Keynote Speakers

Professor Robert Hall

Title: Borneo Tectonics: Subduction, Collision, Rotation, Extension?

Robert Hall is Professor of Geology and Director of the SE Asia Research Group at Royal Holloway University of London. He completed his PhD in 1974 on ophiolites and sutures in Turkey and later worked in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Since 1984 he has conducted field-based research in SE Asia with postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers, supported by industrial consortia. These studies have been the basis for plate tectonic reconstructions of the region. His research interests include subduction and island arcs; sediments and provenance; interpretation of seismic tomography and mantle processes; and biogeographical implications of the tectonic models.

Robert is an author of more than 250 papers with over 9000 citations and an h-index of 32.


Dr. Federica Zaccarini

Title: Platinum Group Elements and Chromite Mineralisation in Ophiolites: An Overview

Federica Zaccarini was born in Modena, Italy, on 20 February 1962. In 2014, she obtained an Italian-European habilitation as full Professor in Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry, Volcanology and Ore Deposits. She is presently a Head of the E.F. Stumpfl Electron Laboratory.

Federica has received a large number of international awards including:

  • 1998 Ph.D. Student grant, Society of Economic Geology (SEG), USA
  • 2001 Johndino Nogara, Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology, ITALY
  • 2004-2006 FWF Lise Meitner fellowship, University of Leoben, AUSTRIA
  • 2005 Johndino Nogara, Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology, ITALY
  • 2006 Juan de la Cierva fellowship, University of Granada, SPAIN
  • 2007 Ramon y Cajal fellowship, SPAIN.

Her main research fields include characterization of opaque mineral species, particularly using optical and electron microscopes, and electron microprobe analysis, investigation and characterization of accessory minerals, analytical techniques for the noble metals and their geochemistry, mineralogy and origin of ore deposits related with mafic-ultramafic rocks, platinum-group minerals in chromitites from ophiolite, stratiform complexes and Ural-Alaskan type intrusion, and sulfides deposits and sulphide deposits in ophiolitic complexes.

Federica is an author of about 100 papers, several book chapters and more than 200 abstracts and extended abstracts. She has more 1200 citations and an h-index = 19. Her excellent work has been recognized by the international scientific community and the International Mineralogical Association has adopted a new mineral name in her honour (Zaccarinite).


Professor Giorgio Garuti

Title: Petrogenetic Evolution of Uralian-Alaskan-Type Mafic-Ultramafic Complexes

Giorgio Garuti was born in Modena, Italy, on 24 September 1945. He was Associate Professor of Ore Deposits at the University of Modena from 1982 to 2009. Giorgio is an internationally recognized expert in Petrology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy of mafic-ultramafic rocks and associated ore deposits.

His main research interests include the mineralogy and geochemistry of noble metals, especially platinum group elements and their deposits, such as magmatic sulphides and chromitites. Due to his experience, Giorgio worked intensively in several areas worldwide distributed (North-Centre-South America, Africa, Russia, Europe and Asia).

His current research includes the investigation of ore deposits related with ophiolites, with special regard to the presence of gold and uranium minerals. He was Associated Editor of the Canadian Mineralogist and presently he is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Geologica Acta and Ofioliti.

Giorgio is an author of more than 100 papers, several book chapters and more than 200 abstracts and extended abstracts. His excellent work has been recognised by the international scientific community and the International Mineralogical Association has adopted a new mineral name in his honour (Garutite). He has over 1700 citations and an h-index=25.


Professor Peter O. Baumgartner

Title: Panthalassa and Neotethys: Two giant oceans facing the break-up of Pangea - Mesozoic ocean history and circulation

Peter Baumgartner is a Professor Emeritus in the University of Lausanne. He has done extensive field research in Southern and Central Europe, South, Central and North America, Australia, Japan and he has participated in cruises of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (Leg 79, 1981, NE Atlantic) and the Ocean Drilling Program (Leg 127, 1988, Indian Ocean). Peter has also participated in the Meteor cruise 81, Leg 2B, CLIP – Origin of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province (CLIP) in connection with the geodynamic evolution of the Central Caribbean.

His research interests include Mesozoic radiolarian and stable isotope stratigraphy of Tethys and Caribbean, as well as sedimentology and tectonosedimentary evolution of Mesozoic and Tertiary ocean basins and active margins. Peter has published 120 papers with more than 1100 citations and has an h-index=19.


Ir. Gijs C. J. Holstege

Title: Is there a future for exploration?

Gijs Holstege is a Dutch National who graduated with an MSc in Geophysics from Delft University in 1989. Following a brief period working for Jason Geosystems he joined Shell International in 1990 and has worked for them ever since. His career has included roles in both development, Exploration and finance and has taken him to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Thailand, Syria, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands and now as Exploration manager in Brunei Shell Petroleum. He is married and has three children.


M Nezam B Mansor

Title: Global Climate Change & Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage

M Nezam B Mansor, is the Head of Production and Storage at PETRONAS Group Research and Technology, PETRONAS RESEARCH SDN BHD. Nezam holds a Bsc. in Geology from the University of Tennessee, USA and a Certificate in Management from the University of Melbourne. He is supervising subsurface teams focusing on studies to provide solutions in managing and developing high CO2 (and other contaminants) fields. He is also a member of PETRONAS CCUS Task force, a 3-year project for PETRONAS to come up with roadmaps, master plan and guidelines for Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage to be implemented from 2017 onwards for PETRONAS & other PSCs holder operations in Malaysia.

Nezam has been with PETRONAS for more than 26 years. He started his career as a Sedimentologist in 1991, with PETRONAS Research Institute. Before his current position, he worked as a geologist in domestic and international upstream oil & gas exploration and development projects. Has spent more than 4 years as International JV Manager, for PETRONAS ventures in Timor Leste, Egypt, North Africa & Egypt. 13 years as Exploration & Development Geologist while in PETRONAS Carigali (PCSB), and 9 years as a Research Geoscientist while in PETRONAS Research and Scientific Services (PRSS).