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 a Board Member of the Global Mining Group and 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.

Anil Subramanya
General Manager Australasia & Vice President Geosciences




Dr. Masoud S Shishvan
Assistant Professor
Delft University of Technology

I am a mining engineer with a deep affection for applied mathematics. My main research interest lies in the confluence of AI, IoT, digital twins and process optimization applied to various problems in connected smart future mining. Since May 2019, as assistant professor of Resource Engineering, I am particularly active in applied research focusing on computer science and geoscience disciplines, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), the internet of things (IoT), applied operations research, digital twin and modelling. My vision has always been to diffuse digital and innovative technologies into the industry. I am currently leading a team of two PhD and several BSc and MSc students. Together with my team, we develop an IoT platform as a base to embed my AI-related research activities, such as (i) the development of different ML models for material fingerprinting, (ii) the use of digital twin for generating synthetic IoT data, and also for visualization of IoT devices (iii) development of optimized data management tools and strategies (iv) optimization of different mining processes and (v) improving the safety of underground environment with intelligent evacuation systems.

Gemma White
Head of Technology

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.