Mick Buffier BE (Civil), MBA

Group Executive – Sustainable Development & Industry Relations, Global Coal Assets
Glencore

Mr Buffier has over 40 years’ experience in the coal mining industry in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration from Newcastle University.

Mr Buffier has held various positions throughout his career, including Mining Engineer, Senior Mining Engineer, Production Manager, Mining Manager and General Manager.

He joined Glencore Coal in 2001 as the Director of Open Cut Operations and in 2002 held the role of Chief Operating Officer of the company’s coal mining operations in NSW. In 2009, Mr Buffier was appointed Group Executive – Sustainable Development and Industry Relations, across the company’s global coal operations.

He is a former Chairman and current Deputy Chairman of the NSW Minerals Council, as well as a ministerial appointee to the NSW Coal Innovation Council. He is a Director of Low Emission Technology Australia (LETA), Australian National Low Emissions Coal (ANLEC) R&D Limited and CO2CRC Limited.

On an international level, Mr Buffier is a past Chairman and current Vice Chairman of the World Coal Association, an Associate of the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board and a peer reviewer of the IEA World Energy Outlook.