GMG Leadership Summit

Meet the Speakers

Claudia Monreal López, Mine Planning and Development Manager | CMP 

Mining Engineer and MSC on Geoestatistics, founder of WiM Chile. 

With over 25 years’ experience on mining projects and development, Claudia is a Mining Executive passionate about the social and technical field and raising awareness of transparency in the way we relate to and evaluate projects to reduce investment risks. At CMP we have developing consultation and participation models that ensure the strengthening of the territory to give them independence and effective control capacity, reducing the risk of investments. 

Doug Aitken, Executive Director | SMI-ICE-Chile

Doug is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with a PhD from The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. His areas of specialisation include sustainable mining practices, bioenergy production pathways, life cycle analysis, integrated water resource management, socio-environmental risk and opportunity analysis, and strategy development and implementation. He has gained academic experience through his doctoral work in the design and analysis of sustainable bioenergy systems and post-doctoral research on the sustainability and economics of water management in the mining industry. His professional experience has been in the development and management of interdisciplinary and collaborative industrial research and development projects that deliver solutions encompassing the principles of long-term sustainability.

He is currently the Executive Director of the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute International Centre of Excellence in Chile, SMI-ICE-Chile, setting the strategic direction of the Centre and supporting the R&D teams in the development and execution of research projects focussed on improving industry practices and working towards a sustainable global mineral supply chain.

Gary Poole, Regional Sales Director – Americas | MEVCO

Gary Poole is a seasoned professional with a rich tapestry of experiences woven through his career journey.

Currently serving as the Regional Sales Director Americas at MEVCO, a prominent player in the mining industry. With MEVCO, he collaborates with esteemed leaders like CEO Matt Cahir and board chair Mark Cutifani, driving the company’s growth and success with innovative electricification solutions tailored for the mining sector.

Prior to his role at MEVCO, Gary held pivotal leadership positions as LATAM Regional President at Newtrax, RPM Global & ABB where he showcased his leadership prowess and strategic vision. Notably, as the President of Newtrax’s LATAM division, he played a crucial role in delivering cutting-edge technology solutions to underground mining clients, integrating offerings from industry giants like Deswik and Sandvik.

Gary’s journey in the mining industry began with roles at Minera Escondida (BHP) where he honed his skills in business improvement leading the maintenance management team, and as the first CIO at Escondida.

With a career spanning over four decades, Gary has left an indelible mark on the mining industry. His passion for innovation, commitment to excellence, and collaborative leadership style continue to drive him forward as he embarks on new challenges at MEVCO.

Gary holds an Honors Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Wollongong NSW Australia, specializing in International Business and Marketing. His certifications include a Certificate in Strategic Planning from Haas School of Business, University of California, and expertise in Total Quality Management and Sales Management. Additionally, he has served on the boards of Highland Holdings Limited and Purexhaust SA, showcasing his strategic insights and leadership capabilities.

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