Dr Bruno Oberle, Chair of the Global Tailings Review has announced the members of the Expert Panel. The role of the Panel is to support Dr Oberle in carrying out research and analysis for the review, and to assist in writing the standard and related recommendations report.
The members of the Panel comprise global experts with knowledge across fields relevant to the Review:
Professor Andrew Hopkins of Australian National University is an internationally-renowned academic in the field of industrial safety and accident analysis. He is involved in various occupational health and safety (OHS) projects for major companies in the resources sector on the causes of major accidents.
Susan Joyce of On Common Ground Consultants is a sociologist with over 25 years of experience in rural development, including 17 years’ experience working directly on social aspects relating to the activities of the mining and, oil and gas sectors.
Professor Deanna Kemp of University of Queensland is a leading international expert on the social and political challenges of the global mining industry. Her particular areas of interest include company-community conflict, displacement and resettlement, and human rights and development challenges.
Dr Angela Kupper of BGC Engineering has 40 years of experience in several countries in the design, construction, rehabilitation, and independent reviews of earth fill dams including tailings dams and water retention dams for power generation and water supply. She has been responsible for numerous dam and waste projects as a designer, engineer-of-record, expert consultant, and reviewer.
Karen Nash of Behre Dolbear is a highly experienced international environmental and social performance practitioner. She has expertise in both strategic and project-based research and consulting in the extractives sector, conservation biology and anthropology, sustainability and environmental education.
Professor Mark Squillace is Director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado Law School. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on natural resources and environmental law.
Professor Dirk Van Zyl of University of British Colombia is Chair of Mining and the Environment at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering. He has more than 35 years’ experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings and mine waste rock disposal and heap leach design.
The Expert Panel will now be working with Dr Oberle to conduct the research phase of the Review.