Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs,
BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert
Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs,
BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert
Osvaldo has a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex, UK; MBA of ESADE (Spain) with over +20 years of experience in mining, innovation, collective action and shared value and has worked extensively as an independent consultant for leading mining companies including +10 Yrs at BHP holding leading positions at operational and corporate levels (Santiago and Melbourne), including Head of Government Relations of BHP America and Head of Corporate Affairs of Minera Escondida.
From these positions he led high impact initiatives including BHP's Social Value strategy; the World Class Supplier Programme; and CREO Antofagasta Programme to improve the quality of lives in mining regions. Osvaldo continues to play an influential role in the development of mining and mining innovation policy in Chile and across Latman.
Co-Founder and MD
Graeme is a founding partner of VCI which focuses on strategy, organisational architecture and innovation in the resources, energy and associated services sectors.
He has an extensive track record of creating innovative strategic transformation in business. His work has been referenced in the book “The First 11” as a benchmark case study in strategic transformation, and he has been awarded the Curtin Medal for Innovation from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK.
Assignments have encompassed CEO level strategic transformation across the resources industry, strategic development for major engineering and services companies, and policy assignments for Universities and Industry bodies.
Graeme holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Imperial College University of London, a First Class honours degree in Engineering from the University of Adelaide, and an MBA from Monash University.
Has spent the last 5 years leading the development of solutions around Industry 4.0 (Augmented Reality, Big Data, Analytics)
Has been around consulting, innovation and mining for over 13 years, involved in over 20 technology R&D projects for mining, logistics and construction.
Matt is globally recognised as a thought leader in the algorithmic economy having widely published and presented in this area. Matt has worked with a number of clients at the cutting edge of technology to deliver innovative outcomes that have achieved world class competitive advantages.
Matt is on a number of university advisory boards for engineering, data science and masters programs for both UWA, Murdoch and Curtin.
Adrian is the Chief Executive Officer for METS Ignited. As a global industry leader, he brings extensive experience in the application of technology to the mining sector. Adrian is passionate about collaborative transformation, business efficiency, and maximising the effectiveness of operations for the benefit of all stakeholders. With a technical background in mineral processing, Adrian’s career spans project delivery, product technology strategy, small-scale technology start-ups and mining operations. Most recently, Adrian has held global executive strategy roles within two of the world’s largest industrial technology organisations.
As METS Ignited moves into the execution phase of its growth initiatives, Adrian is focussed on strategy delivery, further extending the reach of Australia’s leading Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector.
Miranda Taylor is the CEO of NERA. National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) enables growth through industry-led collaboration, innovation and knowledge-sharing.
In partnership with industry, researchers, innovators and governments NERA has set a 10 year strategic vision for Australia as a global energy powerhouse, sought after destination for investment and leading source of knowledge and solutions; and a roadmap to achieve the cultural change requires to boost productivity and growth. NERA is focused on overcoming barriers to innovation in digital, automation and clean technologies. NERA’s Roadmap - the Sector Competitiveness Plan - will deliver transformational change and sector wise impact to unlock +$10 billion of annual gross value add for the benefit of
Miranda brings to her role as NERA CEO experience, skills and capabilities in adaptive leadership, supporting cultural and behavioural change and in facilitating collaboration to explore and find innovative solutions. She has extensive experience in energy resources sectors in productivity, operational performance, HSE, risk management and stakeholder engagement, working with various industries and with state and federal governments. She has participated in a number of taskforces and ministerial panels, and has presented at international oil and gas industry events and supported collaboration by the Australian oil and gas industry’s to address the global industry in response to the Gulf of Mexico well control integrity disaster and the Australian Montara incident.
Miranda has a Bsc Honours degree from the London School of Economics, London University in international economics, history and politics, with a post graduate degree in Australian labour history and industrial relations
Andrew has senior experience in business, government and international institutions. After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. He was the prime minister’s representative to conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF). From 2010-2014 he worked for Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, including two years in corporate strategy (M&A and major group projects) and two years in operational roles (divisional Chief Financial Officer and General Manager).
Andrew’s academic research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, World Trade Review and World Economy. He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Gavin Yeates is an established executive and leader in strategy and technology.
He is environmentally astute and is able to provide profound systematic context to how strategy should be considered and formulated.
He is environmentally astute and is able to provide profound systematic context to how strategy should be considered and formulated. In addition to being a subject matter expert in mining and technology (with over 35 years of deep industry experience), he is passionate about helping client organisations leverage technology into their businesses so that their strategic intentions are realised. He has a track record of developing, delivering and implementing strategy through aligning and empowering stakeholders to deliver profound change to organisations.
Ric is a former CEO of Mets Ignited, one of six Industry Growth Centres at the core of the Australian Government Innovation Policy which developed Australia’s SCP (sector competitive plan) for Australia’s Mining Equipment Technology & Services sector working closely with Industry & Governments to enhance the innovation eco system.
An Industrial Engineer by profession, Ric has been leading organizations to transform and accelerate growth for over 30 years. His CEO/MD leadership roles span across B2B Industrial, infrastructure, mining equipment, mineral processing, and technology Sectors through early stage growth and ASX listed environments. Ric has an extensive global network is the Chair of TiMining, Executive Chair of Optika Solutions and provides advisory support to emerging technology companies.
Australian Space Agency
Anthony Murfett is Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency. Anthony has oversight of strategy, policy and day-to-day operations and supports the Agency Head in monitoring the performance of the Agency. He ensures the Agency delivers on its purpose to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry that contributes to the economy.
Anthony has worked as Minister Counsellor, Industry, Science and Education at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. He has also been General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in Canberra.
Anthony brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the Agency, valuing partnerships while drawing strength from diversity and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge.
The Lean Mining Institute
Laura Mottola is a Mining Engineer (McGill 1992) with a Master’s of Engineering in Mining Automation (McGill 1996). She has over 20 years of experience working in industry, mainly in mining and metals, but also in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Her expertise covers technology program management (mining automation), business improvement, Lean, systems thinking, and change management.
CMC, Certified Management Consultant (Canada) P.Eng.
Professional Engineer (Quebec) Adm.A.
Chartered Administrator (Quebec)
Senior Sales Manager
Driven, client centric senior sales professional with over 20 years’ experience working across various organisations in the IT ecosystem. Throughout his sales and management career John has demonstrated a track record in achieving the desired goals and leading key initiatives that have led to dynamic and profitable outcomes. John has worked with C-Level clients across multiple industries to improve performance and align business processes/IT with critical business strategies.
Co-founder and CEO
Rowan is the founder and CEO of rise-x technologies in Australia building the DIANA Platform for the great industrial re-invention. His is a co-founder and CEO of QuayChain, based in Singapore using the DIANA Platform to automate bunkering in the maritime industry, and a co-founder in BioPass, a platform to assure marine biosecurity.
Prior to engaging his purpose, Rowan worked At Accenture and Deloitte in the global energy industry, where he had the privilege of working with the world’s largest and most admired companies in geographies around the globe.