Patrick Barnes

Head of Metals & Mining Consulting - EMEARC
Wood Mackenzie

Patrick leads Wood Mackenzie’s Metals & Mining Consulting practice for the Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Caspian region from our London office. He is a practiced consultant with over 10 years of experience with mining companies, financial institutions, governments, and the establishment of conditions to successfully balance the needs of all three groups to foster development of stable and equitable mining sectors. His main area of focus has been in the areas of public policy development and investment attraction in projects with government clients in North and South America and the Middle East.

During his career in the metals and mining industry, he has held roles as a senior advisor to government officials on the topics of mining sector development and tax policy, leader of implementation and socialization of key government initiatives, and advisor on geopolitical/sovereign risk mitigation and private-public negotiations for government and the private sector. He has also experience in due diligence of financing of mining and infrastructure assets on six continents.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Patrick advised senior management of Rio Tinto's Copper organization headquarters as part of its global business analysis and strategy team. He led projects and analyses in strategy and valuation in Mongolia, Australia, North America and Europe.

Patrick holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a BA degree in Finance from the University of Utah.

Unlocking Opportunities in the Mining Industry for Governments and Investors

Mining has unique potential to be a driver for the achievement of countries' goals, at whatever stage of development the country may be. However, it can also be uniquely challenging to get mining policy right, given the intense pressures on both governments and mining companies to deliver what stakeholders need.

Unlocking the value will require a new approach by both industry and policymakers to earn the trust needed for the sector to thrive in a modern environment.