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 is an advisor to Softbank.
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
Public policy expert with a strong focus on energy, climate change and the transition to net zero. Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Previously Executive Director at Pi Capital and held leadership roles at think tanks in Canada and UK, focusing on overseas development, climate/energy, and identifying pathways for a more sustainable and inclusive capitalism. Trustee of the Shell Foundation and ClientEarth (North America).
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.
Chairman of Strategic Concepts Ltd; Vice Chair of the FutureWorld Foundation; Advisory Council member of the Club de Madrid and EIT Climate-KIC; and Executive Consultant to the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. He a Faculty Member of the Parmenides Foundation; Senior Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar; and Special Adviser to the Global Solutions Initiative.
Vice-Chairman of SUN Group, a 120-year-old family enterprise active in asset management, mining, oil & gas, green infrastructure, and high-tech. He is a Board Member of the Far East Mining Company (FEMCO), and a member of the BRICS Business Council. He has previously served on the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School and is currently on the board of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.