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Natural Resources: Best Practices & Global Linkages

Day 2 - 6th APRIL

Dr Brian Fisher

Chairman & Managing Director | BAEconomics Pty Ltd

BAE largely works in the mining and resources sector completing projects across a wide range of industries from studies of the impact of automated mining technology to completing economic impact assessments of proposed new mines and assessing the macroeconomic impacts of mega projects on small developing countries. Dr Fisher has played an integral role in the international climate change negotiations as economic adviser to Australia's negotiating team in the lead up to, and at, the third Conference of the Parties in Kyoto. He was also one of the experts who completed the socio-economic assessment of climate change for the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Pierre Gratton

President & CEO of Mining Association of Canada | MAC

Based in Ottawa, MAC is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Prior to his appointment to MAC, Mr Gratton was President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia. From 1999-2008, he served as Vice President, Sustainable Development and Public Affairs for MAC. In 2005-06, Mr Gratton was honoured as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Mr Gratton is First Vice-President of the Inter-American Mining Society (SIM – Sociedad Interamericana de Mineria), the Vice-President of the Raw Materials Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD as well as the Co-chair of the Green Mining Initiative Advisory Committee.

Aldo Pennini

Director Communications | International Council on Mining & Metals

Mr Pennini is responsible for implementation of ICMM’s positioning and communications strategy and providing operational leadership to the communications, stakeholder relations, research and intelligence work programme with the objective of enhancing societal awareness and acceptance of mining and metals. Over the past 25 years, he has worked in the government and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom with a broad range of experience including social, economic and natural resource policy development, as well as executive roles in human service delivery, communications and public affairs.

Stewart Muir

Executive Director | Resource Works

Resource Works a non-profit society that aims to improve public discourse about the natural resource sector in Canada. In his role, Mr Muir has focused on innovation, the environment, and the foundational benefits that flow to society through responsible resource development. He has had a career in journalism too where he served as a business editor and later deputy managing editor of The Vancouver Sun, launched Pagemasters North America and published his writing in numerous publications around the world.

Sami Riyad Abu Ahmad

Founder | Al Etihad Gold

Mr Abu Ahmad graduated with a degree in Industrial Chemistry from Jordan University of Science and Technology. He has got 16 years of extensive experience in the refining business and has played an important part in developing the refining sector in the region. He previously managed several refineries that achieved various international accreditations during his time. He was also the chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Dubai Gold Advisory Group from 2014 to 2016.


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