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Iain Stewart - Professor of Geoscience Communication

University of Plymouth

Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth, UK, and Director of its Sustainable Earth Institute. His academic interests in applying Earth science to pressing societal concerns - climate change, geo-resources, geo-energy, disaster risk reduction - form the basis of his 2018 recognition as UNESCO Chair in ‘Geoscience and Society’.

His geo-communication activities build on a 15-year partnership with BBC Science, making popular mainstream television documentaries about planet Earth. Major multi-part television series presented by him include Journeys from the Centre of the Earth [2014], Journeys into the Ring of Fire [2016] as well as general Earth science programmes showcasing how the planet works and what it means for those living on it. In addition, he has tackled controversial societal issues, notably climate change in Earth: The Climate Wars [2008] and Hot Planet [2009], and energy in Fracking – the New Energy Rush [2013] and Planet Oil [2015].

This ‘popular geoscience’ has led to an academic interest in how best to convey complex and contested Earth science to non-technical (public) audiences. Working with a team of doctoral students, Iain has forged novel research alliances with human geographers, psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists to apply social and cognitive science perspectives on communicating risk and uncertainty to Earth science problems. The work includes understanding cultural responses to geo-hazard threats, examining how popular media (film and video games) can enhance disaster risk awareness, appreciating how to lay publics conceptualise the geological subsurface and analyzing public and media attitudes to geo-energy (geothermal and shale gas).


Steven B. Young - Associate Professor & Associate Director of Graduate Studies

University of Waterloo


Steven B. Young is an industrial ecologist and associate professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise & Development, University of Waterloo, Canada where he teaches in environment, business and sustainable development. His research interests include: corporate social responsibility; life-cycle assessment; responsible sourcing; sustainability standards and management systems; auditing, assurance and certification; sustainable materials, conflict minerals and critical raw materials. Professor Young is a professional engineer with degrees from University of Alberta and University of Toronto. He participates in industry and civil activities on responsible sourcing, and publishes in scholarly, industry and popular outlets.



Where can we find metals? 


Karen Hanghøj - Director

British Geological Survey

Karen Hanghøj holds a PhD in Geology from University of Copenhagen and has worked with research on geological processes in the lower crust and mantle and their associated mineral deposits. Karen joined the British Geological Survey from EIT RawMaterials, and previous roles include Head of Department at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Research roles at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Columbia University, and consultant to the mineral exploration industry. She is a member of a range of international advisory committees and working groups.

Olivier Vidal  - Director of research

Centre national de la recherche scientifique - CNRS

Olivier Vidal is a CNRS-INSU researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Grenoble. After a PhD in experimental mineralogy, he specialized in the thermodynamic and kinetic modeling of mineral reactions, with applications in the fields of terrestrial geodynamics, storage of radioactive waste or CO2, and natural hydrogen production. His research now focuses on the link between energy and raw materials in the context of the energy transition and on the modeling of past and future demand for raw materials and energy. He was the scientific coordinator of the first European ERA-MIN network on industrial processing of non-energy mineral resources.


Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo - President

Woman in Mining Africa

Georgette B. Sakyi-Addo is a mining entrepreneur who studied mining aw & policy at the University of Ghana and established her own locally-owned mining & exploration supplies company. She is the current President of the Association of Women in Mining in Africa and was selected as Global Inspirational Woman in Mining by WIM UK and as Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Invest in Africa, an NGO championing African-owned SMEs across the continent.

She established and volunteers for Women in Mining (Ghana) and the Accra Mining Network. Her interests include local content, economic linkages, value addition in the mining sector, and diversity. She has co-authored publications in artisanal and small-scale mining.

Steve Edwards  - Senior Project Manager

IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity Programme


Steve Edward has a master degree in natural resources from the University of Idaho in the USA. He worked for 14 years at different leading positions in Conservation International, a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature and the global biodiversity. He is currently working as a Senior Program manager in the global business and biodiversity program at IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which helps the world to find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environmental and development challenges. 


Kwasi Ampofo - Metals Analyst


Kwasi Ampofo is a Metals and Mining Analyst at BloombergNEF based in London. His research covers battery metals, the digitalisation of the mining industry and renewable energy investments in emerging markets. Prior to BloombergNEF, he was a mining engineer at Anglo American and a management consultant at Nous Group in Australia. He completed his PhD in Mineral Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia.

How to shape future mining? 


John Elkington - Founder & Chief Pollinator


John Elkington, Founder & Chief Pollinator at Volans, is one of the founders of the global sustainability movement, an experienced advisor to business, and a highly regarded keynote speaker and contributor, from conferences to advisory boards. 


In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the ‘1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru”, and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable”. In 2009, a CSR International survey of the Top 100 CSR leaders placed John fourth: after Al Gore, Barack Obama and the late Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, and alongside Muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank.


John has addressed over 1,000 conferences around the world. He was a faculty member of the World Economic Forum from 2002-2008. He has served on over 70 boards and advisory boards. John has won numerous awards and is the author or co-author of 20 books. The 20th book was published in April: Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism (Fast Company Press).

Manuel Adamini  - Head of Investor engagement

Climate Bond Initiative

Manuel is an expert in institutional responsible investing, with a deep understanding of climate-related investment risks and opportunities. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at international conferences and contributed to numerous publications in retail and institutional media.
At Climate Bonds Initiative, Manuel works as Head of Investor Engagement. Until early 2015, he served as Head of Responsible Investing at Dutch EUR 55 bln asset manager ACTIAM for seven years. Earlier in his career, Manuel worked with Fortis, where he initiated a global climate strategy.


Erin Johnston - Managing Director

Lundin Foundation

Ms. Johnston serves as Managing Director of the Lundin Foundation, a corporate foundation that develops market-based programs to maximize benefits to communities surrounding resource operations.  She draws upon over 15 years’ experience working in the private sector advising companies on Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) issues to reduce non-technical risks of resource development projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Ms. Johnston previously oversaw British Columbia’s investment in skills training and leading programs for youth, women and Aboriginal participants. Ms. Johnston has served on the Board of Directors of a number of not-for-profit organizations and is an independent Director of two publicly traded resource development companies. She has a Masters of Arts in International Leadership from Simon Fraser University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

David Williamson  - Senior Banker

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

David has twenty five year's experience of working on environmental and social issues in the extractives sector in Central Asia. He works with inward investors and local SMEs in developing and implementing environmental and social risk management frameworks that aim at international best practice. A hydrogeologist by background, he works across a range of EHS risks.


Can mining be safe and sustainable? 


Thomas Maddox - Senior Technical Specialist

 Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

Thomas Maddox has a PhD in ecology and anthropology From UCL and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. He has worked on the interface between business and the environment for nearly two decades, working for organisations including the Zoological Society of London, The World Bank, The University of Cambridge and WWF and with companies from the palm oil, forestry, finance and extractives sectors. Much of his experience comes from South East Asia where he was based for over ten years.

For the last five years, Thomas has worked for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as a senior specialist, working on mitigating the environmental impacts of extractive companies, on sustainability standards and on the implementation of net zero policies. He is currently the lead researcher on FFI’s work on ‘forest smart mining’ and nature based solutions work with the World Bank and is a Board member of the Responsible Steel standard. He has also been seconded to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) as the coordinator of the Natural Capital Hub, a cross-disciplinary initiative bringing environmental organisations together around economic approaches to conservation and the values of nature.

Doris Hiam-Galvez  - Director

 Metals at Hatch

Doris is a Chemical Engineer with a PhD in Metallurgy. She is currently Director, Metals for Hatch. She ran Hatch Europe until March 2017. Doris has 25 years of experience managing global technical organizations for major manufacturing companies. She has been with Hatch for 12 years creating new and innovative business to grow the company in new regions (Australia, South America, Europe).

Before joining Hatch she was the CTO for Novelis, a leading global aluminum manufacturing company. Doris also led global technical organizations for major manufacturing companies.
She developed a concept called "Designing Sustainable Prosperity"; a topic that is attracting interest from mining companies and their investors. The concept goes beyond just investing in such as a mine or oil operation to developing the local economy to ensure there is "life" after the mine or oil fields are finished. Doris was also a Board Director of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce in London.


Adrian Glover - Merit Researcher

Natural History Museum London

Adrian Glover is a deep-sea expert who obtained his Ph.D. in 2001 at the University of Southampton, UK. He is now a research leader in the Life Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, with a particular focus on deep-sea biodiversity, Antarctic biodiversity, evolution and ecology. 

He runs a research lab with a range of active projects including the study of baseline patterns of biodiversity, biogeography and genetic connectivity in regions of interest for deep-sea mining. 

Peter Harvey  - Managing Director

Rio Tinto -Closing and legacy management

Peter first began work for Rio Tinto in 1998 as a consultant and in 2009 was appointed HSEC & operation support manager for Rio Tinto Exploration, Africa Europe Region.  During his time with Rio Tinto, Peter has held a variety of roles with Exploration, HSEC, Projects and more recently Energy and Minerals.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, he set up and managed a number of companies and worked in various sectors including oil and gas, military, remote travel and exploration, living in the UK, Canada and Botswana. Peter has a BSc in Environmental Science, from Southampton University, UK and a MSc in Occupational Psychology from the University of Leicester, UK. He currently lives in Montreal with his family.

Peter draws on his entrepreneurial and consulting background to support the RTC team in realising the opportunities and mitigating closure risks. He is well networked across Rio Tinto and is passionate about people, business and making a positive difference.


Andrew Clifton - Global sustainability Manager

Rolls Royce 

Andrew Clifton obtained a Ph.D. from the Sheffield Hallam university, England in 2005. After working 3 years as a Research engineer at the same university, he started to work for Rolls Royce Defense Aerospace. In the last 9 years, he took the post of manager for the sustainable development within the company. 

In his present position at Rolls-Royce, he is responsible for integrating consideration for environment and sustainability into all aspects of engineering and design, including the design of products and services, manufacturing capability, facility design and layout, and overall business strategy. This involves leading a range of internal and external engagement activities to identify new risks and business opportunities that may arise from changes in the social and legislative landscape of environmental and sustainability impacts. 


Prospects for the circular economy? 

Ming Xu - Prof. Sustainable systems and mobility

University of Michigan


Ming Xu is a Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on environmental systems engineering and industrial ecology. 

At the University of Michigan, he is a core faculty member in the Center for Sustainable Systems, Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Industrial Ecology, and currently serves as the Director of China Programs in School for Environment and Sustainability. 

He teaches Environmental Footprinting and Input-Output Analysis and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development and Enterprise. He received the Robert A. Laudise Medal from International Society for Industrial Ecology for “outstanding achievement in industrial ecology by a researcher under the age of 36” in 2015 and the US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2016. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling (Impact Factor: 8.086) and the Founding Chair of International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS).

Patrick Schröder  - Senior Research Fellow

Chatham House


Patrick Schröder is a senior research fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department. At Chatham House he specializes in research on the global transition to an inclusive circular economy with a specific focus on collaborative opportunities between key countries, closing the investment gap and building an evidence base for trade in the circular economy. Prior to joining Chatham House, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where he conducted research and taught on the circular economy in developing country contexts and the Sustainable Development Goals.


David Jollie - Head of Sales and Market Insight

Anglo American Platinum

Dr. David Jollie is Head of Sales and Market Insight at Anglo American Platinum, where he has extensive involvement in sustainability issues and the circular economy, trying to bring customer views inside the company.  Before joining Anglo American in 2016, he spent five years as an analyst and as head of research at Mitsui Precious Metals, covering all of the precious metals globally.  He also previously spent more than twelve years working at Johnson Matthey, where he undertook a variety of roles, all focused on the platinum group metals.  He began working there as a development chemist focusing on reducing diesel exhaust emissions before moving into the precious metals marketing business as a market analyst covering the demand side and recycling.  For the last four years at Johnson Matthey he wrote their leading reviews of supply and demand in the platinum group metal market, travelling frequently to meet with end users, producers and recyclers.  He has a degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Payal Sampat  - Mining Program Director



Payal Sampat is Mining Program Director at Earthworks, leading the organization's efforts to improve mining practices through corporate and markets campaigns, policy reforms, and solidarity with frontline communities. She is the author of several publications on mining, water and a sustainable materials economy. Payal represents Earthworks on the multi-sector Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, and on the Steering Group of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, and served on the Advisory Group to the Global Tailings Review.  She holds degrees from Tufts University and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India.  


Who decides?


Sarah Gordon - Co-founder and CEO

Satarla risk managment

Dr Sarah Gordon is co-founder and CEO of Satarla risk management.  Having started her career as an exploration geologist before moving into sustainability and risk management, Sarah has always been passionate about ensuring that we source, extract, and utilize our natural resources in the most responsible way possible.

Ruth Allington - Principal

Allington Collaborative Problem Solving Ltd

Ruth Allington is a chartered geologist and chartered engineer with 39 years’ experience in the responsible design of quarries and open pits.  She has specialist expertise in facilitating effective communication between stakeholders in the mining sector, both to resolve disputes and to achieve the levels of trust and mutual understanding needed for social acceptance. 


Ed O'Keefe - Director

Synergy Global Consulting

Ed O'Keefe is a Director at Synergy Global Consulting. Ed has over 20 years of international experience in helping businesses understand and manage their interactions with society, with a focus on the mining & renewables sectors. He currently leads Synergy’s work on due diligence and training.

Mark Proctor - Founding director

Sazani consulting

Mark Proctor is one of Sazani’s founding directors, a qualified social worker and planner. Specialising in community resilience and natural resource governance he has worked extensively across Europe and Africa. A seasoned practitioner, community activist and critical corporate friend he has recently completed a PhD on mining and conflict.