Economic Geology and the New Global Energy Economy

Critical Minerals Series

Series Moderator


Edith Newton Wilson

Rock Whisperer LLC

Edith, founder and owner of Rock Whisperer, consults on renewable energy and climate mitigation. She is a Fellow of SEG and the Geological Society of London, a member of the AGU, and serves on multiple community boards. Edith holds a BA from Dartmouth and a PhD from Johns Hopkins. She began her career with Anaconda Minerals then transitioned to energy exploration with Amoco, bp, Phillips, ConocoPhillips, Samson and TallGrass Energy. Edith has traveled throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa - where she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro - and is conversant in French, Italian and Portuguese.

Panelists for Theme 1


Lucy Crane

Senior Geologist at Cornish Lithium

Lucy is a strong advocate for the standardization of sustainable and responsible practices in mining, promoting these actions to the wider public, and is passionate about making the industry a more diverse place to work. She has been on the committee for Young Mining Professionals London since its inception and is heavily involved in Women in Mining UK. She did a 2019 TEDx talk on "Mining our way to a low carbon future" which has been well received. She holds a degree in Earth Sciences from Oxford University, and a master's in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.


Jesse Edmondson

Professional Geologist

Jesse is a professional geologist passionate about creating environmentally sustainable domestic supply chains of critical minerals in the United States to help secure and support the future of American green-energy technology in the 21st century. Jesse has worked in mineral exploration since 2011 on a number of projects, including: gold/silver, graphite, lithium, rare earths, quartz, and mine tailings repurposing. Additionally, Jesse has worked extensively in business development to build relationships with battery-material customers and in government relations at the local, state, and federal levels to help educate and build support for domestic critical mineral projects.


Andrew Miller

Product Director at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Ltd

Jesse Andrew oversees Benchmark's supply chain research and analysis, from downstream assessments of anode, cathode and battery production to pricing and forecasting for the key lithium-ion battery raw materials - lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite. He delivers industry presentations and travels globally to mines and processing plants. Andrew has advised some of the world's leading institutional investors, auto OEMs, battery producers and mining companies. He also manages a portfolio of subscription services for market and price data. Prior to Benchmark, Andrew worked in metal and financial markets and graduated with a first-class honors degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia.

Panelists for Theme 2


Felipe Gallardo


Felipe is a restless and passionate 33-year-old professional who holds a BSc and a professional degree in Geology, and also an MSc in Geology, all from Universidad de Chile. He dedicated his first years of professional activity to the Tectonics and Structural Geology fields, from a more regional and academic perspective, and participated in the developments of an official Geological Map for the Chilean National Geological and Mining Service. He also loves teaching and, as so, has worked as an Assistant Professor for another Chilean university (Universidad Mayor). After spending a year in Germany on a working-holiday program, he finally arrived at the lithium sector and started working for SQM in 2017, first as an Exploration Geologist and soon after as Project Hydrogeologist. Since then, during the last 4 years he has had the chance of studying the Salar de Atacama to a great extent and participate in projects related to both exploration and extraction of high-Li brines, and to analysing the Salar's "big picture" through the development of the conceptual hydrogeological model of the basin. During 2021 he will finish a degree course on Groundwater Hydrology.

Last but absolutely not least, hydrogeology is what lets him do what he loves the most: practicing sports. He is an amateur runner, road-cyclist and triathlete, and also loves playing tennis and hiking.


Murray Hitzman


Murray holds an SFI Professorship in the School of Earth Sciences at University College Dublin and is also the Director of the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG). He served as Associate Director for Energy and Minerals at the U.S. Geological Survey (2016-2017) and was the Charles Fogarty Professor of Economic Geology at Colorado School of Mines from 1996 to 2016 where a primary research focus was the geology of the Central African Copperbelt (Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia). Dr. Hitzman served in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst in both the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1994-1996) during the Clinton Administration and the U.S. Senate (1993-1994) for Senator Joseph Lieberman (CT). He worked in the petroleum and minerals industries from 1976 to 1993 primarily conducting mineral exploration worldwide and was largely responsible for Chevron Corporation’s Lisheen Zn-Pb-Ag deposit discovery in Ireland (1990). Hitzman has B.A. degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983). He has previously served on the boards of a number of mineral exploration and mining companies and currently serves as technical advisor for the private company KoBold, focused on utilizing machine learning for cobalt exploration. He has received a number of awards, including the Chevron Chairman’s award for the Lisheen discovery (1992), the Society of Economic Geologists Silver Medal (1999), the Daniel C. Jackling Award by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, and the Des Pretorius Award by the Geological Society of South Africa (both 2015), and the Haddon Forrester King Medal by the Australian Academy of Sciences (2016).


Joel Hrominchuk


Joel is a passionate outdoorsman and explorationist. He is a registered Professional Geologist with 27 years experience in global exploration for a wide range of commodities, currently the Head of Geoscience for BHP Exploration. Previously, Joel served as General Manager of Exploration for Vale focused on Nickel and Copper in North America and other roles in Innovation and Technology and Greenfields exploration. Prior to Vale he worked in the Junior exploration market for several companies with a global focus. Joel started his career with Noranda and Falconbridge holding progressively more senior roles over 12 years. Working in Greenfields and Brownfields he shares in significant discoveries in Africa, South America, and North America.

A graduate of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada with an HBSc. in Geology and BSc in Geomorphology, he also holds a Master's Degree in Economic Geology from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario Canada. Joel is an avid sportsman and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, climbing and travelling.


Andrew Scogings


Andrew is a geologist with close on 30 years’ experience of industrial minerals exploration, resource estimation, product development and sales management. He has worked directly in the industry and also as a consultant, providing technical advice as a Competent Person for a diverse range of industrial minerals projects including bentonite, chromite, fluorite, graphite, kaolin, lithium, mineral sands, potash, silica sand, REE and vermiculite. Andrew is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (RP Geo. Industrial Minerals) with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has published papers on reporting requirements of the JORC Code 2012 as it pertains to industrial minerals, with specific reference to Clauses 18 and 19 (Exploration Results), Clause 49 (product specifications) and JORC Table 1. In addition, he has written and co-authored articles about QA/QC, bulk density, drilling methods, petrography and geometallurgy with respect to industrial minerals exploration and Mineral Resource reporting. Andrew was senior author of two significant industrial mineral reviews: Drilling grade barite – Supply, Demand & Markets and Natural Graphite Report – strategic outlook to 2020 published in 2015 by Industrial Minerals Research (UK). He has co-authored several papers on lithium pegmatites including: Reporting Exploration Results and Mineral Resources for lithium mineralised pegmatites published during 2016 in the AIG Journal. Andrew and senior author Dr. Bill Shaw were awarded the AusIMM ‘Best paper prize’ in 2018 for a paper entitled ‘The importance of geometallurgical test work for industrial minerals projects’ presented at the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference in 2017.