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.

Panel 1 Women’s empowerment and gender challenges in mining

Chair: Dr Penda Diallo, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter

Penda is a Lecturer at the Camborne School of Mines (CSM), University of Exeter. Before joining CSM in 2017, she was Senior Resilience Advisor at CARE International-UK, providing technical support and project development assistance on resilience building projects including in Niger, Nepal, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Haiti. She also has experience as a livelihoods and governance advisor, working on natural resource management projects across West Africa. Previously she has also worked as an environmental consultant for AECOM, and in research and communications roles for the Conflict, Security and Development Group in King’s College London, and Helen Keller Worldwide in Guinea. Penda holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Sciences, with a focus on the impact of mining on development and politics.

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: Professor Gavin Hilson, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey


Gavin is a leading global authority on the environmental and social impacts of the artisanal and small-scale mining sector. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reports on the subject. He has delivered talks on ASM at international organisations across the world including at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the World Bank in Washington DC and many universities worldwide. He has also provided consultancy services on the subject for a range of globally recognised organisations, NGOs, and government agencies. Gavin is editor-in-chief of The Extractive Industries and Society, and is on the editorial boards of multiple peer-reviewed journals. He is also an executive board member of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI).

Industry presenter: Representative from ASM organisation (to be confirmed).

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: 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.

Keynote speaker

To be confirmed.