Preliminary Conference Program

09:00 - 09:10

Master of Ceremonies Welcome Address

Setting the scene
FMF one year on, putting the region’s mining and minerals industry in a global context

09:10 - 09:20

One year on: Update on Ministerial Roundtable themes and looking ahead/scene setting to the 2023 event

09:20 - 10:00

Navigating disruption: what global economic, environmental and political developments will impact the region’s mineral industrialisation?
  • As European governments looking at reducing/eliminating dependence on Russian gas, what impact does this have on global critical minerals, renewable energy and ESG?
  • What is the short to medium term outlook for the non-oil sector?
  • Where are we seeing economic diversification?

10:00 - 10:40

Regional leaders: developing a roadmap for establishing resilient mineral and metals value chains and establishing centres of excellence

Spotlight on ESG, innovation, geology, skills, finance, national champions

10:40 - 10:50

Keynote address
Mining and owning the energy transition

Mineral potential, becoming ESG and climate smart

11:20 - 11:30

Keynote address/fireside chat
The mining company of the future

What will it look like in light of high oil prices, the move into new energy & demand changes? Best practise for incorporating ESG into the DNA of a company

11:30 - 11:40

Keynote address
Saudi Vision 2030: investment and the energy transition

What investment reforms need to be put in place? Which are being prioritized and why?

11:40 - 11:50

Keynote address
ESG: corporation & competition, setting a level playing field across the value chain to create economic prosperity

11:50 - 12:25

Panel
Marrying global supply with demand: the role of the region in bridging the supply/demand gap for critical minerals: reserves, volumes, scale and risk

Supporting the critical minerals market to promote security of supply, balancing differing costs & technologies for different elements of the net zero economies; ensuring future supply chain resilience

12:25 - 13:00

Panel
Deep dive: Where are the potential mineral hot spots in the region and what can be mined?

  • Minerals of new interest in the energy transition
  • What types of geological features to look for?
  • Local resources vs imports

Networking Lunch

Centres of excellence: finance and exploration

14:00 - 14:40

Debate of the day
Generating a new age of exploration in the region

What are the different routes to secure exploration rights, a mining licence and operate in SA: where are the risks and opportunities?

14:40 - 15:00

Keynote/Fireside chat
Investors and customers reimagining mining: Driving change, breaking down stereotypes and investing in the industry

Standards, policy and legal framework

15:00 - 15:40

Panel
Innovative types of financing structures to attract and access capital

Exploring debt, equity and impact investing for funding projects – exploring sustainability linked loans, the public/ private split and potential initiatives to enable investors to take higher risk investments

15:40 - 16:10

Keynote/Fireside chat
Saudi Arabia: developing and growing investment in minerals value chain

Creating a vibrant investment platform that is self-sustaining and risk taking; setting up vehicles for investment; creating a carbon credit exchange the Kingdom

16:10 - 16:50

Panel
Juniors: Attracting and maintaining a vibrant exploration sector

Steps to encourage boots on the ground and to establish an ecosystem of investment

16:50 - 17:30

Panel
The biggest issues facing mining that technology can solve in the region

Innovations for decarbonization, automation, tailings management, grade recovery, productivity, cost containment connectivity

17:30 - 17:40

Chair: call for action

Summaries and calls to action

17:40 - 17:45

Chair’s closing remarks

Decarbonizing the mining value chain

14:00 - 14:40

Panel Case studies:
Innovations for decarbonising the footprint of a mine

From ESG to renewables, infrastructure to closing a mine – what initiatives can be set up to ensure the sustainable life cycle of mining

14:40 - 15:00

Keynote/Fireside chat
Resource efficiency, recycling, substitution and the circular economy

Showcasing recycling technologies to further circularity in the steps towards net zero

15:00 - 15:40

Panel Bio diversity:
the role of mining in protecting & enhancing bio diversity

Maintaining habitat integrity, encouraging mining operators to become actors of bio diversity, minimising conflict socially and environmentally

15:40 - 16:10

Keynote/Fireside chat
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to spare

What technologies are out there to encourage processing with less/no water? Strategies for procuring more water plants, using sewage water and treating it; relying less on boreholes

16:10 - 16:50

Panel
Boosting hydrogen in mining

Opportunities and challenges for integrating hydrogen into vehicle fleets; (remote) mining microgrids; modelling hydrogen options in mine development; infrastructure costs, technology and electrolyser innovations

16:50 - 17:30

‘Deep dive’ on energy and technology minerals and metals: lithium, cobalt, copper, uranium (non-enriching), rare earths. Value chain opportunities and challenges in the region

17:30 - 17:40

Chair: call for action

Summaries and calls to action

17:40 - 17:45

Chair’s closing remarks

09:00 - 09:10

Master of Ceremonies Welcome Address

The future of mining's contribution to society and the workforce

09:10 - 09:50

Panel
Women in mining: What are the major economic trends that are transforming large-scale mining across the globe and how will they affect women working in the sector and related supply chains?

Rapid technological advances, skills and training, mining more responsibly, rising demand for critical minerals for a low-carbon energy transition

09:50 - 10:10

Fireside chat
How does mining become a development partner to catalyse and accelerate prosperity for communities beyond the mine?

The mining company of the future – a materials provider not just minerals provider?

10:10 - 10:20

Keynote/fireside chat:
Hydrogen and renewables: integrating alternate and renewable energies into the value chain

Actions and technology to support climate smart mining

10:20 - 10:50

Panel
Hydrogen as part of mining’s decarbonisation pathway

Analyzing the commercial viability of hydrogen applications, green H2 costs, scaling up fast enough to meeting mining’s carbon commitments; what will drive the uptake of hydrogen as a part of mining’s overall decarbonisation strategy?

10:50 - 11:00

Keynote/fireside chat:
OEMs insight: Investing in the mining supply chain: securing a mid-long term future

Technological innovations, investment, due diligence and meeting electrification targets

11:00 - 11:30

Panel
Creating new supply chains and patterns of trade for minerals

As supply chains are ripe for reorganisation and integration, how can the region contribute towards diversification outside China? Lowering the carbon footprint, the circular economy, cost and controlling the offtake

11:30 - 11:40

Keynote/fireside chat

11:40 - 12:10

Panel
Towards certification: lifting the bar on sustainability performance in the region

Increasing transparency, accountability and traceability in the critical minerals supply chain – what needs to happen to meet customer and consumer expectations?

12:10 - 12:20

Keynote/fireside chat
Emerging transformative technology

Providing low carbon energy to mining and the value chain: jobs & skills, cost savings, storage and community support

12:20 - 13:00

Panel Technology showcase
The benefits and pitfalls of new technology: will it jeopardize mining’s social license to operate?

  • Automation and drones, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, smart sensors and machine learning— how will they boost productivity?
  • Training the next generation of workers

Networking Lunch

Value chain development & ESG

14:00 - 14:40

Panel
Supply chain innovation in an inflationary, decarbonising environment

What shifts need to happen to meet governmental climate targets, efficiencies, cost, supply/demand and ESG?

14:40 - 15:00

Fireside Chat
The downstream value chains

Beneficiation, resource nationalisation and becoming more self-sufficient: finding common ground between government and private sectors

15:00 - 15:40

Panel
Building out the battery supply chain

Capitalising on the electrification revolution – ensuring efficiency, reliability, costs and durability

15:40 - 16:10

Fireside chat
Digital insight: providing low carbon energy to mining and the value chain

Storage, cost savings and community support

16:10 - 16:50

Panel
Steps for encouraging the growth of mining services companies in Saudi Arabia

What role will they play to uplift the mining sector?

16:50 - 17:00

Chair: call for action

Summaries and calls to action

17:00 - 17:15

Future predictions and closing remarks

All speakers and delegates to head back into the Auditorium for future predictions and closing remarks

17:15 - 17:50

Spotlight on: predicting the future

17:50 - 18:00

Chair’s closing remarks

Digital and technology insights

14:00 - 14:40

Panel
Disruptive technologies to drive the mining revolution

How is the coming wave of tech different in speed and quality? From making pellets for steel without heat to technologies that use less water, are cheaper and modular

14:40 - 15:00

Fireside Chat
Digital insight: understanding how AI improves exploration efficiency by leveraging big data

Generating the highest probable drill targets: costs, benefits, safety and challenges – closing the gap between concept and capability

15:00 - 15:40

Panel Tech insight
The application of satellite remote sensing in the mining sector

Understanding the technology and benefits; ensuring water resources and evaporation are efficiently monitored and how it can complement TSF monitoring programs

15:40 - 16:10

‘Deep dive’ on bulk commodities: iron ore, ‘green steel’, aluminium

Value chain development opportunities and challenges in the region

16:10 - 16:50

Panel Tech insight
Airborne geophysical methods

Innovative technology to minimize environmental impacts of mining and to provide geotechnical engineering and environmental solutions to the industry

16:50 - 17:00

Chair: call for action

Summaries and calls to action

17:00 - 17:15

Future predictions and closing remarks

All speakers and delegates to head back into the Auditorium for future predictions and closing remarks

17:15 - 17:50

Spotlight on: predicting the future

17:50 - 18:00

Chair’s closing remarks

Centres of excellence: Communities, skills and the future workforce

14:00 - 14:40

Panel
Where are the benefits of mining for communities?

Exploring the positive and negative impact an efficiently run, sustainable mine has on a community: jobs, health, education

14:40 - 15:00

Fireside Chat
Balancing the triangle of trust between communities, government and investors

Community empowerment, participation and ownership. Local content and procurement, indirect job opportunities for women in regional communities

15:00 - 15:40

Panel
The Saudi workforce of the future: where will people come from?

Diversity, inclusion & equality: supporting Saudization. Universities creating career pathways; increasing access to courses for women and non-urban young people;

15:40 - 16:10

Fireside chat
Show stopper

10-year analysis report: Demonstrating the contribution of women to the mining sector: Enhancing diversity and inclusion in companies; identifying direct and indirect jobs; learning from women’s experiences in other mining countries

16:10 - 16:50

Panel
What skills are needed as the region transitions away from oil & gas?

From senior management to mine operations – how to train the labour force of the future

16:50 - 17:00

Chair: call for action

Summaries and calls to action

17:00 - 17:15

Future predictions and closing remarks

All speakers and delegates to head back into the Auditorium for future predictions and closing remarks

17:15 - 17:50

Spotlight on: predicting the future

17:50 - 18:00

Chair’s closing remarks