Global Tailings Standard Panel Discussion

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The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was launched on 5 August by the United Nations Environment Programme, Principles for Responsible Investment and International Council on Mining and Metals. In the course of the discussion, panellists will address the cross-industry perspectives on the Standard and how it strengthens existing ESG practices in the mining industry, the steps companies are taking to implement the Standard and the buy-side approach.


Ayuna Nechaeva, Head of Europe - Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group

Ayuna Nechaeva runs London Stock Exchange’s Primary Markets deal origination team across all of Europe, including Ireland, Russia and the CIS.

In the course of over 10 years at LSEG, Ayuna has worked on dozens of high-profile IPOs and listings across all sectors. Ayuna’s team manages a portfolio of over 200 listed issuers with a total market value close to $1 trillion.

In September 2019, Ayuna was elected Co-Chair of LSEG’s Women Inspired Network UK Chapter. In June 2020, she was appointed as Chair of TheCityUK’s Eurasia Market Advisory Group. Ayuna was featured in Management Today’s 35 under 35 Women in Management in 2017.

In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award in Business category.

Ayuna holds a Master’s in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School of Business and MA in Linguistics & Intercultural Communications from the Moscow State University.


Daria Grigoreva, Polyus Gold, Head of Sustainable Development

Daria Grigoreva is Head of Sustainability at Polyus, the largest gold producer in Russia and one of the top five gold majors globally. In her role, she is driving sustainability at the company through setting progressive goals, launching sustainability projects and managing sustainability reporting and disclosure within the company. Her work is focused on the environment, health and safety, community development, human rights and stakeholder relations, as well as incorporating international standards and improving management processes at the business. She represents Polyus within a variety of frameworks and committees, for example the International Council on Metals and Mining (ICMM), the Sustainable Development Committee of the Russian Council of Entrepreneurs (RSPP), and the UN Global Compact (Russian Network). In 2018, Daria was recognised as one of the Top 25 corporate social responsibility managers in Russia, based on evaluations conducted by the Russian Managers Association.

Daria has 15 years’ experience in sustainability roles in Russia, Kazakhstan, Burkina Faso and Guinea, and has worked in the mining industry for the last 7 years. Prior to joining Polyus, Daria worked at Nordgold, in charge of government and community relations and social investments. Before that she worked at Holcim and the All-Russian Energy Company, in charge of supervising social investment programmes and sustainable development reporting. She also has experience working in non-profit organisations, such as NGOs tackling gender issues and problems in urban areas. She graduated from Moscow State University, and has an MSc in Cultural Management from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, as well as a PhD. in Philosophy from the Russian Academy of Science.

Adam Matthews, Church of England, Director of Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pensions Boards & Co-Chair for the Transition Pathway Initiative

Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC).

Adam founded and now Co-Chairs the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which identifies companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy. Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes mining company CEO’s.

Adam also serves as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.

Aidan Davy, ICMM, Chief Operating Officer and Director, Environment Programme

Aidan joined ICMM in June 2007. As COO, he is responsible for strategy development and implementation, collaboration across ICMM’s programme areas and integrating communications into all ICMM’s work. He leads work-programme planning, the allocation of staff resources and staff development. He also leads ICMM's work on the role of mining and metals in society. Prior to assuming the role of COO in 2015, Aidan led ICMM's work on social and economic development, investor engagement, sustainability reporting and independent assurance.

Aidan has 29 years of cross-sectoral experience on sustainable development issues, working with a range of private, multi-lateral and not-for-profit organisations, including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC. For almost 20 years, his primary focus has been on social responsibility and accountability issues, with a strong emphasis on the extractive industries.

For the first decade of his career, Aidan primarily worked on environmental issues, in an international consulting company, a multinational manufacturing company and at the World Bank.

Aidan has an Honours BSc in Environmental Sciences and Technology from the National University of Ireland.