Michelle Ash has made significant contributions to the mining sector with a focus on Innovation Strategy, Technology, and Digital Transformation.
Michelle is highly passionate about Mining and Infrastructure and remains focused on delivering sustainable solutions that help these sectors to continue to create and shape the world in which we live, through digital transformation and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
As Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group – GMG, Michelle has contributed to develop best practices and guidelines for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the mining industry. She is also on the advisory board of several start-ups such as Petra Data Science, OffWorld, Behault, Descartes Labs and MineSpider.
Previously she was, CEO GEOVIA Dassault Systemes, where she helped develop and bring to the industry transformational capabilities. Prior to that she was Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold Corporation where she oversaw the company’s innovation program, looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models.
She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto and has held several operational roles in various mining companies and across commodities.
Michelle was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK and won the Technology Innovator of the Year Award by Mines and Technology in 2019. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds a degree in Psychology from Deakin University.
Tamryn is committed to growing a community of world-leading innovators in WA to deliver the ideas, knowledge, culture and skills we need now and into the future. She is a co-founder of CORE, Australia’s first co-working, collaboration and innovation hub focused on the resources and energy sector, providing a common point for operators, suppliers, researchers and entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and upskill on innovative challenges and opportunities. Tamryn is currently focused on growing CORE Skills, which is redefining industry-led skills pathways and capability for the ‘data fit organisation’ of the future.
Doug is the founder and Managing Director of Sentient Computing. He has held executive roles for Information Technology companies in Australia and the US and has accumulated 35 years of experience in technical operation, project delivery and management
Sentient Computing uses the latest gaming technology in conjunction with process control data to establish or improve training, visualisation and simulation projects. This has made Sentient a leader in the creation of immersive 3D environments and Virtual Reality solutions to optimise operations and deliver better safety outcomes in the workplace.
Doug is passionate about using innovative technologies to improve the way companies do business and have worked with global companies in various industries including mining, oil and gas, industrial chemicals and commercial explosives.
Michelle Carey is an accomplished Technology Executive, Board Member, Geologist, Geochemist, Environmental Hydrologist and is PhD accredited. She started her career in 1995 in the Western Australian Goldfields region as a geologist before taking the plunge and moving to Melbourne to do her PhD. On finishing she applied her skills in the environmental sphere working for a large consultancy group in the early noughties. It’s here that Michelle developed her drive for taking a strategic approach in balancing what’s best for the environment, community and project. Michelle couldn’t resist the lure of exploration returning to WMC (BHP post takeover). Michelle built her management expertise in this time which saw her taking on exploration management roles. It was in these management roles that Michelle decided she wanted to take a different direction and move into Technology. She joined ioGlobal as their Geochemistry Manager and it wasn’t long before she was promoted into the Chief Operating Officer role. In 2012 ioGlobal was acquired by Imdex Limited where Michelle has held various Senior Leadership and Executive positions. Her current role is Chief of Product Management & Marketing and she is also a non-executive Board Member at Austmine (alternate) and Datarock.
Jacqui Coombes is the Managing Director & CEO of Amira Global. Jacqui’s experience includes building collaborations across the industry, government and academia; developing capability of businesses and people; and integrating ideas into systems to add value, improve efficiency and productivity, and maintain momentum for ongoing innovation.
A statistician by training, Jacqui has experience across the mine value chain, commodities, and across the globe. Jacqui has a PhD in statistical reasoning and industry competency development and a Masters degree in Commercialisation and Resources Law.
Jacqui also serves as Acting Chair on the Board of ICRAR (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research); is on the Advisory Board of Start Up WA, and the Advisory Board of State of Play.
Dr. Sean Dessureault is the Vice President of Technology and Innovation for The Mosaic Company, a leading vertically integrated Fertilizer producer with mines throughout the Americas and a global distribution network. Previously, Dessureault was a professor at the University of Arizona, focused on digital technologies, and a technology entrepreneur.
Lisa is the Director of State of Play, a research platform that supports strategic discussions around innovation and performance in the resources industry. Since its inception in 2012, State of Play has undertaken a number of global surveys, providing invaluable insights that have assisted with strategic decision making across operators, suppliers, investors and government. With a background in data, government and economic development, Lisa has a passion for data driven decision making and working with stakeholders to deliver great outcomes.
Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz BA Hons (Oxon), PhD, CEng, FTSE is engineering academic at the University of Western Australia working to improve maintenance, asset management and safety practices in industry. Data and the management and use of data is key to her work. From 2012 -2015 Melinda chaired Australia’s MB19 committee and led Australia’s involvement in the development of the ISO 55000/1/2 International Standards for Asset Management and its Australian version. In 2018 she was a visiting fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, the national centre for data science in the UK with their Data-centric Engineering group and in 2019 with the US Government’s NIST Laboratory in Maryland.
In 2022 she joined Standards Australia’s EL-069 committee which coordinates Australia’s input into the 791 international standards managed by ISO/TC 184 SC4 on Industrial Data., and also ISO/TC 184 SC5 on Interoperability, integration, and architectures for enterprise systems and automation applications.
Melinda is on the leadership team for the $8.8M Australian Government and industry co-funded Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science, leads the Maintenance Working Group for Industrial Ontology Foundry and is a co-leader of the UWA NLP-TLP group.
In 2016 Melinda was awarded the MESA Medal – The Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the asset management community in Australia and in 2019 was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In 2022 she was a finalist in the Australian/ NZ Women in AI awards for the manufacturing sector.
Rob is currently the Manager of Solutions Delivery for Citic Pacific Mining, the largest magnetite mining operation in the world. His responsibilities include the management of project delivery, application development and application support, focusing on introducing new technology into the business. Rob has over thirty years’ professional experience in software and project delivery in numerous sectors, including Banking, Telecoms, and for the last ten years, the Mining industry. Rob completed his undergraduate studies at Strathclyde University, and postgraduate studies at Harvard University and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Paul has been a long-time advocate for change in energy and robotics across various industries. Being from Western Australia this typically revolves around the resource sector. Apart from holding down a day job he has also been involved with many innovations and innovation groups along the way including, METSignited, Unearthed, WATCH2 and RoboWest. These days he is assisting Worley in developing a world leading mine electrification group and remains active in local ecosystem for automation and robotics.
Mark has 15 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry with a track record of discovery and project delivery – predominantly in nickel sulfides and iron-oxide-copper-gold, gold, copper, iron, and lithium systems.
Mark’s PhD work in the USA concentrated on the application and integration of structural geology, field mapping, metamorphic petrology and geochronology to help unravel complex tectonics. During his years in the industry, he has focused on integrating mineral systems’ geoscience, structural geology, geochemistry and geophysics in driving effective exploration targeting and generative strategies; and applying mapping, 3D geological and structural modelling to help understand and define complex mineral systems.
Mark’s interests lie in combining field studies and desktop interpretations, prospectivity modelling and implicit 3D modelling along with applying such learnings to the mining environment, including on-site training in 3D modelling and applied structural geology. Mark has extensive experience in field program management including all aspects relating to large exploration and infill drilling programs.
Mark was a key member of the SRK team that was awarded the Fusion Prize in the 2019 Explorer Challenge.
Tiggy Rogers joined Roy Hill in 2012 after graduating from the University of Melbourne with Honours in a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Law. She joined the company’s Energy of the Future program last year as a Study Manager to lead Roy Hill’s long term energy strategy and Roy Hill’s response to State and Federal legislative changes around energy reform. As part of this role, Tiggy has leveraged her engineering background to understand how to incorporate battery technology into Roy Hill’s fleet. This included representing Roy Hill as part of the Charge on Innovation Challenge last year.
Prior to her current role, Tiggy has worked in the execution of projects (from early contractor engagement to handover to operations) and on studies for the development of new mines for Roy Hill and Hancock Prospecting. As such, given her broad background and experience, Tiggy brings a holistic view to the study and implementation of energy projects, considering the impact from the pit to the grid.
Andrew has been involved in the mining innovation arena since the very beginning of his career over 30 years’ ago. Having studied biotechnology and computer science at the University of Queensland, he was drawn to the mining industry as a means of funding his ongoing study. As a young field assistant, he quickly found himself fulfilling the role of “go-to” person for any new technology that needed to be investigated or implemented. If ever he felt that a position within a company wasn’t giving him technology exposure, Andrew discovered that he would engineer himself into those roles. One example is when Michelle Ash became Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick, he made sure that he was on her team delivering on their digital strategy as Senior Director Innovation. Andrew was at the beginning of GMG becoming the first GMG Incoming Chairman, with Tim Skinner as Chairman, to then follow Tim as Chairman, Outgoing Chairman and Working Groups Chair and thoroughly enjoys working with motivated and passionate people to improve the industry through collaboration, guidelines, and innovation. As Senior Director, Innovation/Digital Mining at Barrick, Andrew had the scope of providing technology support for the entire mining process, which includes everything from exploration, feasibility, construction, production, reconciliation, through mine closure. Andrew has currently the Founder and Principal Innovator at Symbiotic Innovations alongside his concurrent role as Executive Chairman of Queensland Robotics, a member of Robotics Australia, striving to build a sustainable robotics industry. Ultimately Andrew is focused to make the world a better place through innovation and appropriate use of technology! Develop deep symbiotic collaboration to stimulate, promote and realize positive outcomes for humanity and the planet earth.
Mark was appointed Group Manager Technology & Autonomy at Fortescue Metals Group Limited in April 2019. He has previously held senior positions at Fortescue including Group Manager Procurement & Information Services, Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Company Secretary and Group Manager Finance. Prior to Fortescue Mark held a number of finance & accounting and information technology positions.
With more than 25 years’ experience in the mining and professional services industries, Mark has gained comprehensive experience in technology, accounting & finance, governance & risk and business administration. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.
Rohan oversees the diverse consulting services GHD provides to the mining industry. He’s an experienced senior Project and Operations leader in iron ore, alumina and aluminium smelting. He has extensive experience in major project development, heavy industry operations management, HSEC, maintenance, lean manufacturing and engineering. Rohan has led large multi-disciplined study teams on all project development phases and most recently led the GHD team facilitating the global Charge on Innovation Challenge to decarbonise mining heavy haul trucks. Rohan is based in Perth.
Justin is a clean tech advocate and business leader focused on driving a revolution in battery and electrification technology for vehicles engaged in heavy-duty industries.
As CEO of 3ME Technology, Justin oversees and inspires a diverse and rapidly growing team who are working to develop and integrate cutting-edge battery systems for mobile platforms in the mining and defence markets. Under his leadership, the team has grown from five to over fifty-five in four years and revenue has tripled in the last financial year alone.
Prior to transitioning to 3ME Technology in 2017, Justin excelled in numerous operations and leadership positions within the Australian Defence Force, planning and leading teams and capabilities both domestically and abroad.
As a graduate from the Royal Military College (Duntroon), Justin’s foundations were developed as a Signals Officer (Communications Information Systems and Electronic Warfare) and later in Executive and Specialist roles focussing on maritime, counter-terrorism, strategy and operations.
Justin was attracted to 3ME Technology by the challenge and opportunity to make an impact in the energy revolution, recognising the powerful benefits and strong business case in tough industries as well as the broader societal impacts of innovative battery technology in the push towards sustainable development.
Alex is a Dad and former BHP Intrapreneur turned entrepreneur, passionate about getting emerging technology into the hands of frontline workers, with a focus on making a difference in safety and environmental outcomes in heavy industry. A particular highlight from his 16-year career in resources and energy was developing and scaling to exit the Dash Tools product, which puts sensors in harm’s way on heavy mobile mining equipment, so maintainers on the front line can do work far safer and more efficiently.
Robin Burgess-Limerick is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland. Robin is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and past-president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Robin’s has published widely on the design of mining equipment and new technology for improving safety and health for the mining industry including two books with Tim Horberry & Lisa Steiner titled “Human Factors for the Design, Operation and Maintenance of Mining Equipment” (2011) and “Human-Centered Design for Mining Equipment and New Technology” (2018). Robin’s current research is focussed on human systems integration methods for the implementation of automation in mining.
Martin is Chief Collaboration Officer at Austmine, the leading industry association for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.
Martin is a strategic thinking business excellence leader, change agent and mentor with a track record of managing and delivering business improvement strategy in both senior leadership and consulting roles.
As Chief Collaboration Officer with Austmine, Martin is passionate regarding delivering value and collaborative projects to the organisation’s members, the overall Australian METS sector and miners, creating opportunities and driving strategic innovation and collaboration across the industry.
Martin has worked across a variety of sectors internationally including resources, aerospace, specialist automotive, advanced and high volume manufacturing and technology with business excellence, partnerships and collaboration the common themes based on best practice leadership.
Martin is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an Executive MBA from Loughborough University in the UK.
Rob delivers on Hexagon’s core value of innovation, leading technology strategy and development to empower customers’ autonomous future. He brings extensive mining experience, providing efficient, reliable, and effective solutions. He is passionate about partnering with clients to achieve operational excellence – all underpinned by a strong analytical, practical, and methodical approach to solving problems.
Appointed in September 2013, Dr. Haight is a Professor of Industrial Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches and does research in the areas of productivity improvement, human factors engineering and safety engineering. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the Human Factors Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at their Pittsburgh Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, where he managed a research branch in the areas of ergonomics, cognitive engineering, human behavior and training. Dr. Haight also served for nearly 10 years, as an Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Haight worked as a manager and engineer for the Chevron Corporation for 18 years prior to joining the faculty at Penn State.
He has a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Industrial and System Engineering both from Auburn University. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Dr. Haight has published more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters and proceedings papers and is the editor-in-chief of and contributing author for the J.W. Wiley and Sons’, Handbook of Loss Prevention Engineering (2013) and the ASSE Safety Professionals Handbook 2nd ed. (2012, currently editing the 3rd edition for a 2022 publish date). Dr. Haight has delivered several international keynote addresses and plenary speeches and has been an invited speaker at more than 75 technical meetings, conferences and other sessions, both domestically and internationally.
He also served four years on the CDC-NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors, six years as a Trustee on the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation Board and served a three-year term as a Director on the American Society of Safety Professionals Board of Directors 2018-2021. In 2022, Dr. Haight was named a Fellow of the American Society of Safety Professionals.
Erik Isokangas is a Research Director at Mining3, a leading research organisation directed by the global mining industry to develop and deliver transformational technology to improve the productivity, sustainability, and safety of the mining industry.
Erik leads a multi-million-dollar research portfolio encompassing a wide range of projects, such as: developing new approaches to energy efficient haulage, mining simulation and value modelling tools, new sensor technologies, and data analytics.
Erik is the Technical Lead for the Hydra Consortium, a project that will be testing a hydrogen fuel cell and battery powertrain on two mine sites in Chile this year, with the aim to further understand the performance, business case, challenges, and appropriate applications for the technology in mining. The Consortium is also developing recommendations for standards, regulations, and best practices for using hydrogen on mine sites.
Erik has a passion for practical research towards net zero emissions, seeking ways to improve the value, efficiency, and sustainability of mining through battery-electric and hybrid mobile equipment, dynamic charging, energy management, automation, conveying systems, and mine design approaches.
Erik has worked for over 30 years in the mining industry in technology development with companies such as BHP, Thiess, Metso, and CSIRO. He holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Mineral Processing from the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the University of Queensland.
Anagh has held Senior roles for over 15 years in the resources industry working in Operations, Strategy, Innovation, and Technology Commercialization. He worked on remote drilling and drilling automation projects for the Oil and gas industry through his time at R&D in Schlumberger and running a drilling automation start-up.
In past 5 years, working for BHP, he led several Innovative deep mining and extraction concepts, and de-risked pathways to commercialization for such concepts and associated technologies through partnerships with industry and tech start-ups. He is Head OffWorld Australia, developing a robotic workforce for industrial jobs on and off Earth.
Jared Millane is a Mechanical Engineer and Data Scientist currently working as the automation delivery lead for OZ Minerals at Prominent Hill. With over 10 years’ experience implementing technology projects for the mining industry in automation, artificial intelligence, advanced instrumentation, remote sensors, and communications. Passionate about the application of technology to maximise safety and unlocking value in the value-chain.
Kylah is an experienced board member, multi award-winning leader and graduate of AICD.
Kylah has over 15 years’ experience working in private companies in the oil & gas industry, indigenous organisations, not-for-profits, and start-ups. From 2016 to 2019 Kylah championed regional economic development as the President, then CEO of the local Chamber of Commerce, and Founding Chairperson of the Pilbara Universities Centre.
Cutting her teeth on the rigs in north west Australia, Kylah is no stranger to leading under pressure.
Leadership development and team building workshops facilitated by Kylah are hands on and unorthodox, getting her clients stuck into model making with lego, finger painting and activities to connect with their ‘why’.
Living and working for nine years in Karratha, Kylah has a deep understanding of risks and challenges experienced by corporates, government, local businesses and indigenous organisations operating in remote and regional Australia, particularly in North Western Australia.
Kylah is currently METS Ignited’s General Manager for Western Australia & South Australia, Non-Executive Director for Province Resources (ASX:PRL) and WA Representative for Women on Boards.
Kylah is co-host of the Real Leadership for Women Masterclass Program and Podcast with Communications Expert Violet Dhu. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, indigenous affairs, corporate governance and sustainability.
Mark currently serves as the General Manager for Digital Technology & Innovation at CITIC Pacific Mining, the world’s largest magnetite iron ore operation, and China’s largest resources sector investment outside of China. His responsibilities cover strategic engagement with the business, technology leadership and innovation, and ownership of the key application and infrastructure platforms at CPM, across both IT and OT. He has an involvement in mining technology that stretches over 30 years. He is a graduate of Curtin University with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and has undertaken postgraduate studies in AI, Philosophy and Ethics. Mark is also the Chair of the GMG AI in Mining Working Group, as well as a contributor to national and international collaborations around mining technology.
Dr Chirag Sathe is currently working as a Principal Mining Systems at BHP in the Technology function. He is a Chemical Engineer by profession and has MEng, PhD and MBA. His experience ranges from chemical processing industry, nuclear, steel, pharmaceutical, metal refining and mining. He has been involved with mine automation for the last 10 years, which includes autonomous haulage, autonomous blast drills, as well as developing vendor agnostic autonomous system. He is passionate about increasing awareness of the benefits that Technology brings to mining, but at the same time of issues raised by such technology implementation on people and ways to manage those issues.
Sabina is the Director – Kalgoorlie Campus, Curtin University including the WA School of Mines. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Resolute Mining Ltd and the Chair of the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission.
Sabina was born in Norseman and lived in Wiluna and Kalgoorlie as a child before returning to Kalgoorlie firstly as a young adult and then now for a third time as a slightly older adult.
Sabina has an MBA from UWA and a degree in Mining Engineering from Curtin’s WA School of Mines. She is a member of the AusIMM and holds a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency. She founded and runs the very active Women in Mining and Resources WA (WIMWA) group which has grown to 3000 members state-wide since its inception in 2003.
In March 2010, Sabina was named the inaugural Women in Resources Champion in the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA Women in Resources Awards, for being an outstanding role model to people in the resources industry and the broader community. In 2011 Sabina was included in the first 100 inducted to the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2013 Sabina was named in the AFR Westpac 100 Women of Influence and included in the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
In 2015 Sabina was named a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the mining industry through executive roles in the resources sector, and as a role model and mentor to women.
She has extensive experience in senior roles with mining and consulting organisations in including operations management experience at senior site level covering both underground and open pit environments. Sabina’s work has a strong people focus together with a solid project management background.
Pieter, CEO at XMPro, is an experienced engineer and technologist who helps organizations use real-time, event-based Digital Twins to improve situational awareness, process efficiency and decision-making without disrupting operations.
He is recognized as a thought leader in Industrial Digital Transformation and has written and spoken extensively on topics such as Digital Twins, IIoT, AI/ML, and Industrial Blockchain applications.
Pieter holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Information Technology. He currently chairs the Natural Resources Working Group in the Digital Twin Consortium (DTC). Prior to this, Pieter was the chair for the Digital Twin Interoperability Task Group in the Industrial IoT Consortium (IIC). In February 2019, Pieter received the IIC Technical Innovation Award from his peers. He is also the co-author of “Building Industrial Digital Twins”, published by Packt in 2021. Pieter describes himself as an entrepreneur at heart, technology enthusiast, team builder, and aspiring Ironman triathlete.