Hâkan Tarras-Wahlberg

Chair, Georange

Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg is Managing Director Swedish Geological (BSc Hons. Geology, MPhil Environment and Development, PhD Geography).
Håkan has extensive international experience of leading mining sector development projects and projects related to environmental, social and socio-economic issues in the natural resource sectors. Håkan has conducted research on environmental and social impacts of mining and associated implications for policy and regulatory development. He is currently enrolled at the International Mineral Law and Policy LLM program at University of Dundee and was previously a part-time researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics where he investigated what mining companies do to obtain a so called “social license to operate”. Håkan has also worked for the Swedish environmental protection agency and in diamond exploration.


Erika Ingvald

Head of Division, Mineral information and Mining Industry, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Erika Ingvald is a petrologist with many years of experience as a science journalist and information officer. When doing her doctorate, she worked with sedimentary petrology. As a journalist, she covered everything from mines and prospecting to new materials, electronics and IT, working for magazines such as Ny Teknik, Computer Sweden, Metro Teknik and Elektroniktidningen. She is co-author of the Swedish Research Council’s book ”Where Gold Glints Blue: Scientists on the Nanorevolution”, which has been translated into English, and of the book ”The High Coast – a World Heritage Site”, published by the County Administrative Board of Västernorrland, and translated into German and English. She was also the first project leader for Geology Day and was speech writer for the former CEO of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Lena Treschow Torell.

Erika has been working at SGU since 2007, where she worked as an information officer and press officer until the spring of 2015. She has also been project leader for GeoArena – a meeting place for geology and for GeoTreat – a mobile app for geotourism. In spring 2015, Erika became the Head of Division, Mineral Information and Mining Industry.

Kaj Lax

Head of Department Mineral Resources, Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU)

Kaj Lax is originally from Ostrobothnia, Finland. He studied geochemistry at Åbo Akademi University, and is a Doctor of Technology at the Luleå University of Technology. He has been the Head of Department for Mineral Resources at SGU since 2010; before this, he was the Head of the Mineral Information Resources Office in Malå.

Lena Alakangas

Professor in Applied Geochemistry, LTU

Professor in Applied geochemistry at the divison of Geosciences and Environmental Enginneering at Luleå University of Technology, which is the centre of mining related research and education in Sweden. The research is focused on Environmental Geochemistry in mining areas. On-going national and European projects (REMinE, Min-North, StopOx) dealing with geochemical characterisation and risk assessment of historical mine waste deposits (W, Be) and related water bodies, isotope geochemistry, presence and stability of secondary minerals and development of prevention mesures during operation.

Elisabeth Sinclair

Project Manager, Norrbotniabanan

Jan Ots

CEO, Nordic Publishing

Nordic Publishing Sweden AB is a leading Nordic advisory firm focused on strategic communication in the mining and recycling industries.

  • Provides strategic long-term or short-term project management targeting mineral and associated industries.
  • Orchestrates events like annual conferences on Mining and Minerals and Circular Materials Conference.
  • Works with issues regarding producer responsibitlity

Studied in Engineering focusing on Mining and Metallurgy- civil engineering and industry minerals.
Bergsskolan – The Swedish School of Mining and Metallurgy- LTU
BS (eq)in Economics and Business University of Uppsala


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Exploration companies - SGU
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