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.
Michelle Ash
GEOVIA CEO
Dassault Systemes

Michelle Ash, CEO of Dassault Systèmes GEOVIA, has made significant contributions to the mining sector with a focus on Innovation Strategy, Technology and Digital Transformation. Highly passionate about Mining and the Natural Resources industry, Michelle remains focused on helping mining to evolve through digital transformation and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to help deliver sustainable solutions to the sector. Michelle is also the Chair of the Global Mining Guidelines Group and has contributed to develop best practices and guidelines for the implementation of technology and socially enabled changes in the mining industry. Previously she was Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold Corporation where she oversaw the company’s innovation program, looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School; as well as a degree in Psychology from Deakin University.
Johan Ferreira
CEO
Khoemacau Copper Mining

Johan Ferreira has 35 years’ of experience in the mining industry. His experience includes strategic executive leadership roles together with a managerial execution track record of global / international assignments. Over and above his leadership and rigorous operational experience, his areas of expertise include: mine design, project management, the turning around of businesses / operations and commissioning of mining projects. Johan started his mining career in 1986 with Anglo American as a Learner Official and progressed to the level of Senior Vice President Operations - South Africa Region, which later operated as AngloGold Ashanti. Prior to joining Khoemacau, Johan was the Regional Senior Vice President - Africa Region for Newmont, based in Ghana. During his four year tenure with Newmont, he had many successes. Apart from dealing with complex internal and external stakeholder relationships, infrastructure challenges, and new project development, Ghana was one of Newmont’s top performing operating divisions under Johan’s leadership. Johan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified and registered Professional Engineer. Johan assumed the role as CEO of the Cupric group, which owns and operates Khoemacau, in October 2018.
Noleen Pauls (Panel Chair)
Board Member and Patron
Women in Mining South Africa

Noleen is a geologist with more than 20 years’ experience in multi-commodity mineral exploration and evaluation of gold, platinum, chrome, iron and coal exploration projects throughout Africa and gold exploration in South and Central America, based in Peru. Noleen has been involved with Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA) since its inception in 2010 and has filled most of the portfolios. She was the chairperson from January 2014 to December 2016. She is an active mentor to young females in the mining industry and vocal through media and conference presentations of the need for role models in this male dominated industry. These include the 2014 South Africa Mining Lekgotla, the United Nations’ African Women Business Linkages Forum in Kenya, Mines and Money in London and the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. Noleen was named one of the Top 10 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016.
Mametja Moshe
CEO
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
Raj Kumar Ray
Solution Delivery Manager
MineLens by McKinsey

Raj Kumar Ray is a Mining Expert in McKinsey & Company’s office in India, and a Solution Leader of the MineLens team. He leads the MineLens Solution driving operational improvements at mining companies through a set of operational diagnostic and benchmarking products. Since joining McKinsey in 2013, Mr. Raj has served clients in the Mining sector across the globe, with a primary focus on operational transformations. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering.
Otto Van der Ende
Associate Partner
MineLens by McKinsey

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


Speakers
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 and Independent Chairman & Director or Resources Companies with over 40 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.
Musawenkosi Innocent Masinga
CEO
Paramount Tracks Pty Ltd

Musawenkosi Innocent Masinga is an entrepreneur who has vast experience in the mining industry. He was part of Barloworld Equipment and the Caterpillar Mining Division, where he gained his extensive experience. He has strategic business development, commercial business performance, strategy and planning management, excellent leadership qualities, extensive experience and knowledge in the technical, engineering and product support. He started Paramount Tracks in 2013 and successfully infiltrated the market and provides professional engineering services to high end corporate clients.
Kgosi Marata
Director
Basil Read Mining

Kgosi Marata has over 11 years experience in the mining industry, predominantly in the open pit environment. He is currently serving as the Senior Contracts Manager for Basil Read Mining Botswana and has recently been appointed as a Director and board member of B&E Botswana (PTY) Ltd (a subsidiary of Basil Read Mining). Kgosi has been involved in the development and growth of projects in the SADC region across a number of commodities and metals such as diamonds, copper, zinc, silver and coal. His areas of focus are in operations management and business development with focus on turnkey projects delivering value for customers. A fully registered Engineer under the Engineers Registration Board of Botswana, he holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, an MDP from the University of Stellenbosch and a Diploma in Project Management from PPM College. He is also a member of the Botswana Chapter of the Project Management Institute where he is currently pursuing his full Certification as a Risk Management Professional.
Dr . Thuthula Balfour
Head Health
Minerals Council South Africa

A qualified medical doctor and public health medicine specialist with an MBA. Has a wealth of management experience that spans 30 years with 12years in the mining industry. Is the Head of Health at the Minerals Council South Africa and was recently appointed to serve on the Ministerial Advisory Council for COVID-19. Responsible for Women in Mining programme at Minerals Council South Africa. She had the honour of being named as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018.
Andries Rossouw
PwC Africa EU&R Leader
PwC Africa

Andries is PwC’s Africa Energy, Utilities and Resources leader and an experienced JSE accredited audit partner. He has been with the firm since 1997 and partner since 2007. He has experience in numerous stock exchange transactions, including IPOs, fund raisings, and reporting accountant work for acquisitions. He has a specific focus on mining clients across commodities and mining methods. Andries is the project leader for the firm’s SA Mine and Global Mine publications which gives him excellent insight into industry wide issues. Although he has a specific focus on mining and construction clients, Andries also has a variety of cross industry exposure with previous involvements in retail, manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, banking and insurance clients. His core industries has given him the opportunity to work with cross border teams on a regular basis.
Simon Kwete
Africa Mining Director
Paramount Tracks Pty Ltd

Simon Kwete leads Paramount Tracks & Equipment’s Central and West Africa’s operation as the Director for Africa mining with responsibility for businesses in the Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. He also oversees the company’s ongoing expansion efforts into SADC’s emerging markets. In his previous role, he’s served in senior and executive leadership roles for multinational companies for its African subsidiaries and was responsible for the company’s increasing development and expansion efforts into high growth and domestic markets. Simon Kwete specializes in heavy mining engineering and brings forth close to 14 years of experience in mining systems automation and control. Simon’s passion for technological advances has afforded him opportunities where he’s been instrumental in the deployment and delivery of the first Autonomous Blast hole drill roll out in Africa and the very first power system AC dragline. Simon is an electro-mechanics graduate, business studies and currently completing a Post graduate Diploma in Energy Leadership with the University of Witwatersrand with a focus on Energy decarbonization, sustainable energy and green manufacturing.
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.

Jacqueline Musiitwa

Kalene Hill Resources

Jacqueline Musiitwa is an international attorney who advises on ethical business and sustainability risk and governance. She previously served in various leadership capacities including as Chief Advisor of Corporate Relations for Africa and Ventures at Rio Tinto and as an attorney running a legal consultancy advising clients in the energy and natural resources sectors. As compliance cluster lead of the China Law and Development Project at Oxford University, she researches China's compliance with international investment laws. She currently serves as the Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as an Advisory Member of Persistent Energy and board of the ideo.org. She previously served as an Advisory Board member of ARCH Africa Renewable Power Fund.
Trésor Chovu
Founder and CEO
Chovu International Holdings

Trésor Chovu is an investor, consultant, political analyst and entrepreneur who is focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sub-Saharan Africa. He gained experience as a business development consultant for UK and global companies. Over the last 10 years, he successfully helped various clients from Europe, Asia, America and the UAE in the acquisition of multi million dollars financial, mining and energy assets and in the development of infrastructure projects in Africa. He owns mining assets across Africa and He is now focused on the DRC market specifically in Energy, Mining and ICT. Mr Chovu is fluent in both English and French. He is an international speaker with a particular focus on investments in the mining and energy sector. He contributes various media and forums such as the BBC, Africa Mining Forum, European Mining Convention among others. He recently featured in the Energy DRC report produced by Africa Oil and Power in collaboration with the African Energy Chamber. Furthermore, Mr Chovu is assisting the office of AGOA DRC in shaping strategies for the improvement of the DRC business climate and to help attract US investments. He holds a bachelor degree in Political Science and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in England.
MacLean Raissa
ESG Manager
Luma Holding Ltd.

Raissa Maclean Tuyisenge K. is currently the corporate affairs & ESG manager at Luma Holding. She joined Luma Holding in July 2020, as Innovation & Venture analyst as part of her academic internship requirement focusing on expanding the group subsidiaries’ presence on the African continent. Prior that, Maclean served as Advisor to the CEO of Volkswagen Rwanda and also worked with the Rwanda ICT Chamber of the Private Sector Federation.
Mrs. Tuyisenge holds a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law & New Technologies and holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Communication Technology. Ms. Tuyisenge is also a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper and a member of the Kigali Hub since 2019. She’s a strong ESG advocate, passionate about Africa’s growth, Regional Integration and Innovation.
Dr Tony Harwood
President & CEO
Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd.

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.
Sandra du Toit (Panel Chair)
Africa Leader | Mergers & Acquisitions
EY

After lecturing tax law and company law, Sandra qualified as an attorney, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. In the boutique firms in which she practiced, she advised clients across the full spectrum of transaction requirements, including due diligence, drafting and negotiating agreements, preparing and defending regulatory applications and managing post-implementation issues. She transitioned from law into Corporate Finance at Standard Bank, becoming the Head: Mining & Metals, and focusing on complex transactions incorporating multiple investment banking products, including advisory, equity capital markets, debt capital markets, and lending. Sandra joined EY in 2020 as a Partner and the Lead for M&A Advisory in Africa, where she advises clients in a range of industries on transactions.
Dr. Andor Lips
Senior Adviser
HCF International Advisers

Dr Andor Lips works for HCF International Advisers as Senior Adviser. Andor brings 25 years of experience across the mining sector value chain, by holding leading positions in the exploration and mining industry, mining finance, and mineral resources research & education organisations whilst being engaged with multilateral and non-governmental organisations. Prior to his role with HCF International Advisers and his self-owned consulting activities (corporate strategy, research & innovation) he worked for Eldorado Gold until end 2019 as VP European Strategy & Corporate Sustainability. He held prior positions with Lydian International Ltd, ING Bank N.V., the Commodity Discovery Fund, and BRGM, whilst also providing external expert advice to the European Commission (2010-2020) and the UNESCO (2007-2012).
Olebogeng Sentsho
Director
Red Tin Resources (Pty) Ltd

Olebogeng Sentsho is a mineral economist and entrepreneur with interests in mining and energy. Mrs. Sentsho is an alumni of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship programme for the Young African Leaders Initiative, run by the US State department and she holds an LLB degree and an Msc. in Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. Olebogeng last served as the Group Chief Executive Officer at Ayana Group. The company is focused on providing services and funding to support emerging entrepreneurs in Mining and mining services. Mrs Sentsho believes that a more structured and Afro-centric approach to mining will grow the African economy and enable Africa to benefit from the minerals it rightfully owns. 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 Tomorrow” Award at the 2019 Mining Indaba and a nominee of the rising star at the Mines and Money Conference London, one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African 2020, The Head of the Mining and Technical Engineering Services Sector at the Progressive Youth in Business Organisation, Olebogeng is passionate about investment, the African economy, mining and socially responsible business practices.
Martin Holland
Executive Chairman and Managing Director
Cobre Limited

Martin Holland is a mining executive with over a decade of corporate experience. Mr Holland is a co-founder of Cobre, and is the founder and former CEO of ASX listed Lithium Power International Limited (ASX: LPI). Mr Holland listed LPI in 2016 and raised in excess of $70 million in new equity; and acquired, explored and developed one of the world’s highest grade and largest lithium mines in Chile. Mr. Holland is also an Executive Director of OzAurum Resources Limited (ASX: OZM) and is the Chairman of Sydney-based private investment company, Holland International.
Patrycja Kula-Verster (Panel Chair)
Equities Business Development Manager
Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Patrycja, has been with the JSE for 12 years, of which most of this time has been spent focussing on equity origination. Patrycja works in the Primary Market Division which is responsible for origination of new listings across the 3 asset classes, Equity, Debt and Structured Products as well as co creation and development of new products with the broader eco system. In her current role as Business Development Manager she is responsible for originating new equity listings and product creation for Main Board and Altx both local and international issuers.
Xavier Prevost
Senior Coal Analyst
XMP Consulting CC

Xavier has a MSc in Engineering Geology UMSA; Diploma in Mining and Exploration from the Montan University, Leoben, Austria, Graduate Diploma in Engineering and MSc. Mining Engineering from Wits. He has been in coal since 1977, established the Geological Survey’s National Coal Database (NCDB); was Genmin IT Exploration Manager and joined the Minerals Bureau, DME in 1995, as Chief Mineral Economist; Coal and Hydrocarbons. He was appointed Coal Senior Analyst, Wood Mackenzie, Southern Africa and since 2009 is consulting privately with XMP Consulting. He promotes South Africa’s coal mining industry within government and industry groups, lectures at Universities as well as companies on coal science, i.e. coal reserves, economics, quality control, marketing and clean coal technologies. He has extensive experience in reserves and resources. His main tasks are optimisation of coal utilisation and marketing, economic empowerment in coal, evaluation of coal reserves, implementation of clean coal technologies (CCTs) and impact of the use of fossil fuels. Xavier belongs to several local and international coal committees and groups involved in coal science and technology.
Tracey Cooper
Executive Director
Mining Dialogues 360

Tracey Cooper is a founding member and Executive Director of Mining Dialogues 360. She leads a collective of experts who produce empirical, evidence based research that provides the basis for frank and robust dialogue on the socio-economic issues arising from the extractive industry. Prior to this Tracey consulted in communications and outreach working with organisations such as UNDP, UNEP, Gates Foundation, IRENA, and many others.
Jacques Badenhorst
CEO
Maatla Resources

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.
Georgette Barnes-Sakyi-Addo
President
Women In Mining Ghana

Georgette B. Sakyi-Addo is the current President of the Association of Women In Mining in Africa. Selected as a Global Inspirational Woman in Mining by WIM UK (2016). In 2020 she was awarded a DSc. Honoris Causa by the University of Mines and Technology, Ghana. This was in recognition of her 26 years of entrepreneurship in the Mining Industry in West Africa, and advocacy for women in the extractive industry in Africa. In 2018, she was awarded Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Invest in Africa (IIA), a non-profit championing African-owned SMEs across the continent. She is a mining entrepreneur and has established her own locally-owned Mining & Exploration supplies company, Georgette Barnes Ltd. Georgette has completed post graduate Certificate in Mining Law & Policy (UG), Principles of Mining Engineering and Surface Mining Operations at UMaT. She established and volunteers for Women in Mining - Ghana and The Accra Mining Network. Interests include local content, socio economic linkages & governance in the mining sector.
Morné du Plessis
CEO
Minergy Limited

Morné is a South African citizen but is resident in Botswana and is a chartered accountant with an MBA from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, Scotland. He has extensive experience in the mining industry including having been CFO of several mining groups, such as domestic coal trader MacPhail, 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 as its CFO in February 2017. On 1 August 2019 he took over the reigns as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Group.

Dalu Ncube
Executive Chairman
Letaba Elihle Investments

Dalu is a registered professional mining engineer (Pr.Eng) with 20 years’ experience in the South African mining industry, ranging from technical and operational management roles to executive director level. He was previously an Operations Director/COO of the previously JSE listed mining company (Village Main Reef), where he amongst others, led some operational turnaround projects. Dalu is currently Executive Chairman of Letaba Elihle Investments, a mining investment and advisory company based on an owner-operator model. He also sits on the boards of other unlisted mining and exploration companies. He holds hold the following qualifications: BSc.Eng (Mining), MBA (Wits), Pr. Eng and is also an Associate of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa (AMMSA) and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).
Paul Roberts
Managing Director
Predictive Discovery Limited

Paul is the Managing Director of Predictive Discovery and has been CEO of the Company since 2008. He is a geologist by training and has extensive exploration experience in West Africa, Australia and South America. He has been associated with a number of gold discoveries including the Henty deposit in Tasmania, and the NE Bankan deposit in Guinea.
Grace Barrasso (Panel Chair)
General Manager, Environment and Sustainable Development
ArcelorMittal Mining Ltd.

Sustainable Development/ Social Performance/ Gender Specialist/ Corporate Responsibility, Environment, Social/Community Impact Assessments, Indigenous Peoples, EHS Regulatory Affairs and Global Climate Change, with experience in the metals/extractive and packaging industries. Serve as the interface between technical experts, regulators and communities as regards environmental (EHS) and corporate responsibility challenges impacting industry and deploying creative, international standards and best practice (IFC PS, Equator Principles, ICMM Guidelines, ISO 14001, etc.), to achieve results. Objective is to add value to the business and work with all departments.
Nigel Forrester
CEO
Mount Burgess Mining NL

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.
Bontle Ivy Aphane
Chief Executive Officer
Arnot Opco

Bontle Aphane is a co-founder of Arnot Opco, holds a B.Eng. (Hons) Electrical Engineering Degree and is a professionally registered Electrical Engineer (Pr.Eng.) and has completed a Program Executive Business Leadership at Harvard Business School. She has over 10 years of experience in mining operations, projects, and management, with experience in managing and coordinating multidisciplinary teams. She is a seasoned entrepreneur, responsible for the initiation, development, and future growth of Arnot Opco.
Eugene Nel
Chief Executive Officer
Vanadium Resources Limited

Eugene graduated with a B.Tech degree in metallurgical engineering from the Tshwane University of Technology in 1997 and subsequently worked as metallurgist, senior metallurgist and operations manager at various companies including Samancor Chrome and Impala Platinum. During this time he also obtained an MBA from North West University. Since 2005 he has been consulting to the minerals beneficiation industry throughout Africa and the Middle East. Currently he is CEO at Vanadium Resources (VR8) who are in the process of furthering the Steelpoortsdrift Vanadium project. As a registered Pr. Tech. Eng. with the Engineering Council of South Africa, as well as member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Mine Metallurgical Managers Association of South Africa, he qualifies as a competent person under JORC. Eugene was intimately involved with preparing the recent scoping study results of VR8 and is spearheading the completion of the company’s feasibility studies towards production of high purity vanadium pentoxide from the Steelpoortdrift Vanadium project in Limpopo, South Africa. As a result of his exposure to all aspects of mining and processing projects he is a strong supporter of sustainable and responsible mining practices.
Petro Du Pisani
Chairperson
Women in Mining South Africa

Petro du Pisani is Head of Business Improvement at Anglo American Platinum and the current chairperson for Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA). Before joining Anglo American Platinum she was Head of Business Improvement Projects at Anglo American where she supported the implementation of Anglo American’s Operating Model and various business improvement initiatives across Platinum, Coal South Africa, Kumba Iron Ore and De Beers Canada. She has worked in the Mining Industry for over 25 years. She was a Gencor bursar and as a graduate worked across the world as an exploration geophysicist. Petro has worked as a geoscience consultant, geophysics researcher and has for the past 13 years at Anglo American transitioned from a technical specialist into Business Improvement. In 2018 she formed part of Anglo American’s Elimination of Fatalities task force. Petro holds BSc degrees in Mathematics and Geophysics, and an MSc in Earth Science Management from the University of Pretoria. She is currently completing her executive MBA through the University of Cape Town.
Reyhaan Aboo
Co-CEO
AlphaStream

In 2021, Mr Aboo co-founded AlphaStream, a mining finance JV between Portman Partners and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners in the ADGM. Prior to this, he began his career at JP Morgan, from 2003 to 2007 as part of the UK and the Emerging Market business in Securities division, most of his time there was focussed working with corporates and financial institutional clients in South Africa and the UK from the London office. Thereafter, he spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs, as a Managing Director from 2012, responsible for the Fixed Income Commodities Currency hedging business in the Emerging Market region within the Investment Banking Division in London. In 2017, he co-founded Portman Partners, a merchant banking platform that provides advisory services and builds niche investment platforms. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Dr Michael Anderson
Managing Director
Firefinch Ltd

Dr Michael Anderson has extensive management and technical experience built up over a 30-year career in Africa and Australia. Michael recently joined Firefinch Ltd from Taurus Funds Management where he helped to lead the fund’s investment into numerous West African gold producers. Previously, as Managing Director of Exco Resources, he led the Company to a number of major achievements. These included successful development of the White Dam Gold Mine, advancement of resource development, feasibility studies and approvals for the Cloncurry Copper Project ahead of its ultimate sale to Xstrata for A$175M, and numerous funding arrangements, all of which led to a significant share price re-rating and a five-fold increase in market capitalisation. Dr Anderson holds a BSc. (1st Class Honours in Mining Geology) and a PhD in Mining Geology, both from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London.
Christelle Kupa

Uhusiano Capital

Christelle Kupa is a sustainable finance expert and global impact investor with experience spanning international finance & banking, sustainable investing and cross-border innovation scale-up.
Christelle is the Founder and Chief Executive of Uhusiano Capital. She founded the company in 2016 as a catalyst to facilitate better business in the African impact investing sector, with a particular interest in agriculture, mining, renewable energy and women economic empowerment. Christelle has convened a team of experts and specialists with whom she has developed service propositions that solve complex problems and add value for communities, stakeholders and shareholders in Africa. Clients include: Private equity funds, direct deal (agri), DFI, AU and multi-family office spread over Sub-Sahara Africa. Christelle spent 15 years in Investment banking and Hedge fund manager such as JP Morgan, ACPI (now UBP), in multi asset; Equity, Credit, Derivatives, and development finance at Symbiotics with a focus on microfinance. Christelle is Conglese-Belgian national, is based in London and DRC, with extensive travel on the African continent. She holds an BA in business and finance, currently studying toward CFA ESG Investing. Christelle speaks French, English, Dutch, basic understanding of Lingala and Swahili.
Kevin Eggers
Partner
AP Ventures

Kevin Eggers is a Founding Partner of AP Ventures. He is a board member of HPNow, HyET Hydrogen, Hydrogenious, Hystar and ZEG Power. Kevin has a broad range of international experience spanning nearly twenty years, having worked extensively across Europe, South Africa and the United States. Prior to launching this fund, he was with Anglo American plc for ten years in various senior Commercial and Corporate Finance positions. Kevin is passionate about discovering and investing in advanced technologies that have meaningful impact on the environment. Kevin received his honours degree in Business Science from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Away from investing, Kevin has completed numerous marathons, canoe races and triathlons but is most content walking around a golf course or sampling new wine.
Rev. Emmanuel Coffie-Anum
Business Improvement Manager (BIM)
Ghana Manganese Co. Ltd

Emmanuel Coffie-Anum is the Business Improvement Manager (BIM)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
Ralph Rossouw
Managing Director
Fujairah Gold Ghana, Vedanta Resources

Ralph Rossouw is a Charted, Professional Mining Engineer with 29 years of global mining operations and projects experience. His career includes executive roles with BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American and more recently has been CEO and Managing Director for companies like Vedanta Resources, Philex Mining Corporation and Zeehan Zinc. He has listing companies on global stock exchanges, raised more than $3 billion capital for projects, and championed improvement interventions resulting in 30% increase in margins through Operating Excellence, 20 Keys and Lean/Six Sigma, mainly in North America, West Africa, Australia, China and SE Asia. Ralph is a Fellow of the SAIMM, CIM and AusIMM.
Carl Esprey
CEO
Contango Holdings

Carl qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, and has built an expansive career in the natural resource investment and development sector. After beginning his career at Deloitte in Johannesburg in 2001, Mr Esprey joined BHP Billiton in 2004 as an analyst focussed on mergers and acquisitions. After four years at BHP Billiton, Carl used his expertise in the resource industry to move into equity investment and joined GLG Partners in London in 2008, where he focussed on natural resources investments.
Mark Williams
Director
Charteris Treasury Portfolio Managers

Mark Williams graduated from Surrey University in 2005 and has 15 years’ experience in investment management, principally at the London based boutique firm of Charteris Treasury Portfolio Managers. He has been part of the investment team for the Charteris Gold & Precious Metals Fund since the fund’s inception in 2010. The fund was ranked No 1 in the UK across all sectors in calendar 2016 and 2019 with annual gains of 134% and 53% respectively. He is also involved in managing the high-achieving Charteris Premium Income Fund and Charteris Global Macro Fund which led to Mark being the cover story for Citywire WM magazine.
Justin Tremain
Managing Director
Turaco Gold Limited

Mr Tremain is an experienced company director with extensive expertise across the mineral resources sector. His experience covers equity capital markets and promotion, resource project acquisition, exploration and resource delineation, feasibility studies and project development financing. Prior to becoming involved in the management of ASX listed resource companies early 2010, Justin had over 10 years’ investment banking experience in the natural resources sector. He was previously the Managing Director of Exore Resources Ltd. He joined Exore in January 2018 and identified and led the acquisition of a gold exploration portfolio in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. Less than 2 years from acquiring the Cote d’Ivoire projects, Exore was acquired by Perseus Mining Ltd in September 2020 for a value circa of $80 million by way of a Scheme of Arrangement. Prior to Exore, he founded Renaissance Minerals Limited and listed it on the Australian Securities Exchange in June 2010 and served as Managing Director until its takeover by Emerald Resources NL in November 2016. During that time, Mr Tremain oversaw Renaissance’s growth as first mover into the frontier jurisdiction of Cambodia and successfully defined a highly economic +1 million ounce JORC gold resource and completion of a feasibility Study. Upon completion of the Emerald takeover, Mr Tremain joined the Board of Emerald as an Executive Director and remained in that role until January 2018.
Nicola Jackson
VP Business Development - Legal
Sibanye-Stillwater

Nicola is a qualified lawyer with almost two decades of experience in the resource sector, advising and representing mining companies on acquisitions and divestments in respect of projects throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. During her time in the profession Nicola was also actively involved in advising on regulatory aspects pertaining to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and the Mining Charter. In 2017, Nicola joined Sibanye-Stillwater’s Business Development team focusing on the legal aspects of acquisitions and disposals related to the Sibanye-Stillwater group, together with policy and regulatory aspects pertaining to the sector. Nicola is a patron of Women in Mining South Africa and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Pretoria and at the Mandela Institute, University of Witwatersrand.
Brad Sampson
CEO
Kore Potash plc

Brad Sampson has more than 25 years resources industry experience building and operating large scale mining projects internationally including in West and Southern Africa. A qualified Mining Engineer, he has held leadership and board roles in several public listed companies.
Brad has led the successful turnaround of mining businesses in Cote d’Ivoire and the DRC and has previously been the CEO of Discovery Metals and held General Manager roles at Gold Fields operations in South Africa and Australia.
Andrew Grove
Managing Director and CEO
Chesser Resources

Mr Grove has over 30 years technical, commercial and financial experience in global resources including 14 years with Macquarie Bank’s Mining Finance and Risk Management Groups. Andrew has gained significant operational experience across all phases of exploration, development and operations and substantial African gold mining experience including his most recent role as Group General Manager Business Development and Investor Relations at Perseus Mining Limited. Mr Grove has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology) and a Masters Degree in Mineral and Energy Economics.
Louis Loubser
CEO
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.
Dr. Mike Seeger
Director
MX Mining Capital Advisors GmbH

A qualified Mining Engineer with +25 years’ experience in mining finance, mine development and mining operations. Started his career as a mining engineer working in gold, coal, iron ore and platinum mines in South Africa.
Member of the project team that developed the titanium mining and smelting operations of Iscor, now owned by Tronox. Worked as a management consultant for Proudfoot Consulting on the turnaround of mines and smelters in West Africa, South America, South Africa and Europe. Mining companies included Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti, Kaiser Aluminium, Outokumpu and RAG Coal.
In Africa, founder of a large opencast mining contracting company that mined 6 years for Anglo American, co-founder of ASX listed Universal Coal, past director and member of Maatla Resources responsible for financing of the Mmamabula Coal Mine, advisor to Ferrox which is developing the Tivani titanium iron vanadium mine, advisor to mining and construction company Tayanna/ R.Davis & Co, financing of the Marsfontein Diamond Mine of Botswana Diamonds, and involved in financing of several gold and strategic commodity projects.
Founder and director of MX Mining Capital Advisors GmbH, which advises mine developers, mine owners, mining contractors, commodity trading houses and mining investors on financing of mining projects, across the globe. He is passionate about sustainable mining, and developed and financed the first solar tracker project for Anglo Platinum. Published the handbook “Mining Capital” with Springer for mine developers and mine owners seeking finance.
Jamie Strauss
Founder & CEO
Digbee Ltd.

Jamie has a passion for the mining sector and a clear determination to improve its perception at a time where its products are increasingly recognised as being critical to the world's transition to a sustainable future. With over 30 years experience within mining finance and over a decade leading companies as an independent director, he boldly launched Digbee to provide a right-sized and standardised set of ESG frameworks for the sector, mitigate risk and provide a credible means to track ESG for all stakeholders. sized and standardised set of ESG frameworks for the sector, mitigate risk and provide a credible means to track ESG for all stakeholders. 
Mark Summers
CEO
Kropz Plc

Mark Summers is a South African Chartered Accountant with over 24 years of experience in the mining and resources development and investment sector, predominantly in Africa. His current role is executive director and CEO of AIM listed phosphate mining company, Kropz Plc. Mark’s extensive experience as a senior mining executive spans various financial and managerial positions at a number of listed and unlisted companies. During his career he was the co-founder and executive responsible for four mining and resource LSE AIM listings and one Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing. The most recent positions included Chief Financial Officer of Kropz Plc, Gemfields plc, Amari Resources Ltd, TanzaniteOne Limited, MDM Engineering Group Ltd and Afgem Limited. In addition he was a non-executive director of Xceldiam Limited, MDM Engineering Limited and TanzaniteOne Limited.

Bruce Williamson
Mining Analyst
Integral Asset Management

Experienced Chief Investment Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the stock market and investment industry. Skilled in equities and macro research and Asset Management, with a particular strength in mining, Recent focus is opening accounts Swiss accounts for local clients to facilitate offshore investments. Professional with HDE Mining Diploma (Wits Technicon) and a B. Com focused in Accounts, Economics from the University of Cape Town.
Max Yates
Equity analyst
Credit Suisse

Max Yates works on the Credit Suisse Industrials Equity research team leading coverage of Mining Equipment, Marine, Process and Cables sub-segments. He has eleven years of experience working as a financial analyst looking at both developed market and emerging market companies. Specifically, on Mining Equipment he has written detailed reports on the current state of new technologies in the industry including Electrification and Automation. He graduated with a B.A (Hons) degree in History from Trinity College Dublin.