WAOML Welcome Dinner, Sunday 9th June, 19.30 onwards

Enjoy a relaxed evening with your fellow conference delegates in the grounds of the Es Saadi Palace

WAOML 2019 Conference Agenda: Monday 10th June

8.50 - 9.05 Keynote Speech

WAOML is delighted to welcome H.E. Mr Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development for the Kingdom of Morocco

Minister of Energy, Mines & Sustainable Development, Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Mr Aziz Rabbah

Minister of Energy, Mines & Sustainable Development, Kingdom of Morocco

Minister of Energy, Mines & Sustainable Development, Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Mr Aziz Rabbah

Minister of Energy, Mines & Sustainable Development, Kingdom of Morocco

Mr. Aziz Rabbah, the former Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics since January 2012, was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI as Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development on April 5 2017.

M. Aziz Rabbah is an engineer, specialized in new information technologies. He holds a Bachelor in Mathematics from the Mohammed V high school in Kenitra (1981), an engineering degree from INSEA (1985) and a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Laval University in Quebec (1992).

M. Rabbah held several leadership positions in the Ministries of Economic and General Affairs, Foreign Trade, and Trade and Industry. He also served as an adviser in the offices of several Moroccan Ministers.

Mr. Rabbah was elected Mayor of Kenitra city in 2009 and was re-elected in 2015. He was elected member of the Moroccan parliament in 2007, 2011 and 2016.

M. Aziz Rabbah participated in several meetings concerning information technologies and communication, administrative reform, e-government, the upgrade of economy and the information society.

He is Research and Expertise Center (CEREX) Executive Committee and founding member and a founding member of the Sigma21 association. He was also a member of the National Committee for the Upgrading the Economy (2002-2004), the Strategic Committee for Information Technologies (CSTI) (2004-2005), the Interministerial Committee for Electronic Commerce.

On the political level, Mr. Aziz Rabbah is one of the leaders of the Moroccan Justice and Development Party, of which he is a member of the General Secretariat for four terms.

He was elected national secretary of the youth section of the party for two terms and head of the party’s Executives section.

Mr. Rabbah was born in 1962 in Sidi Kacem. He is married and has three children. He speaks Arabic, French and English.

9.05 - 10.25 Session 1: Artisanal Mining - Challenges & Issues

ASM is a major source of mineral resources production, and with increasing due diligence requirements for mineral supply chains, addressing LSM & ASM interaction has become more urgent. LSM and ASM panellists explore these due diligence challenges & issues.

Policy Advisor, OECD

Hannah Koep-Andrieu

Policy Advisor, OECD

Policy Advisor, OECD

Hannah Koep-Andrieu

Policy Advisor, OECD

Hannah Koep-Andrieu is a Policy Adviser in the OECD’s Responsible Business Conduct Unit, focussing on extractives and supply chain due diligence. She joined the OECD with a background in private sector consulting and has extensive field experience. Hannah worked on risk and impact assessments in the extractives sector, with a focus on stakeholder engagement, artisanal mining, security and human rights issues.
Prior to the OECD, she worked with Channel Research, a social responsibility consultancy, leading the work on evaluations and audits of upstream mineral supply chain due diligence in the Great Lakes region and before that spent five years heading the Africa Analysis team of the business risk consultancy Control Risks and two years working for the International Crisis Group in West Africa.

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Evgeny Tulubensky

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Evgeny Tulubensky

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Evgeny was appointed as Chief Legal Officer, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs in 2014 having joined Nordgold as Chief Legal Officer in 2007. Previously Evgeny was a senior lawyer at the mining division of Severstal (LSE: SVST). Before then, Evgeny was a legal consultant at Ernst & Young.
Evgeny is a member of the board of the Russian Union of Gold Producers and the African Business Initiative (Russia).
Evgeny graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Law faculty, and holds an LLM (with honours) from Northwestern University.

Head of Monitoring & Evaluation, Alliance for Responsible Mining

Baptiste Coué

Head of Monitoring & Evaluation, Alliance for Responsible Mining

Head of Monitoring & Evaluation, Alliance for Responsible Mining

Baptiste Coué

Head of Monitoring & Evaluation, Alliance for Responsible Mining

Baptiste has a degree in Political Science and International Relations, with a professional career focused on local development, particularly in vulnerable mining communities. Since 2015, he has gained experience and understanding of the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) sector and its stakeholders as a consultant, leader of the monitoring and evaluation strategy and project manager for the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). From 2015 to 2016, he participated in a pilot project related to the adoption of good practices and gold supply chains in ASM in West Africa (Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso). In this context, he coordinated a study on Supply chains of artisanal gold in West Africa, covering Burkina Faso and Senegal. From 2016 to 2018, his responsibilities in the Monitoring and Evaluation Department led him to focus on the realities of ASM in the countries of intervention of ARM in Latin America. Currently, he is in charge of the Coordination of ARM’s Projects in Africa.

President, CONAPEM

Hamidou Traoré

President, CONAPEM

President, CONAPEM

Hamidou Traoré

President, CONAPEM

Hamidou Baba is the President of the Corporation Nationale des Artisans et Petits Exploitants Miniers (CONAPEM) in Burkina Faso, an organisation devoted to bringing together actors working in the field of artisanal and small-scale mining, and providing a forum for exchange for its members and the public authorities in Burkina Faso.
Hamidou Baba’s work involves the training and upskilling of artisanal miners to ensure better mining practices and focuses on the modernisation of the small-scale mining industry in Burkina Faso.
Hamidou Baba has also served as a member of the steering committee of the EITI Burkina Faso (2013) and as the Director for the African Union supported NGO network for Energy, Mines and Natural Resources in Burkina Faso.
Hamidou Baba has a background in chemistry and works with several exploration and mining companies on an on-going basis.

International Gold Programme Manager, Solidaridad

Jennifer Horning

International Gold Programme Manager, Solidaridad

International Gold Programme Manager, Solidaridad

Jennifer Horning

International Gold Programme Manager, Solidaridad

Jennifer Horning is the International Gold Programme Manager at non-profit organisation Solidaridad (www.solidaridadnetwork.org/gold). Jennifer leads Solidaridad’s programme for building partnerships with private sector actors across the gold value chain to ensure best practices. The primary focus of Solidaridad’s Gold Programme is with artisanal miners and at-risk communities the Global South, including those located near large-scale mining operations. Jennifer also guides gold buyers, such as jewellers , electronics companies and financial institutions, in purchasing gold from mining operations that meet international standards for responsible practices–of growing importance due to new regulatory requirements for gold buyers in many countries. She is also a member of the Standards Committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council. Prior to joining Solidaridad, Jennifer worked as an attorney representing public and private sector clients in the extractives industries. This included work on the largest toxic cleanup site in the United States, the historic gold and copper mines at Butte, Montana. She began her career in international development in the Middle East and Africa. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Skidmore College (New York) and a Juris Doctor with a focus on environmental law from Vermont Law School. She is based in The Netherlands.

10.45 - 11.55 Session 2: WAOML Small-Scale Draft Model Mining Regulations 2019

The panel reviews WAOML’s draft Small Scale Mine Regulations (2019), discussing its approach to the multiple and often complex challenges in regulating the artisanal mining sector.

Partner, Fasken

Frank Mariage

Partner, Fasken

Partner, Fasken

Frank Mariage

Partner, Fasken

Frank Mariage joined Fasken Martineau’s corporate law group in June 2012. Mr. Mariage practices in securities, corporate and mining law. Over the years, he has developed particular expertise in legal issues relating to the mining industry.
Frank represents mining companies and guides them during the discovery, sale, and processing of mineral deposits, in Canada and elsewhere. He specializes in the legal issues and challenges faced by mining companies.
Frank’s expertise is recognized in Canada and he continues to be listed as a leading mining lawyer by a number of legal directories that rank the country’s best firms and lawyers. In 2017, Frank was designated by Best Lawyers in Canada as Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resource Law.
He is Chairman of the Board of the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association and also delivers seminars on behalf of the TSX Venture Exchange on how to manage a publicly traded company.

VP Legal, AngoGold Ashanti

Lizelle Marwick

VP Legal, AngoGold Ashanti

VP Legal, AngoGold Ashanti

Lizelle Marwick

VP Legal, AngoGold Ashanti

Lizelle has extensive experience working in multi-cultural environments throughout the African continent, including South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Namibia, DRC, Guinea, Mali and Gabon. She holds various board positions and was responsible for establishing legal services throughout the Continental Africa Region covering 9 mining operations spanning 5 countries. She has amassed diversified experience in corporate transactions, government negotiations, international arbitrations and driving legislative changes in various jurisdictions.
Prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti Lizelle worked for Bowmans in Johannesburg and for Herbert Smith in London
She has B.Proc and LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria and a LLM (Corporate Law) degree from the University of Johannesburg. Lizelle is admitted as an attorney in South Africa and as a solicitor in England and Wales.

Consulting Director, MineHutte

Dr. Masuma Farooki

Consulting Director, MineHutte

Consulting Director, MineHutte

Dr. Masuma Farooki

Consulting Director, MineHutte

Dr. Farooki is a development economist, with over ten years of experience working on commodity related issues for developing and advanced resource-rich countries. Her current focus is on the socio-economic impact of the mining industry and the development of responsible mining practices, including social licence to operate. Her work involves analysis of global value chains and industrial, trade and mineral policies.

She has conducted research on a wide range of issues in the mineral sector, such as international dialogue to ensure a sustainable raw material supply for the EU in the future, analysing the impact of permit delays in the US; upgrading supplier firms in the Southern African mining sector through linkages with European SMEs; and standardising the reporting of EITI data requirements and the impact of foreign direct investment on the economy and the environment in Guyana.

Masuma has a Phd in Development Policy (The Open University, UK), MPhil in Development Studies (Institute of Development Studies, Sussex) and MPhil in Economics (GCU, Pakistan).

West Africa Legal & Public Affairs Counsel, Endeavour Mining

Julie Blot

West Africa Legal & Public Affairs Counsel, Endeavour Mining

West Africa Legal & Public Affairs Counsel, Endeavour Mining

Julie Blot

West Africa Legal & Public Affairs Counsel, Endeavour Mining

Julie practises in the areas of public affairs, OHADA law & mining law. She joined La Mancha / Endeavour Mining in 2014. Over the last 5 years, she has developed legal expertise on mining issues. Julie is based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire since 2016. She advises and brings support to all departments of the Endeavour Mining Group, from exploration to operations, including projects, finance, tax, CSR and public affairs throughout the West Africa Region, covering 6 mining operations spanning 3 countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali). She specializes in negotiations with the West African States (mining conventions, commercial agreements, tax and customs negotiations) as well as M&A and Corporate work.

General Counsel, Gemfields

Toby Hewitt

General Counsel, Gemfields

General Counsel, Gemfields

Toby Hewitt

General Counsel, Gemfields

Toby is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Johannesburg-listed and UK-headquartered Gemfields Group Limited (formerly Pallinghurst Resources). Gemfields is focused on the mining of coloured gemstones in Africa, with its primary assets located in Zambia and Mozambique, and exploration activities elsewhere in Africa. Gemfields also owns the fine jewellery brand, Fabergé, as a downstream champion for coloured gemstones. Toby has over twenty years’ legal experience working mainly in the resources and energy sectors, occupying senior international roles in companies and in private practice and with a focus on developing countries. As such, he is no stranger to the myriad of difficult issues that can arise at the interface between “first world” standards and the realities of operating in developing countries. Toby is a geologist by first degree and is qualified to practise law in England and Wales and Australia.

Partner, Fasken

Al Gourley

Partner, Fasken

Partner, Fasken

Al Gourley

Partner, Fasken

Al Gourley is the Regional Managing Partner of Fasken’s London office. He is a globally-recognised resource lawyer, having led many UK and Canadian initial public offerings, secondary and alternative finance transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, in the resource sector, particularly cross-border transactions involving Europe, Africa, Australia and Canada. Al is also the former Chairman of the World Association of Mining Lawyers.

Al is known for his knowledge of “pure” mining transactions, including royalty, streaming, carried interest, joint development, joint venture, option, offtake, marketing and other mining transactions. He also has experience working in-house with one of the world’s largest mining companies, as well as more recent experience as CEO of a UK mining company producing industrial minerals for sale to the world’s leading chemical companies.

Al is also a key strategist who helps private equity and other groups build positions and secure influence or control over companies and assets, as well as manage litigation and disputes. Al has litigated trade cases before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, published books and articles on competition and anti-trust law and authored a paper commissioned by the Government of Canada entitled: “A Report on Canada’s Conspiracy Laws: 1889-2001 and Beyond”.

Al helped to establish Fasken’s Johannesburg office in late 2003, was Managing Partner of the Johannesburg office from 2005 to 2011 and served as Deputy Managing Partner of the London office from 2007 to 2009. Al has been Managing Partner of the firm’s London office since 2016.

11.55 - 12.55 Session 3: Modern Slavery and the Mining Industry

With regulatory pressures to address modern slavery and human trafficking within mineral supply chains – the panel examines the challenges and avenues for mining companies and civil society, in meeting legal and voluntary requirements.

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Evgeny Tulubensky

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Evgeny Tulubensky

Chief Legal Officer, Nordgold

Evgeny was appointed as Chief Legal Officer, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs in 2014 having joined Nordgold as Chief Legal Officer in 2007. Previously Evgeny was a senior lawyer at the mining division of Severstal (LSE: SVST). Before then, Evgeny was a legal consultant at Ernst & Young.
Evgeny is a member of the board of the Russian Union of Gold Producers and the African Business Initiative (Russia).
Evgeny graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Law faculty, and holds an LLM (with honours) from Northwestern University.

Programme Officer, Freedom Fund

Chloe Bailey

Programme Officer, Freedom Fund

Programme Officer, Freedom Fund

Chloe Bailey

Programme Officer, Freedom Fund

Chloé Bailey is Program Officer for Legal and Business Initiatives at the Freedom Fund, an international NGO dedicated to tackling modern slavery. In this role she oversees the Freedom Fund’s work on global supply chains and strategic litigation, working in collaboration with country programs across India, Nepal, Ethiopia and Thailand. Prior to this Chloé worked at a development consultancy managing the monitoring and evaluation of political reform projects in the MENA region, and conducted research and analysis on African governance at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. A lawyer by training, Chloé holds an LLM in Public International Law from King’s College London and a double degree in English Law and French Law from King’s College London and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Stéphane Brabant

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Stéphane Brabant

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Stéphane Brabant is a Paris-based partner of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He is the co-Chair of the firm’s Africa practice, Chair of Global Mining, Head of the Crisis Management group for Africa and co-Head of the firm’s Business and Human Rights group.

Stéphane has over 28 years of experience as a projects and transactional lawyer in Africa and other emerging markets, primarily in the energy and natural resources sectors. As well as advising on the structuring of complex investments between multinationals and States, Stéphane also advises on crisis prevention and management, compliance, anti-corruption and business and human rights issues.

Stéphane is a member of the Advisory Board of the Business & Human Rights Project of the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights, as well as former co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s CSR work group.

Head of Migrant Workers Programme, IHRB

Neill Wilkins

Head of Migrant Workers Programme, IHRB

Head of Migrant Workers Programme, IHRB

Neill Wilkins

Head of Migrant Workers Programme, IHRB

Neill Wilkins – Head of Migrant Worker Programme: Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

Neill Wilkins is responsible for all aspects of the IHRB Migrant Workers programme and in 2011 helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration With Dignity – a set of human rights based principles that offer a clear framework for understanding the recruitment and employment of migrant workers worldwide. More recently Neill has led much of IHRB’s work around responsible recruitment and the promotion of recruitment models based on the Employer Pays Principle which prohibit the charging of recruitment fees and costs to workers.
Neill also manages IHRB engagement with the modern slavery agenda and speaks regularly at events focussed on forced labour, trafficking and transparency legislation. He has worked extensively with the construction, apparel and hospitality sectors along with participation at intergovernmental events such as the Colombo Process and Global Forum for Migration and Development.

14.25 - 15.40 Session 4: Recent Trends in Mining Deals

As mining companies face changing capital markets, investor discontent, shareholder activism, buyer focus on management teams and ESG factors, this panel examines recent trends in mining deals impacting small and large mining companies.

Partner, Norton Rose

Jon Perry

Partner, Norton Rose

Partner, Norton Rose

Jon Perry

Partner, Norton Rose

Jon Perry is a corporate lawyer based in London. He specializes in cross-border M&A and equity capital markets work in the resources sector.

Jon acts on a wide range of mergers, acquisitions and takeovers, IPOs and other equity raisings, joint ventures and corporate restructuring transactions. He has particular experience in metals and mining, and acted for Randgold on its recent merger with Barrick Gold. His focus is on complex cross-border transactions, and he has significant experience of deals in jurisdictions across Asia and Africa.

Jon is qualified as a solicitor in both England and Hong Kong. He has practiced in both our London and Hong Kong offices, and has worked across the Asian region.

Partner, Torys

Michael Pickersgill

Partner, Torys

Partner, Torys

Michael Pickersgill

Partner, Torys

Michael Pickersgill is a partner and co-head of Torys’ Mining and Metals Practice. His practice focuses on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He also advises companies on continuous disclosure, stock exchange matters and shareholder arrangements. He has particular expertise in the areas of public and private equity, streaming and royalty finance and M&A in the mining sector. He led the team that assisted in the sale of the largest thermal coal producer in Canada. Mike also regularly advises offshore clients investing in Canadian resource companies.

Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jay Kellerman

Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jay Kellerman

Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

Jay Kellerman is a partner and Head of the Mining Group and a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets Groups at Stikeman Elliott. He served as the Managing Partner of the firm’s Toronto office for six years (2012-2018). With more than 25 years of experience, his clients include public companies, investment banks, investors and boards of directors.

Jay is recognised as one of the top mining lawyers in the world by Who’s Who Legal and is considered a “most highly regarded individual” and “excellent” in financing and M&A by International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers and “one of the best in the business” by International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as it relates to mining.

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Roger Taplin

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Roger Taplin

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Roger Taplin’s practice is primarily focused on the areas of mergers and acquisitions and securities, particularly in the mining sector.
Roger’s experience includes advising on significant mining M&A transactions, including friendly and hostile takeover bids, business combinations, share or asset sales and joint ventures. He acts for issuers and underwriters on public and private securities offerings as well as providing general securities regulatory and corporate advice to public companies. He has acted for mining clients and banks in relation to sizeable mining projects in numerous international jurisdictions.
Roger is consistently recognized in several prominent legal directories and guides including Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, both listing him in their current editions as a leading lawyer in the area of mining. He is also listed as leading lawyer in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of M&A law, mining law and natural resources law, in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the areas of corporate mid-market, mining, corporate commercial law and corporate finance & securities and in The Legal 500 – Canada in the area of mining. He is also listed as one of the world’s leading mining lawyers by Who’s Who Legal in the current editions of their Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2019, Who’s Who Legal Canada and Who’s Who Legal Mining sections.

16.00 - 17.00 Session 5: Risks in the Shipping of Mineral Products

With international trade in minerals increasing year on year, this panel examines the emerging risks around insurance and transportation faced by the shipping industry in relation to the shipping of mineral products.

Partner, Fasken

Al Gourley

Partner, Fasken

Partner, Fasken

Al Gourley

Partner, Fasken

Al Gourley is the Regional Managing Partner of Fasken’s London office. He is a globally-recognised resource lawyer, having led many UK and Canadian initial public offerings, secondary and alternative finance transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, in the resource sector, particularly cross-border transactions involving Europe, Africa, Australia and Canada. Al is also the former Chairman of the World Association of Mining Lawyers.

Al is known for his knowledge of “pure” mining transactions, including royalty, streaming, carried interest, joint development, joint venture, option, offtake, marketing and other mining transactions. He also has experience working in-house with one of the world’s largest mining companies, as well as more recent experience as CEO of a UK mining company producing industrial minerals for sale to the world’s leading chemical companies.

Al is also a key strategist who helps private equity and other groups build positions and secure influence or control over companies and assets, as well as manage litigation and disputes. Al has litigated trade cases before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, published books and articles on competition and anti-trust law and authored a paper commissioned by the Government of Canada entitled: “A Report on Canada’s Conspiracy Laws: 1889-2001 and Beyond”.

Al helped to establish Fasken’s Johannesburg office in late 2003, was Managing Partner of the Johannesburg office from 2005 to 2011 and served as Deputy Managing Partner of the London office from 2007 to 2009. Al has been Managing Partner of the firm’s London office since 2016.

Partner, Stephenson Harwood

Barthelemy Cousin

Partner, Stephenson Harwood

Partner, Stephenson Harwood

Barthelemy Cousin

Partner, Stephenson Harwood

Barthélemy is a litigation expert specialising in international commercial disputes. He is particularly renowned for his expertise in insurance as well as his work in the energy sector, notably within Francophone Africa. Barthélemy heads the Paris litigation practice.

Barthélemy acts on international commercial disputes, particularly on banking and insurance matters as well as in the energy and transportation sectors.
He has been involved in numerous major commercial disputes and has years of litigation experience in Africa, particularly on OHADA (Organisation pour l’Harmonisation du Droit des Affaires en Afrique) matters dealing with enforcement measures, securities and commercial rules. Barthélemy has been involved in several major disputes before commercial, employment and civil courts in Africa, mainly before the Courts of Chad and the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA, based in Abidjan).

Partner, Winter Scott

Brian Isola

Partner, Winter Scott

Partner, Winter Scott

Brian Isola

Partner, Winter Scott

Brian acts principally for ship-owners and trader/charterers (both private and state-owned). His expertise covers charter-parties, cargo claims, ship building, sale and purchase, commodity sales, marine insurance and reinsurance in all forms and stages of dispute resolution, as well as in a wide variety of transactional matters.
Brian read Law at Trinity College, Dublin and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

17.00 - 18.00 Session 6: Executive Reflections

For the second year, WAOML Chair, Poupak Bahamin leads this discussion with CEOs on their experiences, challenges faced and overcome and their perspectives on the future of the industry.

Partner, Norton Rose

Poupak Bahamin

Partner, Norton Rose

Partner, Norton Rose

Poupak Bahamin

Partner, Norton Rose

Poupak is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. She is a corporate lawyer with an international background. She is currently based in Washington, DC, but has previously practiced in Canada and France. She advises companies involved in mining, oil and gas and agriculture on corporate and regulatory matters, the establishment of joint ventures, partnerships, mining conventions, PSAs, as well as sale and financing of assets.
Over the past few years, her practice has been focused on French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa and in particular Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Togo, Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau. She has been recognized by Chambers Global as a DRC Foreign Expert for general business law and corporate and M&A work.
Poupak regularly contributes to mining journals, publications and conferences. Poupak qualified in 1993, following which she obtained a Master’s Degree in Law, from McGill University. She is fluent in English and French and speaks Farsi.

CEO, Montero Mining

Dr. Tony Harwood

CEO, Montero Mining

CEO, Montero Mining

Dr. Tony Harwood

CEO, Montero Mining

Dr. Harwood is an economic geologist with 35 years of international exploration and mining experience and graduated from University of Wales, College Cardiff, with a B.Sc. (Honours) degree and Ph.D in Economic Geology. Dr. Harwood was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Montero Mining & Exploration in June, 2009. Between 2006 and 2009, Dr. Harwood was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Africo Resources Ltd., a TSX company engaged in exploring, acquiring and developing base metal and gold assets in Africa. Between 1998 and 2006, Tony served as a Vice President of Placer Dome Inc., a major Canadian gold mining company. Other past professional credits include positions as Executive Chairman of Universal Coal PLC (ASX) and non-executive director of Adamus Resources (ASX), Endeavour Mining (TSX-ASX), Auryx Gold Corp. (TSXV), African Gold Group (TSX), and Lappland Goldminers (STO). Currently Dr. Harwood serves on the boards of: Tesoro Resources (TSXV) and East African Metals (TSX), He was the founder and MD of Harwood International Ltd., a geological consulting company operating throughout Africa for 10 years. Dr. Harwood additionally held a position as a lecturer – University of Wales, Cardiff (UK), University of Natal and University of Durban (South Africa).

CEO, Alphamin Bisie

Richard Robinson

CEO, Alphamin Bisie

CEO, Alphamin Bisie

Richard Robinson

CEO, Alphamin Bisie

Richard joined Alphamin as Managing Director in January, 2016 and is responsible for all in-country construction and development operations for the Bisie Tin Project of ABM in Walikale Territory of North Kivu Province. Richard has senior level experience with a particular focus on managing political and social risk as an executive and adviser in DRC mining projects, with USAID, and with Pact, a development NGO for the last 16 years. From 2011 to 2016 Richard was the focal point at USAID for U.S. Government efforts to reform conflict minerals and to create practical conflict-free certification systems. From 2008 to 2011 Richard was Social Program Manager for Freeport-McMoRan’s $3 billion copper and cobalt mine, Tenke Fungurume Mining, in the former Katanga Province, where he managed social development, community relations and resettlement. From 2003 to 2008, Richard was the country representative for Pact, a USAID implementing partner, which he led in corporate social responsibility partnerships with responsible mining investors, USAID and the World Bank. Prior to that, Richard managed private and public sector MBA and graduate training and consulting programmes in South Africa as a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow (University of Fort Hare) and the USA (University of San Francisco). Richard holds a Doctorate of Education (University of San Francisco) on successful entrepreneurship in central and southern Africa. He was born in the DRC and is a permanent resident, living in Goma. He has a background in electronics and shoe manufacturing.
Richard was recently elected General Secretary of the newly formed Mining Promotion Initiative, an alternative grouping of major international mining companies who have invested in the DRC to work with the GDRC and all other stakeholders to promote improved governance and an improved enabling environment for responsible mining investment.

Partner, Tamesis Partners LLP

Richard Greenfield

Partner, Tamesis Partners LLP

Partner, Tamesis Partners LLP

Richard Greenfield

Partner, Tamesis Partners LLP

Richard qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2003 before commencing an investment banking career in 2005, almost all of which has focused on the mining sector. While at Ambrian Partners Richard worked alongside Charlie Bendon as part of that firm’s Extel #1 ranked mining team, acting as Nominated Adviser to a large portfolio of junior and mid-tier companies and concluding a wide range of IPO, secondary financing and M&A transactions. Richard joined GMP Securities Europe LLP as a partner in 2010 as part of a significant expansion of GMP’s London operations, with a particular focus on dual and overseas listed companies and cross border advisory transactions.

Monday 10th June, 19.30 - 20.30, Drinks Reception

Join us for a drinks reception in the evening prior to our Annual Gala Dinner.

Monday 10th June, 20.30 onwards, Gala Dinner

Join us at the Es Saadi Palace for WAOML’s fifth annual gala dinner.

WAOML 2019 Conference Agenda: Tuesday 11th June

9.05 - 10.05 Session 7: Mining in North Africa - Country Updates: Morocco; Mauritania; Tunisia; & Algeria

Reflective of this year’s location, WAOML invites leading lawyers from the region to discuss the national mining legislation and regulations in North Africa.

Partner, Chammas & Marcheteau (Paris)

Julien Naginski

Partner, Chammas & Marcheteau (Paris)

Partner, Chammas & Marcheteau (Paris)

Julien Naginski

Partner, Chammas & Marcheteau (Paris)

Julien is an international lawyer specialized in natural resources, energy, private equity and restructuring in Africa and Europe. Julien has represented corporate and private equity clients in a multitude of asset classes in Europe, Asia and Africa. His deal experience includes capital raises and investment projects in new technologies, infrastructure, luxury and consumer goods, energy, mining and heavy industry.
He holds degrees from Columbia University (BA), Cornell Law School (JD), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD), and King’s College, London (Post-Graduate Diploma in EU Competition Law).

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Kalidou Gadio

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Kalidou Gadio

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Kalidou Gadio, who leads Manatt’s Africa and MENA initiative, leverages his more than 28 years at the African Development Bank, including eight years as its general counsel, to counsel African governments in legislative reforms, institutional capacity building, and advises sovereign corporations, private enterprises and public-private partnerships on project finance transactions, including developing local capital markets. In litigation and international arbitrations, he advises in disputes involving foreign investors in mining and oil and gas.

Kalidou is well versed in strategic and economic development projects involving energy, natural resources and infrastructure. He advises developers, construction companies, financiers and sovereign states on financing structures, risk allocation, financing arrangements, and relevant security packages and considerations, while also conducting KYC due diligence.

While with the African Development Bank, Kalidou played a critical role in creating Africa50—a new investment bank for the continent of Africa with a stated capital of $3 billion. He was instrumental in setting up the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) to provide legal services for African governments negotiating major commercial or infrastructure contracts. He also played an important role in the negotiation and implementation of the Treaty on Anti-corrupt practices in the procurement of projects financed by multilateral financial institutions.

Early in his career, Kalidou practiced law at an international firm in Paris, then at another in New York. A native of Mauritania, he is fluent in English, French, Fulani and moderate in Arabic.

Partner, King & Spalding

Mehdi Haroun

Partner, King & Spalding

Partner, King & Spalding

Mehdi Haroun

Partner, King & Spalding

Mehdi Haroun specializes in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Born and raised in Algeria, Mehdi is admitted at the Paris and Algiers Bars. He has considerable experience and extensive knowledge of North Africa legal systems and North African and Arabic culture along with significant experience in French speaking Africa. King & Spalding is the only major international law firm offering its clients an Algerian and French qualified lawyer at partner level, combining international technical knowledge and high standard local law support.
Mehdi works with leading clients on mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings, project development and finance. In the mining sector, he has worked for several clients such as BHP Biliton, Rio Tinto, Gecamines, Mag Energy, Kinross, Areva and Goldmines of Algeria. Mehdi has also been involved in several international arbitrations relating to mining projects.
Mehdi is regularly recognized for his legal knowledge in North African countries and for his experience in energy-related matters by legal directories and has been ranked this year as a leading lawyer for Algeria Corporate, Commercial, and in mining, oil, gas and natural resources for France Energy by Legal 500.

10.25 - 11.40 Session 8: Mine Closure & Reclamation

With legislative & regulatory requirements increasingly necessitating mine closure & rehabilitation plans from the very start of a project, this panel addresses the technical, legal and social factors in mine closure and reclamation.

Partner & Principal Consultant, SRK

Andrew Van Zyl

Partner & Principal Consultant, SRK

Partner & Principal Consultant, SRK

Andrew Van Zyl

Partner & Principal Consultant, SRK

Andrew van Zyl, Partner and Principal Consultant at SRK Consulting, focuses on strategy, business development and valuation. Andrew advises a range of corporate clients and has spent several years as technical advisor to government committees overseeing the negotiation of mining conventions and rail and mineral terminal concessions. He has experience in valuing metals and minerals assets, including iron ore, manganese, chrome, copper, coal, gold and the platinum group metals.
He has lectured in exchange rate theory and corporate valuation at the University of Johannesburg and has presented research and papers at conferences focusing on economics, mining valuation and health economics. He is on the council of the SAIMM and a member of the Institute of Directors and was a member of the working committee that updated the South African Mineral Valuation Code.

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Andrew Lillie

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Andrew Lillie

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Andrew is a commercial litigator and regulatory lawyer who focuses on energy and natural-resources businesses and related commercial and environmental litigation, regulation, and compliance. He counsels clients on issues related to commercial disputes, permitting, toxic torts, land use, air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, and climate change.

Andrew works primarily in the electricity-generation, oil-and-gas, gold- and hard-rock-mining, wind, solar, and coal sectors.

Andrew’s notable experience with natural-resources and environmental matters includes defending clients against citizen suits and enforcement efforts involving the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Jessica Livingston

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Jessica Livingston

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Jessica Black Livingston has a passion for helping clients avoid risk, understand litigation, and navigate disputes. As a commercial, appellate, and energy and natural resources litigator, Jessica offers clients a comprehensive approach, analyzing challenges from a judicial, business, and industry perspective. With an instinct for proactive resolution, she helps clients address contentious matters before they become actual disputes.

Serving on the mining leadership team for the global Energy and Natural Resources group, Jessica counsels energy, oil and gas, and mining clients on environmental regulations, citizen-suit disputes, and general litigation matters. Her diverse experience includes representing mining clients in federal and state courts on matters in the Rocky Mountain region and throughout the United States.

In her general commercial practice, Jessica works with technology clients, advising on the full range of intellectual property matters, including patent, trade-secret, privacy, and data security disputes. Regarded for her bright, even-tempered, and persuasive demeanor, Jessica provides tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of her clients’ businesses.

As a former clerk for the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver (now associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court), Jessica offers keen insight to the appellate arena. On matters of national importance, she helps clients make their voices heard in order to impact judicial decision-making. Before the Supreme Court, 10th Circuit, Colorado Supreme Court, and Colorado Court of Appeals she has filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of clients on a wide range of matters, from gay marriage to healthcare and tax policy to First Amendment rights. While in law school at the University of Colorado, Jessica was an editor of the University of Colorado Law Review.

Partner, SRK

James Lake

Partner, SRK

Partner, SRK

James Lake

Partner, SRK

Global Chairman, SRK

Jeff Parshley

Global Chairman, SRK

Global Chairman, SRK

Jeff Parshley

Global Chairman, SRK

11.40 - 12.40 Session 9: Transfer Restrictions

Sam Bagot (Cleary Gottlieb) approaches the topic of transfer restrictions in light of recent large cases which have focused on such matters, concluding with stories from the floor from Peter Wright (Glencore).

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Sam Bagot

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Sam Bagot

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Sam Bagot’s practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions. He has extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and other corporate transactions (including joint ventures and corporate restructurings). Sam also has extensive experience in cross-border international transactions, the natural resources sector, and capital markets transactions.

VP Legal, Glencore

Peter Wright

VP Legal, Glencore

VP Legal, Glencore

Peter Wright

VP Legal, Glencore

Peter Wright is legal counsel to the Copper and Zinc business units of Glencore Canada Corporation. Prior to joining Glencore, Peter worked at law firms in New York, and later Toronto, advising clients in the extractive resource sector. Peter holds common and civil law degrees from McGill University Faculty of Law (2004).

14.10 - 15.20 Session 10: Occupational Health & Safety: Fitness for Duty

Fitness for duty, impairment and intoxication continue to be areas of legal exposure for mining companies. Based on case experiences, the panel discussion focuses on how mining companies and regulatory authorities can address these matters effectively.

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Ben Ratelband

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Ben Ratelband

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Ben Ratelband’s practice is focussed on management-side labour, employment and health and safety law. He has advised and represented employers in a broad range of sectors such as mining, manufacturing, security, energy, health care, education, information technology, correctional services, hospitality, public service, utilities, trucking and finance and investment. Ben has also advised and represented those employers in collective bargaining, labour board proceedings, labour arbitration, mediation, employment litigation, judicial review and civil appeals, employment standards, privacy, human rights, occupational health and safety and workplace safety and insurance proceedings. He regularly provides training for clients’ managers and other staff to assist them in meeting their legal duties.
Ben has spoken on various labour, employment and health and safety topics for such organizations as the Canadian Institute, Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He has also written on a number of labour and employment law topics for various legal publications. Ben is one of the current management-side members of the Ontario Labour Relations Board Advisory Committee which provides input to the Board on policy and procedure.

Partner, Fasken

Melanie Hart

Partner, Fasken

Partner, Fasken

Melanie Hart

Partner, Fasken

Melanie Hart is a leading practitioner in the area of labour and employment in South Africa. Acting for employers in the mining, engineering, construction, financial services, aviation and medical sectors, she has particular expertise in collective bargaining disputes within the mining industry.
Melanie advises on the resolution of labour disputes such as unfair discrimination, dismissals, unfair labour practices, strike management and the interpretation and application of employment statutes. She has conducted many cases in the Labour and Labour Appeal Court that were subsequently reported.
Melanie also has expertise in data protection and privacy. She helps clients navigate the new regulatory environment of data protection and information privacy as well as advising companies on what steps must be taken in order to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Partner, Fisher Phillips

Travis Vance

Partner, Fisher Phillips

Partner, Fisher Phillips

Travis Vance

Partner, Fisher Phillips

Travis Vance is a partner in Fisher Phillip’s Charlotte office and co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. He has tried matters across several industries and various subject matters, including employment litigation, business disputes and matters prosecuted by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He uses unique or outside-the-box approaches to counsel employers and owners on all aspects of employment law and the development of preventive policies and procedures to avoid employment and workplace safety-related claims. Travis handles litigation in both federal and state courts as well as claims pending with state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), MSHA, OSHA, and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

Partner, Mills Oakley

Harold Downes

Partner, Mills Oakley

Partner, Mills Oakley

Harold Downes

Partner, Mills Oakley

Harold has more than 30 years’ experience advising in industrial relations, employment and work health and safety (WHS) regulatory law.
Harold was ranked as one of only six Leading Individuals in the Australian Legal 500 rankings for WHS in 2019, the only one outside of Sydney. He is also recognised by the 2018 Doyle’s Legal Guide as a Preeminent Workplace Health and Safety Lawyer and is listed in Best Lawyers Australia in the Occupational Health and Safety Law and Employment Law categories.
Clients describe Harold as “calm and level-headed in a crisis” as well as “courageous, intelligent and focused on excellence” and an advisor whom clients “have on [their] speed-dial.”

15.20 - 16.20 Session 11: Streaming Finance

Is finance through streaming becoming more mainstream than alternate? In the face of continuing difficulties in accessing finance for mining companies, the panel discusses the role of streaming finance – taking a deep dive into the topic with viewpoints from different jurisdictions.

Partner, Fasken

Brian Graves

Partner, Fasken

Partner, Fasken

Brian Graves

Partner, Fasken

Brian Graves advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial and securities law matters. With a particular focus on cross-border transactions, Brian works mainly in the mining and natural resource industries and, in particular, is considered an authority on metal streaming transactions.

Brian regularly acts as lead counsel on M&A deals for Canadian and foreign clients, advising on hostile and friendly take-over bids, reverse take-overs, plans of arrangement, asset and share purchases and related party transactions. In the corporate finance area, Brian is frequently involved in public and private securities offerings, stock exchange listings and securities regulatory matters. In the mining and natural resources space, in addition to metal streaming transactions, Brian also advises on other commercial arrangements such as joint ventures, earn-ins, operating agreements, off-take arrangements, royalties and lending transactions.

Brian has published articles on numerous topics including metal streaming, public company redomicilings, take-over bids and mining disclosure, and has lectured on areas including cross-border M&A, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, dealing with multiple listed companies and directors’ duties. He has taught securities law as a visiting professor at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law and as a lecturer at the University of Windsor law school, and has appeared on the faculty of the Directors College founded by McMaster University.

Brian’s mining expertise has been recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, among others.

Partner, Norton Rose

Jake Howard

Partner, Norton Rose

Partner, Norton Rose

Jake Howard

Partner, Norton Rose

Jake Howard is a banking and finance lawyer for Norton Rose servicing Perth and Brisbane. His practice covers the full spectrum of corporate, acquisition, project, Islamic and trade finance transactions. Jake has experience in all types of debt-related financing products used in the commodity industry and has a particular focus on the mining and metals, oil and gas, energy, renewables and agricultural sectors. He has advised lenders, borrowers, investors, traders and offtakers on both domestic and cross-border finance transactions.
Jake also has experience in traditional limited-recourse project financing structures, as well as in alternative financing arrangements for natural resources companies, including streaming and royalties, prepayment financings, mezzanine finance, convertible notes, bonds and multi-sourced finance involving export credit agencies and development finance institutions.
Jake also has experience in trade and commodity finance including pre-export, prepayment, tolling, borrowing and asset-based lending, Islamic, ownership and receivables finance.
Jake is a recognised lawyer in Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Natural Resources.
He is qualified and practices as an Australian and English solicitor and has practiced out of Norton Rose’s Paris, London, Papua New Guinea, Perth and Brisbane offices. Jake is head of mining for Norton Rose Australia and leads the Africa practice.

Partner, Mayer Brown

Rachel Speight

Partner, Mayer Brown

Partner, Mayer Brown

Rachel Speight

Partner, Mayer Brown

Rachel Speight is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance practice in the London office. She represents banks and sponsors in international structured and project financings. She particularly focuses on the mining finance sector and has experience in infrastructure finance in areas including the road, rail and healthcare sectors, including work on PPP projects.

Rachel joined Mayer Brown in 1999 and has spent some time on secondment to both the Royal Bank of Scotland and WestLB.

Consistently recommended and ranked as a key individual by the legal directories, Rachel is “highly regarded for her advice to banks and sponsors in large project financings across the globe” (Chambers UK 2018). Chambers UK 2017 commends Rachel for being “balanced, dedicated, extremely technical, very commercial and knowledgeable “. She is “commended for her impressive experience on the African continent ” by Chambers Global 2018. “A key partner in the mining practice ” (Legal 500 2017), Rachel is “a very thorough and commercially-minded lawyer with a deep understanding of the mining sector” (Chambers UK 2018).

Rachel has been selected for inclusion in the Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist: African Specialists 2019. She was also listed in The 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2013 and The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers 2013 to 2019, and was named as one of the Hot 100 lawyers by the Lawyer (2015).

June 9th - 11th 2019

Es Saadi Palace

Marrakech, Morocco

Welcome Dinner & Annual Dinner

9th & 10th June

Registration Now Open