Alberto Migliucci is the CEO and founder of Petra Commodities, a Singapore-based investment & capital advisory firm established in 2013.
Alberto Migliucci is a specialist in natural resources for M&A, capital raisings, finance, IPOs, investments, and advisory. Alberto is an investment banker and geologist with over 25 years of industry and finance experience.
Alberto Migliucci was formerly Managing Director, Head of Mining & Metals for Credit Suisse Investment Bank in Asia. As a banker, he spearheaded many landmark natural resources transactions with a cumulative total greater than $100 billion. He worked for Standard Bank Plc where he drove the bank’s natural resources business as the Head of Energy & Mining Finance for Asia Pacific.
Petra Commodities Pte Ltd (www.petracommodities.com), is an independent advisory and investment boutique specializing in natural resources.
The company sources Asian natural resources projects of the highest calibre through its established network of corporate and high-net worth individuals. Utilizing its unique combination of financial advisory, geological, and technical expertise, Petra Commodities structures and executes its chosen transactions and invests its own capital alongside its clients’ to optimize returns for all investors.
Alwyn Vorster commenced as CEO of BC Iron Ltd in May 2016 and was appointed as Managing Director in September 2016.
He has more than 25 years’ experience with numerous mining houses in technical and commercial management roles covering the total supply chain from mine to market for iron ore, coal and other minerals.
Before BCI, he was Group Executive Mining at Australian Capital Equity (Kerry Stokes Group), and before that MD of Iron Ore Holdings Ltd.
Qualifications include: Honours in Geology, Masters in Mineral Economics and Masters in Business Administration.
Alwyn Vorster is a non-executive director of Volt Resources Ltd, and a board member of the RSPCA WA.
André Labuschagne is an experienced mining executive with a career spanning more than 25 years, primarily in the gold industry. André is currently the Executive Chairman of Aeris Resources.
He has held various executive roles in South Africa, PNG, Fiji and Australia for a number of leading gold companies, including Emperor Gold Mines, DRD Gold and AngloGold Ashanti. Previously as the Managing Director of ASX-listed gold company Norton Gold Fields Limited, Mr Labuschagne led the company’s growth to a significant Australian gold producer, prior to its sale to a major Chinese gold company in 2012.
Mr Labuschagne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Potchefstroom University in South Africa.
Andrew Drager started his career at LC Engineering, a Brisbane based mechanical engineering consulting firm. Andrew Drager undertook a senior engineering role responsible for increasing productivity in the Australian mining sector. Since 2009, he was responsible for the start-up and management of LC Energy division within the LC Group. In 2012, Andrew co-founded Qi Power which is focused on the development of utility scale solar PV. He served as a Director of Regard Properties Pty Ltd which operates investments in commercial rooftop solar PV and real estate. He holds B. Mech. Eng. (Hons).
Andrew is a geologist with 37 years of experience in the minerals industry covering exploration to mining, corporate finance and education. He held multiple executive level positions prior to commencing consulting in 1996. He founded Mining Associates in 2003, Alligator Energy (ASX:AGE) in 2010 and K92 Mining in 2015. He is the Chairman of the Brisbane Mining Club and lectures at the University of Queensland.
Andy Zhmurovsky is a Managing Director and senior member of the investment team. Prior to joining EIG in 2001, Mr. Zhmurovsky was an Associate in the Oil and Gas Group of CIBC World Markets Corp., where he was actively involved in public equity and debt offerings, private placements, M&A and restructuring assignments for small to mid-cap energy companies. Mr. Zhmurovsky received his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Zhmurovsky is fluent in Russian.
Anthony is a passionate community campaigner who has proven he can make a difference.
Anthony is committed to quality and accessible public health care. He has dedicated his working life to improving public health services and caring for patients. As a Senior Doctor, Anthony worked and conducted research at both the Prince Charles Hospital, and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Anthony understands the issues affecting Stafford – he is working tirelessly to ensure local residents are heard, and that effective action is taken to address their concerns. Anthony is well known for his previous work as a Maxillofacial Surgeon where he was dedicated to improving community safety. Anthony carries this dedication into his role at the Member for Stafford. Every family in Stafford deserves to be safe at home and outdoors.
Anthony knows that education is the key to a solid family and a strong community. It was education and hard work that gave Anthony the opportunity to develop his skills and build a career. He wants to make sure that opportunity is available for all kids growing up in our community.
Anthony has been happily married to Pam for 34 years. They are proud parents of four boys who are presently; a Teacher, a Paramedic, a Police Officer, and a student. Through his work and through his family, Anthony hears first-hand and understands the issues affecting our community.
Anthony is working with local residents to stand up for their interests, help strengthen this great community and protect our beautiful lifestyle in Brisbane’s northside.
Barry Tudor founded Pembroke Resources in 2014, and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Barry has been a coal industry leader for over a decade, having held senior executive positions in several international resource and commodity trading companies.
Among a number of high profile resources related roles within the Asia-Pacific, Barry was CEO and Managing Director of ASX listed Gloucester Coal, Managing Director of SGX listed Noble Group’s Australian operations as well as Senior Vice President – Strategy for the Energy Coal & Carbon Complex division of Noble Group worldwide.
After leading the acquisition of Gloucester Coal in one of the most technically complex hostile takeovers in Australian history, the company’s market capitalisation increased from $500 million to approximately $1.7 billion through a strategic focus on exploration, coking coal production, coal chain logistics and acquisitions.
Strategic development and value enhancement under Barry’s stewardship included the formulation and implementation of a coking coal centric strategy; one the most intensive exploration programs in Australia; approval of key expansions through government liaison; strategic land acquisition, community consultation and rehabilitation; establishment of new coal chain contracts and one of the largest capital raisings in Australia in 2010 to fund the synergistic acquisition of Middlemount in the Bowen Basin of Queensland.
He started his career at KPMG, followed by a variety of senior regional and international roles in finance, management and marketing.
Barry holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Macquarie University and a Master of Business Administration degree from MGSM. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors in Australia.
Bede Boyle Chairman MMC Corporate Alliance
Director HiValue Strategies
Principal Coal Ventures & Associates
Bede has over 40 years’ experience in the Australian Coal Industry including Group Management roles with Coal & Allied including Manager Mining Holdings, Manager Technical Services and Chairman of Coal & Allied Major Projects Committee. Coal & Allied NSW operations included open cut and underground Coal Mines, Railways, Coal Loaders and Coastal Shipping.
He formed HiValue Strategies in 1994 to provide expert advice and support for Coal and Energy M&A and Resource Development with clients including AGL. BlueScope Steel, Fluor, Elliott Management, Exxaro Coal, Genesee Wyoming, Leighton Contractors, NSW State Rail, NSW FreightCorp Coal, Newcastle Port Corporation, Port Waratah Coal Services, Powercoal, Vale Coal and Xstrata Coal.
Bede provide support to Managing Director GVK Hancock Coal for proposed Mine developments in Galilee Basin and Rail Project to Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
He is co-founder of Coal Ventures & Associates with George Edwards who has over 40 years’ Coal Trading experience with Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and India. George has been involved with coal for some 50 years and has part owned and operated three export coal mines, since starting up his own companies 30 years ago.
Bede is Chairman of MMC Corporate Alliance formed by Corporate Advisers and Investment Bankers to leverage McLean Management Consultants 30 year track record in Embedding Strategic Change into Profitable Strategic Growth. The Alliance has the proven capability to work from the Board Room to the Coal Face to Embed Strategic Growth.
Bede is Strategic Advisor to Inter-port Global for proposed heavy haul rail project linking National Inland Rail from Toowoomba to Gladstone Port.
Bede Boyle will be speaking at Energy Mines and Money Australia. Book Now!
Managing Director and Partner of Denham Mining Fund
Bert Koth is a Managing Director, responsible for origination, analysis, structuring and execution of mining investments for Denham Capital. He joined Denham Capital in 2008. Prior to joining Denham, Bert worked at BHP Billiton in business development, and at ING Barings, and Deutsche Bank in their metals and mining corporate finance teams.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of African focused mineral platform Pangea, Auctus Minerals and Pembroke Resources. He has been working in the metals and mining industry for 18 years and lived, travelled and worked in a wide range of countries, including South Africa, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Brazil and many others. Bert received a graduate degree and a PhD in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics, Austria. He speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Russian.
Blayney has an extensive history of delivering assurance services to clients across a broad range of industries including the agribusiness, energy and resources, and health and aged care sectors.
He is also a leading advisor on Australian-Sino transactions, having worked on some of the largest direct investments into Australia from China.
Blayney values building long-term, sustainable partnerships, and invests time to understand the commercial objectives of his clients. This allows Blayney to provide effective assurance and advisory services that deliver real value for his clients.
As a registered company auditor, Blayney has extensive experience with auditing companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), international securities exchanges, privately owned enterprises and government owned enterprises. He has advised many domestic and overseas entities during the Initial Public Offering (IPO) process and specialises in providing financial due diligence services.
RenewableHydrogen has been established to promote and drive the creation of a major new export industry for Australia in the Asia-Pacific region, to supply solar energy in a bulk storable, transportable form – as renewable hydrogen. The cost of solar (and wind) energy has plummeted in the last few years – solar and wind are now the cheapest forms of energy generation – costs are forecast to continue to fall. At the same time, technologies are now available for storage and transportation of renewable energy in bulk, at large industrial scale – just as with oil and gas.
Asia is set for rapid growth in demand for clean energy – industry, power generation and transportation all need to rapidly decarbonize, and to reduce reliance on oil supplies. Australia has the immense solar, wind and land resources to meet this demand.
RenewableHydrogen works with leading companies in Europe, Japan, the US and Australia, involved in the development of technologies, business models and finance models for the production, trade and transportation of renewable hydrogen. Our focus is production of renewable hydrogen at a world-leading low cost, for export to Korea, Japan and across the Asia-Pacific region, to meet the need for zero-carbon, industrial scale renewable energy to deliver carbon and pollution reduction targets, improve energy security, and lay the foundations for low-carbon economic development across the Asia-Pacific Region in the 21st century. Renewable energy on demand, day and night, at bulk, industrial scale.
In the 1970s, international trading in natural gas was enabled by commercialization of liquefaction technology; this created the modern LNG industry. Today, renewable energy has reached the same stage – renewable hydrogen production and transportation technologies are available, enabling the storage, transportation and distribution of Australian solar and wind energy, stored as renewable hydrogen, to Asia-Pacific markets on a massive scale.
Brian Clifford, Dip. Bus., MBA, MAICD, serves as the Managing Director of AMCI Investments Pty Ltd., which is responsible for AMCI’s Australian and South East Asia operations, acquisitions, divestments and joint venture project interests. Brian Clifford also holds several separate directorships within the AMCI portfolio which include greenfield projects, operating asset and joint ventures. He served as the General Manager of the AMCI’s coal trading desk. He has over 15 years of mining related experience, including 10 years with BHP Billiton across a number of geographies, commodities and markets including Marketing Manager for BHP’s Carbon Steel Materials desk in Pittsburgh and senior operational positions in the coal and diamonds industries. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Malabar Coal Limited since January 26, 2017.
Carl Dumbrell is the Founder and Managing Partner at GNK Capital Pty Limited. Carl Dumbrell serves as an Advisor at GNK Capital Pty Limited. He has been Company Secretary of Oil Basins Limited since January 13, 2016. He is a Partner in the Sydney accounting firm of DFK Laurence Varnay with 20 years’ experience in taxation and assurance services in Australia and England and with an on-going involvement in the raising of finance and the divestment of assets for listed companies. He is regularly engaged to provide external unbiased advice for the successful acquisition, management and sale of investment assets. Specializing in international taxation, he is also engaged by the I.C.A.A. as a Chartered Accounting Program Leader and Examination Marker. Prior to CDTL, he has held numerous senior roles in leading Chartered Accounting Firms in Sydney, Australia and London, England. He has decades of corporate accounting experience under his belt, both nationally and internationally (in United Kingdom), and has acquired a vast financial skill-set over his life, which is instantly recognizable from his accreditations, memberships, experience and fellowships.
Carl Dumbrell has 12 years of experience in providing accounting and taxation advice to multinational and domestic companies, audit and assurance services to listed and private companies and preparation of valuations of companies and single business units. He is a Justice of the Peace in New South Wales, Australia. He is a Registered Tax Agent, a Registered Company Auditor, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He is also a PS 146 certified from Securities Institute of Australia (I.C.A.A.). He has been a Non-Executive Director at Oil Basins Limited since July 2015. He is a C.A. in England and Wales. He has also done his Masters of Taxation Law from Sydney University, Australia and a B. Com. in Accounting from University of Wollongong, Australia. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor and Registered Company Auditor in Australia.
Carl Hallion is a mining executive with 20 years experience in the industry, focused on base metals and bulk commodities. He has broad experience in financial and commercial management, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and financing.
Carl has managed over US$10 billion in M&A and capital market transactions for Equinox Minerals and Xstrata Copper. He spent 10 years with BHP Billiton and Xstrata Copper in senior financial, commercial and corporate development roles before joining Equinox Minerals in 2009.
From 2009 to 2011, Carl was Vice President Business Development for Equinox Minerals, until its takeover by Barrick Gold. In that period, Carl led a number of initiatives that assisted in increasing the market capitalisation to US$7.5 billion from approximately $2.0 billion.
As CEO of the Capricorn Copper joint venture, between EMR Capital and Lighthouse Minerals, Carl has led the development and execution of the strategy to restart operations including completing the restart feasibility study, securing debt and equity funding for the refurbishment program and the commencement of operations in late 2017.
Carl Hallion will be speaking on Capricorn Copper – Building on Success at this year’s Energy, Mines and Money. Download the programme now.
Christo is a career Strategist and Business Developer who have worked for some of Australia’s most iconic organisations. With specialist skills in Client relationship management, business development as a commercial driver to support business growth and establishing a sustainable business. Christo has a successful track record understanding and analysing customer’s needs, prioritizing them and setting strategic direction for the successful conversion into profitable projects.
Christo has a broad range of experience across most sectors of the Australian market including, infrastructure both public and private, mining and minerals, commercial, retail, health, defence and many more.
Claudia brings a deep commitment to the role for customer relations and is passionate about cost and operationally efficient businesses that can compete on an international playing field.
Born and raised in Germany, Claudia has been based in Townsville since 2007. During her career she has worked for several global companies such as Proctor and Gamble, L’Oreal, Novartis and Johnson & Johnson in marketing, business development and management roles in various countries. In 2013 Claudia spent time working at the Port of Hamburg studying international container supply chains as well as how to increase container handling capabilities.
She has won several management and export awards for her previous work at Townsville-based company, Larissa Bright Australia:
2009 Winner Townsville Australian Institute of Management Young Manager Award
2008 Winner Townsville Young Chamber of Commerce Young Employee Award
2008 Winner North Queensland Emerging Export Awards
2007 Winner North Queensland Emerging Export Award
She is also a casual teacher at James Cook University and is passionate about the international development of the Townsville region. Fluent in German, English, French, and Spanish, Claudia is now studying Mandarin and holds a double Bachelor Degree in International Management and Business with honours from universities in Germany, the US, and Spain
David Byers joined the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) as Deputy CEO in July 2016. Immediately prior to this, David was Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy for BHP Billiton based in Melbourne.
From 2011-2015, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Petroleum Producers and Explorers Association (APPEA) based in Canberra and Australian delegate to the International Gas Union (IGU).
This followed his earlier appointment as Chief Executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) from 2007-2010.
David has spent most of his career in the resources sector, with over 17 years at ExxonMobil Corporation in a variety of senior corporate affairs, planning and human resources roles in Melbourne, Singapore and Dallas.
His early career included appointments with Australian companies Woodside and BHP as well as Brisbane law firm, Morris, Fletcher & Cross. David is originally from Brisbane and has degrees in law and economics, with postgraduate qualifications in energy and resources law.
David Green specialises in project development, investment banking, deal arranging and execution in the energy, agriculture, water, resources and infrastructure sectors.
David Green is an experienced board director and has provided strategic and commercial advice to Governments.
He has had key experience in the following areas:
Energy, utility, resources and infrastructure sectors
Strategic and commercial advice
Mergers, acquisitions and capital raising
Financial, economic, regulatory and policy issues
Corporate growth strategy
His qualifications are as follows:
Bachelor of Business (Economics and Administration)
Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
David heads the Commonwealth Government’s chief resources and energy commodities forecasting team. Prior to this role, he was Head of Market Analysis at Orica, the world’s biggest mine explosives company, which is a significant supplier to the coal industry in Australia and Indonesia. He has almost twenty years as a resources commodities analyst, including at the biggest banks in Australia, Europe and the United States. He started his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where he was Second-in-Charge of the Economic Research Department’s Forecasting Team.
David will be speaking at Energy Mines and Money Australia. Book Now!
Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland
Dr Marcin Ziemski holds degrees in Systems Engineering and IT as well as a PhD in minerals processing from the JKMRC. He has a broad background in technology, software, energy, process integration and minerals processing. He has lectured at UQ’s department of Mining and Minerals Process Engineering, spent time at JKTech as a mine optimisation specialist, worked in energy trading and industrial energy management across the UK and Europe, and lead research in a variety of energy and emissions projects. This background, combine with his experience in leading manufacturing and 3D technologies at Dassault Systemes, has provided Marcin with expertise in mine-value chain analysis and optimisation, energy management in mining and technology evolution as it applies to the minerals industry. He recently re-joined JKMRC as Program Leader in Integration.
Ed was appointed as Aurizon’s Group Executive for its Coal business in July 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ed held the positions of Vice President Coal Customers, Vice President Coal Service Delivery and Group General Manager Rollingstock Services.
Ed joined Aurizon upon privatisation in 2010, and has more than 20 years’ senior management experience in logistics and heavy industrial manufacturing within Australia and the USA.
Having worked with Aurizon, BlueScope Steel and BHP Billiton, Ed’s leadership experience includes executive management roles in logistics, steel, coal processing and energy.
In his current role, Ed is accountable for growing and managing Aurizon’s 200 mtpa coal haulage operations and customer relationships throughout Queensland and New South Wales.
Ed holds an MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio and an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland.
Ed serves as a Director of the World Coal Association and the Integrated Logistics Company.
Ed will be speaking at Energy Mines and Money Australia. Book Now!
Ernie Thrasher has over forty (40) years’ experience in the coal industry. His coal experience began in 1974 working for a family owned mining company with operations in Maryland. Thrasher held various positions in mine operations and mine management through 1981. Prior to forming Xcoal Energy & Resources in 2003, Thrasher spent twenty-two (22) years in various global marketing positions at Primary Coal and AMCI. Xcoal is the largest exporter of U.S. origin coal to Asia. In addition to marketing U.S. origin coal to customers throughout the world, Xcoal activities include the financing and development of mining projects and related infrastructure projects. Thrasher founded XLNG Energy & Resources in 2015, which plans to market natural gas from abundant reserves in the Marcellus and Utica Shale basins in U.S. to the existing customer in Europe and Asia. Thrasher serves on the Board of Directors of Barrick Gold Corporation, the President’s Leadership Council-Boy Scouts of America, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as a Director on the National Committee on U.S. China Relations.
Gareth Turner is a Senior Partner at Apollo Private Equity having joined in 2005, and is focused on the Firm’s natural resources activities. Prior to that time, Gareth Turner was a Managing Director in the Industrial and Natural Resources investment banking group at Goldman Sachs & Co. Prior thereto, Gareth Turner worked at Lehman Brothers, Salomon Brothers and RBC Dominion Securities. Gareth Turner serves on the board of directors of Warrior Met Coal. Gareth Turner received his MBA from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration and graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Economics.
George is a metallurgy graduate from UNSW and has been prominent in the coal industry in Australia and overseas for over 50 years, including having part owned and operated three export coal mines in Australia (Metropolitan [now owned by Peabody], Liddell [now owned by Glencore] and Oakdale [now closed]), since establishing his own companies 33 years ago.
He’s had over 100 diverse major clients worldwide, including the United Nations (Coal Development Program). He has authored some 150 talks, articles and presentations in Australia and in 14 countries overseas.
George has been responsible for export sales of up to 5 million tonnes of coal a year from his own and other mines in Australia, and some from other countries.
Among his many achievements are leading the Australian Government Sponsored Coal Mission to South America in 1977 and being a member of the first Australian Coal Mission to China in 1976, where he’s been active over those 42 years, and the Australian Ministerial Coal Mission to India in 1996.
George is a Past President of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM), Past Chairman of Standards Australia, the Mineral Industry Consultants Association and the Energy Council of Australia. He was Chairman of SAI Global Limited (ASX listed) from listing in 2003 until 2008.
George is currently Executive Chairman of the Australian Mining Association. In August 2017 he was appointed a Director of Atrum Coal Limited, which has anthracite and hard coking coal deposits in Western Canada.
Gordon Galt is a senior mineral resources and finance leader with extensive experience in the financing, development and operation of small and large resource projects. Throughout his career, Gordon Galt has demonstrated the ability to add value by thorough analysis of a company’s strategic position, implementation of appropriate corporate strategies and recruitment and motivation of teams of senior professionals.
Gordon Galt’s’s 40 years in the Australian resources industry include technical, operational, project and senior/executive management roles with Thiess, Capricorn Coal, Exxon Coal and Minerals, Ulan Coal Mines, Cumnock Coal and Newcrest Mining. He subsequently served as a Managing Director at ABN AMRO Bank Australasia focused on the Energy, Pharmaceutical and Chemical sectors. Eight years ago Gordon Galt started Taurus Funds Management, which specializes in funds management and corporate advisory work in the small cap sector of the resources industry. Gordon is currently Chairman of NuCoal Resources Limited, DeltaSBD Limited and US Masters Holdings Limited and is a Non-Executive Director of Finders Resources Limited.
HIghly experienced coal executive with a strong technical background. I have worked at senior level in the world’s largest mining company (BHP Billiton) as Vice President Strategy as well as in smaller companies and start up, with significant fund raising experience.
I have experience of operating in most major coal producing companies, currently completed projects in Colombia, South Africa and Madagascar. Recently based in Mongolia, where I was CEO of two companies, one operating the oldest coal mine in the country. I am now in Moscow, as Advisor to the CEO of SUEK, on International Development – SUEK is Russia’s largest coal producer.
Specialties: Coal technology, processing, geology, valuation, professional (JORC) assessments, team building, international experience, strategy formulation and implementation, business development
Prior to this Mr Evans was most recently the Deputy Chief Executive of Universities Australia, before that he was the chief economist and director of economics at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) for nine years. Greg has experience as a ministerial chief of staff in the government of Prime Minister John Howard, an official in the Commonwealth Treasury and working for industry bodies including as chief executive of the Wool Council of Australia and acting chief executive of ACCI.
Mr Evans commenced his career in the banking sector as a financial analyst dealing with the funding of infrastructure, mining and oil and gas projects.
Greg will be speaking on “Analysing the demand for thermal and met coal in Australia -have reports of the industry’s demise been exaggerated?” Download the programme now.
Greg Guocheng Pan is the Chief Execitive Officer and an Executive Director of China Hanking Holdings Limited. Mr. Pan served as president of GeoSight, Inc. and China general manager of Gold Fields China (BVI) Ltd..
Greg Pan has obtained more than 20-year experience in operation and management of mining companies.
He has published papers and reports in the areas of mineral exploration, mining engineering, mining reserve estimate, economic evaluation and resource modeling.
Greg Guocheng Pan from China Hanking Holdings joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Energy Mines and Money Australia. Download the programme now.
Ian Macfarlane was elected to Federal Parliament in 1998 and became Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions before retiring from parliament in May 2016.
Jake assumed the role of Executive Chairman at Evolution Mining Limited in November 2011 following the merger with Conquest Mining Limited where he was Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Conquest Mining, Jake had been President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited where he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino Gold Mining Limited was listed on the ASX in 2002 with a market capitalisation of $100 million and was purchased by Eldorado Gold Corporation in late 2009 for over $2 billion. It became an ASX/S&P 100 Company, operating two award-winning gold mines and engaging over 2,000 employees and contractors in China. Prior to joining Sino Gold (and its predecessor) in 1995, Mr Klein was employed at Macquarie Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
John has spent nearly 40 years in the energy and resources sectors. He has held senior management positions in industries ranging from mining and minerals processing, to upstream and downstream oil and gas, unconventional and more recently, renewable energy. He has initiated, evaluated, lead and managed many complex project developments in these fields and now combines his project and business experience with his passion for the global energy sector.
In his current capacity as senior consultant and Advisory Board Member for Siecap, John provides strategic and tactical advice to its many clients, whilst leading the development of the company’s energy advisory and project management practice.
Kobad Bhavnagri is one of Australia’s leading experts on the transformation of the energy sector. He is the Head of Australia and Head of Asia-Pacific Economics and Policy at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, an independent research house specialising in the future of energy. There he leads a team of analysts focused on the Australian market, and is also the lead author of the New Energy Oultook in APAC, which forecasts how the power sector will evolve to 2040. He has authored over 100 publications spanning energy policy, economics, finance and technology since joining the company in 2010. Kobad has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst, and has a first class honours degree in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of New South Wales.
With over 21 years of exploration, project studies and commercial experience in both the junior and major arena, Len Kolff has a proven track record in Africa, Europe and Australia.
A key member of the Simandou iron ore discovery team and a grassroots iron ore discovery in Liberia, Len is an accomplished and proven explorer. Also accredited with the discovery of Cu-Au mineralisation at Northparkes, he has made discoveries and value-added in a diversity of geological settings. Len holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London and a Masters of Economic Geology from CODES, University of Tasmania.
He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Society of Economic Geologists and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and currently resides in Brisbane, Australia.
Mark’s significant coal industry experience includes global market analysis of both the coking and thermal coal markets, detailed country modeling and strategic analysis.
He spent two years in a commercial role in the European coal market, negotiating contract settlements, developing customer relationships and identifying new business opportunities. Prior to moving into the coal industry, Mark worked in the Australian electricity industry as a regulatory analyst and also as a project analyst for a major utility.
Mark has four years’ management consulting experience, working with electricity retailers and generators in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Currently, Mark manages a team of analysts that provides market insights and consulting on the Indian steel, power, coal and infrastructure sectors.
Commodity Insights provides comprehensive research and market analysis on the international mining sector. Using proprietary data from our networks across Asia/Australia, we provide insights ranging from the latest industry data, to asset analysis (costs, quality, price, production), to market demand and supply forecasts, to executive briefings on structural trends and developments in the sector.
Mr. McCauley was formerly Managing Director of Belridge Enterprises Pty Ltd, the former owner of the Goondicum Project. Mr. McCauley has substantial mining experience and has been involved in the development of several major mining projects in Australia and Argentina, including turnaround and organizational restructuring. Mr. McCauley was a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Norton Goldfields Limited from September 2007 until June 2010 during which time he was also Managing Director for a nine month period of restructuring. Mr. McCauley served as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Felix Resources Ltd, an ASX listed coal mining company, from October 2003 to February 2007 during which time it went from a market cap of $35 million to a market cap of over $1 billion.
Mr. McCauley has previously been a director of several AIM and ASX listed mining and exploration companies. Mr. McCauley completed an Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2003, holds an MBA from Bond University in Australia (with Majors in Finance and Accounting) and has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Hons.) from the University of Queensland.
Matt Fifield currently a Partner in Pacific Road Capital. Previously to this Matt was a member of the senior management team at the Cline Group, working to build a coal company Foresight Energy from a greenfield start to become one of the most productive and profitable underground coal companies in the United States.
Additionally, Matt served as a member of the Board of Directors of Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP), a mineral royalty company; an investment professional at mining-focused investment firms AMCI Capital and Resource Capital Funds; and an investment banker at Warburg Dillon Reed.
He began his career in the resources industry as an assistant on an exploration drill rig.
Matt has a BA in Geology from Princeton University and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Ryan is highly sought after for his advanced contract negotiation skills, commercial nous and senior management experience within the infrastructure, mining and construction sectors. Michael offers a unique understanding of key commercial and operational issues both from a mine owner and contractor perspective.
Michael provided strategic, regulatory, commercial and financial input to promote the efficient development of the port at Gladstone in his role as a Director of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) from 2010 to 2013. During that time, Michael became very familiar with all of the relevant commercial and financing documents relating to the port.
One of Michael’s key focuses is to provide clients with high-end strategic advice on off-site infrastructure matters, and in his previous role at a high profile coal Joint Venture Michael was directly responsible for securing commercial contracts for rail, port, water and power infrastructure and supply, amongst other infrastructure arrangements.
In addition to formal qualifications, Michael has undertaken training in negotiations, leadership and business valuations. He has also held senior positions with Downer EDI Mining and United Group.
Nathan Cammerman is the Executive Director of Multicom Resources. Multicom evolved from the discovery of a large scale one billion barrel oil shale resource across the three exploration permits now known as the Yappar Project. Analysis of the mineral content of the oil shale revealed significant amounts of vanadium, molybdenum and alumina.
With global interest in vanadium increasing, Multicom has been able to establish strategic partnerships with international institutions and technology specialists looking to exploit vanadium’s unique properties, high demand and short supply. Multicom made a corporate decision to re-focus in the short to medium term on a pure-play vanadium project. As a result the Saint Elmo project was secured and is currently being rapidly developed.
In addition to our mining project, Multicom has entered into a ground breaking binding agreement with New York based StorEn Technologies. This agreement involving Multicom’s wholly owned subsidiary, Freedom Energy Pty Ltd, will form a global platform to establish a vertically integrated supply chain model for the low cost manufacturing, sale and distribution of StorEn proprietary Vanadium Flow Batteries (VFB’s). Target markets for the StorEn VFB’s are residential, telecommunications and industrial applications.
Nicholas Mather has been involved in the junior resource sector at all levels for 34 years, during which time has been instrumental in the delivery of major resource projects resulting in nine (9) corporate transactions delivering over five (5) billion dollars to shareholders.
Nicholas is Managing Director and co-founder of DGR Global Limited, a resource company generator. He is currently CEO of SolGold plc, heading up a tier 1 copper gold porphyry in Ecuador. Nick also sits on the board of Armour Energy, IronRidge Resources, Aus Tin Mining, Dark Horse Resources and Lakes Oil.
Nicholas Mather was co-founder and served as an Executive Director of Arrow Energy NL until 2004. Arrow Energy was acquired in 2010 by Shell and PetroChina, for a value of approximately $3.5 billion. Nick was founder and Chairman of Waratah Coal Inc. until December 2008 when it was acquired for $130m. He was co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Bow Energy Limited until its takeover by Arrow Energy Pty Ltd in January 2012 for approximately $550 million.
Nicholas also drove, as CEO, the discovery of the Pooncarie Mineral Sands project for BeMaX Resources prior to its purchase (£350 million) and the generation of the bulk of the asset base for Northern Energy ($250 million). He was a founding director of Orbis Gold which was sold in 2014 for AU$178 million and sub underwrote the refinancing of Ballarat Gold prior to its AU$500 million takeover by Lihir Gold.
Paul Flynn has extensive experience in the mining, energy, infrastructure and construction sectors gained through 20 years as a professional advisor at Ernst & Young. Paul was formerly Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Tinkler Group and was instrumental in the merger of Whitehaven Coal with Aston Resources. Paul joined the Board of Whitehaven on 3 May 2012 and assumed the role of Managing Director and CEO on 27 March 2013.
Prior to that role, Paul was the Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Sydney office and a member of its Oceania executive team. As a partner for over eight years, Paul managed many of the firm’s largest mining and energy clients across Australia, Asia, South and North America. Paul has also fulfilled various leadership roles with large corporations on secondment including as the CFO of a top 50 listed company.
Paul is a also director of the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australia Coal Association Low Emission Technology Pty Ltd, NSW Minerals Council, World Coal Association and Coal Industry Advisory Board.
Paul Vining is currently CEO of Cline Group and CEO of Cutlass Collieries LLC, the international development arm of the Cline Group. With over 35 years of experience in the coal business Paul’s prior positions include President of Alpha Natural Resources, CEO of White Oak Resources LLC, President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Louis-based Patriot Coal Corp, Chief Executive Officer of Magnum Coal Company, the top executive sales and trading positions for both Arch Coal and Peabody Energy, and key sales and commercial roles at AGIPCOAL USA, Island Creek Coal Company and A. T. Massey Coal Company.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary as well as his Bachelor of Science in Mineral Engineering and Master of Science in Extractive Metallurgy from Columbia University’s Henry Krumb School of Mines. Mr. Vining is a member of the Board of Directors for Foresight Energy LP (NYSE: FELP), Jesse Creek Mining and the Coal Association of Canada.
Peter Nicholson, a Partner and Managing Director Australia of Resource Capital Funds (RCF), a mining-focused private equity firm where he is responsible for analysing and assessing investment opportunities, structuring deal terms and ongoing management of portfolio investments.
Prior to joining RCF in 2003, Peter gained technical experience in mine production, planning and management through his roles as Underground Manager of the Emily Ann nickel mine for LionOre Australia (Nickel) Ltd and with WMC Resources Ltd.
Peter Nicholson graduated from the University of Queensland with BEng (Mining) and is a Fellow of FINSIA, having successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
Peter Ross is a highly experienced finance specialist strongly credentialed in delivering project finance, advisory and equity outcomes with particular emphasis in the infrastructure and resources sectors. Peter Ross currently holds the position of Executive Director at Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.
Key skills, capabilities and areas of expertise include:
– Leading a team or specific workstreams providing financial and commercial advice for both greenfields project development and acquisitions
– Raising debt financing in the capacity of a borrower, an adviser or a lender
– All aspects of equity including raising capital, equity investment and divestment, special purpose vehicle management and board representation
– Highly competent in financial analysis, modelling and financing optimisation
– Strong communication and presentation skills including presentations to boards and financiers
Richard Cottee is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. Richard currently holds the title of Managine Director at Central Petroleum. Richard’s expertise are in Petroleum, Gas, Energy, Energy Industry, and Strategic Planning. A 32-year veteran of the industry, Richard Cottee is a strong business development professional and graduate from The University of Queensland.
General Manager - Infrastructure and Project Development
Mr Cressey joined Armour Energy in November 2011 as General Manager – Infrastructure and Project Development. Prior to joining Armour, Roger had been involved in the oil and gas industry for 20 years, mainly in project management roles involving the design and construction of gas pipelines and processing plants, and also refinery upgrades. He has worked on major projects for many companies including Chevron, Santos, Caltex, Origin and others; across Australia, in PNG and Indonesia.
Since joining Armour, Mr Cressey has gained experience in petroleum exploration activities and has been instrumental in overseeing and coordinating Armour Energy’s field activities across remote northern Australia, liaising with government authorities, and has managed Armour Energy’s negotiations with Traditional Landowners regarding Native Title Agreements across Armour Energy’s tenement.
Scott Ryall is the Principal of Rimor Equity Research, which he founded in August 2017. For the 10 years prior to this, Scott has been Head of Research in start-up equity research businesses in Australia and Europe. His most recent role was the first Australian-based Head of Research for CLSA Australia, where he led the development of CLSA’s differentiated and innovative approach to Australian equity research.
At the same time, Scott has also been a lead analyst covering the transport and infrastructure sectors over the last ~15 years. Across three firms (Rimor, CLSA and Macquarie), Scott has covered these sectors in Australia, Europe, US and Asia. He was also responsible for CLSA’s Australian thematic research, which required an ability to analyse inter-relationship between a wide range of sectors. He has written extensively on the Australian mining infrastructure sector since 2010, with a recent ~140pg report by Rimor on the Australian coal value chain published in December 2017.
Scott’s thematic research also led to him speaking at the Australian government’s Australia Week in China in April 2016 (on the tourism delegation) and presenting to a CEO Institute syndicates and other industry conferences.
Scott Winter serves as a Director of MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd. Mr. Winter is an Australian Coal Mining Executive and serves as Managing Director of MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd. Mr. Winter has more than 20 years’ experience in coal mining, including lead roles managing construction and operating efforts for facilities in northern New South Wales, central Queensland and South Australia. His management and engineering experiences are diverse and include providing dynamic technical input, managing operational teams, through to contributing to acquisition efforts. His early career included 14 years of operations, engineering design and project management experience. Mr. Winter holds Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mining from University of Queensland and Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School.
In a mining industry career spanning over 30 years, Simon Finnis has worked throughout Australia in underground and open cut mining operations. His previous roles have included Operations Manager for the Pooncarie Mineral Sands Project, redevelopment of the Gold Ridge Mine in the Solomon Islands and Managing Director of Global Resources Corporation Limited.
Simon has considerable experience through feasibility, construction and commissioning of both new and brown fields’ operations and prior to joining Metro was CEO of Grand Cote Operations in Senegal.
Simon Kidston has an investment banking background with more than 20 years global experience with groups such as Macquarie Bank, HSBC and Helmsec Global Capital. Simon is a co-founder and Executive Director of Genex Power, and has responsibility for project finance and business development. He is currently engaged with banks and potential equity partners to finalise the funding arrangements for the 50MW Kidston Solar Project and the co-located 450 MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Simon Klimt was formerly Head of Oil and Gas Investment Banking, Australia at Barclays Capital in Sydney Over 20 years direct capital markets experience focused on the natural resources sector including oil and gas and mining with direct experience in structuring, negotiating and executing:
Structured and project financing;
Debt and equity capital markets;
Commodity risk management and hedging;
Simon Klimt also has extensive experience advising boards and senior management on corporate strategy including:
Acquisitions and divestments;
Private Equity Investments
Extensive industry contacts at Board and Executive levels
Deep understanding of commodity markets including physical commodities and corporate risk management
In addition to his banking experience, Simon Klimt has also had direct corporate experience as Head of Business Development and investor Relations at ASX listed copper producer Hillgrove Resources.
Mr Slesarewich was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer on 13 July 2015.
Simon is a Mining Engineer and registered Senior Site Executive in Queensland with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry spanning operational and executive roles. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Queensland and Graduate Diplomas in Administration, as well as Applied Finance and Investment.
Simon’s broad operational experience ranges up to general manager for underground base metal and gold mines, as well as general manager responsible for the development of Middlemount Coal, an open cut coking coal project located in central Queensland. Simon held executive roles gaining experience in business development and contract negotiation before joining Boardwalk Resources where as CEO he was instrumental in the company’s sale to Whitehaven Coal for A$300m.
Simon is the former CEO of Northern Discovery Limited and executive director of Larkham Resources and is currently a director of the Queensland Resources Council and a member of the Queensland Exploration Council.
Mr Mallyon was appointed Managing Director of Riversdale on 15 August 2011. Mr Mallyon has over 35 years’ experience in the natural resources, banking and construction material sectors, with extensive operational, project development and corporate finance experience. He was previously Managing Director of Riversdale Mining Limited and RBC Capital Markets in Sydney, and has held senior executive roles with Billiton plc, RGC Limited and MIM Holdings Limited. He has had exposure to mining operations in Australia, Africa, South America and a number of emerging markets in Asia. Mr Mallyon does not hold any other directorships.
Todd Harrington is the Resources Investment Commissioner within the Queensland Government. is a seasoned resource executive, possessing significant investment, mining, asset development, approval and corporate financing experience. A geologist originally by profession, Todd has an in depth knowledge on over 250 global resource assets with an eye for value and optimisation. Understanding this value, Todd has gained significant M&A resource transaction experience with capital raising and debt, for company and project acquisition and divestment. Todd has had direct experience with over 20 completed resource and investment transactions. Todd has a strong network throughout Industry, Government, Commodity end users and the Asia-Pacific Debt and Equity sectors.
Todd Harrington joined the resource industry in 1996 and has worked on 50 projects and at over 20 operating mines – 6 of which have been delivered from exploration concept through to commissioned operating mines during his tenure.
Most recently Todd Harrington held executive roles in ASX listed coal development and mining companies (Stanmore Coal, Cockatoo Coal, Blackwood Corporation), but has also spent over 12 years working directly at opencut and underground coal operations in both technical and management capacities (for Xstrata Coal & Iron Ore, and consulting to Billiton & Rio Tinto).
Todd Harrington has also held numerous senior industry board positions. These include Vice President of AMEC (Association of Mining and Exploration Companies), Chairman of ACARP Audit Committee and Opencut Member, QRC (Queensland Resources Council) Exploration Resources Regulation Committee. Chairman of Bowen Basin Geologist Group (550 Industry Geologists) and Global EMERST Exploration Task Group Member.
Specialties: Geology Honours degree, and Executive Masters of Business Administration (Majors in Strategy, Corporate Finance and International Business).
Tony Wood has been Director of the Energy Program since 2011 after 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles. From 2009 to 2014 Tony Wood was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies. In 2008, Tony was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review.
Tor McCaul has 29 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He graduated in Petroleum Engineering from UNSW in 1987 and spent the next 9 years based in Brisbane working with operating companies in technical roles on projects in Queensland, New Zealand and PNG, which included a secondment to Chevron Niugini.
He spent the following 11 years in Asia (Karachi, Jakarta, Chennai and Delhi) in technical, finance, commercial and management roles. At VICO Indonesia (a BP-ENI JV) he was their LNG Contract Manager on the 23 million-tonne-per-annum Bontang LNG project. In India, he was Cairn plc’s Head of Commercial for the Indian business. He became Managing Director of Comet Ridge Limited in April 2009. Mr McCaul has previously been the Chairman for the Queensland Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and was the 2013 Queensland Petroleum Exploration Association (QUPEX) President.
Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC), Warren is working to increase mineral exploration and mining activity in Australia, and to ensure Australia remains a highly attractive place for resource investment. Before joining AMEC, he has worked for advocacy and membership organisations, including the Chamber of Minerals of Energy of WA and the WA Local Government Association.
Previously as a Senior Adviser in the Gallop and Carpenter WA Governments, he worked for the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure across a wide range of areas such as, planning, infrastructure development, ports and public transport.
Warwick Grigor is a highly respected and experienced mining analyst, with an intimate knowledge of all market related aspects of the mining industry. He is a graduate of the Australian National University having completed degrees in law and economics.
His association with mining commenced with a position in the finance department of Hamersley Iron, and from there he moved to Jacksons, Graham, Moore and Partners to become Australia’s first specialist gold mining analyst. Mr Grigor left to be the founding research partner at Pembroke Securities and then the Senior Analyst at County NatWest Securities. He left County in 1991 to found Far East Capital Limited that was established as a specialist mining company financier and corporate adviser, together with Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest.
In 2008, Far East Capital sponsored the formation of a stockbroking company, BGF Equities, and Mr Grigor assumed the position of Executive Chairman. This was re-badged as Canaccord Genuity Australia Limited when a 50% stake was sold to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. Mr Grigor retired from Canaccord in October 2014, returning to Far East Capital. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Peninsular Energy Limited.
Warwick Grigor’s research knowledge and market intelligence gives First Graphene a strong strategic direction.