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The Digital Shift

In this half day workshop you will learn how to pivot your METS business based on the experiences of others.

Date: Monday 29 October 2018

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Melbourne Convention Centre

Evidence shows that companies with strategies to seize the opportunity presented by digital disruption have the potential to win more business and increase profits.

Learn how to pivot your METS business based on the experiences of others. Define your company's role in the future, and ways to collaborate with METS companies leading this global initiative. A panel of industry members will share their experiences in the digital mining world.

The mining industry is being digitally disrupted with mining companies rapidly advancing in their application of digital technologies to all parts of their business. METS Companies with digital strategies, capabilities and products that are aligned with where mining companies are going will win more business and enjoy greater profits.

The industry is at an inflexion point that requires visionary leadership, so senior leaders, and strategic planners along with business development teams will benefit from this workshop, as will your technical design team.


Michelle Ash Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold

Michelle is Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold. In her role, Michelle oversees 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. Michelle joined Barrick in January 2016 and brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management. She began her career as a blasting engineer with Rio Tinto.

Most recently, Michelle worked for Acacia Mining in Tanzania as Chief Operating Officer, having served earlier as Executive General Manager, Business Improvement and Planning. In these roles, Michelle drove shareholder value by spearheading business improvement programs that resulted in operational improvements and cost-savings. Prior to this, she served as the Head of Alliance Planning and Co-ordination at the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance where she was accountable for the leadership of strategic projects. Michelle has held similar business improvement and strategic roles at other companies including the Minerals and Metals Group and Australian Vinyls.

Last year, Ash was named to the 2016 list of “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining” by Women in Mining UK. Ash holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; she also holds degree in psychology from Deakin University

Mitsuhiro Hirano President, Minera San Cristóbal.

Prior to taking up his current role in Bolivia, Mitsuhiro Hirano was General Manager, Non-Ferrous Metals and Raw Materials Department at Sumitomo Corporation in Tokyo. He has also served as Executive Director of Nippon Aqua Co., Ltd. (since May 2016) and as its Managing Director, Head of Finance and Accounting Division. Previous roles have included Managing Director (since April 2009) and Manager, Accounting Department (since January 2003) at Hinokiya Holdings Co., Ltd.His early career started with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd.

David King Director of Operations at Sumitomo’s Minera San Cristobal Silver, Lead and Zinc mine in Nor Lipez Bolivia

Dave has worked at this facility for the last 10 years from startup. Prior to that he worked at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Copper Mine in Utah and various other gold operations in the US. David has worked in the mining industry for the last 28 years. He currently lives in Salt Lake City.

Zeljka Pokrajcic Technical Director, Petra Data Science

Zeljka is a mineral processing professional with experience in the operation of base metal and precious metal concentrators. She holds a PhD in the design of energy efficient comminution circuits was awarded the international TMS prize for her work. She is part of PETRA Data Science team harnessing the power of data analytics and machine learning to benefit the mining industry. Zeljka is also a founding Director of CEEC International, a global not-for-profit group aimed at increasing awareness around energy efficiency in comminution.

Prashanth Mysore Industry Portfolio Director, Dassalut Systemes

Prashanth has 20 years’ experience in Technical Portfolio Management, Solution Consulting and best practices Development for PLM based solutions across the capital project industries energy, process and utilities, natural resources and mining, architecture, engineering and construction, marine and offshore sectors.

Currently based in Adelaide, Prashanth is working for Dassault Systemes WW team with responsibilities including expanding technological capabilities in digital manufacturing and manufacturing operations management and ensuring quality of the domain and market development. He has specialised in manufacturing operations management , productivity improvements, lean manufacturing, system and solution architecture, and product lifecycle management systems. Prior to this, he has been a methods engineer and production manager in leading automotive companies Suzuki and Toyota in India.

Prashanth has a degree in Mechanical Engineering form National Institute of Engineering India.

Gavin Yeates Mining Futurist/Non Executive Director

Gavin is a 35 year veteran of BHP Billiton having held a number of senior roles including Group Head of Resource and Business Optimisation, Vice President Mineral Resource Development and Vice President Mine Optimisation, until “retirement” in June 2015. In his final role with BHP he lead the development of BHP’s Group Technology Strategy, a global approach to technology development and implementation across all functions and businesses.

Career began in operations, technical leadership and projects before progressing to a corporate role to be involved in the independent review of someof the largest and most complex capital projects and M&A transactions prior to Board sanction as well as leading large-scale technology development and implementation into operations. Formerly a member of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee, and a Director of AMIRA international Pty Ltd., and is currently an independent Director of CRC Ore Ltd, and a Director of the AusIMM and Board Chairman of the Premier Research Industry Fund Research Consortia at the University of Adelaide. He continues to be active as a strategic advisor to mining companies, suppliers and government institutions through his consulting business.

Wilson Casado Visagio

Wilson loves helping business leaders, entrepreneurs and young professionals to succeed. He has strong reputation for his intra and entrepreneurial approach, for building high performance teams, and for having strong drive for delivery.

Wilson has strong general management capabilities, and an extensive professional and managerial career in operations management, information technology management, and management consulting accumulated over 20+ years in Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, Venezuela and USA. He is currently Managing Partner at the international management consulting firm Visagio; he has worked for 4 global listed companies and 3 start-up ventures, and invested and consulted to 40+ companies.

In his career, together with academic excellence, he has developed special areas of expertise in advanced analytics, operational performance management, supply chain & logistics management, and information technology in the resources and telecom sectors, and to some extend in high education, government, and utilities. Wilson has developed very strong skills in transformational leadership with extensive networks in Australia and internationally, in corporate, government, non-for-profit and education sectors.

Gavin Wood Chief Information Officer, Newcrest Mining

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