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The 3rd Sustainable Phosphorus Summit is proud to have had the following Expert Panel members and speakers.



Prof Paul J Crutzen
Winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Germany




Dr David Lansley
Senior Economist, World Vision Australia

David started with World Vision Australia in April 2008, working in the areas of food security, economic development and climate change. He is currently Senior Economist and Senior Advisor in the Advocacy and Policy Research group, with a continuing focus on climate change, economic  development and food security.

Prior to commencing with WVA, David was a senior fellow at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. Between 2003 and 2007 he  undertook a PhD at the University of Melbourne and taught economics, Australian and European political science and business strategy there.

Between 1989 and 2003 he worked in the financial sector in senior economic positions with the HongKongBank, McIntosh Securities and the National Australia Bank. He also completed a Master of International Business at Melbourne University.

David has also worked for Shell Australia and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Treasury and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and has taught at Monash University, the Australian National University and the University of Sydney.


Mr Andrew Drummond
CEO, Minemakers Australia

Andrew Drummond is the Executive Chariman of Minemakers Limited which is listed on the Australian, Toronto and Namibian Stock Exchanges. He is also a Director of Namibian Marine Phosphates Pty Ltd, the JV company which owns the Namibian project.

Andrew is a geologist and has been involved in the mining business for 40 years in exploration, acquisition, evaluation, feasibility, development and mining. His experience covers a wide variety of commodities, including phosphate, gold, tin and tungsten, copper, uranium and energy.

He has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, the Philippines and Namibia.


Prof Mateete Bekunda
General Manager, AGRIDEC Permier Seed (U) Ltd, Kampala, Uganda
(Formerly Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Makerere University, Uganda)

Professor Mateete Bekunda is a Ugandan agricultural scientist, with thirty three years experience of working on land management, particularly on soil and nutrient management for sustainable smallholder farming systems of Africa. He has spent most of his working years in university- and research institute-related projects and partnerships in several countries with extended periods at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme of CIAT and IAEA’s Seibersdorf Laboratory. His Masters and PhD theses were on phosphorus measurement using malachite green, and on its characterization in Australia’s forest soils, respectively. He has held senior administrative positions at Makerere University, up to Faculty Dean, and has been a Full Professor since 2003. Iowa State University recognized him as its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences World Professor in 2008. He has published over seventy scientific papers and books chapters.  He currently coordinates the African Nitrogen Centre and the African Platform of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management.


Mr David Eyre
General Manager, Research & Development, NSW Farmers' Association

David Eyre is General Manager, Research & Development with NSW Farmers' Association where he is leading innovation projects in areas including carbon farming, market based instruments, renewable energy, precision agriculture and sustainable natural resource management. He was previously a Director of the Commonwealth Research & Development Corporation, Land and Water Australia and held senior policy and science roles in NSW Government.


Mr Chris Thornton
Coordinator, Global Phosphate Forum, France 

Chris Thornton coordinates research and communications for a number of industry associations, in particular the Global Phosphate Forum, which brings together manufacturers of phosphates for detergents worldwide. Over the last decade, he has coordinated the phosphate industry’s support of R&D for phosphate recovery and recycling, inlcuding research into the chemistry of phosphate precipitation (as struvite or as calcium phosphate), P-recovery reactor design, fertiliser value and agronomic testing of recycled phosphates and economic analyses of of P-recovery. Industry has also contributed to communicating developments in P-recovery, in particular through several international conferences on P-recovery and recycling. He is editor of the “SCOPE Newsletter” which summarises scientific information concerning phosphates and the environment. Alongside his professional activities, he is an active environmental campaigner in local and regional environment NGOs in France.


Ms Elizabeth Tilley
Water & Sanitation in Developing Countries, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland

An environmental engineer by training, Elizabeth became interested in nutrient recovery and non-sewered sanitation after constructing urine-diverting dry toilets in an arid part of Mexico.  She continued her studies under Prof. Don Mavinic at the University of British Columbia and was fortunate enough to work with his group of pioneering struvite-researchers.  For four years, she was a Project Officer at the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries (Sandec) at Eawag, during which time she had the opportunity to work extensively around the world, researching and piloting appropriate technologies and planning strategies.  Currently, she is a PhD student studying development economics at Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) at the ETH in Zurich.  As part of a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded research project focusing on nutrient recovery from urine, she is researching novel incentive mechanisms for sanitation uptake and use in Durban, South Africa.