Michelle Manook is Chief Executive of the World Coal Association. She has held the role since July 2019. Previously, she was Head of Strategy, Government and Communications for Europe, Asia and Africa for the multinational company, Orica.
Her career spans over 25 years in senior roles in the energy, oil and gas and mining industries in both developed and developing markets. She has also held non-executive director positions in energy and healthcare sectors and early in her career, worked in policy and public affairs for The Government of Western Australia.
In 2022, Michelle Manook received international recognition in the global mining industry. Michelle was named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (WIM100), was identified by the Mining Journal as one of the 50 most influential key players in the mining industry. Additionally, an article about breakthrough female leadership in The Australian (“Miners Favour Females in Challenging Times”), highlighted Michelle as one to watch as she called for more rigour in the energy transition debate.
Coal in 2023 finds itself in a unique situation among global electricity and steel sector feedstocks. The energy transition has very much begun, with coal now a fuel that is starting to move into structural decline. But it will still be needed for decades to come. Supplying coal for the remainder of its life will require investment that is very challenging in an ESG-driven investment environment. But as 2022 showed, coal is still being turned to when other fuels face challenges.
Wednesday 08 February 09:10 - 10:00 Main Stage