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".
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.
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 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 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.|
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Position: Business Development Manager (Global)
Industry Experience: 16 years
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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, 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).
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.
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, 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.
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.
David O'Brock is the Commercial Director of REEtec, a Norwegian company that has developed a step-changing rare earth separation technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.