Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg

Chair, Georange

Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg is the Chairman of Georange. He has had long experience of working as an expert, consultant and researcher in the mining and natural resource sectors. His interests and expertise include environmental and social issues in the mining sector, and associated policies. Over the years he has led and/or contributed to numerous projects funded by multi- and bilateral agencies, as well as by private sector organizations. His work has taken him to a wide range of countries and environments in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Melanesia and Africa.

Presentation Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg


Lisa Ek
Business developer LTU Business

Lisa Ek will be leading us through the conference as our moderator. She is a strategy and innovation expert, working at LTU Business in Luleå with projects across Europe. During the last years her main focus has been the business development of mining innovations and new business models within the raw material sector. Lisa has the exciting task of making the two days both efficient and enjoyable!

Raw materials for the future – the SGU perspective

Anneli Wirtén

Director General Geological Survey of Sweden

Anneli Wirtén is General Director of SGU – the Geological Survey of Sweden – since March 2020. Anneli has an Degree in Law and was from 2011 Deputy Governor and acting Governor in Jönköping County. She has earlier been Programme Director within the EU Structural Funds. 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.

Jan Moström


Jan is the President and CEO of LKAB. By education, he is Engineer, Mining and Civil Engineering, Bergskolan Filipstad, batch of 1983, he has been employed in LKAB since 2015. His other engagements include Chairman in SveMin and board member in GAF, SGU Insynsråd. He was in Boliden from 2000-2015, Skellefteå kommun from 1998-2000, Boliden from 1979-1998.

Presentation Jan Moström

The green transition and Swedish competitiveness

Ibrahim Baylan

Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation

Climate effective raw material supply for a Green Europe

The European Commission has launched its ambition through the Green Deal. Sustainable economic growth whilst making climate transition possible requires access to increasing amounts of base metals. How do we secure supply in a responsible and climate effective way? Do we see a bright future for mining in Europe or should we continue to rely on imports to be able to eliminate fossil fuels?

Mikael Staffas, President and CEO of Boliden

Mikael Staffas is the President and CEO of Boliden since 2018. He has been a member of the top management group at Boliden since 2011, first as CFO and then as Head of the Mining Division. He is the Chairman of Eurometaux (an umbrella association representing the interests of the combined non-ferrous metals industry in Europe) and SveMin (industry association for mines, mineral and metal producers in Sweden) and member of the Board of the International Zinc Association as well as the International Copper Association.

Before joining Boliden, Mikael was the CFO of the Swedish forest products group Södra and before that he was a Partner at McKinsey & Co in both the Stockholm and Moscow offices.
Between 2013 and 2018 Mikael also served as a non-executive director of SJ (Swedish State Railways).
Mikael holds a MSc in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France.

Presentation Mikael Staffas

The green future of battery anodes

Martin Philips

CEO – Europe, Talga

Martin Phillips is the COO and CEO – Europe of Talga. Prior to joining Talga as Chief Operating Officer in 2016, Mr Phillips was the Commercial Manager of Iluka Resources Ltd, responsible for implementation of business growth and development strategies and M&A. Other previous positions include engineering and management roles in battery recycling programs and smelting innovations at MIM’s Mt Isa and UK operations.

Presentation Martin Philips

Future mining digital, automated and electrical

Epiroc is world leading supplier of services and products related to mining and infrastructure, this session talks around the future mine powered by digital, automated and electrified solutions from Epiroc.

Jonas Albertson

President for Epiroc Technology and Digital division

Jonas Albertson is President for Epiroc Technology and digital division, member of Epiroc Group management and Managind Director for Epiroc company in Örebro. Jonas has worked 24 years within Atlas Copco and Epiroc in areas of R&D, sales and Aftermarket

Presentation Jonas Albertson

Chris Cann

Head of Research & Intelligence, Aspermont Limited

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.

Presentation Chris Cann

Northern Sweden, Europe’s leading mining district

Economic development requires metals which offers major opportunities for northern Europe based on our tradition and geological conditions. Northern Sweden is the home of world leading companies as well as smaller companies and research institutes making mining and metallurgy one of the most important sectors for the region’s economy. Northern Sweden is also attracting new industries as the transition to a fossil free future puts focus on what this region has to offer when it comes to natural resources.

Helene Hellmark Knutsson

Governor of Västerbotten County

Helene Hellmark Knutsson is Governor and Head of County Administrative Board of Västerbotten since August 2020.
She has a background as member of the parliament (the Swedish Riksdag), deputy chair of the Committee of Industry and Trade.
Between 2014 and 2019 Helene was minister for Higher education and research. Before that, she was county council commissioner and group leader of the Social Democratic Party in Stockholm county council. She has also been chair of the Municipal executive board, municipal commissioner and group leader of the Social Democratic Party in Sundbyberg.

The green shift needs a new and innovative mineral policy

Most everything we use in everyday life is made of minerals and metals. With the UN’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40-50% to stop climate change, society will become even more dependent on minerals. Strategic minerals and metals have also become a geopolitical issue, and thereby received much attention in the EU.

Linda Helen Haukland

Executive of Planning and Business Development, Nordland county council

She represents the Christian People’s Party (KrF), and holds a PhD in sociology and Master in history. Haukland is also author of several books.

Presentation Linda Helen Haukland

Northern Sweden – for a sustainable future

In Northern Sweden several significant efforts are underway for us to become fossil-free and have more circular processes. These include investments to strengthen competitiveness and reduce environmental impact. We also has a world-unique pilot plant for fossil-free steel. The development towards sustainability presupposes coordinated processes, collaboration and long-term perspective. Our common goal is to contribute to the global goals in Agenda 2030.

Lotta Finstorp

Governor of Norrbotten County

Lotta Finstorp is Governor and Head of County Administrative Board of Norrbotten since February 2021. She has a broad background as a politician and leader from national, regional and municipal level. Lotta has been member of parliament, 2nd Vice President for The Committee of Cultural Affairs, Chair of the County Council Executive Committee and Mayor of the Executive Committee.

Ensuring a sustainable raw material supply through research and education

Christina Wanhainen

Scientific leader, SUN – Natural Resources for Sustainability Transitions, LTU

Christina Wanhainen is professor in Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Her research mainly covers mineral exploration, ore characterization and geometallurgy. She is currently active in several research projects on critical metals and efficient resource characterization. The characterization focus lies in documenting and understanding the distribution and character of metals (base-, precious-, alloy-, critical-, and hazardous metals) in different ore types. Her research is initiated and performed in close collaboration with the mining industry. Christina is the supervisor for several PhD and MSc students working on mineralogical and ore genetic issues.

Presentation Christina Wanhainen

How to improve field work in exploration research and education using modern technologies

Tobias E. Bauer

Associate professor, Luleå University of Technology

Tobias E. Bauer received an M.Sc. degree in geology from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, in 2008 and a Ph.D. degree in ore geology from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, in 2013. Since that time, he has taught and conducted research at Luleå University of Technology, where he is currently Associate Professor in Ore Geology. His research has included structural controls on ore deposits and the regional structural and tectonic evolution of mineralized belts. In addition, he is active in the field of 3-D and 4-D modeling applied to mineral belts, mineral deposits, and related structures.

Presentation Tobias E. Bauer

The Future Logging Assistant

Quantitative and qualitative geological models of mineral deposits form the basis of the mining value chain, including all subsequent decisions on valuation, mining method, processing method and measures to alleviate environmental impact of mining. The main input data in such models are derived from analysis of drill core. Owing to the complexity of geological materials coupled with time-constraints, only a fraction of the information stored in the rocks is collected. Subjectivity in logging leads to that results may differ between observers, inducing additional complexity. These uncertainities impact negatively on the models, which may in turn have adverse effects further down the value chain. The Future Logging Assistant (FLA) is a recently started collaborative research project between LTU and Boliden Mineral, aiming at augmenting the analysis and evaluation of drill core with the combined use of machine learning methods on various types of sensor data.

Nils Jansson

Luleå University of Technology

Nils Jansson is an associate professor in Ore Geology at Luleå University of Technology, who also has a background in exploration for volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits in Sweden. His main research interest lies in integrating structural, stratigraphic, geochemical, and mineralogical data for unraveling the genesis of complex, metamorphosed iron oxide and sulfide deposits. He received the Geological Society of Sweden’s Young Scientist Award in 2017 and the Bergforsk award for best PhD thesis in 2011. He is examiner for courses in Mining Geology and Mineralogy at LTU, and Project leader for the EXplORE international MSc exchange program in exploration.

Presentation Nils Jansson

Understanding element anomalies using Quantitative Target Mineralogy (QanTmin)

Quantitative target mineralogy (QanTmin) is the combination of finding target minerals in trace mineralogy by applying innovative concentration techniques and the numeric description of solid samples with respect to (i) their mineralogical composition, (ii) the chemical composition of identified minerals as well as (iii) their general nature of appearance including isotopic studies. In this contribution we introduce the QanTmin approach by showing case studies.

Thomas Aiglsperger

Associated senior lecturer, Luleå University of Technology (LTU)

Thomas Aiglsperger obtained a PhD in 2015 from the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain, for his work on the geochemistry and mineralogy of platinum group elements (PGE), rare earth elements (REE) and scandium in Ni laterites. His research aims to understand elemental anomalies by combining different environmental mineralogy approaches. Since 2017 Thomas holds a position as an associated senior lecturer at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) where he built up a QanTmin laboratory that includes a ZEISS Sigma 300VP automated mineralogy facility.

Presentation Thomas Aiglsperger

Åsa Persson

Bergmästare / Chief Mine Inspector

Kåre Höglund

Project Manager Exploration Sweden, Agnico Eagle

Kåre Höglund (Project Manager Exploration Sweden; Agnico Eagle) is a senior geologist with more than 20 years experience in the fields of diamond, gold, PGE and base metal exploration. He completed two MSc degrees in the field of gold exploration at Åbo Akademi (Finland) and Rhodes University (South Africa). Between 1994 and 2002 he worked for several junior exploration companies (SES, Dia Met, BHP Minerals, Arctic Platinum, INMET) in Finland, Sweden, Russia, Greenland, Canada and Yemen on targets ranging from kimberlite pipes to mafic intrusions. In 2002, he joint Boliden and focused on gold and base metal targets including MVT, VMS and IOCG systems. During 2007 to 2016 he worked as Senior Exploration Geologist for Agnico Eagle in Finland and Sweden. Since 2017 he is Project Manager Exploration Sweden for Agnico Eagle.

Johannes Holzäpfel

Exploration Manager – Europe, EMX Royalty Corp./Eurasian Minerals Sweden AB

Mr. Holzäpfel has over 10 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry. He worked in copper and gold exploration in Indonesia and Mongolia. In the DRC Mr. Holzäpfel lead an exploration team of Ivanhoe Mines in search for copper and other base-metals in the Central-African-Copper-Belt. He also worked with Boliden in Sweden exploring for base metals in the prolific Bergslagen district. In 2011, Mr. Holzäpfel graduated with a Master’s degree in Economic Geology from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany

Pierre Heeroma

SVP Exploration, Strategy and Business Development LKAB

SVP Exploration, Strategy and Business Development LKAB 2018 –
Director Group Strategy and Business Development, Boliden 2009-2018
Vice President Exploration Boliden Mines 2006 – 2009
Worldwide Vice President Exploration, AREVA 2004 – 2006:
COGEMA Australia: Exploration Manager (gold and uranium),2001 – 2003
COGEMA SA: Expert, ore reserves and project evaluation,1998 – 2001
COGEMA Swedish branch.: Deputy Managing Director,1992 – 1997
State Mining Property Commission: Senior Administrative Officer,1988 – 1992
Boliden Mineral AB: Mine and resource geologist ,1981 – 1988

ERMA and the Nordic perspective

Per Storm

Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials North AB

Per Storm is Managing Director for one of six Innovation Hubs at EIT RawMaterials. EIT RawMaterials provide funding to European projects on technology and service upscaling, innovation education, and to early-stage start-ups in the field of mining, metallurgy and advanced materials. The Innovation Hub North team is based in Luleå and Stockholm and cater to partners and stakeholders in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Ireland.

Presentation Per Storm

Cluster on Materials for energy storage and conversion

Olli Salmi

Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials Baltic Sea AB

Olli Salmi is Managing Director for one of six Innovation Hubs at EIT RawMaterials. EIT RawMaterials provide funding to European projects on technology and service upscaling, innovation education, and to early-stage start-ups in the field of mining, metallurgy and advanced materials. The Innovation Hub Baltic Sea team is based in Espoo and cater to partners and stakeholders in Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Baltic Countries.

Presentation Olli Salmi

Cluster on Rare Earth Magnets and Motors

Roland Gauß

Senior Adviser, EIT RawMaterials

Presentation Roland Gauß


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