Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt


TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt has been professor of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany since 1999, and the former Vice Rector for research and Dean here. He is a renowned researcher in the field of surface mining, environmental protection and sustainable development. The scope of his research activities encompasses a wide range of issues associated with engineering of mining and haulage equipment assemblies, rational nature management and environmental protection, rehabilitation and reclamation of disturbed lands, computer-aided modeling and mine planning. He is the author of 442 publications, including 17 monographs and textbooks, 56 conference organizer, 11 patents. He is also the Professor of Honor and Doctor of Honor at 9 foreign universities.

Prof. Bui Xuan Nam


Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Xuan-Nam Bui made his PhD at TU Bergakademie Freiberg in 2005 after studying at Hanoi University  of Mining and Geology, Vietnam. Today he is professor of Surface Mining Department and Vice Rector at Hanoi University of Mining and Geology. His fields of interest are mining technology and technique, mining environmental protection and sustainable development, occupational health and safety in mining industry and applied informatics in mining. Professor Xuan-Nam Bui is member of the Society of Mining Professors, different mining associations in Vietnam and of editorial board of some international journals.

Prof. Changwoo Lee


Dong A University, Korea

Prof. Changwoo Lee received his Master’s & Doctorate degrees at Pennsylvania State University, USA (1981-1986) after got Bachelor’s degree at Seoul National University, Korea.  He, currently professor at Dong-A University, Korea, served as dean of the engineering college and also the graduate school of industry and information. He has held various positions such as Chairman of the Korea Energy and Mineral Resources Engineering Education Program, member of Presidential Committee on National Energy and Ministry Mine Safety Committee.  His research areas include mine safety, mine environmental control, development of ICT-based mine air monitoring system and education of energy and mineral resources engineers.

Prof. Toshifumi Igarashi


Hokkaido University, Japan

Professor Toshifumi Igarashi is Dean of Faculty of Engineering, His field of interest are Underground environment, Water quality, Earth system, Civil engineering, Geotechnical engineering, Civil and environmental engineering. Professor Toshifumi Igarashi is member of Japan Society On Water Environment, Japan Society Of Material Cycles And Waste Management, The Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan, Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Japanese Association of Groundwater Hydrology , Japan Socoety of Civil Engineering, The Japanese Geotechnical Society, Hokkaido Association for the Preservation of the Environmenta through Technology, Japan Society of Waste Management Experts, and Japan Society of Engineering Geology

Prof. Juergen Kretschmann


Prof. Juergen Kretschmann: Born and raised in Gelsenkirchen, Kretschmann completed his secondary education at the Max Planck Gymnasium. After studying business administration in Aachen, Bochum and Dortmund, he was awarded a doctoral degree in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.) in Göttingen in 1990. His habilitation followed at the RWTH Aachen University in 1998, specialising in georesources and materials science, after which he worked as a lecturer. In 2005, Jürgen Kretschmann was appointed Adjunct Professor at RWTH.
From 1990 to 2001, Kretschmann held various management positions at Ruhrkohle AG, most recently as personal advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Labour Director of the RAG. In 2001, he joined RAG BILDUNG GmbH as a member of the management board. Since 2006, he is chairperson of the management board of DMT-Gesellschaft für Lehre und Bildung GmbH and president of the Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola University in Bochum.
Kretschmann is a member of numerous national and international professional bodies, currently (2018/19) President of the Society of Mining Professors – Societät der Bergbaukunde. He is also a member of the National Academy of Mining Sciences of Kazakhstan and a member of the Section Mining-Metallurgy of the International Academy of Ecology, Man and Nature Protection Science in Russia.

Prof. Mahmut Kuyumcu


Prof. Mahmut Kuyumcu was born in Siverek (Turkey) in 1946. He studied mining at the Technical University of Clausthal, where he received his doctorate in 1976. He then took on management positions in an iron ore mine of the Bong Mining Company, Liberia, which is largely owned by the German steel industry, and of Exploration und Bergbau GmbH, Düsseldorf. In 1991/1992, as head of the potash and ore mining department at the Treuhandanstalt, he designed the privatization of viable businesses. From 1993 to 2000 he was the managing director of the federally owned company GVV mbH, responsible for the renovation and conversion of the disused potash and ore mines. Since 2001, Prof. Kuyumcu has been chairman of the management board of the LMBV, which, as a company responsible under mining law, carries out the shutdown, rehabilitation and recycling of the uneconomical operations in the East German lignite industry.