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  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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Isabelle Deschamps

Rio Tinto

Chief Legal Officer, Governance & Corporate Affairs

Isabelle is our Chief Legal Officer, Governance & Corporate Affairs and she joined Rio Tinto and our Executive Committee in November 2021. With extensive international corporate experience, Isabelle was previously General Counsel of AkzoNobel and a member of their Executive Committee, where she was responsible for all legal, integrity & compliance, and intellectual property management, as well as company secretary. She was also a driving force behind their Diversity & Inclusion programme. Before joining AkzoNobel, Isabelle spent six years at Unilever in the UK and in The Netherlands where she had accountability for legal and compliance for its European businesses and its Food & Refreshment division worldwide. Prior to that, she led the legal and compliance activities for the Personal Care business while managing the global Intellectual Property group and spearheading legal support to e-commerce, digital and privacy. Isabelle joined Unilever from Nestlé, where she held various positions in Switzerland and globally. She started her career at a Canadian law firm in Montreal and is admitted to the England and Wales Law Society and to the Quebec (Canada) Bar. She is a pragmatic, open leader with a passion for equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity, continuous learning and a culture of integrity. She is also a strong champion of fostering a culture of integrity and encouraging people to always have the courage to do the right thing.

Sessions With Isabelle Deschamps

Wednesday, 8 March

  • 04:55pm - 05:35pm (CST) / 08/mar/2023 10:55 pm - 08/mar/2023 11:35 pm

    Big Shovels: Supplying minerals for the energy future

    Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain
    The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is disrupting the status quo. Capturing and distributing renewable energy and enabling the shift to electric vehicles will drive soaring demand for the required minerals as the global economy undergoes consequent restructuring. The scale and speed of the mineral supply needed to meet surging demand will pose challenges, potentially delaying adoption of new low-carbon technologies. Will government policies and climate goals amplify demand for copper, cobalt, nickel, lithium, rare earths and other minerals? Will regulatory hurdles hamper investment? How severe might the mismatch between mineral supply and future demand be, globally and in the United States? How are renewable project developers factoring for the call on minerals needed to power technologies?