Keynote Speakers

Dr Matthew BellDr Matthew Bell

Partner, Oceania Climate Change and Sustainability Services Leader, Ernst & Young

Matthew is a Partner and the leader of Ernst & Young’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice in Sydney, specialising in sustainability advice and assurance. His multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, economists, and policy specialists support some of Australia’s largest companies on their sustainability agendas.

Matthew is a registered greenhouse auditor, a published doctoral - level scientist, and has previously managed some of the UK Government’s major research programmes, including on Climate Change. He holds committee memberships for the ACCA Global Sustainability Forum, the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s sustainability committee, and sits on a number of IETA working groups. Matthew is also a NSW Green Globes judge and a visiting lecturer at the University of Sydney.


Sarah BellamySarah Bellamy

Manager Environmental Reform, WA Department of Mines and Petroleum

Sarah Bellamy is the Manager of Environmental Reform within the Environment Division at the Department of Mines and Petroleum and is responsible for implementing the Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) and the Abandoned Mines Program in Western Australia.

Sarah was a finalist in the WA 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards for leading the implementation of the MRF policy that has transformed the management of mining projects across the state.


Dan CurryDan Curry

Group Manager Processing Operations, MMG Limited

Dan has over 20 years’ experience in corporate, operational, technical and development roles in the mining and metals industry. After graduating from the WA School of Mines as a metallurgist, Dan began his career with Barrick, AngloGold and Mount Isa Mines before moving to South Africa on secondment to Anglo Platinum. During this time Dan moved through the roles of Technical Superintendent, Principal Metallurgist and Manager South Africa before an internal transfer returned him to Perth as General Manager Processing for Xstrata Nickel. Dan then worked at engineering company Aurecon in general management and development roles before joining MMG in 2014 as Group Manager Processing Operations. Dan is currently on secondment in Peru as MMG’s Operational Excellence lead for the ramp up of the Las Bambas copper mine.


Renee GroganRenee Grogan

Environment Manager, Nautilus Minerals

Renee is the Environment Manager for Nautilus Minerals, where she is responsible for ensuring Nautilus complies with its environmental commitments and regulatory requirements and building stakeholder confidence that Nautilus is capable of mining seafloor sulphides in an environmentally responsible manner.

Renee has over 10 years' experience in environmental management, including operational site management, compliance, permitting and approvals, strategy and project management, strategic risk, feasibility and pre-feasibility. Her experience includes working in NSW, QLD and WA, as well as Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Indonesia and Fiji. She has extensive experience in operational environmental management, permitting, EIS and pre-feasibility studies, and has worked on coal, gold, copper, tungsten and lead operations, including both terrestrial and deep sea mining operations. Renee is also a Director of the World Ocean Council.


Gavin MurrayGavin Murray

Resident Representative, Papua New Guinea, International Finance Corporation

Gavin Murray is the Resident Representative for Papua New Guinea (& former Country Manager for Australia, New Zealand, Timor-Leste, PNG and Pacific Islands) for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group (WBG) focused exclusively on private sector development.  Mr. Murray leads a team of staff based in the WBG Port Moresby Office supported by regionally based investment, advisory, sector and thematic specialists.

IFC's mandate in PNG is to facilitate sustainable private sector development by financing private sector investment, mobilizing capital from the financial markets, and providing advisory services to both business and government.  IFC's strategic priorities for PNG include (1) accelerating access to infrastructure; (2) leveraging existing business; and, (3) enabling market opportunities.

Gavin's responsibilities include overseeing IFC's investment and advisory projects in PNG as well as maintaining key government and private sector partner relationships and business development activities.  Under his leadership, IFC has increased its investment portfolio in the PNG from $1.2 million in 2006 to total financing commitments in excess of $400 million with an outstanding current investment portfolio of $150 million with mobilised loans of $50 million.

Prior to commencing in this position in December 2015, Mr Murray spent five years as IFC's Country Manager for the Pacific region based in Sydney.  From 2005 to 2009, he was Head of Sustainable Finance at ANZ where he promoted sustainable business value drivers across ANZ's wholesale & investment banking businesses including to the Pacific region and PNG specifically.

Mr Murray was IFC's Director of Environment and Social Development in Washington, DC from 2001 to 2004 and spent 15 years in the mining industry prior to that including in PNG.  In 2004, Gavin received the Dr Adrian Smith International Environmental Mining Award for his global leadership in pursuing new approaches to resolving complex environmental and social issues.


Mark NoppeMark Noppé

Corporate Consultant, SRK Consulting (Australasia) Pty Ltd

Mark is a geoscientist with some 30 years’ mining industry experience in exploration, mining geology, mineral resource estimation and reporting, mine reconciliation, and technical audits and due diligence. Mark has been based in South Africa, Western Australia and Queensland and provides technical advice, training and mentoring in all aspe cts of orebody knowledge.

His technical experience covers a wide range of geological, geographical and mining settings. Mark is a Fellow and Chartered Professional of The AusIMM, and current Chair of the Consultants Society.