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Explore in India to Make in India: Focus on Metals and Minerals

Day 2 - 6th APRIL

Tom Albanese

CEO | Vedanta Resources Plc and Vedanta Limited

Mr Albanese was formerly the Chief Executive of Rio Tinto, a global diversified mining company, from May 2007 to January 2013. He joined Rio Tinto in 1993 when the company acquired Nerco, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Albanese is also on the Board of Directors of Franco Nevada Corporation, a Toronto-based gold-focused royalty and metal streaming company with assets around the world, which he joined in August 2013.

Satish Pai

Managing Director | Hindalco Industries

Mr Pai took over as the CEO of Hindalco’s Aluminium Business in August 2013 and his main focus was to ramp up the three mega Greenfield projects that took alumina capacity to 2.7 MT and aluminium capacity to 1.3 MT. In February 2014, he became the Deputy Managing Director of the company and was entrusted with Hindalco’s copper business as well. Mr Pai took over as the Managing Director of Hindalco in August 2016, which includes the Novelis business. Prior to joining the Aditya Birla Group Company - Hindalco, Satish worked with Schlumberger based out of Paris.

S Vijay Kumar

Distinguished Fellow | TERI

Mr Kumar has served in various positions in the Central Government including Director, National Wastelands Development Mission, Ministry of Environment and Forest, 1986-91; and Additional Secretary and Secretary, Ministry of Mines 2008-11. His notable achievements include: Development of the ‘Sustainable Development Framework’ for the Minerals sector, 2011; Member, Committee on allocation of Natural Resources under chairmanship of Secretary Economic Affairs, 2011; Chairman, Planning Commission Working Group on the Mineral Sector, for the XII Plan, 2011.

Sandeep Lakhwara

Managing Director | Deccan Gold Mines

Mr Lakhwara has several years experience advising junior Australian exploration and mining companies on development strategies. He has been actively involved in the public company arena both as an investor and managing director and has made several presentations on capital raisings, corporate regulatory requirements and international taxation.

Peter Nicholls

Fellow | PerthUSAsia Centre

Mr Nicholls has had a distinguished, fast-moving career in the private sector working in Brazil, Canada, UK, France, India and Mongolia. He spent a decade at Rio Tinto and his last role was as Vice President Commercial and Board member of the giant Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia. In addition to being a signatory to China’s first-ever electricity export contract and securing the largest-ever, non-OECD project finance commitment; Mr Nicholls led pioneering work that sought to maximize the positive impact of the project on the economic development of Mongolia (shared value).

Dr Sarat Kumar Acharya

Chairman & MD | NLC India

Mr Acharya has varied experience of more than 35 years of working in BHEL, NTPC, NTPC-SAIL Power Company and NLC. He received his undergraduate degree from Ravenshaw University and a graduate degree from the University of Utkal.

Arun Kumar

Mines Secretary |

Mr Kumar is a 1983-batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. Earlier, he worked as Joint Secretary in the same ministry for about three years beginning January 2012. Outside of the Mines & Minerals ministry, he also served as the Special Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. In his early days, he served as Managing Director of Hydrocarbon & Energy Limited in his cadre state.


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