Susannah is Head of Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability at the Cobalt Institute - the non-profit global trade association composed of producers, users, recyclers, and traders of cobalt, representing over 80% of cobalt produced. She has almost 20 years' in-house and consultancy experience across numerous sectors and markets, including: mining & metals, oil & gas, and renewables. Susannah represents the Cobalt Institute on several prominent platforms, including the Board of the Global Battery Alliance and the Steering Committee of the Fair Cobalt Alliance.
Susannah previously managed the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Responsible Gold Programme, which is an OECD-aligned standard mandatory for all Good Delivery Refiners. She also spent a period working for Shift - the leading centre of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights - where she advised progressive global companies. Prior to this, Susannah spent ten years employed with a global engineering contractor to the extractives sector, latterly as the Global Head of Social Sustainability.
- The role of critical minerals in clean energy transitions
- Promoting responsible exploration and production of critical minerals
- What are some of the key policy considerations to for ensuring successful mineral value addition within Africa
Wednesday 08 February 12:15 - 12:40 Roof Terrace
The partnership between Zambia and the DRC – to establish a battery manufacturing hub in the Copperbelt region – is a revolutionary step for the African mining continent. In-country beneficiation of batteries from the world’s most lucrative copper and cobalt resources will deliver economic value to the countries and showcase Africa’s ability to extract raw minerals and create greater end-to-end value, not through export. It will put the region on the global map and show how Africa is ready to play in a global arena. It also shows how Africa understands commodities of importance that will stimulate a sustainable future. But, considering both Zambia and the DRC are landlocked countries – the need to ensure logistics constraints don’t bottleneck the development of this new industry is vital. This panel will explore not only what this great partnership means and how it is progressing, it will look at the infrastructure and logistics needed to ensure product reaches global market
Wednesday 08 February 13:20 - 14:05 InfraTech Auditorium