Chief Operating Officer
UDMN Managing Director
Bora Ugurgel is the Chief Operating Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Managing Director for the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) hosted at CEMI. Prior to these positions, Bora established the Innovation and Prosperity Office (IPO). Bora’s position at CEMI brings him face to face with local SMEs to identify innovation opportunities and to focus R&D funding that accelerates commercialization activities to generate economic development for the region. He connects with the community and other service providers to complement existing agencies while bridging service gaps through mining-specific innovation support. Bora Ugurgel has significant background experience in the financial and technical needs of a start-up business and has developed close collaborations with industry, government and funding agencies that benefit innovators from the private and public sectors. Coming from the private sector prior to his position at CEMI, Bora is well-equipped to manage and promote industry’s business interests through CEMI.