The Mining Innovation Network is pleased to have such an accomplished list of Advisory Board members, including:

Michelle Ash
VP Growth

Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining and manufacturing sectors with a focus on business improvement and change management.

She was CEO of Dassault Systems GEOVIA software division where she led a growth strategy across the company’s Natural Resources sector, delivering next-generation solutions through geologic modelling and mining engineering software applications.

Prior to this, Michelle was Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold and Technology Executive Lead at OZ Minerals.

She is also the Chair of Global Mining Group and a Board Member of technology start-ups Railveyor and Off World.

Jacqui Coombes
Amira Global

Jacqui is Minerals industry thought leader with experience across the mine value chain, commodities, and across the globe. She is skilled in building collaboration across the industry, government and academia; developing capability of businesses and people; and integrating ideas into systems to add value, improve efficiency and productivity, and maintain momentum for ongoing innovation.


Malcolm McRae
Sr. Director of Data and Analytics

Malcolm McRae is the Sr. Director of Data and Analytics at Newmont, one of the world’s leading multi-metal mining companies. He is an evangelist for the adoption of applied AI in the mining industry and has assembled an industry-recognized team and practice in this area. Malcolm is a frequent speaker on the adoption of AI and its application in asset-intensive industries. He has over 20 years of industry experience and holds degrees in Economics and Computerized Business Systems.

Arun Narayanan
Chief Data Officer
Anglo American

Arun Narayanan was appointed the Chief Data Officer of Anglo American in 2018.  In this role, Arun is responsible for shaping and leading the implementation of Anglo American’s data analytics strategy.  The Data Analytics group is part of Anglo American’s innovative approach to sustainable mining, helping to shape the future of Anglo American and potentially change, for the better, how the entire mining industry operates.  Arun leads the team that develops the industry-first VOXEL platform, which implements digital transformation for mining.  This platform uses data science to improve operational efficiencies and output of Anglo American, which will help deliver towards the profitability of the company, increase the safety of operations and reduce any environmental impact.

Previously, Arun was with Schlumberger for more than 21 years, focused on building and executing best-in-class software for the oil and gas market.  His final role there was VP E&P Data, Schlumberger Software, responsible for defining and building the industry’s first E&P data lake encompassing exploration, development & production.  Arun joined Schlumberger in 1997 and has been instrumental in developing the software landscape of oil and gas software.  Arun led the team that developed the oil industry’s first cloud-based offering – INTERSECT in the Cloud, which led to developing the transformative end-to-end DELFI platform.  Arun held various technical and management positions within Schlumberger in the US and Asia.  He has, in the past, been responsible for product design, development, and marketing.  He also was the general manager for the software businesses in India and Malaysia.

Arun holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and MBAs from both the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.

Gemma White
Head of Digital

Whilst helping BHP navigate Queensland’s first-ever autonomous mining deployment, Gemma White saw first-hand how aligning people, technology and organisational factors was critical for successful digital transformation. Sparked with the passion to build this digital future, Gemma disrupted her decade-long mining career in corporate affairs and made a successful career leap into digital and data-driven technologies.  

Today as Head of Digital for BHP’s Queensland operations, Gemma is driving the company’s digital transformation agenda by delivering industry-first machine learning, advanced analytics and award-winning innovation projects.  

Gemma graduated from Queensland University Technology’s inaugural Master of Business Administration (Digital) created to develop leaders in the digital economy and received an MBA Directors Award for sustained academic excellence.  

Allyson Stoll
Simulation Manager
Stream Systems

Allyson is the Simulation Manager at Stream Systems, a company aiming to transform the mining industry by enabling simulation of mining assets without code. She has 12 years of experience with a background primarily in comminution and flotation optimization utilizing advanced process controls and expert systems. She completed a Masters of Data Science from the University of British Columbia to hone and utilize her data science skills and subject matter expertise to transform the mining industry. Her research interests are concentrated on decentralized task allocation for haulage fleets and the use of advanced simulation and optimization for data-driven decision support through all levels of the organization as well as all timelines, from immediately tactical to long-range strategy.