Laura Cornish | Editor, Mining Review Africa
Laura Cornish is editor of Mining Review Africa. Since earning an honours degree in journalism in 2004, she has developed
a sound understanding of the entire mining value chain and edited some of South Africa’s most prestigious mining trade
publications. Cornish has visited mines on nearly every continent and has earned several publishing excellence awards for her
work as a journalist and editor covering the mining industry.
Paul Curtis | Journalist, Rail Media Group
Paul Curtis works on 10 different rail brands for Rail Media Group, including RailStaff, The Rail Engineer, Global Rail News,
RailwayPeople.com, Rail Executive Club, Rail Safety Summit, Rail Staff Awards, Rail HR Awards, and www.raillive2014.com,
the largest live railway exhibition in the world.
He spent seven years in recruitment and seven years in advertising before returning to Oxford to study strategic and tactical
marketing. Curtis joined Telent (formerly Marconi) in 2008, becoming sales and marketing manager with the Rail Alliance in
2009. Through his efforts, he grew the Rail Alliance to 225+ new members in just three years by teaching members how to
network, innovate, and collaborate through “show, tell and ask” pitches and by organizing monthly networking sessions on
railway station platforms.
Tony Duboudin | Editor, Track & Signal
Tony Duboudin is a widely experienced news journalist who has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom, and France for daily
newspapers as well as for a major international news agency. For the past five years, he has concentrated on the railway
industry as editor of Track & Signal, a magazine for Australasia railway professionals based outside Melbourne.
Before taking up the position as editor of Track & Signal, Duboudin was a senior journalist with The Age newspaper in
Melbourne. Additionally, he worked for The Times in London (and later in Australia as the newspaper’s correspondent) and
in public relations for a major Australian regional airline. Earlier in his career, he also ran a small boutique PR agency and
worked for United Press International in Paris. Tony has had a love affair with the rail industry dating back to his childhood
when he remembers going to France via the ferry after a steam train journey to Dover.
Joe Francica | Editor-in-Chief and Vice Publisher, Directions
Joe Francica is editor-in-chief of Directions magazine and vice publisher of Directions Media. He is responsible for operations
of the publishing group. In 2013, following a survey by Boundless, Francica was named one of the top 25 most influential
people in geospatial technology. He has written extensively on topics related to location intelligence and analytics, location-based services, augmented reality, and the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology for business applications.
Francica was appointed director of GEO Huntsville (Alabama) in 2012 by Mayor Tommy Battle. GEO Huntsville is an economic
development initiative focused on geospatial technology. In 2011, along with colleagues at Penn State University, he
developed an online course entitled “Location Intelligence for Business” for the university’s online GIS curriculum. Francica
has served on the National Visiting Committee for the National Science Foundation-funded Geo Tech Center and supported the
development of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model for the U.S. Department of Labor.