2023 Agenda: 26-27 June 2023


26th - 27th June 2023

Programme and Agenda

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Conference Day One: 
Monday 26th June 2023




08h45 - 09h00   

Chairman's Welcome 

Bernard Swanepoel

09h00 - 10h00

Opening Keynote Session
Why Africa is important to the future of mining

Fireside Chat with Industry Legend Robert Friedland

Bernard Swanepoel in conversation with
Robert Friedland, Founder, Executive Director and Co-Chairman, Ivanhoe Mines

10h00 - 10h30  

Keynote Address: The U.K. Government’s Critical Minerals Strategy

Nusrat Ghani MP

Minister of State for the Department of Business & Trade and
Minister of State for the Investment Security Unit
United Kingdom

Introduction by Simon Thompson, Senior Adviser, Rothschild & Co London and former Chairman, Rio Tinto

Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

10h30 - 10h50     

Keynote Address: What is the strategy of the U.S Government?

Scott E. Woodard, Acting Director, Office of Energy Transformation (ETR), Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), U.S. Department of State

10h50 - 11h00

Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

11h00 - 11h30

Morning Refreshments

11h30 - 12h20

Session One
How the world’s governments are incentivising future minerals and metals

Chair: Christopher Vandome, Senior Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Peter Leon, Partner and Global Africa Chair, Herbert Smith Freehills
Prof Paul Ekins OBE, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University of London
Ludivine Wouters, Managing Partner, Latitude Five
Lawrence Dechambenoit, Global Head of External Affairs, Rio Tinto


12h20 - 12h45

Keynote Address: How is investing in critical minerals and metals “different”?

Simon Thompson, Senior Adviser, Rothschild & Co London and former Chairman, Rio Tinto

12h45 - 13h05

Live from Fujian
Zijin Mining Company:  Strategies for investing in Africa

Shaoyang Shen, Deputy President, Zijin Mining Group

13h05 - 14h05

Lunch Break

14h05 - 14h20

Session Two
What does the energy transition and a growing global population mean for mining and mined products?

Paul Gait, Chief Economist, Anglo American 


Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

14h25 - 14h50

Opportunities in Africa to meet global demand for minerals and metals in the energy transition

Matthew Chamberlain, CEO, The London Metal Exchange
in conversation with
Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye-Stillwater

14h50 - 15h00  Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

15h00 - 15h30

Afternoon Refreshments


15h30 - 15h50

Live from Johannesburg
Keynote Address: Exploring and mining successfully in Africa for 40 years!

Mark Bristow, President & CEO, Barrick Gold Corporation


15h50 - 16h00

Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

16h00 - 16h40 

Session Three
The role of copper in the energy transition and the green economy

Chair:  Sinead Ni Mhuircheartaigh, Managing Director, Energy and Natural Resources Sustainability, Accenture

Rebecca Gordon, CEO, CRU Consulting
Dr Ndoba Joseph Vibetti,
CEO, ZCCM Investment Holdings

16h40 - 17h20 Session Four
Why PGMs?
The future role of PGMs in a low-carbon economy

Chair: Stephen Forrest, Retired Chairman, SFA (Oxford) Ltd

Nico Muller, CEO, Impala Platinum
Steve Phiri, CEO, Royal Bafokeng Platinum
Natascha Viljoen, CEO, Anglo American Platinum

17h20 - 17h40

Fireside Chat: Opportunities and challenges in modern mining and processing

Bernard Swanepoel in conversation with
Phillip Tobias,
CEO, African Rainbow Minerals

17h40 - 17h45 Closing remarks from the Chair

17h45 - 19h00 End of Day One and Drinks Reception



Conference Day Two:  Tuesday 27th June 2023

09h00 - 09h10   

Opening remarks from the Chair

Bernard Swanepoel

09h10 - 09h45    

Why mining is important to Africa!
Can mining turn the energy transition into an economic transition for Africa? How can responsible mining write a new chapter in Africa's development?

Bernard Swanepoel in conversation with
Rohitesh Dhawan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ICMM
(Live from Brisbane)

09h45 - 11h00

Session One
New sources of funding for resources and mining in Africa
Where is funding for future mining going to come from?

Chair: Dr Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Senior Adviser to Rothschild & Co Mining Team, London

U.S. Govt-backed critical minerals investment

Brian Menell,
 Chairman & CEO, TechMet Limited

Followed by a panel discussion:

Tom Attenborough, Head of International Business Development, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange
George Cheveley, Portfolio Manager, Ninety One
Paul Smith, Chairman, Trident Royalties and Partner, Voltaire Minerals
Andrew Trahar, Co-Founder, Vision Blue Resources

11h00 - 11h30

Morning Refreshments

11h30 - 13h00

Session Two
How will gold continue to be relevant in the future?

Chair: John Reade, Market Strategist, Europe & Asia, World Gold Council

Peter Steenkamp, CEO, Harmony Gold Mining Company
Martino De Ciccio, Deputy CFO & Head of Investor Relations, Endeavour Mining
Martin Horgan, CEO, Centamin
Segun Lawson, CEO and Director, Thor Explorations

13h00 - 14h00

Lunch Break

14h00 - 15h00

Session Three
The Energy Transition: Winners and losers?

Chair: Roger Baxter, CEO, The Minerals Council South Africa

Coal: winner or loser?
What is the role of coal in meeting the world’s energy needs in the short term?

Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director, Menar

Uranium: winner or loser?

Daniel Major, CEO, GoviEx Uranium

Followed by a panel discussion:

Professor Imraan Valodia, Pro Vice-Chancellor: Climate, Sustainability and Inequality, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

15h00 - 15h30

Afternoon Refreshments 

15h30 - 16h00

Session Four
The science behind batteries and battery materials of the future – what are the drivers?

Andreas Fischer, Vice President, Global Innovation Scouting Battery Materials, BASF

16h00 - 17h10

The little understood role of manganese: Why is manganese so critical now and for the future?

Chair:  Bernard Swanepoel

Mark Beveridge,
 Principal Consultant, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
Louis Nel, 
CEO, Manganese Metal Company
Brad Rogers, MD & CEO, Jupiter Mines
André Joubert, Chief Executive, Ferrous Division, African Rainbow Minerals

17h10 - 17h15

Closing remarks from the Chair

17h15 - 18h30

End of Conference and Drinks Reception


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