Ex4Dev18 is organised around three panels comprising presentations from PhD students and an industry expert, as well as time for a group discussion.

Each panel is chaired by an expert academic. The day will end with a keynote address.

Keynote Speaker: Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining & Metals

Tom Butler became CEO of ICMM in July 2015.BefTButlerore that, he spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, with much of that time focused on mining and power projects in Africa. From 2011, Tom was IFC’s Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries, all in accordance with IFC’s environmental and social Performance Standards. Tom began his career as an officer in the British army. Prior to joining IFC, he was a project manager and engineer with oil and gas industry service companies Technip and Schlumberger. He holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University in the UK, and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Panel 1 Women’s empowerment and gender challenges in mining

Chair: Dr James McQuilken, Pact

Industry presenter: Deborah Craig, Director of International Women in MiningCraig photo for Ex4Dev18

Deborah is a Director of International Women in Mining (IWiM) which connects women working in mining across the globe, and undertakes projects and research to improve the gender balance in the industry.  Deborah heads up IWiM’s Africa Outreach team, which links dynamic, independent WiM groups throughout sub-Saharan Africa. She began her professional career in corporate banking before moving into the mining industry where she has held senior management positions with mineral exploration and development companies.

Panel 2 ‘Formalising’ artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)

Chair: Terry Grade, Middlesex University

Industry presenter: Dylan McFarlane Senior Programme Officer, Pact Mines to Markets

Dylan started as a small-scale gold miner and prospector in Alaska, USA, beforeDylan bio completing a degree in mining engineering. He currently supports Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi as a technical specialist for Pact, an international development organization headquartered in Washington D.C. Pact’s Mines to Markets program uses an integrated, holistic approach to help resource-dependent communities improve their lives, with programs currently operating in 12 countries, on: health and safety, human rights, traceability, ASM economic empowerment, mercury abatement, child labour reduction, and ethical sourcing. Previously, Dylan worked on the Pebble copper-gold project investigating mine wastes, and then at the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) with research interests in ASM, sustainability, mine wastes, rare earths, and the social license to operate.

Panel 3 The role of junior mining and exploration companies in development 

Chair: Dr Abigail Hilson, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Abby conducts research on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the accounting implications of the environmental and social impacts of the oil and gas and mining industries.  She also investigates the geopolitical risk inherent in conducting business in sub-Saharan Africa.  She has provided consultancy services on these subjects for a number of oil and gas companies and international NGOs. She is particularly interested in how accounting skills can be harnessed for development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Industry presenter 1: Roy Pitchford, Senior Mining Executive


Roy Pitchford served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Vast Resources May 2014 – December 2017. He has more than 20 years Senior Management and Executive Experience in Southern Africa, including 13 years in the mining industry having served as CEO of several mining companies in Zimbabwe, and as President of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines. Key highlights include his close involvement in building Zimplats (formerly Zimbabwe Platinum Mines Ltd.) fortunes and creating a company with a platinum group metals (PGM) resource base in excess of 300 million oz. He originally qualified as a chartered accountant in Zimbabwe and is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and UK Institute of Directors. Presently, Roy is pursuing various potential mining opportunities in Zimbabwe.

Industry presenter 2: Dr Gokce Mete, Content Lead, Extractives Hub

gokceDr. Gokce Mete has an academic background and extensive practical experience working with academic and international organisations, including the University of Dundee, Energy Charter Secretariat, the World Bank, and other international development agencies. Her Ph.D. examined alternative policy and regulatory measures that the EU could take to create a more investment-friendly environment for the energy sector. Gokce is a qualified lawyer with post-qualification experience in the energy sector. In 2015, she held a Research Fellowship at the Energy Charter Secretariat and has worked with the Expansion and Outreach Unit of the Energy Charter Secretariat facilitating the negotiations of the International Energy Charter with potential observer countries.