About David

David Burns heads up Accenture’s global Natural Resources practice. He guides the strategy, offerings and growth of the practice, leading multi-disciplinary teams of digital, business and engineering professionals worldwide as they assist mining, metals, forestry and other natural resources companies to transform core operations—making them safer, smarter, more competitive, and more sustainable.

David has more than 25 years’ experience in this sector, and has worked extensively with mining, energy and chemicals companies, among others. He is recognized for his industry insight and ability to assist global companies in transforming amid unprecedented technology and industry disruption. He is also a strong advocate of responsible business practices—zero harm, zero loss, zero waste.

He authors thought leadership for Accenture’s Natural Resources practice and contributes to leading industry publications.

David’s Accenture blogs

Satellites and 5G can give mining companies better access to real-time data and create new opportunities for efficient, autonomous operations.

Mining companies have an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and emerge as leaders in the global hydrogen economy.

Accenture’s blog explains how mining and metals companies can create a roadmap to resilience and pivot to the future in a post COVID-19 world.

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