Anna Littleboy is a Technology Leader at Mining3 and a Research Director at the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute.

Skills and experience:

Anna specialises in sustainability to deliver a future for the minerals sector that uses less energy and water, produces fewer wastes and delivers shared value to communities.

Anna has worked on influential initiatives where science informs policy for a globally connected world. She is experienced at working directly with industry, State and Federal Governments and International Institutions to deliver game-changing technology and practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate environmental impact from the resources sector and develop trusting relationships between mining operations and their communities. Anna also established CSIRO Futures: a strategic foresight arm of CSIRO that now provides long-term trend analysis and scenarios to industry and Governments.

Anna has worked with various industry organisations from the resources sector (including Newmont, XStrata, Anglo American, Rio Tinto Iron Ore and BHP) and the Mining Equipment and Services Sector (for example Northern Project Consulting, Gekko Systems, Virtual Curtain Limited, Futureye, Reflexivity).

Previously Anna led the Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisations $17 million/year Resources and Sustainability programme, integrating more than 80 multidisciplinary staff including technologists with environmental and social scientists.


Anna is a Fellow of the Minerals Institute, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Responsible Minerals Development. She currently sits on the advisory board for a Federal Government growth initiative for the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. She is a recipient of a CSIRO medal and a Strategic Award for Business Excellence and has authored several book chapters and articles in the field of global sustainability and mineral futures – including Our Future World, one of the most download CSIRO reports of all time.

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