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About CMAA

The CMAA has been set up to provide a unified voice specific to the critical minerals sector in Australia, and Australian companies operating overseas. We aim to fulfil this role by promoting the needs of and delivering outcomes for operators across the entire supply chain. The CMAA uniquely caters to ESG-driven companies that are crucial to the energy transition and are aligned with Australia's sovereign ambitions. 

While the CMAA is fully independent and its Australian members set the agenda, the CMAA benefits from the experience and track record of its sister associations, as well as extensive government relationships across the globe.

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Namali Mackay

Founder & Managing Director

Namali is a former Australian diplomat and trade negotiator, covering the trade, industry, resource and climate portfolios during her posting at the Australian High Commission in London. After her posting, Namali was appointed Group Head of International Relations at Prudential in London where she managed the Group's trade and international agenda across the ASEAN region.


Jeff Townsend

Founder & Director

Jeff is the CEO and founder of the UK Critical Minerals Association which has built a strong presence in the UK. Jeff has extended the international reach of the CMA to Australia, Canada and the US and has strong links with the Australian critical minerals sector. Jeff is an experienced public affairs and campaign strategist having been a Director at Aspect Consulting and an International Affairs Advisor and Chief of Staff to members of the UK parliament.  


Olimpia Pilch

Founder & Senior Advisor

Olimpia is an exploration geologist by training and also serves as Chief Operating Officer to the Critical Minerals International Alliance, and Senior Advisor to the Critical Minerals Association United States of America, focusing on geopolitics, supply chains, environmental, social and governance, and strategic sourcing. Olimpia is a fellow of The Geological Society of London and a member of Women in Mining. 

Advisory Board

The CMIA Advisory Board comprises representatives of our Founding Members

Advisory Members will be announced in due course. 

International Reach

The Critical Minerals Association Australia is part of the Critical Minerals International Alliance (CMIA), an overarching body coordinating the domestic-focused associations: CMA Australia, CMA UK, and CMA USA. We are also partnered with the Canadian Critical Minerals and Materials Alliance (C2M2A). 

Industry-Driven Focus

The CMAA operates for its members to best position Australia, and Australian critical minerals companies, to benefit from domestic initiatives and a wide-reaching international network. 

Our working groups form the fabric of the association through which industry experts, across the critical minerals ecosystem, come together to address existing barriers and 

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