EX4DEV17 will host a number of special guests, including a diverse range of high profile expert panellists. During the evening panel session, panellists will reflect on key issues linked to harnessing the extractive industries for development. During the day time break out discussions, themes, issues and questions will be identified to be explored further in the panel discussion.
Professor Gavin Hilson, University of Surrey – Keynote and Panellist
Gavin is a leading global authority on the environmental and social impacts of the small-scale mining sector. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and reports on the subject, his specialist knowledge widely recognised internationally. He has delivered talks on small-scale mining and provided consultancy services on the subject for a range of high profile organisations and corporations worldwide, including the United Nations and World Bank. Gavin is editor-in-chief of The Extractive Industries and Society (Elsevier Science), and is on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is also an executive board member of the Diamond Development Initiative.
Professor Caroline Digby, University of Cape Town – Panellist
A development economist by training, Caroline has worked in the field of mining, sustainability, education and regeneration for over twenty years. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town and an honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter. Prior to this, Caroline was Director of the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. These academic posts followed her role as Sustainability Director at the Eden Project in the UK, where she also ran the Post-Mining Alliance promoting better practice in post-mining regeneration.
Jeff Giepel, Mining Shared Value – Panellist
Jeff Geipel is the Founder and Venture Leader for Mining Shared Value at Engineers Without Borders Canada. Before this, Jeff was the founder and first executive director of Fair Trade Vancouver. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Jeff has been researching and working on international trade issues since his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Simon Fraser University. Jeff also holds a master’s degree in International Development from the London School of Economics. Jeff currently resides in Toronto.
Diane Tang-Lee, International Council on Mining and Metals – Panellist
Diane joined ICMM in April 2016 as a senior programme officer within the role of mining and metals in society work programme. Prior to joining ICMM, Diane obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester. Her research investigates community engagement and CSR of Chinese investments in Myanmar, with in-depth field research carried out at a copper mining project in Myanmar. Meanwhile, Diane interned with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi in 2015, which involved producing an analytical paper on UNEP’s integrated approaches towards achieving the sustainable development goals.
William Macpherson, Adam Smith International – Panellist
William Macpherson is a project manager with Adam Smith International, an international development company focused on government reform and economic development in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. For the past three years, William has focused on government reform in the mining and oil and gas sector, spending the last nine months managing the Extractives Sector Support Programme, a UK Department for International Development (DfID) funded project, in Kabul, Afghanistan. He also manages the Extractives Hub, a DfID funded project providing support to public sector extractive industries practitioners in Asia and Africa.
Another special feature of EX4DEV17 is a showcase of various resources available to stakeholders in the extractive industries. Staff from the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), Extractives Hub and RAW Talks will be presenting their resources in a ‘database showcase’, and will be available throughout the day at interactive stands to engage with participants.
NRGI Resource Governance Index
2017 Resource Governance Index is the only international index measuring governance of the extractive industries. Full dataset and 89 assessments of transparency and accountability policies and practices in oil, gas and mining are available on resourcegovernanceindex.org. Alongside the Index, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) has resources at resourceprojects.org and www.resourcecontracts.org, which are open data platforms offering access to extractive project information: payments made by extractive companies and contracts between companies and governments.
Taking everyday decisions in the extractives sector means dealing with a dynamic body of information, which can be difficult, expensive and time-consuming to access. The Extractives Hub simplifies the search process for decision makers by providing up-to-date and trustworthy evidence, tools and toolkits for over 40 extractives sector topics from a range of sources. The Extractive Hub resources are available at extractiveshub.org. Registration on the site is free and open to all sector stakeholders
DELVE is a platform in development, looking to overcome the lack of accurate and complete data on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). The World Bank and Pact, an international NGO, began addressing this data void in 2015 and are now working to scale-up the platform into a global resource on ASM.The vision for DELVE is a definitive online platform thatincludes shared indicators, data mapping and visualization, a gateway to all data sources, and a collective initiative to accurately monitor, evaluate, analyze and publish critical ASM information. While still in development, DELVE resources can be accessed on delvedatabase.org.
RAW Talks is an interview series exploring the ideas and experiences of leaders, researchers and practitioners in the field of resource policy and economics. All with the aim to advance the discussion on how best the extractives sector can contribute to development. Interviews are published in regular online editions that can be accessed for free at www.rawtalks.org or on YouTube.
Mining Local Reporting Mechanism
The Mining Local Reporting Mechanism (LPRM) is a set of disclosures on local procurement that are to be reported by organisations who report on mine sites. The LPRM addresses the gaps in current reporting frameworks and sustainability systems, and helps standardise the way the mining sector and host countries talk about these issues. Its use facilitates comprehensive reporting on local procurement spending and programming at the site level, and empowers the mining sector and host countries to work together to better target supplying opportunities – ultimately improving the economic impacts of mineral extraction. More information available at miningsharedvalue.org/mininglprm/