Keynote Speakers

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Dr Marat Absalov

Director – Gold, Primary Gold
Consultant, MASSA Geoservices
Co-Editor, Applied Earth Science Journal

Dr Abzalov is a geologist with 35 years of experience. He obtained a PhD in Geology studying nickel deposits in Russia and Fennoscandia and undertook additional post-graduate studies in Applied Mathematics at Murdoch University, Australia, and Geostatistics in Fontainebleau, France. In his long and diverse geological career, he has fulfilled different roles in research, exploration and mining geology, including senior management positions at WMC Resources, Rio Tinto and several junior companies.

With diverse commodity and geographical experience, encompassing five continents, Dr. Abzalov has demonstrated skills in greenfields, brownfields and resource modelling. Using innovative approach of geostatistically assisted 3D structural modelling, he has lead WMC Resources to the successful resource growth at Olympic Dam and Cliffs deposits. He was also instrumental in the discovery of the uranium resources in Jordan.

Dr. Abzalov is an adjunct geoscientist at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, The University of Western Australia, co-editor of the international journal "Applied Earth Science" and is successfully sharing his practical work in the mining industry with academic research. In 2015 he was awarded the Dani Krige's Gold Medal by SAIMM for his novel geostatistical method LUC (localised uniform conditioning). He is an author of 70 publications including the monograph "Applied Mining Geology" published in 2016 by Springer

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Rex Berthelsen FAusIMM(CP)

Principal Resource Geologist, MMG Limited
Immediate Past President, AusIMM

Rex Berthelsen is a geologist with 25 years AusIMM membership and industry experience in Australia and internationally. He holds a BAppSc (USQ) and PGDipSc (JCU) and is currently studying for a Master of Geostatistics at the University of Adelaide. Rex has held technical and leadership roles within the gold and base metal exploration and mining sectors with companies including Normandy, Nord Pacific, Pasminco, Rio Tinto, Goldcorp and New Gold. He joined MMG Ltd in September, 2013 in the position of Principal Resource Geologist. He has since 2008 worked on mining and exploration projects in Brazil, Mexico, USA and Canada, in addition to 15 years working on projects in Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales. He has served on AusIMM committees and Branches such as Cobar Branch as Chairman and Treasurer, Lachlan Branch, the Emerging and Strategic Issues committee, the Women in Mining Committee (WIMnet), Branch Resurrection, Policy and Advocacy, Awards, Audit and Risk and Investment Committees. His voluntary service also included contributions to the NSW Geological Survey Ministerial Advisory Committee over a 5 year period from 2006.

Rex has been a member of the Board of Directors of the AusIMM since 2011 and was elected President for 2015 and 2016.

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Assoc Prof David Cohen

President of the Academic Board, UNSW Sydney

David Cohen is President of the Academic Board and a member of Council at UNSW. Prior to this he was Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences from 2008 to 2016. He is recognised nationally and internationally for his work in exploration and environmental geochemistry. He has led projects in Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. He has published over 80 papers, book chapters and major reports, including the Geochemical Atlas of Cyprus. David is a past president of the (International) Association of Applied Geochemists, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geosciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. He has been the Australasian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy visiting lecturer to New Zealand and a keynote speaker at major conferences including Goldschmidt and the PDAC Decennial series. He is the inaugural chair of the Australian Geoscience Council Education Committee.

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Daniel Howe MAusIMM

Chief Geologist, Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited

Daniel Howe has over 15 years of mining experience focused around the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Geoscience and Geology at the Queensland University of Technology which included 12 months practical experience with Western Mining Corporation, he moved to Perth to complete his Honours degree at The University of Western Australia. His career began in the Open Pit operations at St Ives in Kambalda, before broadening his skills at the Silver Swan underground nickel mine. Daniel returned to the St Ives Open Pits as the senior geologist and later went on to start the Athena Underground mine. In 2011, Daniel joined Saracen as the Resource Development Manager and shortly after became the Group Geology Manger - Mining and Resources. He has been in his current role of Chief Geologist for the past two and a half years. He is a member of the AusIMM and the AIG.

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Ian Lipton FAusIMM

Principal Geologist, AMC Consultants

Ian Lipton is a Principal Geologist with AMC Consultants and has 35 years of experience in mining geology, resource evaluation, and exploration. A graduate of the University of Birmingham (UK), Ian joined BHP Minerals as an exploration geologist in Western Australia. After time as a mine geologist at Ora Banda and Browns Creek, Ian moved into the field of geological modelling and resource estimation. Ian has been a consultant for over 25 years and has worked on projects in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Iran, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Turkey, Tanzania, and India, amongst others. He has authored many JORC-compliant mineral resource reports in a range of commodities and was the author and Qualified Person for the NI43-101 Technical Report on the mineral resource estimate for the Solwara 1 seafloor sulphide deposit, the first public report of its kind. Ian has written papers on geology, resource estimation, and bulk density and has presented mining geology and grade control courses in Australia, Sweden and Tanzania. He is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a Fellow of the AIG.

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Colin Moorhead FAusIMM(CP)

Chief Executive Officer, PT Merdeka Copper Gold, Tbk
President, AusIMM

Colin has worked in exploration and mining for almost 3 decades since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a BSc. (Hons) majoring in geology and geophysics in 1987. Most of his career was spent with Newcrest Mining Limited where amongst other roles he was Chief Geologist for periods at Telfer (WA), Cadia (NSW) and Gosowong (Indonesia) mines before returning to Melbourne as General Manager Technical Services for the Newcrest Group in 2006. In 2008 Colin was appointed Executive General Manager Minerals responsible for global exploration, mining geology, resources and reserves governance and orebody knowledge. Colin left Newcrest in August 2015 and in January 2016 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of emerging Indonesian gold producer PT Merdeka Copper Gold, Tbk.

Colin is the current Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee and is The AusIMM Board liaison to the Charter and By-Laws Review Taskforce. He is also representing the Institute as an ex-officio member of The Joint Ore Reserves Committee.

Colin is also a Graduate of AICD and a graduate of Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Programme (AMP).

Photo: Bruce Sommerville FAusIMM(CP)

Bruce Sommerville FAusIMM(CP)

Manager Resource Geology and Metallurgical, Rio Tinto

Bruce has over 25 years' experience in the mining industry covering with focus on mine geology systems and the management and estimation of Mineral Resource. Bruce's experience includes underground mine geology at in base metal mines across Australia and open cut mining of industrial minerals and bulk ores for Australian and international mining companies including Mt Isa Mines, WMC Resources Ltd and now Rio Tinto Iron Ore. Bruce also spent 5 years in consulting, for SRK Australia, undertaking project financing due diligence, the estimation, classification and Public Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves across a range of commodities and styles of mineralisation, and enhancing and improving operation mine performance through reconciliation, sampling practice and mine geology systems.

Currently, Bruce is employed as Manager Resource Geology and Metallurgical Development at Rio Tinto Iron Pilbara operations. Reporting to the General Manager Resource Development, the role is one of 7 technical managers managing Technical Services, Resource Evaluation, Mine Engineering, Strategic Planning, Logistics, Water Resource Evaluation, Resource Geology and Metallurgical Development for all Pilbara operations and growth projects. The Role has accountability over Geo-metallurgical functions of the orebody knowledge group, bringing together Resource Geology, Mine Geology Systems and Standards, Materials Characterisation and product predictions, Laboratory QA/QC, Flow sheet design and a dedicated metallurgical evaluation laboratory.

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