In order to safeguard independence and objectivity of actions and activities, Cesco funds come from international sources, academic activities, public funding for the development of independent studies, competitive funds and private contribution from our members, as well as events we organize on a regular basis.
Cesco was founded in 1984 as a private, nonprofit entity aimed at identifying and propose alternative solutions to issues faced by mining development. Founding partners were a group of people linked to the mining world that focused on discussing around the creation of the new Mining Code, issued in 1983, international investment in this sector, privatization of deposits and new policies on mining resources.
From the second half of the 1990s and until now, Cesco holds the so-called Cesco Dinner, which has been positioned, throughout these years, as one of the main encounters for national and international mining. This was then starting to expand and include other encounters, giving life to what is known today as Cesco Week Santiago, held at the beginning of every year.
In the field of incidence, and on the occasion of the celebration of 30 years of this organization, in August 2014, Cesco presented a position paper called “Mining as a Platform for Development: Towards a Comprehensive and Sustainable Relationship of the Mining Industry in Chile”, which served as an input for the strategic agenda of Mining Value and the National Program of High-grade Mining.
Commercial Engineer specializing in Economy from University of Chile. He worked for the Codelco’s Marketing Department as an Advisor and was responsible for unrefined material sales. He was an Advisor for the Chilean Commission for Copper (Cochilco), Board Member for San Antonio’s Port Authority (Epsa) and Correos de Chile (Chile Post Office). He has also worked as a consultant for casting and refinery companies such as Caraiba Metais from Paranapanema Group and Mineracao Caraiba (Brazil); as well as Birla Copper (India). He has been an agent for several companies for marketing of non-ferrous metals and minerals and participated in the creation of companies in Chile and Brazil. He is currently the President for Sudmetal, South American Metals Company.
Marcelo Olivares is a Lawyer from the University of Chile, MA in Natural Resources and Environmental Rights from University of Denver. He completed the lawyer instruction program from Harvard Law School. He is a Professor of Mining Law at the University of Chile and Mining Legislation for the MBA Program of the Industrial Engineering Department and Pre-graduation Department of Mining Engineering, both from the Faculty of Engineering from the University of Chile. He has participated in the implementation of several mining project with foreign and domestic investors, at exploration, construction and operation stages. He is a partner at Quinzio + Anriquez Novoa Law Firm and is the Vice President of Legal Affairs for Andes Iron.
Civil Industrial Engineer specializing in Mining and Master in Engineering Sciences specializing in Economy, both from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He served as a Studies’ Engineer for the Vice-Presidency of Planning & Mining Resources from Minera Escondida, being part of the graduate program from BHP Billiton. He worked as a Senior Analyst of Markets and Public Policies for the Directorate of Studies & Public Policies of the Chilean Commission for Copper (Cochilco). He also worked as a Project Engineer for the Vice-Presidency of Operations of Antofagasta Minerals S.A. and as a Superintendent for Planning & Development at Minera El Tesoro Ltda. He currently works as a Mining Resource Evaluation Teacher for the Mining Engineering Department of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and is doing a PhD in Financial Geology at the University of Chile. He is the Director of Cesco for a second consecutive period. He has performed research and consultancy work for minerals and evaluation fields in mining projects.
He is one of the founders of CESCO and was its first Executive Director. He is currently the Director for Antofagasta plc and Antofagasta Minerals. He is also the Director for Next Minerals and a Teacher for the Post Graduation Program in Mining Economics of the University of Chile. He previously was the Director for Codelco, ENAP, ICARE, Inversiones Aguas Metropolitanas (IAM) and BUPA Chile. He was a member of the Committee of Copper Experts of the Chile Ministry of Finance and for the Metals & Minerals Committee for the World Economic Forum. He has also been the Director for Minera El Tesoro, Equatorial Mining Ltd., ENAMI, Aguas Andinas, EC-L and GNL Mejillones. Between 1995 and 2016, he was the General Manager for AMP Chile, one of the main institutional investors from Australia, and between 1990 and 1994, he was the Development Vice-President of Codelco. He received his Bachelor’s and Economy Master’s Degrees at the American University, and studied economics at the School of Economics from University of Chile between 1971 and 1973.
Commercial Engineer from University of Chile, Master in Financial Development from the Catholic University of Peru. He has 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He is currently the General Manager for EcoMetales Limited, a subsidiary company of Codelco. He has been a Director for the branches of Codelco Biosigma and Molyb, and President of the Institute for Complex Systems of Valparaiso. In the 1980s, he was a founder of CESCO. In the 1990s he served as an Assistant Secretary of Mining and Vice-President of Explorations & Mining Associations of Codelco. His main motivation is how to transform the Chilean mining industry into a powerful driving force for the sustainable development of the country.
Economist graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with 18 years of experience in the natural resources industry. He worked in the Chilean Chamber of Construction and SQM.
At the end of 2009, he founded signumBOX Market Intelligence, a consulting company that offers market intelligence services in mining. In 2014, she was appointed by President Michelle Bachelet to join the Presidential Commission for Lithium. In 2016, she received the 100 Leading Women / 100 Women in Leadership award from El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias / Mujeres de Negocios and, in 2017, she received the Scotiabank Leadership Award for innovation in the context of the 2017 Executive Woman award. Daniela permanently participates as a speaker in mining events, both national and international, and as a full professor (Macroeconomics at the Universidad del Desarrollo, MBA).
Industrial Civil Engineer with a diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, holds an Msc Telecom and wireless networks from Institut supérieur d’electronique de Paris, France. He has an MBA from the same university. He has achieved extensive experience in the area of innovation, after holding positions as solution design engineer at C2 Mining Solutions of the Coasin Group and head of innovation projects at LAN-LATAM Airlines. In 2012 he co-founded Seguridad360, a startup focused on mining security, and later co-founded Trencadis Innovation. He is currently CEO of the consulting firm TIMining, a company dedicated to technological innovation for the mining sector.
Industrial Engineer from the University of Chile and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, UK. He has an MSc in Engineering from the University of Chile and an MBA from ESADE, Barcelona, Spain. He has more than 25 years of experience in the development and implementation of policies and programs for productive development, innovation, and creation of economic, social, and environmental value in mining and energy, both in the public and private sectors at the national and international levels. He currently works as an independent consultant. He worked at BHP for more than 11 years and held positions in the Chilean government.
Jorge Cantallopts – Executive Director
Jose Herencia – Management & Finance Consultant
América Rodríguez – Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator
Alejandra Rivera – Event Manager
Constanza Araya – Studies Coordinator
Geraldinne Rocha – Administrative Coordinator