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The  conference organisers are pleased to announce the participation of the following speakers at the 2020 Copper to the World conference.


Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MPMinister for Energy and Mining

Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP is South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan was elected to Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010. He was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 2011 and has held the Energy and Mining portfolios since June 2014.

After his re-election at the 2018 State Election, he was sworn in as Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Liberal Government.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan started his working life as a labourer before playing four seasons in the National Basketball League and at the same time gaining a Bachelor of Economics. He then spent ten years with BP Australia before entering the small business sector as a shareholder and operator of Outback roadhouses for seven years. This was followed by three years developing cycle tourism in the Southern Flinders Ranges immediately before entering Parliament.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan’s electorate extends from Kapunda at its southern end, all the way up to the Northern Territory border. It heads east to the New South Wales border. It includes the Mid North agricultural region, all of the Flinders Ranges and the vast north-east pastoral region surrounded by the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. The regional city of Port Augusta is its main population centre.

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Opening address

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Alex BloodAlex Blood

Executive Director, Mineral Resources, Department for Energy and Mining

Alex Blood brings more than 20 years diverse industry experience to the role of Executive Director Mineral Resources within the South Australian Government, joining the division in 2017.

Alex’s professional experience spans roles at the state, national and global levels for a wide variety of mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and industrial projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Pacific and Africa. She sits on the National Board for environmental professional certification and has held past global and national corporate sustainability, business planning and technical advisory roles.

In varied leadership roles, Alex has overseen the approvals and assessment processes of significant mining and other projects both in Australia and abroad, corporate strategy and policy, industry committees, environmental and social assessments, and community consultation. Along with her ability to conceptualise the 'big picture' and apply managerial and technical skills with precision, communication is one of Alex’s core strengths – and she is highly regarded for consulting and engaging meaningfully with stakeholders from all viewpoints within many cultural settings. Alex holds a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of Adelaide.

In 2012 Alex became the first woman to be named Environmental Practitioner of the Year by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Stepping into the public sector (2017), Alex leads the Mineral Resources team in its commitment to oversee responsible development of South Australia’s mineral resources, including both the mining and quarrying sectors, the state Geological Survey and environmental and social regulators. The challenge is balancing sector growth whilst ensuring the exploration and production of minerals is carried out in a manner that prevents undue harm to the environment and stewards community benefits. As well as innovative policy, case management and regulatory functions, the division delivers high quality geoscientific data, information and advice which is globally recognised for its leading technical excellence.

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Session 1: International perspectives - Session overview

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Craig LangCraig Lang

Principal Analyst, CRU Group

Craig Lang is a Principal Analyst in CRU’s Base Metals team, based in Singapore. His focus is analysis of the global copper industry, as well as zinc, lead and nickel.

Craig has more than 15 years' experience as a commodity and equity research analyst, primarily covering the mining and metals sector. He has also covered other sectors during his career including steel and chemicals.

Craig's previous roles include working for Moelis & Company, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and WMC Resources.

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Session 1: International perspectives

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Paul WhitePaul White

Secretary General, International Copper, Nickel, and Lead and Zinc Study Groups, Portugal

Paul White is Secretary General of the International Copper, Nickel and Lead and Zinc Study Groups all of which are based in Lisbon, Portugal. These groups are intergovernmental organisations with a combined membership of 37 countries whose main purpose is to improve transparency in the base metal markets and promote co-operation between governments and the mining and metals industry.

Prior to his election as Secretary General at the beginning of 2018, Paul was Director of Market Research for the International Lead and Zinc Study Group. In this position he conducted research and presented papers on all aspects of the global lead and zinc markets.

Before joining the Study Groups Paul worked as a physical metals trader in London for the Sumitomo Corporation and Brandeis Limited, a subsidiary of Pechiney World Trade. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the Universities of Surrey and Warwick in England.

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Session 1: International perspectives

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Alexandre VidigalAlexandre Vidigal

Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil

Dr Alexandre Vidigal de Oliveira, is the Secretary of Geology, Mining and Mineral Transformation of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), since January 2019. He is member and Chairman of the Fiscal Council of Pré-Sal Petróleo-PPSA, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mineral Resources Research Company - CPRM and General Coordinator of Mercosur's Working Group-15 (Mining). Before this he was a Federal Judge for 28 years, working in Brasília, Mato Grosso, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul. He has extensive professional experience in the federal public sector, notably in the analysis and decision of highly complex issues in the public-private relationship, such as bids, contracts, regulation, inspection and public policies, including in the energy, oil and mining sectors, in constitutional, administrative, tax, budgetary-financial, criminal, mediation and conciliation issues. In the area of governance, he was a leader in public management and dedicated himself to studies on corporate integrity, its monitoring, control and repercussions, giving speeches in official courses on compliance for public managers.

Dr Alexandre Vidigal holds a doctorate in law from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and he also has dozens of legal articles in magazines and specialised websites, highlighting his latest published texts on civil and administrative liability for illicit acts against the Public Administration.

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Session 1: International perspectives

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Dr Paul HeithersayDr Paul Heithersay

PSM FTSE FSEG FAusIMM, Chief Executive, Department for Energy and Mining

Dr Paul Heithersay leads the South Australian Government’s Department for Energy and Mining. The Department brings together the resources, energy and renewables divisions responsible for managing and regulating the State's mineral, gas, and petroleum and energy sectors on behalf of the people of South Australia.

The Chief Executive role also encompasses leading the Resources Infrastructure and Investment Task Force, a specialist team that works to secure investment in state significant projects involving mineral resources and downstream processing with recent examples being the Port Pirie’s Smelter Transformation and the Steel Task Force for Whyalla.

Previously, Dr Heithersay was deputy chief executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet where he was responsible for the Minerals, Resources, Energy and Economic Development divisions. He joined the South Australian public service in 2002, initially as executive director of the Geological Survey of South Australia within the Department of Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA).

In June 2012, Dr Heithersay was awarded a Public Service Medal for his outstanding public service to the growth and development of the mineral resources sector in South Australia and in November 2012, elected to the Fellowship of the Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (ATSE). In October 2013, Dr Heithersay was awarded the prestigious Legend in Mining award for his role in guiding South Australia’s transformation into a major destination for investment in mineral resources and energy.

In 2014 the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) appointed Dr Heithersay as the 2014 International Exchange Lecturer. This is the Society’s lectureship that is intended to bring leading economic geologists to lecture venues worldwide, to interact with economic geology professionals and students, and act as an ambassador for the profession and SEG.

Before joining the Public Service, Dr Heithersay spent more than 20 years in the mining industry in Australia and Southeast Asia and China for North Ltd and its predecessor Geopeko.

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Session 1: International perspectives

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John FennellJohn Fennell

Chief Executive, International Copper Association

John Fennell is the CEO of the International Copper Association (ICA) Australia Ltd.  ICA is the pre-eminent marketing and technology development body for the copper industry in Oceania and is closely aligned with the global International Copper Association (ICA) and the Copper Alliance.

ICA’s members represent a majority of global copper production and many of the largest copper and copper alloy fabricators.

ICA Australia's status as a not-for-profit trade association provides its members with a credible independent advocate to address challenges faced by the collective industry.

Prior to his role with the ICAA, John owned and operated a mid-size manufacturing company in the automotive industry having previously worked with Price Waterhouse in the accounting and management consulting fields.

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Session 2: Applying technology and innovation

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Georgina HallettGeorgina Hallett

Chief of Staff, London Metals Exchange (LME) Group

Georgina is the Chief of Staff for the LME Group, incorporating the LME and LME Clear, where she plays a central role in the LME's market reform and new strategic initiatives. She is leading the LME’s work on responsible sourcing initiatives and warehouse reform, and was closely involved in the LME's 2017-18 market structure discussion paper and resultant Strategic Pathway.

Georgina has worked at the LME since September 2012, initially in research and analytics. She began her career at Euromoney Institutional Investor and has a doctorate in psychology.

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Session 3: Low impact mining and engagement

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Janenie MohganJanenie Mohgan

Host and Producer, Right to the Future

Janenie attained degrees in Geology and Geophysics and started her career in the mining industry. She has now gained experience in various sectors including architecture, engineering, oil and gas, and most recently, management consulting.

Janenie is a generalist passionate about creating an impact in our workforce through a truly empowered and progressive future of work. She is deeply intrigued by the intergenerational workforce, and the capacity of organisations to leverage its diverse talent. Her expertise are spread across hard rock geology and geophysics, professional networking, business development, future of work, young talent engagement and social media marketing.

Janenie is also the podcast host and producer of Right the Future – a business podcast to influence progress through genuine and unscripted conversations with modern leaders. Created in 2019, this podcast serves as a platform for visionaries to collectively influence a transparent, innovative and human-centric future of business.

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Session 3: Low impact mining and engagement

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Rohan CobcroftRohan Cobcroft

Director, Geological Survey of South Australia, Department for Energy and Mining

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Session 4: Finding the next copper resource

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Andrew HarrisAndrew Harris

Mining Analytics Consultant, Consilium

Andy is a physicist with nearly 25 years' experience in mining technology. He led research and development for a manufacturer of conveyor-mounted elemental and moisture analysers, before joining AI company Consilium Technology in June 2018 to establish and lead its Mining Analytics business.

His team of Data Scientists is involved in a range of mining projects, delivering value through the successful application of machine learning to customer data.

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Session 4: Finding the next copper resource

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Charles MooreCharles Moore

Director, Resource Information, Department for Energy and Mining

Charles is leading the development and implementation of South Australia’s Copper to the World Program, working with industry, research and government agencies to deliver the benefits and outcomes for South Australia.

He is the Director, Resource Information in the Mineral Resources Division within the Department for Energy and Mining, South Australian Government, providing customised information and services to industry and the community to support the responsible unlocking of the value and opportunities offered by South Australia’s mineral and energy resources.

Prior to this role, he worked in a number of executive corporate strategy and change management roles within the South Australian Government.

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Session 4: Finding the next copper resource