Mining on Top - Africa

In partnership with the Commonwealth Business Council and UK Trade & Investment, Mining On Top: Africa – London Summit; Sharing the benefits of the commodity boom  bringing together key government officials, senior mining representatives, investors and service providers to create a greater understanding and improve the social and economic outcomes of African mining.

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2014 Speakers

2014 Speakers

  • Farhad Abasov, President, CEO and Director, Allana Potash

    Farhad AbasovFarhad Abasov has been the President and CEO for Allana Potash since 2008. He has held senior executive positions and directorships with leading domestic and international resource, energy and finance companies. Farhad most recently served as Senior Vice President at Potash One. Prior to that he was Vice President, Portfolio Management and Vertical Integration for Uranium One, managing Uranium One’s large asset base in the United States. Farhad is a former member of Energy Metals management team. He has an MBA in International Business and Finance from the International University of Japan.

  • Dr Andu Ezbon Adde, Under Secretary Mining, South Sudan

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  • Darky Africa, Commissioner of Development Planning, NW Province, Republic of South Africa

    Darky AfricaDarky Ephraim Africa has worked extensively in civic and other structures since 1980. He was director of Lesedi Advice Centre and coordinator of a research structure in the Northern Cape in the early 1990’s. He also served as an Advisor to the Institute of Local Government. Darky was part of an underground unit that initiated the formation of Trade Union, Civics, Youth and Women’s organisations in the Northern Cape. He served in the underground structures of the ANC and the formation of Huhudi Civic Association where he was its publicity officer. He organised mineworkers under the banner of the South-African Mineworkers Union. Darky served as the President of South African Youth Congress in the Northern Cape. Darky has an MA in Political Transformation and Governance and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Free State.

  • Tom Albanese, CEO, Vedanta Resources

    Tom AlbaneseTom Albanese is the former CEO of Rio Tinto. Tom joined Rio Tinto in 1993 when the company acquired Nerco, where Tom was COO. After joining Rio Tinto, Tom held a series of management positions before being appointed CEO of the Industrial Minerals group, after which he became CEO of the Copper group and later head of Exploration. In 2006 Tom was appointed director, Group Resources. Tom is on the board of Franco Nevada Corporation and the Board of Visitors for Duke University Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina. Tom holds an BSc in Mineral Economics and a MSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska.

  • Eduardo Alexandre, National Director Mines, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Republic of Mozambique

    Eduardo AlexandreEduardo Alexandre is the National Director of Mines in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, having previously been the National Director of Economy and the National Director of Planning and Development. He has over 25 years’ experience in the public mining sector. He began his career in 1987 joining the Ministry of Mineral Resource. Eduardo also worked as a Coordinator of an Integrated Marble Project in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique in 1989 and also being responsible for the coal sector in the National Directorate of Coal and Hidrocarbons in 1995. Eduardo graduated from The University of Freiberg in Germany with a BSc in Mining Engineering and a MA in Mineral Engineering Management from Pen State University in Pennsylvania.

  • Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Non-Executive Chairman, KEFI Minerals

    Harry Anagnostaras-AdamsHarry Anagnostaras-Adams was founder or co-founder of Citicorp Capital Investors Australia, investment company Pilatus Capital, Australian Gold Council, EMED Mining, KEFI Minerals and Cyprus-based Semarang Enterprises. He has overseen a number of start-ups in those and their related organisations, principally through the roles of Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Managing Director. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working with PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

  • Phil Bailey, Director of Engineering Services, Mabey Bridge

    Phil BaileyPhil Bailey has worked in the construction and engineering industry for over 30 years. With experience at British Rail, Flint & Neil and Hyder Consulting, Phil has spent the last 2 years heading up the Mabey Bridge Engineering Team. He is responsible for the site erection and installation of Mabey fabricated structures both in the UK and Internationally, including projects in the Middle East, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Dr Ana Elizabeth Bastida, Mining Programme Director, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee

    Ana Elizabeth BastidaAna Elizabeth Bastida specializes in law and governance of natural resources in a sustainable development context, particularly as apply to the extractive industries. She has more than 20 years experience working in academic, advisory and consultancy positions, and is involved in education and training projects. She is currently working on a book on minerals sector law and governance and is editing a special issue of Mineral Economics.

  • Nicola Barnfather, Extractives Adviser (Environment), Department for International Development

    Nicola BarnfatherNicola Barnfather is Extractive Industries Adviser with the Department for International Development. In this role she leads on environment and community issues at a Regional level within Africa, focusing on the sustainable growth of these sectors on behalf of the UK Government. Nicola has extensive biodiversity experience at both a practical and policy level, and spent almost 10 years with the Environment Agency in roles ranging from Biodiversity Adviser to Senior Engagement Adviser in cement and intensive farming.

  • Yves Baratte, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

    Yves BaratteYves Baratte is a partner in Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office Energy and Infrastructure team. He specialises in advising international corporate clients on complex mining, power, water and infrastructure projects in France and internationally, with a particular focus on mining in Africa where he advises clients on all stages of the development of mining projects and related infrastructure.

  • Nicolette Bartlett, Senior Programme Manager, Programme for Sustainability Leadership, Cambridge University

    Nicolette BartlettNicolette Bartlett leads development of the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action, an international network of business leadership groups focused on triggering the shift to low carbon, climate-resilient economies. During the last two and a half years at CPSL, she has managed The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and has played a key role in their international initiatives, the Communiqués on climate change, which are seen by many as the definitive statements from the international progressive business community in advance of the UN climate change negotiations. Prior to working at CPSL, Nicolette worked at a London-based recycling consultancy and was a consultant for one of the leading executive coaching and leadership consultancies in Europe. She holds a BSc in Natural Sciences and an MSc in Human Ecology.

  • Henry Bellingham MP, North West Norfolk

    Henry BellinghamHenry Bellingham was elected as MP for North West Norfolk in 1983. During his political career Henry was PPS to Malcolm Rifkind and served on the Select Committees - Environment, Northern Ireland and Trade and Industry. Henry also served as Shadow Minister for Small Businesses, Enterprise and Construction, in the Whips Office and as Shadow Minister for Legal Services, the Court Service, the Judiciary and Family Law. In Hague’s government, Henry joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the Minister for Africa, the Caribbean, the Overseas Territories, the UN and conflict issues. He also worked very closely with Lord Green, on export promotion. Henry was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) where he served as a barrister for 8 years having studied Law at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

  • Andrew Bone, Director of International Relations, De Beers

    Andrew Bone started with De Beers as a diamond valuer and worked in various departments within the company’s Rough Diamond Division, including overseas secondments in South Africa and Belgium. Later, he became an overseas buyer, managing buying offices, mainly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Following a year in the Sales Department, he joined Marketing Liaison and Corporate Communications where he contributed to the establishment of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. He went on to develop the concept of the Diamond Development Initiative with the NGOs Partnership Africa Canada and Global Witness. Andy is also a director of the World Diamond Council and the Diamond Development Initiative, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster’s Business School.

  • Geraint Bowden, Partner, ERM

    Geraint BowdenGeraint Bowden has 27 years’ of experience in the fields of mining, power and land development, and specialises in impact assessment, restoration and closure planning. He is currently leading ERM’s teams on major international mining impact assessments in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining ERM, Geraint worked as Senior Rehabilitation Manager for the Welsh Development Agency and subsequently the Welsh Government. Geraint was responsible for funding and management of multidisciplinary teams on a wide range of projects to address the social, environmental and physical legacy of the 200 year-old Welsh mining and metals industry. He also had an all-Wales technical advisory role on mining, metals and rehabilitation, as part of a programme to address over 1000 legacy sites.

  • Brad Boyle, Managing Director, Triton Minerals

    Brad BoyleBrad Boyle is the Managing Director of Triton Metals and also Director of two non-profit organizations. Brad has extensive experience as legal counsel and company secretary, and has vast corporate and private practice experience acting for mining, commercial and government clients across a broad range of sectors. He also has extensive litigation experience including representing clients in mediations, Federal, Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts. Brad founded Monolithic Corporate Group which is a Legal and Corporate Compliance service company, based in Perth. Brad is a Chartered Company Secretary, having obtained a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, WA Law Society and the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association.

  • Stuart Brown, CEO, Firestone Diamonds

    Stuart BrownStuart Brown has over 20 years’ experience in the diamond industry. He began his career as an Internal Auditor for De Beers. From there, he was promoted to Finance Manager for De Beers Global Exploration, General Manager for De Beers Geological Services in South Africa and subsequently Head of Finance for the De Beers in South Africa. He became Group CFO and then was appointed Joint Acting CEO to run De Beers’ global activities in tandem with his CFO duties. As Group CFO at De Beers, he initiated the restructuring and refinancing of the business. Stuart holds a BCompt from the University of South Africa and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • Douglas Chikohora, CEO, Cluff Africa Associates

    Douglas ChikohoraDouglas Chikohora has over 30 years’ experience in the mining sector and has been responsible for identifying and developing some of the largest gold deposits in Africa. He has been a Director of a number of AIM listed companies and is currently director of Anglo African Agriculture and the Business Council for Africa. Qualified as a Chartered Engineer, his first position was at the Buchwa Mine. Following this, he joined RTZ in Zimbabwe before moving to Cluff Resources where he helped develop the Ayanfuri Mine in Ghana. Douglas was later appointed Managing Director of Cluff Mining and Technical Director of Cluff Gold. In 2010 he co-founded Cluff Africa Associates which is focused on developing a portfolio of assets in the African energy, industrial and base metals sectors. He holds an MSc, a CEng and is a member of IMMM.

  • Charles Cooper, Consultant, SNL Metals & Mining

    Charles CooperCharles Cooper is a consultant within SNL Metals & Mining. Prior to SNL Charles was the CEO of gold focused investment vehicle The Gold Mining Company. As an independent consultant with CRC Metals Consulting and Medea Financial, Charles provided a wide range of consultancy services within the metals and mining space. Previous to this Charles was a sell-side mining analyst at Oriel and Evolution Securities. Charles began as a geologist followed by 10 years at metals’ consultancy, Brook Hunt. Charles has a BSc in Geology from Cardiff University and an MSc in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College, London.

  • Marcus Courage, CEO, africapractice

    Marcus CourageMarcus Courage directs the africapractice Group. He has fifteen years’ experience supporting African nations to attract investment and pursue preferential trade relationships. He has worked with multilateral agencies and a dozen African governments, as well as many of the largest private-sector investors in Africa. Prior to founding africapractice in 2003, Marcus was a Director and Head of International Government Affairs at Weber Shandwick Worldwide. Marcus studied at Eton and has a degree in Political Science and Government from Manchester University.

  • Andy Churr, Partner, Management Consulting, Environmental Resources Management

    Andy ChurrAndy Churr is a Partner in ERM’s management consulting practice. He has extensive experience working with executives of global mining companies to create and implement mine development, operation and closure strategies. A key component of this has focused on identifying ways to meet external stakeholder expectations whilst protecting and enhancing shareholder value across the full mining lifecycle.

  • Frederick W. Davidson, President, CEO and Director, Energold Drilling

    Frederick Davidson Frederick Davidson, MBA CA, has been the President and CEO of Energold Drilling and a Board member since January 2001. From one single diamond drill in the year 2000, Energold has grown to more than 250 drill rigs and operates in more than 23 countries worldwide, offering global drilling solutions in geothermal/geotechnical drilling and drilling for energy, minerals and water. Fred is also the President and CEO of IMPACT Silver Corp in south-central Mexico. Fred was previously Vice President and CFO of TOTAL Energold, an energy and gold producer, and spent 10 years as CFO of Erikson Gold Mines and Mt Skukum.

  • Ignacio de Calonje, Principal Investment Officer, IFC

    Ignacio de CalonjeIgnacio de Calonje is Principal Investment Officer in IFC’s Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department. Prior to his posting in London, Ignacio was based in Istanbul and was responsible for IFC’s oil, gas and mining business in Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Before joining IFC in 2004, he worked for Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division in London and Madrid advising Spanish and UK corporate clients in mergers, acquisitions and debt capital market transactions. Ignacio has a Bsc in Business Administration from Universidad San Pablo-CEU (Madrid) and a MSc from Columbia University (New York).
  • Marcio Senne de Moraes, External Affairs Global Director, Vale

    Marcio Senne de MoraesMarcio Senne de Moraes has vast experience in Corporate Affairs, socio-political risk analysis/mitigation and strategic stakeholder engagement and, previously, a political commentator and journalist covering international politics. Prior to joining Vale, Marcio worked for United Nations Organization in New York, UNESCO in Paris, and the newspaper Folha de São Paulo, as an assistant editor, reporter and senior international politics commentator. He also worked in the Finance and Strategic Planning Department at J. M. Voith, in Germany. Marcio holds a MSc in Political Science focused on International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and a BSc Business administration, focused on marketing, from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Manuel Duggal, CEO, MCD International Energy Solutions

    Manuel DuggalManuel Duggal has over 20 years of International Trading Experience in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During this time, he has worked in the Power and Environmental Engineering Sectors and has built up a comprehensive understanding of the Energy, Utility, Oil and Gas and Mining sectors. Manuel has worked with both private and publicly listed companies, latterly heading a commercial team in Africa as Regional Vice President at APR Energy. He recently founded his own Energy Consultancy and is currently working on the development of solar/ thermal hybrid, turnkey power generation projects for mines and utilities in Africa and Central Europe. Manuel has a BA in German and Management Studies from the University of Leeds.

  • Iain Duncan, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

    Iain DuncanIain Duncan is a partner in the London office of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial department. He has extensive experience of advising on projects/transactions around the world in the mining, oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. Iain has spent six months on secondment at an international energy/natural resources major. Iain sits on the Council for MinSouth (the London based society for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining).

  • Geoffrey de Mowbray, CEO, Dints International

    Geoffrey de MowbrayGeoffrey de Mowbray is an experienced entrepreneur accustomed to working in fast-paced and high pressured environments interacting with individuals in all roles, from administrative to shareholders. Prior to establishing Dints International to develop effective, realistic and tangible solutions to supply chain problems for mining and infrastructure companies operating in Africa, Geoff founded Dints a London based design and build company focusing on high end residential property refurbishment in central London. With his family background in the United Nations and British Military Intelligence Geoff was involved in the creation of the de Mowbray Foundation whose primary purpose is to develop entrepreneurial talent throughout Africa.

  • Hon Francisco Manuel Monteiro de Queiroz, Minister of Geology and Mines of The Republic of Angola

    Francisco Manuel Monteiro de QueirozFrancisco Manuel Monteiro de Queiroz was appointed Minister of Geology and Mines in the Government of the Republic of Angola in 2012. He started his career as Diplomatic Assistant Officer of the President of the Republic of Angola and reached the diplomatic status of Minister Counselor. Later, he served as Advisor to the President for Parliamentary and Political Affairs and Secretary to the President for Political and Constitutional Affairs. Mr Francisco Queiroz acted as a consultant to ENDIAMA for the reorganization of the diamond industry in Angola. He was Coordinator of the Committee which prepared the Mining Code, directed all public workshops and public consultations and made a presentation of the Draft Mining Code in the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly debates that adopted it in November 2011. Mr Francisco Queiroz has a degree in Law from University Agostinho Neto; a postgraduate degree in International Economic Law, from the University Agostinho Neto, Angola, and the University of São Paulo; and a MSc in Legal and Economic Sciences from the University of Lisbon.

  • Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Energy in the Dept of Energy and Climate Change and Minister of State for Business and Enterprise in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

    Michael FallonRt Hon Michael Fallon has been Member of Parliament for the Sevenoaks constituency since 1997. In March 2013 he was appointed Minister of State for Energy in the Dept of Energy and Climate Change, in addition to Minister of State for Business and Enterprise in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which he has held since September 2012. Prior to that Michael was a senior member of the Treasury Select Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He was educated at Craigflower School in Dunfermline, at Epsom College and at the University of St Andrews, where he obtained a MA in classics and ancient history.

  • Dr Masuma Farooki, Senior Industry Analyst, Mining Studies, SNL Metals & Mining

    Masuma FarookiDr Masuma Farooki is a Resources Policy Consultant at SNL Metals & Mining. She is a Development Economist, working on commodity related issues for developing countries, particularly in Africa. Her work involves analysis of global value chains, industrial and trade policies and mineral policies. Masuma has a PhD in Development Policy from the Open University, an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and an MPhil in Economics from the GC University Lahore (Pakistan).

  • Lynne Featherstone MP, Under Secretary of State for International Development

    Lynne FeatherstoneLynne Featherstone MP was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development in 2012. She is the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green. Lynne’s political career began in 1998 when she was elected to Haringey Council. She was later elected to the London Assembly, where she chaired the Transport Committee and served on the Health and Standards Committees and the Metropolitan Police Authority. She served as the Liberal Democrats’ International Development Spokesperson, before becoming their Youth and Equalities Spokesperson. Lynne previously served as Home Office Minister for Equalities and Criminal Information. Before entering politics, Lynne ran her own design company and was a strategic design consultant.

  • Mark Fellows, Director, SNL Metals & Mining

    Mark FellowsMark Fellows joined SNL in December 2013, as Director of the Metals and Mining Consulting business. Mark began his career as an exploration geologist with Anglo American, moving on to spend several years as an exploration geologist in east and west Africa. Formerly he was a mining analyst at Brook Hunt. In 2009 he formed a business researching the economics of precious metal mining in partnership with GFMS, which was sold to Thomson Reuters. His experience spans base metals, precious metals, iron ore, minor metals and diamonds.

  • Akshai Fofaria, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Akshai FofariaAkshai Fofaria is a Partner specialising in energy and natural resources projects and transactions. He has advised sovereign states, oil and gas, mining, and service companies in over 30 countries in Africa and the Middle East. His wider power experience was gained working on the UK and French new nuclear programmes, and on thermal and hydro-electric projects in France, Africa and India. Akshai regularly runs workshops for African regulators on natural resources transactions, and is a visiting lecturer in mining law at the French School of Mines. He is admitted to practice in both England and France and speaks English, French, Spanish and Gujerati. Akshai’s education includes an MA from Magdalene College, Cambridge and law qualifications from the Law Society of England and Wales and the Ordre des Avocats de Paris.

  • Robert Follie, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan

    Robert FollieRobert Follie is a corporate Partner in HFW’s Paris office. He acts on a regular basis for several major oil and gas companies on their international operations and their dealings with foreign governments. He also acts for companies in the renewables sector, notably in the framework of wind energy. Robert has considerable experience in West Africa in relation to complex M&A and commercial transactions. He also has a wide experience of mergers/acquisitions and disposals in the industrial sector involving multinational companies and also financial institutions.

  • Kevin Fox, Exploration Director, Africa Europe, Rio Tinto

    Kevin FoxKevin Fox worked in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe in Mining and Exploration Geology roles, focused on Base metals, Uranium, Coal and Diamonds, until 2000. He moved to Brazil as Exploration Manager for Rio Tinto in 2000 working on exploration projects for Diamonds, Iron Ore and Bauxite and to Argentina in 2004 as General Manager of the Potasio Rio Colorado, Potash project. In late 2009 he assumed the role of Exploration Director – Africa Eurasia for Rio Tinto and in October 2011 Exploration Director – Africa Europe, based in London. He graduated with a B.A. Hons Geology, from Trinity College, Dublin in 1982 and from Imperial College London in 1989 with an MSc/DlC in Mineral Production Management.

  • Hon Alhaji Inusah Fuseini MP, Minister of Land and Natural Resources of Ghana

    Hon Alhaji Inusah Fuseini MPHon Alhaji Inusah Fuseini served as Deputy Minister for Energy prior to being appointed as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources. He is a member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, which he has chaired, and served on the Judiciary Committee, Hajj Committee and Trade, Industry, Tourism, PSI, and PSD, and was a member of the Trade Committee’s Delegation to the EU on EPA. Additionally, the Minister has held key positions within the NDC and other organisations, including Deputy General Secretary of the Coalition for Muslim Organisations, President of the University of Ghana (Tertiary Educational Institutions Network of the NDC), Secretary, of the NDC Legal Committee and Member of the Greater Accra Regional Legal Committee of the party. He is a trained lawyer, with a LLB from the University of Ghana and a BL from the Ghana School of Law, as well as an MBA from the China-Europe Business School.

  • Simon Gibbons, Technical Director, Environmental Resources Management

    Simon GibbonsSimon Gibbons is a Technical Director specialising in the field of hydrogeology. In total he has 18 years’ experience in environmental site assessment, hydrogeological modelling, risk assessment and remediation projects. His recent work has included developing complex groundwater and surface water models for analysing water availability in water scarce areas of North Africa, Eastern and Central Europe and the Middle East. Simon is a regular conference presenter specialising in integrated water management and effective use of modelling water resources in mining and oil and gas projects.

  • Edward Harris, Head of Communications, Africa Progress Panel

    Edward HarrisEd Harris spent five years with Reuters in East Africa, producing multimedia stories while based in Djibouti, Eritrea, and then the Indian Ocean region. While there, he was the first western journalist for several years to report from the tense Ethiopian-Eritrean border and from rebel-controlled areas in eastern Sudan. He also filed stories for the BBC and the Economist. Since moving back to Europe, Ed spent two years in the communications team at the GAVI Alliance. He also managed DFID’s health portfolio in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, and advised USAID — following the 9/11 attacks — on how their Central Asian health programme could support the region’s political and social stability. He was educated at Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies.

  • Dr Antony Harwood, CEO, Montero Mining

    Tony HarwoodDr Tony Harwood is an economic geologist with 30 years of international exploration and mining. Prior to Montero Tony was CEO of Africo Resources and previously VP Exploration of Placer Dome. Tony was also a lecturer at the University of Wales, Cardiff, University of Natal and University of Durban (South Africa). Tony is also a Director of Endeavour Mining and founder of Harwood International, a geological consulting company. Tony graduated from University of Wales, College Cardiff, with a BSc degree and PhD in Economic Geology.

  • Dr Chris Hinde, Editorial Director, SNL Metals & Mining

    Chris HindeChris Hinde is the editor of SNL Metals & Mining’s State of the Market report and former Editorial Director of Mining Journal, where he worked for 27 years. Chris previously worked with consulting companies SRK and Golders Associates, and gained underground mining expertise with Anglo American. He has a BSc in mining engineering from the University of Wales and a PhD in rock mechanics.

  • Thomas Holl, Vice President and Portfolio Manager, BlackRock

    Thomas HollThomas Holl is Vice President and portfolio manager at BlackRock. He is responsible for covering the mining and gold sectors. Tom joined MLIM where he was a member of the Global Equity and Real Estate teams as a member of the graduate training program. Tom has a BA in Land Economy from Magdalene College, Cambridge University. He is a CFA charterholder.

  • James Hopkinson OBE, Director, Assaye Risk

    James HopkinsonJames Hopkinson is a founding director of Assaye Risk, a risk management consultancy offering advisory services to investors and companies wishing to operate in Emerging Markets and high risk environments. The extractive industries feature heavily among their clients. James spent 24 years in the British military before joining an internationally renowned private security company that operates in hostile and complex environments. He has an MA in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra.

  • David Hunter, Project Director, Mott MacDonald

    David HunterDavid Hunter has over twenty five years’ experience in international trade and demand forecasting, market development studies, port planning, freight logistics analysis, operational performance reviews, tariff studies and economic and financial appraisal. David has completed assignments on behalf of international funding agencies, as well as private sector investors and his project experience ranges from South America, Africa and Europe through to China and the Far East.

  • Wayne Jansen, Global Head of Mining, KPMG

    Wayne JansenWayne Jansen is an Advisory partner specializing in the Energy and Natural Resources sector. Wayne has 24 years of audit and advisory experience across a broad range of clients in South Africa and the UK, where he spent 3 years as KPMG’s Head of Assurance. He is global lead partner for Anglo American and he co-ordinates the relationship development, and quality of service delivery. Wayne is a Chartered Accountant (SA). He has a BComm and a certificate in the Theory of Accounting both from Port Elizabeth University.

  • Roland Janssens, Deputy Head, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

    Roland JanssensRoland Janssens has over 25 years of banking experience, gained in project and structured finance as well as M&A, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital transactions in both emerging and OECD countries. Prior to joining FMFM, Roland worked at Ermgassen (Monitor Group), EBRD, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career he worked in industry for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons.

  • Eric Joyce MP, UK Multi-Stakeholder Group EITI

    Eric JoyceEric Joyce MP is a member of the multi-stakeholder group for the UK EITi and a founder of and the All-Party Extractive Industries Group at the UK parliament. Eric works extensively with the mining industry, governments and NGOs to increase investment African states. In government, he worked for the UK Secretary of State for Business and Energy and the Defence Secretary”; in opposition he was the shadow minister for Northern Ireland. Eric is a former career soldier.

  • Michael Jarvis, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank

    Michael JarvisMichael Jarvis is a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist with the World Bank Institute, with an interest in private sector roles in development and strengthening ethical global business practices. He currently manages a programme promoting good governance of extractive industries, but has worked on a variety of corporate responsibility and anticorruption efforts. Prior to joining the World Bank, Michael worked on fair labour issues, promoting transparency in the arms trade, and as a consultant on historical corporate responsibility and legal compliance issues.

  • Hon Isak Katali, Minister of Mines and Energy, Namibia

    Hon Isak Katali Hon Isak Katali was appointed Minister of Mines and Energy in 2010. He started his career as a supervisor for Consolidated Diamond Mines. Previously a teacher, he became senior education planner, before his promotion to Deputy Minister status. He was appointed as a non-voting member of the National Assembly in 2000, and was immediately appointed Deputy Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation. Hon Katali has held the positions of Regional Secretary of the Namibia National Teachers Union, Deputy Chairman of the Namibia Football Association and Deputy National Research Co-ordinator for Southern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality. Hon Katali has a MEd, University of the Western Cape, BEd, University of Bristol, and a Diploma in Educational Management and Administration from, Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh.

  • Sheila Khama, Director, African Center for Natural Resources, African Development Bank

    sheila-khamaSheila Khama is the Director of African Center for Natural Resources of African Development Bank. Sheila was previously the Chief Executive of De Beers Botswana. She has 13 years of experience in the mining sector, starting as the compliance officer for up to 20 subsidiaries of the then Anglo American Corporation and De Beers Group in Botswana. She has also served as a non-executive director of several companies including Debswana Diamond Company which contributes 60% De Beers’ diamond stocks. Sheila holds an MBA degree from the Edinburgh University Business School in Scotland and a BA from the University of Botswana.

  • Hon Tlali Khasu, Minister of Mining Kingdom of Lesotho

    Tlali KhasuHonourable Tlali Khasu was appointed to the position of the Minister of Mining in June 2012. He was elected a Member of Parliament for Peka No. 17 in May 2012 to represent the All Basotho Convention (ABC) Political Party. Honourable Khasu holds an Msc Engineering Economist (Transport) from the University of Transport, Dresdent in Germany while he obtained a Diploma de Baealaureat at Lieceul Emmanuel Gojdu.

  • Dr Muzong Kodi, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

    Dr Muzong KodiDr Muzong Kodi has a background in anti-corruption and governance and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr Kodi has held senior roles with the International Secretariat for Transparency International in Berlin, Amnesty International in London, the African Centre for Monetary Studies in Dakar and the University of Nairobi and Professeur Associat Lubumbashi. Dr Kodi is the author of a number of publications and is often quoted as an expert on the DRC.

  • Cate Lamb, Head of water program, CDP

    Cate LambCate Lamb has 9 years experience in the environmental and sustainable development fields and a strong technical, scientific and project management background. As the head of CDP’s water program, Cate is responsible for ensuring that the program remains the gold standard for disclosure of corporate water-related information globally and moves rapidly to deliver significant changes in corporate behaviour towards water. Cate holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Lancaster University.

  • Pauline Latham OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Mid Derbyshire

    Pauline LathamPauline Latham has been the MP for Mid Derbyshire since 2010. She has been particularly active in promoting businesses in the constituency, and has put on a number of events, like an export seminar, and an extremely popular jobs fair. She has also played a key role in brokering communication between Tesco, local businesses and councils in the discussions about what to do with the Old Thornton’s site in Belper.

  • James Lewis, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan

    James LewisJames Lewis has over 20 years’ experience in a broad range of international and domestic corporate finance transactions. James advises clients in the mining industry, energy industry, commodities sector and insurance industry and has recently acted on a number of high profile transactions. James is recognised as a leader in Equity Capital Markets in Legal 500 UK 2010, in M&A in Legal 500 UK 2013, in Corporate and Regulatory Insurance in Legal 500 UK 2013, in Insurance: Non-contentious in Chambers 2012, and in Legal Business’ Legal Experts 2009.

  • Adam Little, Head of Tax, First Quantum Minerals

    Adam Little has focused on taxation in the Oil and gas and energy sectors for more than ten years. Now he is semi-retired and offers taxation advice to First Quantum Minerals on a consultancy basis. He was Director, International Tax & Financial Governance for SunCor Energy and Petro Canada and held various roles in tax at BP. More recently Adam became Trustee for the Disabled Living Foundation. He has a BSc in Economics from the University of Essex.

  • Rebecca Major, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Rebecca MajorRebecca Major has 20 years’ experience advising on energy and mining related acquisitions, disposals, projects and project finance transactions all over the world. She is qualified to advise on both English and French law, has worked in London, Paris and Tokyo and is fluent in French. Rebecca returned to the Herbert Smith Paris office in September 2013 after spending a total of 5 years in Tokyo where she advised Sumitomo Corporation on its investment and ongoing involvement in the Ambatovy nickel and cobalt mining project in Madagascar.

  • Lord Jonathan Marland, Chairman, Commonwealth Business Council

    Lord Jonathan MarlandLord Jonathan Marland was awarded a life peerage in 2006 as Baron Marland of Odstock. Before entering Government, Lord Marland was Opposition Whip in the Lords as well as Opposition Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office. Outside of politics, Lord Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thomson, a multinational insurance business and also founded the Jubilee insurance company at Lloyd’s of London. He is a Trustee of Peggy Guggenheim (UK), the Churchill Society, Atlantic Partnerships, the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians and chairman of Tickets for Troops. He is the President of Salisbury City F.C. and a member of the MCC.

  • Zorka Milin, Yale Gruber Fellow, Global Witness

    Zorka MilinZorka Milin is currently serving as a Yale Law School Gruber Fellow in Global Justice, collaborating with Global Witness on advancing tax and revenue transparency in the extractive sectors. She has practiced international tax law with Linklaters LLP and Allen & Overy LLP in New York for over five years. She sits on the Tax Committee of the US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and her article “Global Tax Justice and the Resource Curse: What Do Corporations Owe?” appears in peer-reviewed academic journal Moral Philosophy and Politics. Zorka holds JD and LL.M. law degrees from Cornell Law School and MA in Global Affairs from Yale University.

  • Richard Morgan, Int'l Relations Government Advisor, Anglo American

    Richard MorganRichard Morgan is International Government Relations Advisor for Anglo American. Prior to this Richard was Head of Public Diplomacy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Director Communications and Public Affairs for Africa, Middle East and Turkey for Unilever and Head of Press and Public Affairs in the British Embassy in Paris. Richard worked as First Secretary in Political and development at the British High Commission South Africa and on the Middle East desk at the FCO in London. He began his career in the press office at the British Embassy Tokyo as Commercial officer. Richard holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

  • Jonathan Molyneux, Senior Partner, Environmental Resources Management

    Jonathan MolyneuxJonathan Molyneux is a Senior Partner at ERM, based in London. He has a global role leading the Senior Client Engagement team within the Global Mining Team. His team specialise in improving the sustainability and safety performance of client operations by understanding them in a business context and working closely with the senior client leaders to build consensus and commitment to the changes needed. Jonathan has advised the leaders of a number of FTSE 100 Oil & Gas and Mining majors and supported assets in all continents, with a particular focus on southern Africa. He has a track record of running major business change programmes, ranging in size of up to 50 consultants and project values of $20m.

  • Hon Tolossa Shagi Moti, Minister of Mines of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


  • Ian McCubbin, Senior Consultant, Sustainability and Climate Change, Environmental Resources Management

    Ian McCubbinIan McCubbin is Senior Consultant, Sustainability and Climate Change for ERM. Prior to this he was Principal Consultant with Global sustainability consultants AEA Technology. Ian has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Southampton and a PhD in Photochemistry from the Royal Institution in London.

  • Hon Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Republic of Uganda

    Irene MuloniIrene Nafuna Muloni is the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development in the Uganda Government and the Woman Member of Parliament for Bulambuli District. Irene has worked in various roles with the Government Electricity Utility; and in the telecommunications sector she served as an Executive Engineer. She serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Finance Trust Bank, the 1st Women’s Bank in Uganda. Irene was the Winner of the “Sarah Ntiiro Award” 2003; a recognition as a “Model of excellence” by the Forum for Africa Women Educationists (FAWE). She is an advocate for gender equality, women’s empowerment and utilization of science and technology for sustainable development. She has served on countless governmental and non-governmental boards and committees. Irene holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala an MBA from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Corporate Member of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, a Certified Public-Private-Partnership Specialist, and a Professional Balanced Scorecard Practitioner.

  • James Montgomery, Divisional Director, Environment, Mott MacDonald

    James MontgomeryJames Montgomery has over 35 years of experience working in water resources management, starting as a hydrogeologist working in Nigeria, Cameroon and Oman before becoming involved in catchment scale and national scale water resources management across Africa, the UK and the Middle East. He has worked on developing water resources management for governments in Mauritius, Pakistan, Oman, Uganda and Malawi where he was responsible for institutional strengthening of various ministries of water and environment. He has worked on major infrastructure projects in mining, water supply, transport, oil and gas, and power. He has led major EIA teams, focusing his own technical inputs on water resources issues.

  • Hon Richard Musukwa, MP, Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Dev’t, Zambia

    Richard MusukwaHon Richard Musukwa, MP, is the Deputy Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development. This is a portfolio he has held ever since the Patriotic Front Party formed Government in Zambia in September, 2011. Hon. Musukwa is a qualified natural scientist who worked for Konkola Copper Mines, one of the largest mines in Zambia, for ten years. He also served as the National Treasurer for the Miners Union for six years. He is therefore well experienced in mining related issues from both the Government and private sector perspectives.

  • Clive Newall, President and Director, First Quantum Minerals

    Clive NewallClive Newall has worked in mining and exploration throughout his career, having held senior management positions with Amax Exploration and the Robertson Group. Clive was a founder and has been President and Director of First Quantum Minerals since its start up in 1996. He is also a non-executive director of Gemfields and Baker Steel Resource Trust. Clive graduated from the Royal School of Mines, University of London with an honours degree in Mining Geology, and was awarded an MBA from the Scottish Business School at Strathclyde University.

  • Tiyapo Hudson Ngwisanyi, CEO, Geological Survey Botswana

    Tiyapo Hudson NgwisanyiTiyapo Hudson Ngwisanyi is CEO of the Department of Geological Survey. He has been with the Department since 1988 where he started as Assistant Geophysicist and progressed to become head of Geophysics Division and eventually Director in 2010. While in the Geophysics Division Tiyapo oversaw all geophysical operations in the country, notably the acquisition of airborne magnetic data. Currently Botswana has over 80% detailed high resolution aeromagnetic data coverage. Tiyapo graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, with a BSc in Applied Geophysics and also holds an MSc in Exploration Geophysics from ITC in the Netherlands.

  • Hon Pierre Oba, Minister of Mines and Geology, Republic of Congo

    Pierre ObaPierre Oba has been the Minister of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Congo for the last two governments. Previously he has served as both Minister of the Interior, Security and Territorial Administration and Minister of Security and Police. Before his entrance into government, he obtained one of the highest ranks among the Congolese police force and held the position of Director General of Public Security.

  • Mark Parker, Executive Director and CEO, Equator Gold

    Mark ParkerMark Parker is a geophysicist and exploration entrepreneur with 39 years’ experience in exploration and corporate management in Africa, Europe, South-East Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Non-executive Chairman of Andiamo Exploration and founder and formerly Managing Director of African Eagle Resources. Mark previously worked in the British Geological Survey, Hunting Geology and Geophysics, Ark Geophysics and as a consultant. Mark has a BSc Environmental Science from Lancaster University.

  • Antonio Pedro, Director of UNECA's Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa

    Antonio PedroAntonio Pedro is a mineral exploration geologist with over 30 years of experience of development issues. Previous leadership positions include Director-General of the Southern and Eastern African Mineral Centre in Tanzania and Managing Director of several state-owned mining companies in Mozambique. Previously, Antonio was the Chief of Infrastructure and Natural Resources Development at the ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Antonio is Co-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network group on the Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources, Honorary Fellow in the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management (CEPMLP) of the University of Dundee, and Member of the Global Agenda Council on Responsible Mineral Resources Managements of the World Economic Forum, and on the Advismory Board of the Vale Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment, a joint centre of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

  • Francesca Purcell, Head of Funding & Communications, emerge poverty free

    Francesca PurcellFrancesca Purcell is Head of Funding and Communications for emerge poverty free an INGO and sits within the Strategic Management Team. Over the last 10 years Fran has worked extensively in the field of fundraising, specialising in national and international partnership development. She has established and supported numerous cross sectorial partnerships to empower local communities, working with organisations from the FTSE 100 based in the UK, South East Asia and sub Saharan Africa. Her expertise is embedded within INGO and private sector engagement for devising and implementing sustainable community development projects, incorporating cross sector knowledge, expertise and funds. In the last three years Fran has completed an MSc in Development, as well four studies in Kenya, Burundi and Bangladesh.

  • George Pyper, Director, Endeavor Financial

    George PyperGeorge Pyper is Director at Endeavor Financial, an award winning independent financial advisory firm for growth-oriented companies in the natural sector. George has been advising and financing Natural Resources companies and projects for fifteen years. Prior to joining Endeavor in 2008, he was at N M Rothschild & Sons Limited based in London, Denver and Sydney. His experience at Endeavor and Rothschild has been primarily mining sector transactions including JV/partnering assignments, offtake negotiation, and a range of syndicated and bilateraldebt facilities and commodity -linked financial products.

  • Eddie Rich, Deputy Head and Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East, EITI

    Eddie RichEddie Rich has worked in development for over 20 years. In 1996 he was the DFID representative to Angola for 2 years. He was part of the small team working on the UK Government's ground breaking White Paper on International Development ‘Making Globalisation Work for the Poor'. He also co-authored a background study for this on poor performing states. He was Head of DFID's Corporate Social Responsibility team when the nascent Publish What You Pay coalition came to DFID with an idea for a transparency initiative in the extractive sector. He moved to Kenya as Deputy Head of DFID Kenya. Since 2007, Eddie has been the Deputy Head of the EITI International Secretariat where he has lead on Africa and the Middle East as well as oversight for finance, human resources, communications, and the Global conferences.

  • Philip Rogers, Partner, Clyde & Co

    Philip RogersPhilip Rogers is a senior transaction lawyer having worked on a number of big-ticket mining and infrastructure projects across the world and is recognised by Chambers and other leading directories as a leading lawyer. He has over 25 years’ experience and his expertise covers M&A, private equity, joint ventures and capital markets which he brings to bear in the mining and infrastructure sector. He has worked extensively on a number of mining projects across the African continent. In recent years he has been active in francophone Africa which has become a major part of his practice. He speaks fluent French and has a French law degree which enables him to bridge the legal and linguistic differences between common law and civil law whilst bringing to bear a practical and commercial approach. He is currently advising the Government of Guinea on the $20 billion Simandou-South mine, rail and port project involving Rio Tinto, Chinalco and IFC, which is Africa’s largest integrated mine and infrastructure project.

  • Hon Musa Mohammed Sada, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria

    Musa Mohammad SadaArc Musa Mohammed Sada has served in various capacities both in the private and public sectors. Having served meritoriously in that capacity from April 2010 to May 2011, he was reappointed to continue as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development Nigeria in July 2011. Prior to his appointment as a Minister in April 2010, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada was a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated in Architecture. Musa Mohammed Sada also holds an MBA from the same University and other Professional Qualifications including Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Architect Registration Council of Nigeria, Member, Nigerian Institute of Management, Fellow, Institute of Industrialist and cooperate Administration of Nigeria.

  • Ian Satchwell, Director, International Mining for Development Centre, The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland

    Ian SatchwellIan Satchwell is Director of the International Mining for Development Centre, a joint venture between The University of Western Australia and The University of Queensland, supported financially by the Australian Government. The Centre provides practical advisory, education and training services to developing nations across mining-related issues, including infrastructure planning and delivery. Ian has 28 years of experience in mining, infrastructure and development policy at national and international levels, operating at the business-government-community interface. He has held management roles in Australian-based economics consultancy firms, advising industry and government on a resources development issues. Previously, Ian was an executive within four different minerals and energy industry bodies.

  • Dr Susanne Schmitt, Extractives and Infrastructure Manager, WWF

    Dr Susanne SchmittSusanne Schmitt has 20 years of experience in working on the nexus of conservation, sustainable-use and development, working for WWF for the past 15 years in different roles. First she worked on sustainable plant use issues in countries as diverse as Nepal, Kenya, India, Papua New Guinea and Romania. More recent conservation programmes in Papua New Guinea and the Congo Basin brought into stark focus the challenges posed by the rapid growth of the extractives and infrastructure sector, and the urgent need to work on reducing biodiversity loss. Susanne is now managing WWF-UK’s work on extractives and infrastructure. She holds a degree in Geography and Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a DPhil in Tropical Ecology from Oxford University.

  • Heather Self, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Heather SelfHeather Self is a non-law Partner at Pinsent Masons with almost 30 years of experience in tax. She has been Group Tax Director at Scottish Power. She also worked at HMRC on complex disputes with FTSE 100 companies, and was a specialist adviser to the utilities sector, where she was involved in policy issues on energy generation and renewables. She is a member of the CBI Tax Committee and a former Chairman of the CIOT Technical committee. While at HMRC, she was a member of the joint working group on the development of the new Controlled Foreign Companies regime. Heather is a CEDR accredited mediator. She has an MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

  • Craig Sillars, Sector Specialist - Mining, Environment and Water, UK TI

    Craig SillarsCraig Sillars Heads up the Global Mining Supply Chain Initiative to promote UK expertise across finance, water, energy, infrastructure, innovation and environment across global markets. Craig Sillars is one of the UK’s leading contaminated land experts and has established several consulting businesses in order to be at the forefront of developing the UK’s specialist remediation capability. He was recruited to start a new business within Churngold Remediation Limited, where he became Managing Director of the Group. Craig began his career in engineering roles at Environmental Services Limited, Applied Geology and Geotechnics. Craig graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Geology and Newcastle University with an MSc in Engineering Geology The University of Edinburgh.

  • Kevin Skipworth CVO, Agent General for Western Australia

    Kevin Skipworth CVOKevin Skipworth has responsibility for Western Australia throughout Europe. Prior to his appointment in 2012, Kevin served the last five Governors of Western Australia as Official Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Governor’s Establishment. Kevin has had a distinguished career in the Western Australian public sector since joining the Public Works Department in 1964. He has served successive State Governments as Private Secretary to four Ministers of the Crown in various portfolios. Kevin also held the position of Director of Administration of the European Office. He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 1986. On return to Western Australia, he became Chief of Protocol in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Kevin’s service to successive Governors and the Governments of Western Australia was recognised in April 2000 when he was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order and in 2011, Her Majesty The Queen promoted Kevin to Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

  • Ken Smith, Agent General for Queensland

    Ken SmithKen Smith served in the Queensland public service for over 20 years. Starting in the NSW Department of Housing, Health and Community Services and for a time in the Northern Territory and Tasmania. Ken came to Queensland in 1990, and rose from General Manager of Housing to Director General of the department. As politics changed Ken left government and worked for the Blue Nursing service and then for the BCC. He returned as Director General of the Department of Families, Youth, Community Care and Disability Services. Over the next 10 years he was head of a number of departments, including CoG. He became the Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and in 2011, he was appointed the Agent-General and Trade Commissioner for Europe and Africa, stationed in London. Ken studied at the University of New South Wales and graduated with an MA in social work.

  • Richard Thomas, EVP Technical Services, Endeavour Mining

    Richard ThomasRichard Thomas is the Executive Vice President: Technical services for Endeavour Mining. He is responsible for developing corporate strategy and identifying and developing new business initiatives. He has the corporate responsibility for Endeavour’s investment technical due diligence and assumes the role of the technical liaison between corporate and operations. Richard is a registered professional Mining Engineer with 30 year’s operational experience in South Africa, Central and South East Asia and West Africa.

  • Erwin Spolders, CEO, Redavia

    Erwin SpoldersErwin Spolders is CEO of Redavia, the leading specialist provider of rental solar farms for hybridization of diesel generators. Before Redavia, Erwin was Director of Q-Cells’ solar farm construction business for the EMEA region, leading the financing and construction of >150MWp of solar farms. Previously, as consultant at McKinsey, Erwin led the start of McKinsey’s climate change practice. Erwin holds an MBA from the Wharton School.

  • Capt Peter Taylor, CEO, Mammoth Mining

    Peter TaylorPeter Taylor, who founded Mammoth Mining in October 2013 seeking seed capital of about $1-$1.5m to bring modern mining techniques to the search for mammoth ivory in order to save African Elephants. Peter is an engineer with almost 30 years experience in the mining and aviation industries. He was chief operating officer at Africa-focused iron-ore explorer Affero Mining until it was sold to IMIC at the end of 2013 and previously a pilot at BMI. He is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines.

  • Sarah Thomas, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Sarah ThomasSarah Thomas has been “recommended” both as a water lawyer and as a construction lawyer both by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Sarah specialises in major infrastructure projects, particularly in the water, energy, mining and waste sectors. Sarah has advised both contractors and mine owners (including Anglo American) on E&P (Engineering and Procurement), EPC and EPCM contracts in iron ore, thermal coal, acid processing, diamond and copper mines in Africa, South America, Russia and Australia. Sarah is also praised in Legal 500 Mining and Minerals section for her “good negotiation skills”. Sarah holds an MA in Law from St. John’s College, Oxford University.

  • Peter Thorn, Chartered Geologist, The Coal Authority

    Peter ThornPeter Thorn is a Charted Geologist with over 20 years experience in investigating and providing solutions for management of the impacts of future, current and historical mining and mineral extraction. Prior to joining The Coal Authority, he has provided expert advice to the UK government on the implementation of the mining waste directive and consultancy advice to The Coal Authority on the management and design of mine water treatment. In his role at The Coal Authority, Peterpromotes the Authority’s expertise in the management of mining and mining legacy.

  • Simon Tillotson, Partner, Environmental Resources Management

    Simon TillotsonSimon Tillotson has over 25 years’ of experience in integrated water management, site closure, demolition and decommissioning, mine site remediation, soil and groundwater remediation, waste management, wastewater engineering and environmental engineering. He has project managed and directed projects throughout the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe, Africa and Asia for local authorities, major UK and US corporate clients, and national governments. Simon leads the development of the integrated water management practice within the EMEA region for ERM and is part of the Global team focused on the use of water evaluation and management tools to provide advice to clients on water availability and the environmental and social impacts and implications of water use and concepts of privilege to operate. Simon has experience in managing closure planning for mining companies including the development of closure plans, calculation of financial provisions and the detailing of action plans necessary for the effective delivery of the closure process.

  • Amanda Van Dyke, Chair, WIM (UK)

    Amanda Van DykeAmanda Van Dyke is a Mining Equity Specialist at Palisade Capital Corp. Amanda’s speciality is raising capital and alternative financing for junior mining companies globally. Amanda worked in the diamond industry as a Gemologist before obtaining an MBA and MA International Economics from SDA Bocconi in Milan, and she has worked with Dundee Securities, Ocean Equities, and GMP Securities. As Chairman of Women in Mining UK, Amanda has played a key role in making WIM UK a significant participant in the ongoing development of the global mining industry.

  • Marinke van Riet, Int’l Director, PWYP

    Marinke van RietMarinke van Riet is the International Director of the civil society movement Publish What You Pay (PWYP) based in London. Prior to PWYP, Marinke worked at Marie Stopes International in Madagascar and Ghana. She also has experience in DRC, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Uganda and Kenya, working for a microfinance institution and a network focusing on pro-poor transport policies and practices. Her interest in natural resource governance stems from her realisation that African countries wouldn’t have to be poor if they only managed their natural wealth reasonably and equitably.

  • Ewan Wauchope, Special Risks Broker, Miller Insurance

    Ewan WauchopeEwan Wauchope joined Miller’s Special Risks team in 2012. Ewan specialises in providing insurance-based solutions in political risk, trade credit, supply chain, and political violence including terrorism risks. Ewan has extensive knowledge of the London and international insurance and reinsurance markets. Ewan began his insurance career in 1982. He has placed risks in North America, Europe, Africa, South America, South Africa and Asia reflecting changes in coverage requirements and perils offered, as the market has developed over the last 30 years. He currently specialises in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Thomas Wilson, Head of Intelligence and Analysis, africapractice

    Thomas Wilson Thomas Wilson leads africapractice’s Intelligence and Analysis work. He heads a team of political and sector analysts across 8 offices that track and analyse political and commercial developments. Thomas is an experienced political risk consultant with a detailed knowledge of African politics and a specific expertise on resource politics. Thomas has worked with extractives companies to manage complex political challenges in over 20 countries Thomas has a BA in History from Nottingham University.

  • Neil Woodyer, CEO, Endeavour Mining

    Neil WoodyerNeil Woodyer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Endeavour Mining. He is responsible for implementing the strategic growth plan and co-ordinating and directing the management team. Neil has more than 30 years experience in the natural resource business, including as Chief Executive Officer of Lloyds International Trading, a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank plc specializing in project and trade finance and commodity trading and of Amalgamated Metal Corporation group of New York and Latin America-based metal trading and mining finance companies. Neil is a director of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

  • Ludivine Wouters, CEO, Latitude Five

    Ludivine WoutersLudivine is an independent corporate development consultant, advising listed and private mining companies focusing on exploration and production of diamonds, gold and base metals in Africa and the Middle East. She provides corporate growth and strategy advice focusing on external growth opportunities, as well as transaction management services in relation to joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestments and fundraisings. Prior to this, she worked briefly in political risk insurance within a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate before acquiring six years of legal experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets with Debevoise & Plimpton and Herbert Smith in Paris. Ludivine is also a director of the UK network of Women in Mining.

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  • Understand the great opportunity of African mining
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