The list of speakers is being continuously updated.

Key factors behind the importance of future mining for Europe

Mark Rachovides

President, Euromines

Euromines is recognised as the representative body of the European metals and minerals mining industry. Mr Rachovides is the first person to serve a third term as President he is also the Chairman of the Euromines Gold Group.

His prior appointments include as Chairman of Deva Gold in Romania, Executive Vice President and Director of European Goldfields a Gold Mining company listed in London and Toronto and Vice Chairman of Hellas Gold a Greek Mining Company. He was also Vice President, Europe at Dundee Resources Limited and spent 11 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD.) Mr Rachovides has been involved in a wide variety of projects in the Former Soviet Union, Southern and Eastern Europe. He has been involved with a number of public companies and natural resource projects both as a company director and a financier over the last 25 years. He has also written a number of articles and presentations for Euromines, the LBMA, the World Gold Council, the CBI, PDAC, the Mining Journal, and many other bodies. Mr Rachovides has an MA from Oxford University and an international career in finance and industry spanning 30 years.

Masterplan for a thriving Nordic exploration financing ecosystem

Specialized markets for funding exploration exist in few places in the world. Most notably in Australia, Canada and London, however secondary markets are starting to become more significant. A broad ecosystem, including but not limited to buy and sell side bankers, analysts, investors, exchange participants and entrepreneurs creates checks and balances for the system to thrive. What do we need to do in the Nordics to develop such a system overtime that will support exploration and lead to the next generation of mines to create significant in-country value creation?

Michael Hudson

Chairman, CEO and Director, Mawson Resources

Mr. Michael Hudson, B.Sc. (Hons 1st) GDipAppFin, FAusIMM, MSEG, MAIG, is an explorationist, geologist and entrepreneur. He started his career in 1990 working in mines as an underground and exploration geologist. Over the last 18 years he has developed and financed mineral exploration properties on four continents. In 2004 he founded and has subsequently headed Mawson Resources Ltd (TSX:MAW), a gold exploration company in Ylitornio, Finland as Chairman & CEO. Mr. Hudson is also a founder and director of both Leading Edge Material Ltd (TSXv:LEM), a battery raw material supply company in Sweden and Hannan Metals Ltd (TSXv:HAN), a zinc exploration company in Ireland.

Listing and capital raising on the stock exchange

Nasdaq is one of the largest, most liquid and efficient cash equity market in Europe. A listing on Nasdaq provides maximum access and visibility to global and local investors. With our world-leading exchange technology, high liquidity and best execution, our market is an efficient place to trade. For small growth companies as well as large established companies, Nasdaq offers a unique and attractive market.

Erja Retzén

Senior Managing Director, Nasdaq

Erja Retzén is Senior Managing Director at Nasdaq, Global Listing Services. She works closely with existing and future issuers listed on Nasdaq Nordic, and furthermore operates within the mining and exploration companies, as well as in the gaming sector and Poland. Erja joined Nasdaq in 2005 and has held several positions within the company. Previous to Nasdaq Erja had a number of manager roles within marketing communications, business excellence and project management. Erja holds a M.Sc. (Eng.) in industrial engineering and management, and has also graduated from Oulu Mining School’s GeoPros PD program.

Lithium mining for fast growing markets

Keliber Oy is a Finnish near-term mining company with an objective to become the first company to produce high-purity lithium carbonate from spodumene in Europe. High-purity lithium carbonate will be produced to meet the rapidly growing needs of the international lithium battery market.

Keliber holds rights to several advanced lithium deposits in the Central Ostrobothnian lithium province. The company has a valid mining license for a deposit in Länttä, Ullava. The area of Central Ostrobothnian lithium province has excellent potential for further increasing the company’s mineral resources and discovering new deposits.

Keliber is owned by Finnish institutional and private investors and the Norwegian mining industry investment company Nordic Mining.

Prof. Pertti Lamberg

CEO, Keliber Oy

Pertti Lamberg (PhD, geology) CEO of Keliber Oy, Finnish company targeting to be producer of high quality lithium carbonate in near future. Pertti has more than 20 years’ experience in mining industry and academia.

He has held several positions in Outokumpu and Outotec the last one being Director at Outotec Oyj (Plant Products). 2011-2016 Pertti worked as a Professor in Geometallurgy in Luleå University of Technology.

Pertti has wide technical expertise from exploration, resource characterization, geometallurgy and process design.

Saila Miettinen-Lähde

CEO, Endomines AB

Education: Master of Science degree in engineering from the Tampere University of Technology

Experience: Extensive leadership experience including posts as Deputy CEO and CFO of Talvivaara Mining Company Plc during the period 2005 – 2015, most recently as the CFO for F-Secure, a cyber security company listed at Nasdaq Helsinki, Board Membership in Outokumpu Oyj 2015-2017.

Critical Raw Materials – A Sweet Spot for the Nordic Mining Industry

Critical raw materials are creating a host of new investment opportunities, driven by the bourgeoning demand for low carbon methods of energy storage and generation. The tools and technology for this generational energy shift are driven by new materials with specific and unique functions that have not previously seen significant demand. The Nordic region, which lies at the cross roads of a deep resources industry and the leading edge of technology, presents the perfect location for the development extensive high value supply chains based on the secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials.

Mark Saxon

CEO, Leading Edge

Mr, Mark Saxon, B.Sc. (Hons 1st) GDipAppFin, FAusIMM, MAIG brings 25 years of experience as a geologist and explorer, with a decade long focus on critical raw materials in Europe. He established the foundations of his career with a major Australian mining house, before progressing into junior markets as the co-founder of a number of successful Nordic focused explorers. As CEO of Tasman Metals Ltd, he lead the team that showed the Norra Kärr project in Sweden to be one of the major global deposits for rare earth elements, zirconium, hafnium and niobium. Mr. Saxon was founding Vice President of the Critical Raw Materials Alliance in Brussels, a participant in the recently formed EU Battery Alliance, and a Director of battery materials company Leading Edge Materials (TSX.v:LEM).

Stan Bharti

Founder and Executive Chairman of Forbes & Manhattan, Inc

Stan Bharti is the founder and Executive Chairman of Forbes&Manhattan, Inc, (www.forbesmanhattan.com) , an international merchant bank and finance house focused on resources and infrastructure, including energy and technology. Forbes in one of the premier mining and energy houses in Canada with operations all over the world. Forbes is recognized around the world as a leader in discovering, financing and building projects through to completion. Forbes has over one thousand professional staff that include engineers and geologists, investment bankers and financiers. The Company does business in most of Africa, several countries in South America ( Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru ) and in most parts of Asia including China, India, Mongolia and Mayanmar.

Sunstone Metals – Copper, Gold, Lithium in Scandinavia

Malcolm Norris

CEO & Managing Director, Sunstone Metals

Mr Norris is a senior mining industry professional with extensive experience in business management, mineral exploration, development of new business opportunities and asset transactions. His roles have covered a wide range of commodities, geographic locations and management of global portfolios of projects in both large and small organisations.
Mr Norris holds an MSc in Geology and a Masters in Applied Finance. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and in the last 15 years has focused primarily on corporate roles. Previous experience has included 23 years with WMC Resources, followed by roles with Intrepid Mines and SolGold. Mr Norris has lead teams that have made significant discoveries of copper-gold deposits in Indonesia and Ecuador, and delivered significant shareholder returns.

The rise of regulatory, social and political risks – and how companies should deal with them

The first World Risk Report by Mining Journal (feat. MineHutte ratings) paints a surprisingly dark picture of the Nordic region. A combination of increasing regulatory, social and political risk is likely to change the way miners look at the otherwise well-functioning and supportive Nordic countries. Miners are experiencing increased difficulties getting exploitation permits approved. In Sweden, not one greenfield exploration project has been granted an exploitation license during the past 10 years. Why is the Nordic region performing poorly in this area and how should miners deal with this new cocktail of risks that furthermore fall outside their traditional strongholds?

Christian Jervelund

Partner, Copenhagen Economics

Christian Jervelund is a partner with economics consultancy Copenhagen Economics. Christian advises goverments and companies on regulatory, social and political risks based on economic modelling and in-depth insight into the mining industry and its stakeholders. The company has its roots in the Nordic countries with offices in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Bruxelles.

A new supply of Rutile and Garnet to Europe

Ivar Fossum

CEO, Nordic Mining ASA

Ivar has 20 years’ experience from management positions in Norsk Hydro (oil/gas and fertilizers) and FMC Technologies. He has a broad international experience and has been general manager of Norsk Hydro East Africa Ltd. in Nairobi, Kenya. Ivar holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He has served as CEO for Nordic Mining since 2006. Mr. Fossum resides in Asker, Norway.

Timo Lindborg

CEO, Sotkamo Silver

Dr. Tech. Timo Lindborg has received the 8th Nordic Exploration Award in 2016. Dr Lindborg has energetically and decisively contributing to create a junior mining community in Finland. Taking the Pampalo gold deposit into operation. Building bridges between Finland and Sweden, in industry and education.
In all Timo Lindborg has been working with mining related issues since 1978, for almost 40 years. At present, he is CEO of Sotkamo Silver AB a listed Swedish company. He set it up and grew it to develop the Sotkamo Silver deposit. Between 1995 and 2010 Timo Lindborg was engaged in Endomines Oy and Endomines AB. He is one of the founding entrepreneurs behind this company.
Dr. Timo Lindborg obtained his B.Sc. in geology at the University of Uppsala in 1982 and a Master of Science in Technology (Water and Environmental Engineering) at Oulu University in 1988. His doctor’s degree in Industrial Economics and Management is also from Oulu and was completed in 1996. Since 2005 he has title of docent (an adjunct professor) at Oulu University. Dr. Lindborg was lecturing as a professor in mineral entrepreneurship at the Nordic Mining School, the cooperation between Oulu University and Luleå University of Technology, during 2010-2013.

Dr. Eric Jensen

General Manager, Exploration, EMX Royalty Corp

Dr. Jensen has over 17 years of industry experience including positions as mine geologist, mine-site exploration geologist, grassroots exploration geologist, and as a consultant to several major mining companies. Dr. Jensen is a co-founder of Bronco Creek Exploration and has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of regional- to project-scale exploration programs. He has relevant exploration, research and academic experience in mineral deposits related to alkaline magmatism, ”high- and low-sulfidation” epithermal gold deposits, porphyry-style deposits, mesothermal lode gold systems, and iron-oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) systems. Dr. Jensen graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1993 with a B.A. in Geology, and received his Ph.D. in Economic Geology from the Center for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona in 2003.

Dr Mark Bennett

Founding MD and CEO, S2 Resources

Dr Mark Bennett was the founding MD and CEO of Sirius and is now the founding MD and CEO of S2 Resources.
He is a two times recipient of the AMEC Prospector of the Year Award, for the discovery of the Thunderbox Gold Mine, the Waterloo nickel mine and the world class Nova-Bollinger nickel-copper deposit in Western Australia.
Mark has extensive experience in equity capital markets, transactions, strategic planning and community engagement and led Sirius through the discovery, feasibility, financing and development of Nova, one of the most significant new nickel mines in the world.

Riikka Aaltonen

Chief Inspector of Mines, Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Riikka Aaltonen, with an M.Sc. from the University of Turku, has been Chief Inspector of Mines in the Strategic Growth Sector Group at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy in Finland since March 2012. She has experience of working in the Finnish Mining Agency and of the mining industry in both Finland and Sweden.

A Norwegian perspective on prospectivity and activities related to mineral resource

Agnes Raaness

Geologist, NGU – Geological Survey of Norway

Harry Sandström

Programme Director, Mining Finland

Lennart Gustavsson


Lennart Gustavsson has extensive experience of working in politics. He has been involved in Swedish politics at the local, regional and national level for almost 25 years. He was a member of parliament from 1998 to 2006, during which time he was also a member of the Nordic Council.