Meet Our Speakers

H.E. Dr. Abdelkader Aamara
Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment
Dr. Aamara is the Treasurer and Member of the General Secretariat of the Justice and Development Party (PJD), and a Former President of the Central Committee of the Party’s Officials and Experts. During his mandate as a Deputy from 2002 to 2011, He chaired the Committee of Productive Sectors within the National Assembly, and was a Member of the Executive Office of the National Assembly. He is a Founding Member of the Association of Moroccan Parliament Members against Corruption, and a Former Member of the Administrative Committee of the National Syndication of Higher Education. He holds a PhD from the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary, where He served as a Professor from 1986 to 2002. He has also been employed as scientific advisor of the Sweden-based International Foundation for Sciences (IFS).
Samer Abuljebain
Capital House Group
Mr. Samer Abuljebain is a civil engineer with over 3 decades of international experience, 20 years of which have focused on Africa. Mr. Abuljebain is the CEO of the Capital House Group, a group of companies engaged in engineering, contracting, trading, and management consultancy, including the Capital Consulting Corporation Exploration (CCCE). The group has completed mid to large scale engineering projects in 22 nations, the majority of which are in Africa but also including Kuwait and Mongolia. Mr. Abuljebain has personally consulted on numerous infrastructure projects with government and private funding and financing agencies in Several African countries. He was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malawi to the United Arab Emirates in 2004. Mr. Abuljebain is also a shareholder of Tanzania’s Sky Aviation as well as a former shareholder of Gambia’s chartered airline, Red Air. Mr. Abuljebain’s technical and commercial expertise led him to the mining industry, where has worked with the inventor of the NOS 5000 for nearly a decade on refining the product and techniques that can dramatically reduce mineral detection time beneath both solid and liquid surfaces.
Hon. Cheikna Seydi Ahamadi Diawara
Minister of Mines
Republic of Mali
Cheickna Seydi Ahamady Diawara was appointed in January 2016 as Minister of Mines in the Government of Prime Minister Modibo Keita. He holds an engineering geologist degree specializing in the research and exploration of deposits of oil and gas at the Institute of Geology and Petroleum in Moscow (Goupkin).

After a brief stint at Pau research center in France and a probe geological formation on the sites of El Aquitaine in France, he returned to Mali to work at the National Directorate of Geology and Mines. Petroleum geologist, he is in charge of the promotion of sedimentary basins, monitoring surveys work, synthesis and evaluation and participates in oil tankers polls.

In 1984, he attended a training in geology, geophysics and computer science in Washington. Allowing it two years later to become UNDP project "Gold Bagoé"’s computer geologist. In 1991, he served as UN expert where he was appointed Chief Technical Adviser of the UNDP project to strengthen the management of geology and mining research of Gabon. After leaving the government in the late 90s, he was appointed as High Commissioner of the Organization for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS). He then works for the private sector as general manager of the mining company Gold Fields.

Before his recent appointment as Minister of Mines, he was:

  • Minister of Energy and Mines;
  • Minister of Planning and Forecasting;
  • Minister of Planning and Population;
  • Minister of International Cooperation and African Integration.

    The new Minister of Mines speaks French, English and Russian.

  • Tom Albanese
    Chief Executive Officer
    Vedanta Resources plc
    Tom Albanese, 58, is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Resources plc, a leading global diversified resources company listed on the London Stock Exchange, with metals and mining, oil and gas, and commercial power operations primarily in India and Africa. In addition, Tom is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Limited and Chairman of Konkola Copper Mines, both subsidiaries of Vedanta Resources plc. At Vedanta, Tom is focused on delivering operational excellence, efficient cost management and supporting the group’s strategic objective of creating sustainable long-term value for all stakeholders. Tom brings a wealth of mining experience from Rio Tinto, the second largest global diversified mining company, where he was appointed a member of the Rio Tinto Board in March 2006 and the Chief Executive for the period beginning May 2007 to January 2013. For the period 2009 – June 2015, Tom served on the Board of Visitors for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in North Carolina, advising the school on all matters. In August 2013, Tom was appointed on the Board of Directors of Franco Nevada Corporation, a Toronto-based gold-focused royalty and metal streaming company with assets around the world. In May 2015, Tom was appointed a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Mining for the year 2015- 2016. Tom was conferred with the ‘Mining Foundation of the Southwest’ 2009 American Mining Hall of Fame Award, for his dedication, knowledge, leadership and inspiration to his peers in the mining industry. Tom holds a Bachelor's degree in Mineral Economics and a Master's in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska.
    Nadi Albino
    Chief of Education
    UNICEF, South Africa
    Dr. Uta Alisch
    Managing Director
    Fugro Consult GmbH
    Dr. Uta Alisch is the Managing Director of Fugro Consult GmbH in Germany as well as the Global Mining Director Fugro. Her career started in 1987 when she finished her PhD from the Mining Academy Freiberg. Dr. Alisch is a specialist for raw material geology and exploration, the evaluation of mineral deposits, approval procedures with integrated environmental impact assessment studies and mine closure for quarries, open pits and lignite mines as well as remediation planning. She has accompanied various international projects, has over 30 years of experience in lignite mining, raw materials for construction and exploration projects, and is experienced in project management and leading multi-disciplinary teams.
    Dr. Gavin Andersson
    Managing Director
    Seriti Institute
    Gavin holds a PhD in Development Studies from The Open University in the United Kingdom but started working life as a diamond prospector for De Beers, was a guitar teacher and quantity surveyor’s clerk while studying for a BSc, then became involved in re-starting the black South African trade union movement before being banned by the Apartheid Government in 1976. He was founder and co-ordinator of CORDE, which worked with cooperatives and community enterprises throughout Botswana and later led a management consultancy, working across southern Africa and in the Caribbean. On return to South Africa with the inception of democracy he led a development advocacy organization and then formed a leadership network across 8 countries of southern Africa. He was one of the pioneers of the Community Work Programme, which now provides regular and predictable employment to many thousands of people across South Africa. Midway through 2009 he co-founded the Seriti Institute, which strengthens community organization for social health and local economic development. Seriti Institute uses large-scale participatory methods, and in its systemic interventions forges partnerships involving all actors within an activity system.
    Oliver Andrews
    Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer
    Africa Finance Corporation
    Oliver Andrews was appointed AFC's Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer in September 2014. Until his appointment, he was the Corporation's Director and Chief Coverage Officer, responsible for the origination and coverage division, and prior to that was the CEO of Africa Infrastructure. In his current capacity, Oliver is responsible for creating the corporation's deal pipeline, leading end-to-end deal execution and managing the Corporation's investment portfolio. As an entrepreneurial engineer and transport economist with extensive background in engineering, transport and project finance, Oliver has over 30 years' experience in the various infrastructure sectors and 20 years as an infrastructure project developer, financier and strategic adviser. Formerly CEO of TCI Infrastructure Limited (TCII) and the Gambia Ports Authority, he has successfully directed numerous infrastructure deals in Africa leading project development teams providing strategic, policy, program and commercial advice on infrastructure development issues to development financial institutions, international corporations, and Governments both in Africa and Europe. 
    John Anyanwu
    Lead Research Economist
    African Development Bank
    Feroz Ashraf
    Chief Executive Officer
    Uranium One Inc.
    Mr. Ashraf has been the Chief Executive Officer of Uranium One Inc. since April 24, 2015. Previously, he was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation (March 24, 2014 to April 23, 2015). Mr. Ashraf has been an Executive Advisor to Uranium One since January 2013. He has over 35 years of experience in the resource sector, including mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, and related downstream industries. Prior to joining Uranium One, Mr. Ashraf was Executive Vice President of SNC-Lavalin’s Global Mining & Metallurgy Division, and a member of the Office of the President. While at SNC Lavalin, he was responsible for the worldwide operations of over 6,000 employees and for executing projects in over 30 countries. He has held over 15 directorships and board positions within SNC-Lavalin affiliates, joint ventures and project alliances. Mr. Ashraf also served as a non-executive member of a number of professional, industry and community associations. He is an active member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) and the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Mr. Ashraf is also a guest lecturer at Schulich School of mining (2014 and 2015 Winter MBA program), and a guest lead lecturer at Ryerson University - Chang School of Continuing Education (Winter 2014 program).
    Toni Aubynn
    Ghana Minerals Commission
    David Awram
    Senior Executive Vice President and Director
    Sandstorm Gold Ltd.
    Mr. Awram is the co-founder of Sandstorm and oversees the corporate development team and due diligence process. Mr. Awram has evaluated hundreds of resource projects and has completed on-site due diligence on dozens of mines across the globe. Prior to Sandstorm, Mr. Awram was the Director of Investor Relations for Silver Wheaton Corp., where he was responsible for investor relations and corporate development. Mr. Awram graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.
    Claude Baissac
    Managing Director
    Eunomix Business & Economics Ltd
    Claude is a recognised strategy, risk and development expert and influencer with a track record of nearly 20 years in Africa, the Middle East and further afield. With extensive knowledge of each of the firm's areas of expertise, he has worked in corporate risk management, strategy and restructuring, and public policy. Effective with corporates and governments, supported by an extensive network in business, government and international organisations, he is becoming an established convener on policy. Claude has delivered over 300 projects since the beginning of his wide reaching career, and has held several senior executive positions. He is a consultant to the World Bank, IFC and the AfDB on investment climate reform and growth policies. His perspectives are increasingly sought after, and he has an extensive press, conference and publication track record (hyperlink to media section). Claude has been involved for almost two decades in WEPZA, the premier association of special economic zones, and is Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Flagstaff Institute, a journal dedicated to SEZs and similar economic diversification tools. He is a Doctoral Scholar in Political Science, and holds an M.Phil. and M.A. in Economic Geography. He studied in France, the UK and the USA.  
    Robert Baldock
    Chief Executive Officer and President
    Monument Mining Limited
    Mr. Baldock is an experienced mining executive as well as being a qualified accountant with over 30 years of hands-on management of public and private corporations across a wide range of industries and oversaw the acquisition and establishment of the Selinsing Gold Mine for Monument. Mr. Baldock is the former co-founder and Managing Director, and subsequently Executive Chairman, of Golconda Minerals N.L. Group of Mining Companies listed on the ASX, NASDAQ and Stuttgart Stock Exchanges. He was as well President of a controlled subsidiary, Nevada Goldfields Corporation, which was listed on the TSX, Toronto, NASDAQ, USA and Stuttgart Stock Exchanges. Mr. Baldock’s role with the Golconda Group also included the role of Managing Director of Duketon Exploration Limited, listed on the ASX. During Mr. Baldock’s period of tenure he had the overall responsibility for raising capital and using the raised capital and cash flow from operations to oversee the design, construction, commissioning and operation of numerous mineral processing plants and mining operations. Mr. Baldock was until June 2012 also the President of Veris Gold Corp., a reporting issuer.
    Mamadou Barry
    Senior Mining Specialist Extractives and Energy Global Practice Oil, Mining, and Gas Division
    The World Bank
    Mamadou is Senior Mining Specialist at the Energy and Extractives Global Practice of the World Bank. He has over 25 years of experience in the mining sector spanning academia, consulting, and technical assistance. At the World Bank, he worked on improving the policy and regulatory environment for the extractive industries. He subsequently joined the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and underwrote political risk insurance for mining projects. He currently leads mining TA project teams covering the Africa and South East Asia regions as well as cross-cutting initiatives, include small-scale mining formalization. Mamadou holds a minerals engineering degree from the Institute of Mines and Geology of Boké (Guinea), an economic diploma from the Economics Institute of the University of Colorado, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines with a focus on Mineral Economics and Finance.
    Dr. Constance Bart-Plange
    AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Ltd.
    Dr. Constance Bart-Plange: MB-ChB, MPH, DHS, MGMA, MWACPS, FGCPS, is a Medical Doctor by profession and a Senior Public Health Specialist. Her areas of expertise include Health Systems Management, Research, Malaria Control, Field and Clinical Epidemiology and Community Partnership/Collaboration. She has skills in Community Engagement, Social Mobilization & Advocacy Initiatives that have improved access to primary health care and disease prevention, by raising the effectiveness, efficiency, financial viability and equity of health services at Community level. Moreover, she has rich expertise in collaborating with Civil Society, having forged partnership with many NGOs to control Malaria in Ghana. Together with others, she has published several researches including those with Community Focus. Her past and current academic experience include Part-Time Lecturer in Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation, School of Public Health, University of Ghana (2010); Part-Time Lecturer for Malaria Control and Its Intervention. She is a highly motivated, innovative, proactive, transformational and dedicated team player, having worked at all levels of Ghana’s health care delivery system from the community through district, regional to the national levels (in both clinical and public health spheres). She has very rich experience in malaria program management at both national and international levels. Professionally, she is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians, Member of the Ghana Medical Association and Member West Africa College of Physicians and Surgeons.

    She is currently a member of the Roll Back Malaria Vector Control Working Group and the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee on Innovative Vector Control. She has served on W.H.O Technical Committees including Community-Based Malaria Program, Malaria Vaccines Advisory Committee as well as Costing Tools for malaria. She was a member of the Market Dynamics Advisory Group on Affordable Medicine Facility (MDAG); Technical Advisor for a year, for the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC); and member of the RBM External Evaluation Task Force.

    Under her leadership, the Ghana malaria control program has been successful in mobilizing massive funds from health partners/donors such as the Global Fund, USAID/PMI, DFID-UK, World Bank, UNICEF.

    The program has also received several recognitions and awards, amongst which are: effective collaboration with private sector to implement Indoor Residual Spraying (Anglogold Ashanti), successfully partnering with Private pharmaceutical sector to roll out, nationwide, affordable malaria medicines; the first country to implement integrated distribution of Insecticide-Treated Nets and Large-scale door-to-door distribution and hang-up, the success of which, were underpinned largely by effective community involvement, collaboration and partnership.

    She has won several awards in innovation and creativity and together with her team, has impacted positively on health outcomes, through pragmatic and sound interventions put in place to address the malaria burden in the country.

    John Barton-Bridges
    Chief Executive Officer
    Jonah Capital (Pty) Ltd
    John Barton-Bridges has more than thirty years professional experience in various industry sectors, primarily in the finance discipline for private companies. Born and raised in Africa, he left South Africa in 1985 for political reasons and to gain professional experience in Europe, the United States of America, Canada and the emerging markets of Latin America, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. John began his career as an engineer in the mining sector and spent 12 years with SRK Consulting Engineers, and other firms, working on mines in Africa, Canada and the USA. Following this, John spent 10 years with the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for financing transactions in the mining and infrastructure sectors. During this period he was involved in many start-up mines, as well as established mining operations, in Latin America and Central Asia, and was promoted to Principal Investment Officer at IFC. Following this, John spent 6 years as Vice President in the private equity team of AIG Investments, headquartered in New York, as senior executive in Africa. During this period he was involved in private equity investment in Africa, and assisted in establishing a global distressed debt group within AIG Investments. Since 2007, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jonah Capital group, a privately-owned company active in investment and the development of mineral resource assets in Africa, chaired by Sam Jonah KBE, OSG. Cavalla Resources Limited is the holding company for Jonah Capital’s iron ore assets. He serves on the boards on a number of Jonah Capital group companies, in executive and non-executive roles. Non-executive board positions include; African Energy Mauritius Ltd; African Energy Botswana Ltd; Indongo Mining Ltd; Jonah Coal Botswana Ltd (early-stage coal companies in Mauritius, Botswana and Zambia); Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services (Pty) Ltd (iron technology company, South Africa) Former directorships; Cathay Capital Company Limited (Mauritius), Proparco (Paris, France), Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit (South Africa). John holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a M.Sc. from the University of London, Imperial College (D.I.C.), and an MBA from INSEAD, France.
    Tendai Biti
    Former Finance Minister
    Government of Zimbabwe
    Mr. Tendai Biti is a prominent Human Rights Lawyer and Politician in Zimbabwe. He is the founding Partner of the law firm ‘TENDAI BITI LAW’, a firm that specializes in Constitutional Litigation, Human Rights, International Finance, and Labour Law. He is also a Fellow at the CGD (Center for Global Development), a non- profit think tank based in Washington DC.

    Previously, (2009 – 2013), Mr. Biti was the Minister of Finance for Zimbabwe. In this role he was largely held responsible for the stabilization of the Zimbabwean economy, and many other major legislative reforms that focused on public financial management, revenue administration, central government audit, and debt contraction. He is also held largely responsible for the commencement of Zimbabwe’s debt relief program and the normalization of its relations with International Financial Institutes such as The IMF and The African Development Bank.

    In His Political Career, Mr. Biti was the Lead negotiator and draftsman for an interim draft constitution – The Kariba Draft Constitution (2013) – In the Government of National Unity. He also worked on various Statutes, such as; The Electoral Act, National Security Act, and Zimbabwe’s new Constitution approved in a Referendum (2013)

    Tendai Biti obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Zimbabwe (1988), and his Bachelor of Laws Honors (LLB Hons) University of Zimbabwe 1989. He is the author of several articles on the Zimbabwean economy, Africa and international tax matters including:

    ‘The Attribution of Profits to Permanent Establishments: The taxation of intra-company dealings’ (2005) and ‘Fundamentals of International Tax Planning’ (2007).

    Matthew Bliss
    Strategic Partnerships
    Matt has lived in resource-rich communities affected by extraction, whether part of exploration teams, operations or site management teams, or corporate and executive teams, he always took up opportunities to work in multistakeholder forums on water, ecosystems, land use, security, policy, social, economic and sustainable development. More recently, he has worked to support extractives communities with non-profit development organizations, focused on building flourishing communities in fragile areas.
    Gordon Bogden
    Black Loon Group
    Mr. Bogden began his professional career as a geophysicist, co-founding Quantec Geoscience, moving on to CIBC, Rothschild, and National Bank Financial as a mining investment banker and advisor. He concluded his investment banking career as Vice Chairman, Mining & Metals, for Standard Chartered Bank after its acquisition of Gryphon Partners in 2011 where he was a co-founder and Managing Partner. Upon retiring from the financial services industry in 2012, he assumed a number of corporate board positions and engaged in board leadership, strategic development and corporate responsibility. Mr. Bogden is currently Chairman of Black Loon Group, a private mining investment company, and is a former President and CEO of Alloycorp Mining Inc. He is currently a director of Royal Gold Inc., the former Chairman of Volta Resources, past Chairman of Nexgen Energy and is a member of the Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation Board in Toronto and an executive member of the Canadian Advisory Board of Right To Play. Mr. Bogden holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science (Geology) from Queen's University, is a Professional Engineer, and earned his professional certification as a Corporate Director from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. Mr. Bogden is keenly interested in social and development issues around the world and is a member of the working group of the KIN Catalyst: Mining Company of the Future initiative. He has authored and presented many papers on corporate responsibility, corporate strategy, and M&A and capital markets related to the mining industry.
    Sujoy Bose
    Global Co-Head, Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources
    International Finance Corporation
    Sujoy Bose is Global Co-Head and Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC, where he oversees IFC’s US$12.6 billion portfolio in transport, utilities, power, oil and gas and mining. Prior to his current position, Sujoy was Chief Investment Officer and Head of the US$1 billion IFC African Latin American and Caribbean Fund, a growth equity fund with several large sovereign wealth funds and pension funds as investors. Sujoy has over 20 years of experience in emerging markets private equity and debt investments with IFC, where he has been responsible for several major emerging markets transactions, covering both debt and equity in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and MENA. Over the 2006-2010 period, Sujoy headed IFC’s office in Mumbai, India, following which, he joined the IFC Asset Management Company in 2010. Sujoy holds an MBA from Rice University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St Xavier's College, Kolkata, India.
    Dr. Dirk Brinschwitz
    Service line manager, water
    FUGRO group
    Dirk Brinschwitz manages Fugro’s Water Service Line in the Africa-Europe-Caspian region. He obtained a diploma degree in geology and PhD in isotope hydrogeology from the Mining Academy Freiberg, Germany. Following a career that is mainly connected to large scale water budgeting analyses of river basins, mapping methodologies and groundwater exploration, modelling and well field developments for the mining industry, Dirk took over staff responsibility and management roles in different size and company profiles. Dirk is currently based in Fugro’s Germany head office Berlin.
    Mark Bristow
    Chief Executive Officer
    Randgold Resources
    Chief executive since the incorporation of Randgold, which was founded on his pioneering exploration work in West Africa. Has subsequently led the company’s growth through the discovery and development of world-class assets into a major gold mining business. Has also played a significant part in promoting the emergence of a sustainable mining industry in Africa. A geologist with a PhD from Natal University, South Africa, he has held board positions at a number of global mining companies and is non-executive chairman of Rockwell Resources International.
    Dr. Harry G. Broadman
    Director, Council on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute
    Johns Hopkins University
    Dr. Harry G. Broadman recently joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University as Director of the Council on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute. He is also CEO and Managing Partner of Proa Global Partners LLC and writes a monthly column for Forbes.

    Previously, he was Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Managing Director at Albright Capital Management LLC; an official at the World Bank; US Assistant Trade Representative; Chief of Staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers; Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs; and held positions at Resources for the Future, Inc.; the Rand Corporation; the Brookings Institution; and the faculty of Harvard University.

    Dr. Broadman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the Bretton Woods Committee; the Board of Directors of The Corporate Council on Africa; and the Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network. He has authored several books, the most recent being Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier, and numerous articles published in economics, foreign policy and law journals.
    The Honourable Jean Claude Brou
    Minister of Industry and Mines
    Cote d' Ivoire
    Mr Jean-Claude Brou has started his professional career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1982, first as an economist, then as Chief Economist looking after multiple African countries, and Senegal in particular. There, he was the representative of the FMI for two years (1990-1991). Mr Brou then held the position of economic and financial advisor for the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from 1991 to 1995. In 1996 he was appointed Cabinet Director of the Prime Minister, a position which he occupied until 1999. He was also president of the Committee of Privatisations and induced reforms leading to the privatisation of 70 public companies in multiple public sectors operating in differing economic sectors (agribusinesses, telecommunications, railways, banks). Dr Brou also woked for the Central Bank of West African States for 8 years. He occupied a multitude of positions, including Director of International Relations where he was in charge of economic integration politics in the West African Monetary Union and Director of Studies until 2005. Subsequently, he directed the Department of Economic Studies and was appointed Special Adviser, supervising the audit and prevention of risks from 2007 until 2008. Before joining the government, Mr Brou occupied the position of Resident Representative of the World Bank for Chad from 2010 until 2013, as well as being the consultant of the Congo Repubic government. Mr Brou is the holder of a PhD in economics (1982) and a Masters degree in Business Admisitration in Finance (MBA) (1980) from the university of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA). He obtained a Masters degree in in Economics from the University of Cincinnati in 1979 and one from the Univeristy of Côte d’Ivoire. Mr Brou has equally been assistant at the University department of Economics in Cincinnati. Mr Brou is fluent in French and English, is married and has two children.
    Lynne Brown
    Minister of Public Enterprises
    Republic of South Africa
    Neil Brown
    Director of Policy and Research
    KKR Global Institute
    Neil R. Brown is a Director at KKR and director of policy and research in the KKR Global Institute. In that role, Neil integrates geopolitical, macro, and ESG understanding into KKR investment processes, particularly in emerging markets and the energy and natural resources sector. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Brown served on the senior staff of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Richard G. Lugar, and he was a senior advisor at Goldwyn Global Strategies. He is a fellow at the German Marshall Fund and serves on the boards of The Lugar Center, U.S. Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative advisory committee for the U.S. Department of Interior, Merton College Charitable Corporation, and Association of American Rhodes Scholars. Mr. Brown graduated with a BA from Harvard University and MSc and MPhil from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Neil is from Iowa, where his family farm is located.
    Peter J Bryant
    Senior Fellow & Honorary Co-Founder
    The Kellogg Innovation Network
    Peter Bryant is an executive business strategist with more than 30 years of experience developing and driving high-growth strategies for companies in the US, Asia Pacific and Europe. He has advised executive teams at a range of enterprises, from emerging businesses to Global Fortune 500 companies. He has held senior leadership roles, at global companies, including General Electric and Computer Associates, and he is now a managing partner at Clareo, a consulting firm based in Chicago. In addition to his corporate experience, Peter is a serial entrepreneur, having been CEO/President for two emerging technology companies, Co-Founder of an enterprise software services company and continues to be an active advisor to startups and a mentor for accelerators Clean Launch, Founders and Innovation Pavilions. He also co-authored The Growth Champions –The Battle for Sustained Innovation Leadership published in 2012. Peter is a leading authority on business, sustainability and technology innovation, in the resource and energy sector. He is a frequent speaker on this topic and has advised many leading resource and energy companies including BP, Castrol, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, BHP, Peabody Energy, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Anglo American, Goldcorp and Barrick Gold. Also he is the Co-Chair, along with the CEO of Anglo American, of a transformative initiative for the resources sector to redefine the business and technology approaches of resource companies. Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He holds a CA from the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for the leading resource venture fund Chrysalix and the World Economic Forum’s Mining 2050 program.
    Arabella Burwell
    Hannam & Partners
    Arabella Burwell is a Director at Hannam & Partners, a privately owned merchant bank offering independent corporate finance and capital markets advice to companies, institutions and governments. She has worked for investment banks for 8 years, predominantly as a specialist salesperson focussing on Natural Resources. Arabella has extensive experience in capital raising and broking for listed and private African mining companies. Prior to joining Hannam & Partners in early 2013, Arabella worked a Director on the sales team at Canaccord Genuity after covering the UK listed Support Services sector as Research Analyst. She began her career at Barclays Capital in London after graduating from Pembroke College, Cambridge University.
    Kojo Busia
    Acting Coordinator
    Africa Mineral Development Center
    Dr. Busia is the Acting Coordinator of the African Mineral Development Centre. He also leads the governance and participation team under the African Mining Vision, an African Union mining flagship for sustainable development. He led the AMDC in the design and development of the Country Mining Vision Guidebook which is now being rolled out in a number of African countries for the domestication of the African Mining Vision. He spent nearly a decade leading the United Nation Economic Commission on Africa’s support to the African Peer Review Mechanism for the African Union/NEPAD, helping the flagship program to gain traction and institutional support throughout Africa and globally. In this role he facilitated the adoption of the Peer Review Mechanism as the major framework for addressing natural resource governance challenges in Africa. His career spans a range of additional assignments at the international, multi-lateral and ODA level throughout Africa and globally including design and implementation of a Regional Democracy and Conflict Prevention Program in West Africa. He is a frequent lecturer on business, economics, governance and development at major events in Africa and globally.
    Tom Butler
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
    Tom Butler became CEO of ICMM in July 2015. Before joining ICMM, Tom spent 18 years with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) in the infrastructure and natural resource teams, with much of that time focused on mining and power projects in Africa. From 2011, Tom was Global Head of Mining, where he led a multi-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for IFC’s financing of mining exploration and development in emerging market countries, all in accordance with IFC’s environmental and social Performance Standards.
    Dr Mike Buxton
    Section Head for Resource Engineering
    Delft University
    Mike Buston completed his PhD in carbonate sedimentology in 1992. He worked as a Post Doctoral researcher at the Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa on aspects of economic geology. Subsequently he worked for 16 years in the South African mining industry as an exploration geologist, mine geologist, technical due diligence and business improvement. He has extensive experience in applied research and project management. He was project manager for a multi partner, multi commodity sensor based ore waste and material discrimination initiative undertaken over a 6 year period. He worked for FTSE 100 listed major multi-national mining company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work involved organisation and management of international researchers and multiple academic and commercial partners. He authored more than 25 technical reports. He is a specialist in the use of different sensor technologies for material characterisation. His research interests include sensor based material characterisation for multiple mining applications including exploration drillcore logging, mine face mapping, pre-processing, stockpiles and waste discrimination. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa
    Winnie Byanyima
    Executive Director
    Oxfam International
    Ms Byanyima has been a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building, spanning the diplomatic, multilateral, legislative and civil society arenas. Born in Uganda, Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament. A world recognized expert on women's rights, she founded Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a leading NGO in Uganda and has served at the African Union Commission and at the United Nations Development Programme as Director of Gender and Development. Ms. Byanyima is a signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement and has helped to broker and support women’s participation in peace processes in several African countries. As part of her drive to bring women’s perspectives into core development issues, she co-founded the Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired UN-wide task forces on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals and climate change. Ms Byanyima has served on numerous global boards and commissions and is currently a member of the Executive Board of the International Centre for Research on Women. She holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Conservation and the Environment (University of Cranfield, UK), and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Manchester, UK).
    Carole Cable
    Brunswick Group
    Carole has been with Brunswick since 2007 as the joint head of Brunswick’s Energy and Resources practice, specializing in strategic communications for the metals and mining sector. She advises clients on primary and secondary equity raisings, corporate positioning, reputation management, M&A, shareholder activism, crisis, investor relations, stakeholder mapping and engagement, and sustainability communications.


    Her clients have included Antofagasta, AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick Gold, Fresnillo, Freeport McMoRan, K+S Group, International Ferro Metals and Shandong Iron and Steel Group. She has also worked with BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Ivanhoe and Urenco.

    Prior to joining Brunswick, Carole was at Credit Suisse and JPMorgan in institutional equity research and sales specializing in Global Mining and Asia ex Japan. Prior to that, Carole was a uranium/nuclear fuels analyst in London, and worked for an Australian listed mining company managing the hedge book. Carole has a BSc from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia, and is a non-executive director of Nyrstar N.V. and Women in Mining UK.
    Marian Campbell Jarvis
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, Natural Resources
    Government of Canada
    Marian Campbell Jarvis was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, Natural Resources Canada in June, 2013. In this role she is responsible for leading economic and market analysis on minerals and metals, regulating explosives and for science and technology in green mining, explosives and materials research.
    John Capel
    Executive Director
    Bench Marks Foundation
    Tim Carstens
    Managing Director
    Base Resources
    Mr Carstens is an experienced mining executive, with a career spanning 20 years in senior resources-sector roles in Australia and internationally. A chartered accountant by profession, he has successfully managed all aspects of business strategy development and implementation, acquisitions and divestments, debt and equity financing, major project construction, organisational development and operational performance. He has been Managing Director of Base Resources Limited since its inception in May 2008. During this time, Base has acquired, designed, funded, developed and successfully commissioned the $310 million Kwale Mineral Sands Project, Kenya’s first large scale mining project.
    Albert Chama
    Archbishop of Central Africa
    Anglican Church
    I was born in Zambia, and studied at the University of Zimbabwe for my under graduate studies. I worked in the ceramics industry before deciding to study for the ministry at Bishop Gaul Theological College, in Zimbabwe. Moved to England, where I studied at the [[University of Birmingham]], where I received a M.A. degree in Community Development and applied studies. I served as a parish priest and university chaplain, before my election and consecration as Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Zambia, in January 2003. I was elected Dean and acting Archbishop of Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa, in 2007. Later got elected to the vacant title of Archbishop of Central Africa]] by the House of Bishops, on February 17, 2011, in [[Harare]], and was enthroned at the Holy Cross Cathedral, in Lusaka, Zambia, on 20 March 2011 look after the Anglican Church in the following Countries; Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. I Have done a lot of Community work even to date our Diocese is very involved in managing different community programmes under my supervision. Some of these are Early child hood development. Women economic empowerment, Home based Care for people with HIV virus and other chronic deceases in the Communities. Currently also I chair the Anglican Alliance which is global organisation in the Anglican Church which works in environment, Relief work, gender based violence, sustainable and general Community development. Recently I have been attending the Mining Indaba conferences at global level to Regional levels.
    Hon. Walter Chidakwa
    Minister of Mines and Mining Development
    Hon. Walter K. Chidakwa is the Minister of Mines and Mining Development of the Republic of Zimbabwe. His key functions include administering the principal mining code of the country, the Mines and Minerals Act. as well as other attendant pieces of legislation. He is responsible for formulating mining sector policy and providing direction to the sector.

    The Honorable Minister has vast knowledge of the investment promotion arena with close to two decades of experience.

    He joined the public service in 1991 and served at the Ministry of Finance until 1993 when he left to join the Zimbabwe Investment Center, forerunner to the current Zimbabwe Investment Authority, as a Deputy Director. The Center was responsible for advising on investment policy, planning and implementing investment promotion strategies as well as identifying sectors of the economy with potential for investment for the purpose of attracting domestic and foreign investors.

    He left the Center in 1996 to join the Export Processing Zones Authority as the Chief Executive where his brief was to administer, control, and regulate all export processing zones, approve and regulate activities carried out in export processing zones, grant investment licenses for investment in export processing zones as well as advising the Government on all matters relating to investment in export processing zones.

    In 2008 the Honorable Minister was elected Member of Parliament and served in the last Executive as Deputy Minister for State Enterprises and Parastatals.

    He holds a Masters in International Relations with the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Political Economy with Sofia University, Bulgaria.

    Dr Pius Chilufya Kasolo.
    Chief Executive Officer
    ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc
    Dr. Kasolo holds a PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom as well as an MSc in Mineral Evaluation from Nancy Ecole de mine, France. Dr. Kasolo also holds a BSc in Geology from the University of Zambia. He holds various other business and technical qualifications. Dr. Kasolo has over 20 years experience in the mining sector as a consultant and at senior management level, during which he has worked in, and provided consultancy services to, organisations with major international mining interests. He has undertaken various high level research studies, consultancy assignments and evaluations in the mining industry and other business sectors for the European Union, BHP, the University of Southampton and the Zambia Revenue Authority among others. He has held various senior positions in the mining industry including that of Exploration Manager for JCI Limited of South Africa (then Part of the Anglo American Corporation) covering various countries namely Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Mali and Gabon. Dr. Kasolo has served as Director on several companies in Africa including Firestone an Australian Listed company. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc, Dr. Kasolo was owner and Chairman of Zambezi Holdings, a diversified Investment company and Chief Executive Officer for Zambezi Mining Services (a concrete lining products firm based in South Africa).
    John Chukwudi Anyanwu
    Lead Research Economist, Development Research Department
    African Development Bank
    John C. Anyanwu is Lead Research Economist in the Development Research Department of the African Development Bank. His research interests include natural resources, poverty, economic growth, and good governance, among others. Prior to joining the AfDB, he was full Professor of Economics, Department of Economics & Statistics, University of Benin, Nigeria; Health Economist/Economic Adviser to Resident Representative, WHO, Lagos, Nigeria; and Consultant to the AfDB and International Health Policy Program. He had also been Chief Planning Officer in the former Strategic Planning Division of the AfDB. Anyanwu holds a Ph.D and MSc in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development from the University of Houston-Victoria, USA. He had had training/Executive Education courses at London School of Economics (UK) & Harvard University (USA) and Visiting Scholar at Cornell University (USA). He is Editor, African Development Review, a quarterly journal of the African Development Bank. Anyanwu is a member of AEA, AFEA, NEA, IAEE, WEAI, and iHEA. He has had his papers read at more than 120 conferences/seminars/workshops worldwide. Anyanwu has authored over 100 scholarly publications in national and international journals in addition to authoring/co-authoring more than 35 book chapters and a number of books.
    Dr. John Clarke
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Banro Corporation
    John Clarke has been President and CEO of Banro Corporation since 2013 and a director since 2004. He previously served as the CEO of Nevsun Resources Limited, which successfully brought the Bisha Mine into production in Eritrea. Prior to joining Nevsun in 1997, Dr. Clarke was an Executive Director of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited of Ghana, where he helped establish Ashanti’s gold exploration program throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in metallurgy from Cambridge University and M.B.A. from the University of Middlesex.
    Dr. Ryan Cochrane
    Senior Research Manager - Gold Mine Costs
    Wood Mackenzie
    Ryan joined Wood Mackenzie in September 2014 and is based in London, UK. He has eight years of experience as an exploration geologist, mining analyst and geochemist. Ryan has worked on gold and polymetallic projects in South Africa, Western China and Ecuador and previously worked at Thomson Reuters GFMS as a mining analyst covering the economics of precious metal mining. Ryan manages the Wood Mackenzie gold mine cost service and carries out research on various topics including; streaming/royalty financing in the mining sector, M&A and implied value at different points in the market cycle, and mine cost sensitivity to broader market factors. Ryan holds a PhD in geochemistry, geochronology and thermochronology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
    Christopher Coleman
    Non-Executive Chairman
    Randgold Resources
    Christopher Coleman is the non-executive Chairman of Randgold Resources, a gold mining and exploration business operating in Africa. The company is headquartered in Jersey, Channel Islands and is listed on the LSE in London and on NASDAQ in New York. In 2014 the company produced over 1.1 million ounces of gold at a total cash cost of US$698 per ounce and has over 27 million ounces of gold in attributable reserves and resources. His executive role is as Group Head of Banking at Rothschild, where he has responsibility for international private client lending, corporate lending and real estate portfolio management and is a member of the various boards and committees of the Rothschild Group. The Rothschild Group is one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups, employing approximately 2, 800 people in 40 countries. Christopher is also a non-executive director of Papa John’s International, Inc. which is listed on NASDAQ; and a trustee of Planting Promise, an agricultural and educational charity operating in West Africa.
    Professor Sir Paul Collier
    Professor of Economics and Public Policy
    Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
    Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He is currently a Professeur invité at Sciences Po and a Director of the International Growth Centre. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanization in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organizational cultures.
    Tracey Cooper
    Executive Director
    Mining Dialogues 360⁰
    Tracey Cooper is a founding member and Executive Director of Mining Dialogues 360. She leads a collective of experts who produce evidence based research that provides the basis for frank and robust dialogue on the socio-economic issues arising from the extractives industry. Prior to this Tracey consulted in communications and outreach working with organisations such as UNDP, UNEP, Gates Foundation, IRENA, and others. She has also traveled extensively in Africa working in education with international schools, World Bank library projects and development programmes.
    Lance Crist
    Global Head of Natural Resources
    International Finance Corporation
    Lance Crist is Global Head of Natural Resources for IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Mr. Crist leads IFC’s financing and advisory services teams responsible for supporting the oil, gas & mining sectors. IFC’s $2.5+ billion investment portfolio in these sectors includes more than 80 natural resource companies in over 35 countries across the emerging markets. IFC’s financing includes investments in equity, mezzanine and senior debt; and the advisory services team provides support across a range of areas to assist clients in enhancing their sustainability. Mr. Crist joined IFC in 1992 and has managed advisory mandates, project and corporate finance, and private equity transactions in the areas of general manufacturing and telecommunications, and prior to his current role he was IFC’s global head of oil & gas. He earned a B.A. from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Wharton School.
    Mike Cross
    Group IT Manager
    Gold One International
    Mark Cutifani
    Chief Executive
    Anglo American plc
    Mark Cutifani, 57, BE (Mining Engineering), has been Chief Executive of Anglo American since April 2013. He is a member of the Board and Group Management Committee (GMC), is a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum, chairman of Anglo American South Africa (AASA) and chairman of De Beers. Having begun his career in 1976 as a trainee engineer in the Australian coal mines, Mark has since worked across six continents, 25 countries and more than 20 commodities. He has built a reputation based on his broad industry, technical and commercial knowledge, and is recognised as an industry innovator with a track record of building high performance teams and delivering improvements across all facets of business performance. In his previous role as CEO of AngloGold Ashanti, Mark led the revitalisation and restructuring of its global mining business, delivering significant business improvements, ranging from safety, operations, capital discipline and project delivery, exploration and financial restructuring. Mark has also held the positions of COO for Inco and Vale’s global nickel business, as well senior executive positions with the Normandy Group, Sons of Gwalia, Western Mining Corporation, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and CRA (Rio Tinto).  With a leadership style that puts its focus on people development, accountability and the delivery of sustainable value, Mark has placed an emphasis on developing strong investor, labour, industrial, government and community relationships.
    Gillian Davidson
    Head of Mining & Metals
    World Economic Forum
    At the World Economic Forum, Gillian leads multi-stakeholder initiatives with global mining and metals companies, governments, international organisations and civil society to advance responsible and sustainable mining. Prior to joining the Forum, Gillian was Director of Social Responsibility at Teck Resources, Canada, where she led the company’s commitments to communities, human rights and sustainable development. Gillian has also held roles related to social justice, community development and natural resources in government, civil society, consultancy and academia. Gillian has worked extensively with civil society organisations to implement people-centered development and dialogue within the mining sector and is a 2012 alumni and group chair of the Governor General of Canada’s Leadership Conference on sustainable communities. Gillian holds a PhD in International Development and Geography from the University of Liverpool (UK)
    Alan Davies
    Chief Executive, Diamonds and Minerals
    Rio Tinto
    Alan Davies was appointed Chief executive, Diamonds & Minerals for Rio Tinto in August 2012 with accountability for Richards Bay Minerals, Rio Tinto Fer et Titane, QIT Madagascar Minerals, Rio Tinto Minerals, Rio Tinto Diamonds, Dampier Salt, Uranium, Energy Resource Australia, the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea and Executive Committee accountability for India and Africa. His responsibilities will also cover the Saskatchewan potash joint venture and the Jadar lithium-borate project in Serbia. Prior to taking up this role, Alan had been the President International Operations for Rio Tinto's Iron Ore business since January 2011 with global accountability for operations and projects outside of the Pilbara. This included the existing operations and expansions at Iron Ore Company of Canada. In addition, during his time as President, Rio Tinto signed the Settlement Agreement with the Government of Guinea paving the way for the Simandou iron ore project and establishing the strategic joint venture with Chinalco for the project. Alan also was responsible for the Orissa iron ore project in India and other global iron ore development opportunities. From 2007 to 2011 Alan held dual roles as chief financial officer for the Iron Ore group, as well as managing director of Global Development. This was an extensive accountability that included the Orissa project, the Corumba operations in Brazil until they were sold, global merger and acquisition and development activities, Resource Development, and Integrated Operations and Planning, within which was the Operations Centre at the Perth Airport. Before rejoining the Iron Ore group in 2007, Alan held the position of chief financial officer of Rio Tinto Energy America Inc., from 2004, responsible for finance and strategy, based in Gillette, Wyoming USA. Previous roles included London (HQ), Perth (Iron ore), Melbourne (HQ) and Brisbane (Energy) based roles in the taxation group within group finance and the product groups. Before joining Rio Tinto, Alan worked at Coopers & Lybrand in Brisbane, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Alan holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. Alan is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and until April 2012 was a director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and is a non-executive director of Rolls Royce Holdings plc.
    Dr Martyn Davies
    Managing Director, Emerging Markets & Africa
    Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte Frontier Advisory. He was formerly the Founder & CEO of Frontier Advisory before the firm was purchased by Deloitte. Martyn advises a large number of multinational companies on their strategies in Africa and other emerging markets. Over his career, he has consulted for 1/3 of the top 100-listed firms on the JSE. Martyn has been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “Other African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its prestigious Annual Analysts of the Year awards. He is a Senior Fellow at the MasterCard Centerfor Inclusive Growth –a group comprising leading international economists which works on subjects relating to macro-economic and inclusive growth. He is also a member of MasterCard’s MENA & Africa Knowledge Fora providing strategic advice to the management of MasterCard in the Middle East & African regions. Martyn was selected in 2010 as a Young Global Leader, an honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world. Martyn has chaired both public and private sessions at the World Economic Forum including chairing a session at the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. He has been a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on China, the world’s foremost intellectual network that helps inform the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.
    Dr. Rob Davies
    Minister of Trade and Industry
    Republic of South Africa
    Will Dawes
    Chief Executive
    Mkango Reosurces
    Will Dawes is a graduate of Bristol University (BSc Geology) and Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London (MSc Mineral Exploration with distinction). Having trained as a geologist in South Africa, he worked as a mining analyst based in London and then for Rio Tinto’s exploration division. Subsequently, he gained significant global mining transaction experience in the metals and mining team of Robert Fleming & Co, Chase Manhattan Bank and JPMorgan. Mr Dawes was a founding director of Mkango and Mkango’s major shareholder, Leominex and since 2004 has been involved in the exploration and evaluation of a variety of projects throughout Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has 13 years’ experience in exploration and business development and 9 years in mining finance, mergers and acquisitions. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
    Wim de Klerk
    Finance Director
    Exxaro Resources
    Wim de Klerk is Exxaro’s Finance Director. His academic qualifications include a B.Com (Hons) Acc. CA/SA, Executive Management Programme at Darden and Strategic Marketing Diploma at Harvard. Wim joined the fore-runner to Exxaro, Iscor Limited, in 1996 as group general manager for strategy and continuous improvement and managed Iscor Quarries and the Grootegeluk Coal during this period. At the inception of Kumba Resources in 2001 he headed the Mineral Sands commodity and at the listing of Exxaro in 2006 he was appointed as Executive General Manager for Mineral Sands and Base Metals until his appointment as Finance Director in 2009.
    Paulo de Sa
    Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives Global Practice
    World Bank Group
    Paulo de Sa is the Practice Manager of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice at the World Bank, where he coordinates and leads the Bank’s oil, gas, and mining lending activities and technical assistance in more than 50 countries. He also heads three global programs and partnerships in the oil, gas and mineral sectors including: the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the Global Gas FlaringReduction (GGFR), and the Extractive Industries Technical Advisory Services (EI-TAF).Prior to that he was a Lead Operations Officer for the Latin America region of the World Bank and also a Lead Industrial Economist. Before joining the World Bank, he worked in Strategy and Operations for Usinor-Sacilor, a leading steel producer in France. He holds a Doctorate in Mineral Economics from the Paris School of Mines.
    Royston Denysschen
    Transamine Trading
    Royston Denysschen has 20 years of experience in commerce and logistics in Southern Africa. He has been key to the start-up, development, management and as Director of successful logistics and peripheral businesses throughout Southern Africa. He joined Transamine Trading in 2010, specifically to focus on the trading of non-ferrous metals and minerals.
    Neil Dhar
    Co-Head Hard Commodities
    Noble Group Limited
    Neil has over 25 years of soft commodities, energy, and hard commodities experience. He started his career as a Commodities Trader at a US investment bank, which was followed by Head of Trading at a European Utility. He then spent five years as Chief Commercial Officer at a FTSE 100 global mining company before joining Noble early in 2010. Neil holds a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Science from the Melbourne University, Australia, and a Masters degree in Science from the London Business School, UK.
    Prof. Caroline Digby
    Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI)
    Prof. Caroline Digby joined the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as the Director of the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI), in 2014. The centre focuses on promoting responsible mining across Africa through research, training and dialogue. A development economist by training, Caroline has worked in the field of mining, sustainability, education and regeneration for over twenty years. Prior to Wits, she was Sustainability Director at the Eden Project in the UK, where she also ran the Post-Mining Alliance promoting better practice in post-mining regeneration. She has held posts at the International Council on Mining and Metals, the International Institute for Environment and Development and consulting group CRU International.
    Hon. Alfa Oumar Dissa
    The Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries
    Burkina Faso
    Frank Dixon Mugyeni
    Senior Industry Advisor
    African Union Commission
    Frank Dixon Mugyenyi is a Senior Industry Advisor and Focal Point for the African Mining Vision, Department of Trade and Industry, African Union Commission. He joined the AUC in 2013. Earlier he worked as an Industry Expert and Senior Economist for a number of organisations, including the United Nations Agencies (UNIDO and ITC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and other private organisations. He also held various high level positions in institutions in the United Kingdom and Africa, mainly in trade and industrial policy, natural resource development, value chain analysis, strategy development and private sector development. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the economics of developing countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and various international certificates, including a Certificate in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy from Harvard University and Strategic Management and Marketing of Training from Asian Institute of Management, AIM) Manila, Philippines just to mention a few.
    Fundi Dlamini
    General Manager: Communities and Corporate Relations
    Richards Bay Minerals
    John Dorward
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
    Joanne Doyle
    Deloitte Digital
    Sandra du Toit
    Head: Africa Corporate Finance, Corporate and Investment Banking
    Standard Bank
    Sandra du Toit is the Head: Mining & Metals for Africa Corporate Finance at Standard Bank, Africa’s leading bank. Sandra started her career as an academic, lecturing on the subjects of company and tax law at the University of the Free State, before joining Johannesburg law firm Brink Cohen le Roux & Roodt. It was here that she became involved in the South African mining industry, working first on the labour side of the business, before moving on to the corporate and commercial end of practice, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Sandra has been with Standard Bank for ten years, and focuses exclusively on corporate finance transactions in mining and metals in Africa. In this capacity, she has been involved in the sale and acquisition of numerous assets and has advised clients on a wide range of transactions, including joint ventures and capital raising.
    Noleen Dube
    Programme Manager Socio-Economic Development
    Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI)
    Noleen Dube is a Visiting Associate at the Wits University’s Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI). She has over 22 years of experience in sustainability and social development in the extractive industry and other sectors. She has worked in NGO, multilateral development bank and in the private sector for the benefit of developing communities. Noleen has worked in an advisory, technical support; training; project management and strategic roles throughout the African continent as well as in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. She has extensive experience with working with multiple stakeholders and creating partnerships for large social and economic development projects. In her various capacities, Noleen led some successful and best practice projects in partnership with governments, communities and development donors/partners. She has published several articles related to community development interventions in regional and international journals and publications. Noleen is currently the Managing Consultant for Strategic Development Solutions. She previously worked for AngloGold Ashanti, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Project Support Group Southern Africa as Co-Founder and Executive Director. She holds an MBA and a BSc Psychology Honors degree. She was a Member of the Advisory Boards of Project Support Association (PSA) in South Africa and its affiliate the Project Support Group (PSG) in Zimbabwe. She currently sits on the CARE South Africa Advisory Board.
    Paul Dunne
    Chief Executive Officer
    Northam Platinum Limited
    Paul Dunne is the chief executive of Northam Platinum Limited, a position he has held since March 2014. Mr Dunne is credited with resolving the Northam group’s black empowerment status and successfully completing a parallel capital raising, thereby breathing new life into Northam’s operations and expansion opportunities. The recent acquisition of the Everest South Mine positions Northam well for future growth. Mr Dunne’s appointment at Northam follows a successful career at Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats), where he rose through the ranks, before assuming the role of executive director in charge of mining, concentrating and smelting operations at the Implats Rustenburg and Marula mines. Mr Dunne is also a director of Zambezi Platinum. Mr Dunne holds a BSc Hons and a MBA.
    Akram Elhenawy
    Global Key Accounts Manager
    Caterpillar Microgrid, Caterpillar Inc.
    Akram Elhenawy is the Caterpillar Microgrid Global Key Accounts Manager, Electrical Power Division, based in Houston, TX, USA. Akram is responsible of promoting and developing the microgrid solutions to the Caterpillar global key accounts including the Global Miners, Utility Companies, Independent Power Producers and the related Global EPC and Consultants Firms. Akram has a twenty five (25) years of experience in the power generation sector and had held several professional management positions at Caterpillar, Siemens and ABB supporting the Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Engineering, Commissioning and Project management functions. Mr. Elhenawy joined Caterpillar in 2007 as area sales manager covering the Gulf and Middle East region. Akram moved back to USA in 2012 to be responsible of the Global business development for Caterpillar Energy solutions prior accepting his current position by the beginning of 2015. Akram completed a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt in 1989. Akram is green belt six sigma and certified Project Manager since 2005.
    Clifford Elphick
    Chief Executive Officer
    Gem Diamond Limited
    Clifford joined Anglo American Corporation in 1986 and was seconded to E. Oppenheimer and Son as Harry Oppenheimer’s personal assistant in 1988. In 1990, he was appointed Managing Director of E. Oppenheimer and Son, a position he held until leaving in December 2004. During that time, Clifford was also a Director of Central Holdings, Anglo American and DB Investments. Following the privatisation of De Beers in 2000, Clifford served on the De Beers Executive Committee. Clifford formed Gem Diamonds in July 2005 and is also the non-Executive Chairman of Zanaga Iron Ore Co Limited and Jumelles Holdings Limited.
    Mohamed Saliem Fakir
    Head of Policy and Futures Unit
    Saliem Fakir joined WWF in February 2009 as Head of the newly formed Living Planet Unit. Prior to this he was a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning at the University of Stellenbosch where he lectured on renewable energy policy and financing. He held the position of Associate Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (University of Stellenbosch) and also served as Director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-SA) office for 8 years. Saliem has a B.Sc. Honours in Molecular Biology from Wits and a Masters’ in Environmental Science from Wye College London. He also completed a senior executive management course at Harvard University in 2000.
    Johan Ferreira
    Regional Senior Vice President - Africa Operations
    Newmont Mining Corporation
    As the Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Africa, Johan has oversight responsibility for Newmont Mining Corporation’s Africa Operations.  With over 28 years’ experience in the mining industry, Johan joined Newmont in September 2012 as the Group Executive for Operations.  In this role, he was responsible for the Operations, Health, Safety & Loss Prevention, Business Improvement, Strategic Mine Planning and Security.  Before joining Newmont, Johan was the Senior Vice President, Operations responsible for strategic and operational management at AngloGold Ashanti.  A highly respected mining engineer, Johan had previously served as the General Manager of AngloGold Ashanti’s Moab Khotsong & Great Noligwa Mines.  Johan has a wealth of experience in the gold mining industry with particular focus on shallow and ultra-deep narrow tabular underground mining and design, project management and commissioning of mining projects.  A qualified and certified Professional Engineer and a past President of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa, a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa and the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Pretoria and several other professional certifications.
    Stephen Forrest
    Director & Chairman, Principal Consulting Analyst & Engineer
    SFA (Oxford) Ltd
    Stephen Forrest, one of the PGM industry’s foremost authorities, known universally for his value chain-spanning expertise, has spent a career working with a portfolio of major commodity companies and clients, in more recent years becoming the analytical link between producer and end-user, processor and investor, as Chairman of SFA (Oxford), the leading PGM consultancy he set up in 2001.

    Stephen’s industry track record is significant, not least for the many facets it encompasses, having worked as a Commodities Strategist, Fund Manager and Operations Manager, risen to the highest levels of mining management, conducted trade finance and capital raising exercises in the Eastern Bloc and Western world, and accomplished Top Rating as a Mining Analyst covering platinum-group metals, base metal and coal markets. Through this multi-faceted history, he has built up an exclusive network of contacts that transcends individual industrial sectors and value chain linkages, placing him in a unique position to provide cross-commodity expertise to a trusting client base.

    Leveraging off this vast relationship set, in 2001, he founded SFA (Oxford), an independent consultancy covering a broad spectrum of mining-, minerals- and commodity-related issues, including macroeconomic analysis, supply and demand scenarios, in-depth cost analysis, derivative research and price forecasting. He has since led SFA towards becoming the industry standard in commodity research, managing the mapping of the entire PGM value chain, assisting company clients in more than $7 billion in strategic transactions, and offering otherwise unobtainable insights into the PGM and other commodity industries.

    Dr. Stephen Foster
    Sales Director: International
    AECI Limited
    Stephen’s exposure to marketing and sales is supporting the growth of Senmin's business in Australasia, Latin America and Western Europe. His qualifications include a PhD in Physical Chemistry and an MBA.
    Stefan Fourie
    Chief Executive Officer
    Watercare Mining
    Stefan Fourie is a chemical engineer with a water treatment background. He started his career in the water treatment chemicals and services industry which then expanded to the development and design of water treatment plant and equipment. Stefan is an entrepreneur who has extensive practical and technical experience in establishing technologies and business start-ups in the water and mineral processing field. He is currently the CEO and a shareholder of Watercare Mining and several other ventures.
    Kevin Fowkes
    Managing Consultant
    Kevin Fowkes has 18 years’ experience working as an economist and consultant in the ferroalloy industry. From 2007 to 2009, Kevin Fowkes was a business development manager in the metals division of Privat Group. Before that he was the senior market analyst for the Norwegian ferroalloy group Elkem, and a consultant for Hatch Beddows and CRU International. Since 2009, Kevin has run AlloyConsult, his own company, which provides bespoke consulting services to the ferroalloy industry. Kevin Fowkes is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
    Steven Fox
    Chief Executive Officer
    Veracity Worldwide
    Steven Fox is the founder and CEO of Veracity Worldwide. He regularly advises business leaders worldwide on political and corruption risk issues in emerging markets with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. He has extensive experience in the mining, energy, and telecommunications sectors and has presented at the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and the Harvard Business School. In July 2013, his anti-corruption advisory work in Guinea was profiled in The New Yorker magazine. Prior to founding Veracity, Steven served as a US diplomat in Burundi, France, Washington, and Algeria. Steven holds degrees from Princeton, Cambridge, and INSEAD, and speaks French.
    Mike Fraser
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa
    In November 2014, Mr Fraser was appointed as South32 President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa and oversaw the set-up of the Africa region. Prior to this, Mr Fraser joined BHP Billiton in January 2000 as Head of Compensation and Benefits. Mr Fraser was appointed President, Human Resources and a member of BHP Billiton’s Management Committee in August 2013. Previously, Mr Fraser led BHP Billiton’s Mozal operation in Mozambique as Asset President from September 2009 to October 2012. Mr Fraser had previously worked across a number of roles in BHP Billiton’s coal, manganese and aluminium businesses in a number of geographies. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Mr Fraser held a variety of leadership roles in a large internationally diversified industrial business. Mr Fraser holds a Master of Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa.
    Robert Friedland
    Executive Chairman and Founder
    Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.
    Robert Friedland is the founder of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (formerly Ivanplats Limited) and has been the Executive Chairman and director since November 2000.  Construction has begun of the Platreef state-of-the-art, underground platinum-palladium-gold-nickel-copper mine on the company’s world-scale discovery in South Africa’s renowned Bushveld Complex, where established mines already produce more than three-quarters of the world's annual platinum output.  Ivanhoe’s two other key projects are in the Democratic Republic of Congo: one is the development of the company's world-scale Kamoa copper discovery in a previously unknown extension of the legendary Central African Copperbelt; the other is exploration and upgrading of the historic Kipushi Mine, long recognized as one of the world’s richest former zinc-copper producers.


    Mr. Friedland was the founder of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (now Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.) and served variously as Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer until April 2012.  He directed the assembly by Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. of a portfolio of interests in several countries over 15 years and led the company's discoveries and initial development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver deposits in southern Mongolia.

    Mr. Friedland is also Chairman and President of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation, a private company based in Singapore that specializes in providing venture capital and project financing for international business enterprises, predominantly in the fields of energy and minerals.

    In 2004 and again in 2015, accomplished geologists from Ivanhoe Mines’ exploration teams received Thayer Lindsley Awards for the International Discovery of the Year.  The discoverers were chosen by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, which invited Mr. Friedland to present the industry-respected recognitions.  The 2015 award was for the discovery of Ivanhoe’s Kamoa copper deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The inaugural 2004 award was for the discovery of Ivanhoe’s Hugo Dummett copper-gold deposit that is planned to be put into production as the second phase of the Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia.  

    In March 2013, Mr. Friedland was presented with the Jury's Award at the Mines and Money Asian Mining Awards ceremony in Hong Kong, which was announced as a unanimous choice recognizing his role in the initial public offering in 2012 by the former Ivanplats that raised more than CDN$300 million for the company's projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa.

    Mr. Friedland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Reed College.

    H.E. Dr. Wakgari Furi
    State Minister for the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas
    Dr. Wakgari Furi KONCHI was born on 27th October 1973 in Wollega region, Western Ethiopia. He has obtained B.Sc Degree in Geology and Geophysics in 1992 and M.Sc Degree in Hydrogeology in2005 from Addis Ababa University. He got Ph.D Degree in Hydrogeology in 2010 from University of Poitiers, France. He also possess Advanced Diploma in Business & Contract Administration (2002), Open University (UK) in association with Addis Ababa College of Commerce Dr. Wakgari Furi KONCHI was appointed as State Minister for Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas in October 2015. He has assumed different positions prior to the current Ministerial assignment. He has worked as CEO, for Oromia Water Works Design and Supervision Enterprise, Ethiopia (April 2012- 2015), Water Resources Manager, for DH Water Consultancy Company, Ethiopia (November 2010-Aug 2012), Principal Hydro-geologist for Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (Mar 2011-Jul 2012), Project Coordinator for CISP-(Italian International Cooperation for Development) and FHI (Food for Hunger International)-Ethiopia, (2005-2007), General Manager for Drilling and Water Works Construction Enterprise, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia (2000-2005) and Regional Manager for Water, Mineral and Energy Resource Department for, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia (1998-2001)
    Dr. Fabio Gabrieli
    Director – Dry Bulk and Energy Commodity Strategist
    Mercuria Energy Trading
    Fabio Gabrieli has almost two decades of exposure to commodity markets. Before joining Mercuria in 2009, where he’s currently a Director, and Dry Bulk and Energy Commodity Strategist, he was a coal and freight trading analyst at Cargill. He has previously had experience in the academic, banking and consulting sectors. Fabio holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Verona (Italy).
    Paul Gait
    Senior Research Analyst
    Paul Gait is the Senior Analyst at Bernstein covering European Metals & Mining. Prior to joining Bernstein at the end of 2011, Paul spent eight years at Anglo American, most recently as Lead Manager of Strategy & Business Development, following time spent as Lead Manager in Corporate Finance. Paul's roles included developing group price forecasting across a range of commodities (absolute and relative attractiveness based on supply and demand fundamentals and other price-formative market developments) as well as generating advice on all aspects of capital allocation, both organic and acquisitive, and group and business unit strategy. Prior to this, he worked as a Tax Policy Advisor in HM Treasury and for McKinsey & Company. Paul graduated with a double first in Natural Sciences (Bachelor's) and first in Experimental & Theoretical Physics (Master's), both from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
    Kenneth Gaynor
    Director Power Solutions
    Cummins Africa
    Kenny Gaynor is Director Power Solutions for Cummins Africa, based in Johannesburg. His responsibilities include coordinating a wide spectrum of Cummins Sales prospecting and Engineering resources from the initial feasibility considerations to the design, execution and commissioning of Cummins gas power solutions, both natural gas and bio gas projects. Kenny has in the past been associated with a number of brands in the power generation business, initially in diesel and heavy fuel plants and he now shares a passion in Africa for smaller distributed gas power plants, operated and maintained under IPP arrangements, a niche that Cummins generator systems are ideally suited. He is equally passionate about opportunities to integrate diesel or gas generation with renewables such as Solar at remote sites with weak or no grids. He also demonstrates a keen interest in biogas to power projects and solutions. His career has spanned a fairly unique combination of Engineering and Finance, having completed a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering as well as qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (SA), a complimentary mix of skills that has stood him in good stead in the structuring of projects, joint ventures and operating and maintenance agreements.
    Hon. Ernest Gbwaboubou
    The Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development
    Republic of Cameroon
    A graduate of the cycle "A" of the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) in 2006, Mr Ernest GBWABOUBOU was born on november 7, 1962 at Kambélé-Batouri, auriferous area of the Kadey Division in the East Region. Prior to joining the Government on october 2, 2015, following his appointment as Minister of Mines, Industry and Technological Development, by decree of the President of the Republic, Mr Paul BIYA, he was previously Director of the Division of Cooperation and Partnership at the Ministry of Small and Medium Size Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts (MINPMEESA), from 2011 to 2013, then Director of Social Economy at the same Ministry, from 2013 to 2015.

    Politically, he is a fervent militant of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM), the ruling party and Head of the Delegation of Central Committee in the East-Kadey Section of the party in Ndelele.

    He is married and father of 06 children.

    Glenn Gemerts
    Intergovernmental Forum
    Glenn Gemerts is a Senior Geologist who served for many years as Head of the Suriname Geological & Mining Service (GMD) and as Deputy Director Mining of the Ministry of Natural Resources. For several years he also served as Managing Director and President Director of the State Mining Company, N.V. Grassalco. For now, Mr. Gemerts serves as a Policy Advisor to the State Mining Company, N.V. Grassalco and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Mr. Gemerts was a Member of the Gross Rosebel Task Force Negotiation Team and a Member of the Advisory Group for the Development of the Bakhuis Bauxite Deposits. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Rosebel Gold Mines (RGM) and the Paradise Oil Company (POC, a subsidiairy of the Suriname State Oil Company). Since 1991 he is a part time lecturer at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Faculty of Technology. Since 2005 Mr. Gemerts is a Member of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Metals (IGF) and has been Vice Chairman for South America and the Caribbean. In 2013 he was elected Chairman of IGF.
    Louis Germishuys
    COO – Shaft Development
    Master Drilling Group Limited
    Louis has extensive experience in underground mining contracting and the mining service industry with more than 25 years’ experience in shaft sinking, mine development and construction. In 2015 Louis joined the Master Drilling Group as Chief Operating Officer – Shaft Development. His responsibilities include research and development of the shaft boring machine, business development in Africa, Turkey, Iran, Beirut, India, and Mongolia and manage the operational performance for DRC, Mali and Cullinan HRB Project. He started his career at Impala Platinum Mines and later was employed by Shaft Sinkers where he gained experience in project management, shaft sinking and business development in various countries. During his service at Aveng Grinaker LTA, he furthered his experience in related fields. He served as Managing Director at Aveng Grinaker-LTA Africa and International and as Group Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director of at Shaft Sinkers.
    Brad Gordon
    Chief Executive Officer
    Acacia Mining
    Mr Gordon was appointed as Acacia's Chief Executive Officer in August 2013. He was previously the CEO of Intrepid Mines, a Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. Prior to his time at Intrepid, Mr Gordon was the CEO of Emperor Mines, the Australasian subsidiary of DRDGold before it merged with Intrepid. Before that, he held a series of progressively senior positions with Placer Dome. Mr Gordon holds a Mining Engineering degree from the Western Australia School of Mines and an Executive MBA from INSEAD, France.
    Brian Gordon
    Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
    President, Singapore Mining Club
    Brian advises clients on a wide range of corporate, mining, energy and carbon related matters including cross-border M&A transactions, corporate finance and joint ventures as well as upstream oil and gas and mining license arrangements. He has significant international deal exposure as well as a strong capital markets practice having worked on numerous deals advising institutional and corporate clients on flotations, takeovers and de-listings on both AIM and the UK Official List. In addition to the work Brian undertakes for the natural resource sector, he advises on policy, regulation and project documentation for renewable energy and carbon related projects. Brian is an English solicitor of Canadian origin currently based in Singapore, where he is head of the HFW international corporate practice and also President of the Singapore Mining Club.
    Verne Grinstead
    Managing Partner
    Appian Capital Advisory LLP
    Verne Grinstead is a Managing Partner at Appian Capital Advisory LLP, the investment advisor to the Appian Natural Resources Fund which invests in small to mid-sized mining and metals companies and assets primarily in North America and selected parts of South America, Africa, Australia and Europe. Prior to this he was a Managing Director at JP Morgan Cazenove, before which he held other senior investment banking positions in London, New York, South Africa and Hong Kong.
    Dr. Anil K. Gupta
    Michael Dingman Chair in Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship
    Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland
    Dr. Anil K. Gupta is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship. He is ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s “most influential living management thinkers” and has been named by The Economist as one of the world's "superstars" in a cover story on "Innovation in Emerging Economies." He is one of only 3 professors in the world to have been elected by his peers as a Lifetime Fellow of all three of the most prestigious bodies in the field – Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and Academy of International Business, with a combined membership of over 25,000 scholars worldwide. Gupta’s other honors include the “Best Professor in Strategic Management” award from CMO Asia, recognition by BusinessWeek as an Outstanding Faculty in its Guide to the Best B-Schools, induction into the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame, and listing by Management International Review as a “North American Superstar” for research in strategy and organization. He is also a regular participant at the World Economic Forum summits including the annual meeting in Davos and the regional meetings in China, India, and the Middle East.
    Alhassane Haidara
    Chief Investment Officer, Head of Mining and Manufacturing Team
    African Development Bank
    Mr. Alhassane Haidara, a Malian national, works in the Private Sector Department of the African Development Bank as a Chief Investment Officer in the Industries and Services Division, heading the mining team. He is responsible for originating, structuring and executing transactions in the mining and industrial sectors. Alhassane has over 20 years of experience in corporate and project finance. Before joining the African Development Bank, he held various positions, most recently as the founder and CEO of a boutique business and investment advisory firm focusing on Africa, an Investment Officer with senior responsibilities at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC, and a Citigroup Vice President, Corporate Bank Head for Senegal. Alhassane holds a Certificate in Public Financial Management from the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business (University of Virginia), and a Commercial Engineer degree from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Liege, Belgium.
    Evy Hambro
    Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Natural Resources Equity Team
    Evy Hambro, Managing Director, is the Chief Investment Officer of the Natural Resources Equity team within BlackRock's Alpha Strategies and the Global Head of Commodities for BlackRock. Mr. Hambro sits on the BlackRock Global Operating Committee and is a member of the Alpha Strategies Partner Group. He is responsible for the management of the BGF World Mining and BGF World Gold Funds. He is also manager of the BlackRock Gold and General Fund and the BlackRock World Mining Trust. Evy is co-manager of the BlackRock Natural Resources Hedge Fund and manager of a number of segregated portfolios. Mr. Hambro's service with the firm dates back to 1994 including his years with Mercury Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) which merged with BlackRock in 2006. He has worked for the firm in London, Sydney and Toronto. Mr. Hambro earned a BSc degree, with honors, in Agricultural Food Marketing, from Newcastle University in 1994.
    Ian Harebottle
    Chief Executive Officer
    Gemfields Plc
    Ian is a veteran of the coloured gemstone industry. He has been instrumental in pioneering many of the coloured gemstone industry’s most innovative strategies, and has extensive operational experience in mining and marketing. Ian graduated from the Witwatersrand technical college in 1985 and holds a Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley. He is the Chief Executive Officer of GEMFIELDS PLC, the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones and pioneers at an exciting new frontier where mining, marketing, exploration and ethics meet. Gemfields has mining operations in Zambia for emeralds and amethysts.
    Daryl Haw
    Senior Sales Engineer
    Karen Hayes
    Senior Director, Mines to Markets
    Karen has a degree in science from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from the University of Cambridge Business School. Karen has worked on governance, conflict and development issues in the mining sector for fifteen years, with a particular emphasis on artisanal and small-scale mining. She has been with the Washington-based NGO, Pact, since 2005 where she is the Senior Director for the ‘Mines to Markets’ initiative. Karen has designed and delivered mining and development projects for companies, governments and donors across Africa. She is the senior field advisor for the iTSCi mineral traceability scheme in the Great Lakes Region, the largest responsible mineral sourcing program for artisanal miners in the world, and currently supervises a portfolio of twenty mining projects in eight countries.
    Robert Hersov
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Invest Africa

    Robert Hersov, 55, is a South African entrepreneur, senior executive and private investor based in London. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO (and founder) of Invest Africa, Chairman and Partner (and founder) of African Capital Investments, Chairman of the VistaJet Advisory Board, and Chairman (and founder) of Adoreum Partners.  Hersov’s grandfather, Bob Hersov, founded AngloVaal, one of Southern Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, which his father, Basil Hersov, ran from 1973 to 2001. Rob has been a member of many public and private boards and owns many companies in the resource, media/marketing, luxury and finance sectors.  Rob has been focused on investing in Africa, a continent close to his heart given his upbringing and family ties. He was the founder of Invest Africa and has been a driving force behind Sapinda Group’s direct investments in sub-Saharan Africa. He has also made a number of personal investments on the continent and has close relationships with businesses across different African regions. In May 2013, Rob saw an opportunity to create a platform for the growing number of individuals becoming involved in pan-African investments and founded Invest Africa.  Invest Africa was founded with the specific purpose of delivering on the demand for high quality relationships within growing African markets amongst the business community. The private club has amassed over 300 high level members in just 12 months and has launched operations in London, New York, Johannesburg, Geneva, Zurich and Dubai. He also founded African Capital Investments to build an Africa-focused investment platform.  Rob received a B.B.S. from the University of Cape Town and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is married, with four children. 

    Hakainde Hichilema
    Businessman and President
    United Party for National Development
    A self-made businessman and entrepreneur, Hichilema is on a mission to reverse Zambia’s dwindling economic fortunes.

    From humble beginnings Hichilema’s determination in pursuing his studies paid off when he was awarded a university scholarship, graduating with a BA in Economics and Business Administration and later an MBA in Finance and Business Strategy.

    Hichilema quickly ascended Zambia’s corporate world, landing such prestigious jobs as CEO of Coopers and Lybrand at the tender age of 32 years, from 1994 to 1998, and later Grant Thornton. He was the biggest local shareholder in two foreign-owned companies, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Barclays Bank Zambia Plc. He is also a trained Business Negotiator, a qualified Change Management Practitioner, and member of the Zambia Institute of Directors.

    With elections scheduled for 2016 Hichilema is campaigning on a strong economic platform, arguing Zambia needs a leader who understands business in order to unlock developmental benefits for the nation.
    Dr. Chris Hinde
    Director, Reports
    SNL Metals & Mining
    Chris is responsible for the quarterly State of the Market reports. A Mining Engineer (with a BSc and PhD), Chris worked underground in South Africa with Anglo American Corp, as a consultant with both SRK in Johannesburg and Golder Associates in the UK, and in stockbroking with Schroder Securities. Chris was the editor of Mining Journal for many years.
    Andrew Robert Hinkly
    Executive Head: Marketing
    Anglo American Platinum Limited
    Andrew joined Anglo American plc in 2008 as Group Head: Procurement & Supply Chain. He led the transformation of Anglo American’s global purchasing achieving over $1 billion of recurring value by 2011.

    Prior to joining Anglo American, Andrew worked for the Ford Motor Company for 20 years, during which time he obtained extensive global experience in finance, purchasing, strategy and new market development.

    Since January 2012 Andrew has been Executive Head Marketing and a Director of subsidiaries of the Anglo American Platinum Group. In this role he has led the creation of a new approach to Marketing Precious Metals, achieving over a 2 point improvement in net margin (over $200 million per year); establishing Anglo American Platinum presence in Asia and creating Anglo American’s first Corporate Venture Fund.

    He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University in England and a Masters of Business Administration from the Manchester Business School.

    Andrew is married with four children and enjoys cycling, skiing and flying.

    Bart Hogeweg
    Consultant Mining Advisory Services
    Royal IHC
    Bart joined Royal IHC in 2007, following his MSc in Mining Engineering from Delft University of Technology. Bart started as mining consultant at MTI Holland providing clients with advice on the application of dredging technology in their mining projects. Bart took to opportunity to join IHC’s corporate business development and mergers & acquisitions team as an analyst in 2010. Beginning 2013 Bart joined IHC Mining Advisory Services as a Consultant. Bart has worked on a variety of projects, including the development of an offshore alluvial gold deposit and several heavy minerals projects. Bart is also involved in a number of business development projects.
    Jannette Horn
    Environmental Services Group Regional Director Africa, Middle East and Europe
    Hatch Goba
    Jannette Horn has 19 years’ environmental experience of which 15 years were mainly focused on mining projects. Jannette’s experience includes environmental consulting and sustainable development and is currently heading up the Environmental Services Group of Hatch Goba. Her primary environmental experience was obtained in the mining, infrastructure and manufacturing industries. Her experience ranged from an environmental control officer to project managing big mining and infrastructure projects such as the Gautrain EIA. Throughout her consulting career she has been involved in the development and implementation of EIA’s, Basic Assessments, Environmental Management Plans (EMP), Mining Permits and Mining Rights, EMPR’s, environmental autorisations, implementation and training of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) – ISO 14001, compiling and implementing policy documents, gap analysis, due diligences, ISO 14001:2004 audits and Project Managing environmental issues on big mining projects. Part of her experience includes developing and customising environmental training courses for a wide range of clients and disciplines including training programs for mine managers, project managers and even illiterate mine employees. Jannette has also been involved in developing sustainability strategies for listed companies and implementing energy, waste and water saving initiatives at various operations. Part of her role as environmental and sustainability manger includes the development of water and waste management plans and strategies for various companies and providing environmental input into engineering projects.
    Dr. Yoshitaka Hosoi
    Senior Advisor for Natural Resources
    Japan International Cooperation Agency
    Dr. Hosoi has qualifications both in mining and in economics, and has studied; The University of Queensland –Ph.D. in Economics, University of Santo Tomas – M.A. in Economics, Purdue University – Remote Sensing, The University of Tokyo – Postgraduate Certificate in Mining , and Akita University – B.A. in Engineering (Mining). He is currently Visiting professor of Akita University. He is also Senior Advisor for Natural Resources of Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) for ODA. Before joining JICA, he has worked for Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) for 33 years. He has joined copper mine development in African copper belt, and in China. He has been a representative of JOGMEC for Asian countries, worked for South Pacific and exploration in Argentina. He has experienced about 100 countries in the world.
    Nick Hutton
    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
    Nick has a broad corporate/commercial practice. He specialises in transactional, corporate and commercial law with particular reference to the energy, insurance, commodities and transport industries. His practice spans a wide range of areas, including national and international mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; private equity transactions; regulation (both international and UK); capital markets (issues of debt and equity); and complex international restructuring. He advises boards of public and private companies on corporate governance and compliance issues. He has considerable experience of the UK and international anti-money laundering and financial sanctions regimes. Nick is recommended by Legal 500 UK 2014 as a leading individual and by clients in the Legal 500 UK 2013 as "a hugely experienced and technically excellent lawyer". Nick is qualified in England and Wales.

    Recent work includes:

     • Advising Asia Coal Energy Ventures Ltd on its successful $200 million offer on the London Stock Exchange for Asia Resource Minerals plc (formerly Bumi plc).
    • Advising a leading US listed private equity group on its acquisition of distressed bonds issued by a company in the offshore sector.
    • Advising Australian private equity house Pacific Road on the disposal of Mantle Diamonds.
    • Advising a major international ship-owning and operating group on a complex joint venture with a listed Korean company.
    • Advising a European oil trading house on the disposal of shares in two European subsidiaries to a UK infrastructure fund.
    Hon. Abdu Ignusi Koroma
    Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources
    Sierra Leone
    Hon. Abdul Ignosi Koroma is the Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Sierra Leone and has served in this office since 21st November, 2007. As Deputy Minister, Hon. Koroma has been very instrumental in facilitating reforms of the extractive sector in Sierra Leone. The recent reforms and on-going projects have resulted in huge national developmental preparedness to achieve the A4P. These reforms include new Mines and Minerals Act 2009, a new National Minerals Agency Act 2012, Operational Regulations, Social and Environmental Regulations, a new Precious Minerals Trading Bill, a new Resettlement Policy, a new National Minerals Agency, the Mining Cadastre, On-Line Repository and Administration System. The new Mines and Minerals Act 2009 has been acclaimed as one of the finest and most comprehensive mining legislation on the continent. Also, Hon. Koroma played a pivotal role in the enactment of the National Minerals Agency Act 2012 that established the National Minerals Agency and assisted in enhancing NMA’s operational effectiveness. In addition to his core function as Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Hon. Abdul Ignosi Koroma is the Co-Chairman of the Sierra Leone Extractive Sector Expert Panel that is currently doing a benchmarking assessment of Sierra Leone’s policy, legal and regulatory regimes using the Natural Resource Charter as a benchmarking tool. This effort will lead to the preparation of the Sierra Leone Core Minerals Policy that is aligned with the principles of the African Mining Vision and the ECOWAS Directives. Hon. Koroma is interested in good governance of the extractive industries with particular focus on effective policy, legal and regulatory reforms that ensure sustainable utilization of natural resources and transparent and accountable management of revenues accrued from extractive sector operations for community development, poverty reduction, economic growth and diversification, peace and security. Originally trained as a Corporate Executive, Hon. Koroma has taken several courses in extractive sector policy including the High Level Oxford Princeton Programme on “The Changing Geopolitics of Oil and Gas Identifying and Managing Political Risk” and “The High Level Course on Natural Resource Management” at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of oxford in the United Kingdom. He has represented Sierra Leone at many international conferences and presented papers on extractive sector policy reforms at seminars and workshops on the continent and elsewhere. Hon. Koroma holds a B.Sc. degree in Organizational Management from the Columbia Union College in Maryland, United States of America.
    Karin Ireton
    Non-Executive Director
    Aureus Mining Inc
    Karin Ireton is a Non-Executive Director of Aureus Mining Inc as well as of the South African National Business Initiative (NBI) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). She is an international expert on corporate sustainability who has travelled to more than 30 countries for her work and has contributed to international, national and local policy development and the management systems required by companies in mining and finance. She has held executive sustainability portfolios at Standard Bank and Anglo American. She chairs the Institute of Directors’ Sustainable Development Forum an serves on the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa and consults on sustainability strategies and risk management.
    Norman Jackson
    AGE Technologies JHB (Pty) Ltd.
    Norman is the founder and CEO of the AGE Group of companies (since 1996). He was previously the Engineering Manager for AEG (a Daimler Chrysler company) – 1990 to 1996. Norman is a recognized expert in the “Balance of DC Plant” of Solar Systems, an architect of many Solar plants, Director of Renewable Energy in the AGE group and Technical Director of GO-Solar in Mauritius. Norman is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Manufacturing Sub-Committee of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association. He is qualified in Electrical Engineering, studied for a BCom through UNISA, and a MBA at Wits Business School. He is married to Estelle for 25 years, and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. He was a member of Round Table for 18 years, and is presently a Rotarian. He is also a voluntary Director of the Vaal Community Radio Station (VCR90.6).
    Lars-Eric Johansson
    Ivanhoe Mines Limited
    Clive Johnson
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    B2Gold Corp.
    Clive Johnson leads the strong management team of B2Gold. Mr. Johnson was involved with Vancouver based Bema Gold and its predecessor companies since 1977. When Bema Gold was created by the amalgamation of three Bema group companies in 1988 Mr. Johnson became the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Johnson was the driving force behind Bema’s dramatic transition from a junior exploration Company to an international intermediate gold producer. Bema had producing gold mines in Russia, Chile and South Africa and development projects in Russia and Chile. In February 2007, Bema and Kinross Gold Corporation completed a plan of arrangement whereby Kinross purchased all of the outstanding shares of Bema, valuing Bema at over Cdn$3.5 billion. In 2007, Mr. Johnson and the other key executives from Bema Gold founded B2Gold. In seven years B2Gold has become a successful intermediate gold producer with projected gold production in 2014 of approximately 400,000 ounces with potential growth to over 900.000 ounces per year by 2017 from existing assets. B2Gold’s current market capitalization is approximately CDN$2 billion. In 2004, Mr. Johnson received the 2004 Viola MacMillan Developer’s Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and in 2013 he received the Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Mining and Metals.
    R. Michael Jones
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
    Platinum Group Metals
    R. Michael Jones brings over 25 years of experience as a professional geological engineer and has been involved with the raising of over $1 billion for exploration, mining development and production. In addition to co-founding Platinum Group Metals Ltd., Mr. Jones was a founder of Glimmer Resources Inc. and was responsible for the discovery of the Glimmer Gold mine, now Blackfox, in Ontario. During a six-year tenure as President of Cathedral Gold Corp., Mr. Jones ran a producing gold mining company and was involved in the review of a feasibility study and financing for the $1 billion Diavik Mine project during two years as Vice President with Aber Resources. Mr. Jones was a co-founder and director of West Timmins Mining that was purchased by producing company Lake Shore Gold Corp. in 2009 and was a co-founder and former director until 2012 of MAG Silver Corp. Mr. Jones is a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Kirkland Mining Inc. and a director of Nextraction Energy Corp. Mr. Jones served on the Securities Policy Advisory Committee of the British Columbia Securities Commission for six years and holds a B.A.Sc. in geological engineering from the University of Toronto.
    Veronica Jones
    Head, Advisory Services, Infrastructure and Natural Resources
    International Finance Corporation
    Veronica Nyhan Jones is the Global Head of Advisory Services for IFC's Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department. Veronica's team advises natural resource companies operating in emerging markets on how to value returns on sustainability investments, implement participatory planning processes, effectively communicate with stakeholders and manage risk via shared value development. She spearheads IFC's work on water and community concerns in the mining sector and lead the incubation of IFC's Financial Valuation Tool for Sustainability in Ghana, India and Mongolia. Prior to joining IFC, Veronica spent eight years with the World Bank as a community empowerment and social accountability specialist. She has worked for the International Youth Foundation, the White House, and the US Department for Health & Human Services on crime prevention and health care reform. Veronica has co-authored articles on valuing sustainability, strategic communications, water and communities, and measuring social capital using quantitative and qualitative methods. She holds a Masters from Harvard's Kennedy School and was among 2015's 100 Most Influential Women in Mining.
    Lorenz Juengling
    McKinsey & Company
    Lorenz Juengling is a Partner at McKinsey & Company and has been with the firm for 12 years. Lorenz has served basic materials clients in Europe, North America and Africa and is the current leader of the African Energy and Materials Practice as well as McKinsey Implementation in the EEMA region. Lorenz holds a Masters in Physics and a PhD in steel making from the Technical University in Freiberg in Germany.
    Hon Martin Kabwelulu Labilo
    Minister of Mines and Geology
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Mr Martin Kabwelulu, Minister of Mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo, holds a degree in Economy, National University of Congo, Kinshasa Campus. He held various responsibilities in the private sector. Thereafter; he devoted himself to the defense of workers' rights as a trade unionist. Member of Lumumbiste United Party , PALU , he has held since March 5,2007 the post of Minister of Mines of the DRC. It should be noted that he has in many occasion had to act as Acting Minister of Transport and Communication and Acting Minister of Hydrocarbons. His presentation will address both the Mining and the Hydrocarbons.
    Boris Kamstra
    Investment Executive
    Pangea Exploration
    Boris is a Professional Engineer with extensive management, operational and financial experience. This covers a range of industries at senior executive levels including mining, venture capital and construction. He qualified cum laude from the University of Cape Town with a Civil Engineering degree in 1989. After which he commenced his career at Grinaker Concrete Construction becoming a director of that company in 1999. After which he completed an MBA at University of Witwatersrand. Prior to Pangea Exploration he was the MD of IGE Diamond formed from the diamond assets of Pangea DiamondFields plc. and IGE Resources AB. Boris has been involved in the construction of numerous mining projects in South Africa and beyond. Projects that Boris worked on whilst at Grinaker Concrete Construction received five of the six industry awards the company had been awarded by that date.
    Marie-Chantal Kaninda
    Chief Adviser: External Affairs & Communications, Africa
    Rio Tinto Group
    Marie-Chantal Kaninda is Chief Advisor External Affairs Africa at Rio Tinto, since 2012. She has a long mining career experience in Africa, more than 17 years, and prior to joining Rio Tinto she worked with international companies such as, Ashanti Goldfields, AngloGold Ashanti, and De Beers. She has held Administrative, Management and External Affairs roles at senior leadership level and has been providing to the several project teams in Africa her expertise. Amongst some of her achievements, she has successfully relocated a Community in Angola, implemented several Stakeholder Engagement strategy plans in several African operations.

    She has been participating in Kimberley Process reviews in African countries representing the World Diamond Council on behalf of Rio Tinto. She is a Board member of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). She is also Chairman of an Anti-Corruption Working Group in the DRC for the Private Sector, and published a Code of Conduct for the Private Sector for which more than 25 companies have signed up to.

    She has an Economics background, from the University of Liege in Belgium.

    Stephen Karangizi
    Chief Executive Officer and Director
    African Legal Support Facility
    Mr. Stephen Karangizi is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of the African Legal Support Facility where he oversees the strategic development of the Facility and acts as the legal representative of the institution. The Facility has already supported over 30 African States in negotiating major commercial deals including in the natural resources area as well as building their capacity. He has over 33 years of experience as a lawyer in International Commercial and Trade Law. Before joining the ALSF, he was Deputy Secretary General (Programmes) of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) from 2008 to 2011. He was also the Legal Advisor for COMESA from 1997 to 2008. He has also as served as a Legal Advisor for the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda (West Indies), Uganda and Zimbabwe after starting off in private legal practice. Mr. Karangizi was also Chairman of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 2006. Some of his achievements included establishment of several intergovernmental organizations and leading multilateral negotiations for African States. He holds Bachelor of Law Degree with Honours (LL.B. with Honours) from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and Masters in Laws (LL.M) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He is enrolled as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe and an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
    Hon. Dan Kazungu
    Mining Cabinet Secretary
    Honourable Dan Kazungu was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya’s second Cabinet Secretary for Mining on 18th December 2015. He was mandated to strengthen the Kenyan mining sector by delivering a predictable legal framework, transparent processes and to achieve equitable sharing of the country’s mineral benefits between the National Government, County Governments, communities, the people of Kenya and investors alike. Hon. Kazungu is the immediate former Member of Parliament (MP) for Malindi Constituency, where he was elected during the March 2013 General Elections and served in this role as well as member of the parliamentary Committee on Energy, Information, Communications and Regional Integration until his appointment to the Cabinet in December 2015, leaving an exemplary development record.

    Hon. Kazungu is also re-known as an Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) expert, and has wide experience working for global ICT multinationals. Immediately before his election as an MP, Hon. Kazungu he served as the IBM Country Representative for Ethiopia and Kenya from 2010 to 2013, which he had re-joined from Lenovo Corporation. He earned his in the 100% Club of global achievers within IBM Corporation and a special mention at the New York Stock Exchange for masterminding exponential growth and strategy execution in Ethiopia and Kenya.

    At the New Lenovo Corporation, he served as the Regional Manager in charge of Eastern Africa and was directly responsible for Lenovo’s business strategy, execution and development in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Eritrea. He was part of the Lenovo African Team headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Before joining Lenovo, he was contracted by IBM Corporation’s headquarters in Amonk, the United States of America to become the Territory Manager for Eastern Africa in charge of the Global Personal Computing Division. He has also worked in a number of premier business technology solution providers in the region as a Technology Business Executive, directly helping clients acquire and set up ICT infrastructures that best serve their business needs. He has had extensive ICT business experience in the region working to create not only ICT business opportunities but technology solutions for a wide range of users from Government, Corporates and Telecommunications sector, Educational Sector, Large NGOs, Banking and Financial Services sectors.

    Hon Kazungu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences from Moi University’s prestigious Faculty of Information Sciences, Eldoret, Kenya, in where he specialized in Information and Media Technology. He recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy from the same university. He has also received professional certifications from global technology firms like Microsoft, IBM, Compaq, Hewlett Packard and Lenovo. His career has seen him travel extensively in Africa, Middle East, China, Hong Kong and Europe.

    Julian Keites
    Director – Fuel Price Risk Management Program
    World Fuel Services Europe LTD
    Julian Keites has more than twenty years of experience in the energy industry and currently advises all WFS industrial sectors - marine, aviation and land consumers, with particular focus on procurement cost control. He graduated from Imperial College in 1993 with a Master of Science in Petroleum Exploration. Initially he spent some years working as an off-shore Geologist, during the first Gulf War. Afterwards, he moved into the financial oil derivatives arena, working for Cargill SA and Societe Generale, until finally joining WFS as Director in 2009. Julian is now responsible for WFS EMEAA price risk management for WFS and its customers alike. WFS provides customers with prudent tailored fuel cost control solutions.
    Graham Kerr
    Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
    In August 2014, Mr Kerr was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South32 and oversaw the setup, demerger and listing of South32. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of BHP Billiton from November 2011 having joined BHP Billiton in 1994. Mr Kerr retired from the BHP Billiton Group Management Committee and as Chief Financial Officer of BHP Billiton on 1 October 2014. Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer of BHP Billiton, Mr Kerr was President of Diamonds and Specialty Products. Mr Kerr has worked in a wide range of operational and commercial roles across the BHP Billiton Group. As President of Diamonds and Specialty Products, Mr Kerr was accountable for the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada, the Richards Bay Minerals Joint Venture in South Africa, diamonds exploration in Angola, the Corridor Sands Project in Mozambique and the development of BHP Billiton’s potash portfolio in Canada. Prior to that, Mr Kerr held the positions of Chief Financial Officer of Stainless Steel Materials, Vice President Finance of BHP Billiton Diamonds and Finance Director for the BHP Canadian Diamonds Company. In 2004, Mr Kerr left BHP Billiton for a two-year period when he was General Manager Commercial for Iluka Resources Ltd.
    Sheila Khama
    African Natural Resources Center (AfDB)
    Sheila Khama is a natural resources policy advisor and a former private sector executive with 20 years experience in and out of Africa. She is a member of the senior management team of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and heads the AfDB’s African Natural Resources Center established in 2013. The Center’s mandate is to lead strategies of the Bank on natural resources. She provides leadership on policy advice and capacity building to member states. Previously Sheila led a gas, oil and minerals capacity building program of support to sub-Saharan policymakers at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in Ghana. She worked as a private sector executive for Anglo American Corporation, De Beers and First National Bank in Botswana. Her roles included compliance oversight for 20 subsidiaries of the Anglo American Group, Chief Executive of the representative office of De Beers Group, non-executive director of subsidiaries including Debswana and Diamond Trading Company Botswana. She is a seasoned negotiator of mineral concessions and commercial agreements. Sheila serves on the Technical Advisory Group of the Natural Resources Governance Institute and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network on extractives and land resources. She is chairperson of AGAMAL, a non-profit entity financed by the Global Fund to contain malaria infection in Ghana. She holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and is a citizen of Botswana.
    Tsuneo Kitamura
    Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
    Mr. Tsuneo Kitamura was appointed as Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry on October, 9, 2015. Most recently, Mr. Kitamura was an Executive on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, House of Councilors. He also served as a Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Division of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In 2013, Mr. Kitamura was elected to the House of Councilors for the first time. Prior to elected office, Mr. Kitamura worked as a journalist for SANKEI SHIMBUN CO. LTD. Mr. Kitamura is a graduate of Chuo University’s Faculty of Economics. Mr. Kitamura also holds Master of Arts in International Relations from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kitamura was born on January, 5, 1955 in Yamaguchi.
    Hon. Onkokame Kitso Mokaila
    Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources
    Michael Kloss
    Senior Partner
    McKinsey & Company
    Michael Kloss is a senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and has been with the Firm for 24 years. Michael led the African Energy and Materials Practice until recently and prior to that, the African Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice. Michael serves a broad range of clients including major mining clients. Michael holds a PhD in biophysics from Hannover University in Germany.
    Dr. Dirk-Jan Koch
    Special Envoy for Natural Resources
    Government of Netherlands
    Dr. Dirk Jan Koch is a diplomat, writer, social scientist and focuses on sustained and sustainable supply of metals and minerals. He pushes the frontiers of the interlinkages between trade and international cooperation, which are a key priority for the Netherlands government. Before re-joining the Ministry of Foreign affairs, he served as Search for Common Ground’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, based in the DRC. He oversaw more than 250 staff and conflict (mineral) resolution programs in amongst others the Central African Republic, Nigeria and Angola. He is the author of several well-regarded books and articles focusing on natural resources, international development and diplomacy. Dirk holds a PhD in Social Sciences (cum laude) from Radboud University in the Netherlands and a Masters’ from the London School of Economics (merit), and has served as a part-time professor at the Catholic University of Kinshasa.
    Jane Korinek
    Economist and Trade Policy Analyst
    Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Trade and Agriculture Directorate
    Jane Korinek is an Economist and Trade Policy Analyst in the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Trade and Agriculture Directorate. She specializes in responding to needs of policy makers in the areas of trade and economic development policy. Her recent policy research has been in the areas of benefits of good regulation in the extractive industries, export restrictions on raw materials, impacts of regional trade agreements, trade effects of exchange rates, trade costs and short-term trade finance. Former positions include Global Relations Advisor, OECD. Ms. Korinek holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University and graduate degree in International Economics from Stanford University. She has authored several publications related to Trade in Raw Materials.
    Balvinder Kumar
    Ministry of Mines, Government of India
    Balvinder Kumar who is currently working on the post of Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Government of India with effect from 1st July, 2015, belongs to Uttar Pradesh cadre of 1981-batch of Indian Administrative Service. He has done post graduation and M.Phil from Dept. of Botony, Delhi University.

    Subsequently, while he was in service, he did Masters in Development Administration from University of Birmingham, England during 1997-98. Prior to joining on the present post, he held the post of Vice Chairman of Delhi Development Authority from 20.1.2014 to 30.06.2015. He held various assignments in the State Government. He was Principal Secretary in Deptt. of Women & Child Development, Social Welfare Department, Taxation Department, Food & Civil Supplies Deptt. etc. He was also Joint Secretary in Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers during 1999-2004. Apart from being an administrator, he has recently published a book entitled “Man’s Spiritual Journey”.

    Rory Kutisker-Jacobson
    Allan Gray
    From June 2008 onwards Rory has been an equity analyst at Allan Gray. He covers a variety of stocks across sectors, but has a strong bias to resource and mining stocks. Prior to joining Allan Gray, Rory worked at Sygnia and Anglo Irish Bank. He has a Bachelor of Business Science from UCT and is a CFA charterholder. Rory is based in Cape Town.
    Hon. Minister Joéli Valérien Lalaharisaina
    Minister of Mines and Petroleum
    Having obtained a degree in petrol engineering, Mr Joëli Valérien Lalaharisaina became general director of the public institution of mineral and oil resources of Madagascar, OMNIS, which he managed, promoted and developed. He has received the following certificates: Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique – Antananarivo Madagascar en 1978: Mining Engineer; University of Alberta - Canada en 1979:Oil engineer; Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales – University of Montreal – Canada: Graduate degree in oil company management. Sine 1987, Mr Joëli Valérien Lalaharisaina has worked at the heart of the National Office of Mining and Strategic Industries as a Project Engineer, working his way up the managerial ladder. In 1992, he was promoted to director of Hydrocarbon. In 2003, he became second managing director, after which he became managing director of OMNIS himself in 2007. Since 2014, Mr Joëli Valérien Lalaharisaina has been appointed Minister of Mines and Oil. He has participated in a multitude of projects, seminars, and workshops regarding energy, mines and oil.
    William Lamb
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Lucara Diamond Corp.
    Mr. Lamb has over 23 years experience in mining and operations in Canada and several Southern African countries. His background includes operational and project management in the precious metals, coal, chrome and diamond sectors. Mr. Lamb spent 13 years with De Beers working across their operations in Southern Africa and Canada focusing on heavy mineral concentration, project development and operational readiness. He joined Lucara Diamond Corp. in 2008 and was instrumental in the acquisition of the AK6 asset, now the Karowe Mine, which has been brought into production as one of the worlds most significant producers of large, high quality diamonds.
    Andrew Lane
    Energy and Resources Leader, Africa
    Andrew Lane is the Africa Energy & Resources leader for Deloitte and is a Director at Monitor Deloitte. He had joined Monitor as a partner, after being a founding member and partner of North Road Consulting. Andrew has led strategy, operational improvement, organisation redesign and implementation projects in several industries. Andrew has specific expertise in mining, logistics and manufacturing. His consulting experience spans operational turnarounds, performance improvement, and strategy development for private, listed and parastatal companies. His strategy expertise spans portfolio strategy, corporate and business unit strategy, growth strategy, and sustainability strategy. Prior to founding North Road Consulting, Andrew enjoyed a successful career at Bain & Company in Johannesburg and London. During this time, he led client assignments in various industries, including mining, car rental, utilities, revenue collection, general industry and media. He has extensive general management experience, having held senior positions at Nampak and Lithotech (a member of the Bidvest Group).
    Edward Lauer
    Head of Portfolio Optimisation
    Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)
    Mr. Edward Lauer is a mining and resource specialist working as the Head of Portfolio Optimisation with the Eurasian Resources Group (ERG). His background includes private equity investing, asset management and strategic consulting. An Australian citizen, he studied metallurgy at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and began working with BHP Steel at their Port Kembla operations. He soon left engineering for a consulting position at the Boston Consulting Group where he moved through several offices including Sydney, Singapore and London. As a consultant, he serviced some of the world’s largest mining companies with a focus on strategy, operations, trading and logistics. In 2013 Edward relocated to Switzerland to take on a role with Pala Investments which he left in 2015 to join ERG.
    Pieter le Roux
    Group IT Manager
    Pieter has two decades of experience in the field of general - and project management, IT infrastructure and applications with skills in various ICT platforms. He is currently the Group IT manager at Metorex (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of the Jinchuan Group.

    Pieter holds a B Com degree from the University of Potchefstroom (NWU).

    As an ICT specialist, his career started at LTA (Alpret Control Specialists) in 1993. He was later appointed as information systems manager at Grinaker-LTA. Subsequently he was promoted to the Aveng Group as the group network manager.

    Previous positions include Head of Group IT at Bateman, responsible for global IT matters. He was also part of the senior management team of Bateman Sub Sahara Africa. Bateman was acquired by Tenova in 2012 and his tenure continued at Tenova Mining and Minerals as General Manager IT.

    Pieter has worked in many countries outside of South Africa including Australia, Chile, India, Italy, Russia, USA, Nigeria, Guinea, Mali, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Madagascar.

    He has been a full member of the CSSA since 1997.

    His Majesty Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi
    King of Bafokeng
    The Royal Bafokeng Nation
    Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi is the leader, since 2000, of the 150,000 strong Royal Bafokeng Nation in Phokeng in the North West Province. He is the 36th King of the Bafokeng and the 15th direct descendent of a long lineage of the Bafokeng kings.

    The Royal Bafokeng Nation covers 1000 square km, approximately 100 km northwest of Pretoria, and its lands contain part of the largest platinum reserve in the world. The Bafokeng community receives dividends from platinum mining operations and other investments, valued at US$77million in 2010. Royal Bafokeng Holdings manages a community-based investment portfolio currently worth approximately R30 billion (USD$2 billion).

    Under Kgosi Leruo’s leadership, the Royal Bafokeng Supreme Council has embarked on a mission to create a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community true to its African heritage and traditions. Education is a major feature of the Bafokeng development plan. Sports training and development are promoted through the state-of-the-art stadium, the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace, and the Bafokeng Sports Campus, a high altitude training facility and sports academy that served as base camp for the English FA in the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

    Kgosi Leruo himself is a young, well educated leader. He graduated from Hilton College in Natal, and holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Natal. He is currently the Chancellor of the North West University. Kgosi Leruo is a fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot who serves as an honorary Colonel in the South African Air Force.

    Zhilin Li
    Managing Director/ CEO
    Nkwe Platinum Limited
    Mr. Zhilin Li (Abraham) has over 30 years’ experience in geology and mining investments. He is a geologist in background and had four years’ experience as commercial manager in international infrastructure construction. Mr. Li took the position of General Manager of the International Department of Zijin Mining Group for seven years and took charge of identification and evaluation of merger and acquisition opportunities in mining investments internationally. Mr. Li was appointed as Managing Director and CEO of Nkwe Platinum Limited in May 2014, which holds the controlling position of Garatau Platinum Project in Limpopo Province of the Republic of South Africa. Mr. Li was recently appointed as the Director and Deputy General Manager of Kamoa Copper SA, which holds the Kamoa copper project in DRC.
    Dr. Daniel Limpitlaw
    Enrionment Specialist
    Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI)
    Dr Daniel Limpitlaw is a mining engineer, specialising in the assessment of both direct and indirect impacts of mining on the environment and surrounding communities. He has experience through the entire mining life cycle in a range of African countries. He works on projects relating to mine closure planning and costing, management of mining impacts, acid mine drainage, spatial assessment, resource usage and local economic development. Daniel has been technical services manager for an underground gold mine and is a previous Director of CSMI. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (ECSA), Fellow of SAIMM and Member of IAIA (SA). Daniel holds a PhD in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and has published a number of academic articles on mine closure, post-mining land use and managing economic and social risks and opportunities.
    Martin Lokanc
    Senior Mining Specialist
    World Bank Group
    Martin Lokanc is a mining specialist in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. He currently supports and leads mining sector development activities in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi, in addition to managing a number of research and global knowledge projects. Trained as a mining engineer and economist, he has global experience in mine development, mining strategy, mineral and energy economics, mining finance, and economic development, gained over more than 15 years working in the private sector and with the World Bank Group. Martin holds a BSc in mining engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada; an MSc in mining engineering, specializing in mineral economics, from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; and is currently completing a PhD in mineral and energy economics from the Colorado School of Mines in the United States.
    Leon Lombard
    Chief Financial Officer - Africa
    Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)
    Leon is the Chief Financial Officer for ERG – Africa and his responsibilities include operating copper assets and various projects in Africa. Leon was formerly the Chief Financial Officer for Trafigura Mining – Africa before which he held management positions in Rand Uranium and the Chrome Division of BHP-Billiton. An accountant by training, Leon has 25 years of experience and knowledge in finance of which the majority was in the mining and smelting industries. His experience includes Iron Ore, Gold, Uranium, Copper and Chrome. Leon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
    Paul Loudon
    Chief Executive Officer
    Paul Loudon holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in economics and engineering and has more than 25 years′ experience in stockbroking, corporate finance and management of junior mining and exploration companies. He is CEO and a founding director and shareholder of DiamondCorp plc. Previously he was Head of Equities at Loeb Aron & Company Ltd, a London corporate finance house specialising in the mining sector, where he was responsible for raising considerable sums of equity capital for resource companies listed in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Mr Loudon is an Associate of the Securities Institute and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mines and Metallurgy.
    Mosa Mabuza
    Deputy Director-General: Mineral Policy and Investment Promotion
    Ministry of Natural Resources, Republic of South Africa
    Mr Mosa Mabuza is a qualified geologist with extensive exploration experience in South Africa, Botswana, West Africa and Canada. He joined the Department of Mineral Resources in 2006 as Director: Mineral Economics and assumed in July 2012 the current position of Deputy Director-General responsible for Mineral Policy and Promotion. During his stay in the Department he has assumed several roles including that of technical chairperson of the Mining Industry Growth, Development and Employment Task Team (MIGDETT), which developed the mining strategy for sustainable development and meaningful transformation. He also led the process of amending the Mining Charter in 2010 and the current amendments of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), which is a subject of parliamentary finalisation. He serves in the Boards of the Council of Geosciences, Mintek and the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (SADMPR) in his capacity as the Deputy Director-General.
    Caitlin MacLean
    Director, Innovative Finance
    Milken Institute
    Caitlin MacLean is director of innovative finance at the Milken Institute. She oversees the research, development, execution and follow-up of our Financial Innovations Labs, which promote financial solutions to overcome economic and social challenges. During MacLean's tenure at the Institute, the Labs have resulted in concrete outcomes, including the creation of new investment funds to support biomedical research and the implementation of government policies to facilitate the growth of the renewable energy sector. She is the co-author of many Lab reports and related journal articles. Prior to joining the Institute, MacLean worked in the for-profit sector developing marketing campaigns and communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies. She also worked in the nonprofit sector managing fundraising and program administration for arts development organizations. MacLean is a graduate of the New School University and has an M.B.A. in finance from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
    Fidelis Madavo
    Executive Head: Listed Investments
    Public Investment Corporation
    Mr Fidelis Madavo is the Executive Head: Listed Investments at the Public Investment Corporation(PIC) of South Africa. Prior to this he was Head of Resources and Portfolio Manager for Strategic and African Listed Investment, also at the PIC. Before joining the PIC in 1997, he was Vice President in the Mining Team at Citigroup based in Johannesburg. Prior to Citigroup, he worked at Investec Securities. Prior to coming back to South Africa, Mr Madavo spent ten years with CRU International, a mining consultancy based in London. His professional background also includes working for Anglo American as a Metallurgist. Mr Madavo holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Wales UK and MSc from City University London.
    Ben Magara
    Chief Executive Officer,
    Ben Magara, Lonmin CEO: Ben joined the Company and Board as Chief Executive on 1 July 2013. He is a graduate Mining Engineer from the University of Zimbabwe and has attended various management programmes including the Accelerated Development Programme at the London Business School, UK and the AMP at GIBS, SA. Ben has extensive mining experience in both underground and surface mining as well as soft and hard rock mining. He also has experience in the energy and logistics industries. Ben was the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Coal South Africa and the Executive Head responsible for Engineering and Capital Projects at Anglo Platinum. Ben is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St Peters Prep School Foundation. He is a Zimbabwean national.
    Hon. Abdoulaye Magassouba
    Minister of Mines and Geology
    Guinea Conakry
    Abdoulaye MAGASSOUBA, 39, is the current Minister of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Guinea. He is a senior official with an extensive experience in key sectors of the Guinean economy including mining, energy and agriculture. He previously served as Advisor/Head of the Delivery unit at the Presidency of the Republic of Guinea, where he was in charge of overseeing the implementation National Priority Projects. Before becoming a public servant, Abdoulaye Magassouba worked as a Senior Auditor in the private sector for over 15 years.

    He served as Director for KPGM and independent Consultant for SCADES. He has expertise in auditing, project design and implementation. Magassouba has worked on the design and implementation of several projects and programs funded by multilateral donors, in various industries including mining, insurance, telecommunications, electricity, microfinance, trade and industry. He has been involved in the audit of most of the World Bank’s major projects in Guinea in the early 2000s, as regards to health, institutional capacity building and decentralization. Abdoulaye Magassouba has undertaken frequent missions for several international organizations such as UNAIDS (spell it), the International Trade Center of the United Nations, the African Development Bank (ADB) and International Expertise Franc (FEI).

    His contribution in several strategic and technical committees, his participation in discussions with partners on structuring projects such as Souapiti, managing the energy crisis in 2013, monitoring the partnership with Abu Dhabi in the agriculture, energy and mining sectors are all testimony of Magassouba’s commitment to economic and social development in Guinea. He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship from the US government, enabling him to brilliantly complete his Master in Development Economics at the Williams College in Williams College, Massachusetts in the United States of America. Magassouba’s brilliant academic achievements earned him a Teaching & Research Assistantship in the Center for Development Economics (CDE) at the Williams College.

    Abdoulaye Magassouba is married and the father of three children.

    Peter Major
    Mining Consultant
    Cadiz Corporate Solutions
    Peter Major was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 16 May 1955. His family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, the 'silver mining capital of the world' in 1961, where Peter grew up and worked through 1981. Peter graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in Jan 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. He completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA. Peter began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst. He then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he was won 3 Raging Bull Awards and was Top Fund Manager 2 different years and Runner Up 1 year. In 2001 as CIO he set up HBD Asset Management with Mark Shuttleworth, with assets of $530m growing to $1.5bn by 2005. In 2006 Peter joined Cadiz where he focuses on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector. Peter Major was born in Vancouver BC in 1955, moved to Kellogg Idaho, the Silver Capital of the World in 1961. For the next 20 years most of his schooling and work life was based in the Silver Valley except for university. Peter graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in Jan 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine.He completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery S.A. Peter began his investment career with Allan Gray for 2 years in 1989 as a gold mine analyst. He then spent 10 years as senior fund manager & mining analyst at Nedcor Investment Bank. His last 5 years there he was No 1 Fund Manager in SA twice and a Raging Bull winner the other 3 years. In 2001 as CIO, Peter set up HBD Asset Management with Mark Shuttleworth, with assets of $530m, rising to $1.5bn by 2005. In 2006 Peter joined Cadiz where he focuses on private Equity, Capital Raising and M&A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.
    Archbishop Dr. Thabo Makgoba
    Archbishop of Cape Town
    Howard Mann
    Associate & Senior International Law Advisor
    International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
    Howard Mann was appointed as an Associate and Senior International Law Advisor to IISD in 1998. From 2003-2009, he initiated and managed IISD’s Investment and Sustainable Development program. Howard has worked with colleagues in advising and training government officials from over 80 developing countries on international investment law issues, investment treaty negotiations, and the development of sound investment policy from a sustainable development perspective. He plays an instrumental role in the IISD’s management of the IGF Secretariat. Howard was the lead author of IISD's Model International Agreement on Investment for Sustainable Development, significant portions of which have been adopted in multiple international investment treaties since it was published in 2005. He has served on two Government of Canada advisory committees on international trade and investment law, a special expert panel for the International Commission of Jurists on corporate complicity in human rights violations, advised on the development of the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights. From 1988 to 1993, Howard was a lawyer for the Government of Canada and was actively involved in the negotiation of several international environmental agreements. From 1993-1999, Howard maintained a full-time practice in international law, where his clients included the government of Canada, international organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations. Howard has been an Adjunct Professor of international law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, is widely published in his areas of specialization, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.
    Willem Marais
    Group Managing Executive and CEO
    Liquid Telecom SA
    Willem joined Liquid Telecom in May 2015 and brings over 20 years' of experience and expertise in the Telecommunications, Information Technology and Media industries. Prior to joining Liquid Telecom, Willem held the position of Chief Commercial Officer at SEACOM, responsible for group revenue across all lines of business where he lead the Sales, Product, Marketing and Commercial teams responsible for customer engagement and strategic channel development globally. He also spent 10 years with the Siemens Group of companies. Willem has a proven track record in the development of long-term customer partnerships and leading negotiations on multi-million dollar transactions in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Africa, within the Telecommunications, ICT, Broadcasting and Financial Services sectors.
    Daphne Mashile-Nkosi
    Kalagadi Manganese
    Gary Mattan
    Managing Director Mergers & Acquisitions
    BMO Capital Markets
    Gary joined BMO in 2000. He has 20 years of experience advising on over $100 billion worth of completed purchase and sale mandates, merger transactions, and valuations and fairness opinions. Previously, Gary worked in an M&A capacity with another major Canadian investment bank in Toronto and New York. He holds an MBA from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario. Gary is a CFA Charterholder. Key mining transactions include: advising Ivanhoe Mines in the sale of a 50.5% interest in its Kamoa mine to Zijin Mining Group; AngloGold Ashanti on the sale of CC&V gold mine to Newmont; Glencore Xstrata on the sale of its Las Bambas Copper Project; advising ARMZ on its going-private acquisition of UraniumOne; European Goldfields on its sale to Eldorado Gold; Kinross’s acquisition of Red Back Mining; Anvil on its sale to Minmetals; Meridian Gold’s defence and successful sale to Yamana Gold; Uranium One’s acquisition of UrAsia; and Bema Gold’s sale to Kinross.
    Anton C. Mauve
    West African Minerals Corp
    Anton C. Mauve is the President of West African Minerals Corporation, overseeing the development of the Company’s iron ore assets in Cameroon. A partner with Plinian Capital since 2010, he has over 20 years of experience in the platinum industry, formerly holding the position of Vice President Strategy and Long Term Planning with Lonmin plc. He holds an MBA, MSc in Science in Engineering, and BSc (hons) in Geology and is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist in South Africa.
    Hon. Obeth Mbuipaha Kandjoze
    Minister of Mines and Energy
  • Full Name: Obeth Mbuipaha Kandjoze
  • Date of Birth: 09 August 1966
  • Place of Birth: Windhoek, Khomas Region
  • Portfolio: Minister of Mines and Energy
  • Political Party: SWAPO Party
  • Legislative Profile: Member of the National Assembly (2015 – 2020)


     Mar-Oct 2005 University of Stellenbosch Business School – Stellenbosch Management Development Program (MDP)

     1991 – 1994 University of Helsinki – Finland Master of Science Degree (Geology)

     1987-1991 University of Cape Town – Cape Town, RSA Bachelor of Science Degree (Geology)


  • Career

    Managing Director - National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) November 1,2012 – March 2015

    Exploration & Production Manager – National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) 2007 – Nov 1, 2012

    New Ventures & Promotion Unit Manager – National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) 2006 – 2007

    Senior Petroleum Geologist – National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) 1999 – 2006

    Petroleum Explorationist – National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) 1997 – 1999

    Country Exploration Manager – National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) 1995 – 1997

    GIS Geologist – National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) 1994-1995

  • HE Adam McCarthy
    High Commissioner to South Africa
    Government of Australia
    Adam McCarthy is Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa with non-resident accreditation to Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Until April 2015, he was Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch and was earlier head of the International Legal Branch. Prior to that Mr McCarthy served as Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Deputy Australian Governor to the Commonwealth from April 2009 until December 2012. During that time he served as the Australian Team Attaché at the London 2012 Paralympics. A senior career DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) officer, Mr McCarthy has previously served overseas as First Secretary (Political) at the Australian High Commission in Wellington (1996-99) and Counsellor (Trade Policy) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC (2002-2006). In Canberra Mr McCarthy has worked in a range of positions primarily in the multilateral, trade, legal and arms control fields, including from 2006-2009 as Assistant Secretary, International Legal Branch. After graduating from the University of Sydney with honours degrees in economics and law Mr McCarthy practiced as a solicitor before joining DFAT in 1993. He also holds Graduate Diplomas in Legal Practice (UT) and Foreign Affairs and Trade (Monash) and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Mr McCarthy is married to Nicky with two children, Ella and Benjamin.
    Nichole McCulloch
    Managing Partner
    The Ashton Partnership
    Nichole is the Managing Partner for The Ashton Partnership as well as leading the Energy and Natural Resources Practice. Nichole specialises in placing individuals in both board and executive roles globally across all corporate functions, having completed searches and sourced candidates in over 33 countries. She focuses on identifying and placing candidates both as expatriates as well as sourcing national candidates and assisting in the repatriation of nationals, in businesses across developed, emerging and frontier markets. Nichole is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and sits on the executive board for Women in Mining (UK), chairing their international committee. Nichole is also on the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC) UK Diversity Steering Committee as well as the European Council. Before her career in executive search, Nichole supported the campaigns for two US presidential elections in addition to holding management positions with a number of US based firms. Before joining The Ashton Partnership, she established the global Energy and Natural Resources practice for an executive search firm based in the UK focusing on sustainability and risk management. Nichole is a member of The Institute of Directors and Chatham House. Nichole holds a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina and has a Professional Certificate in Management from The Open University. She is currently undertaking her MBA at The Open University focusing on risk management.
    John McGloin
    Association of Mining Analysts
    John joined Amara in April 2012 as an Executive Director and was appointed in May 2012 as Executive Chairman. He took on the dual role of Chief Executive Officer in August 2014.  A geologist and graduate of Camborne School of Mines, he worked for many years in Africa within the mining industry before moving into consultancy.  John joined Arbuthnot Banking Group following four years at Evolution Securities as their mining analyst.  Over the years, he has acted for many mining companies including Randgold Resources, African Platinum, Avocet Mining, European Goldfields and Titanium Resources Group.  John's most recent position was Head of Mining at Collins Stewart which he held from July 2010 to the time he joined Amara. In 2011, he was named as Mining Analyst of the Year and his team topped the Extel ratings, representing the two largest gold companies listed in London at the time.
    Claire McMaster
    Group HR Manager/ Immediate Past Chair
    The MSA Group/ WIMSA
    Claire has spent the majority of her career working in the mining industry. Firstly in her role as the Managing Consultant at Geostaff, a specialist placement agency, followed by a number of years as the Group HR Manager for the MSA Group. The MSA Group is one of Africa's largest exploration and mining consulting firms. With the help of her management team Claire has developed very effective systems that are focused on the development of capacity in technical people. Such systems ensure that technical people develop both their core and soft skills simultaneously and are able to meet the challenges of the modern mining industry. Claire holds an honours degree in Industrial Psychology and has over 17 years of management experience. She a member of EXCO and drives the Human Resource Management, Corporate Social Investment, BBBEE, Enterprise and Supplier Development and Health and Safety Agenda for the group. She is particularly passionate about the advancement of women in the South African Mining Industry and in addition to her role in HR, Claire serves as the Past Chairperson of Women in Mining South Africa (WIMSA). Prior to her chairmanship she was responsible for development of the WIMSA mentoring programme. She is constantly facilitating WIM programmes through projects, articles, and research and conference presentations. Claire served as a WIMSA Chairperson from 2012 to 2013 – during the formative years of WIMSA and made a major contribution to its establishment. She became a WIMSA Patron in 2016. Claire was noted as a Top Women in Mining by Top Women Magazine in 2014, and has initiated and reviewed the first WIMSA research report – “Women in Mining a Minority by choice”. She has contributed to and featured in a number of articles and reports regarding the development of WIM, including but not limited to: Mining Weekly, The JSE Magazine, African Mining Brief, CNBC, Infomine and
    Rick Menell
    Credit Suisse Securities Johannesburg (Pty) Ltd
    Rick Menell joined Credit Suisse in February 2011 as a Senior Advisor, based in Johannesburg. He is also Chairman of Credit Suisse Securities Johannesburg, appointed in 2012. Mr. Menell has had a 35 year career in the mining industry. Following work in North America and Australia with JP Morgan and gold junior Delta Gold, he returned to South Africa in 1991 and joined mining house Anglovaal where he became CEO in 1996 and Executive Chairman in 2002. Following the merger in 2004 to form ARM, one of the largest black-owned mining companies in South Africa, he continued as Deputy Chairman of ARM and of associate Harmony Gold, and as CEO and President of subsidiary Teal Exploration & Mining Inc. until 2008. During his time with Anglovaal, he served as Chairman of Avgold from its founding in 1996 until its sale to Harmony in 2004, and as Deputy Chairman of Associated Manganese Mines from 1996-2005. Mr. Menell has served over many years in a range of other organisations including service as non-executive director of Standard Bank Group, Mutual&Federal Insurance, Telkom SA and was Chairman of Bateman Engineering, Chairman of the South African Tourism Board, and President of the SA Chamber of Mines. He was co-founder and a director from 1999-2012 of the Business Trust (Gvmt Business development partnership), and serves today on the boards of several NGOs and foundations active in the youth development and education sectors. He was for many years a Mining Governor of the World Economic Forum. He currently serves as a non-executive director of Gold Fields, The Weir Group (UK), Sibanye Gold Ltd, Rockwell Diamonds Inc. and as a member of the Council of Business Leadership South Africa. Credit Suisse relies on his extensive network throughout the public and private sectors in Southern Africa and his experience in a broad range of corporate transactions, particularly those related to Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa. Mr. Menell holds an M.A. (Cantab) and an M.Sc. (Stanford).
    Mxolisi Mgojo
    Chief Executive Officer - Designate
    Exxaro Resources Ltd
    Mxolisi Mgojo has been in the mining industry since 2001. Previous experience includes 10 years’ experience as a software engineer as well as a career in international banking and investment banking when he was working at Societé Generale Investment Banking. Mxolisi has been with Exxaro since its inception in 2006, heading the Base Metals and Industrial Minerals business before being appointed as the Executive Head of Coal in August 2008. In May 2015 Mxolisi was appointed as CEO Designate to follow up Sipho Nkosi as Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. Before joining Exxaro Mxolisi was a founder member of Eyesizwe Coal formed in 2001 where he was the Marketing and Logistics Manager. Mxolisi has a BSc degree in Computer Science (Northwestern University, USA), an Honours degree in Energy Studies (Rand Afrikaans University), a Diploma in International Financial Management and an MBA (Henley Management College, UK). He also attended a Societé Generale Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Programme (Kellogg, USA) and an Advanced Management Programme (Wharton).
    Willem Middelkoop
    Commodity Discovery Fund
    Willem Middelkoop (Geneva, 1962) is a successful investor, entrepreneur and publicist. At the end of 2008, he gave up his journalistic work as a market commentator for Dutch National TV and started the Commodity Discovery Fund ( He also started in that same year, a web shop for gold and silver bullion, which was sold to the listed Value8 in 2011, after yearly sales grew to over 100 million euro. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the London based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and a founding shareholder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, a business accelerator program, which started in 2011. Willem is author of several books covering the economy and the history of financial markets with have been translated in nine languages. In 2013 he published The Big Reset, his first book in English, which has become a worldwide bestseller. Willem lives with his wife and two sons (11 and 14) in The Netherlands.
    Christian Milau
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    True Gold Mining
    Mr. Milau is President and CEO of True Gold Mining. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Endeavour Mining, and played a leading role in Endeavour’s acquisition, financing, development, and operation of four gold mines in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mali. Mr. Milau brings operational, government and stakeholder relations experience in West Africa, including successfully negotiating with governments on various mining conventions and tax matters.
    Anthony Milewski
    Vice President, Investment Team
    Pala Investments
    Anthony has spent his career in various aspects of the mining industry, including as a company director, advisor, founder and investor. Anthony has managed numerous mining investments at various stages of development, including exploration, development, production and turnaround situations, and across a broad range of commodities. He has served as a director of both public and private companies and has been seconded as interim CEO on multiple occasions. Anthony previously worked at Firebird Management in New York, as well as at Renaissance Capital and Skadden, Arps in Moscow, where he focused on advisory and transactional work in metals & mining and oil & gas. Anthony has lived and worked in Africa and Russia, including a year as a Fulbright scholar, and has spent considerable time in Central Asia. Anthony holds a B.A. in Russian history from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in Russian and Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington, and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He holds an LLM in Corporate Finance from the Russian Academy of Sciences. 
    Paul Miller
    Investment Banker for Mining & Metals
    Nedbank Capital
    Paul Miller originally joined Nedbank Capital in 1999 following 5 years as a management consultant in the South African logistics, mining and financial services sectors. He then spent the next 8 years advising clients on equity capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and Black Economic Empowerment transactions. Paul left Nedbank Capital in 2007 when he was appointed the founding Managing Director of Keaton Energy, what was then a start-up coal exploration company. Over the next 5 years he took Keaton Energy through a listing and equity capital raising on the JSE, project financed and built a 2.4mtpa open-cast colliery and acquired and turned-around a distressed ultra-low seam anthracite colliery. Paul re-joined Nedbank Capital in January 2013 as a specialist Mining & Metals Investment Banker with responsibility for growing the bank’s business across all the bank products in South Africa and into the rest of Africa.
    Bradford Mills
    Executive Chairman
    West African Minerals Corporation
    Mr. Mills has over 33 years of experience in the resource industry. He is Executive Chairman of West African Minerals Corporation and the founder and Managing Director of Plinian Capital, a private equity firm whose principal business is investment in natural resources projects and companies. Mr. Mills formerly held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Lonmin Plc, the world’s number three platinum and platinum group metals producer. Prior to that, Mr. Mills served as President of BHP Billiton’s copper group. Mr. Mills is currently Chief Executive Officer of Mandalay Resources and serves as a member of the advisory board to the Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.
    Themba Mkhwanazi
    Anglo American’s Coal South Africa
    As CEO of Anglo American’s Coal South Africa operations, Themba Mkhwanazi’s experience has spanned from process engineer at Sasol, to MD of Huntsman Tioxide, to COO of Richards Bay Minerals, to Regional GM of Technology and Innovation at Rio Tinto. Themba believes that his personal best achievement in life was fulfilling the role of CEO at Anglo American’s Coal division in South Africa. His philosophy in life is that “nothing is impossible” and he holds high hopes for South Africa becoming a leading global economy. Themba was born in Mbabane, Swaziland in 1970, educated at Golden Hillock and Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School in Birmingham, UK, and achieved his BEng (Hon) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Teesside in Cleveland, UK.
    Fortune Mojapelo
    Chief Executive Officer
    Bushveld Minerals
    Fortune Mojapelo is a mining entrepreneur with a track record in resource exploration and development. He is a co-founder and director of VM Investment (Pty) Ltd, a principal investments and advisory company focusing on developing mining projects in Africa. Fortune has played a leading role in the origination, establishment and project development of several junior mining companies in Africa. His corporate career started at McKinsey & Company where as a strategy consultant he worked on advising clients in several industries on corporate strategy and organizational development.
    Jonathan Moore
    Managing Director
    Mining Indaba™
    Jonathan Moore is the managing director of Mining Indaba™, the largest deal-making event committed to driving investments into the African mining sector. He has been leading the Mining Indaba for six years and has an in-depth knowledge of the economic, regulatory, and financial framework of mining across the continent.

    Throughout the last six years, the Mining Indaba has solidified its position as the critical pathway to flow billions of dollars in foreign investments to capitalise the African mining value chain. Under his leadership, the brand increased its estimated value by 150% and continues to grow under its new owners, Euromoney Trading, LTD. Moore has a committed focus on staying true to the core value proposition of the Mining Indaba: to bring all the key deal-makers together and drive awareness of the attractive mining investments throughout the continent

    His core belief in Africa’s untapped natural riches fuels his energy and continued expertise to bring global attention to the vast range of mining investment opportunities on the continent. He builds strategic partnerships with governments and industry influencers beyond Africa and explores and tests new markets to expand the global Mining Indaba brand.

    Jonathan obtained his BS in marketing at State University of New York Plattsburgh. He has been managing global investment conferences for 6 years.

    Melinda Moore
    Client Coverage Executive
    ICBC Standard Bank
    Melinda Moore joined Standard Bank’s Bulk Commodities team in mid-2012 as Head of the London steel raw materials origination, trading and strategy to assist clients with their physical and financial commodity requirements. Melinda was previously a Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in London, responsible for coordinating the global Metals & Mining equity team’s industry research and quarterly commodity price reviews. Ms Moore joined Credit Suisse in 2009 from BHP Billiton Marketing Asia, where she was a member of the Carbon Steel Materials team, based in Shanghai and Singapore since 2007. Prior to that, Melinda served as the China Chief Representative for Steel Business Briefing in Shanghai from 2004. Before this, Ms Moore held various positions in the investment industry, based in Shanghai, Melbourne and Sydney. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
    Richard Morgan
    Head of Government Relations
    Anglo American
    Mpho Mothoa
    Managing Director and Rio Tinto Country Head
    Richards Bay Minerals
    Mpho Mothoa is Managing Director of Richards Bay Minerals and Rio Tinto Country Head for South Africa since 01 June 2013. Prior to that, Mpho was Chief Operating Officer for Rössing Uranium Ltd in Namibia. A chemical engineer by profession, Mpho has more than sixteen (16) years’ experience in mining where he has held various operational and senior leadership roles focusing on championing operational excellence and cost containment. Mpho started his career in Mining at MINTEK as a Senior Metallurgist Technician; he then joined Palabora Mining in 1999 as a Metallurgist where he held various Operational positions from Superintendent – Concentrator, GM Concentrator and later GM Processing. He is married to Dorcas and has been blessed with three sons and a daughter
    Sabatini Motloung
    Youth Development Practitioner
    Ekurhuleni Environmental Organisation
    Gerick Mouton
    Vice President and Executive Head: Capital Projects
    Gerick Mouton, a Mechanical Engineer by profession, is the Vice President & Executive Head: Capital Projects for Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd (an Ivanhoe Mines Company). His previous appointments include Vice President & Project Director for Ivanhoe Mines, Project Director for Bateman Engineering Projects, Project Manager for DRA and Project Manager for Group Five. Gerick has been involved in the development, implementation and execution of multifaceted mining projects on the African continent for 20 years and has extensive knowledge in strategic project development and executing capital projects in challenging social environments. Gerick has completed various capital projects in Botswana, Ghana, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gerick is currently studying towards his Masters in Philosophy (Sustainable Development within the Minerals Resource Sector) through the University of Cape Town. Gerick has been with the Ivanhoe Mines Group for 5 years and heads-up the world famous Platreef PGM Project in Limpopo, South Africa.
    Honourable Christopher Mphanza Mvunga
    Deputy Minister of Finance
    Republic of Zambia
    Honourable Christopher Mphanza Mvunga, MP is currently serving as a Deputy Minister of Finance for the Republic of Zambia. He is an accomplished Professional Accountant with extensive business knowledge gained across industries, ranging from local to Multi-national companies. He has vast experience in business and banking with specialties in company valuations, receiverships and liquidations, raising capital for a number of local and multi national companies, investment advisory services and facilitating strategic planning sessions. Christopher is a fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA- UK). He qualified as an Associate Member of both ZICA and ACCA in 1994 and progressed to become a Fellow in 1999. He has in his previous life worked for Deloitte & Touche from 1988 to 1993 as a Senior Auditor. He then served at DevCorp Business Consultants from 1993 to 2002, a local Zambian Consultancy firm as Director - Corporate Finance. He joined Standard Bank in 2002 as Regional Retail Banking Head for Central Africa before moving to becoming Head Transaction Products in 2009. He left in 2011 to join Standard Chartered Bank, South Africa as Head and Director, Network Management Africa, a position he held until his nomination as Member of Parliament and appointment as Deputy Minister of Finance. He has undertaken extensive travel across Africa, Europe and USA resulting in exposure to international business environment and led Zambia’s deal team at the 2015 Eurobond issuance of US$1.25 billion. He also serves as Chairperson of the Africa Trade Insurance (ATI) Board of Governors.
    David Msiza
    (Acting) Director-General
    Ministry of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa
    Scott Mumford
    Head of Satellite Services
    Liquid Telecom
    Scott started his career in satellite communications as a technician working for Skynet, the services devision of Space Systems Loral. After a 4 year tenure he moved on to satellite network engineering at Arqiva, once of the largest media and data services companies in Europe. He later worked for a privately owned UK based satellite network company where he designed and deployed the UK Foreign Office Embassy global network and a number of Open Cast Mine and realtime plan telemetry networks that were deployed across South America. In his current role as Group Managing Executive – Satellite and VSAT for Liquid Telecom he has built on-continent satellite ground infrastructure and with his team, deployed over 2000 remote site installations across Africa to date.
    Faith Muthambi
    Minister of Communications
    Republic of South Africa
    Deshnee Naidoo
    Chief Executive Officer
    Vedanta Zinc Limited
    Ms. Naidoo joined the Vedanta Group as CEO designate of its Zinc International unit in November 2014 and assumed the role as of February 2015. Deshnee has over 20 years of significant and extensive experience in resourcing industry including Platinum, Thermal Coal and Manganese. Her most recent assignment was with Anglo American assigned to South Africa as Chief Financial Officer, Thermal Coal. She was part of the Anglo American leadership where she held positions in different operations in various capacities including being deputy head of CEO’s office and as strategic long term planning for platinum division and various other technical roles in South Africa. Deshnee holds a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Natal and Certification in Finance and accounting from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
    Heloise Nel
    Egon Zehnder
    Heloise Nel, based in Johannesburg, leads senior executive and board searches in South Africa and Africa for clients in mining, natural resources, and other capital intensive industries. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Heloise was a Senior Manager in Accenture's Resource Management practice, where she was engaged in transformation projects in the US, the UK, and throughout Southern Africa. She started her career as a project engineer, managing the design of marine diamond plants for De Beers – most notably diamond processing plants on board ships off the coast of Namibia. Heloise earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and an MBA from Stellenbosch Business School. She is a Professional Engineer licensed by the Engineering Council of South Africa. Heloise is a Director and serves on the Executive Committee of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), a chapter of the World Energy Council.
    Kobus Nell
    Portfolio Manager
    STANLIB Asset Management
    Kobus joined STANLIB in 2003 on completion of his auditing articles. His early career included managing roles in the Unit Trust pricing, Corporate Actions and Confirmations departments, where he was instrumental in automating a number of key system processes. During this period in operations, he also learned the ropes at Matching and Settlements, Client Reporting and Securities Lending. Kobus joined the investment team as an equity dealer in 2007 and was promoted to an assistant Portfolio Manager in the Unconstrained Equity Franchise in 2008. He is now a Portfolio Manager for the Multi-Asset Franchise which he joined in 2014. Kobus also managed the STANLIB Gold and Precious Metals Fund from 2011 until it was merged in 2014 into the STANLIB Resources Fund, which he is also currently managing. He is a PricewaterhouseCoopers-trained chartered accountant and a CFA charter holder.
    Philip Newman
    Metals Focus
    Philip Newman is one of the founding partners of Metals Focus, the independent precious metals research house, which has a complement of 20 staff and consultants. The company is best known for its forecasting work, annual Gold Focus report and mine cost services. Prior to forming Metals Focus, Philip was a Research Director at Thomson Reuters, formerly GFMS, where he spent 19 years and was a key contributor to the company’s PGM, Gold and Silver Surveys, research reports and consultancy projects. During his time there, and since starting Metals Focus, Philip has also been responsible for precious metals research in the US, India, the Middle East and the UK.
    Caroline Ngonze
    Programme Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    Caroline is a Programme Specialist at UNDP Brussels working on an ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. This three-year €13.1 million capacity building program initiated by the African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme aims to build the profile, and improve the management, of Neglected Development Minerals by building the capacity of key stakeholders in the sector. Neglected Development Minerals consist of construction materials; industrial minerals; dimension stones; and semi-precious stones. Caroline has previously worked at UNECA leading research and policy analysis on women in ASM in Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. She has extensive experience spanning program design, implementation, policy research, advocacy and planning in the UN in Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.
    Simone Niven
    Global Head of External Affairs & Communications
    Rio Tinto
    Simone Niven is responsible for Rio Tinto’s Group media relations, external affairs, brand, digital, functions and employee communication activities and teams. Prior to joining Rio Tinto in 2009, Simone gained extensive experience in managing internal and external communications, including communication leadership roles at Vodafone Group plc, Westpac Ltd, Smith and Nephew plc, Smiths Group plc, Worldcom and United Technologies Corporation.
    Dr. Suzy Nkiema
    International Law Advisor
    International Institute for Sustainable Development, advisor to IGF Secretariat
    Suzy Nikièma is an International Law Advisor for the IISD Economic Law and Policy program. Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Ms Nikièma provides legal and policy advice on sustainable investment. She has provided technical assistance to developing country governments, particularly in Africa, with respect to the negotiation, implementation, and drafting of investment treaties and treaty templates, and has published widely on the subject. She also has led the training of developing country officials on the negotiation of investment contracts, and assisted countries in designing their domestic investment laws. Ms Nikièma is also the Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Investment Treaty News; and is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University Saint Thomas d’Aquin and the West African Catholic University, both in Burkina Faso. She has previously worked with UNDP/SURF Dakar on a substantial analysis of 15 international investment agreements.
    Mandisi Nkuhlu
    Chief Operating Officer
    Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)
    Mandisi Nkuhlu holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa SOC Limited (“ECIC”). ECIC is the national Export Credit Agency of the government of South Africa and provides political and commercial risk insurance to facilitate export trade and investments outside South Africa. Mandisi has worked for various financial institutions involved in the financing of infrastructure development. He spent five years at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (“DBSA”) as the legal advisor to the Project Finance team responsible for cross-border private sector projects. During his stay at DBSA, he was seconded to Masons in London, a law firm specializing in Public Private Partnerships. Later on, Mandisi worked for the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (“IDC”) as a Senior Account Manager in the International Finance Department, Prior to re-joining ECIC in February 2011, he was a Director of Export Finance at Standard Bank of South Africa. Mandisi has worked on numerous infrastructure and mining projects. He cut his teeth in the Mozal I and Mozal II projects and worked on the Nelspruit Water PPP Concession, the first bank financed water PPP Concession in South Africa. Mandisi holds a B Iuris and the LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape. He is an admitted attorney. He furthered his studies at Wits Business School – Management Advancement Program and at the UCT Graduate School of Business – Executive Leadership Program.
    Jeremy Nottingham
    Commercial Director
    Faith Nwadishi
    Head, Koyeneum Immalah Foundation
    National Coordinator, Publish What you Pay Nigeria
    Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita
    Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited
    Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita is the Chief Executive Officer of Ichor Coal N.V., an international mining company focusing on thermal coal production in South Africa. The company owns and operates its own coal resources with customers in South Africa and beyond. In addition, IchorCoal holds minority positions in other coal mining companies. Ms Nyembezi-Heita was previously Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal South Africa, the largest steel producer on the African continent and subsidiary of the ArcelorMittal Group, which in turn is the largest steel producer in the world. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Officer of Mergers & Acquisitions for the Vodacom Group and before that, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Capital, then local subsidiary of a New York based global investment management company.Ms Nyembezi-Heita has a B.Sc. Honours degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and a masters degree in the same discipline from California Institute of Technology. She also has an MBA from the Open University (UK). Ms Nyembezi-Heita has served as an independent non-executive director on numerous boards in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves as non-executive chairman of the JSE and non-executive member of the board of Old Mutual plc and Macsteel Global S.a.r.l.
    Roberts Orya
    Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer
    Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM)
    Mr. Orya attended University of Ibadan, Nigeria and graduated with an M.Sc. in Banking and Finance. His banking and finance experience began in February 1984, spans over 31 years covering Investment, Commercial and Mortgage Banking, having worked in several Financial Institutions. He first joined the services of International Merchant Bank Plc where he worked until September 1990 before leaving to join Credite Bank of Nigeria Limited briefly as a pioneer staff. He was then seconded to Prime Merchant Bank Ltd in July 1991 as Head of Foreign Operations. Mr Orya subsequently moved to Pace Mortgage Finance Ltd in October 1992 as the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer He left for Lobi Bank of Nigeria Ltd in January 1994 later becoming its Managing Director and Executive Chairman. In 1998 he was reassigned to Premier Commercial Bank Plc as an Executive Director. Before his appointment as the new Managing Director/CEO of Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) in August 2009 Mr. Orya served as an Executive Director in charge of Capital Markets, Financial Advisory Services and Research & Strategy with Afribank Capital Ltd. He was re-appointed in August 2014 for a second term as the Managing Director/CEO of Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM). He is also the current Honorary President of the Global Network of Exim Banks and Development Finance Institutions (G-NEXID). Mr. Orya is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and London, Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria and Nigeria Institute of Management. He is also a Member of the Institute of Management Consultants.
    Senator Philip Ozouf
    Assistant Chief Minister
    Government of Jersey
    Senator Philip Ozouf, Assistant Chief Minister, now has special responsibility for Financial Services, Technology, Competition, Innovation, Inward Investment, External Trade and the Mining Sector. One of Jersey’s longest serving Ministers who over the past 16 years has lead numerous departments including Planning, Public Works and was the first Economic Development Minister in 2005. From 2008 to 2013 he was Jersey's Finance Minister.  Prior to political life he worked for one of the world’s largest multi-nationals across Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States.
    Andrew Pardey
    Chief Executive Officer
    Centamin Plc
    Andrew Pardey was appointed Chief Executive Officer and director of the Board of Centamin plc on 1 February 2015. Mr. Pardey served as General Manager-Operations at the Sukari Gold Mine before his previous appointment as Chief Operating Officer in May 2012. He was a major driving force in bringing Sukari into production, having joined during the mine's construction phase and was instrumental in the successful transition of the operation through construction and into production. Andrew holds a BSc in Geology and has over 25 years' experience in the mining and exploration industry, having previously held senior positions in Africa, Australia and other parts of the world with Guinor Gold Corporation, AngloGold Ashanti and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM).
    Ebrahim Patell
    Minister of Economic Development
    Republic of South Africa
    Mattia Pellegrini
    Head of Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Unit
    European Commission's DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
    Barend Petersen
    Executive Chairman
    De Beers Consolidated Mines
    Barend Petersen is a chartered accountant with broad international business experience in mining, finance, auditing, the oil industry, energy, government relations, business turnarounds, corporate recovery, consulting and corporate governance. Barend is Executive Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines and represents the De Beers Group of Companies in South Africa. In the past decade Barend has had wide involvement in De Beers Group of Companies which is a member of the Anglo American plc group. He is also a director of De Beers Société Anonyme. He is a shareholder in Ponahalo Capital who owns a 50% stake in Ponahalo Investments, the black economic empowerment partner of De Beers Consolidated Mines. Barend is a director of several companies including, Anglo American South Africa, Alexander Forbes Equity Holdings and Curro Holdings. Barend is the Chairman of Sizwe Business Recoveries which he founded in 1998. He was born in Cape Town and was educated in the Western Cape. He studied at UNISA where he obtained a B.Compt (Hons) and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995.
    Steve Phiri
    Chief Executive Officer
    Royal Bafokeng Platinum
    Steve Phiri is an admitted attorney to the High Court of South Africa. His qualifications include a B Juris degree, University of the North; LLB, Vista University; Diploma in Corporate Law, Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) and an LLM degree from the University of Johannesburg. Steve was appointed CEO of RBPlat in April 2010. Prior to this appointment he was the CEO of Merafe Resources, a public company listed on the JSE for a period of six years. He has served as a non-executive director on the Board of Impala Platinum Limited and brings to RBPlat a significant wealth of mining and business experience, gained over a period of 14 years. He has also served as a non-executive director on the board of Zurich Insurance Company SA. He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator.

    Experience and track record:

  • Proven track record as CEO of Merafe Resources imited (Merafe), a company listed on the JSE Limited, for six years. As CEO he led the negotiation that resulted in the Xstrata-Merafe pooling and sharing venture.
  • He demonstrated excellent negotiation skills as leader of the negotiating team that successfully resolved the dispute between RBN and Impala Platinum Limited. In this role he also negotiated the RBN investment in Merafe and the nation’s joint venture with Anglo American Platinum Limited (Anglo American Platinum).
  • Mashale Phumaphi
    Managing Director
    Shumba Energy
    Currently the Managing Director of Shumba Energy, Mashale Phumaphi is an executive focused on funding and developing energy projects in Africa. He was formerly part of the corporate finance team of a London based natural resources corporate finance and issuing house. In addition to conducting investment analysis and research he has raised debt and equity finance for projects in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He began his career as an engineer with Debswana Diamond Company based on Jwaneng Mine in Botswana. Mashale holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Sheffield, is a member of the United Kingdom Society of Investment Professionals (UKSIP) and is a member of the London based Association of Mining Analysts (AMA).
    Nick Pickens
    Senior Research Manager – Copper Mine Costs
    Wood Mackenzie
    Nick leads copper mine cost research at Wood Mackenzie. He has nearly 15 years experience as an analyst in the metals and mining sector, covering copper and other metals. He previously held the position of Research Director at specialist metals consultancy GFMS, playing a key role in developing a mine economics service for gold, copper and PGMs. Nick also worked as an equity analyst in the capital markets with specialist two natural resource investment banks in London. He covered a diversified portfolio of mining companies, writing research on large cap companies, but also providing corporate advisory services to the junior sector.
    Dr. Neville Plint
    Head of Business Improvement
    Anglo American
    Neville joined Anglo American Platinum in 1996 and has held a variety of research, technology development and management positions in minerals engineering, process control & analytical chemistry. He was Head of Research and Development for Anglo American Platinum from 2006 to 2014 and moved to Business Improvement in 2014. He has a PhD and an MBA (distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand. His technology development interests include mineral processing, geo-metallurgy, resource to market optimization, material stewardship, water management and advanced instrumentation for plant control, automation and optimization.
    Tara Polzer Ngwato
    Social Surveys Africa
    Tara Polzer Ngwato is a Director with Social Surveys Africa, a social research company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has fourteen years of experience conducting research on social development with focus areas in near-mining communities, conflict transformation and migration. Her prior experience includes being Head of Research for the Royal Bafokeng Administration (RBA) of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, a traditionally governed near-mining community in South Africa. There she was responsible for providing empirical evidence for policy-making and impact assessment on a wide range of social development interventions. She also spent ten years as Senior Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg with the African Centre for Migration & Society. Prior to Wits, Polzer Ngwato worked with Transparency International and the GTZ. She has also consulted extensively for South African, African and global organisations including UNHCR, UN OCHA and the IFRC. She has a particular interest in the effective communication of research findings and the use of research as a tool for achieving social transformation and informing strategic decision-making. Polzer Ngwato is widely published and holds a PhD and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University
    Louisa Pratt
    Director of Content
    Mining Indaba™
    Louisa has a first class degree in archaeology from University of Bristol. She joined the Euromoney graduate programme in September 2009, starting as a conference producer for Coaltrans Conferences Ltd. Louisa stayed with Coaltrans for 5 years and was responsible for researching and developing conferences in Asia, Europe and South America. She launched a number of successful new events and innovative formats for the company. In September 2014, Louisa moved internally to become Director of Content for Mining Indaba. She regularly engages with the market to ensure that all the programming is in keeping with sector demand.
    Zane Prickett
    Unearthed Open Innovation Program
    Zane is a director of the global innovation program Unearthed, where he is working to bring startup-style innovation to the resources sector. Through hackathon events, online competitions, and a technology accelerator, Unearthed is improving the efficiency of industry and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs. Prior to Unearthed, Zane earned his degree from Colorado School of Mines and worked 8+ years around the world as an engineer for a leading O&G service company.
    Romain Py
    Head of Transactions
    African Infrastructure Investment Managers
    African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) provides strategic, commercial, operational and financial expertise into infrastructure investment activities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. As the Head of Transactions, Romain is responsible for originating and executing investments into infrastructure projects and companies for AIIM’s infrastructure funds. Romain has an in-depth knowledge of infrastructure sub-sectors and holds an MSc in Corporate Finance and an MSc in International Economics. Romain is currently a non-executive Director on the Board of AIIM Hydroneo, a 50/50 joint venture between AIIM and Hydroneo Afrique, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MECAMIDI. He also serves on the Board of Global Ports Holding. Prior to joining AIIM, Romain was one of the founding members of the JPMorgan Infrastructure Investments Group and led a number of key transactions in the UK, Australia and Spain.
    Jeff Radebe
    Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation
    Republic of South Africa
    Hilgard Rademeyer
    Director, Transalloys
    Hilgard Rademeyer is currently employed by Renova-Africa as a director for Transalloys and an alternative director for UMK mine. Renova who owns Transalloys is also a shareholder of UMK Manganese mine. He was General Manager of Transalloys since 2007 when Renova acquired the company. Since 2013 he was also tasked with additional responsibilities which included consultation with AMT with regards to marketing, member of the UMK OPSCOM, and strategic sustainability projects. His appointment as director was formalised in August 2015. From 2000 to 2007 he was employed by Assmang Manganese Cato Ridge as a plant manager. Hilgard Rademeyer was employed by BHP from 1995 to 2000 in various positions at the Meyerton smelter complex, from production engineer, production superintendent and technical superintendent. From 1993 to 1995 he did service for BHP at Alusaf Bayside in various positions which included Engineer in Training, Quality Control Engineer and Production Engineer. From 1992 to 1993 he was employed by BHP Chrome Division as an Engineer in Training at Ferro Metals in eMalahleni. He also holds an MBA (MBL) degree from the University of South Africa, which was obtained in 1998. Hilgard Rademeyer has experience in the smelter industry with specific reference to Manganese Alloys. He was appointed in 2007 at Transalloys to conduct a turnaround strategy on a smelter with substandard performance at the time. The result was a ±50% increase in output with corresponding efficiency and cost improvements.
    Gary Ralph
    Mining Lead
    IBM South Africa
    Gary is a Mining Engineer with 28 years industry experience, beginning in 1988 as a Learner Official Mining at Anglo America's Elandsrand Gold Mine. Through his career, Gary has fulfilled many roles, both within mining operations and as a consultant to the industry, including a period as a Senior Technical Consultant in an IT company, Gijima. Gary has had exposure to a wide range of minerals including Gold, Platinum, Copper, Zinc, Diamonds and Iron Ore. Before joining IBM as the Mining Lead, Gary was an independent consultant after eight years as Principal Mining Engineer, Anglo American plc Group Mining. In his spare time, Gary enjoys the solitude and challenge of open water swimming and plans to swim the Plettenburg Bay 1 Mile Sea Swim as soon as he can get some training done.
    David Reading
    Chief Executive Officer and Director
    Aureus Mining
    Mr Reading has significant expertise in the global mining industry with over 35 years’ experience across the fields of exploration, feasibility, project development and mining. Mr Reading has an MSc in Economic Geology and is a fellow of FIMM. He has held senior positions with leading mining companies and is the former CEO of European Goldfields and the former General Manager of African exploration for Randgold Resources. In addition, he has held senior exploration and project development positions for Anglo American and Phelps Dodge.
    Dave Rehse
    Mining Director - Africa
    Cummins Africa
    Dave Rehse is Director Mining Africa for Cummins Africa, based in Johannesburg. He oversees the Engine and Distribution Business for Cummins Africa. Dave began his career at Cummins in 1987, working in various roles within the company’s apprentice, application engineering, OEM Sales and Product Management functions. He went on to hold several key leadership positions including General Manager High Horsepower, Engine Business Southern Africa and General Manager Operations Southern Africa. Outside of Cummins, Dave’s interest cover fly-fishing and motorsport, historic and Lotus 7 racing.
    Sven Renner
    Head of Project
    German Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources
    Mr. Sven Renner is head of the “Extractives and Development” programme at the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). The programme is a co-funder and co-developer of the MInGov. Sven is a geologist with 20 years of research and practical experience in mining and natural resources management. From 1996 to 2009 he headed the German technical cooperation projects in Chile, Bolivia and Peru. After that, between 2010 and 2012, Sven worked for the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) developing a national strategy for the German federal government in the commodities sector.
    Michael Reza Pacha
    Founder & Chairman
    ENRROXS Group
    Michael Reza Pacha called Reza by his team members and friends, 47, is the Founder & Chairman of the ENRROXS Group based in Dubai and the Chief Executive Officer of PEARL GOLD AG, a gold mining company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. While ENRROXS Group is a leading global diversified Resources Company, with oil and gas trading and servicing in the MENA Region, Kurdistan and the CIS countries, mining in western Africa and Ethiopia, and solar power solutions mainly in Africa with a natural “niche specialty” in mining power supply through its 4S subsidiary; PEARL GOLD AG is a listed company which has a lot of issues and Reza took over its management and a sizeable stakeholding in 2014, in order to help saving the company and its Malian asset. In addition, Reza is the Founder & Chairman of a financial institution called INDEX & Cie (part of the INDEX Group) with its head office in DIFC (Dubai International Financial Center). Reza is also serving on the Board of several Business Schools in Dubai and did co-found the French Football Club in Dubai called “Le Club France” and the Rugby Club called “Rugby Père et Fils”. ENRROXS is currently sponsoring the two clubs. Until 2009, Reza was a senior partner of a large Law Firm based in the South of France where he did start his practice in 1994. He holds a PHD in French Notarial Law from the University of AIX-EN-PROVENCE (France) and a Master 2 in Business & International Taxation from the University of PARIS-DAUPHINE. In 2009, Reza sold his shares in the Law Firm, moved to Dubai and started to set up the ENRROXS Group. He is extremely focused on delivering structural & operational excellence, efficient cost management and supporting the group’s strategic objective of creating sustainable long-term value for all the group entities including of course the most recent one, 4S, literally SMART SOLAR SYSTEM SOLUTIONS the development & promotion of which is currently one of his main purposes.
    Dr. Ulf Henning Richter
    Assistant Professor of Strategy
    Nottingham University Business School China
    Dr. Ulf Henning Richter is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He received his Doctorate in Economic Sciences from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, for his thesis on corporate responsibility in a globalizing world, and an MBA from European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel in Germany. He is also a Visiting Scholar with the Social Innovation Centre at INSEAD, Membership Secretary of the AIB Sub-Saharan Chapter, and was previously a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Richter has worked with multinational companies such as CRRC Corporation (former CSR & CNR), Daimler, Morgan Stanley, Nestle, Tata Steel, international organizations, universities, civil society and government. He is an award winning entrepreneur who has founded companies in Switzerland, Peru, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire. He has won many awards including the University of Nottingham Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Award 2014, the Orange African Social Venture Award 2011, and has been involved as advisor in infrastructure projects totaling more than 1 billion USD, nominated as delegate of the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce, set up of three social ventures in Cote d’Ivoire and Peru with more than 100 employees in the time from 2009-2012. He strongly believes in the future of Africa as the back bone of worldwide wealth production in the 21st century.
    Anna Rosenberg
    Practice Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa
    Frontier Strategy Group
    Andries Rossouw
    .Work Experience:

  • Andries is a partner in PwC’s Energy, Utilities and Mining division and has been employed with the firm for 19 years. He also has extensive experience in due diligence reviews, merger and take over transactions and exceptional knowledge of IFRS.

  • Andries was on secondment to PwC Papua New Guinea from 2000 to 2003 where he gained excellent mining experience on Lihir Gold Limited (ASX and Nasdaq listed) and Ok Tedi Mining Limited (Copper, gold mine). On return to South Africa he joined the Energy, Utilities and Mining industry group where he became a partner in 2007.

  • As co-author to the firm’s SA Mine publication, the firm’s flagship global Mine publication and involvement in various global mining initiatives he gained a wide range mining exposure.

    Client Experience - Mining:

  • Impala Platinum Limited
  • Royal Bafokeng Platinum Limited
  • First Uranium Corporation
  • ENRC
  • DiamondCorp Plc
  • A variety of private mining companies and service providers to the mining industry

    Client Experience - Other:

  • Group Five Limited
  • A variety of other construction companies
  • Hanré Rossouw
    Portfolio Manager/Sector Head: Resources
    Investec Asset Management
    Dimple Roy
    Director, Water Programme
    International Institute for Sustainable Development
    Dimple Roy’s work is focused on the areas of integrated water resources management, watershed governance, adaptive policy-making and sustainable agriculture. As IISD Director, Water, Ms Roy is the lead researcher on projects on watershed management in the Lake Winnipeg basin, watershed governance, the use of economic instruments for nutrient management in agricultural watersheds, and community-based adaptation in the Canadian prairies. In addition, she works in partnership with provincial and federal agencies to develop programs and delivery mechanisms in water and agricultural management. Before joining IISD, she was a policy analyst with Manitoba Conservation, conducted policy and legislative analysis and coordinated the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development. She has also been an environmental consultant on issues ranging from environmental education, sustainable community development to governance structures for effective resource management.
    Bev Russell
    CEO and Founder
    Social Surveys Africa
    Bev is CEO and founder of Social Surveys Africa, a leading specialist in social, development and policy research for the past 28 years. She was one of the first people to professionalise methodologically sound and innovative social research in South and Southern Africa and has won awards for her work to support the development of the sector. Among many other methodological and thematic innovations, Bev designed the first Africa-appropriate methodology for measuring civil society activity and volunteering, and is a member of several related global research consortia. An integrated understanding of the social aspects of mining is another area of Bev’s expertise, and her conceptual models for understanding employer – employee – community relations have become widely recognised and utilised in the sector. Bev has presented and published papers on many different aspects of social research and research methodology around the world. She has also co-authored five books based on cutting edge national studies, all of which were presented to parliament and have impacted on national policies in South Africa.
    Andile Sangqu
    AngloAmerican Corporation South Africa
    Andile Sangqu was appointed as the executive head for Anglo American in South Africa on 1 June 2015. His role includes working with the South Africa-based businesses to help deliver the Group’s strategy in the region, provide leadership and co-ordination to the Group’s stakeholder relations initiatives in South Africa, and facilitate regional alignment with the Group’s central functions. He serves as a director on the Anglo American SA and Zimele boards, and as a non-executive director on the Anglo American Platinum and Kumba Iron Ore boards. His qualifications include, amongst others, a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours), a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Business Leadership. Andile was previously group executive of sustainability and risk at Impala Platinum and brings extensive commercial, mining and stakeholder relations experience from his former executive and board roles. Prior to his role at Impala Platinum, Andile was executive director for Glencore Xstrata South Africa, served on the Chamber of Mines’ National Development Plan Committee and held executive and non-executive roles at Kagiso Trust Investments. Andile currently serves as the vice president of the Chamber of Mines
    His Highness Lamido Sanusi
    Emir of Kano
    Chairman, Black Rhino Group
    His Highness is the Emir of Kano, the second-highest Muslim authority in Nigeria. Former Governor of the Nigerian Central Bank. Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in the world. 25-year career in banking, including positions at ICON Merchant Bankers, United Bank for Africa, and as Managing Director at First Bank.
    Elias Scafidas
    Chief Commercial Officer, Simandou
    Rio Tinto
    Michael Scherb
    Founding Partner
    Appian Capital Advisory
    Michael, an Austrian national, has lived and worked in 6 countries and started his career structuring foreign investment into Beijing, China. He also spent a significant amount of time in the investment banking team focused on mining at JPMorgan in London having completed $200billion worth of mining advisory deals. While at JPMorgan, he noticed that capital was poorly allocated to the small and medium sized segment of the mining sector, and founded Appian to pursue these opportunities. Appian is a $375m Private Equity firm which invests into metals and mining projects in Africa, Latin America and North America with a focus on long term collaborative investments or buy-outs alongside management teams.
    Dr. Axel Schimmelpfennig
    Senior Resident Representative in South Africa
    International Monetary Fund
    Axel Schimmelpfennig has worked at the International Monetary Fund in a number of capacities since 1999. He is currently the IMF’s senior resident representative in South Africa. Prior to that, he was mission chief for Afghanistan and responsible for the Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East and Central Asia. Before coming to the IMF, Axel worked as a research associate at the Kiel Institute of World Economics. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Kiel.
    Wilhelm Schultz
    Partners in Performance
    Wilhelm has over 15 years’ experience in mining and business improvement, both in operational positions at Anglo American and Sasol, and as a consultant in top tier global consulting firms. He has supported mining and heavy industry clients in Africa, Australia, China, Europe, North and South America on their strategy and business improvement challenges. Wilhelm holds an MBA from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Engineering (mechanical, cum laude) from the University of Pretoria.
    Keith Scott
    Managing Director
    The MSA Group
    Keith Scott is a geologist with 17 years’ experience in exploring for, evaluating and developing mineral projects in Africa in a wide range of commodities. Keith is the Managing Director of The MSA Group, the largest Mineral Exploration and Evaluation consultancy in Africa with an extensive commodity and country footprint on the continent. Keith’s principal role, apart from leading and developing MSA, is advising private and public clients on how to identify and develop (add value to/de-risk) mineral projects in Africa including advice on permitting, raising finance, market timing, exiting their assets etc. Keith has sat on the board of a public mining company (Village Main Reef on the JSE) and on several private boards.
    Hon. Patrick Sendolo
    Minister of Energy and Lands
    Government of Liberia
    Patrick Sendolo is Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy of the Republic of Liberia. He was appointed to this position in February, 2012 by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and is the youngest person ever to hold this portfolio and currently the youngest member of cabinet.

    The Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy is charged with the responsibility for critical sectors which are at the heart of the country’s economy and prospects for economic recovery and growth. This ministry is, however, in need of crucial, transformative reforms. The ministry administers Liberia’s natural resources, including its land and water resources; its mineral resources, including deposits of iron ore, gold, diamond and other minerals; oil and gas, of which there has recently been a significant discovery in Liberian territorial waters; and energy, which is currently the nation’s top priority.

    With strong credentials as a reformer, innovator and doer, Sendolo has initiated, driven and supported significant reforms across all the sectors under the ministry’s purview. Under his leadership, the ministry has developed and is aggressively driving a 20 year plan to restore and expand the country’s electricity infrastructure and facilitate ready access to electricity services. Sendolo also chairs the Dedicated Funds Committee, which manages funds provided by mining companies for social development, and serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

    Prior to his appointment as minister, Sendolo served in the Office of the President as Head of the Program Delivery Unit and senior aide to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Prior to that, he worked in the Office of the President as Executive Director of the Port Sector Reform Secretariat. Prior to joining government in 2008, Sendolo worked as an attorney at Gilligan, King, Gooding & Gifford, which practice included transactional matters in the areas of Property, Land Use, Corporate, Commercial, Contract, Government Administrative, Mortgages and Secured Transactions law. Prior to that he founded and was CEO of EthnicMedia, Inc., a media firm catering to African and Caribbean audiences, and prior to that worked at Alcoa Wireless as Collocations Manager, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance aspects of wireless infrastructure construction.

    Sendolo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Advanced Honors Program, from Georgia State University and a Juris Doctor (J.D.), honors, from the University of Georgia. He is admitted to practice law is the States of Georgia and Florida and the Republic of Liberia.

    Sendolo lives in Monrovia with his wife and two children.

    Christopher Sheldon
    Practice Manager, Energy and Extractives
    World Bank Group
    Christopher Sheldon is Practice Manager in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice with responsibility for the unit’s operations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific. His goal is to support countries to develop and manage responsible oil, gas and mining industries that contribute to inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction. Christopher worked in mines and lived with mining communities in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines before joining the World Bank in 1999.
    Berte Simons
    Global Mining Director
    Royal HaskoningDHV
    Driven and internationally focused business leader, currently global mining director and asia pacific head for industrial and buildings portfolio at Royal HaskoningDHV. In addition she has the country management responsibility for the company’s Indonesian business. Developed extensive practical and technical expertise in the management of international teams, running and operating entities that facilitate complex green field and brown field engineering projects. A highly engaged, energetic and charismatic leader who has genuine interest in the development of human capital. A self-starter with the ability to effectively motivate, mentor and manage large groups of talented employees in multinational and multicultural settings. Enthusiastic business developer with ability to build lasting, profitable customer relationships. Maintains high standards of integrity and ethics in her dealings with all stakeholders
    John Simpson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Peninsula Energy Limited
    Mr. Simpson is the Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Energy Limited a Wyoming and RSA focused energy developer. He is both a Science and Arts graduate from Curtin University, Western Australia. Mr. Simpson has over 25 years of experience in the management of listed resource companies with a focus on either minerals or energy; including uranium, oil, gas, gold, vanadium and mineral sands. Mr. Simpson has had a principal involvement in a number of successful mineral discoveries in Africa, Australia and North America. Previously held positions include senior executive roles with Gindalbie Mining NL, Australian Minerals Sands NL, Panorama Resources NL and Tanganyika Gold Limited.
    John Sisay
    Chief Executive Officer
    Sierra Rutile
    Mr. Sisay has accumulated considerable experience within the African mining sector having worked in over ten African countries. Mr. Sisay started his career as a graduate trainee at the Central Selling Organization (CSO) of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. After working at De Beers, Mr. Sisay joined America Minerals Fields, now part of First Quantum, working on new acquisitions for the company, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, he has served as President of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Mines and as a Non-Executive Director for Diamond Fields International and Vimetco S.L. Mr. Sisay joined Sierra Rutile in 2001. He periodically serves as an advisor to the Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL) on mining-related issues.
    James Small
    Lead Mining Advisor
    Veracity Worldwide
    James is Lead Mining Advisor in Veracity’s global mining practice group out of the firm’s London offices. Prior to joining Veracity, he was in charge of government affairs at a mid-cap Canadian gold mining company. He is also the co-founder and managing director of Atlantic Strategy Group, a Brussels-based political and regulatory risk advisory firm specializing in trade and investment, mining, metals, and energy issues at the EU. James speaks regularly on political risk issues in the mining sector and has published work in The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. He qualified as a lawyer at the University of New Brunswick and has been member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1993. Now based in Brussels, James has worked on a range of EU-related mining issues, including political risk mitigation and preserving economic value, particularly in Africa.
    Dr. Gordon Smith
    Executive Head: Technical
    Anglo American Platinum Limited
    Gordon has 37 years minerals industry experience covering technical, operational and executive appointments across precious metal, base metal, ferrous metals, chrome, diamond and semi-precious stone, and coal operations. Gordon is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, a fellow and past president of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a fellow of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, and a member of the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering. BSc Eng (mining); MSc Eng; MBA; PhD, (57)
    Giles Smith
    Sales Director, ERG Sales, Africa
    Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)
    Giles Smith is head of Sales for ERG Sales Africa, the marketing entity for the African assets of Eurasian Resources Group. Previously working in the UK steel sector and with ERG for 10 years, Giles has gained experience across a wide range of commodities, markets and trading conditions. His current focus is copper and cobalt from Boss Mining, Frontier mine and from the upcoming Metalkol project (all in DRC) and from Chambishi Metals in Zambia. Based in Switzerland, Giles holds a MA in Marketing from Portsmouth University.
    Andrew Snowdowne
    Senior Analyst (South African Mining)
    Investec Bank Limited
    Andrew Snowdowne is senior research analyst at Investec as of June 2015 where he covers the South African listed General miners. He has almost seventeen years of experience as an equity research analyst, including thirteen years with UBS (twelve of which in London where he covered the European steel sector and also London listed miners) and three years with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in South Africa. This follows a period of employment as a qualified Metallurgical engineer having obtained a BSC Met Eng degree at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1989. This experience has allowed Andrew to develop a deep understanding of the drivers of stocks listed in the Resources sector. Testament to this is a number of awards he has received for earnings forecast accuracy and stock recommendations. Andrew has in the past been highly ranked in major external surveys.
    Benedikt Sobotka
    Chief Executive Officer
    Eurasian Resources Group (ERG)
    Mr. Benedikt Sobotka is the CEO of the Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading producer of natural resources. With over 75.000 employees on four continents, ERG is one of the largest employers in the industry. Benedikt was born in 1980 in Germany. He has several years’ experience in advisory/management in mining and energy. As a former member of BCG he advised multiple leading companies globally and later held various management positions. Benedikt is also an investor in high tech startups, including MVS, which was sold to Platts/Dow Jones in 2013. He holds a degree in management and studied in Europe, Russia and China and is an author of "China Champions", a Financial Times publication. His particular interest lies in sustainable resource extraction and triple bottom line investing in mining.
    Andrew Spinks
    Managing Director
    Kibaran Resources Limited
    Andrew Spinks is a geologist with over 25 years professional experience in a range of commodities in Australia and Africa. Andrew has worked with a number of mining companies including Resolute Limited, Plutonic Resources, Dominion Mining and Whim Creek Resources in diverse roles from exploration, project development and mining. He is a co-founder of Tanzgraphite Pty Ltd and was responsible for the strategy, target generation and acquisitions of that company. Andrew lived and worked in Tanzania at Resolute's Golden Pride Project for several years and was a key member of the management team that won the inaugural Presidential Award for Environmental Excellence and Leadership, awarded by the then President of Tanzania, His Excellency President Benjamin William Mkapa.
    Mike Stirzaker
    Pacific Road Capital
    Mr. Stirzaker has over 30 years’ commercial experience, mainly in mining finance and mining investment.  He began his career in Sydney as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, having obtained a B.Com from the University of Cape Town.  He moved into investment banking, working in Sydney and in London.  From 1993 to 2007 he was part of the natural resource advisory and investment firm, RFC Group Limited, where he became Joint Managing Director.  He has also been a shareholder and Director of Tennant Metals Pty. Limited, a privately owned physical metal trader and investor, and was the Finance Director of Finders Resources Limited, an ASX listed company with copper & gold projects in Indonesia.  In 2010, Mr Stirzaker joined the private equity mining fund manager, Pacific Road Capital as a Partner.

    Carlos Sumbula
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mr. Carlos Sumbula was born in 1954, Mr. Sumbula is the Chairman of ENDIAMA E.P. (Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola, E.P.) of which is the National Diamond Company of Angola from 2009 to the present. He holds a Degree in Oil Engineering and Mining from the University of Engineering in Luanda-Angola. He has done extensive research in the area of oil engineering and production as well as in Geology. He was the Operations Manager for the French oil company ELF (TOTAL). He has served as a Deputy of Geology and Mines Minister of the Republic of Angola in 1996-2002.
    Paul Summerford
    General Manager Africa Operations
    CESI Cargo Services
    Paul Summerford joined CESI Cargo Services, a member of the Inchcape Shipping Services Group, in December 2011 as GM Africa Operations. During this time, Paul has developed and nurtured the Geospatial Inventory Survey component of CESI’s maritime operations. Prior to joining CESI, Paul worked within the marine sector of the Freight Services & Rennies Group from 1971 - 1981, and was Commercial and Business Development Manager at Control Union World Group until 2006. He then went on to develop Independent Marine Surveyors, before amalgamating the business with Ronin Management Services in 2008. Paul is passionate about encouraging the younger generation to work within the maritime industry and has proudly represented South Africa as a Board Member of The International Ship Suppliers Association.
    Andrew Swart
    Monitor Deloitte
    Andrew Swart is a Partner at Monitor Deloitte based in Toronto in is the Deloitte Canadian Mining Consulting Leader. He has more than 20 years of industrial experience of which the last thirteen years has been in consulting. Over his thirteen years at Monitor (which was acquired by Deloitte in Jan 2013) he has worked for senior executives in a range of industries including mining, oil and gas, and government. Within the government arena most of his work has operated at the intersection of business and government – a key interface for natural resource companies His client engagements have included corporate and competitive strategy engagements, organizational transformation and economic development programs. He has worked for clients around the world including Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Prior to joining Monitor, he worked for five years at Fluor Daniel, an international Fortune 500 EPC company. Prior to working in the engineering and construction sector, he spent two years working for Anglo American. He has a BSc and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal (South Africa). He also holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town (South Africa).
    Chris Swart
    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
    Chris specialises in advising mining companies, traders, charterers, banks and insurers on corporate and commercial transactional matters, contracts and disputes, both litigation and arbitration, relating to trade and energy and physical commodities. He also has experience of advising clients, including sovereign states, on restructuring of commercial debts and the mitigation of claims, and enforcement proceedings. Chris is qualified as an English solicitor, currently based in Asia, and is also a South African attorney. Chris is recommended by Chambers UK 2013 for Physicals Commodities work and Legal 500 UK 2012 for International Arbitration and Derivatives Commodities work. He is noted for his "balanced judgement" (Legal 500 UK 2012) and "excellent knowledge of the commodities market" (Chambers UK 2013). He is described as "tireless in terms of his work ethic." (Chambers UK 2015).
    Hon. Osheak Tahir
    Minister of State, Ministry of Minerals
    Republic of the Sudan
  • Education:

    University – Elbahr Elahmer University – Faculty of Applied Science Department of Environment and Natural Resources Development Post Graduate – MSc Natural Resources Devilment

  • Professional Experience:

    Member of Parliament 2010 – Unit Today Chairman of the Transport Committee at the Parliament 2011 – 2013 State Minister, Ministry of Transport Roads 12/2013 – 20/6/2014 State Minister, Minister of Minerals 2014 - Present

  • Ken Tainton
    Exploration Director - Africa-Eurasia Exploration
    Rio Tinto
    Ken is the Rio Tinto Exploration Director responsible for multi-commodity exploration in Africa and Eurasia, based in London. Ken graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Natal in South Africa in 1987 and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1992. He then joined De Beers/Anglo American as a geochemical researcher, developing analytical and interpretive techniques to support diamond exploration, and supporting their application in active projects through consulting and training. In 1995 he was promoted to divisional geologist responsible for providing geological consulting services to De Beers’ global diamond exploration and mine geology teams. Ken coordinated a review of De Beers’ exploration targeting in 1999 that substantially changed their exploration portfolio. From 2001 to 2003, he was seconded to Brazil as technical advisor to the regional exploration programme, returning to South Africa as Technical Services Manager for De Beers Exploration. Ken joined Rio Tinto as Global Laboratory Manager in 2007, with responsibility for aligning operating practice across Rio Tinto Exploration laboratories and optimising service delivery to exploration and operations. In April 2009 he transferred to the Project Generation Group as Principal Advisor – Diamonds and Laboratories. Whilst continuing to hold this role, he held the role of Exploration Executive in the Paddington office between January 2010 and September 2011. Ken assumed the role of Exploration Director for the Eurasia Region, encompassing Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia, in October 2011. In July 2014, this geographic remit was expanded to include Africa and Europe.
    Kazuyuki Takahashi
    General Manager for Africa and Managing Director
    Sumitomo Corporation Africa
    Mr. Takahashi joined Sumitomo Corporation, a Japanese integrated trading and investment firm, in 1982. Since then he has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining business, particularly in coal and iron ore mine development and trading. Prior to taking up the current position based in Johannesburg in April 2015, he had been serving as the head of the company’s overall Australian business operation in Sydney during 2010-2012 and thereafter as General Manager for Coal and Iron ore business division in Tokyo during 2012-2015.
    Namrata Thapar
    Global Head of Mining
    International Finance Corporation
    Namrata Thapar was appointed IFC Global Head of Mining in March 2015, succeeding Tom Butler. Namrata joined IFC in 1999 and has played a leadership role developing IFC’s mining business with a focus on sustainability and development impact. Prior to this role, she was Principal Investment Officer in the mining team and led multiple projects with clients ranging from major diversified companies to juniors, including both debt and equity investments. Namrata earned an MBA from Marymount University in Virginia and a B.A. Honors in Economics from Sri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi. She is based in Washington D.C.
    Paul Thomson
    Chief Financial Officer
    Aureus Mining Inc.
    Paul Thomson was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Aureus in September 2011. He has over 20 years global experience in the energy and mining industries, and prior to joining Aureus he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 1996 and moved into its corporate finance division in 1997, advising on a broad range of transactions in the energy and mining sectors for quoted and unquoted corporate clients. He joined Kazakhmys in 2007 in the Business Development group, where he was responsible for project financing and development along with significant mergers and acquisitions activities.
    Hon. Lebohang Thotanyana
    Minister of Mining of the Kingdom of Lesotho
    Hon. Thotanyana was appointed the Minister of Mining in March 2015. He is the founder of Mafube Investment Holdings (pty) Ltd. A holding company for various companies operating in the following sectors; civil works, transport and logistics, financial services, consulting and professional services, and bulk fuel and its distribution. He holds the position of Chairman and Managing Director of the group. Hon. Thotanyana is the majority shareholder of the group which operates in the Southern African region. Hon. Thotanyana holds an Honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town, International Qualification in Capital Markets and a Chartered Accountancy qualification. He previously served in various professional positions up to the level of directorship. He has directed, both regionally and internationally, banks, pension funds and major companies in manufacturing, mining, construction, energy, financial services bulk infrastructure etc. Hon. Thotanyana has been awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the 6th World Summit of Young Entrepreneurs by the Institute of Leadership Development and UNCTAD, Recognition of Service Award by International Federation of Accountants, Platinum Award for outstanding service in the Accountancy Profession by Lesotho Institute of Accountants and Madisons who's who.
    Oumar Toguyeni
    Regional Vice President, West Africa
    Julian Treger
    Director and Chief Executive Officer
    Anglo Pacific Group PLC
    Julian Treger joined the Group as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board on 21 October 2013. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard University. Julian began his career working for Lord Rothschild as an in-house corporate financier, managing a portfolio of public and private equity investments before co-founding Active Value Advisors Ltd. to invest in undervalued, predominantly UK-listed companies, where he advised on more than $900m of funds over a 12-year period. Most recently he has served as one of the principals of Audley Capital Advisors LLP, an investment advisory firm, which he co-founded in 2005, managing value-orientated, special situations investment strategies through hedge fund and co-investment vehicles, with a principal focus on the natural resources sector.
    Takafumi Tsujimoto
    Executive Director, Member of the Board
    Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
    Completed Graduate School of Engineering (Geophysics), Kyoto University Joined the Metal Mining Agency of Japan (MMAJ) in 1980 (JOGMEC was established in 2004 through the integration of Japan National Oil Corporation and MMAJ). Over the past 35 years he has been involved with development and innovation in mineral exploration projects, both domestically and abroad, and metal mining and exploration technologies (especially exploration technology). Past appointments include General Manager of the MMAJ Santiago Office in Chile and of the MMAJ Lima Office in Peru. In recent years, he has led a resource evaluation project looking at deep-sea mineral resources in both Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the high seas, and also the development of mining technology for deep-sea mineral resources. Since 2014 he has been an Executive Director and Member of the Board of JOGMEC.
    John Turner
    Partner and Global Mining Group Leader
    Fasken Matineau
    John Turner is the leader of Fasken Martineau's Global Mining Group. One of Canada's national newspapers, the Financial Post, has described John as "one of the best dirt lawyers in Canada, if not the world." John has been involved in many of the leading corporate finance and M&A deals in the resources sector. His clients have included issuers or the underwriters in capital markets or M&A transactions involving resources companies active throughout Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. John has also successfully acted for the financial arranger or sponsor of several global major resources projects. John's vast transactional experience has also allowed him to act on a wide variety of capital markets and public and private M&A transactions outside of the resources sector. John joined Fasken Martineau as an articling student in 1987, became an associate in 1989 and a partner in 1995. He was resident in the firm's London, England office from 1993 to 1997.
    Anthony Turton
    Centre for Environmental Management, University of Free State;
    UNESCO Chair in Groundwater Management, University of Western Cape
    Anthony Turton is a founding director of the Ecological Engineering Institute of Africa where he is mainstreaming solutions, most notably with the development of an engineered wetland that is being patented. His current work is in the mining sector where he specialises in the development of strategies and technologies to mitigate the risk arising from the uranium contamination of Johannesburg and acid mine drainage (AMD) as the gold industry reaches the end of its productive life. He has pioneered the concept of Closure Mining, which makes a business case for the rehabilitation of mining-impacted landscapes. He is a trustee of the Water Stewardship Council of Southern Africa, co-founder of the South African Water and Energy Forum (SAWEF), the past vice president of the International Water Resource Association (IWRA), and a past deputy governor of the World Water Council. He currently serves as editor of the international journal “Water Policy” and sits on the editorial boards of various technical journals including “Water International”, “Water Alternatives”, the “International Journal of Water Governance” and the Springer Verlag textbook series on water resource management.
    Dr. David Twist
    Investment committee member and founding partner
    African minerals Exploration and Development (AMED)
    David was born on 12 November 1953 in St Helens, U.K. He attended Cowley Grammar School in St Helens before graduating with B.Sc. (Honours) in geology at the University of Reading, U.K., in 1975. He subsequently obtained his doctorate from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1980, before joining Impala Platinum Mines in Rustenburg. In 1981, David returned to university life with a tenured research appointment at the University of Pretoria, where his research was focussed on the Bushveld Complex. He has written a number of publications in international geological journals and, in 1988, he was awarded NASA research funding to support his sabbatical year as visiting professor at the University of New Mexico. In 1990, David left university life to develop mineral exploration ventures in partnership with Rudolph de Bruin. The two have now worked closely together in the African mineral sector for more than 25 years. David is actively involved in many aspects of the minerals industry and has acted as executive/non-executive director in various listed and unlisted mineral exploration and development companies, including Platmin, Sephaku Holdings, Taung Gold, Universal Coal and others. He is a partner in African Mineral Exploration and Development (AMED), a Luxembourg-registered private equity fund focussed on the exploration, development and exploitation of mineral resources in Africa. David is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.
    Marjolein van Noort
    Manager External Relations
    Royal IHC
    Marjolein joined Royal IHC in December 2012 after various jobs at the Treasury of the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Over the last few years she has set up the External Relations department which focuses on the interaction with public stakeholders and branche organizations. She is heading the Finance Committee of Netherlands Maritime Technology, a member of the think tank ‘Corporate Social Responsibility within the Maritime Industry’ of the Dutch Organization MVO Nederland and member of the so called ‘Topsector Water Kernteam on export’. Marjolein holds a masters degree in International Economics of the University of Amsterdam.
    Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan
    Chief Executive Officer
    AngloGold Ashanti Ltd
    Venkat was appointed as CEO in May of 2013, having been joint CEO (with Tony O’ Neill) from April of the same year. He had previously been CFO since 2005. Venkat reports to the board and is responsible for creating, communicating and implementing the organisation’s vision, mission and strategy. His extensive knowledge of the company and its international portfolio of assets serves him well in this capacity.
    Dr. Caigen Wang
    Managing Director
    Tietto Minerals Pty Ltd.
    Founder of Tietto Minerals. Bachelor, Master and PhD in Mining Engineering. Fellow of AusIMM and Chartered Professional Engineer of Institution of Engineer, Australia. Over 25 years practical experience in mining engineering and mineral exploration in Australia, China, Africa and Canada. Dr. Wang’s recent professional experience includes Managing Director for an ASX listed junior mineral resources company, senior technical and management roles in mining houses (St Barbara, Sons of Gwalia, BHP Billiton and China Goldmines PLC etc.) He has been working on a variety of mineral commodities including coal, gold, nickel, iron, copper, lead & zinc, molybdenum and oil sands.
    Ingrid Watson
    Programme Manager Environment
    Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI)
    Ingrid Watson leads the centre’s work on environment, biodiversity, mine closure and land use. Before joining the CSMI in 2009, she had a successful career progression working on land reform in government, and then for mining company De Beers; first in their global environmental practice, and then as assurance manager for environment and community. In her position at the centre as programme manager: environment, Ingrid teaches in the Masters programme and supervises a number of MSc students in the faculties of Science and Engineering. Ingrid’s research focus is on socio-ecological systems, with a particular focus on land use and livelihoods post mine closure. Her doctoral research seeks to establish what lessons can be learnt from the development of the Free State goldfields between 1940 and 2014 that would enable improved development of other resource regions. Ingrid holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Environmental Science, an MSc in Environment and Society, and an MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management
    Jonathan Webb
    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
    John Welborn
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
    Resolute Mining Limited
    John Welborn is an experienced senior executive in the resources industry who was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Mining Limited on 1 July 2015. A former International Rugby Union player, Mr. Welborn was previously the Head of Specialised Lending in Western Australia for Investec Bank. As a Director and Chief Executive he has been responsible for driving growth in resource companies including Prairie Mining Ltd, Papillion Resources Ltd, and Equatorial Resources Ltd. A champion for responsible and sustainable mining development in West and Central Africa, Mr. Welborn was named by MiningMx as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Africa’s Mining Industry. Mr. Welborn has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has also served as a Commissioner of Tourism WA and is currently Chairman of Orbital Corporation Limited and a Trustee of the JP Stratton Charitable Trust.
    Orlee Wertheim
    Head, Business Development, Global Mining
    Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange
    Orlee Wertheim is Head of the Global Mining Business Development team with Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange. She is responsible for the development and execution of the Exchanges global strategy for attracting new listings in the mining sector. Ms. Wertheim joined the Business Development team from TSX’s Listed Issuer Services department, where her responsibilities included assisting companies through the listing application process and working with issuers listed on the TSX to structure transactions and to ensure compliance with TSX rules. Prior to TSX, Ms. Wertheim worked as a corporate lawyer, where she acted for both domestic and international public companies. Ms. Wertheim completed her law degree at University of Ottawa and is admitted to the Ontario Bar.
    Chad Williams
    Founder and CEO
    Klondike Strike Inc.
    Chad Williams, P Eng, is the Founder and CEO of Red Cloud Mining Capital Inc. Previously, Mr. Williams was the CEO of Victoria Gold Corp. He has extensive experience in mining finance and management. Mr. Williams has been a Director of several emerging mining companies and was a founder of Agilith Capital Inc. as well as Westwind Capital Inc. Mr. Williams was the Head of Mining Investment Banking at Blackmont Capital Inc. and was also a top-ranked mining analyst at TD Bank and other Canadian brokerage firms. He is a director of the Denver Gold Group. Mr. Williams holds both a B Eng (Mining) and an MBA from McGill University.
    Paul Wilson
    Chief Executive Officer
    World Platinum Investment Council
    Paul joined WPIC from Bain & Company, the global management consultancy, where he led the firm’s UK financial practice.

    Paul is an investment and wealth management specialist who has enjoyed considerable involvement in the broad financial services sector over the last 25 years. He has also been deeply involved in the precious metals market. While at Bain & Company, Paul helped raise the investment attractiveness of gold by leading the development of the gold market’s first and largest Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).

    Alongside his role at WPIC, Paul is a Director of XL Catlin’s UK insurance businesses, a Director of Brewin Dolphin Plc, a Director of Unigestion Holding SA and International Chairman of the NGO, Action Against Hunger.

    Neil Woodyer
    Chief Executive Officer
    Endeavour Mining Corporation
    Neil Woodyer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Endeavour. He is responsible for implementing the Corporation's strategic growth plan and coordinating and directing the management team. Mr. Woodyer has extensive experience in the mining sector developing, implementing and financing strategic growth plans. His experience in the natural resource business spans more than 30 years, including as Chief Executive Officer of Lloyds International Trading, a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank plc specializing in project and trade finance and commodity trading and of Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc's group of New York and Latin America-based metal trading and mining finance companies. Mr. Woodyer is a director of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
    Paul Wordley
    Holman Fenwick Willan LLP
    Paul specialises in insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence and environmental litigation. He has vast experience of acting on contentious issues in the resources market with particular expertise in mining. He handles risk management and risk transfer proposals, for the upstream and downstream markets, with a specific focus on coverage issues. Paul has acted on many major mining claims for clients across the world. Paul is described as "an excellent communicator" by Legal 500 UK 2014, and a source for Chambers UK 2014 states: "Under Paul's leadership, the practice has become a thought leader in the mining insurance world.
    Honourable Christopher Yaluma
    Minister of Mines and Minerals Development
    Hon. Christopher B Yaluma holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Idaho in the USA. He has worked in the power energy sector for over 30 years in Zambia and South Africa. He has in depth experience across the power system management and has mentored and coached a number of engineers in the industry. He is currently a Member of Parliament and Minister of Mines and Minerals Development for the Republic of Zambia.
    Nikolai Zelenski
    Chief Executive Officer
    Nikolai has led Nordgold’s management team since the Сompany’s inception in 2007. Previously, he worked for the Russian steel company Severstal and was head of Severstal Resources’ gold division, which subsequently became Nordgold. Earlier, Nikolai covered the mining sector at McKinsey & Company. Nikolai holds a Master of Technical Sciences degree from St. Petersburg State Technical University, a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Texas, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
    Dr. Caisheng Zhao
    Deputy Associate Researcher and Division Director, Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation
    National Ministry of Land and Resources
    Zhao Caisheng - Doctor, Deputy Associate Researcher and Division Director of the Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation of National Ministry of Land and Resources, PRC. He was born in January 1976 in Inner Mongolia and graduated from Changchun College of Geology in July 2004, obtaining the PhD degree of mineralogy, petrology and study of ore deposit. He ever worked in the Research Institute of the Mineral Resources of Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences and the Development Research Center of China Geological Survey Bureau, mainly focusing on the work related to the mineralization and the regularity of ore formation of the metallic mineral deposit, the geological survey, mineral exploration and so on.
    Hon. Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane
    Minister of Mineral Resources
    Republic of South Africa
    Mr. Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane was born in Vrede in the Eastern Free State. Mr Zwane is the Minister of Mineral Resources from 23 September 2015. He is a Member of Parliament and served as a member of both the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development and the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the National Assembly, before his appointment to the Mineral Resources portfolio. Mr Zwane is also currently treasurer of the (ANC) Free State region He has obtained his secondary teacher's diploma from the South African Teachers' College in Pretoria and a certificate in Executive Leadership Municipal Development Programme from the University of Pretoria. Mr Zwane's involvement in politics started in the early 1980s as a member of the Thembelihle Youth Congress. He is a member of the African National Congress (ANC) who subsequently joined the ANC's Thembelihle branch. He is one of the founding members of the first ANC branch in Roadside in the Free State, where he taught at a farm school. Mr Zwane served as secretary of the ANC's regional executive committee (REC) in the then Frankfort region in the early 1990s before it was renamed the Thabo Mofutsanyana region following the amalgamation of local councils. In 2006 he became chairperson of the REC in the Thabo Mofutsanyana region. Mr Zwane was previously a Member of the Free State Provincial Legislature from 21 May 2014 to 3 September 2015. He previously served as the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, and also for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in the Free State provincial government.