BACK TO CESCO.CL One year after the outbreak of the pandemic that impacted all areas of our lives, we are pleased to present the program for Cesco Week Santiago 2021, which will take place virtually. In an atmosphere of optimism around the near end of the confinement measures for the vaccination campaigns, and with the main global economies in full recovery, we hope that this instance will allow you to form an opinion on the trends and prospects for the copper industry from the voices of its protagonists and experts. See more
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Lunes/Monday 12

Martes/Tuesday 13

Miércoles/Wednesday 14

   April 14

   09:00-10:00 (Chile time)

   Streaming with English – Spanish simultaneous interpretation

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CESCO – The Copper Mark Roundtable on Climate Risk

As part of a series of round tables that The Copper Mark will hold during 2021 to expand the scope of participation of the different industry stakeholders, the seminar “Climate Change: risks and opportunities” will be held during Cesco Week Santiago 2021, jointly organized by The Copper Mark and Cesco.

Carolina Schmidt, Minister of Environment

Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar, has a Business Bachelor from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. During the first government of President Sebastián Piñera (2010 – 2014) she served as Minister of the National Women Service and lead the Education Minister.

In August 2018, she was appointed Environment Minister with a clear proposal: the only way to achieve truly sustainable development is by including care and respect for the environment. Her message is cross-sectoral: climate action and economic development are not exclusive, on the contrary, they are two heads of the same coin.

Minister Schmidt is also President of COP25 and, in that role, she is leading the boost of the international climate action program and calling all countries to come up with more ambitious NDCs in 2020, as it is stipulated in the Paris Agreement.

Among the priorities of her administration is the implementation of the law that prohibits the delivery of plastic bags in shops, as well as the promotion of the bill that regulates single-use plastics. Also, the processing in Congress of the Climate Change Framework Law, the implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility Law (REP) and the Promotion of Recycling, the approval of the Bill that creates the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service in the Senate, and the promotion of the National Plan for the Protection of Wetlands (2018-2022). 


Ragnar Udd, President Minerals Americas BHP

BAppSc (Mining Engineering), MEng, MBA.

Rag Udd has more than 20 years’ experience in the global resources industry, including in Australia and North America, and has strong operational and leadership experience.

He joined BHP in 1997 and has held a number of senior leadership positions across operations, logistics, projects, infrastructure and technology. In 2015, Ragnar was appointed BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Asset President. He served as President of the Queensland Resources Council from 2016 to 2019.

From late 2018, Ragnar was BHP’s Vice President Technology Global Transformation. He was appointed Acting Chief Technology Officer in December 2019, and in that time he realigned the global technology function, reduced costs and refocused priorities to better support BHP’s operational assets. Prior to joining BHP, he held other roles in the base metals industry.


Deb Heed, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager for Environment and Human Rights – Ford Motor Company

Deb Heed is Ford Motor Company’s Purchasing Manager leading Human Rights and Environment policies, strategies, and initiatives for the Supply Chain Sustainability team. Deb launched Ford’s first Supplier Code of Conduct this year and its incorporation into the Purchasing Global Terms & Conditions. The Environment team supports Ford’s aspiration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and leads our Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) initiative, providing suppliers with Ford’s best practices to reduce water and GHG emissions in the manufacturing process. The Human Rights team works with suppliers to build their capacity utilizing 3rd-party social responsibility audits, verified self-assessment questionnaires, and corrective action plans utilizing face-to-face and online training. Deb also leads the annual publication of Ford’s Global Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Transparency Statement. 

Prior to this position, Deb worked on Ford’s Global Sustainability team focusing on the company’s human rights strategy, policies, and reporting. Deb also spent two years with Ford’s electrification policy team developing a charging infrastructure strategy to support the 2021 launch of our all-electric Mustang Mach-E. She started her career at Ford on the Supply Chain Sustainability team developing the company’s Conflict Minerals due diligence process, working with nearly one thousand suppliers to track all vehicle parts containing tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold (3TG) through the tiers up to the smelter level. She led the development of automotive industry standards for conflict minerals reporting.

Before Ford, Deb earned her Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Science from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. She lives in the United States near Detroit, Michigan, with her immediate and extended family members who have all been quarantining at her house for the last year. As a result, she has recently taken up running.


Tobias Kind-Rieper, Global Lead for Mining & Metals at WWF

He holds a Master of Arts in Political Science focusing on environmental policies and before joining WWF, he worked in a political Thinktank (stiftung neue verantwortung) in Germany. 

He is an advisory board member for various research projects, supports certification and standards initiatives in steering committees and working groups and consults businesses on responsible mining & metals supply chains. He is representing WWFs policy work related to environmental impacts along the supply chain of metals, aggregates and fossil fuels to the United Nations, European Union and on national level.

   April 14

   15:00-16:30 (Chile time)

   Streaming with English – Spanish simultaneous interpretation

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Study launch: Signals of Mining

To analyze the prospects for the copper industry in the Andean Region, Cesco and the consulting firm Vantaz Group will present for the first time the result of their Signals of Mining Index.

Jorge Cantallopts, Director of Studies and Public Policies at the Chilean Copper Commission

Master in Financial Economics and Economist from the University of Santiago de Chile. He has 20 years of experience as an economist, of which more than 15 years has been dedicated to analyzing the mining sector. From May 2014 to date he is Director of Studies and Public Policies of the Chilean Copper Commission (Cochilco), where he also served as Coordinator of Public Policies between 2007 and 2011.

Previously, he served as executive director of MBChile consulting firm and as an advisor to the Mining Council on issues of mineral markets. He has also worked in areas of study and statistics at The Tax Administration, at the Central Bank of Chile, and the family allowance fund Caja 18.

He is the author of several articles on mining economics and policy and has been a professor at different universities in Chile teaching about project evaluation, economic theory, and mineral market analysis.


Francisca Castro, Director at Antofagasta Minerals

Director of Antofagasta Minerals S.A. since 2016. Economist with postgraduate studies in Finance at the World Bank, Washington D.C. She has vast experience in the copper mining industry, energy, public works concessions, finances, and also in government entities. From 2007 to 2015 she worked at Codelco, serving in the last period as the company’s Strategic Business Manager. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Sociedad GNL Mejillones S.A., Complejo Portuario Mejillones S.A., Ecometales Limited and SCM El Abra and Inversiones Mineras Acrux SpA. She was also director and president of the audit committees of ENAMI and Polla Chilena de Beneficencia.

She is a member of the Audit and Risk, and Remuneration and Talent committees.


Hermann González, Macroeconomic Coordinator at Clapes UC

Master in Economics with a mention in Applied Macroeconomics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and graduated in Business Administration from the same university. 

Between 2004 and 2008, he was an economist in the Research Division of the Central Bank of Chile, working in the International Analysis Management and the Monetary Policy Strategy and Communication Management. Subsequently, he was a senior economist and assistant manager of studies at Zahler & Co.

Between 2012 and 2013, he was the macroeconomic coordinator of the Department of Studies of the Budget Office. Some of his tasks were coordinating the Public Finance Report, participating in the creation of the Fiscal Council and its technical department, conducting the consultation process for the copper reference price, and liaisons with international organizations. Between October 2013 and March 2018, he served as the main economist at BBVA Research Chile.

In 2014, he was appointed by the Minister of Finance as a member of the Fiscal Advisory Council for four years, an institution of which he was vice president since 2016.

Additionally, he is an assistant professor at the Law School of the University of Chile and was a consultant at Fundación Chile Mujeres.


Luis Rivera, Executive Vice President of the Americas Region for Gold Fields

Luis Rivera is a geological engineer from the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), with several postgraduate studies including the Kellogg Business School.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the gold and silver mining industry, in large open pit projects and operations in Peru, Argentina, and Australia, including the general management of the Antapacay and Las Bambas megaprojects in Peru.

He currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Americas region for Gold Fields.

He is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, former president of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP), and current president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Peru (AMCHAM).

   April 15

   10:00 – 12:30 (Chile time)

   Streaming with English – Spanish simultaneous interpretation

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Seminar “Institutionality of Chilean mining in the international context”

We invite you to participate in a conversation about Chile’s institutional framework for mining in the global context, together with international experts in the field, which is part of Cesco’s mission to generate spaces for serious and well-founded discussion on relevant public policies for the country in the mining area.

James Otto, lawyer and expert on mineral economics

James Otto is recognized as one of the foremost international experts in mineral economics and natural resource legislation. He has worked in more than 65 countries for the government, the private sector, multilateral organizations, and universities, on issues of mining policy, legislation and fiscal regimes for mining, sustainable development, and country risk assessment for mining companies.

He is the author of several publications on these topics, especially comparative studies on legislation and tax regimes of different mining countries and their impact on the growth of the industry and the development of the countries. Among them, the following stand out: “Mining Royalties: a global study of their impact on investors, the government and civil society”, in collaboration with other authors and published in Spanish by Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile in conjunction with the World Bank. Besides, he has written various publications on regulations and taxes for the mining sector that are considered to be the standard texts on these issues in the world.

He is the founder of the Advanced Program in Natural Resources and Environmental Law at the University of Denver, Director and Professor of the Institute for Global Resources Policy and Management at the Colorado School of Mines, Chief Technical Advisor UNDTCD to the United Nations, and coordinator of the Asia Pacific Mineral Trade and Investment Project East-West Center, among other academic and consulting positions in universities, companies, and international organizations.

James holds college degrees in mineral law, engineering, and economics.


Rodrigo Valdés, professor at UC and former Minister of Finance

Rodrigo Valdés studied his doctorate in economics at MIT after obtaining a degree in economics and a degree in Business Engineering from the University of Chile. His research areas include monetary economics, international finance, and public finance.

He served as Minister of Finance of Chile and he was also President of BancoEstado. Previously, he worked in both the private and public sectors. He was chief economist for the Andean Region and Argentina at BTGPactual and chief economist for LatAm at Barclays Capital. He also served as deputy director of the European and Western Hemisphere departments of the International Monetary Fund. Previously, he was director of research and chief economist at the Central Bank of Chile, where he also served as a senior economist. He also worked as senior advisor to the Minister of Finance. He has been a consultant to the IMF and the IDB and has taught economics at the University of Chile and the University of Santiago.


Pilar Hazbún, lawyer and coordinator of the Legislative Program at Libertad y Desarrollo

Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Between 2011 and mid-2015, she worked as an associate lawyer in the Claro y Cía. law firm, in the area of litigation and arbitration. Subsequently and until March 2018, she served as an associate attorney at the Yávar y Silva law firm. 

She has been an assistant professor of Civil Law and Procedural Law courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Since April 2018, she has worked as Coordinator of the Legislative Program at Libertad y Desarrollo, where she has focused mainly on the study areas of Environment and Natural Resources, Regulated Markets, Constitutional Law, among others.

He is a young arbitrator of the Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.


Ben Jones, Managing Consultant at CRU

Ben Jones leads CRU’s multi commodities consulting team, where he has overseen a wide range of market research and strategic decision support spanning the energy and metals markets. 

Prior to joining CRU, Ben led energy and macroeconomic demand analysis at BG Group, a specialized oil, and gas company. Previously, he worked as an economist and policymaker at the International Monetary Fund and the UK Treasury in a variety of roles, focusing on natural resources, public finance, and environmental issues. 

Ben has an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Birmingham. He has participated in numerous publications on fiscal energy and issues related to raw materials in the main international magazines dealing with these matters.


Claudia Sanhueza, Director at the Center of Economics and Social policies from Universidad Mayor

Economist, Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and Director and Professor of the Master’s in Public Policy at the Universidad Mayor. She is an Adjunct Researcher at the Center for Conflict and Social Cohesion Studies (COES). She is also President of the Pension Advisory Council (CCP) and academic of the Puentes Project. Her research topics include applied econometrics, labor economics, educational economics, and family economics.


Juan Ignacio Guzmán, professor, general manager at GEM, Gestión y Economía Minera and member of Cesco

Civil Industrial Engineer with a mention in Mining from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics from the same university. Since 2003 he has worked as a national and international mining consultant in more than 25 mineral commodities, including copper, gold, lithium, potassium, molybdenum, iron, aluminum, oil, gas, and iodine, among others. In 2008 he founded Gestión y Economía Minera Limitada (GEM), where he today serves as general manager. At GEM he has led around 300 studies in the fields of economics, evaluation, strategy, and optimization for the mining industry in Chile and a dozen other countries. Since 2003 he has been a pre and postgraduate professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, and Universidad de Los Andes, in courses associated with industrial and mining engineering, as well as mineral economics. He is the author of two books and more than 20 scientific articles.

CESCO WEEK STGO 2019

70 speakers

35 participating countries

100 leading companies

20 seminars and / or panels of experts

500 participants to the XVIII World Copper Conference

10 receptions and / or activities of networking

1,700 attendees at Cesco Dinner 2018

2,000 participants in the different activities of the week

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