The highly experienced technical and financial team, has overseen 60+ mine builds and over US$200bn of mining sector transactions, and works in a close and collaborative manner with management teams to deliver optimal results

Senior Advisors


Senior Geostrategy Advisor


Frank Fannon works closely with Appian’s senior leadership team to provide insight and advice on prospective and current investments across the Company’s portfolio. In addition, he also advises Appian on government and public affairs, specifically critical minerals policies across the key markets where Appian operates.

Frank currently serves as the Managing Director of Fannon Global Advisors, a strategic advisory firm which specialises in geo-political trends, the energy transition, and market transformations, after a successful career in the private and public sector in the U.S.

Prior to Fannon Global Advisors, in May 2018 Frank was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as the inaugural Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, a position he held until January this year. As “America’s Energy Diplomat”, Frank led U.S. Government initiatives across the Indo-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa region to advance free, open markets, and resilient supply chains. Frank also established the multi-country Energy Resources Governance Initiative to share global mining best practice and improve governance.

Before joining the Department for State, Frank was Head of Corporate Affairs at BHP, where he established its U.S. corporate affairs function and led climate change campaigns. Frank was also previously the principal U.S. advisor to the BHP Foundation, focused on transparency and governance, environmental resilience, and education equity. Prior to BHP, Frank led Government Affairs for Murphy Oil Corporation, and was also counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – where he drafted, negotiated, and helped pass into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

After graduating with a B.A. from Radford University, Virginia, Frank gained an M.A. in International, Economics & Trade, from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies, and also holds a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. Frank is currently a (non-resident) senior advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and visiting fellow at the Center for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue.


Senior Safety and Social Performance Advisor


Senior Advisor