Appian Capital and SAFE’s Center for Critical Minerals Strategy Launch Strategic Partnership

  • SAFE-Appian partnership to inform governments on how the private sector weighs critical minerals investment and development, leveraging Appian’s leading global expertise while inviting other industry leaders to the table
  • Appian has appointed former UK Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as its Senior Strategic Advisor on Global Affairs
  • Raab to chair new Appian partnership with SAFE, bringing significant expertise in global affairs to the initiative, and supplementing Appian’s experienced team

SAFE’s Center for Critical Mineral Strategy (“Minerals Center”) is proud to announce that leading mining sector investor Appian Capital Advisory LLP (“Appian”) is supporting the launch of a new Partnership to provide research and insights to governments seeking to develop higher standard global mineral supply chains for the energy transition.

Appian has appointed the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP as Senior Strategic Advisor on Global Affairs. In this role, Raab will also chair the SAFE-Appian Partnership, which takes the form of a SAFE-Appian Sub-Committee on Opportunities and Risks in the Critical Mineral Sector, which will include other leading commercial experts in the critical minerals sector.

Last year, SAFE’s Minerals Center published A Global Race to the Top: Using Transparency to Secure Critical Mineral Supply Chains,” outlining a vision for how the United States can work with its partners and allies to create higher standards through radical transparency, from the mine to the final product. The Partnership advances this important work by analysing risks and opportunities for securing and diversifying sources of critical minerals and their wider supply chains to bring energy transition projects into production.

Appian and Dominic bring significant expertise to SAFE’s work addressing the financing hurdles in the critical minerals sector. Appian is the leading private capital investor in metals and mining globally with significant experience in upstream projects, having financed and brought nine mines into production over the last six year. Dominic’s appointment brings direct experience from the highest levels of government to the Partnership: He has been a UK Member of Parliament since 2010 and has held a number of senior roles including Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs. Appian’s position at the forefront of the global energy transition coupled with SAFE’s research equip the Partnership for success in this vital work.

Michael W. Scherb, Founder and CEO of Appian, commented:

“Dominic is a fantastic addition to the Appian team at what is an exciting and important time for our business. He brings a wealth of geopolitical experience gained at the highest levels of government, coupled with deep understanding of private and public sector partnerships, which will be instrumental in expanding Appian’s relationships and driving our next phase of growth.

The partnership with SAFE is an important development for global energy security. I look forward to continuing our work to support the energy transition through developing independent and secure supplies of critical minerals.”

Dominic Raab, Senior Strategic Advisor on Global Affairs at Appian, said:

“I am excited to join the dynamic team at Appian to further the company’s strategic objectives in critical minerals. I look forward to helping Appian expand international partnerships between investors and governments, so we can better navigate the geopolitical risks and secure the supply chains our economies need for the twenty-first century.

The SAFE-Appian partnership will bring in private sector investors with the expertise and track record to reinforce the supply chain resilience of the US and her allies. I look forward to chairing the group on behalf of Appian, aligning economic and commercial needs with geopolitical reality to safeguard our competitiveness and economic leadership.”

Robbie Diamond, Founder, President and CEO at SAFE, said:

“SAFE, through our Critical Minerals Center, is thrilled to thank Appian for its leadership in standing up this Partnership for the industry while bringing Appian’s investment insights and mining expertise to the global policy discussion on mineral supply security. Michael’s market perspective and Dominic’s geopolitical knowledge, combined with SAFE’s research and public stakeholder engagement, will serve as a powerful trifecta to help navigate the seismic shifts currently underway.

Through Appian Capital’s support, the Minerals Center can continue its crucial work building an advanced minerals economy that serves the long-term interests of resource-rich producing nations and developed economies alike.”

Abigal Hunter, Director, SAFE’s Center for Critical Minerals Strategy, said:

“Driving a true “Race to the Top” for an advanced global mineral economy is a defining challenge of our time. We have a unique opportunity to learn from past resource dependency dynamics and bring allies and likeminded nations together to shape a new value proposition for responsible mineral production. Appian Capital brings vision and guidance to this crucial effort, and we look forward to our collaboration and the participation of other industry leaders.”

Read more details on this announcement at Appian Capital’s media page

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About Appian Capital Advisory LLP
Appian Capital Advisory LLP is the investment advisor to long-term value-focused private capital funds that invest solely in mining and mining-related companies.

Appian is a leading investment advisor in the metals and mining industry, with global experience across South America, North America, Australia and Africa and a successful track record of supporting companies to achieve their development targets, with a global operating portfolio overseeing nearly 7,000 employees.

Appian has a global team of 81 experienced professionals with presences in London, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Lima, Belo Horizonte, Montreal, Dubai, Johannesburg and Perth.

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SAFE Media Contact:
Leslie Hayward, / +1 (202) 461 2386

About SAFE’s Center for Critical Minerals Strategy
The Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy aims to secure all aspects of the critical minerals supply chain to help empower the United States to lead in the connected, autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles future with a focus on the entire minerals life cycle upon which these sectors rely.

About SAFE
SAFE is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization committed to transportation, energy, and supply chain policies that advance the economic and national security of the United States, its partners, and allies. SAFE has convened business and former military leaders since 2004 to support secure, resilient, and sustainable energy solutions. Visit to learn more.