Speakers January 28 20192018-11-19T16:47:05+00:00


Lena Söderberg

Europe’s Nordic lights: Sweden and Finland stand proud in Europe, but there remains room for improvement

The Investment Risk Index within the Mining Journal World Risk Report (feat.MineHutte ratings), puts Sweden and Finland, at the forefront of investment security for the extractives sector in Europe, both with AA ratings. This presentation will discuss what key elements give the Nordic region its status within Europe and why it remains adrift of the elevated standing of AAA-rated jurisdictions in North America.

Chris Cann

Head of Research & Intelligence, Aspermont Limited

As Aspermont Head of Research & Intelligence, Chris Cann, has 15 years’ experience in the mining industry. He started his career as a business journalist in Perth, Western Australia, before moving to London a decade ago where he worked as a freelance journalist and consulting mining analyst before being recruited as Mining Journal editor. Chris launched the Mining Journal Intelligence unit two years ago, with the first product out the door, the World Risk Report. He holds undergraduate degrees in geology and physiology; and post-graduate qualifications in journalism and capital markets.

How to manage risk to make investments thrive?

We see a rise in the regulatory risk affecting miners and their investors, negatively, to a point where new strategiesnow need to be deployed. Miners must realise that, in the short term, the regulatory risk is a real threat to a fully permitted mine and in the long term, it will hurt the investor attractiveness of future projects. Many companies have no strategy for coping with this risk, but just rely on what they know. Moreover, focusing on the technical side of a project is no longer enough to move a project forward. A consequence of not adjusting to this new reality, is prolonged and expensive permitting processes – or no permit at all. Subsequently, that reduces the expected value of an alredy existing asset and thus acting as an impediment to investor-friendliness. I will demonstrate how to manage this risk in order to make investments and investors thrive.

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.

Electrifying Europe – How should the EU reduce resource and technology dependence?

Future batteries will play a key role in enabling a clean and secure energy transition for Europe. Their development can create jobs and support growth in key industries. The presentation will address national, EU and global perspectives in ensuring European interests in the international arena.

Petri Peltonen

Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland

Petri Peltonen is Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE). In this capacity, he oversees the policy development and implementation in the sectors of economic growth, enterprise and innovation as well as foreign direct investments. Prior to taking his current position in 2016, Petri Peltonen was Director General of the Enterprise and Innovation Department at MEAE and the Technology Department at the Ministry of Trade and Industry. From 1996 to 2006, he worked at the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes), most recently as Executive Director and member of the management team. From 1987 until 1996, he held several technology development positions at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands and in the electronics industry in Finland.


Jan Moström

Jan Moström


Position: President and CEO LKAB
Education: Engineer, Mining and Civil Engineering, Bergskolan Filipstad, 1983
Year employed: 2015
Born: 1959
Other engagements: Chairman in SveMin and board member in GAF, SGU Insynsråd
Background: Boliden 2000-2015, Skellefteå kommun 1998-2000, Boliden 1979-1998

Jan Moström

Mineral Potential and Exploration Opportunities in Estonia

Apart from shale oil, soft sediments and carbonate rocks, Estonia has a number of future mineral resources, which have not been exploited or studied so far. This includes (1) sedimentary phosphorite, which is enriched in REEs; (2) graptolite argillite (a kind of black shale – analogue to Swedish Alum Shale), which is enriched in Zn, V, Mo, U and other metals and (3) Precambrian metals (sulphide metals and iron). Starting from 2019, the state financed exploration project, including deep drilling commence, providing joint exploration activity-opportunities for companies and other partners.

Prof Alvar Soesoo

Director, Geological Survey of Estonia

Alvar received his undergraduate and MSc degrees in geology from Tartu State University, Estonia, later did his PhD at Monash University, Australia. As a NATO PostDoc, he was working at the Voisey Bay deposit, Labrador. He has been involved as researcher or geology teacher in a number of universities and organisations in Iceland, Germany, Finland. During 2002 – 2011 he acted as the Director of the Institute of Geology (Tallinn University of Technology, TUT, Estonia). From 2003 – Professor of Physical Geology; 2007 – 2015 – head of the Core Laboratory for Natural Mineral Materials, TUT. Alvar has been involved in resource exploration projects in Europe, Middle East and Africa. From 2018 – he is the Director of the Geological Survey of Estonia.

Ukraine Mineral Strategy Process, Regulatory Reform as Potential Future Mineral Investment

Ukraine is very rich in various mineral deposits with 22,000 different discovered deposits and is currently a key exporting nation in Europe including several metals such as titanium, manganese, iron, lithium, copper, gold etc. However, its poor governance, insufficiently modernized geological survey organisation and lack of raw data accessibility hamper international mineral exploration and mining investments. Thus, with USGS proposal, Geological Survey of Estonia to applied successfully for US Emerging Donors Program to support developing a Mineral Strategy of Ukraine. This strategy similar to Swedish, Finnish and Estonian examples should serve as key tool for reforming mineral policies of Ukraine to the best standards of open governance, efficient regulation and environmentally friendly permitting.

Kalev Kallemets

Deputy Director, Geological Survey of Estonia

Kalev has worked previously in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications on formulating Mineral Strategy of Estonia. By education Kalev is economist, finishing Ph.D. on oil shale resource policy. In 2011-2014 Kalev Kallemets worked as phosphate rock project manager in Estonian oil shale company VKG.

Robotics in mining

Robots and Robotics are changing the future of work in the mining industry. It will not only impact the way miners work and operate but also impact safety and productivity. Mining has several instances where such technologies can be used for autonomous operations.

Jan Nyqvist

Global Product Manager Mine Automation, ABB

Jan Nyqvist is currently Global Product Manager Mine Automation in ABB. He joined ABB in 1990 and has mainly worked with research serving several of ABB market segments. For the, last ten years, he has focused in the mining industry, developing automation solutions.

Marie Nilsson

Chairman, IF Metall

Lena Abrahamsson

Chairman, Georange

Lena Abrahamsson is chair professor in Human Work Science, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research covers production and organisational changes, workplace learning, health & safety and gender issues mainly in industrial companies amongst others. Currently, she is active in several projects on mining and sustainable development. In the Master level program, Industrial Design, she teaches the courses ”Organisational Development”, ”Production and Organisation” and ”Work Place Analysis”. She is member of the Swedish Work Environment Authority’s advisory council, boardmember of FORTE and a member of the Swedish government’s commission for gender equality in working life. Since 2016 she is deputy dean, for the board of the faculty of science and technology at Luleå University of Technology.

Lena Söderberg

Lena Söderberg

General Director, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Lena is General Director of SGU – the Geological Survey of Sweden – since January 2014. Lena Söderberg, who has an MSc. in Forestry, has earlier been the CEO of the Swedish Water and Wastewater Association since 2009. She is also the Chair of the Board of the Swedish Forest Agency and member of the advisory council of the Swedish Energy Agency and of the Programme Board of MistraPharma. SGU is responsible for issues relating to rock, soil and groundwater, including the handling of minerals. SGU is also the Agency with particular responsibility for the environmental quality objective Good-quality Groundwater, which includes the objective of reducing the use of natural gas. The Agency also has the task of creating conditions conducive to a sustainable use of the country’s mineral resources and promoting sustainable growth and enterprise within the mining and mineral sector.

Hannukainen Mining: Toward sustainable Iron-Copper-Gold Mine in Lapland

What challenges/advances do you have, when the mining project is situated in an old mining area? How does it help when the owner of the Project is a contractor in mining business? How to manage requisite water treatment plant capacity? How to reduce the carbon footprint?

Jaana Koivumaa

Manager, Hannukainen Mining

Jaana Koivumaa is the Manager of Hannukainen Mining. Jaana is a Civil Engineer with a M.Sc. in Water- and Environmental Management. She has strong experience within the Finnish Mining Sector as an consultant in EIA, permission, environmental monitoring and management issues. As a Manager, Jaana sets Environmental and Manager Policy. Working closely with local communities, people and government, Jaana manages her team and consultants and ensures that environmental criteria and companies’ policies are integrated into the design of the project.