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International Advisory Committee


Dr Ronan Courtney

Researcher, Biological Sciences
University of Limerick, Ireland

Ronan is a lecturer in ecology and environmental biology in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland. For the last 20 years Ronan has developed and led research projects in the field of mine tailings rehabilitation, development of soil capping systems for mine tailings and use of passive treatment systems for mine waste leachate. Outcomes from his research have been incorporated into environmental legislation and best practice in Ireland and Europe.



Professor Andy Fourie

Professor of Civil and Mining Engineering
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Andy is a Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a PhD from Imperial College, University of London. He has worked at the University of Queensland, the University of Witwatersrand and has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is in the field of mitigating the impact of mining and municipal solid waste disposal. Outcomes from his research have been incorporated in changes to environmental legislation in South Africa. He contributed to a series of Guidelines for managing mine tailings in Australia, as well as developing a document for the International Atomic Energy Association on barrier systems for retaining uranium mining waste.


Professor Bernd Lottermoser

Professor, Institute of Mining Engineering
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Bernd has a chair in sustainable resource extraction at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, where he leads the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering. In his varied career, Bernd has worked in the mining industry and also for Australian, German and British universities, and has received a number of awards, fellowships and prizes. Bernd has written more than 250 publications as well as an acclaimed textbook on mine wastes.



Emeritus Professor Rae Mackay

Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner
LVMRC, Australia

Rae is a hydrogeologist with over 40 years’ experience in surface water and groundwater investigations, simulation and management. He has undertaken extensive research under the heading of stochastic hydrogeology for arid zone environments, nuclear waste disposal, contaminated land and open cut mines. Prior to his current appointment as commissioner for mine rehabilitation for the Latrobe Valley brown coal mines, Victoria, Australia he was the director of the Geotechnical and Hydrogeological Engineering Research Group at Federation University working on coupled hydro-geomechanical processes governing mine stability and mining induced ground movements. From 2011 to 2017 He was a member of the Victorian government’s Technical Review Board overseeing stability issues for all mines and quarries in Victoria.



Dr Anne Naeth

Professor, Land Reclamation and Restoration, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Director, Future Energy Systems, Director, Energy Systems Signature Area, Director, Land Reclamation International Graduate School, 3M National Teaching Fellow
University of Alberta, Canada




Jeffrey Parshley

Group Chairman, Corporate Consultant
SRK Consulting (US) Inc., USA

Jeff is chairman and a corporate consultant at SRK Consulting, with more than 35 years of North American and international mining industry experience. For over 25 years, he has worked on international closure studies that have included planning and design, cost estimating, liability audits, reclamation, and post-closure management. Jeff has overseen abandoned mine closures in the United States and has consulted on feasibility studies, mine permits, detailed mine designs, and corporate financial reporting. Jeff was awarded the 2014 SME/AIME Environmental Conservation Distinguished Service Award for development of the Standard Reclamation Cost Estimator, which is used by numerous companies in North America and abroad.


Dr Michael Paul

Managing Director
Wismut GmbH, Germany

Michael holds a Diploma in Geology and a PhD in Mineralogy. He started his professional career in underground U-mining. After joining Wismut GmbH in 1991, which is operating one of the world’s largest mine closure and rehabilitation programmes, he has worked for more than 25 years in the remediation business of uranium legacy sites. In 2012 he became both Wismut’s division head for engineering & radiation protection and head for mine water management. He also worked in leading positions in numerous mine closure and rehabilitation projects in Europe, Central Asia and Africa. He is vice president of the International Mine Water Association and also part-time lecturer and consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency with a main focus on know-how transfer. He authored/co-authored 100+ publications, mostly related to water management and mine flooding, waste rock and tailings remediation.


Dr Martin Schultze

Senior Scientist, Department of Lake Research – Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research
UFZ, Germany

Martin holds a diploma in chemistry. He completed his PhD on the filling and remediation of pit lakes in former open cast lignite mines. Since 1984 he has worked on water quality in pit lakes. For almost all new pit lakes in the Central German lignite mining district, he was involved in the prediction of their water quality in the 1990s. Since 1995, Martin has been senior scientist for the Department Lake Research of the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 publications on pit lakes and mine water, including the edition of “Acidic pit lakes – The legacy of coal and metal surface mines” (Springer, Berlin, 2013).



Dr Graeme Spiers

Chair Environmental Monitoring, Department of Chemistry, Earth Science and Biology
Director, Elliot Lake Research Field Station
Laurentian University, Canada




Professor Mark Tibbett

Professor of Soil Ecology
University of Reading, UK

Mark is a soil ecologist with over 25 years of experience in a range of fields related to plants-soil interactions, mycorrhizas, decomposition and microbially mediated processes in soil. His research portfolio includes soil carbon, metals in the soil-plant system, phosphorus cycling, bioremediation, metallophytes and mine site rehabilitation. Mark is the co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Soil Research” and an associate editor for the “Australian Journal of Botany” and “Restoration Ecology” and has published a book entitled “Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes”.



Bryan Ulrich

Vice President, Geotechnical
Stantec Consulting Services Inc., USA

Bryan is a geotechnical engineer with more than 30 years of experience with engineering, project management, design and construction, analysis, closure and site investigations of mining-related work. He has participated in all aspects associated with the design of tailings and heap leach facilities and has carried out numerous other geotechnical design efforts, including direct involvement with over 50 geotechnical site investigations. He is considered to be an expert in several fields, including use and interpretation of in situ tests, propensity for static and earthquake-induced liquefaction, material property derivation, laboratory analyses, and slope stability analysis, including the estimation of earthquake-induced slope deformation. He has completed numerous independent reviews of geotechnical designs and was a technical paper reviewer for the proceedings of the First International Conference on Mine Closure.



Dr Benjamin Warr

Founder, Director
BetterWorld Energy Ltd, Zambia

Benjamin is founder and director of BetterWorld Energy, a social and environmental innovation and consulting firm working in Sub-Saharan Africa to regenerate landscapes and stimulate innovation in post-mining economic diversification. He is Visiting Faculty at INSEAD Business School Social Innovation Centre and Stellenbosch University Department of Soil Science. Benjamin is an internationally renowned ecological economist, and co-author of “The Economic Growth Engine”. He completed a PhD in Environmental Soil Science in 2001 from the University of Reading and a Masters in Geostatistics from Ecole des Mines Paris. His research focuses on the biophysical dimensions of socio-economic activity to inform the development of government policy and sustainable business strategy.