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Offical Opening Speaker

Rick NewnhamRick Newnham

Chief Economist
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI)

Rick Newnham is passionate about making Western Australia a world leading place to live and do business. He joined the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI) as Chief Economist in January 2017. Prior to joining CCI Rick worked as an Economist for Shell around the world, including postings in Australia (Brisbane and Perth), the UK (Aberdeen) and the Middle East (Dubai).

Rick is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, he is an Ambassador for Australia Day and a State Advisory Council member and a Trustee of CEDA - The Committee for Economic Development Australia. In 2011, Rick was awarded Young Western Australian of the Year for establishing the Left Right Think-Tank, Australia’s first non-partisan think-tank of young minds.

Rick has a keen interest in innovation and policy that will advance Western Australia’s position in the global economy. Through the economic policy, start-up and trade communities Rick stays connected to the economies of the Middle East and Asia, where his experience and interests most overlap.

Rick completed his undergraduate business studies at The University of Western Australia and post-graduate studies at Oxford University. His thesis at Oxford evaluated the economics of Uber and Airbnb’s government relations strategies worldwide for which he won the Saïd Business School prize.

As an economist who isn’t shy to get his hands dirty, Rick has worked offshore on oil rigs in the UK North Sea, in the field in the Middle East and on drilling sites in regional Australia.

Allon BrentAllon Brent MAusIMM

Global Minerals Marketing

Allon Brent is the Principal of Perth based consultancy Global Minerals Marketing, having recently retired as Iron Ore Marketing Manager from BHP Billiton. Allon has over 30 years’ experience in the international minerals and metallurgical industries, having held senior management roles in Marketing, Technology/R&D, Business Development and Operations.

Allon has PhD and MS degrees in Mineral Engineering from the University of Minnesota (USA) and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). He is the author/co-author of 25 international journal and conference papers, the co-inventor of 3 international patents and a member of the AusIMM.

Adrian DoyleAdrian Doyle

Senior Consultant, Iron Ore Costs

Adrian Doyle is a senior consultant in CRU’s steelmaking raw materials and costs team, focusing on iron ore cost analysis. Based in Sydney, Adrian has extensive experience creating detailed bottom-up cost profiles of mining and steelmaking assets, with a particular focus on iron ore, for inclusion in CRU’s suite of cost models. This cost research forms part of CRU’s wider research in the iron ore sector, intersecting with demand, supply and pricing to form CRU’s overall view of the market. Adrian has worked at CRU since 2011 and holds a B.Sc in physics with theoretical physics from Imperial College London.

Barry FitzgeraldBarry Fitzgerald

Chief Executive Officer
Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd

Barry joined Hancock Prospecting and the Roy Hill Project in June 2010. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer when Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd was established in May 2012.

As CEO, Barry has been responsible for securing the world’s largest debt financing package – US$7.2billion – to complete the full funding package required to develop the Roy Hill project. His reputation for driving outcomes with the objective of delivering what is promised is reflected in the delivery of the first shipment of iron ore from Roy Hill on 10 December 2015 – ahead of schedule and on budget – and Practical Completion of the Project in May 2015.

With a career spanning more than 30 years in the resources and engineering sectors – Barry is a well experienced leader able to meet the challenges associated with running a project like Roy Hill and leading the company as it ramps up operations to the 55Mtpa name plate capacity of the operation.

Barry was previously CEO of CITIC Pacific Mining and has held various senior management positions with BHP Iron Ore, Henry Walker Eltin and Simon Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of WA, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Curtin University.

Don Flint Don Flint

Assistant Director Resources
Geological Survey of Western Australia, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation, and Safety (from 1 July 2017)

Don Flint is with the Geological Survey of Western Australia, which is now part of the new mega-agency of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation, and Safety. His former role within the Geological Survey was as manager of the ‘Commodity and Industry Analysis’ group, but his current role is Assistant Director Resources. Over the last 20 years with the Geological Survey, he has seen the value of the iron ore industry in WA climb from $3 billion in 1996 to last year’s output valued at $54 billion.

Ric GrosRic Gros

METS Ignited Australia Ltd

Ric has more than 30 years in senior leadership roles across mining equipment, mineral processing, Infrastructure, Construction, B2B Industrial, FMCG and Global Supply Chains.

Ric’s previous roles include: non-executive directorships, CEO/MD in private and listed environments, portfolio management, commercialisation, mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and venture capital, with extensive end-to-end local and international supply chain management expertise. Also Non-Executive Director of mineral processing start-up at METSOL Ltd.

He is also a former Director of Austmine which promotes the advancement and competitive positioning of Australian technology, collaboration and innovation in mining and resources.

Chikashi KamijoChikashi Kamijo

Senior Researcher, Ironmaking Research Lab
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

Chikashi Kamijo completed his master's degree at Kyushu Univ. in 1991 and joined Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. He studied about blast furnace for about 5 years. After that, he studied about sinter making process for about 20 years and developed P-type separate granulation method. He received his doctorate at Kyushu Univ. in 2010.

Ashok KumarAshok Kumar

Chief Technology Officer
Process Tata Steel Limited

Ashok Kumar has worked with various aspects of iron and steelmaking technology such as production management, process analysis and diagnosis, benchmarking and managing technological and practice improvement, and business scenario planning. He has experience in concept development for new steel capacity creation projects, given inputs on the geography and raw material resource situation, including process route selection and tracking and evaluation of new technology in ironmaking.

Yu Kyung LeeYu Kyung Lee

Group Leader(Vice President) of Iron Ore Group, Raw Materials Purchasing Dept. II

Ms. Yu Kyung Lee is a vice president in charge of iron ore purchasing in POSCO. She has worked at POSCO since 1990 and experienced not only in raw materials purchasing but also purchasing for steel making facilities and marketing for steel products. She has extensive experience in steel-making raw materials purchasing and shipping area. She graduated from Korea univ. and holds an MBA from Ehwa Womens univ. in Seoul Korea.

Gerhard VeldsmanGerhard Veldsman

General Manager Iron Ore Projects
Fortescue Metals Group

Gerhard Veldsman has more than 15 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning various commodities and operations in Australia and South Africa. Gerhard joined Fortescue Metals Group in 2011 with expertise in senior operations management, asset reliability, and overseeing mechanical, structural and expansion projects.

Prior to joining Fortescue, Gerhard held the position of Manager Nelson Point Operations at BHP Billiton Iron Ore in Port Hedland.

Gerhard has led Fortescue’s Port and Rail operations, as well as the Solomon Mine, and more recently was appointed as GM Iron Ore Projects, responsible for the Iron Bridge Joined Venture Magnetite Project and the Western Hub/Nyidinghu Feasibility studies.

He is passionate about Fortescue’s people and continuing to foster the unique culture for which the company is renowned.

Gerhard holds a Bachelor of Engineering B.Eng(Mech), Masters of Engineering, M.Eng(Mech), and is registered as a Professional Engineer in South Africa (PR.Eng).