Keynote Speakers

Dr. James E. Faulds

NBMG Director/Nevada State Geologist / Professor, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG), University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)


Jim Faulds is the Nevada State Geologist, Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG), and Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and is the state geological survey of Nevada.  Faulds is a structural geologist with 30+ years of experience.  He has been with UNR and NBMG since 1997, first as Professor and then serving as NBMG Director since 2012.  He earned his B.S. at the University of Montana, M.S. at the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.  He has studied crustal deformation in many parts of the world, including much of the western U.S. and western Turkey.  His research has focused on how fault systems initiate and evolve through time.  In recent years, he has been analyzing geothermal systems in the western U.S. and elsewhere.  He recently completed a catalogue of the structural settings of >400 geothermal systems in the Great Basin region and also generated a detailed geothermal potential map for much of this region.  By characterizing the favorable settings for geothermal activity and utilizing innovative technologies, such as 3D modeling, his research has contributed to developing more successful exploration strategies for geothermal systems.  He has published over 100 papers and dozens of geologic maps on extensional and strike-slip tectonics and the structural controls on geothermal activity.  He has also taught courses in structural geology, tectonics, geothermal exploration, and field geology, while serving as advisor for more than 25 graduate students.

 Dr. Guðmundur Ómar Friðleifsson

Chief Geologist at the HS Orka energy company/ Founder of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP)/ Co-ordinator for DEEPEGS

Dr. Guðmundur Ómar FriðleifssonDr. Guðmundur Ómar Friðleifsson has 40 years experience in dealing with research and exploitation of high and low temperature geothermal systems. Guðmundur received his BSc and BSc hon in Geology 1975 and 1976 from University of Iceland, PhD degree in Geology in 1983 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. From 1975-2007 he worked at Orkustofnun, the Geothermal and Geoscience Division (1975-2003), then at ISOR (Iceland GeoSurvey), 2003-2007. Since 2007 he became the Chief Geologist at the HS Orka energy company. Guðmundur served as a Study Board member in Exploration Geology at the United Nation University – Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) from 2006-2012. Currently he is the co-ordinator for DEEPEGS, an European Union Horizon2020 supported deep EGS project (under grant agreement No 690771).
Since 1999, has been leading the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), being one of the founder of the project, its Principal Investigator and project manager, coordinator and spokesman. He is an author and co-author of tenths of scientific papers and extended conference abstracts and over two hundred reports of various lengths on geothermal exploration and utilization. In 2009 well IDDP-1 was drilled into 900°C magma at Krafla in NE-Iceland. The subsequent flow and pilot testing may lead to a new era in power production at Krafla and elsewhere. In 2016 the IDDP-2 drill hole was drilled at Reykjanes, the landward extension of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and was completed at 4650 m depth 25th January 2017. The well is already a success. Supercritical condition was measured in the well near bottom (426°C, 340 bar) during drilling after only 6 days heating. Extensive amphibolite facies rock alteration suggest formation T>450°C. The seawater fed high-temperature geothermal system at Reykjanes is an on-land analogue to the ocean floor black smokers.

 Rupert Sutherland

Victoria University in Wellington

Rupert Sutherland is a professor of tectonics and geophysics at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He previously worked at GNS Science for 20 years, where he led a research program into the active tectonics and geophysical structure of New Zealand, and he was also involved in offshore geophysical exploration of the broader continent of Zealandia. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University, UK, and his PhD at Otago University. Rupert has published 90 journal articles and 10 books or book chapters. Since 2009, he has led the Deep Fault Drilling Project in South Island, where a significant geothermal discovery was made and results were published in the journal Nature this year.



The Māori Economic Taskforce report “He Kai Kei Āku Ringa” identified sustainable energy and
a priority growth area which would provide significant opportunity for iwi/ Māori to continue
to build their economic base through direct use geothermal development opportunities. In
recognition of this potential, GNS Science – in partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri (TPK), the Ministry
of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Waiariki Institute of Technology – ran a Māori
Geothermal Symposium in 2013.

Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa (TPT) is a post-Settlement governance entity. It was formed on 1 December 2006 to receive, hold and manage the assets negotiated on behalf of the eleven Te Arawa iwi and hapū that it represents, known as the Affiliates.

TPT is the parent organisation primarily responsible for implementation of our Settlement
on behalf of our Affiliates and for overseeing the two subsidiaries: Te Arawa Group Holdings and Te Arawa Tangata for our whānau, marae, hapū and iwi – nau mai, piki mai.

Alec Wilson, Chair –  Waiariki Maori Geothermal Advisory Group







Wally Tangohau General Manager





Geoff Rice is a Trustee for the Tapuika Iwi Authority, Chairman of Ngāti Tura, Ngāti Te Ngākau Hapū Trust.

The advisory group comprises of representatives of land trusts and incorporations which have an aspiration to develop direct use geothermal assets or a desire to support and share information and experiences regarding a best practise approach to business and development.




Taparoto Nicholson is the Pou Tuarā Ki Te Tumuaki for Te Puia, Rotorua New Zealand Māori Arts and a member of the New Zealand Geothermal Association. This collaboration connects with Māori economic interests and entities to further explore geothermal resource use opportunities in ways that are respectful to taonga and sustainable

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