Timo Huhtelin is the chief geologist at the Kemi chromite mine operated by Outokumpu. He is a qualified person with the Fennoscandian Review Board which means that he has the authority to sign ore resource and reserve calculations. Timo started his career in PGE and Au exploration projects before joining the Outokumpu Research department in 1991. Since 1995 he has been working in the Kemi mine taking on his current role in 2007.



Kåre Höglund (Project Manager Exploration Sweden; Agnico Eagle) is a senior geologist with more than 20 years experience in the fields of diamond, gold, PGE and base metal exploration. Furthermore, he is also part of Agnico’s business development  group in Europe. He completed two MSc degrees in the field of gold exploration at Åbo Akademi (Finland) and Rhodes University (South Africa). Between 1994 and 2002 he worked for several junior exploration companies (SES, Dia Met, BHP Minerals, Arctic Platinum, INMET) in Finland, Sweden, Russia, Greenland, Canada and Yemen on targets ranging from kimberlite pipes to mafic intrusions. In 2002, he joint Boliden and focussed on gold and base metal targets including MVT, VMS and IOCG systems. Since 2007, he is responsible for gold exploration targeting with Agnico Eagle both in Finland and Sweden.



Dr. Markku Iljina is a passionate explorer and has 30 years’ post-graduation experience in mineral exploration and geological research. Experience includes supervision of field operations, planning and conducting of exploration projects, conducting and participation in international research and mining community related projects. Past employers and hosting organisations include major Finnish mining and metals house Outokumpu Oy, Geological Survey of Finland, and private sector actors. Geographical experience outside of Finland includes: Australia, NW Russia, and neighbouring countries Sweden and Norway.

Dr. Iljina is the founder of a geological consulting firm specialised in exploration targeting and helping explorers to establish their activities in Nordic countries Finland, Sweden, and Norway.



Prof. Elena Kozlovskaya is the head of the geophysics group at the Oulu Mining School. She is an author and co-author of 56 papers in peer –reviewed journals. She is responsible for education in applied geophysics at OMS and for planning and coordinating Solid Earth geophysics research at Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO). Her research interests include applied geophysics, seismology (active and passive source seismic experiments), numerical modelling,  geophysical inverse problems with a focus on joint inversion of multiple geophysical datasets (e.g. seismic and gravity data, seismic and electromagnetic data).



Tommi Lehtilä is the acting Head of Section responsible for Boliden’s exploration in Northern Finland and Sodankylä area in particular. He received his Master’s degree from University of Turku and since then has accumulated 10+ years of exploration experience in different companies and commodities, including Northland Resources (IOCG systems), Polar Mining (gold), First Quantum Minerals (Sediment-hosted Cu, IOCG, Ni-Cu-PGE) and now Boliden. Some of his notable international experience consist of working in countries like Sweden, Russia and Mauritania. The past two years Tommi has been managing the exploration programs and a team of enthusiastic explorationists aiming to provide more metal for the Kevitsa Ni-Cu-PGE mine.



Carl Löfberg, (M.Sc., Tampere University of Technology) has a degree in industrial economics and has broad experience in business consulting, project management, company start-ups and financing. He is a founding member of FinnAust Mining Plc (which is now listed on the AIM-exchange in London). He has been the Managing Director for Magnus Minerals since 2006.



Dr. mont. Kari Niiranen, M. Sc.

Kari Niiranen has been employed at LKAB (Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB) in Sweden since 2001. First as a senior mine geologist and since 2012 in a many-sided role as a specialist in process mineralogy. A wide knowledge of modern methods for the characterization of the chemical and physical properties of minerals and ores inclusive automated mineralogy is an essential part of his work at LKAB. Besides his own research, Kari Niiranen supports several departments of LKAB in questions of mineralogical and material problems. He has also created a large professional network including several European universities and Research Institutes during work-related research projects and his studies (M. Sc. in geology and mineralogy at the University of Turku, Ph. D in mineral processing  at the University of Leoben).

In earlier years Kari Niiranen has been employed among others at the Geological Survey of Finland, at the Pahtavaara gold mine and at the Suurikuusikko gold deposit. 



Tero Niiranen obtained his MSc in geology 2000 (Univ. Turku) and PhD in economic geology in 2005 (Univ. Helsinki). Has been working at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) as a senior scientist since 2008 in various tasks related to mineral deposits, bedrock geology, 3D-modeling, and prospectivity modeling. His main interests in economic geology are focused on hydrothermal mineral deposits. Also, he worked three years in exploration and mining industry in 2005-2008 prior joining GTK. He is an author in c. 20 peer reviewed scientific publications and 45 conference abstracts and non-peer reviewed articles.



Research Professor, Docent, Ph.D., EurGeol

Pertti Sarala is specialized in applied Quaternary and surficial geology and geochemistry in ore exploration. He was graduated as M.Sc. in 1994 in surficial geochemical exploration and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oulu in 2005. He joined GTK's Rovaniemi office in 2002 and worked in GIS database management and as a specialist for GTK's geochemical data. Since 2008, he is a Senior Scientist focusing on Quaternary and surficial geological research and development of geochemical exploration methods. In the latest projects his focus has been on advanced, low-impact geochemical exploration techniques that leave minor traces to the environment and are therefore suitable for northern regions. In 2009 he became a docent (Adjunct professor) of Quaternary and surficial geology at the University of Oulu. Presently, he holds a joint Research Professorship of geochemical exploration at the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) and the Oulu Mining School.



Rauno Sairinen is Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). He works also as a scientific leader of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY Institute) at the UEF. He has been appointed as Honorary Professor in the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland in Australia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Geological Survey of Finland. His major research themes have concerned mining policies and its social responsibility, environmental and natural resources governance, social impact assessment, environmental policy instruments and community planning.


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