By Angel Chavez, Peru
I visited Brisbane in 2013 and, though it was quite a short trip, it was very important for my professional career. At the time, I was working at the Ministry of Energy and Mining in Peru and I was sent along with a group of colleagues to QUT in Australia. While in Brisbane, I had the opportunity to be a part of a diverse group of intellectuals as we all learned more about mining and its applications. The course exposed us to examples of sustainable mining practices and community engagement frameworks for socially-responsible mining. I was able to go back in 2014 and take a month-long course in Australia. Now I am in charge of the mining area at one of the top five law firms in Peru, where I am able to transfer my learnings to the industry, and I am certain it all started with my first visit back in 2013.