• 15-16 October
  • PCEC
15 - 16 October 2019 Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre


Professor Goran Roos,
Strategic Advisor. Defence SA Advisory Board

Göran Roos is a visiting Professor at Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University, Adelaide; a Stretton Fellow appointed by the City of Playford at University of Adelaide; Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Economics and Management, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University. Hi is a chair of CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit Advisory and has been a member of METS Ignited Australia Limited’s Innovation Advisory Council (MIAC). Göran is a fellow of both the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs,

BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert

Osvaldo Urzua PhD has more than 25 years of experience, which comprises the development of shared value strategies, stakeholders engagement processes and implementation of collective strategies to deliver economic, social and environmental value in resource-rich regions and economies. 

Since June 2019 Osvaldo is working as an international independent consultant. Before, he worked for more than 11 years in BHP in a variety of roles. He has been engaged in the approvals and assessment processes of large mining projects, industry committees and several private-public partnership initiatives.

His thorough knowledge of productive, technological, economic, socio-environmental and regulatory issues, and his strategic and innovative vision of the industry's challenges, led him to work on defining the recently approved BHP´s Social Value global strategy.

Dr Alan Bye, Former Vice President Technology, Strategy & Innovation

Dr. Alan Bye is Vice President Technology at BHP Billiton. Alan and his global team are accountable for defining the Technology strategy and execution of innovation programs across the company covering both digital and extractive technologies. This includes responsibility for strategic partnerships, emerging technology, innovation labs, enterprise architecture and intellectual property management.

Prior to this Alan led the establishment and was CEO at the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction. A $100m venture involving 34 partners with the purpose of ‘Transforming Mining into an Advanced Manufacturing Industry’. He was previously, Professor and Director of the Bryan Research Centre at the University of Queensland.

Alan has a mining operational background, spending 10 years with Anglo American where he held mining operational roles both in underground and open pit operations. Over his career Alan has worked in 15 counties covering 9 commodities.

Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy: Industrial Relations, Western Australian Government

Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017.
This occurred a week after the WA Labor Party’s landslide victory against the Liberal Government.
As our State’s first Asian Engagement Minister, Minister Johnston’s focus was to capitalise on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in Western Australia.
The Minister has a particular affinity with Indonesia, having spent time in West Java as a high school exchange student, and he maintains a working proficiency in both written and spoken Indonesian.
After almost two years in those roles, Minister Johnston was appointed Energy Minister on December 13, 2018.

Graeme Stanway
Co-founder and Partner

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. 

Sue Keay
Research Director – Cyber Physical Systems
Data 61 CSIRO

Sue set up the world's first robotic vision research centre, and now leads CSIRO's Data61 Cyber-Physical Systems program. Last year, she developed Australia's first Robotics Roadmap highlighting how advances in robotics, computer vision, sensing (and AI) will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.

With a PhD in Geoscience and an MBA, Sue combines science with business. She has interests in entrepreneurship and disruptive technologies, and started QUT's social robotics program. Sue serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and the Expert Advisory Panel of Queensland.AI. She is a judge for the James Dyson Awards and the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue has been recognised as one of RoboHub's 2018 "Women in Robotics you need to know about", as one of Queensland's most influential people (Courier Mail's Power 100), as a Superstar of STEM (Science and Technology Australia), and is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia.

Anna Littleboy, Program Leader - Mine Lifecycles , Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland

Professor Anna Littleboy is a Professorial Research Fellow in Minerals and Society for the 21st Century at the Sustainable Minerals Institute.  An experienced research manager, she leads multidisciplinary initiatives linking social, environmental and technical performance for the minerals industry both at UQ and previously as Research Director for CSIROs Resources and Sustainability Research Programme.

Originally a geochemist, Anna’s early career was spent in the lab and on site managing field programmes to characterise environmental risks from reactive contaminant transport. This catalysed an interest in understanding the role that technology and values play in decision making around industrial operations, regional impact and sustainability outcomes.

Anna has worked on influential initiatives at the interface where science informs policy for a globally connected world.  She has managed large collaborative programmes for Federal and State Governments, Industry and global think-tanks.  Anna is a Fellow of the Minerals Institute, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Responsible Minerals Development.  She currently sits on the advisory board for METS Ignited and is a recipient of a CSIRO medal for Business Excellence.

Robert Di Pietro
Partner - Cyber
PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia 

Robert is a Partner within PwC’s Cyber business with over 13 years’ experience helping organisations to manage information security risk and build cyber resilience. Robert has proven experience in delivering cyber security services to global organisations in areas such as incident response, threat and vulnerability management, cyber threat intelligence and cyber risk and compliance management. 
Robert has deep expertise working in cyber security for Operational Technology (OT) environments and has spent several years working with organisations in mining, utilities, energy, transport and critical infrastructure industry sectors.
Robert is a passionate communicator and teacher and has conducting training sessions for PwC and his clients in areas such as penetration testing and cyber security awareness. He has also spoken at numerous internal and external industry conferences throughout his career including the ISF, AISA, IMARC, RISSB and Energy Networks Australia.
One of Robert’s personal goals is to elevate the importance of science and technology disciplines and encourage STEM careers for our nation’s youth. Possessing a Bachelor’s degree of Science with a Physics major, Rob is particularly interested in emerging technologies that lie at the intersection of science and IT, such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence. 

Justin Brown, Managing Director
Element 25

Justin Brown is a geologist with extensive experience in global minerals exploration and mining. He has a strong technical background with experience in the full spectrum of mineral exploration and mining from grass roots target generation through to resource definition and mine production.

Mr Brown has held a number of board positions and is an experienced company director in both executive and non executive capacities. He has a strong track record of closing successful commercial transactions and brings a well rounded set of skills to the management of the Company's activities.

Dermont Costello, WA Regional Advisor
Clean Energy Council

The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia. They represent and work with over 800 leading businesses operating in the Australian Renewable Energy and Storage industry, along with more than 6000 accredited rooftop and ground mounted solar installers.

The Clean Energy Council is committed to accelerating the transformation of Australia’s energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner.

They provide a variety of services to our members, but the primary role is to develop and advocate effective policy to accelerate the development and deployment of all clean energy technologies.

As Western Australian Advisor for the CEC, over the past 5years, Dermot represents the organisation in Perth and across the state focused on policy development that enables the emergence of renewable energy. 

Previous to working with the CEC, Dermot was CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA)

Dermot, a mechanical engineer, has had an extensive career in the Renewable Energy industry with 15+ years’ experience across 5 continents  

He has held director, advisory, commercial and technical roles with companies and projects in wind, solar, storage, energy-from-waste and bioenergy throughout these regions.



Emilie Mortensen, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

Emilie is the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the mining sector at Standards Australia. In this role, she is responsible for engaging and managing relations with government, regulators, industry groups and other key stakeholders to support the development of relevant Australian Standards within the mining sector. She holds a Master of Science degree in Economic and Business Administration. Her professional background is focused on consultancy and international relations. She has previously worked for The Danish Foreign Ministry and The United Kingdom Government Department for International Trade. Emilie has over a decade of experience with Interacting with a diverse and broad level of stakeholders in a range of international business and political areas. 

Her extensive international background – as an Australian and Danish citizen who has lived in five countries – has given her a wide perspective, understanding and skillset when it comes to different stakeholders, projects, cultures and sectors. 

Brett Cunningham,  Managing Director,
Mining Leaders Group

Brett Cunningham is the Managing Director and founder of the Mining Leaders Group. Brett works with a range of executive teams and high potential leaders in mining companies, METS and industry bodies in Australia, South America, Asia and Africa focused on driving individual, team and organisational performance. He was formerly the General Manager of the Technology and Knowledge Transfer Groups at JKTech responsible for the transfer of leading edge research into practical applications of technology and knowledge onto mine sites around the world. Brett believes passionately about integrating people and technology to solve complex mining challenges.

Prior to Joining JKTech, he was the Deputy Director – Operations at the Sustainable Minerals Institute. Brett has delivered MBA and executive programs to FTSE and FORTUNE 500 companies, developing participants from over 130 countries across all sectors including the minerals industry. Formerly from the London Business School and Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) based in Hong Kong, he is experienced in working with governments and companies from both emerging and developed markets.

Brett’s education includes a BA from Griffith University and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Melinda Hodkiewicz, BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations, University of Western Australia

Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz has impressive experience in both industry and academia. Completing a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Metallurgy and Science of Materials at Oxford University in the 1980s, Professor Hodkiewicz began her career in the mining sector.

After working in operations and maintenance roles in both the US and Australia, Professor Hodkiewicz joined UWA in 2005 after completing her PhD, but has kept close ties to her industry contacts.

Professor Hodkiewicz was Australia’s nominated representative on the ISO 55000 Asset Management System Standard committee between 2010 and 2014. In 2016, she was awarded the MESA Medal, a lifetime award for services to the Asset Management community.

In 2015, Professor Hodkiewicz became the BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations at UWA. In 2016, she was appointed to the METS Ignited Advisory Council, and the following year she joined the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Advisory Board. In 2018, Professor Hodkiewicz was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Alan Turing Institute in London with the Data Centric Engineering group to work on the ‘Siri for Maintenance’ project.

Her other research projects include ‘Maintainer of the Future’, ‘Prognostics validation’ and various MEMs-IOT and startups supporting student-led projects through the UWA System Health Lab. Professor Hodkiewicz is known for teaching award-winning Open and In-company programs in Asset Management for Government and Industry.

Professor Adrian Pearce,
School of Computing and Information Systems, Melbourne School of Engineering

Adrian Pearce is currently a Professor of School of Computing and Information Systems, Melbourne School of Engineering in The University of Melbourne.
Adrian Pearce is a researcher and innovator in planning and scheduling and has contributed deeply in research on reasoning about actions within the field of artificial intelligence. Adrian Pearce’s research has improved the efficiency and robustness of a range of applications including production scheduling for mining, trusted autonomous systems for cognitive robotics, supply chain management, logistics and air traffic management.

Together with his colleauges, Adrian Pearce has made fundamental breakthroughs which faciliate collaborative constraint and resource optimization over complex supply chain networks. This involves satifying constraints, such as resource or processing capacities, while meeting temporally extended goals, such as maintenance constraints. More productive and profitable mine scheduling algorithms have been developed, and algorithms for cognitive robotics which facilitate improved human-robot interaction, by meeting both human and robot constraints, have also been developed for deploying trusted autonomous systems. Such optimisation and scheduling techniques are widely applicable, from investigating quantum error correction, to options analysis and financial trading.

Steve Latham,
Associate Director,

Steve is currently an Associate Director in KPMG’s Management Consulting service line. He specialises in consulting to the energy and natural resource sectors. Prior to KPMG Steve spent 20 years in the Oil and Gas industry  in Australia , North America and Asia. He has over 30 years’ experience in multiple business functions including more than 20 years extensive experience in Project Management with business process improvement,   system implementations, data management and supply chain improvement initiatives. 

Over many years of managing numerous major business and IT transformation projects across a wide range of industry sectors he has developed a passion for understanding why data quality impacts so many projects and business outcomes. The accelerating trend to digital transformation, automation and Artificial Intelligence places a greater emphasis on data integrity. Steve brings a wealth of practical experience in managing data issues and the impact on the bottom line.

He is a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) and holds a Diploma in Supply Chain Management. He is also a member of the Supply Chain Management Association, the Project Management Institute and a registered Prince2 practitioner.

Nicolás Jubera,
General Manager, TiMining SPA

Industrial and Electrical Engineer, expert at innovation management, product development, and applied R&D. 

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. 

Greg Slack,
Business Development Director,
Allied Pumps 

Greg Slack has been an Executive Director of Allied Pumps for over 20 years focusing on top tier mining clients both within Australia and globally. Experienced across all areas of pumping, treatment and storage, Greg has the unique ability to develop creative solutions for his clients that increases their competitiveness and the reliability of their operations.
Understanding the unique conditions facing the mining industry, Greg has worked with companies such as BHP, FMG & Rio Tinto to co-create and deliver key project process infrastructure including complete bore fields, package bore pump and headworks systems as well as renewable energy and remote monitoring solutions providing clients with total control over their operations.