Conference Chair
Alan M. Clegg Pr.Eng. (Panel Chair)
Independent Mining & Energy Consultant, and Executive Chairman
Shumba Energy

Mr. Clegg, is a Mining, Natural Resources & Energy Industry Professional with over 35 years’ experience gained from working mining & minerals projects, process & metallurgical industries and related supply industries in more than 160 countries on all the continents. He is a registered Professional Mining Engineer (Pr.Eng), a registered Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr.CPM), a registered Project Management Professional (PMP), and carries professional Fellowship status with South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (FSAIMM) and the Institute of Quarrying (FIOQ) as well a professional memberships of all the major Mining Institutes globally and is a recognized mining technical assessment, reporting and mining project valuation expert with key experience in stock exchange listings and the requirements for successful capital raising. He has advised a number of governments on Mining Policy, Legislation & Regulation since 1990, as well as being the architect & executor of practical plans for unlocking the potential value of their resources base.

Keynote Speakers
H.E. Amb. Albert M. Muchanga
Commissioner of Trade & Industry
African Union Commission

Amb. Albert M. Muchanga, born on May 21, 1959, a Zambian national was elected as the new Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission. Mr. Muchanga was the Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office in charge of Parliamentary Affairs in Zambia. H.E. Muchanga was also a former Ambassador to Ethiopia with extra accreditation to the African Union. He has both at home and abroad dealt with issues broadly related to international economic policy analysis and implementation as well as regional integration, foreign policy analysis and implementation.
Michael Solomon Teke
Seriti Resources

Michael Solomon Teke is a South African businessperson who founded Richards Bay Coal Terminal Co. Ltd. and who has been the head of 8 different companies. He occupies the position of Non-Executive Chairman at Anchor Group Ltd., Chairman for Masimong Group Holdings Pty Ltd., Chief Executive Officer of Seriti Resources Holdings Pty Ltd. and Non-Executive Chairman of Rolfes Holdings Ltd. Mr. Teke is also Council Deputy Chairman at the University of Johannesburg and on the board of 21 other companies. Michael Solomon Teke previously was President at Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Vice President for Chamber of Mines of South Africa, Director at Optimum Coal Holdings Ltd. and Non-Executive Chairman of Tellumat Pty Ltd. He received an MBA from the University of South Africa, an undergraduate degree from University College of the North and an undergraduate degree from Royal Agricultural University.
Daniel Major
Goviex Uranium Inc

Daniel Major, Chief Executive Officer, GoviEx Uranium is a mining engineer from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. His career spans over 30 years in the mining industry where he has established a solid track record initially with Rio Tinto at the Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia, and Amplats and JCI Ltd in South Africa. Mr. Major was a rated mining analyst with HSBC Plc followed by JP Morgan Chase & Co. in London. More recently Mr. Major was Chief Executive and later Non-Executive Chairman of Basic Element Mining and Resource Division in Russia, and held leadership positions in several Canadian listed mining companies with exploration and producing assets in Canada, Russia and South America.
James Campbell (Panel Chair)
Managing Director
Botswana Diamonds plc

James Campbell has spent over 30-years in the diamond industry in a variety of leadership roles both in major and junior companies. He is currently MD of Botswana Diamonds and also a NED of Shefa Gems. Previously he held leadership roles at Rockwell Diamonds, Stellar Diamonds, Lucara Diamond, African Diamonds, West African Diamonds and De Beers where he spent over 20-years with notable appointments including GM Exploration and Nicky Oppenheimer's Personal Assistant. James is also Chairman of the leadership development NPO Common Purpose SA. James holds a degree in Mining & Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London) and an MBA with distinction from Durham University. James is a Fellow of the IOM3, SAIMM and IODSA. He is also a C.Eng (UK), C.Sci (UK) and Pr.Sci.Nat.

Peter Major
Director of Mining,
Mergence Corporate Solutions

Peter is a veteran mining engineer, fund manager and analyst, who is highly regarded and well known in the mining and financial service industries. He frequently comments in the broadcast and print media as a mining investment authority. Peter graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in January 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. After graduating from UCT with an MBA in 1984 and working as Marketing & Training Manager at Eimco Mining Machinery, he joined Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst for a period of 2 years. He spent 10 years as Head of Mining and Senior Fund Manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he was the No 1 Fund Manager in SA twice; first in the Raging Bull awards twice and was runner up another year. From 2001 to 2004 Peter managed Mark Shuttleworth’s $530m fund, growing it to $1.5 bn. In 2006 he joined Cadiz Corporate Solutions as Director: Mining. Cadiz CS was taken over by Mergence Investment Management in 2018 where Peter is Director: Mining MCS.
Mametja Moshe
Moshe Capital

Mametja Moshe has over thirteen years finance experience in the corporate finance, equities capital markets, debt capital markets, black economic empowerment, accounting, auditing and corporate tax fields. She is the founder and CEO of Moshe Capital and an executive director of Identity Mineral Resources (Pty) Ltd. She joined the Identity group in August 2010 as the senior associate and finance executive at Identity Capita lPartners (Pty) Ltd.

Prior to joining Identity Capital Partners, Mametja worked in the Morgan Stanley investment banking team from September 2007 to March 2010 covering the South African, Zambian and Nigerian Mergers & Acquisitions and equity capital markets; mainly working in the mining industry. During this period she led teams in the execution of transaction of over $4 Billion. Mametja also worked at UBS South Africa (2006 to 2007) covering the South African Mergers and acquisitions
Mzila Mthenjane
Executive Head: Stakeholder Affairs

Mzila is a mining engineer with combined experience in mining and investment banking of 20 years. This includes seven years in deep-level gold mining at AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields Limited in senior mine management and corporate development roles, respectively; and six years in investment banking at RMB and Deutsche Bank. His knowledge of business sustainability was honed over six years as executive: business sustainability at Royal Bafokeng Holdings and Royal Bafokeng Platinum. He assumed his current role in May 2013. Mzila also serves as the 2019/2020 President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).
Vaughn Duke

Vaughn Duke graduated from Wits in 1986 with a BSc Mining Engineering and later with a MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (UP). He started work on a shaft sinking contract in Zimbabwe in 1987 with Cementation Zimbabwe Ltd. Vaughn moved to South Africa after his marriage in 1989 and joined Anglo Vaal, where he progressed his career until the company was acquired by African Rainbow Minerals in 2004. Vaughn then established Sound Mining Solution (Pty) Ltd (, a company that provides an independent consultancy service to the minerals industry. Vaughn is President and a Fellow of the SAIMM with over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. He has contributed to the latest rewrites of the South African Mineral Asset Valuation Code (SAMVAL) and the South African Mineral Resource Committee Code (SAMREC). Vaughn is also a recognised Project Management Professional (PMP) and a registered professional with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Prof. Frederick Cawood
Director, Wits Mining Institute
University of the Witwatersrand

Fred is Director of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand and a former Head of the School of Mining Engineering at Wits. His passion is responsible mining with is personal research focusing on the intersection of mine modernization and public policy. He has served in various capacities at professional body, learned society, industry, government and international structures in the interest of responsible mining for national benefit. Fred has published internationally on mineral economics and mining policy matters and he currently serves on several Editorial Boards. He is a co-author of two World Bank books – one on Mining Royalties and the other on Transfer Pricing in African Mining
Thabile Makgala
Executive: Eastern Limb

Mining Engineer and MBA- holder, Thabile is an astute mining executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the mining sector. Thabile is the Executive: Eastern Limb at the world’s third largest platinum miner, Implats. She held various senior positions and served with commensurate success at Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American. Her notable achievements include being one of 16 South African women featured in 2018’s list of Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, compiled by the London-based WiM UK, and is also the Chairperson of Women in Mining South Africa. She was the first female engineering graduate at Goldfields Kloof and Driefontein division (now Sibanye Gold).

Ms Kedibone Serumula
Mining Engineer
Blasting and Excavating

Nathan Williams has a successful track record (20+ years) of integrity in the mining, metals & manufacturing industry. Extensive exposure to end to end operations including mineral processing, base metal flotation, pyro/hydro metallurgy, engineering, commercial, marketing, HR & finance, business administration & corporate governance, operations, multi-tier people development, production and safety & sustainability beyond CSR & philanthropy. Action-oriented expertise in government liaison, internal/external stakeholder interaction and vendor/customer management. University of Cape Town, SA Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering), University of Teesside, UK Certificate of Management Competence, University of Stellenbosch, SA Anglo American Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP), University of Cape Town, SA Executive Master of Business Administration (Distinction/Cum Laude), FSAIMM.
Edwin Elias
Head of Ore Processing
Debswana Mining Company

Edwin Elias is currently Group Head of Ore Processing for Debswana Mining Company. He is a Metallurgical Engineer by profession with at least 15 years experience within the Diamond Industry business. Mr. Elias has also spent at least 2.5 years as Head of Maintenance and Process for De Beers Canada, based at Victor Mine - Ontario, Canada. Victor Mine, a remote based open pit diamond mine operation, accessible through fly-in and fly-out arrangement. Mr. Elias has an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Canada; a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) – Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, USA and an Emergin Leaders Program (ELP) Certification from the London Business School, London, UK. He is also an inaugural Board Member of the Botswana Institute For Technology, Research and Innovation (BITRI).
Hon. Francis Gatare
Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board

Studied economics at university; Mason Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School. Extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Formerly: served at the Rwanda Development Board; Director-General, Rwanda Investment & Export Promotion Agency; served in various managerial positions at UNDP; April 2005 - October 2009, Rwanda's Representative to the NEPAD Steering Committee; October 2009 - July 2014, Principal Private Secretary to the President of the Republic of Rwanda; Chief Economist and Deputy Head of Policy and Strategy, Office of the President. Currently, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board and Cabinet Member.
Hon. Lefoko Maxwell Moagi
Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology & Energy Security Botswana

Hon. Lefoko Maxwell Moagi is the newly recently appointed Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology & Energy Security
H.E. Aziz Rabbah
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment, Morocco

Mr. Aziz Rabbah, the former Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics since January 2012 and the former Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development since April 2017, was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him, as Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment on October 09 2019. Mr. Aziz Rabbah is an engineer, specialized in new information technologies. He holds a Bachelor in Mathematics from the Mohammed V high school in Kenitra (1981), an engineering degree from INSEA (1985) and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Laval University in Quebec (1992). Mr. Rabbah held several leadership positions in the Ministries of Economic and General Affairs, Foreign Trade and Trade and Industry. He also served as an adviser in the offices of several Moroccan Ministers. He was elected member of the Moroccan parliament in 2007, 2011 and 2016. Mr. Rabbah speaks Arabic, French and English.
Hon. Serialong Qoo
Minister of Mining
Ministry of Mining, Lesotho

Hon. Serialong Qoo is the newly recently appointed Minister of Mining, Ministry of Mining, Lesotho
Hon. Alaa Khashab
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Egypt

H.E. Aziz Rabbah
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment, Morocco

Mr. Aziz Rabbah, the former Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics since January 2012 and the former Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development since April 2017, was appointed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him, as Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment on October 09 2019. Mr. Aziz Rabbah is an engineer, specialized in new information technologies. He holds a Bachelor in Mathematics from the Mohammed V high school in Kenitra (1981), an engineering degree from INSEA (1985) and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Laval University in Quebec (1992). Mr. Rabbah held several leadership positions in the Ministries of Economic and General Affairs, Foreign Trade and Trade and Industry. He also served as an adviser in the offices of several Moroccan Ministers. He was elected member of the Moroccan parliament in 2007, 2011 and 2016. Mr. Rabbah speaks Arabic, French and English.
July Ndlovu
Anglo American Coal

July was appointed CEO of Coal South Africa in September 2016. Coal South Africa was until recently the largest coal producer in South Africa but remains the largest exporter of sea borne thermal coal form South Africa. Prior to that, he held the position of Executive Head of Processing at Anglo American Platinum and was employed by Anglo American subsidiaries in Zimbabwe, where he held senior managerial positions in metallurgical operations and technical services. July’s leadership signature is defined by a strong sense of purpose and mission as well as an energized intellect. He has demonstrated strategic leadership characterised by creating a followership, taking people along, and outstanding operational excellence in a variety of roles. In 2020 July was appointed as the Chairman of the World Coal Association (WCA), tasked with ensuring that the organisation meets both customers’ needs and society’s expectations of it, including working together to deliver a new era of clean technologies.
Louis Loubser
Mooiplaats Colliery

As the Head of Business Development and Resources at Afrimat Limited, Louis Loubser successfully assisted in negotiating the acquisition of Infrasors into the Afrimat stable. In 2013, he was appointed Managing Director of Infrasors, an Afrimat subsidiary – demonstrating great competency in turning Infrasors around. In September 2018, Louis joined Mooiplaats Colliery as CEO and is loving the challenge of re-energising the huge potential of this asset and its workforce. Louis holds a B.Com Management Accounting degree from University of Stellenbosch, a Certificate in open pit mining from the University of Derby and a MBA Cum Laude from University of Stellenbosch.
Morne du Plessis

Morné is the CEO of Minergy Limited, a position he has held since 1 August 2019. He is a qualified chartered accountant [CA(SA)], with an MBA from Heriott Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Morné has extensive experience in the mining industry, having been Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of several groups in the sector, including contract mining and beneficiation service provider, Genet SA; junior coal miner, Umcebo Mining Group; and JSE- listed junior coal miner, Wescoal Holdings Limited. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Minergy in January 2017 and as its CFO in February 2017, before being appointed CEO.
Jacques Badenhorst
Maatla Energy (Pty) Ltd

Jacques Badenhorst is a metallurgist with over 25 years’ experience in operations and project development management of diverse mining projects, ranging from coal, gold and manganese to titanium and diamond. He is a co-founder of Maatla Energy and responsible for implementing the coal business as the Chief Executive Officer. He has been the Managing Director of the ASX-listed Zamanco Minerals Limited and the mineral processing company MRD. He is a member of the South African Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, the Mine Metallurgical Managers Association and the Institute of Directors SA. In the past, Jacques has worked for Grinaker / LTA Process Engineering, Anglo-American Corporation and MRD, implementing and operating various medium- and large-scale mineral projects.
John Borshoff (Panel Chair)
Managing Director/CEO
Deep Yellow Ltd.

John Borshoff, was appointed to the role of Managing Director/CEO of Deep Yellow Limited in October 2016, with the objective of developing the Company into a Tier 1, multi-mine, global uranium producer. Mr Borshoff is an experienced mining executive and geologist with more than 40 years uranium industry experience. Following extensive global experience working 17 years with Uranerz, a German International uranium explorer/miner, in 1993 he founded Paladin Energy Limited. He took this company from a junior explorer to a multi-mine uranium company worth more than US$5 billion at its peak in the pre-Fukushima era using contrarian investment principals. The team that built Paladin is now with John at Deep Yellow
Brandon Munro
Bannerman Resources Ltd

Brandon Munro has over 20 years’ experience as a resources executive and lawyer, including serving as Bannerman Resources’ General Manager between 2009-2011 and CEO from 2016. Brandon lived in Namibia from 2009-2015, where he also served as Governance Advisor to the Namibian Uranium Association and Strategic Advisor – Mining Charter to the Namibian Chamber of Mines. Brandon maintains a close involvement with the World Nuclear Association and is currently Chair of WNA’s Nuclear Fuel Demand working group, responsible for forecasting global uranium demand scenarios to 2040. He is a uranium sector thought leader, having published numerous articles and appeared as a speaker at various industry events. Brandon’s voluntary roles have included serving as a Trustee for Save the Rhino Trust Namibia and as a Board member of the Murdoch University Art Collection. Bannerman Resources is an ASX listed uranium development company that is focussed on the Etango-8 uranium project in Namibia.
Andre Liebenberg
Yellow Cake Plc

Andre Liebenberg is Chief Executive Officer at Yellow Cake plc and is an experienced mining industry professional. Andre has extensive investor marketing, finance, business development and leadership experience and he has spent over 22 years in the resources industry where he held senior roles within BHP Billiton and most recently at QKR Corporation, where he was Chief Financial Officer. Andre’s previous roles within BHP Billiton included Acting President for BHP Billiton’s Energy Coal division, Chief Financial Officer for the Energy Coal division, the Head of Group Investor Relations and Chief Financial Officer for the Diamonds and Specialty Products division. These roles were based in London, Melbourne and Sydney. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Andre worked for UBS in London and the Standard Bank Group in Johannesburg.
Murray Hill
Managing Director
Marenica Energy Limited

Murray is the Managing Director of ASX listed Marenica Energy Ltd. Murray has over 35 years experience in the mining industry including 14 years in uranium, all of which has been in Namibia. Murray worked as a Metallurgical Consultant in his own business for the 10 years prior to joining Marenica. Murray has a strong initiative and is a high achiever always searching for new and/or improved methods or technologies to gain improvement. This is complimented by his practical mindset. He is the champion of Marenica’s U-pgrade process for upgrading secondary uranium ores.
Robert Monro
Cora Gold

In January 2020 Bert was appointed CEO & re-appointed a director of Cora, having previously stepped down from being a non-executive director in mid-2019 to fill a newly created position of Business Development. Until December 2019 Bert was Head of Business Development at Hummingbird Resources Plc (‘Hummingbird’; AIM:HUM), a substantial shareholder in Cora, where he had worked for over a decade. Hummingbird has over 6Moz of gold resources in West Africa & an operational gold mine in Mali.
Dr Michael Seeger
MX Mining Capital Advisors

A Mining Engineer with +23 years’ experience in mine development, mining operations and mining finance. He started his career with Iscor Mining, has worked with major mining companies in Africa, South America, North America and Europe including Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo Coal, Exxaro, Kaiser Aluminium and Outokumpu. Has developed, structured and financed several mining projects in the mid-tier and junior mining sector in diverse commodities, including coal, gold and metals. Co-founder of ASX listed Universal Coal and director of Maatla Energy in Botswana which is developing the Mmamabula coal mine and CTL project.
Director of MX Mining Capital Advisors, which provides mining financing solutions for mining projects in Africa in diverse commodities.
Pierre Leveille
President & CEO
Deep-South Resources Inc

Mr. Léveillé has over 30 years of experience in the International financial sector and 22 years of experience in the mining exploration industry. Mr. Léveillé has started his career as an Investment Advisor and Investment Banker with large Securities firms in Canada. From the mid 1990’s to today, he has been Executive and Director of several exploration companies active in Africa. He has financed and managed exploration projects in Namibia since 1996 and has realized over US$ 100 million in transactions and financing for Namibian and African mining exploration projects. He is currently President & CEO of Deep-South Resources Inc. and President of Q7 Capital Inc, a private firm investing in mineral exploration projects in Africa and providing financial consultant services.

He is an equity financing specialist with a wealth of experience in project management, marketing and communications and corporate development.
Nchakha Moloi
Executive Chairman
Motjoli Resources

Mr Moloi started his career at Wits University and Anglo American Research Laboratories. He joined De Beers in diamond exploration followed by an appointment as mine geologist / engineering geology at RTZ’s Palabora Mine. He left to join the Wits Economics Department/ANC Department of Economic Planning working in minerals and energy policy research and development. Following employment as a business analyst at the IDC, Mr Moloi joined the Department of Minerals and Resources where he played a central role in the development of South African mining sector reforms. He is currently the Executive Chairman and Shareholder in Motjoli Resources, a junior resources company that has established a significant foot prints in the South African Mining Landscape
William (Bill) Witham (Panel Chair)
Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group

Bill is an exploration and government relations specialist, having previously worked at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA and as a director of a number of African-focused exploration companies. He has lived and worked in Africa on and off since 1996 and brings a blend of exploration and advocacy experience to the role.
Dr Tony Harwood
President & CEO
Montero Mining

Tony is a geologist with 35 years of exploration and mining experience. He was the founding President and CEO of Montero Mining, a TSXV-listed gold exploration company operating in Africa. Prior to this, he was the Executive Chairman of Universal Coal, during which time he listed the company raising $20 million. As President and CEO, Tony also listed Africo Resources on the TSX raising $20 million in the process to develop copper and gold assets in Africa. Tony served as VP Global Generative Exploration at Placer Dome Inc., a major Canadian gold miner for 8 years. He has been a non-executive director of various Canadian listed companies, including; Endeavour Mining, Adamus Resources, Auryx Gold, African Gold, and Lapplandgold miners (NordX). He is a director of Tesoro Resources and East African Metals. Tony holds a B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D. Economic Geology, the University of Wales, UK.
Naphtally Mafa
Founder & Managing Director
African Resources Development

Naphtally Mafa was born and raised in Bolobedu, Limpopo, South Africa and is the founder and Managing Director of African Resources Development ( ARD ), a BBBEE Mining and Services Company in Limpopo Province, ARD Services Is in Partnership with international Companies across Energy, Rail and Contract Mining Services. Naphtally Mafa is an Electrical Engineer, An Entrepreneur and a Mining Professional, with 18 years industry experience. His career spans across South Africa and Australia in various roles in Mining and Maintenance.
Lance Hooper
Cobalt Blockchain Inc.

Over the past twenty years Lance has played key roles as both an early employee and as a founder for emerging technology and mining companies. For the last decade Lance has held senior corporate positions and served as a director with private and public mining companies working in Canada, Peru, Afghanistan and the DRC. Since 2015 Lance has been the driving force behind a commodity trading venture specializing in ethically-sourced tin, tantalum, tungsten - and now cobalt - originating from artisanal and small-scale mine sites the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC")
Dr Fiona Perrott-Humphrey (Panel Chair)
Senior Adviser
Rothschild & Co

Dr. Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, BA (Natal) MBA (Wits) DBL (UNISA) Fiona Perrott-Humphrey has been an independent senior adviser to Rothschild & Co’s Mining Team since 2003 focussing on the mining sector’s changing trends and the communication process between companies and shareholders. Fiona was a non-executive director at Dominion Diamond Corporation from 2014 to 2016. Prior to 2003, she spent 17 years in the City of London at major financial institutions as an investment analysist in mining and industrials. This involved tracking commodity markets and visiting mining operations around the globe. In 2006, Fiona formed AIM Mining Research and published "Understanding Junior Miners" in conjunction with four others
Stefan Eitel
Director Metals & Mining
KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Stefan Eitel is a Director at the Metals & Mining team of KfW IPEX-Bank. KfW IPEX-Bank is the commercial arm of KfW, the government owned promotional and development bank of the Federal Republic of Germany. Stefan holds both a German and US master’s degree in Economics and started his career in the export and project finance unit of KfW. After three years he joined the German Federal Ministry of Finance, supervising EulerHermes in their mandate for the German Export Credit Agency scheme. After returning to KfW and working for the bank’s treasury for four years, in 2005 he returned to the export and project finance business and took over as head of portfolio management for the bank's basic industries portfolio. Since 2008 Stefan is heading the Metals & Mining Team of KfW IPEX-Bank, being responsible for acquisition and structuring new transactions in the metals, steel & mining sphere globally.

Boris Kamstra
Executive Director
Alphamin Resources

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela’s quote is an axiom that defines Boris’ career. That latest achievement has been the successful birth of Alphamin’s Bisie tin project. Boris is an accomplished senior business and investment executive. He has a passion for Africa and the varied opportunities it holds. His ability to identify potential, unlock opportunity and celebrate talent diversity, adds significant value in the growing and competitive African business and mining environment. Boris is a Director of Alphamin Resources Corp. and Pangea (Pty) Ltd. Boris graduated with an MBA from WITS Business School, University of Witwatersrand and a BSc (Civil Engineering) (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town - both times named on the Deans merit list. Boris is a Registered Professional Engineer with the SA Engineering Council and a member of the SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Remy Welschinger
Finance Director
Arc Minerals

Remy Welschinger is the Finance Director of Arc Minerals. He is the founder of Limehouse Capital, an investment holding company specialising in natural resources projects. Up until 2018, he was head of commodities sales in Europe for Deutsche Bank. Prior to that, Mr Welschinger was an Executive Director in the Fixed Income and Commodities division of Morgan Stanley in London. Mr Welschinger graduated from Cass Business School, London, with a MSc in Investment management.
Olebogeng Tefo Sentsho
Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation Fund

Mrs. Sentsho is the Chief Executive Officer at The Simba Mgodi Mining Incubation Fund, a development fund that supports emerging entrepreneurs in Mining and mining services. An alumni of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship programme for the Young African Leaders Initiative, run by the US State department , Olebogeng holds an LLB degree from Wits and is currently completing her Msc. in Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. Olebogeng Sentsho also serves as the finance champion on the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resource’s Technical Secretariat for the evolution of Funding Models for Junior Miners in South Africa. A recipient of the inaugural “Outstanding woman in Mining Award” at the Youth in Mining. Business awards in 2016, the Winner of the “Leaders of Tommorow” Award at the 2019 Mining Indaba, The Head of the Mining and Technical Engineering Services Sector at the Progressive Youth in Business Organisation and the National Convenor of the 2019 Youth in Mining Procurement Transformation Summit, Olebogeng is passionate about investment, the African economy, mining and socially responsible business practices.
Sam Chikowore
Exporien Mining P/L.

Sam Chikowore is a family man, married with a son and a daughter, has a lifelong background in the mining industry spanning back to 1993. He initially was involved with a chrome-mining venture which had operations on the Zimbabwe Great-Dyke. After a couple of years in distribution, Sam took up a new role managing earth-moving equipment with contracts at the country's largest open-cast platinum miner with another contract running at a chrome smelter. Sam was later to leave that project to start his own chrome mining venture on a tribute basis working with the two leading ferro-chrome producing companies in Zimbabwe at the time. In 2002 Sam set up a new company Exporien Mining P/L, coming in as Managing Director. Sam sought to use the Exporien vehicle to diversify into other mineral commodities outside his chrome comfort zone.
Errol Smart
CEO and managing director
Orion Minerals

Errol is a geologist, registered with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals, a Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation for JORC purposes. Errol has more than 24 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operation, with a key focus on gold and base metals. Errol has a wealth of public and private company corporate experience and has been on the founding teams and managed a number of exploration and mining companies throughout Africa and has had strong exposure to Australian projects. Errol has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals, African Stellar Group and LionGold Corporation. Errol is Chairman of the Junior Leadership Forum of the Minerals Council South Africa and is a board member of the Minerals Council.
Segun Lawson
Thor Explorations Ltd

Segun Lawson has been the CEO of Thor Explorations Ltd since August 2011. He has identified and lead all of Thor’s acquisitions and financings and Thor’s JV with Acacia Mining (now Barrick). He is a Co- founder of African Star Resources Incorporated where he served as an officer assisting with financing, corporate and business development activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College (UK) with Honours in Geology, and has an MBA from Cass Business School. Mr Lawson had extensive transaction experience at Noble Company, in the Oil and Gas corporate finance areas, and also experience at Premier Oil in identifying and negotiating new West African opportunities. Segun is a British Nigerian citizen and has a strong network of contacts both in the UK and in West Africa.
Mark Parker
Andiamo Exploration Limited

Mark Parker is a geophysicist and exploration entrepreneur with 46 years’ experience in exploration and corporate management in Africa, Europe, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He is chairman of Andiamo Exploration Ltd, active in Eritrea; founder and managing director of Equator Gold Holdings Ltd, a Jersey public company exploring for gold in South Sudan; and chairman of IGS Ltd, a global geoscience consultancy. Mark founded and until 2011, managed African Eagle Resources plc, an AIM and JSE AltX-listed company which discovered the 100 million tonne Dutwa nickel resource and other gold and copper deposits. He previously worked in the British Geological Survey, Hunting Geology and Geophysics, Ark Geophysics and as a consultant. Mark is a Competent Person for reporting exploration results.
Owen Darko (Panel Chair)
Managing Director
Paramount Tracks Pty Ltd

Paramount Tracks is a diversified trading company (Level 1BEE) that provides professional services to the Mining and Construction Industries. Paramount currently have presence in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Lesotho, Namibia and West Africa . Owen is a mechanical Engineer with combined coal and iron ore mining experience of 18 years within South Africa. Before Joining Paramount, Owen held different position whiles working for Exxaro Resources and Kumba Resources (now Kumba Iron Ore). Owen’s experience stretches from operation to execution of large capital projects. Owen holds Bsc (mech Eng), MEng (Engineering management) GCC (mines & works).
Sam Hosack
Managing Director
Prospect Resources Ltd

Mr Hosack is a third generation Zimbabwean, residing in Western Australia. He holds a Bachelors Engineering Degree (Hons) from Essex University in UK, MBA from Ashcroft Business School (UK) and respective professional registrations. He had hands on experience in the delivery of large scale mining, power and port projects to market, as well as their operations. For the past 12 years he has been employed by First Quantum Minerals Ltd, primarily in their Projects team, where most recently he has project managed the building of a port (coal offloading and copper loading), 120km 230KV transmission line and a 300MV coal fired power station for the Minera Panama Project in Panama. His mining and operations experience in North and Southern Africa, Europe, Australia, and Central America will be central in delivering the Arcadia Project and in building Prospect into a diversified mining business.
Charles Siwawa
Chief Executive Officer
Botswana Chamber of Mines

Charles Siwawa is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Chamber of Mines based in Gaborone, a position he has occupied since 2010. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial and Administrative Sciences from City University London, UK over a Mining Engineering Degree from the University of Leeds, UK. Mr. Siwawa has extensive background in the mining industry in Botswana. Prior to joining the Botswana Chamber of Mines, he was employed by Debswana Diamond Company in various capacities from 1982 until 2009.
Emmanuel Baidoo
Senior Manager Sustainability
AngloGold Ashanti

Emmanuel Baidoo is a highly experienced sustainable development practitioner with over 15 years’ experience, including 10 years in social performance management in the mining industry in and outside Ghana. He has an extensive and up-to-date knowledge of the regulatory landscape, stakeholder trends and the sustainability risks of the mining industry. He started his sustainable development career in 2000 as a Programme Officer with the USAID’s QUIPS/CSA Project in Ghana, joined AngloGold Ashanti in 2010 as Community Affairs Manager and latter appointed Senior Manager Sustainability. He has since provided successful leadership in the Sustainability discipline in AngloGold Ashanti operations in Ghana and Guinea. He is part of the AngloGold Ashanti’s Group Sustainability leadership, and has led many ground-breaking Social License to Operate initiatives. He is an advocate of shared value and has a strong passion for harmonizing industrial development with sustainable development and for seeing businesses make positive impacts on the lives they touch.
Zoë Kennaugh
Karunya Consulting

Zoë has over 16 years of professional experience and specialises in Environmental, Social and Governance risk and impact management through helping companies and investors /lenders identify and minimise the risks and impacts of establishing and running projects in a wide range of sectors (including mining, exploration, power, infrastructure and tourism and conservation) throughout Africa including in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She has been living and working in Botswana for over 10 years. Zoë has a sound understanding of international best practice and standards as well as understand local legislation and context.
Jeff Geipel
Managing Director - Mining Shared Value
Engineers Without Borders Canada

Jeff Geipel is the founder and managing director for the Mining Shared Value initiative of Engineers Without Borders Canada. This initiative works to improve the development impacts of mineral extraction in host countries through increasing local procurement by the global mining industry. Through this work Jeff is also the Community Manager for the World Bank’s Extractives-led Local Economic Diversification (ELLED) Community of Practice. Originally from Vancouver, Jeff holds a master’s degree in international development from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.

Tarik Sfendla
Market Development Manager, Africa

Tarik Sfendla is Market Development Manager, Africa at Wärtsilä Energy, a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for energy markets with more than 72GW of power plant capacity delivered in 180 countries around the world. Tarik has a longstanding ambition to actively participate to the development of the African energy sector. Today, he is passionate about helping African energy market stakeholders pave the path towards a 100% renewable energy future. Tarik has an extensive experience in delivering EPC projects across the African continent, he has led high-stakes international power generation projects in 9 African countries (more than 700MW), addressing the key customer segments (Utility, IPP and C&I). Among others, Tarik managed successfully the design and the execution of the largest isolated solar PV and thermal hybrid power plant in Africa (Essakane project, Burkina Faso).
Otto van der Ende
Sr. Solution Leader MineLens

Otto is a solution manager and mining expert in McKinsey&Company office in Belgium, and part of the MineLens team. In this role, he is responsible for developing and delivering knowledge, client support and benchmarking solutions. Since joining McKinsey in 2013, Mr. van der Ende has served clients in the Mining sector across the globe, with a primary focus on holistic performance transformations. He has worked in both open pit as well as underground operations, has been active on all 6 continents, and supported strategy, growth and operational improvements programs. Mr. van der Ende holds a Master of Science in Applied Earth Sciences, with a specialization in mining engineering
Rev. Emmanuel Coffie-Anum
HSE Manager
Ghana Manganese Co Ltd

Emmanuel Coffie-Anum is the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager of the Ghana Manganese Company Ltd, with the core responsibility of strategic environmental sustainability and development of the mine. He holds MSc Environmental Management and Assessment and Graduate IOSH certificate from the University of Sunderland. He obtained his HSE Manager's Certificate from the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission of Ghana and 35 credit hours in Project Management Profession (PMP) from the IPBM. With over eighteen (18) years in the Gas and Mining Industries, Emmanuel has a wide range of experience within Ghana as well as International experience in coordinating related mining , environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Currently, he is perusing PhD in Hydrogeology and Geotechnical Research into Mine Pit Slope Stability at the University of the Mines and Technology (UMaT). He is an international Speaker in Mining Conferences in Africa, Asia etc. addressing the environmental, economic, health and social impacts and benefits of mining throughout their life cycle, including workers' health and safety across the globe
Dr Dennis George
Founder, Executive Chairperson
African Quartz

Dr Dennis George is a versatile, proactive, dedicated leader who takes a hands-on approach to getting the job done efficiently, effectively and ethically and is wholeheartedly committed to delivering high levels of excellence and productivity, with meticulous attention to detail and within agreed deadlines, in all endeavours. Extensively experienced in collecting and analysing information, digesting facts and figures and grasping and interpreting complex technical issues; a flexible, innovative, capable problem-solver and skilled negotiator with strong organisational aptitude who thrives under pressure, enjoys a challenge, and adapts quickly to new tasks; is self-motivated, resourceful and diligent whether working independently or as part of a team. Possesses outstanding interpersonal expertise and the ability to communicate confidently and articulately at all levels, with a consistent focus on inspiring and motivating others to achieve their full potential.
Dr. George has a Masters degree and has recently completed his degree for Doctor of Philosophiae in the Management of Technology and Innovation.
Colin Bird
Executive Chairman
Galileo Resources PLC

Colin Bird is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining with more than 40 years’ experience in resource operations management, corporate management and finance. The formative and operational part of his career was spent in the UK in coal mining but mainly in Southern Africa with the Anglo American Corp in coal and base metal operations. Colin has managed gold, copper, nickel, magnesite, sodium sulphate mines globally in various capacities for a number of companies. The last 20 years has been spent in natural resource corporate work and he has founded and floated a number of well-known companies within the public arena.
Nigel Forrester
Mount Burgess Mining

Qualified as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1973.Admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1979. Floated Mount Burgess Mining NL on the Australian Securities Exchange in 1985 and has been CEO ever since.
Farana Boodhram (Panel Chair)
Avita Mining / Forever Farana Coveralls

Farana is the founder and CEO of Avita Mining and MiDesk Global, as well as the managing director of Forever Farana Coveralls with 20 years of executive leadership experience in logistics, mining and innovation and is the owner of a patent of an overall for women underground. She has been the recipient of numerous professional and entrepreneurship awards, including the GROW Fellowship 2016 through Vital Voices Global Partnership, the Femina World Women Super Achiever Award 2017, selected for the Global Ambassadors program 2018 (one of eleven women in the world) by Vital Voices Global partnered with Bank of America and Top100 Global Women in Mining.
Naseem Banu Lahri
Managing Director
Lucara Botswana

A well-rounded accomplished professional accountant with 22 years’ experience, with more than 17 years' experience in the mining industry with a Masters in Strategic Management (BCOM, FCCA). Holding key strategic roles throughout her career. In May 2018 promoted to Managing Director, being the first woman and the first Motswana woman to serve in this capacity for a diamond mining company in Botswana and the youngest female MD in mining in the world. Served as a board member in the Debswana Pension Fund, Botswana Accountancy College and Pula Medical Aid. Recently appointed as a board member at First National Bank Botswana rated the best bank in the country. Labelled by Forbes, the New Yorker, Mining Weekly and Vogue as the youngest female to run a diamond mine in the world and a trail blazer in the industry.
Eng Naadiya Moosajee
Co-Founder & CIO

Naadiya Moosajee is a serial social entrepreneur by passion, a civil engineer by training, and is Co-founder and CEO at WomEng, an international non-profit company developing the next generation of female engineering leaders in Africa. She holds a BSc Civil Engineering and MSc Engineering degrees. Ms Moosajee has a variety of experiences from technical engineering design and operations to NGO development, management consulting and entrepreneurship. She is a dynamic leader having founded and grown WomEng into the top NGO in South Africa (awarded in 2013), while maintaining various consulting and engineering positions. She has won numerous awards including Most Influential Woman of the Year, the Frost & Sullivan Visionary Leadership Award and Top 100 Brightest Young Minds in South Africa.
Zenzi Awases
Women in Mining Association of Namibia

Zenzi Awases is a geologist with 15 years’ experience in exploring and mining diamonds on the world's largest paleo- placer diamond deposit along the south-western coast of Namibia. Zenzi has a particular interest in seeing more women in the previously male populated industries, particularly in the mining industry. Zenzi immensely enjoys training and mentoring young women. She is a motivational leader and has a contagious enthusiasm and passionate belief in people that inspires them to become prouder, stronger and more valuable contributors to their organization. In 2017, she formed part of the founding members of the Women in Mining Association of Namibia (WiMAN) and serves on the Exec. Committee as the President. In 2018, she was elected as the Vice-President of the Southern African Chapter for the Association of WIM in Africa (AWIMA). Since 2019, she has been serving on the Executive Committee of AWIMA as the President of the Southern African Chapter. Zenzi is a mother of two young children and currently lives in Windhoek, Namibia.
Tendani Lukhaimane
Principal Innovation & Improvement
Women In Mining

Tendani Lukhaimane is an innovation and improvement professional currently working for South32, South Africa Energy Coal, in the Middelburg area. She is the Mpumalanga Regional lead for Women in Mining South Africa, and also serves as a VP Leadership and Development on the Takalani Foundation. Tendani studied Geology and is currently completing a Master of Science in Engineering degree with the University of Witwatersrand. She is passionate about leadership development of the youth especially young women and is devoted to worthy causes that address current injustices and create a future that accommodates and presents equal opportunities for all.