Leaders of European Aluminium.   Roman worked as Group Manager of Siemens AG Austria’s logistics automation division. In 2006 he took over the management (CEO) of the logistics automation company Dematic GmbH.  
    He has been member of the Vienna Provincial Parliament as a Spokesman of transport and infrastructure affairs from 2005-2015. 
    Roman studied electrical engineering at the TU-Wien (Vienna University of Technology) and graduated in 1994. He also studied business and legal sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
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Stefan Stoev

Co-Founder & CEO of MINEX and Investor in Sustainable Mining and Green Efficiency Technologies
MINEX
Stefan Stoev
  • Stefan Stoev
    Stefan Stoev has a PhD Degree in Information Technology and Economics, a master's degree in International Finance and Economics, a bachelor's degree in International Economic Affairs, and a Professional Degree in Foreign Affairs and Linguistics.
    Stefan Stoev has over twenty years of experience in raw materials & commodities, he is expert for business development in the mining and automotive industry. Stefan Stoev is the Co-founder of MINEX and HFX and founder of the IDEA Society, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations. Stefan Stoev is professionally and socially engaged in various actions for the enforcement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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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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Doris Tegelkamp

Director Sales and Marketing BauBuche
Organisation
Doris Tegelkamp
  • Doris Tegelkamp
    Doris Tegelkamp, born in 1962, started her career as an industrial clerk.  Later working as a business information specialist in a media company.  She has been working for Pollmeier in Rietberg since 1994 - first in the distribution of solid wood panels and floorboards. Since 1998 managing director of Pollmeier Leimholz GmbH. Since 2015 Director Sales and Marketing for the new product BauBuche.
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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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Chantal Van Ham

EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions
IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
Chantal Van Ham
  • Chantal Van Ham
    Chantal is responsible for IUCNs activities on urban biodiversity and the cooperation with cities and subnational governments in Europe. She develops and coordinates projects for biodiversity and ecosystems services conservation, restoration and valuation that help policy-makers, cities, local and regional governments and business find nature-based solutions for sustainable development, by mobilising IUCN knowledge and best practices. She represents IUCN in networks and fora at the European and global level to raise awareness of the value of nature-based solutions to improve quality of life, climate change resilience as well as economic prosperity. Before joining IUCN, Chantal worked as Finance Specialist with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands. She has a degree in International Business and an MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation Policy. Chantal is passionate about nature and perceives the exchange with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds as an enriching and inspiring starting point for sustainable change.
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Jan Van Mierloo

Wood Market Director SUEZ Trading
SUEZ
Jan Van Mierloo
  • Jan Van Mierloo
    Graduated in industrial environmental care and have already more than 26 years experience in the waste business (hazardous and non-hazardous waste).
    At SUEZ I was 10 years responsible for the Key Account department “Project-management” after this I became for eight years Material Resource Manager responsible for different types of Hazardous- and non hazardous waste.
    Currently I am part of the SUEZ Trading Group with the headquarters in Paris. As a Wood Market Director in the SUEZ Trading department, I have the responsibility for managing the SUEZ Wood Waste business in 9 European countries with a total volume of 1,5 MT/Y
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Zdenek Venera

President of EuroGeoSurveys - Director General of Czech Geological Survey
EuroGeoSurveys -Czech Geological Survey
Zdenek Venera
  • Zdenek Venera
    Graduated in economic geology at the Faculty of Science, and English and Russian languages, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. Received PhD in structural geology and tectonics at the same university, including a semester at Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. After teaching structural geology at Charles University for several years, worked as the Head of Department of Geology, Czech Ministry of the Environment. Awarded Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship that he spent at University of California, Davis and U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park. Since 2004 has been working as Director General of Czech Geological Survey and become engaged in EuroGeoSurveys - Association of European Geological Surveys activities. Two years ago has been elected for the second time as the EuroGeoSurveys President. EuroGeoSurveys has the ambition to play an analogic role towards the European Commission as national geological surveys do towards their respective governments.
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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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Karin Willquist

Senior researcher
RISE
Karin Willquist
  • Karin Willquist
    Karin Willquist holds a PhD in applied microbiology from Lund University and has since 2012 been employed at Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) where she has developed research fields within biological sulfate reduction and biohydrogen production. KW is leading the ERA-MIN II project BIOMIMIC together with her colleague Erika Lönntoft at RISE.
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Véronique Woule Ebongue

Project Adviser in the Unit B.2 - H2020 Environment and Resources at EASME
European Commission
Véronique Woule Ebongue
  • Véronique Woule Ebongue
    Since Februray 2017, Véronique Woulé Ebongué works as a Project Adviser in the Unit B.2: Environment and Resources of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).
    After obtaining her PhD degree in Fundamental Geochemistry at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris in France; she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. She has more than 15 years’ experience in project management acquired in both public and private sectors.
    As a Project Adviser in the Raw Materals sector of the Unit B2, she monitors H2020 funded projects in the fields of Exploration, but also in extraction and processing.
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Guozhu Ye

Principal Metallurgist
Swerim Sweden
Guozhu Ye
  • Guozhu Ye
    Educated at Tsinghua University (China) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, MSc and PhD in Extractive Metallurgy; Currently Principal   Senior Metallurgist at Swerim; Experts in Thermochemistry, especially for its application in  pyrometallurgy. Extensive experiences in pilot plant research activities, on titanium- and vanadium metallurgy;  slag chemistry for application for recycling of metals and slag from various waste sources. Extensive experiences on EAF dust processing; valorization of metallurgical slags and ashes; valorization of spent batteries of various types and spent catalyst.
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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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