The Alumni Forum featured a number of international and Australian speakers in the mining for development field.

Ian Satchwell, Director, IM4DC, Australia

Speaker and host

Ian has been Director of IM4DC since its inception in 2011. His career spans 28 years in industry and development policy, operating at the business-government-community interface with professional experience in Australia, Asia, Africa and Latin-America. Prior to his IM4DC role he held senior roles in national economics consultancy firms, advising industry and government on issues relating to resources development and infrastructure; and management positions within minerals and energy industry bodies. His board-level experience includes three other business associations where he has been closely involved in policy development and strategy design, with particular emphasis on investment, trade, infrastructure and regional development. Ian is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and has held the role of National President of the Australia Indoneis Business Council.

Patricia Musingura, Director, Monitoring and Inspection, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Uganda

Opening remarks

Patricia has over ten years experience as a human rights lawyer promoting and protecting human rights. She contributed to the development of: an East African framework on good governance; the Plan of Action on Promotion and Protection of human Rights; the draft East African Bill of Human Rights and the protocol to extend the jurisdiction of the East African Court of Justice to handle human rights. In her current role, Patricia is responsible for monitoring Uganda’s compliance with international human rights standards, analysing policies, bills, and other relevant documents including annual and special reports to parliament. She is currently overseeing the development of the first National Action Plan of Human Rights in Uganda and the first initiative by the Justice, Law and Order Sector to document conflict related human rights violations during the 20 year conflict in Northern Uganda.

Professor Marcia Langton, Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Keynote speaker: Alumni Forum / Panellist: Influence legislation, policy and practice to achieve lasting benefits

Professor Marcia Langton AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA has forty years of experience in Indigenous affairs at the community, regional and national level and has specialised in Indigenous agreements with the mining industry and resource sector through the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements research projects ( Her other research concerns Indigenous relationships with place, land tenure and legal recognition in Australia. She has contributed to Indigenous policy, and recently was an adviser to Andrew Forrest’s Review of Indigenous Employment and Training. She is the Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne, and serves on a number of boards, including as Chairperson of Guma ICRG JV Pty Ltd, as a director of Indigenous Construction Resource Group Pty Ltd, and is Co-Chair of Cape York Partnership.

Awarded B.A. (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD from Macquarie University, she is an anthropologist and geographer, and often called upon to give expert advice by Indigenous groups, companies and governments on native title and resource issues, social issues and Indigenous management of land and resources. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Robin Evans, Deputy Director – Education and Australian Capability, IM4DC, Australia

Chair: Case study presentations

Robin was appointed to his current role in 2011, and is responsible for developing and implementing the Centre’s education and alumni program. He has over 30 years experience working in and around the mining industry, his roles in industry and academia taking him around Australia, Latin America, the Asia Pacific and Africa. A mining engineer by training, prior to joining IM4DC he was based at The University of Queensland’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), focusing on risk management and valuation processes across sustainable development and the minerals industry. Other projects have included the social impacts of mine-closure and the development of project-related sustainability indicators, and was responsibile for the development and co-ordination of CSRM’s Education and Training Program. Since its inception, Robin and the program team have been responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of IM4DC’s integrated program, including over 80 short courses and workshops both in Australia and overseas.

Dr Rowena Varela, Director, Research and Extension, Caraga State University, Philippines

Case study panellist: Engage leaders of today and tomorrow in best practice and new ideas

Dr Rowena Varela is an Entomologist who studies insect diversity and movements to determine habitat connectivity. Her interest in entomology led her to nickel mine rehabilitation where she and her team introduced the ‘Ecobelt’ – forest corridors to promote eco-system and habitat restoration. She studied landscape ecology and habitat connectivity because she believes ‘everything is connected to everything else’ and she shares this principle of interrelatedness with her students. At present, she heads the S&T Program for Responsible Mining in Mindanao, a research and development program funded by the Philippine Government through the Department of Science and Technology.

Bat-Orshikh Erdenebat, Executive Director, Development Solutions NGO, Mongolia

Case study panellist: Develop networks and build understanding, knowledge and capacity

Bat-Orshikh has more than six years experience in design, implementation and evaluation of local community and business development programs and activities, and some four years on international trade in China, Turkey and Mongolia. In his current role, Bat-Orshikh is focused on strengthening performance, governance and sustainability of local non-governmental organisations and social enterprises in Mongolia. He is also working in rural communities, especially in mine-affected areas, to develop entrepreneurial skills and knowledge. The development and application of new models of socially responsible business is a key feature of his future professional objectives and works.

Herizo Harimalala Tsiverisoa, Director of Education, Lapidary and Jewellery Training Department, Institut De Gemmologie de Madagascar, Madagascar

Case study panellist: Empower agents of change to improve people’s lives

Herizo is a geologist and a lapidary trainer currently in charge of the lapidary and jewellery department at the Institut De Gemmologie de Madagascar. She is also involved in job creation and business opportunity programs to empower women and people with special needs following their training. Her previous roles include social and environmental impact assessment of a gold mining project in the east of Madagascar. She was also an intern at GLW Conseils, a leading environmental impact assessment and mitigation firm where she assessed the economic, social and physical impacts of industrial and mining projects.

Dr Sizwe Phakathi, Deputy Head, Safety and Sustainable Development, Chamber of Mines of South Africa and Senior Research Associate, Univeristy of Johannesburg, South Africa

Case study panellist: Influence legislation, policy and practice to achieve lasting benefits

Dr Phakathi facilitated the implementation of the Culture Transformation Framework for the South African mining sector to ensure safer and healthier workplace conditions. His review of South Africa’s mining industry safety performance culminated in new occupation health and safety milestones for the industry. He has also recently been involved with a project aimed at improving safety, security and participation of women miners in South African mines. Dr Phakathi has conducted research and consultancy work for South African mining companies, authored and co-authored a number of research and change management reports, conference presentations, journal articles, monographs and book chapters and has won numerous awards for his research work.

Professor Paul Flatau, Director of The University of Western Australia Centre for Social Impact, Australia

Program chair and closing remarks

Professor Paul Flatau commenced as the Chair in Social Investment and Impact and Director of the UWA Centre for Social Impact (UWA CSI) in December 2010.

In that role Paul undertakes teaching, research and public engagement activities in the areas of social finance, social innovation, and the measurement of the economic and social impact of activities and programs. He has worked closely with the corporate, government, philanthropic and third (not-for-profit) sectors, in a collaborative effort to build community capacity and to measure the social impact of activity including the mining industry. He has been engaged closely with the IM4DC over the past four years. He has over 60 publications in applied economics and has made significant contributions to the analysis of social and economic outcomes and social impact and the effectiveness of programs and interventions.

Belinda Zimba, Director, EcoView Environmental Consultants, Zambia

Facilitator: Workshop forum – Alumni collaborate / Panellist: Reflection session

Belinda is an environment management and social economic expert specialising in mining and mineral processing operations. She has executed several socio-economic and environmental management consultancies in Zambia’s extractive sector focusing on environmental and social planning, performance monitoring and audits, post-closure reclamation and monitoring. She has undertaken several Environmental and Social Impact Assessments for extractive companies in Zambia and co-ordinated projects in partnership with other national and international organisations. She has also spearheaded negotiations between communities living in the mining areas and the mining companies. Belinda has several policy working groups at sub-regional levels through African Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society (AIMES) with support from the Third World Network-Africa; Afrodad and Tax Justice Network-Africa.

Bright Oppong Afum, Lecturer and Departmental Examinations Officers, University of Mines and Technology, Ghana

Facilitator: Workshop forum – Alumni collaborate

Bright graduated as a First Class Mining Engineer and worked with AEL Mining services before joining African Underground Mining Services (AUMS) as a Mining/ Projects Engineer. He later won a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship in 2011 to study MSc Environmental Monitoring and Analysis at the Aberystwyth University in the UK. He designed and facilitated the formation of the African Society, and returned to AUMS as a Senior Mining/ Projects Engineer. Bright is currently a PhD candidate with the Mining Engineering department of UMaT, working on a research project regarding mercury pollutants in the Birim River Basin in Ghana. His areas of expertise are surface and underground mining operations, mine closure, reclamation and rehabilitation, environmental impacts assessments including air pollutants and blast impacts predication and modelling, water pollutants speciation and modelling and project management.

Idah Ethel Zulu, Lecturer/ Assistant Dean, Copperbelt University, Zambia

Facilitator: Workshop forum – Alumni collaborate

Idah is a lecturer and researcher at the School of the Built Environment. She has a Masters Degree in Urban Management and Development with a specialisation in Regional Development Strategies from the Erasmus University, Netherlands. She teaches Regional Development Planning, a key focus being how mining development can promote balanced regional development and translate into improvements in lives of local communities. She also consults on integrated development plans of some districts in Zambia. Previous to her role at the Copperbelt University, she worked with an NGO in carrying out environmental performance monitoring audits in mining firms.

Aaron Soko, Head of Environment, Mines Safety Department, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Zambia

Facilitator: Workshop forum – Alumni collaborate

Aaron is responsible for the timely review of the Environmental Impact Assessment reports and plans, conducting site verifications, regular sampling to monitor environmental status, certification of relevant lawful approvals, collection and management of relevant environmental information. He also collaborates with other institutions within and outside Zambia on relevant data, information and records, timely calculation of environmental protection fund contributions and supervision of the Environment Section whch is constituted of Inspectors of Environment, Mining Technicians, Research Assistants and Laboratory Assistants with whom he conducts reviews and ensures up-date awareness of legislation pertaining to the mining industry.

Lesley Siowi, Environmental Scientist, Department of Mining, Autonomous Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Alumni representative

Lesley graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea with a bachelor in Science (BSc)  majoring in Environmental Science. She joined the newly established Department of Mining in Bougainville in 2007 and was initially sent to train and work with organisations such as the Department of Mineral Policy and Hazard Management, the Mineral Resources Authority and Newcrest Mining Limited. Within her Autonomous Bougainville Government Mining department, Lesley works for the Policy and Regulatory branch, where they are focussed on establishing our mining policies, legislation and environment legislation.

Muza Gondwe, Alumni Coordinator, IM4DC, Australia

Panellist: Reflection session

Muza joined IM4DC as the Alumni Coordintor in 2014. She brings to IM4DC her experience managing blogs, discussion forums, and learning management management systems to suuport online and offline comunities of practice. Previously she has worked as a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Science Communication Program at The University of Western Australia. Prior to joining The University of Western Australia, Muza worked as a Lecturer at the University of Malawi where she was involved in the African Journals Partnership Project. Muza has also worked as the Managing Editor for a World Health Organisation Project where her role involved developing workflows and managing online collaborative software. She has also been involved in HIV/AIDS project management in Malawi and the Caribbean.

Richard Slattery, Deputy Director – Operations and Business Development, IM4DC, Australia

Wrap up and thanks

Richard was appointed Deputy Director – Operations and Business Development in 2012. He is responsible for the operational management of IM4DC’s financial, human and infrastructure resources.  Richard brings extensive development program experience and previously worked with AusAID in a number of high level roles advising government on a broad range of issues. Prior to joining IM4DC, Richard was based in Papua New Guinea as a Development Specialist for AusAID’s Sub National Program where his work was focused on engaging with the aid program that looked at Papua New Guinea’s decentralised system and sub national levels of government and administration. His other AusAID roles included working as a Provincial Program Specialist where he was responsible for establishing the AusAID office in Provincial Papua New Guinea. He has also worked with a number of units within AusAID including the Strategic Policy and Coordination Unit and the Civil Society Unit. In these roles, Richard was closely involved with local stakeholder liaison and in developing, managing and monitoring development assistance activities. Richard has a solid understanding of policy and contract development and has worked with a number of country programs and in the design and evaluation of a range of development programs.