Mexico Mining Forum 2019 Preliminary Speakers
Francisco Quiroga has more than 18 years of experience in relation to the mining industry. He has a background in directorial positions at several major mining-metallurgical companies, such as Villacero, ArcelorMittal and Metalcorp. His history with the Ministry of Economy dates back to 1997 when he served as Trade Remedies Director in Safeguards and Antidumping until 2002. Quiroga studied a BA in Economics at UANL, has an MA in Economics from Yale University and MS in Operations Research from the University of Auckland.
David Guillén is a founding partner of law firm Rios Ferrer, Guillén-Llarena, Treviño y Rivera, with over 30 years of professional experience in infrastructure project and litigation. He also has a high level of legal expertise in the sphere of telecommunications and broadcasting services. Guillén is a long-standing member of the Mexican Bar Association and has taught advanced legal courses at the National Autonomous University of México and Universidad Anahuác.
Renato Urresta specializes in access to land, conflict resolution, relocation of populations, communitarian development and social studies. Urresta has worked across Latin America, advising stakeholders in social projects on achieving sustainable development and complying with international standards. In Mexico, he has broad experience collaborating with the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. He holds a BA in business administration from San Francisco de Quito University and a Master’s in environmental law and public policies from UMA Mexico.
Mario Solomón is the Country Manager of Multisistemas de Seguridad Industrial. Previously, he was Director General and President for Latin America at Hasbro and Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble. He has a Bachelor’s in electronic and communications engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master’s in business administration from IPADE. He also completed several diplomas and certifications from prestigious schools such as Harvard University, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford.
Luiz Camargo worked for 11 years in managerial financial positions at Anglo American prior to joining Minera Cuzcatlán, a subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines. He also advised on tax matters related to high-profile international mergers and acquisitions in mining, including for the De Beers Group. Camargo arrived in Mexico in 2006 and was CFO of Moctezuma Corporation for 11 years. He has a BA in public accountancy, a postgraduate degree in finance administration and a diploma in executive management from IPADE.
José Antonio Berlanga began his career at Minera Autlán, in the Molango Unit, where he designed and implemented fundamental changes in the production system to increase production and savings. Later, he worked at Peñoles, where he participated in the evaluation, design and construction of several of the group’s mining units. In Sonora, Berlanga started one of the first gold heap leaching operations in Mexico at the La Amelia Mine. As an entrepreneur, he has attracted tens of millions of dollars in investment to Mexico.
Héctor Quezada is Director in Mexico of Victaulic, responsible for the fire protection, mining, HVAC, industrial, and water and sanitation markets. He is an engineer who graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana and went on to accumulate more than 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry. As Director in Mexico for Victaulic, he works together with other organizations to implement systems that eliminate waste and create leaner processes.
Alberto Mendoza is the Director of CLUSMIN. Prior to joining the cluster, he was Director and Founder of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) Fresnillo Campus. Mendoza is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Zacatecas’ Polytechnic University and a member of Conacyt’s Technical and Administrative Committee for the State of Zacatecas. He has a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering and a Master’s in administration from ITESM.
Alberto Orozco has managed projects across the mining value chain, leading teams in mineral exploration but also participating in project development and operations. Prior to joining Argonaut Gold, where he currently focuses on innovating mineral resource estimation and production models, he was General Manager Mexico of Pediment Gold and the Mexico-Canada attaché for Linear Gold Corp. Orozco is an Engineer in Geosciences with a Master’s in geologic sciences from Sonora University.
Alfredo Phillips was appointed Chairman of the Guerrero Mining Cluster in October 2016 and has led the sector in lobbying for stronger government involvement in supporting the industry. His previous positions include Corporate Affairs Director for Goldcorp Mexico in 2013 and Head of Government Affairs, Corporate Communication & Strategy for Siemens Mesoamerica. Phillips has also held numerous positions in the Mexican government, including serving as Head of the Investment Promotion Office at the Ministry of Energy.
Guido Mangieri is an accomplished business executive with over 18 years of experience in the automation industry. He is Director of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Plantweb Digital Ecosystem for Latin America at Emerson, a role through which he leads digital transformation, operational and project programs to help technology and manufacturing companies achieve top-quartile positions in their markets. Mangieri holds a BS in chemical engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires and an MBA from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Cindy Collins moved from Canada to Mexico in 2015 as a technology-focused business development professional in the mineral exploration and mining industry. She has studied civil engineering technology, information technology and business and has been an adopter, user, implementer, recommender and representative for various technologies, from data management to field instrumentation. She recently launched her company and podcast, Mining Technology Partners.
Antoine Caté has seven years of academic and industry experience in North and South America, Europe and Australia working on gold and base metal deposits, from greenfield to brownfield exploration. He is also an expert in the applications of data science and machine learning in geosciences. Caté is author or co-author of several peer-reviewed publications and numerous presentations. His current work at SRK includes structural field investigations and 3D modeling.
Dante Aguilar is the Founder and Director of Geotech and Exploration Support, which specializes in exploration and geology services and works with Fresnillo, Goldcorp and Minera Santa Cruz, among others. Aguilar has broad experience in mineral exploration and quality-control programs. He is a member of AIMGMM and of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. Aguilar has a degree in geological engineering from the University
of San Luis Potosí.
Lynda Bloom is an experienced exploration geochemist, planning and interpreting geochemical surveys across Canada and in many South American and African countries. She is internationally recognized as an expert on assay methods. Bloom built on her experience as a laboratory manager and chemist to implement assay quality-control programs for many of the world’s largest mining corporations and junior exploration companies. She has published extensively and participated in technical workshops.
Ben Pullinger oversees technical aspects for Excellon, including mine geology, as well as exploration and growth initiatives. He has experience in advancing projects from early stage exploration through to production. Before joining Excellon, he was Vice President of Exploration at Roxgold, where he made a significant contribution to growing the 55 Zone at Yaramoko Project in Burkina Faso and discovered the high grade QV1 and QV’ gold resources.
Sara Warden is the Senior Editorial Manager of Mexico Business Publishing's Mexico Mining Review, Mexico Oil & Gas Review, Mexico Energy Review and Mexico Infrastructure & Sustainability Review. She is a primary organizer of Mexico Infrastructure & Sustainability Summit and Mexico Mining Forum, the premier annual stakeholder events in those industries. Sara holds a First Class Joint Honors Degree in journalism and Spanish with distinction in the spoken language of Spanish from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK.
Carlos Silva is a mining engineer with expertise across various areas of the mining environment, including social-political, labor safety, environmental, productivity and efficiency of operations, financing and accounting. He is Founder and Director General of Carrizal Mining, which operates the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo, as well as being Director General for Tres Generaciones de Mineria, a mining service provider with expertise in mine construction. He is also COO of Santacruz Silver.
Robert Peterman is responsible for domestic and international business development activities, including supporting the Beijing office and building a presence in the UK and Israel. Under his leadership, the global business development group covers new listings and investor development activities for TSX and TSXV. The two exchanges are home to over 3,100 public issuers.
Alfredo Tijerina is the Director General of Mexico’s Mining Development Bank (FIFOMI) at the Ministry of Economy. Previously, he worked at the Tax Administration Service and participated with the IMF on the preparation of diagnoses of tax administration issues. Tijerina is also a professor and researcher and has published several articles in prestigious journals. He has a BA in economics from the National Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and an MSc and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cincinnati.
Javier Reyes is the Founding Partner and President of Private Equity CP. With more than 20 years of experience in the natural resources sector, he began his career in the financial sector in 1996 at Casa de Bolsa Estrategi Bursátil in Mexico City. In 2001, he founded Mex E Trade Asesores, a firm that specialized in consulting related to mining and energy. He actively participates in the decision-making process of three funds: Antares Oil & Gas,
Accendo Natural Resources and Cygnus Real Estate Opportunity Fund.
Napoleón Gómez is a Senator of Mexico and President of Congress Work and Social Prevision Commission. Prior to his work in Congress, he was Director General of the Mexican Mint for 12 years. Gómez also served as Secretary General of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos, Siderúrgicos y Similares de la Republica Mexicana. He has been awarded several international prizes, including the Meany-Kirkland Human Rights International Award.