The Energy Transition and the Role of Mining: Perspectives from Mark Cutifani – Dig Deep – The Mining Podcast

In this episode we have a returning guest who appeared…


In this episode we have a returning guest who appeared back in Dec 2021 (Episode 200). Mark Cutifani, Chairman of Vale Base Metals, who are of the biggest sustainable mining companies in the world, mining base metals such as iron ore, copper ,manganese and ferro-alloys across the world.

Mark who was former CEO of Anglo American having steered the company for 9 years before stepping down last year to focus on other things including various directorships with Lang O’Rourke and Total. We are going to chat about what Mark has been doing since we last spoke, talk about mining as a brand and how to improve the industries image and the energy transition.

Mark is going to be attending Europe’s largest mining event, Resourcing Tomorrow, (Formerly known as Mines and Money London,) which is taking place in London on the 28-30 November, it’s the ultimate platform to meet with mining decision-makers, gain valuable insights from industry leaders, and expand your professional network. With a remarkable 20-year history, this event has built a strong reputation for fostering new business relationships across the entire mining value chain.

Tickets are selling fast, so book your tickets by visiting and use the code DIGDEEP10 to receive a discount.


  • The mining industry needs to improve its image and brand by better explaining its role in society, such as providing the materials that make the world work and reducing its environmental impact.
  • Access to land and minerals for the energy transition is a major challenge for the mining industry, requiring dialogue and collaboration with local communities, governments, and regulators.
  • Governments can play a role in supporting the energy transition through policy frameworks that facilitate dialogue, access to resources, and reinvestment in infrastructure.
  • Mark mentors individuals in various industries, focusing on leadership, sustainability, and finding solutions that balance business objectives with societal and environmental considerations.


“We make the materials that make the world work.” 

“The most important thing is seeing their confidence grow as they’re able to implement or do things that they see working.”

“We can’t just stop something because the people impacted, we’re counting in the billions that would be devastated.” 

“It’s about reconciling all those complexities in the role and if you can do that, then there’s a good chance you’ve got a sustainable business for the long term.”


Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients’ organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.

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