Laurence Golborne Riveros
2011 Inductee into American Mining Hall of Fame
Laurence Golborne Riveros is the current Minister of Public Works and former Biminister of Mining and Energy for the Republic of Chile. He is being honored for his leadership to develop new ways to encourage mining and mining policies in Chile and for his collaboration with industry, the mining support vendors, and local community during the dramatic rescue of 33 trapped miners at the San José Mine, in the Atacama Region in 2010.
Goldborne assumed responsibilities as Minister of Mining in President Sebastián Piñera’s government on March 10, 2010 and focused on mining policies following a massive earthquake in February 2010. In August 2010, he lead the rescue operation of 33 miners trapped in the San José copper-gold mine located near Copiapó, putting together an international team that successfully solved one of Chile’s greatest technical challenges.
Effective January 2011, President Piñera designated Golborne as Biminister of Mining and Energy and directed him to take new responsibility to design Chile’s national energy policy. Effective July 2011, President Piñera designated Golborne as Minister of Public Works.
Mr. Golborne graduated from the Instituto Nacional high school in Santiago and he received his Industrial Civil Engineering degree from the Universidad Católica de Chile, obtaining the achievement of Best Graduate granted by the Chilean Engineers Association. Afterwards he studied Business administration at Northwestern and Stanford Universities in the United States of America.
Mr. Golborne has longstanding professional experience in the private sector, prominent among which was his term as the CEO of Centros Comerciales Sudamericanos (Cencosud Group) until 2009. He led the expansion of this retail conglomerate, which currently operates in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. Mr. Golborne was member of the board of directors of several companies and was also a member of the Advisory Board at the Havas Media Group for Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.
Among his activities, he acted as director of the Audax Italiano Sporting Club, the San Agustín Foundation of the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Católica de Chile, and was also director on the board of ICARE, a private nonprofit institution that encourages business excellence in Chile.
Mr. Golborne was born in Santiago, he is married, and the father of six children.