The Mining Digital Transformation Podcast

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Join Uptake's Director of Mining, Ashutosh Agarwal and innovators across the mining industry as they dig deep on how technology is redefining the future of this centuries old business.

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Episode 01

Paul Lucey: Making Mining Cool Again

In our inaugural episode, we’re kicking off the series with Paul Lucey, a veteran in the mining industry with more than 25 years of experience leading tech and innovation initiatives. As the CEO of Project 412, Paul is bringing Autonomy to the mining industry. Paul is on the board of several technology companies that are enabling innovation in the mining industry.

Listen in as Paul and Ash discuss how mining can transform itself by breaking down the barriers and accelerating innovation.

Episode 02

Jef Caers: Cross-Functionally Education, A Trend That Will Continue

In Episode 2 we’re speaking with Jef Caers, Professor of Geological Sciences and Director of the Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting at Stanford University. Dr. Caers holds an MSc in Mining Engineering and Geophysics as well as a PhD in Engineering and has recently focused his research on quantifying uncertainty and risk in the exploration and exploitation of earth resources.

During this interview, Jef addresses the challenges with adopting new technologies in the exploration industry and how, despite these challenges, there is a tremendous willingness to drive innovative solutions.

Episode 03

Paramita Das : Enabling Human Progress Through Innovation

In this episode, Ash speaks with Paramita Das, the General Manager, Global Marketing and Development, Metal & Head of Chicago Commercial Office for Rio Tinto. Paramita explains that a key to innovation in metals and mining is staying true to a sense of purpose, which for Rio Tinto is enabling human progress, wherever metal and mining products touch society. In an industry with such a long history, innovation is critical but it’s not only about building something new - it’s about having a mindset of redefining every part of your business including yourself and your people, who are your best brand ambassadors.

Episode 04

Jani Puroranta : Creating Value from Digitizing Mineral Processing

In this episode, Ash talks with Jani Puroranta, the Chief Digital Officer at Metso, about the significant opportunity for driving value by digitizing mineral processing within the mining industry. Processing remains a digital blindspot for mining companies as mineral processing technologies have not taken the innovative leaps forward like other parts of the value chain.

Jani Puroranta works as Chief Digital Officer at Metso, and is part of Metso’s Executive Management. At Metso, Jani leads the digital development and marketing efforts relating to the company’s mining, aggregates, valves, and waste recycling equipment businesses. Before joining Metso in 2016, Jani has been building digital solutions for over 15 years within organizations of various sizes. This includes both start-ups and international companies such as Nasdaq and McKinsey. In addition to manufacturing, he has worked in different industry sectors including wholesales, telecom analytics, and financial markets. Jani holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Aalto University in Helsinki and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Episode 05

Laith Amin : Innovation and Creativity - Keys to Successful Digital Transformation

In this episode, Laith Amin shares insights from his broad and diverse experience on how to develop a digital strategy and implement that strategy successfully. Key to the success of a great digital strategy include developing a culture of innovation and creativity, fostered by a global mindset and teams that contribute diverse, multi-functional perspectives. Laith Amin is currently the Senior Vice President of Digital, North America and Europe at Advisian. Laith has a broad range of international development experience including P&L leadership, strategy and business development with a focus on renewable energy in addition to upstream oil & gas.

Episode 06

Michelle Ash : Mining’s Digital Tipping Point

In this episode, Ash talks with Michelle Ash, Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group, about setting a vision for digital transformation in the mining industry. Drawing on her vast industry experience, Michelle discusses mining’s digital tipping point and how businesses can accelerate their adoption of new technologies to achieve their digital vision. But it’s not all about technology — hear why managing and planning for behavioral changes and required talent is also a key component of implementing an effective digital strategy.

Michelle Ash is currently the Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) where she facilitates open collaboration between mining industry leaders to create solutions for common industry problems. Michelle has previously held leadership roles at Barrick Gold and Acacia Mining. She is an experienced mining executive, specializing in strategy development and implementation with key skills in technology transformation, innovation, leadership and cultural change for turnarounds, acquisitions and mergers. Michelle holds an engineering degree from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

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About the Host

Ashutosh Agarwal, “Ash” leads the mining business for Uptake. Prior to joining Uptake, Ash worked in the mining industry for 13 years where he led mining operations, designed and sold equipment and technology to the mining industry. He also developed predictive analytics solutions for Mining through his start-up Predicity that he founded while pursuing his masters from Stanford GSB.