About us



  1. We are a meeting platform that promotes a new mining from Chile for a world that is vertiginously changing.

  2. We are optimistic about the future of copper and we are confident that the Digital Era and its great megatrends will give metals and minerals a new role and projection. 

  3. We liaise with the actors who drive mining globally, working collaboratively to make this activity a benchmark in terms of innovation and sustainability.

  4. We look forward to expanding the conversation around mining, adding more and new players in its analysis and discussion.

  5. We seek that our work has a real impact in the strengthening of public policies that promote a sustainable development of mining in Chile.

  6. We believe in the power of the new generations as great drivers of the change that mining needs.



Independence and objectivity: We encourage independent and rigorous analysis of the challenges and opportunities that are critical to the mining industry, both in a domestic and regional level.

Leadership: Our members and collaborators are professionals and experts with proven track record and experience in the mining industry and other sectors.

Ability to influence: We are a national and international model in the timely identification, debate and evaluation of those critical issues that might affect a healthy development of the mining sector and its relation with the country.

Diversity: We favor the participation of a diverse group of people so as to ensure the richness of dialogue and participation to create a mid and long term look for the country’s future.


To safeguard the independence and objectivity in our research, events, publications and other actions, our funding comes from the events we organize periodically, international sources, academic institutions, public funds for the development of independent studies, tenders and personal contributions from our members. Every year, we make these funds transparent.


Cesco was founded in 1984 as a private non-profit organization aimed to identify and propose alternative solutions to the problems faced by the mining development. The founding members were a group of people linked to the mining world who devoted themselves to discuss about the development of the new Mining Code (issued in 1983), foreign investment in the sector, the privatization of deposits and new policies on mining resources. These topics were subjects of extensive debate, which included contrary positions to the trend towards privatization of state assets and management criteria of excellence for public companies in the sector. It also supported government strategies, such as the increasing in production of Codelco. Cesco members always sustained the technical aspect, not-ideological one, nature of their positions, principle that was unanimously accepted and was publicly renowned. In the second half of the nineties and until now, Cesco organizes the Cesco Dinner, which over the years has positioned itself as one of the main events of the global mining agenda due to its high call. This led to the addition of other important events related to the sector in the so called Cesco Week. The bunch of activities takes place in late March or early April and it is held yearly. Since 2012 Cesco leads the organization Asia Copper Week, an annual dinner that takes place in Shanghai, China. These events bring together national and international actors involved in the global mining sector: mining companies, metal processing companies, investment banks, metal trading companies, engineering companies and shipping companies, among others.

Leopoldo Reyes
Marcelo Olivares
José Joaquín Jara
Jorge Bande
Iván Valenzuela
Felipe Azócar
Nicolás Fuster
Arturo Prieto

Cesco´s network is composed by the following members:

Felipe Azócar

Jorge Bande

Jaime Bravo

Ricardo Cortés

Patrick Cussen

Silvio Girardi

Juan Guajardo

Gustavo Lagos

José Luis Mardones

Isabel Marshall

Jorge Morán

John O’Brien

Ricardo Olivares

Jorge Quinzio

Leopoldo Reyes

Fernando Sánchez-Albavera

María Soledad Santa Ana

Enrique Silva

Mónica Singer

Ernesto Tironi

Esteban Valenzuela

Carlos Vignolo

Cristián Barrientos

Juan Ignacio Guzmán

Edmundo Tulcanaza

Marcelo Olivares J

osé Joaquín Jara

Ivonne Méndez

Iván Rayo

Roberto Souper

Julián Ortiz

Osvaldo Urzúa

María Domínguez

Jerónimo Carcelén

Pedro Lyon

Hernán Cuadro

Juan Pablo Schaeffer

Daniela Desaurmeaux

José Tomás Letelier

Laura Novoa

Mauricio Rebolledo

Gabriel País

Alejandro Plaza

Arturo Prieto

Esteban Rodriguez

Nicolás Fuster

Matias Lagos

Hernán Araneda

Javier Muñoz

Paula Rojo

Zhang Xin

Jerry Jiao

Gabriel Pais

Fernando Acosta

Alejandro Plaza


Alejandra Wood - Executive Director
Claudia Vilches - Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Alejandra Rivera - Events Coordinator
Jose Herencia - Business and Administration Consultant
Las Urbinas 53 oficina 24 Providencia. Fono +56 2 2481 4300, cesco@cesco.cl