Keynote Speakers

Vladislav Kecojevic
Vladislav KecojevicChair and Professor of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU),
Vladislav Kecojevic is chair and professor of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU). He is also a visiting professor at CETEMIN in Peru. His reserch areas of expertise include surface mining, mine safety, information technology and environmental issues in surface mining. Kecojevic serves as general secretary and chairman of the Council of the Society of Mining Teachers / Societät der Bergbaukunde (SOMP). He is a member of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh SME section and served as chairman of the 2015 program of the Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Society (SMEs). Kecojevic served as editor-in-chief of the "International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering" (2008-2012); Associate editor at the SME peer review board for "Mining Engineering Journal and SME Transactions" (2006-2013), and guest editor for the "International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management" (2005). He currently serves as a member of the editorial boards of nine international journals. He was appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services. UU. to serve in the occupational safety and health studies section of the centers for disease control and prevention for a period of four years (2014-2018). He has also served as a member of review panels for the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. UU., The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and The National Science Foundation.
Bruce Hebblewhite
Bruce HebblewhiteChair of Mining Engineering, School of Minerals & Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW Sydney, Australia
Professor Bruce Hebblewhite is the Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He has over 45 years of international mining experience; including 3 years working with Cleveland Potash in the UK while studying for his PhD; 17 years in a consulting and research management role in the Australian mining industry (at ACIRL Ltd); and 25 years in academia at UNSW, including 12 years as Head of the School of Mining Engineering (2003 – 2014). Bruce retired from this role in 2014 but continues at UNSW in a part-time capacity. From 2006 to 2009 Bruce was the inaugural Executive Director of the Australian collaborative educational joint venture, Mining Education Australia (MEA). He was also a former President (2008-2009) and then the Secretary-General of the international Society of Mining Professors (SOMP), from 2012 to 2018. Bruce has been the recipient of a number of international awards recognizing his special interests and experience in mining geomechanics and ground control and also, in mining education and research. These have included the 2012 Syd S Peng Ground Control Award from SME in the USA; the 2017 SME Rock Mechanics Award; the 2017 Ludwig Wilke Award for contribution to international mining research and education, from the Society of Mining Professors; and the 2020 Institute Medal from the AusIMM for contributions to education, training and research.
Mario Esparza
Mario EsparzaScientist, Researcher and Professor at the University of Antofagasta,
International Consultant for the use of Biotechnology Applied to the Mining Industry and Environment. Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scientist, Researcher and Teacher with a good capacity for teamwork with experience in the development, evaluation and execution of Research, Development and Innovation projects in Germany, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil , Holland, Mexico and Peru. Service Provider for Mining and Environment. It currently promotes the Culture of the Green State by training and executing activities in Green Mining and Sustainable Development. He is an evaluator of more than 100 Science and technology projects. He has two Patent Applications and has 20 Original Scientific Articles (WOS, SCOPUS, SCIELO), more than 60 technological scientific publications in International Congresses and has directed more than 20 pre and postgraduate theses. Currently Co-Founder and President of the International Foundation for Culture and Life Sciences. Co-Conductor and Panelist of the Chilean TV Program, Sustainable Region.
Ronald Mesia
Ronald MesiaSenior Instructor of Marketing and Logistics Department, College of Business at Florida International University (FIU),
Dr. Mesia is an operations and business development executive with worldwide expertise in supply chain management, industrial engineering and international business. He has worked for over 25 years in Fortune 50 companies such as Federal Express, AeroThrust Corporation, Microsoft Corporation and Nortel Networks in various supply chain and industrial engineering executive positions. He has experience in leading rapid growth and geographically dispersed service organizations. He offers an extensive background that spans adoption of best practices in a high performance, high volume, distribution and fulfillment operations. His has expertise in transportation, supply and demand, inventory management, logistics modeling, warehousing, outsourcing service and contract management. Dr. Mesia has taught at other universities in South Florida and in Illinois. His areas of research are logistics management and inventory optimization in Latin America.