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SAM RIGGALL

CEO

Sunrise Energy Metals, Australia

Mr. Riggall has spent his career in the mining and technology industries as a company director, senior executive, adviser and investor.  He has worked extensively in specialty minerals, initially as mining executive for the Rio Tinto Group’s portfolio of industrial minerals businesses, and over the past decade in battery materials.  Mr. Riggall has worked in exploration, evaluation, development and operations, having served as a director on several public and private boards in Australia and overseas.  He brings deep and extensive insight to the interface between emerging technologies and raw material markets and is an active advocate for reforming supply chains to accelerate innovation and better manage risk.

Prior to Sunrise Energy Metals, Mr. Riggall was head of strategy and planning at Ivanhoe Mines, where he worked actively in Central Asia, Africa and Australia.  In his roles at both Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe, Mr Riggall was responsible for review of capital allocation decisions and new project generation.  He has led negotiations with national governments and parliaments to secure long-term mine development agreements, as well as actively defending nationalisation and expropriation cases in many parts the world. 

Mr. Riggall holds law and economics degrees from the University of Melbourne, and a MBA from Melbourne Business School.  He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and was awarded the Honour Medal of Economic and Financial Service by the Government of Mongolia for his contribution to Mongolia’s economic and social development.