Call for speakers

Call for speakers

​Call for MINEX Russia 2014 speakers 

MINEX Russia 2014 Forum Technical committee calls on national and international mining experts, analysts, investors, technological companies and government authorities to submit before 15 August 2014 abstracts to be considered for presentation at the Forum in Moscow from 7 to 9 October 2014.  The Forum agenda and confirmed speakers will be announced on the Forum website once all speaker proposals have been reviewed.  The Forum will address on-going problems and look into prospects of Russia’s mining industry’s development in current macroeconomic and policy climate. The Forum’s Technical Committee will be happy to consider presentation papers on current state and further development of mining and exploration, technological modernisation, business optimisation and increasing general competitiveness of Russia’s mining industry. The presentations proposed for the mainstream sessions must cover topics that are of general interest to its key audiences and exclude self-promotional or adverting materials. Case studies based on practical experiences in Russia or globally are welcome but should be free from direct advertising and self-promotional materials. Please refer to the list of themes proposed to be addressed at the Forum.

Special “Business Podium” area will be reserved alongside the Forum’s mainstream program for companies and exhibitors who would like to present their products or services. For rates please check the “Business Podium” presentation option the Delegate registration form. For Business Podium presentation terms available to exhibitors please check the Exhibitor booking form.   

Forum presentation platforms

Plenary sessions Technical sessions  Business podiums  Master-classes Associated events 
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Held at the main conference hall, plenary sessions cover range of themes of general interest to the Forum audience e.g. industry trends, mining revaluation, presentations of the premier mining companies and investors Held at the Tolstoy and Main conference Halls, technical session offer insight in latest operational and management practices   Held alongside the Exhibition, Business podiums provide platform to organising product or service demonstrations  Organised on the first day of the Forum at Tolstoy and Pushkin Halls, master-classes provide an opportunity for express learning of advanced mining technologies and their practical application Companies and organisations can hold alongside the Forum independent events to save time and ensure best ROI be it a customer training conference or a specialist seminar

Speaker terms

How to submit speaker proposal? 

When proposing speaker presentation please note that we are unable to cover speaker’s travel expenses or sponsor research. Should you wish to attend the Forum, please complete speaker and delegate or exhibitor registration forms. Please note that unless specifically agreed with the Organising Committee all speakers are expected to pay the Forum admission fee. Speakers presenting on behalf of sponsor or exhibitor will be provided with a complimentary admission in accordance with the sponsorship and exhibitor terms.

If you are happy with these terms?

Please complete speaker’s and delegate or exhibitor registration forms from 30 April but not later than 15 August 2014. Please note that abstract should be no longer than 1000 words and should include information about the speaker (full name, job title, company or organization he/she represents), contact details (tel, email), presentation theme, time required to deliver presentation and special technical requirements.

What is next?

If your presentation has been accepted by the MINEX Technical Committee, you will be expected to submit the following documentation prior to the forum (please refer to deadlines listed in the speaker form):

  • Bio and Photo (unless not already submitted earlier) - before 15 August 2014
  • Handout notes and / or Presentation slides in PDF format to be included in the pre-forum virtual materials disc – submit before 22 September 2014
  • Presentation slides in PowerPoint format for on-screen presentation during the forum – submit before 1 October 2014

For more information please contact:  Mr. Arthur Poliakov, Managing Director, Advantix Ltd (MINEX Russia 2014 Forum General Manager) Tel: + 44 207 520 9341   Fax: + 44 207 520 9342 E-mail:


Proposed themes

Themes proposed to be addressed at MINEX Russia 2014 Forum

Mining and Mineral exploration trends and developments  

  • Global downturn cycle in the mining industry. What are the mid – and long term prospects?
  • Competition for mineral resources: supply/demand, regulation, taxation and investment challenges.
  • Market outlook for mining commodities in 2015 – where are the growth opportunities?
  • Examining future metal needs and how the industry is developing strategies to secure supplies.
  • What is the current state and further development prospects in Russia’s mining sector?
  • Mining export / import and local consumption trends in Russia.
  • Sustaining profits in downturn price cycles. Global success stories and implementation opportunities in Russia.
  • New paradigms in managing mineral resources in changing and challenging times. How is Russia adapting to changes?
  • Russia’s forward looking priorities and investment strategies for sustaining mining industry development and economic growth.
  • The current state and opportunities for PPPs in developing large-scale infrastructure and mining projects in Russia.
  • Review of mining and processing capacities increase potentials and ongoing projects in Russia.
  • Aligning state and corporate interests to overcome challenges faced by the Russian mining industry.
  • Innovation in managing and developing mineral resources – global practices and implementation prospects in Russia.
  • The role of foreign direct investment in Russia’s mining sector. Can Russia efficiently develop its mining industry without international partners and investment?
  • Current practices for stimulating mining investment. Global vs Russian perspective.
  • Efficiency review of current tax and regulatory stimulus programs in Russia’s mining sector. What are the changes and do they matter?
  • Is there a market for private equity investment in Russia’s mining sector and what are the benefits / threats for international newcomers?
  • Review of mining industry’s role in sustaining economic growth and developing infrastructure in Russia’s remote regions.
  • The way forward for Russia’s mining companies – implementing growth strategies for optimised shareholder return.
  • Investor’s perspective on business prospects and constraints in the mining sector in Russia
  • Current role of state ownership of mineral resources in Russia. Forthcoming changes.
  • Government led programs and changes to boost mineral prospecting & exploration in Russia.
  • Exporting global mining and exploration experience to Russia. Can this be done and at what level?
  • Current practices and changes in mining data management system and information disclosure.
  • The value of geological data in forming a vibrant exploration and mining sector.
  • Social licence to operate and other important developments for creating sustainable mining in the region.
  • Performance and benefits of social responsibility in the mining sector.
  • Review of tax and other regulatory incentives for extractive industries
  • Russia’s young and coming generation of miners. Do they have the right a skill set to cope with modern challenges?
  • Does Russia need a national competent person qualification system to attract new investment and improve valuation and corporate governance in the mining industry?


Mining and exploration regulatory policies in Russia


  • Mining regulatory policies update and what it means for further mining development.
  • To what extent have changes to the mining laws benefited domestic and foreign mining companies?
  • Overview of exploration and mining licences, permits and the application process.
  • What are common barriers faced by mining companies and what could companies do to overcome them?
  • Assessing successful practices for negotiating the regulatory framework and the timely granting of licences and permits.
  • Examining successful practices for securing mining tenure.
  • Examining successful methods for settling disputes relating to mining and exploration in Russia.
  • Assessing the role and proposed structures of state-private partnerships in the mining sector.


Developing mining projects in Russia – Commodity focus presentations and case studies


  • Gold, Platinum and Silver
  • Iron Ore
  • Cooper and non-ferrous metals
  • Uranium
  • Coal
  • Rare earths and metals
  • Industrial minerals


Improving operational efficiency – innovative mining  technologies and solutions

  • Mining efficiency: automated technological and management solutions
  • Improving energy efficiency – problems and solutions.
  • Mitigating transport and logistics challenges – Innovative transport technologies for mining industry.
  • Modernising mining and ore-processing enterprises: practical experiences.
  • Development of low grade gold mine projects.
  • New technical solutions and tools for mining and geological modelling.
  • Health and safety in mining: hazard and risk factor prevention practical solutions.
  • Mines design and planning.
  • IT in mine engineering and management.
  • Innovative and cost-effective drilling, blasting and excavation solutions.
  • Resources and reserves reporting and economic modelling.
  • Exploring in hazard and remote areas. Practical experiences.
  • Mining equipment selection and automation.
  • Efficient reclamation, mine closure and mining waste disposal methods.
  • Domestic and international technologies and approaches of geological survey and mineral exploration.
  • Ecological aspects of mining engineering and mineral processing.
  • Geological research and data evaluation practices
  • How could mining companies in Russia best adopt the most advanced exploration techniques and equipment to rapidly advance their projects?
  • Mining project cost management from project planning to construction.
  • Risk factoring and benchmarking.  Corporate, environment, investment considerations.
  • Temporary suspension of low-profit mining projects – decision and implementation processes.
  • Adapting and implementing planning systems at mining and metallurgical enterprises.
  • Best HR practices and challenges of developing effective training programmes to maximise the returns from mining projects.
  • Evaluating the use of technology in Russian mining operations from a global perspective.
  • Operational innovation: implementing the latest technologies to achieving optimal productivity of operations.
  • Valuation of mineral resources – buying and selling side perspectives.
  • Waste dumps turnaround management.
  • Latest international developments in underground equipment technology.


Mining Finance 


  • Emerging sources of capital: Who and how?
  • Financing for mine developers – structures, sources and availability
  • Private equity finance solutions and latest PE finance stories
  • What types of projects are attractive to PE funds
  • Alternative funding models for exploration projects
  • Financing mineral exploration projects in Russia – recent case studies.
  • Mining finance solutions and strategies for start-up mining companies.
  • Preparing company for an international listing – practical considerations.
  • Mining project and structured financing solutions.
  • Do local and international lenders understand the needs of mining industry for modernisation, acquisitions, exploration and project development? Are they able to meet these needs?
  • What role do the state banks play to support the development of mining industry?
  • Alternative Funding Models for Exploration Projects – recent case studies.
  • The role of state in funding mining infrastructure projects.
  • International lending requirements for mining companies.


Mining investment


  • With downward prices and high level of private companies is it the right time to invest in Russia’s mining sector?
  • Mining in Russia – assessing risks and rewards balance.
  • Private equity:  What role does private equity play in the mix of capital raising and funding alternatives available to companies?  Are there particular projects or companies that would be most of interest to private equity investors?
  • What incentives are currently offered to international investors?
  • Emerging investment opportunities and current investor sentiment in Russia.
  • Key mining investment trends and M&A deals in Russia in 2014.
  • Rebuilding the market’s confidence in Russian mining sector. What strategies have been implemented by the Russian companies in 2014 and what were their success merits?
  • Analysing opportunities for cross-border investment.
  • Foreign and domestic mining investor universe in Russia and emerging new players.
  • Foreign acquisitions in Russia – why so few and is it likely to change?
  • What investment strategies should companies implement to take advantage of a cyclical market?
  • Divestments and acquisition strategies. Allocating capital for growth and acquisition of core high-margin assets.
  • Is the IPO/SPO a practical solution for funding mining companies operating in Russia?
  • What are the exchanges companies in the region are looking at?  [Go East or go West?].
  • What is the outlook for 2015 for mining companies seeking to access the debt and equity markets?
  • What importance does a company’s corporate governance profile have in the process?
  • The role of strategic partnerships to reduce investment risks.
  • Preparing investment projects to ensure their appeal to potential investors.
  • Preparing investment presentation. Which reporting standard to use?

2013 summary

Themes discussed at MINEX Russia 2013 Forum

Russia remains a mineral superpower, not only with respect to its resource potential, but also in terms of mineral production volumes, as one of the top-10 countries supplying the world with almost any type of mineral. Looking at Russia’s present status in global mineral mining, the participants of the forum noted, that Russia has a unique set of opportunities to become a global mining leader in the near future.

Industry participants have a clear understanding, that the innovation scenario for the development of the Russian Federation approved at national level should be based on sustainable and advanced development of the mineral sector, which forms the basis of significant national income from extraction, processing and sales of mineral resources.

Together with the oil-and-gas industry, Russian mining community is one of the pivotal constituents of Russia’s economy, providing tax contributions and employment to hundreds of thousands of citizens. Future economic welfare of a number of regions in Siberia, Far North, Urals and Far East is directly linked to the development of mineral deposits and nearby single-industry towns.

Currently Russia, just like other countries with well-developed mining industry, is facing an economic challenge. After ten years of continuously growing commodity prices, supply is growing faster than demand. This leads to lower prices and a need to control costs and be more practical. This also means that it gets more difficult to raise financing, as banks accumulate core capital, and investors invest in other markets. It is important to remember that these issues are cyclical in nature.

Due to a number of reasons Russia remains a leader by available reserves, mining, and, partly, production of low added-value products. Mining and processing capacities increase solely through expansion of existing and generally obsolete and outdated mines.

Given that it takes at least 10 years, and often considerably longer, to find, evaluate, approve and finance the development of new mines, the participants note that, unless action is taken to encourage focused exploration, the number of new mines commissioned will decline and not be able to replace current mines as they reach the end of their lives.  Whilst State exploration has a role, international experience has shown that the imagination and energy of private, focused exploration companies are effective in finding economic deposits more quickly and without requiring State financing.  As exploration is an uncertain business, explorers need to evaluate many deposits to identify one which is economic and feasible to develop.  Therefore private explorers need to have confidence that they can convert their exploration license into a mining license.

Given that it is very expensive to drill and evaluate a deposit, and that exploration in much of Russia is constrained by the seasons, refining some of the legislative requirements will speed up the process of exploration and ensure new mines are developed in time to replace current mines.

At the same time, opportunities for further output increase are practically exhausted, as the majority of solid mineral resources is contained in deposits with low grades and complex mineralization, or remote from current infrastructure or hidden beneath the surface. The industry urges for solution of a number of issues related to improvement and practical application of efficient innovative technologies requiring active involvement of both, Russian and international miners working in Russia.

MINEX Russia 2014 Forum to be held in Moscow from 7 to 9 October 2014 will continue the forward-looking  discussion on key developments in the Russian mining sector and will provide a platform for Russian and International companies to present success stories, innovations and projects.

Companies and individuals interested in presenting at the Forum are invited to submit presentation proposals before 15 August.

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