Bruce Cleaver - CEO, De Beers Group

Bruce became CEO of De Beers Group on 1 July 2016. He joined De Beers in 2005 and was first appointed to the Board of De Beers SA, as Commercial Director, in July 2008. He was appointed Group Director, Strategy and Business Development, for Anglo American in January 2016 (and was a Non-Executive Director on the De Beers SA Board). Previously, at De Beers, he had responsibility for strategy, corporate affairs, business development and technology.

As Executive Head of Strategy and Business Development for De Beers (2011-2015), he played a central role in shaping the direction of the business, including the development of corporate strategy, leading De Beers’ sales agreement negotiations with key governments and guiding all group mergers and acquisition activities. He led the reshaping of De Beers’ mining portfolio, creating the De Beers Technologies unit, and delivering on De Beers’ commitments to its government partners.

He also led the successful relocation of Global Sightholder Sales from London to Botswana in 2013. Bruce has been based in Johannesburg and London and has spent considerable time in Botswana, Namibia, Canada, India, Russia, the Far East and the US, so he has unique insight into the needs of De Beers’ producer partners, communities, Sightholders, downstream partners and consumers.

Before joining De Beers, he was a partner at Webber Wentzel, Africa's largest law firm, specialising in commercial matters, where he won several awards. He is on the boards of Debswana, De Beers Consolidated Mines, Namdeb Holdings and De Beers Diamond Jewellers.

Bruce holds a BSc in applied maths and an LLB from the University of Cape Town, as well as an LLM from Cambridge.

Dr Sharman Stone - Ambassador for Women and Girls, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Dr Stone has been a longstanding and active advocate on gender equality issues in Australia and internationally. A former Australian politician from March 1996 to 2016, representing the Division of Murray, Victoria. As a long serving member and recently Chair of the Australian Parliamentarians for Population Development Group (APPDG), Sharman was elected the Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific Population Development Group with special responsibilities for promoting the rights of women and girls in the region. In this role and as the Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade, Aid Sub Committee, Sharman has championed the cause of eliminating child marriages, FGM, human trafficking, poverty and disease in our region.

She delivered Australia’s Statement on the Status of Women in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, where she also worked on the development of the new Sustainable Development Goals and has advocated for overcoming disadvantage in numerous international fora, always addressing the role and partnering of Australia in supporting the region’s special needs. Dr Stone has participated in regional dialogues for Pacific women political leaders and policy makers in the Pacific (Tonga, 2014), the Australian-funded Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Fora, and the Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Conference on Progressing Sexual and reproductive health and rights into Beijing + 20.

Dr Stone has been Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration and Minister for Workforce Participation. She has also served as Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

In 2011 she gained bipartisan parliamentary support for the establishment of a national strategy to help eliminate Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She is patron of the FASD support group for parents, carers and victims. In the last parliament Sharman chaired the Australian Timor-Leste, the Australian-Moroccan and the Australian-Mongolian Parliamentary Friendship Groups.

Tom Butler - CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals

Tom Butler became CEO of ICMM in July 2015. Before that, he spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, with much of that time focused on mining and power projects in Africa.

From 2011, Tom was IFC’s Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries, all in accordance with IFC’s environmental and social Performance Standards.

Tom began his career as an officer in the British army. Prior to joining IFC, he was a project manager and engineer with oil and gas industry service companies Technip and Schlumberger.

He holds an engineering degree from Cambridge University in the UK, and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Franz Gonzalez - Analyst, Ministry of Development Planning, Bolivia

Franz is an Analyst for the mining sector at the Ministry of Development Planning in Bolivia. He is also Mining Advisor for Women in Sustainable Extractives Latin America –WISELy-. He has worked for the Mining Corporation of Bolivia (COMIBOL), the Metallurgical Company Vinto and the Geological Mining Service.

He has also been consultant for the Ministry of Finance and acted as Director of Mining Investments at the Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy. He is currently chair at the Center for Mining Promotion. Franz has over 30 years of expertise in minerals economics in public and private organisations in Latin America and internationally.

Nelia Halcon - Executive Vice President, Chamber of Mines

Nelia Halcon spent 25 years in government as an economist of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) involved in policies and in the promulgation of Philippine Mining Act.

She became the Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines in 1997 advocating responsible mining. She sits in the Multi Stakeholder Group of the Philippine Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (Ph-EITI) and coordinates with ASEAN, AFMA, World Bank, ICMM, UNDP, USAID and UNDESA.

She handles the day to day activities of the Chamber of Mines and has been attending conferences, focused group discussions and seminar workshop as speaker, and as peer review consultant.

She is an economist by profession with an MBA and has a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in Mineral Economics and Environmental Law and Policy.

Veronica Nyhan Jones - Global Head of Advisory Services for Infrastructure and Natural Resources, IFC

Veronica Nyhan Jones is Global Head of Advisory Services for Infrastructure & Natural Resources at IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.  Her team helps companies enhance value through delivery of tangible benefits to local stakeholders in emerging markets.  She advises clients to operate sustainably in changing environments due to shifts in demographics, and innovations in technology and communications.  Veronica incubated IFC's work on water and community concerns in the mining sector and the Financial Valuation Tool for Sustainability Investments. 

Prior to joining IFC, Veronica worked at the World Bank, the International Youth Foundation, the White House, and the US Department for Health & Human Services.  Veronica holds a Master’s degree from Harvard's Kennedy School and was among 2015's 100 Most Influential Women in Mining. She also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Long-Term Investing, Infrastructure & Development.