2019 - Critical Materials

2019 - Critical Materials

In The Zone 2019 - Critical MATERIals: Securing Indo-Pacific Technology Futures

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On Tuesday 8 October in partnership with The University of Western Australia, In The Zone 2019 - Critical Materials: Securing Indo-Pacific Technology Futures will attract more than 350 delegates from government and business across the Indo-Pacific region to examine:

  • The importance of critical materials for modern telecommunication, science, defence and digital networks
  • The economic, environmental and security challenges facing existing critical materials industries
  • The imperative of developing more secure and sustainable critical materials value chains
  • The potential for Western Australia to collaborate with Indo-Pacific partners to support the technological foundations of the region's prosperity


  • The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of WA
  • The Honourable Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations
  • Amanda Lacaze, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Lynas Corporation
  • Ken Brinsden, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Pilbara Minerals
  • Jenny West, Head of Trade and Investment, Austrade
  • Rebecca Brown, Director General, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Daniel McGroarty, Principal, Carmot Strategic Group
  • Jenn Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Walk Free Foundation
The Hon Kim Beazley AC -

The Hon Kim Beazley AC

Governor of Western Australia

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Prior to being installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan. In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.


The Hon Bill Johnston MLA -

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations
Member for Cannington

Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017. As our State’s first Asian Engagement Minister, Minister Johnston’s focus was to capitalise on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in Western Australia.

The Minister has a particular affinity with Indonesia, having spent time in West Java as a high school exchange student, and he maintains a working proficiency in both written and spoken Indonesian. After almost two years in those roles, Minister Johnston was appointed Energy Minister on December 13, 2018.

To accommodate these changes, and to focus on this important new role, the Asian Engagement, Commerce and Electoral Affairs portfolios were handed over to other Cabinet Ministers. He retains the Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations portfolios.

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann -

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann has served as the Minister for Finance since September 2013, having represented the State of Western Australia in the Senate since June 2007. Mathias also holds the responsibilities of Special Minister of State, a role he has previously served in on a number of occasions between 2015 and 2018. Mathias was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate on 20 December 2017, having previously served as the Deputy Leader in the Senate since 20 September 2015. Mathias also previously served as the Minister for the Public Service.

Mathias was born in Belgium and decided to migrate to Australia permanently after first visiting Perth in 1994, attracted by the great lifestyle and opportunities on offer in Western Australia. Before migrating to Perth, Mathias had graduated in law at the Flemish university of Louvain (Leuven).

He has worked as a Ministerial Chief of Staff to WA State government Ministers, as Senior Adviser to then Western Australian Premier Richard Court and as an Adviser to then Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison.

Amanda Lacaze -

Amanda Lacaze

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Lynas Corporation

Amanda Lacaze is CEO and Managing Director of Lynas Corporation. Appointed in June 2014, Amanda has successfully led the company through a turnaround with many challenges.  This included renegotiating debt facilities, resizing the cost base, re-orienting the company to focus on customer revenue growth and engaging all staff in delivering outstanding performance.
With its Tier 1 resource in Mt Weld, WA, and its Malaysian processing facility, Lynas is the only major miner and producer of Rare Earths products outside China.  Recently, Lynas announced plans to build a cracking and leaching plant close to Mt Weld and a proposed JV in the USA.
Previously, Amanda was CEO of Commander Communications, Executive Chairman of Orion Telecommunications, CEO of AOL|7, and Managing Director of Marketing at Telstra.

Tadashi Maeda -

Tadashi Maeda

CEO, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Tadashi Maeda is CEO / Executive Managing Director of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). At JBIC, he has held various positions including Head of Delegation to OECD Trade Finance Committee, Director-General of Energy, Natural Resources Finance Group, Director-General of Corporate Planning, and Managing Executive Officer and Global Head of the Infrastructure Finance Group. From June 2010 to December 2012 he served as Special Advisor to the Japanese cabinet. He has also served as a member of the Japanese government’s Steering Committee of Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation from 2011–2013 in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Professor Eric May -

Professor Eric May

Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering & Director Australian Centre for LNG Futures, The University of Western Australia

Eric is the Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering at UWA which, in 2011, was endowed in perpetuity. He is also the Director of the Australian Centre for LNG Futures, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. An academic at UWA since 2005, his research group works closely with industry, conducting projects in LNG production, flow assurance and fluid property prediction. In 2017, Eric co-established Gas Capture Technologies Pty Ltd, a spin-out company for patented technologies to capture methane from coal mines and other sources. Eric was awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year as part of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

Tania Constable PSM -

Tania Constable PSM

Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia

Tania Constable PSM, joined the Minerals Council of Australia in July 2018 where she is proud to promote and advocate for a strong, vibrant and innovative minerals industry in Australia. Prior to this, Tania was Chief Executive Officer of the CO2CRC (Collaborative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies) a leading global research organisation testing carbon capture and storage low emission technologies in Australia.
Tania previously worked as chief adviser in the Personal and Retirement Income Division of Treasury, working on tax-related matters and has had a long association with resources and energy, holding various senior executive roles in the Australian Government. Tania had responsibility for policy advice to the Minister for Industry on oil and gas regulation, exploration and development, and sustainable mining activities.
During this time Ms Constable also had the privilege of being the Australian Joint Commissioner and Sunrise Commissioner for Australia and Timor Leste leading joint activities on the development of the Joint Petroleum Development Area and Greater Sunrise Project. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service in the development of Australia’s liquefied natural gas and other resource and energy industries.

Jenny West -

Jenny West

General Manager of Trade and Investment, Austrade

Jenny West is the General Manager of Trade and Investment at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). Jenny joins Austrade from Telstra where she was most recently the NSW-ACT State Director for Telstra country wide. In this role she was responsible for running retail stores across the State as well as being the face of Telstra in the local community and key regional areas. This included managing the NBN rollout, customer advocacy, stakeholder management and public relations with respective State/Federal MPs.

Prior to joining Telstra, Jenny was one of the key emerging, global female leaders within the Westpac Group. She operated as a key global enabler. In her role as the Head of Migrant & Expatriate Banking she was responsible for setting up new international products & processes, establishing Expatriate Banking Offshore and bringing new international customers to Westpac. Whilst at Westpac she also ran the Sydney CBD business across both business and consumer.

Before joining Westpac, Jenny worked in General Management, Sales and Marketing roles in companies such as Pacific Brands and Diageo. In these roles she has both worked and lived overseas in the UK, India and throughout Asia.

Miranda Taylor -

Miranda Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

Miranda is a strategic and adaptive leader at the forefront of collaboration and innovation across the Australian energy resources sector.

CEO of NERA since its inception in 2016, Miranda’s leadership of NERA is bringing together the country’s best minds from technology, research and enterprise to achieve NERA’s vision of Australia as a global energy powerhouse, a sought-after destination of investment and leading source of knowledge and solutions. 

NERA is working with industry, universities and researchers, entrepreneurs, innovative SMEs, skills initiatives and governments to support the cultural change and new thinking required to overcome barriers to collaboration and innovation, and to ensure Australia’s energy resources sector is staying ahead of the global automation technology transformation.

Phil Thick -

Phil Thick

General Manager, Tianqi Lithium Australia

Phil joined Tianqi Lithium Australia, a subsidiary of global Chinese company Tianqi Lithium Corporation, as General Manager in August 2016.  He is responsible for the construction and operation of the world’s largest Lithium Hydroxide Plant in Kwinana, which commenced construction in 2016 and is due for completion in 2019. 

Phil graduated as a Civil Engineer at UWA and his career commenced with Alcoa in Kwinana followed by a 20 year career with Shell where he was Downstream Director for Shell Australia for 3 years.  This was followed by a 5-year stint as CEO of Coogee Chemicals in Kwinana and as Managing Director of New Standard Energy.

Phil is currently Chair of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and Chair of Perth Symphony Orchestra.

Ken Brinsden -

Ken Brinsden

Managing Director and CEO, Pilbara Minerals

Mr Brinsden is a Mining Engineer with 25 years’ experience in surface and underground mining operations. Mr Brinsden graduated from the Western Australian School of Mines in 1993. Between graduation and 2006 he worked for WMC Resources, Normandy, Central Norseman Gold Corporation, GoldFields and Iluka Resources in production, management, brown-fields and green-fields mine development roles.

Mr Brinsden was in the role of Chief Operating Officer then Managing Director at Atlas Iron between 2006 and July 2015, contributing to the substantial growth of Atlas Iron from a junior explorer to a significant Pilbara iron ore producer. Mr Brinsden remained a Non-Executive Director of Atlas until May 2016.

Mr Brinsden joined Pilbara Minerals as Chief Executive Officer in January 2016 and was appointed Managing Director and CEO in May 2016. He has led the significant growth of Pilbara minerals through corporate development, financing and project execution at Pilgangoora such that it has become one of the leading lithium development projects globally and facilitated Pilbara’s entry into the ASX 200.

Eleonore Lebre -

Eleonore Lebre

Research Fellow, Sustainable Minerals Institute

Eleonore Lebre completed her PhD at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, the University of Queensland (UQ-SMI). Her thesis applies the concept of circular economy to the problematic of mining waste in the objectives of minimising waste and optimising resource extraction. Since early 2018, Eleonore holds a Research Fellowship within the UQ-SMI's Complex Ore Bodies cross-cutting program where she contributes to bridging disciplines and enhancing research collaboration within and outside the institute. As part of this program, Eleonore developed a Complex Ore Bodies database that includes social and environmental data and assesses the risks associated with operating mines and new discoveries.

Xu Aidong -

Xu Aidong

Chief Analyst, ANTAIKE

Since 1993, Mrs Xu has been working at the Beijing Antaike Information Development Ltd. Co., engaged mainly in metal market consulting, investigation and research, and large-scaled market conference organization, especially in nickel, cobalt and stainless steel raw material fields. Ms Xu is a veteran in Chinese nonferrous industry, and is active in relating fields worldwide. Since April 2010, Ms Xu holds the post of secretary-general of CNCB (CNIA Cobalt Branch).
From  1986—1990, Ms Xu spent her undergraduate period in the Metal Forming Department, Beijing University of Science and Technology, received a Bachelor Degree, and in the following three years, Ms Xu spent her Postgraduate Period in the same Department and the same University, received a Master Degree.



Vice President and Director, Equity Capital Markets, Global Sales and Origination, Singapore Exchange.

Foong Chong Lek's role is origination of new listings.  His sector coverage is Mineral, Oil and Gas (MOG), and also Energy & Renewables.   Critical Minerals are a key component of this strategy. 
His network includes IPO professionals, investors and regulators to assist the listing process.   He also hosts the MOG Investor Education series at SGX.
Prior to SGX, Mr Foong held positions in the private equity and venture capital industries.  He graduated from Purdue University, USA, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from INSEAD, Singapore.

Mark Tory -

Mark Tory

CFO, Northern Minerals Limited

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years of professional experience in the mining industry and accounting professions. Prior to Northern Minerals, Mark held senior positions at Crescent Gold Limited, Anglo American Exploration and Homestake Gold (now Barrick Gold). Before joining Homestate, Mark worked for Deloittes in the Audit Division with the majority of his clients being in the mining and resources industry.

Jennifer Morris OAM -

Jennifer Morris OAM

Non-Executive Director, Fortescue Metals Group

Ms Jennifer Morris was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Fortescue Metals Group in November 2016. Ms Morris is a former Partner in the Consulting Division of Deloitte, where she specialised in complex large-scale business transformation programs and strategy development. Ms Morris holds a senior position at the Minderoo Foundation as Chief Executive Officer of the Walk Free Foundation and part of her role is leading the Bali Process Government and Business Forum. She has senior corporate governance experience and is currently a Commissioner of the Board of Australian Sports Commission, a former Director of the Fremantle Football Club and the Western Australian Institute of Sport. She was also the Chairperson of the Board of Healthway, the government’s peak health promotion body.

Ms Morris was previously a member of the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, where she won Olympic gold medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In 1997, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Leadership WA, an affiliate member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Vice Chancellor’s List, Curtin University and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Journalism) received with Distinction and completed the Finance for Executives at INSEAD.

Rebecca Brown -

Rebecca Brown

Director General, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
CEO, Tourism Western Australia

Ms Rebecca Brown commenced as Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in September 2018.  In this role, she is also Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Western Australia.
Ms Brown has worked across both Federal and State government agencies in a range of senior roles across revenue and economic policy, social policy, resourcing and performance. Most recently she oversaw the reform of the WA health system, including the establishment of a new governance model and the development of the Health Services Act 2016.
Ms Brown has held senior positions at both WA Treasury and the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet, where she oversaw key reforms between the public and non-profit community sectors. Ms Brown has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Dr Richard Walley OAM -

Dr Richard Walley OAM

Australian Indigenous Performer, Writer and Musician

Dr Richard Walley OAM is a Nyoongar man of the South-West region. Richard has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal and two honorary doctorates for his contribution to the promotion of Nyoongar Culture and the Arts. In 2010, Richard received the ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award in the ‘Indigenous leadership’ category of the Celebrate WA Awards. A fluent speaker of Nyoongar language, Richard continues to push boundaries, whilst always focussed on the bigger ‘community’ picture of Culture, Arts and Environment.