The 8th edition
of the Raw Materials Week

13-17 November 2023


Mr Maroš Šefčovič
Executive Vice-President for European Green deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission

Maroš Šefčovič (born in 1966) is a Slovak diplomat, who since 1 December 2019 has served as Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight. He leads the Commission’s work on interinstitutional relations, better policymaking, strategic foresight and the European Battery Alliance. He also co-chairs the EU-UK Partnership Council and the EU-UK Joint Committee. Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Administration, and then the Energy Union (2010 – 2019); Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth (2004 -2009). Elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2014. Before, he was the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU. As a diplomat he served in Zimbabwe and Canada and as Ambassador to Israel (1992-2004). He graduated from the University of Economy (Bratislava) and the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations. He holds a degree as Doctor of Law and a PhD of European Law (Comenius University, Bratislava). He wrote a book "Driving the EU forward – talks with Maroš Šefčovič".

Mr Thierry Breton
Commissioner, Internal Market, European Commission

Thierry Breton is the EU Commissioner for Internal Market, in charge of industry, digital, space, defence, audiovisual and tourism. Engineer in computer science, he began his career as an entrepreneur in the IT sector. French business leader, he was CEO of Thomson electronics (1997-2002), France Telecom (2002-2005) and Atos (2009-2019). French Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry (2005-2007), he was a teacher at Harvard (2007) and authored a number of technology thrillers published in more than 40 languages. 

Ms. Kerstin Jorna
Director-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Kerstin Jorna is a German national and a civil servant at the European Commission where she has held various positions, amongst others as Head of Cabinet of several Commissioners and different Director posts. Mrs. Jorna is the Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Before, Mrs. Jorna was Deputy Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs. Mrs. Jorna also held positions on the Board of the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund as well as the European Innovation Council Fund

Jani Adolfsson-Tallqvist
Development Manager, Finnish Minerals Group

Jani is Development Manager at Finish Minerals Group. Before joining FMG Jani has been working as a consultant focusing on new business development, public funding proposal preparation and arranging open innovation ecosystems to create disruptive solutions within battery, mining, and the circular economy field. He holds a M.Sc. from Aalto University, Materials Engineering.

Siyamend Al Barazi
Head of Unit, DERA: German CRM assessment of 2023 + Recycling atlas
Siyamend Al Barazi holds a degree in geology and has been working for DERA at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) since 2011. Since 2021, he is Head of Unit "Mineral Economics" and is responsible for DERA's raw materials monitoring, which includes screening of supply, demand and prices as well as market analyses of individual commodities. DERA provides information and analyses on potential price and supply risks for selected raw materials. The main goal is to increase market transparency for the German industry.
Abdullah Alenezi
Assistant Deputy Minister for Mining Investment Development at the Ministry of Industry & Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Abdullah Alenezi currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Mining Investment Development at the Ministry of Industry & Mineral Resources, a role in which he is responsible for driving the strategic development of the mineral investments in KSA. Alenezi is has over 23 years of experience in strategic corporate planning, project management, and organizational leadership
Ana María Alonso-Zarza
Director, IGME-CSIS Geological Survey of Spain
Director of the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, CSIC. Professor of the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology of the Faculty of Geological Sciences of the UCM. “Walther Medal” 2016 from the International Association of Sedimentology. President, from 2016 to 2020, of the Geological Society of Spain. Professor of different Bachelor's and Degree subjects in Geological Sciences, and in Geological Engineering, as well as Master's and Doctorate courses. Courtesy Research at the University of Oregon and Visiting Professor at the University of Edmonton.
Andrea Andrenelli
Trade Policy Analyst, OECD
Andrea Andrenelli is Trade Policy Analyst at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD. His current work focuses on supply chains issues, including critical minerals, and the impact of digitalisation on international trade.
Lea Appulo

Senior Policy Officer working with Wetlands International Europe since 2016. Based in Bissels since 2014 where she moved to work as adviser on democracy for the Party of European Socialists. Before that she was living and working in Rome in Italy as policy advisor. Her background is in international and diplomatic sciences.

Suni Aranda
AlSiCal, H2020 project

Dr. Suni Aranda is the inventor of the AlSiCal technology and Project Coordinator of the H2020 AlSiCal project. She has been working in Applied Research and Innovation in industrial processes for 19 years, on several minerals and energy industries. Her background is on chemical processes and materials. She works at Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway since 2010, currently as Business Developer and Principal Scientist for Sustainable Minerals and Metals portfolio.

Ronald Arvidsson
Senior Geophysicist, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) - Progress in mining waste

Senior geophysicist working for Geological Survey of Sweden since 10 years. Head of SGUs mineral information office 2013-2014. Former coordinator of the MinLand H2020 project and active in European earth science projects since the past 30 years.

Alexander Barcza
Vice President Permanent Magnets, Vacuumschmelze
Dr. Alexander Barcza is the Vice President of Permanent developing-permanent-magnets-value-chain at Vacuumschmelze. As such he is responsible for the business having production in Germany, Slovakia, and Finland. He is Member of the Board of VAC’s Joint Venture with Zhong Khe San Huan Group operating out of Beijing, China. Prior to his current role he held positions in product management and R&D. Dr. Barcza earned a PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge in England after completing his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Vienna in Austria.
Filippo Bartolozzi
Research and Development, B&C Speakers : SUSMAGPRO
Filippo Bartolozzi graduated in Physics at Florence University. He has been working for years at B&C Speakers, one of the most prestigious manufacturers of loudspeakers for the professional audio world. In his free time, he organizes guitar concerts at the Florence-based Six Bars Jail folk club. He is involved in a local mutual help organization arranging fundraising events with social aim and he collaborates with schools giving lessons on audio and other topics.
Karol W. Bednarek
Raw Materials Expert VDA

Karol W. Bednarek coordinates the working group "Raw Material Availability" at the VDA. Since 2017, this working group has established a raw materials monitoring focusing on battery raw materials, rare earths and sustainability. The working group provides its members with pre-competitive market information and forecasts up to 2035.

Nicola Beer

Nicola Beer is Vice-President and Member of the European Parliament. She serves as special envoy on combatting religious discrimination and is chair of the working group on combating antisemitism. In the European Parliament she works especially in the Committees for Economy and Currencies, for Foreign Affaires as well as for Industry and Research. She is the Parliament's rapporteur on the Critical Raw Materials Act.

Silvia Bellicchi
Manager, Bormioli Luigi S.p.A - VITRUM Project
Silvia Bellicchi is QHSE Manager and Sustainability Coordinator for the Bormioli Luigi Group.
Guillaume Bertrand
Senior Geologist, French Geological Survey (BRGM) - Progress in primary raw materials

Guillaume Bertrand holds a Ph.D. in tectonics and geodynamics from the University of Paris. He started working at BRGM, the French Geological Survey, in 2003. Since 2008, he works at BRGM’s Georesources Division. There, he now is the head of the 'Geology of Mineral resources' (GEM) unit, dedicated to primary mineral resources, including the understanding of deposit genetic processes, mineral exploration, prospectivity mapping, potential assessment, etc. He also is expert for EuroGeoSurveys' Mineral Resources Expert Group and coordinator of the mineral resources team in the EU-funded GSEU ("Geological Service for Europe") project.

Elisa Biavardi
Manager, Bormioli Luigi S.p.A

Elisa Biavardi is Chemical Laboratory Manager at Bormioli Luigi SpA. She is Post Doc from Università degli Studi di Parma and was a visiting PhD student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Cecile Billaux
Head of Unit, INTPA

Head of Unit in the DG INTPA, in charge of Trade, Investment Climate, Entrepreneurship, Raw Materials & Value Chains. She has been working for the EC for more than 15 years, holding various positions related to health, climate, development and trade, a position in the Cabinet of the former EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. Before joining the EC, Cécile BILLAUX worked in the private sector as a Consultant in public affairs for major international companies. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Matti Blind Berg
Mr. Blind Berg is the Chairman of the Swedish Sámi Herders Association, the main organisation of Sámi herders in Sweden. Mr. Blind-Berg is a reindeer herder and leader of the Sámi village of Girjas, located in Gällivare, northern Sweden. He is a former member of the Swedish Sami parliament, the Sametinget.
Jakob Blomgren
Senior Researcher, RISE Research Institutes Sweden
Dr. Jakob Blomgren received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2001 from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He works as a Senior Scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden with applications of magnetic sensor systems. Jakob is currently active in European research projects aimed at developing efficient recycling methods of NdFeB developing-permanent-magnets-value-chain from various scrap sources.
Antoine Boubault
Engineer Researcher, OFREMI: French national criticality assessment

Dr. Antoine Boubault is a member of the Mineral Intelligence team at BRGM. He has an Engineer’s degree in Thermal Sciences and a Ph.D in Engineering Sciences from the University of Perpignan, France. He is now studying material criticality and the socioeconomic metabolism.

Stephane Bourg
Director, OFREMI
Stéphane Bourg is Director of the French Observatory of Mineral Resources for industrial sectors (OFREMI). Involved for more than ten years on the issue of critical raw materials and their supply, he has led the European expert network on critical raw materials (SCRREEN) since 2016. He is member of the COMES (French Strategic Metals Committee) and president of PROMETIA, the international association promoting mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.
Marie Bouvet
Research Officer, CEA/ISEC
Marie works at CEA/ISEC on the analysis of materials cycle for industrial sectors. Within OFREMI, she coordinates the working group focusing on stress-tests. OFREMI’s objective is to implement a methodology to analyse the resilience of industrial sectors in order to anticipate the impacts caused by disruption events on the value chains. Marie is also involved in the European project SCRREEN2 as Coordinator for the CEA. Finally, she contributes at ISEC to actions aiming at animating the french ecosystem of organizations acting for the energy transition.
Kerstin Brinnen
Corporate Lawyer, Head of Regulatory Affairs, LKAB

Ms Brinnen works as corporate lawyer and Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Swedish mining company LKAB, that mines 85% of the iron ore produced in Europe and is set to lead the transformation of the mining industry towards sustainability. Together with partners, LKAB has developed the HYBRIT technology for fossil free steel. In January, LKAB announced the discovery of Europe’s largest known deposit of REEs in the vicinity of its Kiruna mine in North Sweden. Ms Brinnen has a background as a lawyer in environmental law and environmental permit procedures.

Nelson Brito
MP Portugal, former president municipality of Aljustrel, member of Aljustrel municipality assembly, Aljustrel and Neves Corvo

Member/Deputy in the Portuguese National Assembly. Coordinator of the Environment and Energy Committee of Portuguese National Assembly. Current President of the Municipal Assembly of Aljustrel. Former president of the Municipality of Aljustrel.

David Brozina
Deputy Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the EU

David Brozina has a long diplomatic career in the Slovenian foreign service in different positions, mainly on coordination of EU affairs. He is now the Deputy Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the EU. He holds a masters degree from the College of Europe.

Mattia Bruschi
Head of Supply Chain and Manufacturing, Ansaldo Green Tech Operations
In charge of Ansaldo Green Tech Operations, he has an academic background in Mechanical Engineering and an extensive experience in Supply Chain Mgmt, Procurement and Manufacturing. He covered different roles at Ansaldo Energia since he joined the group in 2003, starting with Production Planning, then Blades and Vanes Supply Chain Mgmt, Procurement and Strategic Sourcing. He spent 3 yrs in Shanghai to set up the JV with Shanghai Electric. In 2013 he was awarded with the APICS CPIM certification.
Peter Buchholz
Director, DERA

Peter Buchholz is heading the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) at the German Geological Survey (BGR). Peter joined the BGR in 2005 as economic geologists. Before his time at the BGR he worked in the areas of ore deposit research, exploration and commodity trading. After his PhD in 1995 at the RWTH Aachen he worked at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and from 1998 to 2002 as director of the M.Sc. Programme in Exploration Geology at the University of Zimbabwe. His research and entrepreneurial work has, nationally and internationally, been awarded.

Eric Buisson
Critical Minerals Analyst, IEA
Eric Buisson works as critical minerals analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), part of the World Energy Outlook team. Prior to joining the IEA, Eric served as policy officer at the Ministry of Energy Transition’s mineral resources department in France, on topics including critical raw materials, ESG and conflict minerals, and corresponding European and international affairs. Eric studied public administration at Sciences Po Paris’ School of Public Affairs, and also holds a degree in mathematics from Sorbonne University.
Carlo Burkhardt
Scientific Director, Pforzheim University

Carlo holds a Ph.D. in metallurgy and materials from the University of Birmingham, UK, and is scientific director at the STI–Institute for Precious and Technology Metals, Pforzheim University.

He is professor of manufacturing technologies at Pforzheim University (Germany) and professor of materials at the Jozef-Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

He coordinates the H2020/HORIZON projects SUSMAGPRO and REEsilience and is co-founder of two University spin-offs: HyProMag GmbH (Magnet recycling) and MetShape GmbH (Additive Manufacturing).

Frédéric Carencotte
President, Carester
Frederic Carencotte, chemical engineer by education, is CEO of Carester, a company he has funded in 2019, after 23 years spent in industry. Carester is specialized in rare earth processing and has 2 main activities : - Carester delivers technical services to mining companies - Carester is also developing its own industrial project aiming, from end 2025, at recycling End of Life rare earths magnets as well as separating heay rare earths concentrates coming from mines to produce pure rare earths oxides.
Samuel Carrara
Project Officer, JRC, European Commission
Samuel Carrara is scientific project officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Directorate C: Energy, Mobility and Climate – Unit C.7: Energy Transition Insights for Policy), where he carries out technical and policy analyses on raw materials and supply chains, mainly focusing on technologies for the green transition.
Dina Carrilho
Senior Science Officer, Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal) and ERA-MIN3 coordinator

Dina Carrilho holds a PhD and has been working in the raw materials field for over 10 years. She works as senior science officer at the Department of International Relations of the Portuguese national Research Funding Organisation (FCT- Foundation for Science and Technology). Dina is currently coordinating the EU project ERA-MIN3 on raw materials for the sustainable development and the circular economy, following the coordination of ERA-MIN2. Presently, Dina is a Board member of the not-for profit association International Raw Materials Observatory (INTRAW) representing FCT.

Bakhyt Chirchikbayev
CEO, Tau-Ken Samruk NMC JSC
Bakhyt Chirchickbayev has more than 20 years of professional experience in energy and mining in Kazakhstan. In 2001-2016 he was engaged in daughter companies of Kazatomprom, National Atomic Company. In 2016-2022 Bakhyt was commercial director and head of Stepnogorsk Mining and Chemical Combine LLP, production of uranium. Since 2022 he is the CEO and board member of Tau-Ken Samruk National Mining Company ,a company within Samruk-Kazyna National Wealth Fund of Kazakhstan. Simultaneously, Bakhyt is a Board member of Kazgeology, national exploration company.
Aman Chitkara
Director, Government Relations, Li-Cycle
Aman is an energy and climate-tech professional with more than a decade of experience at the intersection of economics, policy, and technological innovation. He currently leads government relations and public affairs with Li-Cycle Europe, an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery and the leading lithium-ion battery recycler. Aman holds a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's in Engineering from Delhi University.
Daniel Cios
Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission
He is placed in the unit for Energy Intensive Industries, Raw Materials and Hydrogen in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. His main responsibilities are EU activities on raw materials, particularly for batteries and EU Horizon Europe framework program on R&I in the area of raw materials. You will see Daniel during Monday’s raw materials R&I Day sessions and on Tuesday in the workshop on the Horizon partnership.
Merete Clausen
Director, DG GROW, European Commission
Merete Clausen, currently the Director for Investment in the European Commission’s DG GROW, has worked for the European Commission since 2006. She was previously Head of Unit in the DG ECFIN, responsible for coordination with the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and other International Financial Institutions. She graduated from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, with a master’s degree in law and worked for several years in private practice in Copenhagen and Aarhus before joining the EU institutions in 2001.
Maureen Coulas
Deputy Director, International Affairs and Trade, Lands and Minerals Sector, Natural Resources Canada

Since joining Natural Resources Canada in 1999, Maureen Coulas has taken on a wide variety of responsibilities in such areas as mineral resources governance, trade and investment promotion, and environmental management. Maureen is currently a Deputy Director in the International Affairs and Trade Division of the Lands and Minerals Sector, managing a team responsible for relations with the United States, the European Union and European countries. Prior to joining the public sector, Maureen worked for several years in Toronto for a global natural resources company.

Stefan Crets
Executive Director, DriveSustainability
Stefan Crets joined CSR Europe as Executive Director in February 2011. Before joining CSR Europe, Stefan was the General Manager Corporate Planning in Toyota Motor Europe (TME). Prior to his experience at Toyota, Stefan was Programme Advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation (1997-2001). He started his professional career as an academic at the University of Antwerp, Department of Sociology (1987-1997), with a focus on the measurement of well-being and the management of the social welfare state and teaching on organisational sociology and quantitative research methods.
Nina Dahl
Research Director, SINTEF Industry: REEsilience & REEPRODUCE

Dahl has more than 30 years of experience in materials technology and metal production both from the R&D sector (SINTEF) and from Hydro Extruded Products as head of Extrusion Competence Centre (2008-2013). In SINTEF the research covers the whole value-chain, from processing of raw materials, through sustainable production and processing of metals. Recycling, recovery and waste valorization are also important topics. Dahl is SINTEF representative in the board of the Norwegian strategy process Process 21 and is a member of EARTO WG on Critical Raw Materials.

Panagiotis Davris
Research and Sustainable Development Manager Mytilineos S.A
Panagiotis Davris has a background in mining and metallurgical engineering and holds a PhD in extractive metallurgy. He has been working in Mytilineos Agios Νikolaos alumina /aluminium plant almost 5 years and currently he is head of the Research and Sustainable Development Department with main activities on waste utilization, critical raw materials recovery and CO2 emissions reduction.
Alessandro Dazza
CEO Imerys
Alessandro Dazza is Chief Executive Officer at Imerys, the world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry. He graduated from Politecnico di Milano in Business Engineering.
Chloe Devauze
IEIC (tbc): MSA

Chloé Devauze works as project manager at In Extenso Innovation Croissance (IEIC) on resource efficiency in a circular economy. Since 2014, she has specialised in strategic raw materials, their value chains and environmental impacts. She is a recognised advisor, working both for public authorities as well as innovative industrial projects.

Meta Dobnikar
Head of Unit, Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) – International Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Resource Management
Meta Dobnikar is the head of the Mineral resources and geochemistry department at Geological Survey of Slovenia. She holds a PhD in geology from the University of Ljubljana, where she worked as researcher and teacher in mineralogy and crystallography. For several years she joined the ministry, responsible for science and higher education, where she lead the division for higher education and the division for science. Lately she returned to geology in the framework of GeoZS, where she is actively involved in different projects.
Paula Dinis
Policy officer, Direcção-Geral de Energia e Geologia (DGEG), Portugal
Paula Dinis is a Senior Mining Engineer, with a masters degree in Environmental Management. She is working at the Directorate General for Energy and Geology (DGEG - Portuguese Mining Authority), in licensing and inspection for mineral exploration, exploitation and rehabilitation, where she has been working the past 28 years. She is the Portuguese representative in the Raw Materials Supply Group of the European Commission (under DG GROW), and Sherpa on European Innovation Partnership, contributing to the definition of strategy, policy and monitoring EU strategies for mineral resources.
Vincent Donnen
Founding partner, CDMR CIIA
Vincent Donnen, CIIA, (Franco-Luxembourger) studied and worked in economics and finance and in France, China, Taiwan and Switzerland. In 2013, he founded CDMR, which specializes in critical metals investment advisory. Since 2019, he has been working on innovative solutions to rebuild strategic stocks of critical metals. He is a CIIA (Chartered International Investment Analyst), a member of the Swiss Financial Analyst Association. He teaches regularly at the Ecole des Mines de Nancy.
Iman Dorri
Scientific Researcher, University of Munich (LMU) - Progress in end-of-life secondary raw materials

Iman Dorri holds a M.Sc. in Circular Economy and Environmental Engineering. He is working as a scientific researcher at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in the FutuRaM (Future Availability of Secondary Raw Materials) project. The focus of his work is on developing a systematic procedure for applying UNFC on site-specific projects and also at national levels related to the secondary raw materials and extraction of material from anthropogenic resources.

Michael Douglas
Business Development Manager (Global)

Position: Business Development Manager (Global)

Industry Experience: 16 years

Nationality: British

Education: Honors Degree in Business Law and Finance, Batchelor of Arts (1995), Strathclyde University, Glasgow.

Specialisms: Commercial and contractual negotiations, execution of contracts, establish strategic alliances with complementary technologies; interface with private, governmental and corporate investors and funding institutions.

Ryan Dudek
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of State
Ryan B. Dudek, PhD, currently serves as an Energy Officer at the United States Department of State through the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program. In this capacity, Dr. Dudek provides technical advice on a range of energy technology and policy topics, including critical minerals, and is part of the team implementing U.S. commitments under the multilateral Minerals Security Partnership. He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Tetiana Dzhumurat
Principal Banker, Natural Resources, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Tetiana has over 10 years of experience in impact investing. Since joining the EBRD in 2014, Tetiana has led numerous complex project financings involving debt and equity with a total value of more than EUR 1 billion of investments by the EBRD. In her current role Tetiana is responsible for leading origination and execution of investments in the mining sector in the EBRD’s countries of operations. Before the EBRD, Tetiana worked as an associate in a corporate finance team at KPMG. Tetiana holds an MSc degree in Finance from Lund University, Sweden.

Magnus Ericsson
Adjunct Professor
Magnus Ericsson, is a veteran observer and analyst of global mining, his work going back to the early 1970s. His recent research focuses the structure of global mining, the possibility of change in behaviour and perception of the industry and the role of China in global metal supply. In 1981 he co-founded the scientific publication "Mineral Economics – Raw Materials Report" and is still Editor-in -Chief. He is an adjunct professor at Luleå University of Technology and co-founder of RMG Consulting.
Myriam Ferran
Deputy Director-General of DG INTPA

Myriam Ferran is since November 2021 Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for International Partnerships. She oversees the geographical Directorates, covering Latin America and the Caribbeans, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia and Pacific regions.

Jean-François Gaillaud
Head of the Mineral Resources Department, Ministry of Economy and Finances
From 2021 to 2023, he was Chairman of the Industrial Development Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development. From January 30, 2023 to October 22 — Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From October 23, 2023 to the present, he was appointed Vice Minister of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Erlan Galiyev
CEO, National Geological Survey KSC
He started his professional career in 2008 as an operator at the Kenbai field in Atyrau region. Yerlan Galiyev also passed a professional path in NGDU “Kaynarmunaygas” from a geologist of the oil and gas production shop to the head of the geology and development service. In the period 2015-2017 he worked at JSC RD “KazMunayGas” as a leading engineer of the Department of Geology and Field Development. In the period 2017-2022 he worked at Ural Oil and Gas LLP as Director of the Department of Geology and Development.
Massimo Gasparon
Director, European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) - Progress in classifying investment projects
Director of ERMA - the European Raw Materials Alliance at EIT RawMaterials, the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide, initiated and co-funded by the European Union. ERMA’s goal is to secure the supply of sustainable raw materials for Europe’s industrial ecosystems. Massimo coordinates the activities of 1,500+ stakeholders and an investment portfolio of more than 14 billion euros. He holds a PhD in geochemistry from the University of Tasmania and prior to joining EIT RawMaterials in 2017 he was an academic at The University of Queensland.
Roland Gauß
Head of Innovation, EIT RawMaterials/ERMA
Roland Gauß is Head of Innovation and Business Intelligence at EIT RawMaterials. He received his PhD from the University of Tübingen in 2008. His research interests are related to metallurgy, the resource criticality and life cycles of materials, and innovation. He worked in the fields of Nd-Fe-B processing and recycling, the extractive metallurgy of copper, and geochemical fingerprinting. He was Marie Curie Research Fellow at University College London, Head of Department at Fraunhofer IWKS, and joined EIT RawMaterials as Senior Advisor in 2016.
Andrzej Głuszyński
Deputy Director for the Geological Survey of Poland
Since 2019 Andrzej is Deputy Director in Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute where he is resposnsible for geological survey activities. He has a PhD (2014) in geology from University of Wrocław, Poland. In research work he focus on structural interpretation of seismic data, subsurface mapping, and tectonics of mineral deposits.
Katherine Gosselin
Director, Towards Sustainable Mining at the Mining Association of Canada
Katherine,Director, Towards Sustainable Mining at Mining Association of Canada, manages implementation of the TSM program in Canada and supports adoption of the program by mining associations around the world. Previously, she worked for the Government of Canada where she collaborated with Latin American governments to promote sustainable mining practices, provided advice in support of North American trade negotiations, and was responsible for Canada’s international collaboration and policy development related to critical minerals trade and investment. She holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Charlotte Griffiths
Chief of Section, UNECE

Charlotte GRIFFITHS is Deputy Director and Chief, Resources Management Section, Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). With over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, of which more than 20 have been at UNECE, Charlotte’s current key role is Secretary of the Expert Group on Resource Management, overseeing further development and implementation of the UN Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and the UN Resource Management System (UNRMS).

Milan Grohol
Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission

Milan Grohol, PhD is a Policy Officer in the Unit of Energy intensive industries, Raw Materials, Hydrogen at the Directorate-General for Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission. Since 2004, he contributes to the EU raw materials policy and initiatives, including the programming of Horizon funding on raw materials. He leads the EU assessment of the Critical Raw Materials and the organisation of the EU Raw Materials Week since 2016. He represents DG GROW in the Bureau of the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Management since 2018.

Jean-Claude Guillaneau
Director of External Relations, BRGM, Africa MaVal project

Jean-Claude Guillaneau is graduated from a French Engineering School and continue his studies at the Laval University (Mining and Metallurgy) in Canada.

After working in the Mineral Research Center of Quebec, he joined BRGM, the French Geological Survey where he has been Head of the Process Department, Manager of the International Division and of the Georesources Division including the activities in Geology, Mineral Resources and Geothermal Energy. He has also been CEO of the engineering subsidiary in geothermal energy CFG.

He has been launching a project on Responsible Mining for the French Ministry of Industry. He is managing an European project (PanAfGeo) with 12 European countries for the training of the 55 African Geological Surveys particularly on Mining and Mining environment and starting a new project on the EU Africa Partnership on Raw Material Value Chain (AfricaMaVal).

He is actually in charge of the International Institutional Affairs at the General Direction of BRGM.

He is member of the French Mining Association (SIM) and he is also member of the SME, ICMM, SGA and the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf).

He is vice-president of the International Cooperation and Development Task Force of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS).

He has a strong background in the mining field throughout the World and especially in Africa including small scale mining and mining environment.

Claudia Haase
GREENPEG, H2020 project
Claudia Haase has a Ph.D. in geophysics from Kiel University, Germany, and is working as a researcher at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU). Her expertise lies in integrated 2D and 3D subsurface modelling, and she has been working on a variety of projects onshore and offshore Norway, ranging from crustal scale basement studies to mineral deposits. Data management and policy also fall within her area of work. Currently Claudia is working in the H2020 GREENPEG project, which is delivering an innovative toolset for pegmatite exploration.
Henrike Hahn
Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Henrike Hahn is Member of the European Parliament (The Greens/EFA) as well as Deputy Head of German Delegation and Industrial Policy Speaker. As shadow rapporteur of the Critical Raw Materials Act, she is commited to establish a boost of a competitive mining industry in Europe with the highest possible ecological- social standards, with simultaneous focus on recycling and circular economy.
Marie-Christine von Hahn
Vice President Corporate Sustainability, Aurubis AG
Maria-Christine Hahn is Vice President of Corporate sustainable-raw-materials-value-chains-in-the-eu-crm-act and External Affairs at Aurubis, a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. Marie-Christine is responsible for the group’s advocacy, its political positioning and strategy. Until 2015, she was deputy representative of German oil and gas producer Wintershall in Berlin. Before that, she worked as a research assistant to a member of the Bundestag. She studied Hispanic, English and American Studies in Potsdam, Berlin and Barcelona.
Peter Handley
Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission
EU official, currently heading the team on energy-intensive industries and raw materials at the EC Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Previously, head of policy coordination for Energy Union, 2030 climate and energy package, low emission mobility strategy and the circular economy at the Secretariat General. Past EU trade negotiator (steel, WTO market access and industrial tariffs). Former UK government official, coordinated UK preparations for 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
Karen Hanghøj
Director, British Geological Survey (BGS) - What is UNFC?

Karen is the Director of the British Geological Survey and a geologist with vast experience in research, innovation management and the minerals and metals industry. She is passionate about understanding complexities of resource management, environmental and social sustainability and the role of geoscience in finding solutions to societal challenges. Following her PhD, she has worked with research on geological processes in the lower crust and mantle and their associated minerals deposits before taking senior leadership roles in research and innovation.

Zsuzsanna Hargitai
Managing Director, Central Asia, EBRD
Ms. Hargitai has been the EBRD Managing Director for Central Asia & Mongolia, responsible for the Bank’s operations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan since 17 May 2021. Ms. Hargitai has been at EBRD close to 30 years and has served at different 10th-annual-high-level-conference positions. Most recently, she was the Regional Director for the six Western Balkans countries based in Belgrade. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and an Executive MBA from London Business School.
Pierre Heeroma
CEO, Scandinavian Ferrous and Non Ferrous Metal Discovery AB, Sweden
Pierre has worked for 43 years in the mining and metals industry. He started his career with Boliden. Moved on to the Swedish State Mining Commission and later to Cogema/Areva. He has worked many years internationally before coming back to Sweden and Boliden in 2006 to lead their Exploration efforts before being VP Strategy and Business Development. He has worked the last 5 years at LKAB as SVP Exploration, Strategy and Business Development and SVP Strategic Projects. Pierre is today Senior Advisor in the mining and metal industry.
Walburga Hemetsberger
CEO Solar Power Europe

Walburga Hemetsberger has been the CEO of SolarPower Europe since 2019. She has over 20 years of professional experience in Brussels, working for a utility, a trade association, the European Parliament and the European Commission. Walburga has spent most of her career in the energy sector, covering in particular renewable energies and hydrogen.

Gerardo Herrera
Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission
Gerardo Herrera is policy officer at the Energy Intensive Industries and Raw Materials unit from DG GROW, where he deals with raw materials intelligence and the coordination of raw materials diplomacy in Latin America. He is Seconded National Expert from the Geological Survey of Spain where he is a research professor in Geosciences domain.
Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler
Professor for Mineralogy

Soraya Heuss-Aßbichler is a professor of Mineralogy at the University of Munich (LMU). For over 20 years, she has been conducting applied research. Starting with investigations on the environmental impact of waste, her activity is now focused on waste as a resource, challenges and opportunities of the circular economy and sustainability. As part of the HE project, FutuRaM, she is currently leading a working group to enable the assessment and classification of secondary raw materials projects with the UNFC

Janne Hokka
Senior Specialist, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Janne Hokka is a Senior Specialist acts as the leading technical specialist in UNFC classification for minerals in Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). In 2022 he was the primary reviewer for the UNFC Guidance Europe and has now been part of the expert group updating the CRIRSCO-UNFC Bridging Document.Janne is a EurGeol and member of Minerals Working Group (UNECE) and PERC (The Pan European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee) through the Fennoscandian Association for Metals and Minerals Professionals (FAMMP).

Julie Hollis
Secretary General, EuroGeoSurveys / Horizon Europe (HE) project “Geological Service for Europe”

Dr Julie Hollis is Secretary General of EuroGeoSurveys, representing 37 Geological Surveys of Europe. EuroGeoSurveys bridges the geoscience–policy gap at European level, delivering expert scientific data and advice to support the green transition, build strategic partnerships, moving towards establishing a sustainable Geological Service for Europe. Julie has a PhD in Geology and a Master of Science Communication from the University of Edinburgh, and more than 20-years of experience in research and senior management roles in Australia, Denmark, Greenland, and Belgium.

Alessandra Hool
CEO, ESM Foundation

Alessa Hool (MSc, MAS) is the CEO of ESM Foundation, a Swiss foundation dedicated to rare and critical metals and a more sustainable use of them. Alessa coordinates various Swiss, European, and international activities on critical raw materials, such as the EIT RawMaterials funded project International Round Table in Materials Criticality, IRTC.

Erika Ingvald
Head of Division, Geological Survey of Sweden

Erika is Head of Division, Mineral Information & Mining Industry at SGU since 2015. Her division runs the Mineral information office in Malå, statistics on mining, exploration, raw materials, government commissions, and also runs international capacity building projects. Among other things, Erika is part of the team that negotiated the CRMA during the Swedish EU Presidency, and one of the experts contributing to the Swedish government FIMM inquiry on securing innovation critical raw materials.

Darja Isaksson
Director General, Vinnova - Swedish Innovation Agency, Sweden

Darja Isaksson is Director General of Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, and serves as a member of the Swedish government’s National Digitalization Council. She is a founder of three agencies. She has served as adviser to the Prime Minister’s Innovation Council, been recognized as one of Sweden’s most powerful opinion-makers by the financial magazine Veckans Affarer and was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government by the website Apolitical.

Madalina Ivanica
Deputy Head of Unit, Energy Intensive Industries and Raw Materials, DG GROW, European Commission

Madalina Ivanica is Deputy Head of Unit in the European Commission - Unit on Energy Intensive Industries, Raw Materials and Hydrogen of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in January 2022. She previously worked in the Directorate-General for Environment in the area of enlargement and accession negotiations and EU inter-institutional relations. Ms. Ivanica served also as Advisor to the Romanian Chief Negotiator for accession to the European Union and was Director of Studies and an Associate Professor in European Studies at the Maastricht University. Ms. Ivanica received a Ph.D. in economics and holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology.

Åsa Jackson
EVP People and Sustainability, BOLIDEN

Åsa Jackson is the Executive Vice President People and Sustainability and a member of the executive management team at the metals and mining company Boliden since 2019. Before joining Boliden, Åsa was the Executive Vice President HR and Health & Safety at Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a company within the pulp and paper industry, and before that she had different senior positions within ABB, mainly within HR and Sustainability. Åsa holds a MSc in Business and Economics from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Marine Jacquier
Group CSR Manager Voltalia

Marine is Group Sustainability Manager at Voltalia. Marine joined Voltalia in 2020 to define and implement its Sustainability strategy aligned with its Mission objectives. She has more than 10 years of experience as a CSR manager.

Marjeta Jager
Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission

Marjeta JAGER is currently Deputy Director-General for the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA). Ms JAGER has been working in the European Commission since 2005, starting as Director for Security in DG Energy and Transport and later being Director for international energy and transport files and coordination, as well as being Head of Cabinet of the Transport Commissioner.

Before joining the Commission Ms JAGER was more than a decade working on the accession of Slovenia to the EU for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and she was the first Deputy Permanent Representative (Coreper I) of Slovenia to the EU.

Rishabh Jain
Senior Programme Lead, CEEW India: Indian assessment and strategic raw materials plan
Rishabh leads the Council's Technology Futures programme at the Council. His expertise revolves around critical minerals and renewable energy deployment, supply chain, and manufacturing. Through his work, he has influenced policy design, reform, and adoption. His core strength lies at the intersection of technology and sustainable-raw-materials-value-chains-in-the-eu-crm-act with a focus on advancing the scale-up of RE projects. He has also been supporting various Indian Ministries for the G20 Energy Transition Working Group.
Rajah Jayendran
CTO RHI Magnesita
Rajah Jayendran, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) at RHI Magnesita, has held various strategic development roles at multinational companies. He is an expert in renewable solutions and operational performance management. Rajah brings a detailed knowledge of the industry’s global operations and expertise in production efficiencies.
Barbara Juszczyk
Managing Director, Lukasiewicz Research Network — Institute of NonFerrous Metals, Poland
Manager and scientist with many years of experience, Doctor of Technical Sciences. Since 2019, she has been holding a position of the Director of the Lukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, a research centre of the Polish non-ferrous metals industry. President of the Association of Engineers and Technicians of Non-Ferrous Metals, Member of the Polish Chamber of Commerce for High Technology, Vice-President of the Council of the Economic Chamber of Non-Ferrous Metals and Recycling.
Akop Kagramanyan
Principal Banker Natural Resources, EBRD
Akop is a Principle Banker with the Natural Resources Team at EBRD and is based in Almaty. Before joining the bank in 2019, he was Managing Director at ATON, a Russian investment firm, where he was involved in debt/equity financing for mining companies in the CIS and elsewhere. Akop held the positions of CFO at UGC, one of the largest gold mining companies in Russia, spent 6 years at ING Bank in Moscow/London, where he advised Russian/Kazakh companies on equity financing. Akop graduated from London Business School (LBS) and Moscow University.
Vital Kamerhe Lwa Kanyiginyi Nkingi
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Democratic Republic of Congo

Né à Bukavu le 4 mars 1959, Vital KAMERHE LWA KANYIGINYI NKINGI est un homme politique congolais et économiste de formation.

Il occupe actuellement au sein du Gouvernement congolais le poste de Vice-Premier Ministre, Ministre de l’Économie Nationale et préside la commission Économie et Finances du Gouvernement. En cette dernière qualité, il assure la coordination des politiques sectorielles dans ces domaines.

À la suite des dernières élections de 2018 qui ont consacré la première passation pacifique du pouvoir à la tête de l’État, il a été élu Député National dans la circonscription électorale de BUKAVU et a par la suite assuré la fonction de Directeur de Cabinet du Président de la République Félix-Antoine TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO.

En 2006, après les premières élections démocratiques, Vital KAMERHE LWA KANYIGINYI NKINGI est élu Président de l’Assemblée Nationale de la RDC, poste qu’il a occupé de décembre 2006 à mars 2009, avant de démissionner et de rejoindre l’opposition politique dont il a été l’une des principales figures, en fondant son propre parti politique, l’Union pour la Nation Congolaise (UNC) en 2010.

Dans une région de Grands-Lacs frappée par de multiples conflits armés et des guerres récurrentes depuis 1994, il a joué un rôle de premier plan dans les différents processus de paix et négociations, notamment celui de Sun-City qui a conduit à la signature d’un Accord Global et Inclusif entre le Gouvernement congolais et les belligérants.

Après l’obtention de son diplôme universitaire, Vital KAMERHE LWA KANYIGINYI NKINGI enseigne à la faculté d’économie de l’Université de Kinshasa et embrasse la carrière politique à 28 ans. Depuis, il a occupé de nombreuses positions de responsabilité dans les cabinets ministériels et au sein du Gouvernement.

Vital KAMERHE LWA KANYIGINYI NKINGI parle couramment les quatre langues nationales (Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba, Kikongo) qui correspondent aux quatre espaces linguistiques de la République Démocratique du Congo.

Kathrin Kapfinger
Policy Officer, DG RTD

Kathrin is a Policy Officer at the European Commission working at DG Research & Innovation on European Partnerships.

She holds a Master's degree in political science and has been active in academic research and science communication prior to joining the European Commission.

Asko Käpyaho
Head of Unit, PhD, Mineral Economy Solutions, Finland

Asko Käpyaho has more than 20 years of work history in various fields of geology. Currently, he works as the Head of Mineral Economy Solutions Unit at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK). He has a PhD in geology and mineralogy (2007). His work history and scientific career covers broad field of geosciences, including mineral exploration, scientific research on the evolution of the Fennoscandia Shield, mineral systems research, science and innovation management as well as geological research related to the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

Milana Karajić
Strategic project Manager, Ljublijana
Milana Karajić holds a university degree in Chemical engineering, a master degree of Chemistry and a PhD in Environmental Science. She is Strategic Project Manager in Magneti. Magneti has produced permanent developing-permanent-magnets-value-chain in Slovenia for more than 72 years. Magneti has been involved in EU and Slovenian R&D co-financed projects from different calls for more than 15 years. She lead projects such as: Susmagpro Reco2mag, REEPRODUCE, DysCovery, Maxycle, LowREE motors etc.
Milosz Karpinski
Energy Security Analyst, IEA
Mr Milosz Karpinsk is an Energy Security Analyst in the Energy Security and Critical Minerals Division at the IEA where he leads IEA's work on security of Critical Minerals. Mr Karpinski is a graduate of the Polish National School of Administration (ENA), he holds a Master in International Relations from Torun University and a degree in Oil Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology.
Benjamin Katz
Manager, Minerals Sector Programme, Centre for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC), Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Ben Katz leads the sector team on mineral supply chains at the OECD's Centre for Responsible Business Conduct, looking after implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Their work encompasses research, convening and international cooperation across energy transition, base and precious minerals. Ben has more than a decade of experience at the nexus of development and natural resources, including in field projects to improve conditions in the informal mining sector.

Takahiro Kawai
Director of Critical Mineral Subsidy System Division, Metals Strategy Det., Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
Takahiro Kawai is a metal exploration expert with over 10 years of experiences since joining JOGMEC in 2009. He has been engaged in metal resource exploration in Africa and Asia region and served as the General Manager of the Vancouver office. Since in this March 2023, Takahiro has been in current position of Director of Critical Minerals Subsidy System Division.
Tae-Yoon Kim
Senior Energy Analyst, IEA

Tae-Yoon Kim is a Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA). He is a main contributor to the IEA’s flagship publications, the World Energy Outlook and the World Energy Investment. He leads IEA’s work on critical minerals and was a lead author of the special report on the Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions. Prior to joining the IEA, he worked as a senior manager at Accenture and as an infrastructure finance specialist at the World Bank.

Oliver Kleinhempel
Executive Director, Cronimet (Germany)
18 years active in the mining, raw materials and recycling sector; in project development, trading and senior management roles with stations in the Middle East, South America and Southeast Asia. Currently in charge of CRONIMET group divisions involved in metal trading and processing operations, as well as business development / new investments. Chairman of EQ Resources Ltd, ASX listed company active in the exploration, development and production of tungsten (focus in Far North Queensland, while recently acquired Europe’s largest tungsten mine in Spain).
Kari Korhonen
Senior Advisor, Metals & Mining Finnvera plc

Senior Adviser in Finnvera responsible as a transaction manager for the execution and monitoring of medium and long term export and import credit transactions within the energy and mining sectors from 2003 to current date.

Prior to that employed by the EBRD, Leonia Corporate Bank, Jaakko Pöyry Consulting and Union Bank of Finland.​​

Johanna Korpi
Director of legislative affairs, Ministry of the Environment of Finland
Ms. Johanna Korpi works as the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Ministry of the Environment in Finland. Director of Legislative Affairs is responsible for coordinating the preparation, development and implementation of legislation at the Ministry of the Environment in cooperation with the Permanent Secretary and the ministry's departments and units.The Director of Legislative Affairs also participates in the ministry’s key legislative projects and manages the ministry’s joint coordination tasks.
Sara-Elvira Kuhmunen

Sara-Elvira Kuhmunen is the president of Sáminuorra, the Sámi national youth organization in the Swedish part of Sápmi. Sáminuorra aims to promote and protect the interests and rights of Sámi youth.

Anna Kuokkanen
Anna works at the Joint Research Centre as an Energy Transition and Competitiveness Analyst. As part of the Research, Innovation and Competitiveness team, she monitors clean energy technologies and climate-neutral solutions to decarbonise industrial ecosystems, develop methodologies to track EU progress against its policy goals such as those in the European Green Deal, and contribute to the Energy Union Governance. She supports innovation through the implementation of SET Plan, Mission Innovation and NER300.
Natalia Lacorzana
Head of Natural Resources, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Mrs Natalia Lacorzana is the global head of the natural resources of the EBRD. She has been closely involved in developing the EBRD’s strategies relative to extractive industries including for hydrocarbons and mining sectors as well as energy transition. Mrs. Lacorzana has some 25 years of banking experience across emerging markets, including extensive involvement in the natural resources sector with a successful track record in business development, policy dialogue and transaction delivery.
Thomas Lagrée
Partner Critical Metals Fund, InfraVia Capital Partners
Thomas joined InfraVia in 2023 to launch the new Critical Metals strategy. Before joining InfraVia, Thomas spent 17 years at BNP Paribas in the Metals & Mining sector, where he has originated and arranged a wide range of financing transactions across many jurisdictions and various commodities. Thomas has a long experience of financing Metals & Mining projects with a deep knowledge of the related operating environments.
Pertti Lamberg
Sakatti Project Manager, CEO of AA Sakatti Mining Oy/Anglo American

Pertti Lamberg is Sakatti Project Manager and CEO of AA Sakatti Mining Oy which is Anglo American's Finnish subsidiary operating in Sodankylä. The Sakatti project is a significant grassroots discovery of Cu-Ni-PGE and it is currently in a permitting phase and entering to the pre-feasibility study B stage. Pertti has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry and academia and has previously been working as Research Metallurgist in Outokumpu, Outotec and University of Queensland, professor in geometallurgy at Luleå Universtiy of Technology and CEO in Keliber.

Konstantinos Laskaridis
Director of Mineral resources and Prospecting Dept. at Hellenic Survey of Geology and Mineral Exploration, Greece

Dr. rer. nat. , Geologist, Head in the Mineral Resources and Prospecting Dept. of H.S.G.M.E. For more than 30 years he is actively involved in European and National R&D projects. Most recent activity comprised the involvement in EU co-funded projects Min4EU, MINLAND, GeoERA, GSEU. Presently National Delegate of H.S.G.M.E. at EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and member of the Mineral Resources Expert Group at EGS. Participates in Organizational and Technical Committees, Working Groups, International Scientific Committees, dealing with Mineral Raw Materials.

Olivia Lazard
Fellow, Carnegie Europe

Olivia Lazard is a fellow at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered by climate change, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated to climate change and environmental collapse.

Sophie Lebouil
Project Control Manager, ERAMET - ReLieVe Project

Sophie Lebouil has been working for the last 10 years in the mining and metallurgical industry. She was the head of the R&D program for the ReLieVe project between 2018 and 2021. In 2022 she joined the Project Team for the industrialization phase as Project Control Manager. She is also involved in many cross functional activities related to the European ecosystem as Eramet’s representative in the Battery Regulation workshops coordinated by JRC and as the coordinator of ReLieVe project funded by CINEA through the Innovation Fund.

Pascal Leroy
Director General, WEEE Forum / Horizon Europe (HE) project FutuRaM

Pascal Leroy, Director General of the WEEE Forum since 2007, oversees the general management of the association. He has been involved in all manner of e-waste programmes, policies and projects for twenty years. Formerly he was Government Affairs Manager on WEEE at APPLiA, the European home appliance manufacturing industry association. He also worked for five years in the European Parliament, as well as for Hill and Knowlton, one of the world’s largest PR/PA firms.

In 2009, he took on the management of the WEEE Forum's WEEELABEX project that created the world’s first set of harmonised e-waste standards and set up the WEEELABEX Organisation in Prague, Czechia. In the past ten years, he was legal entity authorised representative for the WEEE Forum of multiple EU grant-funded projects regarding WEEE illegal trade (CWIT), recycling of LCD visual displays (REVOLV), secondary raw materials in the urban mine (ProSUM), circular services and business models (C-SERVEES), certification schemes for waste treatment (CEWASTE), data collection for primary and secondary raw materials (ORAMA), waste collection systems (COLLECTORS), future availability of raw materials (FUTURAM) and circular digital health devices (DICE). He is also a Sherpa to the High-Level Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials and as such contributed to the Strategic Implementation Plan.

As a 26-year old, Pascal obtained a bronze medal from the Fondation du Mérite Européen in 1994 for European achievement. He speaks Dutch (native), English, French, Spanish and German

Dario Liguti
Director, Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Dario is the Director of Sustainable Energy at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Prior to joining UNECE, Dario was the Chief Underwriting Officer at SACE, responsible for export credit, the EU Green New Deal and the guarantees under the EU Temporary Framework. Before joining SACE, Dario spent more than a decade with General Electric (GE), at the Council of Europe Development Bank and with the European Commission. His career started at Cargill.

Andor Lips
Senior Advisor, HCF International Advisers Limited

Dr Andor Lips holds over 30 years of mineral sector experience which he integrates in providing technical, financial, and strategic advice in his current consultancy practice.

Andor is Senior Advisor at HCF International Advisers. He is currently also advising entities in Saudi Arabia on mineral strategies. He holds non-executive roles for Western Tethyan Resources, Firefox Gold Corporation, and Verde Magnesium.

Previously he held senior roles at Eldorado Gold Corp, ING Bank, the Commodity Discovery Fund, Lydian International, and BRGM.

Frederic Lucenet
Director for Manufacturing and Services, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Frederic Lucenet heads the EBRD Manufacturing & Services activities in London. His group invests c. €1bn/yr in debt and equity projects for private clients in various industries inc. e-mobility, metals, chemicals, H2, biomass and recycling. Frederic held several board positions inc. at Societe Generale Romanian Development Bank and MS Pharma. Frederic started his career at the World Bank in Washington. A French national, he is an engineer with degrees from MIT and from the INSEAD MBA program.

Victoire De Margerie
Founder and Vice Chairman, World Materials Forum

Victoire de Margerie, PhD, held management roles in the chemicals and metal industries in Canada, France, Germany & the USA until 2002. She then became Professor of Strategy and Technology at Grenoble School of Management until 2011. Since 2012, she is CEO of Rondol and a Board Director at Eurazeo. Since 2014 she is also Founder of World Materials Forum, since 2019 a Member of the National Academy of Technologies of France, since 2021 a Board Director at Mines ParisTech and since 2022 a Board Director at Ivanhoe Electric (USA).

Olivier Maillard
VP – HO Metallic Raw Material and Fasteners Procurement at Airbus
A Master of Engineering graduate of the Ecole Centrale Paris and of the Technical University of Munich, Olivier Maillard began his career in 2006 within Airbus and has been through various leadership positions in Manufacturing, Programs, R&T, Industrial Strategy and Procurement. He was appointed in June 2023 Vice President Metallic Raw Materials (Aluminium, Titanium, Steel and Special Alloys), Forging/Casting parts and Fasteners Procurement.
Teemu Mäkiaho
Dig_IT, H2020 project
Mr.Makiaho is working as a doctoral researcher, actively shaping the future at Tampere University's Mechatronics Research Group in Finland. His journey in the world of academia is driven by a passion for mastering reliability engineering disciplines within the exciting context of machine learning in industry. His work is not just about understanding technology; it's about optimizing and ensuring its reliability, resilience, and efficiency.
Nabeel Mancheri
Secretary General REIA
Nabeel A Mancheri is the Secretary General of REIA-The Global Rare Earth Industry Association based in Belgium. He was a senior researcher and project manager at the Department of Material Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium. Before joining KU Leuven in 2018, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands, where he worked on a Marie Curie project on REE Value Chain and Industrial EcoSystem in EU. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at The University of Tokyo.
Simone Manfredi
Project Officer, JRC, European Commission: RMIS
Born in Italy in 1981, in 2006 Simone Manfredi obtained his Master degree in Environmental Engineering and in 2009 his Ph.D. at the department of Environmental Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark with a thesis on “environmental assessment of solid waste management systems”. He joined the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 2009, where, since 2014 he has acted as project leader of the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), the EC’s reference knowledge platform on sustainable raw materials supply and value chains.
Nick Mann
Operations General Manager, HyProMag UK: REEtec & HyProMag
Nick Mann B.Eng is a materials scientist with a history of non-ferrous production control and management roles. He has experience of processing reclaimed metallic scrap into value added end product as well as a variety of connections through Europe in metals processing. He gained his B.Eng at the University of Birmingham, School of Metallurgy and Materials.
Hanna Marttinen-Deakins
Global Head, International business innovations, Business Finland
Hanna Marttinen-Deakins holds a position as Global Head, International Business Innovations at Business Finland, in which she leads a portfolio of impactful initiatives across the world. The initiatives provide solutions to entangled needs in social, economic and sustainable-raw-materials-value-chains-in-the-eu-crm-act domains, yielding measurable human development effects. She has 29 years of experience in global business operations in leadership positions in the private and public sector. She has held various Board and Committee positions. She holds a MSc (Econ.) and numerous certifications.
Eva Mayerhofer
Head of Environment Policy Unit and Lead Biodiversity Specialist, European Investment Bank

Eva Mayerhofer is the Head of the Environment Policy Unit in the Sustainability and Quality Management Department and Lead Biodiversity Specialist of the European Investment Bank. She leads the EIB’s efforts to support EU and international biodiversity policies; develop business models and financing instruments to support nature positive investments and drive natural capital transformation. She has over 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment and has worked extensively across Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa with various development agencies.

Paul Mc Dermott
Principal Geologist, Geoscience Regulation Office, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Ireland
Paul holds a BSc in Earth Science and a master’s degree in Mining Geology. He has over 10 years experience in base metal exploration and 10 years in mining, where he worked as Chief Mine Geologist, Head of Technical Services, and Mine Superintendent. Since 2016 Paul has been a regulator for exploration and mining with the Irish State and is currently Principal Geologist with the Geoscience Regulation Office (GSRO). Paul is also Vice-President of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI) and is a professional member of the European Federation of Geologists.
Ann Mettler
Vice President, Europe, Breakthrough Energy
At Breakthrough Energy – an organization founded by Bill Gates in 2015 – Ann is working with European partners to accelerate clean tech innovation in the pursuit of climate neutrality and net-zero emissions. Previously, she served as Director-General at the European Commission. An entrepreneur at heart, Ann set up her own think tank which she ran for more than a decade. Her career started at the World Economic Forum where she led the Europe department. She holds MA degrees in political science and European law and economics.
Jonathan Michel
Coordinateur Ressources du sous-sol, Service géologique de Wallonie, Belgium
Jonathan Miches is a geologist at the Geological survey of Wallonia.
Ugo Miretti
Project Adviser, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency CINEA
An economist by training, Ugo joined the European Commission in 2011, dealing as policy officer with raw materials and energy intensive industries; he then worked on the implementation of the raw materials topics of the Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe Programme Work Programme in HaDEA, and he is now an Innovation Fund project adviser in CINEA.
Daniel Monfort Climent
Environmental Engineer, French Geological Survey (BRGM) - Country Experience with UNFC – France
Daniel Monfort is Project Manager in circular economy and due diligence projects in BRGM, the French Geological Survey. He is a Geologist Enginner and studied at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Peter Moser
Rector, University of Leoben, Austria

Peter Moser is professor at Montanuniversität Leoben as well as Rector of the institution since the autumn of 2023. He completed his MSc in Mining Engineering with a specialisation in Tunnelling in 1983, his PhD in Mining in 1989 and his habilitation in 1998. Visiting professorships have taken him to Paris and St. Petersburg. From 2008 until 2023 he held the Chair of Mining Engineering & Mineral Economics as a full university professor.

In 2011 he was appointed Vice Rector at Montanuniversität, responsible for international affairs and infrastructure and in 2023 he was elected Rector. He has written more than 130 scientific papers in the field of drilling & blasting, mine development, underground mining, rock mechanics & rock cutting, ventilation, process technology, raw materials management and mineral policy issues.

He is a public certified expert for mining engineering and mineral economics and active with R&D work and consulting for the mining industry, mine administration and international research funds. Through his very active involvement in the European raw materials landscape, such as his involvement in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials High Level Steering Group or his role as steering committee member in the EIT RawMaterials Community, his research and devotion currently revolve around political and societal challenges regarding a sustainable raw materials supply of Europe and the globe.

Jan Moström

Jan Moström, President and CEO of LKAB and President of Euromines since 1 January 2023. LKAB mines 85% of the iron ore produced in Europe and is set to lead the transformation of the mining industry towards sustainability. Together with partners, LKAB has developed the HYBRIT technology for fossil free steel. In January, LKAB announced the discovery of Europe’s largest known deposit of REEs in the vicinity of its Kiruna mine. Mr. Moström joined LKAB in 2015. Prior to that he was President Mining Operations for Boliden and has extensive experience in senior positions in the mining industry.

Birgit Müller
R&D Projektmanagement, Freiberger FCM
Mrs. Birgit Müller studied metals sciences at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. She started to work for Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH in 1996 as an engineer in quality management. In 1999 and 2013 her responsibilities were complemented with environmental and energy related standards. Since 2009 she is the coordinator for all activities related to the CLP and REACh regulations and other relevant chemical legislation in the European Union. She is the chair of IMAT e.V. and the arsenic consortium.
Lucas Muster
Lucas Muster graduated with an MSc in Mechatronics/Robotics from the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in November 2021. He is currently a junior researcher and lecturer at UAS Technikum Wien and actively involved in research projects in the field of artificial intelligence and mobile robotics. In addition to his research, he contributes to education at UAS Technikum Wien by teaching courses on mobile robotics and software development.
Roberta Niboli
CEO Raffmetal
After graduating in Economics at the University of Parma, she spent six months abroad to perfect her English language skills. In 2000, she entered one of the family companies, Raffmetal, and she is now the CEO. Raffmetal is the largest European producer of aluminium alloys from recycling and an example of excellence in circular economy. She is also member of the Executive Committee of European Aluminium (EA) and Past President of the Italian Aluminium Refiners Association (Assiral).
Katarina Nilsson
President, European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources
Katarina Nilsson is currently Director for Research & Innovation at the Swedish Association of Mines, Minerals and Metal Producers (SveMin) and is since September 2022 President of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR). She has previously been senior adviser at the Government Offices of Sweden on mineral policy and legislation. She holds a PhD in Geodynamics and Tectonics from Uppsala university and worked several years as State geologist at the Geological Survey of Sweden.
Joaquim Nunes de Almeida
Director, DG GROW, European Commission
Joaquim Nunes de Almeida is director in charge of “Mobility and energy intensive industries” at the European Commission in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) since March 2021. This includes raw materials, renewable energy industries and alliances such as hydrogen and solar energy as well as green and circular economy and sustainable product design.
Karin Nutti Pilflykt

Karin Nutti Pilflykt is born and raised in Gällivare, Swedish part of Sápmi. She is from a reindeer herding family in Sirges Sami village.

Nutti Pilflykt holds a Degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Forest Science and a master's in Land Use and Environmental Law. She is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in Forestry.

Karin is working as an advisor at the Sami council in the EU unit, mainly with forest issues.

Maria Nyberg
DG GROW, European Commission
Maria Nyberg is a Policy officer responsible for policy on sustainable and secondary raw materials, and framework conditions for primary raw materials. The aim is to support industrial competitiveness, including circularity aspects, through access to sustainable raw materials. Maria holds a Master's degree in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.), Bologna and degree in Business and Economics, Luleå University of Technology.
David O'Brock
Commercial Director, REEtec

David O'Brock is the Commercial Director of REEtec, a Norwegian company that has developed a step-changing rare earth separation technology.

Karen Oldhoven

Karen Oldhoven is an event host, moderator, public speaker and Personal Branding entrepreneur. She is an enthusiastic, well-prepared to perfection moderator who, above all, is energized and committed to creating a positive impact that sets professionals into motion.

Daniel De Oliveira
Chairman of the Mineral Resources Expert Group, EuroGeoSurveys
Daniel de Oliveira holds Ph.D.’s in Economic Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Lisbon. His area of expertise is the metallogenesis of mineral deposits. Additionally, he works in geochronology, geochemistry and geological mapping, critical raw materials for Europe and REE. He has coordinated and participated in several national and international projects. He is currently the Head of the Mineral Resources and Geophysics Research Unit in LNEG and the Chair of the Mineral Resources Expert Group of EuroGeoSurveys.
Katarina Ökvist
NEXGEN SIMS, H2020 project
Katarina has more than 30 years of experience as project manager in several industry fields. For the last 15 years she has focused on innovation management, in positions such as CEO for patent-based start-ups and business developer at incubator. Since, 2016 she’s senior business developer at EIT Raw Material, building Innovation ecosystem with a triple helix context. From May 2020, she leads a global team at EPIROC responsible to drive and coordinate R&D Underground division with innovation management, technology development and external alliance programs in a global context.
Kuanysh Omarbekov
COO, KazAtomProm
Chief Operating Officer, Member of the Management Board at Kazatomprom, Kazakhstan’s national operator for the export and import of uranium and its compounds, nuclear power plant fuel, special equipment and technologies.
Roman Opimakh
Director General, Ukrainian Geological Survey - Country Experience with UNFC - Ukraine
Since November 2019, Roman Opimakh has managed the Ukrainian Geological Survey, the governmental agency issues exploration and production concession licenses for all raw materials, supervising their performance, and carrying out geologic assessments across the country and offshore areas. Prior to his current position, Roman ran the Association of Gas Producers of Ukraine. Prior to that position, he was the advisor to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, worked at the Economic Reforms Center mandated by the President of Ukraine.
Horst Orsolits
Horst Orsolits, completed his master's degree in mechatronics/robotics with distinction at the FH Technikum Wien in 2011. He then worked for various companies in the field of product development of mechatronic systems. In 2017, he returned to his alma mater, where he is currently head of the competence center Industrial Product Life Cycle Technologies. In this function, he and his team deal with teaching as well as research and development topics related to digital twins and virtual product development.
Henrik Ørskov Pedersen
Vice President, GRUNDFOS

Henrik Ørskov Pedersen is Group Vice President, Head of Technology Innovation at GRUNDFOS. He is an experienced technology and innovation leader with a strong background in motor technologies, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Ilyas Ospanov
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan
From 2021 to 2023, he was Chairman of the Industrial Development Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development. From January 30, 2023 to October 22 — Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From October 23, 2023 to the present, he was appointed Vice Minister of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mattia Pellegrini
John Morris Pereira
Exploration Manager, Savannah Resources

Senior Geologist, with 22 years of experience in exploration projects and country managing, with a recognised track record in the industry, including for several listed companies on exploration and mining projects. Skilled in exploration, earth science, mining, engineering geology, minerals, project Evaluation and due diligence.

Erick Petit
CEO MagREESource
Erick Petit is President & Co-Founder of Mag REEsource, A green Rare Earth magnet company.
Victoria Petrova
Head of Unit, European Health and Digital Executive Agency HaDEA
Victoria Petrova is heading the Industry unit at the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) with remit for raw materials, advanced materials and sustainable products. Prior to that she was active on Clean Hydrogen and Better regulation in industrial sectors issues with the European Commission's department for Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship. With over 25 years of professional experience, she worked both in the private sector, mostly in services, and later in EC.
Martin Phillips
CEO, European operations, Talga
Martin Phillips is the CEO of Talga Europe and Group COO responsible for Talga Group’s operations. Talga is developing materials and technologies for the lithium-ion battery industry, focusing on the European market. Martin is a qualified chemical engineer and has experience as a company officer and as a company director. He has a background in projects and operations management combined with broad commercial experience in Project Finance and M&A.
Paula Pinho
Director, DG ENER, European Commission

Paula Pinho is Director at the Directorate-General Energy in the European Commission since April 2021. She is responsible for Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Security, Efficiency and Innovation. Portuguese national and lawyer by training, Ms. Pinho draws on her extensive knowledge of various EU policies, and in particular EU energy policy, as well as on her leadership and negotiation skills towards her commitment to Europe’s clean and just energy transition and energy security.

Michal Pinter
Corapporteur of the EESC opinion on the CRM-Act and CCMI delegate
Mr. Pinter is a coordinator of delegates of the Employers Category (17 industrial sectors) to Consultative Commission for Industrial Change (CCMI) at the European Economic and Social Committee, representing Eurofer and APEAL - The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging. He was a member of the European Economic and Social Committee from 2010 to 2015, where he served as a Vice President of the Employers Group between 2013 and 2015. He also works as Director of Governmental, EU Affairs & REACH at U.S. Steel Kosice, a subsidiary of the United States Steel Co.
Christophe Poinssot
President, European Geological Surveys

Since 2020, Ch.Poinssot is the Deputy Director General and Scientific Director of the French Geological Survey, in charge of the overall strategy on mineral and water resources, natural hazards, geoenergies and geological data. He also chairs EuroGeoSurveys, the association of the EU geological surveys. He previously worked during 25 y. in CEA both as expert and in management position. He holds a PhD in material science and a HDR in nuclear chemistry. He serves in numerous scientific committees.

Julia Poliscanova
Senior Director Transport&Environment (T&E)

Julia is Senior Director, Vehicles & Emobility Supply Chains at Transport & Environment (T&E), Europe's leading NGO campaigning for cleaner transport. Julia works on policies regulating vehicle emissions, such as the EU car CO2 standards, sustainable batteries and critical raw materials. Julia also represents T&E on the board of the Global Battery Alliance, and is an unpaid advisor to the board of Vulcan Energy Resources.

Margus Raha
Analyst, Department of mineral resources Ministry of Climate of Estonia

MSc in Geology (1993), University of Tartu. Former director of geology at Geological Centre of Estonia and analyst of mineral resources in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. Currently working as a advisor in the department of mineral resources of Ministry of Climate. Also the chairman of the Commitee of mineral resources of Estonia. The member of several international working groups of critical mineral resources (RMSG, IEA, etc) and working group of conflict minerals.

Michael Reckordt
Raw materials policy expert, Powershift

Michael Reckordt is a trained geographer and works since 2008 on mining and trade issues. Since 2013 he has been working for the German NGO PowerShift and deals with natural resource policies and the impact of mining on human rights and the environment.

Luciana Rendace
Senior Project Manager Drive Sustainability, CSR Europe,

Luciana Rendace is a Senior Project Manager for Drive Sustainability, a collaborative platform of 18 automotive companies, facilitated by CSR Europe. She is responsible for the area of responsible sourcing of raw materials – there she supports the setup and promotion of common standardized tools and methods for sustainable sourcing management and the implementation of impact key projects. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Sciences and Middle Eastern Studies and a Master’s degree in International Development from Sciences Po Paris.

Yblin Roman Escobar
Representative of Cultural Survival, Securing Indigenous Rights in the Green Transition (SIRGE) coalition, Raw Materials Coalition
Yblin Roman Escobar is a guest lecturer at VIVES University College and a researcher at Ghent University. Furthermore, she is a member of Cultural Survival and serves as the European facilitator for the Securing Indigenous Rights in the Green Transition Coalition (SIRGE). Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities' self-determination, cultures and political resilience. SIRGE is a coalition of Indigenous Peoples and leaders who champion with its allies a just transition to a low-carbon economy.
Cilia Ruinen
Regional head EMEA Metals & Mining, ING Bank N.V.

Cilia is the Head of the Metals, Mining & Fertilizers EMEA team of ING Bank N.V., based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The EMEA team works closely together with the New York and Singapore MMF teams to create a truly global mining franchise. She has >17 years of experience in leading teams and managing complex, multi-stakeholder, multi-time-zone projects and arranging and structuring a wide variety of financings in the mining and energy industry.

Maive Rute
Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission
As Deputy Director-General in the European Union’s industry department, Maive Rute focusses on green transition of industries, resilience of supply chains, availability of critical raw materials and promotion of investments. In June 2022, European Commission nominated her the first ever Chief Standardisation Officer. She is also member in the Horizon Europe research framework programme steering committee and supervises the Enterprise Europe Network as well as the European Clusters work.
Ghadi Sabra
UNECE Consultant, Politecnico di Torino – Advances in Implementation of UNFC in Europe

Ghadi Sabra has an educational background in both geology and mining engineering, as well as professional experience in the field of environmental consultancy. He is currently pursuing his PhD in sustainable resource management at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. His project focuses on disseminating the UNFC, for primary and secondary raw materials, across the EU, with particular attention to Italy. Ghadi also assists the work of the UNECE Secretariat of the Expert Group on Resource Management.

Teresa Sanchez-Garcia
Researcher, Geological and Mining Institute of Spain
Geologist, specialty in petrology and geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks in basement areas. She is currently focused on magmatism-hydrothermal systems relationships, applied to the improvement of models and exploration technologies and development of 3D geological models. At present, responsible at IGME, for the implementation of the national mineral resources research program, as well as the preparation of a list of strategic raw materials for the energy transition in Spain.
Stefan Savonen
Senior Vice President, LKAB - HYBRIT Project

Stefan is Senior Vice President for Energy & Climate at the LKAB group and has 25 years of experience within energy and climate related areas, where 15 of them is from the mining industry

Thore Sekkenes
European Battery Alliance Program Director, EIT InnoEnergy
Thore Sekkenes has 36 years of experience at management positions in system business related to electric power conversion within ABB and Bombardier Transportation and has consistently been working with technologies enabling the transformation to sustainability in the power and transport sectors. Thore joined EIT InnoEnergy February 2019 and leads the EBA 250 with the responsibility to develop the European battery value chain.
Joao Serrano Gomes
Policy Officer, DG CLIMA, European Commission
Policy Officer in DG Climate Action with a strong scientific and engineering background and a deep commitment to climate action. Currently, working on the EU ETS Innovation Fund and collaborating with stakeholders to identify and define policies and strategies that drive sustainable innovation for a greener future. Previously, played a significant role in the policy development of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) gaining valuable expertise in carbon markets and greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
Bernd Schäfer
CEO, EIT RawMaterials
Bernd Schäfer has over 30 years of international business experience. Prior to joining EIT RawMaterials as CEO and Managing Director, he was CEO of apt Group, a leading European aluminium company and Vice President Commercial, Global Commercial Transportation and Industrial at Alcoa. His area of accountability included global market responsibility as well as execution of the innovation agenda and technology roadmap. Mr. Schäfer was a long-time Board Member of the trade association of the aluminium industry and the umbrella of metal producing companies in Germany until 2020.
Stefan Scherer
CEO AMG Lithium
Stefan holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Frankfurt University. He started his career back in 2000 with Clariant, where he held various positions in R&D, production and general management. In 2011, he joined Chemetall/Rockwood Lithium later Albemarle where he served there as VP Strategic Supply Chain and Purchasing. In January 2019, Stefan Scherer has joined AMG Critical Materials as CEO of AMG Lithium.
Michaela Schicho
Researcher, Fraunhofer ISI
Michaela is a researcher in the Raw Materials group of Fraunhofer ISI. Her work focuses on criticality assessment and security of raw material supply (mainly in the context of the green energy transition), as well as the intersection of the two concepts Raw Material Criticality and Circular Economy.
Dennis Schwindt
CEO, HMS Bergbau AG
Dennis Schwindt is a Chief Executive Officer of HMS Bergbau AG. Graduate Economist, Dennis Schwindt studied economics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and has been a leader in various operational projects with power of attorney and in raw materials trading at HMS Bergbau AG since 2012. Mr. Schwindt has gained extensive experience in the oil and gas industry as well as in plant engineering in previous positions in both medium-sized companies and international corporations.
Kanat Sharlapaev
Minister Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Since 2022 – Chairman of JSC "National Managing Holding "Baiterek". On September 4, 2023, he was appointed Minister of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Petra Sneijers
Head of Unit, Eurostat
Petra Sneijers is Head of Unit of European Commission DG Eurostat Unit G.3, which produces short-term business statistics as well as statistics on manufactured goods and which coordinates the strategy for business and trade statistics. A graduate of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Université Catholique de Louvain, she has worked in statistics since 1994: first at the Belgian central bank and from 2000 onwards at Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Slavko Solar
Economic Affairs Officer, UNECE - Current UNFC Developments in Europe

Dr. Slavko Solar is a Mineral Resource Geologist who worked as an exploration geologist, manager, consultant, policy adviser for over 35 years in resource management on several levels: from deposit exploration to regional, national and European policy making. He has an extensive list of publications related to his expertise published in journals and conference proceedings.

Susana Solis
Member of the European Parliament
Susana Solís is an industrial engineer from the University of Oviedo and holds an Executive MBA from IE Business School. She has over 20 years of professional experience in several multinationals in Germany and in Spain. Her career in Politics began in May 2015 as Deputy in the Parliament of Madrid. After the European elections in May 2019, she became a Member of the European Parliament as part of the Renew Europe group. She has actively worked in CRM as the Renew Shadow in the CRM Strategy.
Manfred Spiesberger
PHOTORAMA, H2020 project
Manfred Spiesberger is a senior researcher and project manager at Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Vienna, Austria since 2008. He is a social scientist working on social innovation in energy for climate adaptation, climate change and water, as well as on innovation policies and evaluation. In the field of energy he is currently involved in two major H2020 projects: ENTRANCES on coal phase out and decarbonisation of industries, and PHOTORAMA on PV panel recycling and raw material recovery.
Mikael Staffas
CEO Boliden

Mikael Staffas is the President and CEO of Boliden since 2018. He has been a member of the top management group at Boliden since 2011, first as CFO and then as Head of Business Area Mines. Mikael is the Chairman of the board of GAF and Vice-Chairman of Eurometaux, Industriarbetsgivarna and SveMin. He is a member of the Board of IZA, ICA, ICMM, as well as member of the Executive Board and Board of Svenskt Näringsliv.

Roman Stiftner
Director-General, EUMICON, European Mineral Resources Confederation

Dr Roman Stiftner is Managing Director of the Austrian Mining and Steel Association and the Austrian Non-Ferrous Metals Federation and Director-General of EUMICON. He serves as President of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) and of the Austrian Logistics Association (BVL) and Vice-President in Euromines. Previously, he served as a member of the state parliament in Vienna. He holds a doctorate and is a lecturer at the University of Applied Science Vienna

Piotr Szymanski
Director JRC.C, European Commission
Piotr Szymański hails from Warsaw, Poland. He was a Research Associate in the UK and Germany before becoming a Staff Member at the European Organization for Particle Physics (CERN) in Switzerland. He was Head of the Department for Interdisciplinary Applications of Physics at the Institute for Nuclear Studies in Poland. He subsequently became Director of Euratom Safeguards at the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission. He currently leads the European Commission's Joint Research Centre Directorate for Energy, Mobility and Climate.
Luis Tercero Espinoza
Head of Business Unit Raw Materials, Fraunhofer ISI
Luis Tercero Epinoza is Head of the Business Unit Raw Materials at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, Germany. Critical Raw Materials, tracking raw materials cycles, the circular economy and changing demand through emerging technologies are important themes in his work. He is a member of the Operational Group of the EIP on Raw Materials and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle (ESM Foundation).
Dmitriy Tkachanko
CEO, Qazaq Lithium LLP
Dmitiry Tkachenko has more than 25 years of professional experience in banking, financial service, and project management in mining and quazi-governmental service in Kazakhstan. In 2015-2019 he headed industrial direction of mining in Kazakh Invest, state investment promotion agency. Since 2022 he is the board member of Scythian Mining, a UK company with gold & copper projects in Kazakhstan. Simultaneously, he is managing exploration projects for rare metals of Qazaq Lithium in a large area in Kazakhstan in partnership with German HMS Bergbau A.G. since 2023.
Peter Tom Jones
Director, Sustainable Metals and Minerals KU Leuven

Jones is the Director of the KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals (SIM²) and co-founder of KU Leuven’s SOLVOMET R&I Centre that focuses on circular hydrometallurgy. Jones has been a coordinator or partner in more than 30 EU-funded projects on sustainable metallurgy and critical raw materials. Jones is the author of several books and presenter of documentaries (e.g. Responsible mining in Europe (2022), Made in Europe: from mine to Electric Vehicle (release: Nov’ 2023)).

Vasileios Tsianos
Director, NeoPerformanceMaterials

Vasileios serves as Director of Corporate Development at Neo Performance Materials, leading business development initiatives, global government relations, the Greenland mining project, and the annual Sustainability Report. He serves on the boards of European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada and the Global Rare Earth Industry Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. He was a contributing author to the Springer book “Critical Minerals, the Climate Crisis and the Tech Imperium”. Previously, he worked in management consulting, investment banking, and politics.

Andreas Uihlein
Project Leader, JRC, European Commission: EIGL
Antti Vasara
CEO, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Finland

Dr. Antti Vasara is the President & CEO of VTT Ltd since 2015. VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner with over 2200 people and turnover exceeding 260 MEUR. He is president of EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations) and a non-executive director of Elisa Oyj (largest communications operator in Finland). He has served on several high-level groups on industrial and innovation policy of the European Commission in addition to several groups in Finland on artificial intelligence and research policy.

Constanze Veeh
Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission

Kathrin is a Policy Officer at the European Commission working at DG Research & Innovation on European Partnerships.

She holds a Master's degree in political science and has been active in academic research and science communication prior to joining the European Commission.

Zdenek Venera
Director of the Geological Survey of Czech Republic
Zdenek Venera graduated in economic geology at Faculty of Science, Charles University, continued with PhD in structural geology and tectonics, incl. a semester at Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. Teacher at Charles University, later Head of Department of Geology, Czech Ministry of Environment. Fulbright Humphrey Fellowship at University of California, Davis and U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park. Since 2004 Director of Czech Geological Survey. Nominated to Strategic Raw Materials Group under Czech Government Committee for Strategic Investment.
Léane Verhulst
Geologist, Mineral Intelligence Unit, French Geological Survey (BRGM) - Country Experience with UNFC – France
As a Mineral Intelligence Analyst, Léane works to secure critical metals supply chains for French industrials and the government. Léane worked in a bank on the use of the UNFC to energy resources during project financing, then to primary mineral resources for the French geological survey and the OFREMI, which is the French Observatory on critical materials.
Jarkko Vesa
Senior Specialist, Battery Cluster & Critical Minerals, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

Dr. Jarkko Vesa works as a Senior Specialist at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland. His work focuses on critical raw materials and the development of the Finnish battery value chain. Currently he is working with the EU Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) and the new mineral strategy for Finland. Dr Vesa is a member of the IEA Critical Minerals Working Party (CMWP), and the National focal point for UNEA 5/12 Environmental aspects of minerals and metals management.

Stefania Vitale
Project Officer, European Science Foundation: PASSENGER
Stefania Vitale is Project Officer at European Science Foundation (ESF, France). She is involved in several EU-funded projects in the field of material science, where she participates in management, coordination, communication and dissemination activities. She received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Catania (Italy). Before joining ESF, she engaged in academic research as postdoctoral fellow at the University College Dublin (Ireland) and University of Strasbourg (France).
Jan Votava
Managing Director of our Czech subsidiary
Jan Votava is a leader who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering. For 17 years, he held various managerial roles at LafargeHolcim, the world’s largest construction materials company. These roles included Head of Transformation Team for Europe, Technical Director for Central Europe, Executive Chairman and Managing Director for the Czech Republic. He is now responsible for leading EMN’s activities in the Czech Republic, for its organizational and reputational development, as well as for Project permitting and development.
Allan Walton
Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials (BCSECM), University of Birmingham: SUSMAGPRO
Since 2022 – Chairman of JSC "National Managing Holding "Baiterek". On September 4, 2023, he was appointed Minister of Industry and Construction of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wegener
Co-CEO Becker Mining (Germany)
Pontus Westrin
Programme Manager, Vinnova - Swedish Innovation Agency, Sweden
Pontus Westrin is working as a programme manager at the Swedish Innovation Agency, Vinnova. His educational background is as a geoscientist, with many years working experience mostly within development cooperation related to environmental management of mines, policy and human rights.
Sara Wieclawska
Consultant, TNO: The development of an observatory for current and future material streams for solid policy making: introducing the case for materials needed for quantum technologies
Sara Wieclawska is working at TNO as a consultant in sustainable-raw-materials-value-chains-in-the-eu-crm-act. She mainly works on recycling and reuse of materials (e.g. in the built environment, plastics and PV panels) and scarcity of materials. She does this with a focus on the whole system (economy, ecology, legislation, social factors, technology) with a special interest for policy making.
Nathan Williams
CEO, MineSpider
Nathan Williams is the CEO and founder of Minespider, a traceability platform using blockchain to create digital product passports for critical raw materials and lithium ion batteries. Williams is an expert in blockchain traceability, a twice-published author in the field, and has led working groups and white papers for the WEF, UNECE, and the RMI.
Hiroki Yokote
General Manager, London Office, JOGMEC
Hiroki Yokote joined to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan in 2003 and has been engaged in the industrial policies including Circular Economy. He was seconded to Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC) in 2021, and assigned as the General Manager of London Office in 2023.
Lourdes Yurramendi
TARANTULA, H2020 project

Dr. Lourdes Yurramendi is Chemist Ph. D. by the University of the Basque Country (Spain). At present she develops her professional activity in the Waste Valorisation Dept. integrated in the Energy, Climate and Urban Transition Unit, where she has been working as director of projects since 1988. She was also responsible for the Organic Environmental Laboratory for ten years. She has large experience in the management of projects and consortium coordination, at national and European level.

Alessandra Zampieri
Director, DG JRC, European Commission
Alessandra is the Director of the Directorate for Sustainable Resources at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). An Economics graduate, Alessandra’s career began in Brussels with the DG for Energy and Transport and the Cabinet of VP De Palacio, where she worked inter alia on maritime and aviation policies. She joined the JRC in 2009, leading units focused on maritime affairs, demography, migration and disaster risk management. Before becoming Director, she was Deputy Director for space, security and migration.
Didier Zimmermann
Education and Innovation Director, EIT Raw Materials – EIT RM funding opportunities
Didier Zimmermann is the Director of Education at EIT RawMaterials. Before joining the Institute of Innovation and Technology in 2016, he managed the Technology Transfer Office of the Université de Lorraine in France, and by leading previously many R&D and innovation programmes for 15 years, he actively participated in the development of start-ups, SMEs, and large companies in different industrial sectors.
Monika Zsigri
Head of Unit, DG ENER Gas platform – Task force, European Commission
Mónika Zsigri works for the European Commission on energy policy as Head of Unit in the Energy Platform Task Force, focusing on the development of a joint purchasing mechanism and international outreach to support the EU’s diversification away from Russian fossil fuels. She has experience of more than a decade on different aspects of EU energy policy, including the reduction of methane emissions, LNG and storage, energy security, energy infrastructure and regional cooperation. Previously, she has worked on cohesion policy in support of the twin transition to a green digital economy.