ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN
Admiral Mullen was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States (2007-2011) and principal military advisor to both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of General Motors, Sprint, and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Foundation, and as an adjunct Professor at Princeton University.
26 years at Rio Tinto, including nine years as Executive Director, and as Mining Director and Chief Executive of the Copper and later the Diamonds and Gold Product Groups. Subsequently CEO of Sappi, the Executive Chairman of Nikanor and CEO of Extract Resources Limited.
Leading industry figure in technology minerals with 34 years’ experience operating, developing and financing mining projects globally. Currently CEO of Largo resources; Executive Chairman of NioCorp Developments; and formerly President and CEO of Molycorp, developing the company into the largest rare earth business outside of China.
DIANA FOX CARNEY
Executive Director at Pi Capital. Previously, Diana held leadership roles at think tanks in Canada and UK, focusing on overseas development, climate/energy issues, and identifying pathways for a more sustainable and inclusive capitalism. She sits on the boards of the Shell Foundation and Save the Children (UK) and is a WWF Ambassador.
PROFESSOR VASANT KUMAR
Professor and Head of Materials Chemistry, University of Cambridge; Fellow of Trinity Hall. Over 25 years of research experience in materials chemistry, solid state ionics, electrochemistry and metal production, refining and recycling. Professor Kumar has published over 300 papers, 15 patents and several hundred project reports. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Institute of Materials, Mining & Metallurgy journal on "Mineral processing & Extractive Metallurgy". Much of his research has led to commercial processes.