2023 Speakers London Indaba
Nusrat Ghani was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business and Trade and as the Minister of State responsible for the Investment Security Unit at the Cabinet Office on 7 February 2023.
She was previously Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 27 October 2022 to 7 February 2023, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport from January 2018 to February 2020.
In parliament Nusrat has been a member of a number of Select Committees including the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Armed Forces Bill Committee, the Home Affairs Committee and the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission.
Most recently, from 2020 to 2022, Nusrat has been a member of the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee and has led on a number of enquires, including a probe into the use of Uyghur slave labour in UK supply chains. This culminated in a report calling for the creation of a government monitored blacklist of companies that fail to guarantee supply chain transparency.
Nusrat was the Vice-Chair of the 1922 Committee from 2021 to 2022.
Nusrat was part of the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from 2020 to 2022 and the Rapporteur of the Science and Technology Committee.
For her work raising the state organised violation and abuse of women, the forced sterilisations, and the incarceration of millions of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Nusrat was nominated for the NATO Women of Peace and Security Prize, finishing runner-up to the Honourable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Nusrat was also one of 5 MPs sanctioned by China and was recently sanctioned by Russia.
Nusrat was the first woman in her family to be formally educated. She attended state comprehensive school before studying at Birmingham City University (BA Government and Politics) and Leeds University (MA International Relations).
Before beginning her career in politics, Nusrat was employed by the charities Age UK and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and later for the BBC World Service.
For more than 25 years, Robert M. Friedland has been recognized by leaders of the international financial sector as an entrepreneurial explorer, technology innovator and company builder. He has played key leadership roles in several world-scale mineral discoveries and mine development projects, including the Voisey’s Bay nickel discovery in Canada and the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold discoveries in Mongolia.
Today, Robert is Executive Co-Chairman of Ivanhoe Mines, focused on advancing its three principal projects: the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Mining Complex and the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-germanium-silver mine in the DRC, and the Platreef palladium-platinum-nickel-copper- gold discovery in South Africa. He is the Chairman and co-founder of I-Pulse, a private company that is commercializing proprietary, pulsed-power technologies aiming to achieve disruptive outcomes across numerous industries, as well as the Executive Chairman of Ivanhoe Electric that develops mines from mineral deposits principally located in the USA to support American supply chain independence. Ivanhoe Electric's two main projects are the Santa Cruz copper project in Arizona and the Tintic copper-gold project in Utah.
Robert was the Director, Chairman and President of Ivanhoe Pictures, Inc. from May 2013 to December 2021, and a Director since December 2016, and Chairman, since June 2018, of VRB Energy. As one of the most recognised mining personalities and achievers in the world, Robert is dedicated to serving on numerous boards in the natural resources sector. These positions include serving as a Co-Chairman and Director of Sunrise Energy Metals Limited (formerly Clean TeQ Holdings Limited) since September 2016, a Director of I-Pulse since April 2008, and a Director of Kietta SAS since November 2009. From June 2020 to June 2021, Robert served as Chairman of Gold X Mining Corp., which was acquired by Gran Colombia in June 2021, at which time he left the board of directors. Robert founded Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp., a NYSE-listed special-purpose acquisition corporation that completed its merger with SES AI Corporation (“SES”), a lithium-metal battery developer, in February 2022. He continues to serve as a director of SES. Robert was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2016, cited as “a dynamic, transformative force in the Canadian and international mining industries. He graduated with a degree in political science from Reed College and currently resides in Singapore.
Scott Woodard joined the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service in 2002 as an Economic Officer. During his career, he has been posted to U.S. embassies and consulates in Manama, Bahrain; Vilnius, Lithuania; Chennai, India; Bern, Switzerland; and Munich, Germany, working on a wide variety of political, economic and commercial issues. During his most recent overseas tour he served as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. Following that tour, he worked in Washington for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire as a foreign affairs advisor. Currently, he serves as the Acting Director in the State Department’s office dedicated to promoting the diplomacy of clean energy. Scott earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He speaks German, Hungarian, and some Lithuanian, Spanish, and French.
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). Under his leadership, ICMM has undertaken landmark commitments and action on critical sustainable development issues, including the first industry-wide net zero commitment, pioneering actions on diversity, equity and inclusion, and significant steps towards radical transparency of the industry’s contribution and performance, including on tax and contract disclosure.
Ro is a Fellow and faculty member of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a Raisina fellow at the Asian Forum on Global Governance. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment, Concordia, and Resolve. He has served on the UK Government’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (PACT) Programme and was named one of South Africa’s climate change leaders for his work with the country’s mining sector.
Ro hold a Master’s in Environmental Change & Management from the University of Oxford in the UK and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Rhodes University in South Africa.
Tom joined London Stock Exchange in September 2013 and is Head of International Business Development within Primary Markets. In his role, Tom advises UK and international companies and their owners on the process of going public and life as a listed company on London’s markets. Prior to joining London Stock Exchange, Tom was at Citigroup for over 15 years as a Managing Director in the Equity Capital Markets division, originating, structuring and executing equity and equity-linked transactions across UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has originated, structured and executed large number of IPOs and follow-on capital raisings over the years, including many involving a London listing. Prior to Citi, Tom worked in Kleinwort Benson’s Equity Capital Markets team from 1994 to 1997. Tom graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Mr Baxter was appointed CEO of the Minerals Council in 2015. He has 29 years of high-level advocacy and strategy experience in the business and mining sectors. He was involved in the first mineral policy discussions with the ANC in 1992 and in most of the significant minerals policy discussions since then. He has participated in, and often led, the business negotiation teams on a range of issues such as the 2002 Mining Charter, the 1998 Energy Policy White Paper, the 1997 Skills Development Act, the 2009 Royalty Act, the 2010 revised Mining Charter, etc. He has participated in all the Presidential Job Summit and Investment Conferences, and he has played a leadership role in encouraging government to focus on the issues that drive South Africa’s investment competitiveness. He previously chaired the Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA) Economic Policy Committee and Economic Growth Task Team. He is the Founding Chairman of the World Platinum Investment Council. He recently participated in President Ramaphosa’s 7-a-side NEDLAC leadership team looking at how to revive the economy post COVID-19. He has played a key leadership role in rejuvenating the brand of the Minerals Council and brings material leadership, governance, strategy, investment, and transformation skills to the table.
He is a member of the Minerals Council Board, the BUSA Board, the TEBA Fund Trust Board of Trustees and he chairs the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). He is Chairman of the Associations Coordination Group of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and is the current Chairman of the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (MIASA). In 2020, Mr Baxter was the winner of the Mining Review Africa, 2020 Mining Thought Leader of the Year award. The article states “Fully committed to the mining industry and a person who pulls no punches when it comes to addressing pertinent matters. These words aptly describe Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.” In 2018, Mr Baxter was awarded the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (SAIMM) Brigadier Stokes Platinum medal for his contribution to the South African mining sector. Since the launch of the MiningMX “Rainmaker and Pot-stirrers” publication, Mr Baxter has been listed as one of Africa’s top 100 most influential people in the mining industry.
Vuslat Bayoglu is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of mining investment company Menar, which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Kangra and East Manganese. He holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and has almost 20 years of experience in the mining industry. During that period, he led the group’s subsidiaries from junior to mid-tier status through organic growth and acquisitions.
Bayoglu is a hands-on investor with a keen interest in bettering the South African economy. He is actively involved in seeking solutions to key issues faced by South Africa. Bayoglu also serves on the board of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and recently became a director sitting on the board of the World Coal Association.
Mark was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Barrick effective January 1, 2019, following completion of the merger with Randgold Resources. Previously, since its incorporation in 1995, Mark was the Chief Executive Officer of Randgold following his pioneering exploration work in West Africa. He subsequently led Randgold's growth through the discovery and development of high quality assets into a major international gold mining business. Mark played a pivotal role in promoting the emergence of a sustainable mining industry in Africa, and has a proven track record of delivering significant shareholder value. During his career, Mark has held board positions at a number of global gold mining companies. He holds a Doctorate in Geology from Natal University in South Africa.
Matthew Chamberlain is the CEO of the London Metal Exchange and a member of the Management Committee of HKEX Group. Matthew joined the LME in 2012, having advised HKEX on the acquisition of the LME while at UBS. He started his career at Citibank and holds an MA from Trinity College, Cambridge.
George is a portfolio manager and metals and mining specialist in the Thematic Equity team within Multi-Asset. He joined the firm in 2007. George is a portfolio manager for the Global Gold Fund and co-portfolio manager for the diversified Natural Resources strategies. He covers all aspects of metals and mining supply and demand including, most recently, the impact of renewable energy and electric vehicles on metals demand. Prior to this, he was a market analyst for three years at BHP Billiton, working in The Hague and Singapore. He was recruited to BHP Billiton in 2004 from CRU (Commodities Research Unit), an independent metals/chemicals related research company based in London. At CRU, he spent three years in the Carbon Steel team and five years as a Research Manager – Copper, providing in-depth research and forecasts to the industry, banks and hedge funds.
George began his career in 1990 in operations at British Steel Strip Products, working for three years in the Tinplate division. George graduated from the University of Oxford in 1989 with an Honours degree in Classics and in 1995 was awarded an MBA from Warwick University.
Martino De Ciccio has over 15 years’ experience in corporate finance, strategy, and capital markets, with a strong track record of value creation. He joined Endeavour Mining in 2015 as Vice President, Strategy and Investor relations and was promoted to Deputy CFO and Head of Investor Relations in January 2023. He played a pivotal role in Endeavour’s transformation from a $250 million market cap to a FTSE100, $8 billion-plus market cap company and one of the largest gold producers in the world, garnering over 25 investor relations achievement nominations, including repeatedly winning best across all sectors.
Prior to joining Endeavour, Martino played a key role in growing La Mancha Resources from a $20 million market cap which culminated into a $500 million take-private offer. As Strategy and Business Development Manager, he then helped lead the private company’s transformation from an emerging gold producer into one of the largest gold investment funds with cornerstone holdings in Evolution Mining and Endeavour, which was recognised with an Emerging Leader Award.
Martino earned a B.Com in Finance from McGill University and is a CFA charterholder.
Lawrence is the Head of External Affairs at Rio Tinto. He is responsible for shaping Rio Tinto’s public policy advocacy and partnerships with host countries and EA strategy for the company globally.
He previously led Rio Tinto’s external affairs, media, communications and community relations efforts across Europe, Africa and the Middle East as Vice-President of Corporate Relations, EMEA.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Lawrence was a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group advising global companies on their market entry and growth strategies in emerging markets. Lawrence started his professional career at the United Nations, working at the United Nations headquarters in New York but also at UN offices across Africa. At the UN he was in charge of peace-making efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lawrence holds a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and an MA in international Political Economy from the University of Warwick, UK. He is also a recipient of the French Medal for National Defence with exceptional honours.
Thierno Diallo is Head of Business Development, Africa for Rio Tinto. As part of this role, Thierno is also Head of Simandou Project Business Development for the iron ore project in Guinea. Prior to this, he was Global Head of Structured & Project Finance for the Group.
Since joining Rio Tinto in 2005, he has held various executive roles in strategy, commercial, finance and external affairs across the iron ore, aluminium and copper product groups. He has worked in many countries, including Canada, Australia, the UK, France, South Africa and Guinea.
Prior to Rio Tinto, Thierno was a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young Advisory and Business Services for eight years.
Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy in the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He was a Member of the UK’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008. From 2004-2019 he was a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations. From 2011-14 he was a Member of the European Resource Efficiency Platform and Vice-Chair of the then European Environment Commissioner’s Expert Economists’ Group on resource efficiency. From 2015-2018 he was a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Panel of the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative, the final report of which was published in November 2018. He is currently a member of the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence, funded by the UK Office for National Statistics, where he is focusing on the measurement of natural capital and the green economy.
He is a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and was the lead author of the IRP’s reports on resource efficiency (commissioned by the G7 governments and presented in Japan in 2016) and mineral resource governance (published in 2020). He was a Co-Chair of UNEP’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), which was presented to the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi in March 2019. For the IRP he is currently leading on a report on the financing of the extraction of critical minerals.
In 1994 Paul Ekins received UNEP’s Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’. In the UK New Year’s Honours List for 2015 he received an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to environmental policy.
Andreas Fischer has been active in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion for more than 25 years. After studying chemistry and a diploma thesis on electrochemical deposition of photovoltaic elements, he finished his PhD studies with a thesis on fuel cells at TU Darmstadt, Germany. He joined BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany in 1997 as a lab team manager in R&D electrochemistry. In the early 2000s Andreas spent three years in marketing inorganic chemicals at BASF and returned afterwards to R&D, assuming responsibility for global R&D electrochemistry. Since 2012 he has been an Executive Expert and Vice President, Batteries and Electrochemistry at BASF. He established and lead R&D teams located in Japan, North America and Germany. Currently Andreas is working in the field of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries with a special focus on monitoring the battery technology development for automotive applications. Based on his broad expertise in the field of electrochemical energy storage he serves on several advisory boards of mainly academic institutions. Since 2016 Andreas has been a member of the advisory council Battery Research Germany of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
In her role as Project Manager at Benchmark Minerals, Anna delivers strategic consultancy projects for clients across the lithium-ion battery supply chain. In particular, she specialises in economic analysis and forecasting of global battery raw materials markets, with a particular focus on manganese. Prior to joining Benchmark Minerals in 2022, Anna gained a decade of experience in metals and mining research as lead manganese analyst at CRU and research officer at Natural Resource Governance Institute. Anna holds a MA in Economics with Environmental Studies from The University of Edinburgh.
Stephen Forrest, both a Chartered and Professional Mining Engineer in the PGM industry, achieved 14 years of on-mine experience at Impala Platinum, four years as a Commodities Strategist at Marc Rich & Co Holding GmbH and a further two years of equity and mine investment due diligence, before starting SFA (Oxford) Ltd in 2001, an independent consultancy covering a broad spectrum of mining-, minerals- and commodity-related issues, including macroeconomic analysis, supply and demand scenarios, in-depth cost analysis, derivative research and price forecasting. He led SFA (Oxford) to become the industry standard in commodity research, managing the mapping of the entire PGM value chain and offering otherwise unobtainable insights into the PGM and other commodity industries. With high-ranking experience in investment analysis, commodity strategy and corporate strategy implementation, he is one of the PGM industry’s foremost authorities, known universally for his value-chain-spanning expertise. In more recent years, he became the trusted advisor to mining company boards, lenders and investors, in his role as Executive Chairman of SFA (Oxford). At SFA (Oxford) he assisted clients in more than $12 billion of strategic transactions. Stephen’s industry track record is significant, having worked as a Commodities Strategist, Fund Manager and Operations Manager, risen to the highest levels of mining management, conducted trade finance and capital-raising exercises in the Eastern Bloc and Western world, and accomplished Top Rating as a Mining Analyst covering platinum-group metals, base metal and coal markets. Through this multi- faceted history, he built up an exclusive network of contacts that transcends individual industrial sectors and value chain linkages, placing him in a unique position to provide cross- commodity expertise to a trusting client base.
Neal Froneman was appointed executive director and CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater on 1 January 2013. Over the past five years he has led the transformation of Sibanye-Stillwater from a 1.5Moz South African-based gold producer into a leading precious metals miner with an international operating footprint ranking among the world’s top three PGM producers. His career spans more than 30 years during which time he worked at Gold Fields of South Africa Limited, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) and JCI Limited. In April 2003, Neal was appointed CEO of Aflease Gold Limited (Aflease Gold), which, through a series of reverse take-overs, became Gold One International Limited (Gold One) in May 2009. He was primarily responsible for the creation of Uranium One Incorporated (Uranium One) from the Aflease Gold uranium assets. During this period, he was CEO of Aflease Gold and Uranium One until his resignation from Uranium One in February 2008. He held the CEO position at Gold One until his appointment at Sibanye-Stillwater. In May 2016, he was elected to serve as a Vice President of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa (now the Minerals Council South Africa).
Paul Gait is the Chief Economist for Anglo American responsible for the Group’s analysis and interpretation of the commodity markets and the broader macroeconomic environment. Prior to joining Anglo American plc, Paul was Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research at Azvalor Asset Management and was responsible for running the firm’s natural resource exposure spanning a broad sectoral mandate (base metals, bulk commodities, diversified mining, precious metals, energy and agriculture). Over a short course of time, he successfully steered the company into being one of the best performing funds in Europe. Paul spent 11 years as Senior Vice President of Sanford Bernstein and Managing Director of Alliance Bernstein, building the metals and mining franchise within Sanford Bernstein and producing sell-side research covering the global economy markets and mining industry. By working in both business sectors, he also played a key role in the development of the company’s short and long-range commodity price forecasts as well as the construction of macroeconomic analysts. Previous to his work at Alliance Bernstein, Paul contributed to the strategic direction and the investment decision-making progress of Anglo American plc in this role as Lead Manager in Strategy and Business Development. Earlier accomplishments include formulating the repeal of the Petroleum Revenue Tax on third party use of North Sea infrastructure during his tenure at HM Treasury in 2003 as well as delivering a transformational internal study on the drivers of M&A success at McKinsey & Co. Paul graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in Natural Sciences (BA) and a first in Theoretical Physics (MSci) before undertaking post-graduate research in the Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.
Martin is a qualified mining engineer with 25 years in multiple areas of the mining industry. In his career he has shown a strong strategic and operating acumen as well as demonstrating a longstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility within mining, which is central to Centamin’s decision-making and corporate strategy. From 2009 to 2019 Martin was the Co-Founder and CEO of Toro Gold Ltd, where he oversaw the discovery, development and operation of the Mako Gold Mine in Senegal. Toro was acquired by LSE and ASX listed Resolute Mining in August 2019. Prior Martin was Executive Director of BDI Mining, an AIM listed diamond producer, and from 2000 to 2006 he worked in mining finance at Barclays Capital in London, where his responsibilities included technical appraisal and advisory services across Africa and the Middle East. He also held consulting engineer roles with SRK Ltd and started his career as a mining engineer with Gold Fields of South Africa.
Segun has been the CEO of Thor since August 2011. He has identified and led all of Thor’s acquisitions and financings and in particular, the acquisition of the Segilola Gold Project in Nigeria. Segun has led Thor’s growth through, overseeing the transition from a grassroots explorer to becoming Nigeria’s first large scale commercial gold producer and continues to lead Thor as it grows in West Africa and as a first mover in Nigeria. He is a Co-founder of African Star Resources Incorporated where he served as an officer assisting with financing, corporate and business development activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College (UK) with Honours in Geology, and has an MBA from Cass Business School. Mr Lawson had extensive transaction experience at Noble & Company, in the Oil and Gas corporate finance areas, and also experience at Premier Oil in identifying and negotiating new West African opportunities. Segun is a British Nigerian citizen and has a strong network of contacts both in the UK and in West Africa.
Peter is a partner and the global Africa Chair at Herbert Smith Freehills. During the last decade International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers, Best Lawyer, Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers and Partners and other peer reviewed global legal directories have consistently identified him as one of the world's pre-eminent mining lawyers. In 2022 Who's Who Legal named him a Global Elite Thought Leader for Mining and Chambers Global Guide: Energy & Natural Resources: Mining 2022 ranked Peter in Band 1 with sources stating that "He brings solutions to issues you wouldn't think of, bringing to bear relevant experience from right across Africa."
Peter excels in helping resolve contentious issues arising from mining projects and related developments in Africa. His areas of expertise include crisis management, resource nationalism, mineral and petroleum regulation in developing countries (including international best practice) black economic empowerment and indigenisation law, international investment law and investment protection. Peter’s experience also includes the Middle East where he has recently represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as international legal counsel on the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources’ mineral law reform project.
Daniel Major is a mining engineer from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. His career spans over 30 years in the mining industry where he has established a solid record of accomplishment initially with Rio Tinto at the Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia and Amplats in South Africa, and later as a mining analyst with HSBC Plc and JP Morgan Chase & Co. in London. Next, Mr. Major was Chief Executive and later Non-Executive Chairman of Basic Element Mining and Resource Division in Russia, has and held leadership positions at several Canadian listed mining companies with exploration and producing assets in Canada, Russia and South America. Daniel joined GoviEx in 2012, as a director and as CEO, and has been responsible for the transition of the company from explorer to developer.
Brian Menell is a British/South African industrialist and investor with natural resource and energy interests across both emerging and developed markets. He is the Chairman and CEO of TechMet Limited, a private investment company with a portfolio of mining, processing and recycling assets that produce the metals critical to the energy transition – lithium, nickel, cobalt, rare earth metals, tin, tungsten and vanadium. TechMet has assets across North and South America, Europe and Africa. Brian serves as the Chairman of Brazilian Nickel Ltd, a nickel/cobalt mine in northern Brazil, he is a Director of Trinity Metals, an integrated tin and tungsten producer in Rwanda, US Vanadium, a vanadium specialty chemicals company in Arkansas, and of TechMet-Mercuria, a global critical minerals trading and supply chain services company in Geneva. He is a former Principal and Executive Director of Anglovaal Mining (AVMIN) with extensive base metal, precious metal and ferrous metal interests across Southern Africa, and a former Director of Anglovaal Ltd, a diversified industrial and mining holding company. Prior to Anglovaal, Brian spent eight years with the De Beers Group.
Nico Muller holds a BSc Mining Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria and has a 28-year mining career across a range of commodities, including platinum. He has a proven track record as a successful operator and is a highly-rated leader and strategic thinker. Nico was appointed to the board of Implats as both Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director in April 2017. Prior to this he served as Executive Vice-President of Gold Fields’ South African operations (South Deep) for three years, where he fulfilled a pivotal role in re-energising and repositioning the mine for a sustainable future. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Royal Bafokeng Platinum, and in various other high-level positions at Anglovaal, African Rainbow Minerals, Avgold and De Beers.
Louis Nel is a highly accomplished senior manager with over 21 years of experience in the manufacturing and manganese refining industries. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Manganese Metal Company (Pty) Ltd, the world's largest producer of pure electrolytic manganese metal, where he has successfully positioned the company for profitability through his effective leadership, vision and operational expertise. Louis is also a visible member of industry organisations and serves as the Executive Director on the board of Manganese Metal Company (Pty) Ltd. Earlier in his career, Louis worked as an Audit Manager at Deloitte, where he completed his mandatory articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA).
Sinead is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Sustainability Strategy Practice based in London, focusing on energy and natural resources. She works with senior leaders to seize the opportunities and navigate the risks of the transition to a green economy, in particular the role of critical minerals in the transition. Sinead has extensive experience across operating models and business transformation, as well as applying digital technologies across value chains. She has spent extended periods working in the US, the Middle East and Russia. Originally from Ireland, Sinead also studied in France and Germany and worked with corporate venturing programmes before joining Accenture.
Before joining Rothschild & Co in this role in 2003, she had 17 years of experience in the City of London at major financial institutions where she was consistently rated as one of the top investment analysts in mining, ending up as head of the European Mining Research at SSMB (part of Citigroup). In 2006, Fiona formed AIM Mining Research and, in the same year, published "Understanding Junior Miners" in conjunction with three geologists and a mining engineer. Prior to arrival in the City of London in 1986, she had six years of experience in financial journalism and academia in South Africa, building up a broad knowledge of managerial and financial topics. Fiona served as a non-executive director on the board of Dominion Diamond Corporation from February 2014 to January 2016.
Steve Phiri is an admitted attorney to the High Court of South Africa. His qualifications include a B Juris degree, University of the North; LLB, Vista University; Diploma in Corporate Law, Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) and an LLM degree from the University of Johannesburg. His significant wealth of mining and business experience has been gained over a period of more than 15 years. He was appointed CEO of Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) in April 2010. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Merafe Resources, a public company listed on the JSE, for a period of 6 years. He has previously served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Impala Platinum Limited for 3 years until April 2010; Zurich Insurance Company SA and the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator. In addition, Steve has also served as President of the International Platinum Association (IPA) for 5 years until October 2019. In 2017, Steve was elected as one of the Mineral Council South Africa’s three Vice presidents, a position he held until 2021.
John Reade joined the World Gold Council in February 2017 as Chief Market Strategist. He is responsible for producing strategy and developing insights on the gold market; leading our global dialogue by engaging with leading economists, academics, policy makers, fund managers and investors on gold; and leading our research team. John has over 30 years’ experience in the gold industry and related fields, most recently as a partner and gold strategist with Paulson & Co for the past seven years. Prior to that, he worked as a precious metals strategist at UBS for 10 years; a gold equity analyst in South Africa for 5 years; and over 8 years held various positions in production and project evaluation in the gold division of Gencor, then a leading South African mining house. John has a degree in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, a constituent of Imperial College, London.
Brad Rogers became Managing Director of Jupiter Mines on 1 August 2022. Jupiter holds a 49.9% interest in the Tshipi Borwa manganese mine in South Africa and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Brad has come from 14 years at Bis Industries, where he was CEO for the last 7 years, having previously served as CFO and Director of Corporate Development. Bis is one of the largest mining logistics companies in Australia and Indonesia, operating on 50 mine sites, providing bulk haulage, crushing, screening, train loading, ship loading, build-own-operate infrastructure, underground services and logistics consulting services. Bis services major miners across various commodities including iron ore, manganese, bauxite, coal, gold, nickel and copper. Prior to Bis, Brad was General Manager Corporate Development at ASX-listed gold mining, engineering and infrastructure company GRD Limited, where he was responsible for strategy, M&A and investor relations. Brad started his career as a strategy advisor at Arthur Andersen and Mainsheet Corporate. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry around the world, including Africa.
Mr. Shen graduated from Xiamen University with a bachelor’s degree in international trade. He holds an MBA from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA) from the University of Toronto. He is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) in Canada. He joined Zijin Mining in 2014 and brings with him extensive experience in mine operations and management, international investment, merger and acquisition.
Paul Smith is currently the Chairman of and a major investor in Trident Royalties Plc (TRR.L). Trident is a diversified royalty company which is focused on base and battery metals. TRR.L is listed in London. He is also a Non-Executive Director/Shareholder of Echion Technologies. Echion develops and manufactures superfast-charging li-on battery materials. Paul is the founder of Collingwood Capital Partners AG (September 2020-Present); Collingwood invests within resources, technology and energy transformation. Previously, he was the Head of Strategy at Glencore Plc (July 2011 - July 2020). While at Glencore, Paul also served as the Chief Financial Officer of its subsidiary, Katanga Mining Limited (January 2019 - June 2020). Katanga is the world's largest cobalt mine. Paul has also held Non-Executive Director positions at Glencore Agriculture Limited (June 2016-June 2019) and Lonmin PLC (June 2013 - June 2015). Prior to Glencore, he was a buy-side analyst at Marshall Wace Asset Management (October 2004-July 2011) and Director of Equity Research at Credit Suisse. Mr Smith is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICEAW).
Peter Steenkamp was appointed chief executive officer and executive director on 1 January 2016. He has some 38 years’ experience in the mining industry, including his last position as Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited, and executive positions at Harmony, from 2003 to 2007, and at African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Pamodzi Gold. He is a member and past president of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa, and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the South African Colliery Managers’ Association.
Bernard is the Chairman of the annual Junior Indaba and Joburg Indaba as well as an Executive Director of the SBI. He is a Partner at To-The-Point Growth Specialists as well as a Partner in THINKspiration. He served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of Impala, Zimplats, Eqstra and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited and CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. He is Chairman and Managing Partner of MMC (Manganese Metal Company) as well as a non-executive director of African Rainbow Energy Producer (AREP).
Simon Thompson is a Senior Adviser to Rothschild & Co and a Director of the British Geological Survey.
After working for N. M. Rothschild and S. G. Warburg, Simon joined the Anglo American group, holding a number of senior positions including CEO of the Base Metals Division, Chairman of the Tarmac Group and Executive Director of Anglo American plc. Since leaving Anglo American, Simon has served as Chairman of 3i Group, Rio Tinto and Tullow Oil and as a Non-Executive Director of companies including Amec Foster Wheeler, AngloGold Ashanti, Newmont Mining Corporation and Sandvik.
Simon has a MA (Geology) from University College, Oxford and a PhD (History) from King’s College London.
Phillip Tobias is a mining engineer with over 28 years’ experience in the industry. He joined ARM as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in November 2021. Prior to this, he was COO: Business Development, Corporate Strategy and Capital Projects of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. He has also held executive positions at Anglo American Platinum Limited and Gold Fields Limited. Phillip has been Chief Executive Officer of ARM since 1 May 2023.
Andrew has significant experience in the mining, banking, and private equity sectors. Prior to co-founding Vision Blue Resources, he founded a natural resources advisory business which resulted in him negotiating and leading a number of mining private equity transactions. In addition, he has spent significant time in corporate development roles in the mining sector, as well as taking active roles in numerous mining technology businesses. Andrew began his career at JP Morgan in the UK Corporate Finance and Capital Markets division where he participated in more than US$30bn of transactions, principally focussed on the mining sector. Andrew has extensive experience in transaction execution, IPO processes, stakeholder engagement through project development, project financing, government engagement, and project technical oversight.
Professor Imraan Valodia is Professor of Economics, Pro Vice-Chancellor: Climate, Sustainability and Inequality and Director of the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits). His research interests include: inequality, climate justice, competition policy and industrial development and employment in developing countries. Professor Valodia has published extensively in leading academic journals and in the popular press on issues related to his research interests. He is recognised nationally and internationally for his research in economic development. His most recent book is the Oxford Handbook of the South African Economy, a detailed and wide-ranging coverage of the key economic questions in South Africa, which he co-edited. Professor Valodia is a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal in South Africa. He is also a Commissioner of National Minimum Wage Commission and Chair of the Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality. He serves as a member of President Ramaphosa’s Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) in South Africa. Professor Valodia has worked with a number of international institutions including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and UN Women. He is a member of the Board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and a member of the Board of the research network, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester.
Jacques is a mining and mechanical engineer by training with 24 years’ experience in the operation, project development and mergers and acquisition of large-scale mining companies. He has a solid track record of accessing, motivating and developing major mineral and mining projects combined with operational management of large-scale mines. His experience covers a wide range of commodities including copper, nickel, cobalt, iron ore, manganese, chrome and platinum group metals.
Christopher Vandome is a senior research fellow with the Chatham House Africa Programme. His research focuses on the political economy and international relations of Southern Africa, as well as extractive industries, regional and continental peace and security and environmental issues. In 2023 Christopher provided written and verbal evidence on geopolitics to the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee enquiry into critical minerals. In 2017-2018 Christopher undertook a secondment with Rio Tinto’s Africa corporate relations team to support the development of their Africa strategy. Christopher has a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town and is currently a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Dr. Vibetti has over 35 years of experience in the mining, finance, investment, and academia sectors. He has spent the greater part of his career with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (“IDCSA”) where he held various senior roles. Roles held at IDCSA include Senior Projects Manager, Subject Matter Expert in Mining and Industrial Development, and most recently Mining and Metals Consulting Dealmaker where he led the Corporation’s investment efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”).
Dr. Vibetti’s finance and investment experience comes from various senior roles held at Standard and ABN Amro Banks, while his experience in academia comes from his tenures at the University of Zambia (“UNZA”) in Lusaka, and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He lectured extensively in geology and authored several articles during his tenures at both learning institutions.
Dr. Vibetti holds a bachelor’s degree in Mineral Science from UNZA, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (“MBA”) from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (“PhD”) from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
Natascha has served as Anglo American Platinum’s CEO since April 2020, also sitting on the Anglo American Platinum Board and the Group Management Committee of Anglo American plc. Prior to that, she spent five years as Group Head of Processing for Anglo American. Natascha is a seasoned senior executive, bringing 28 years of operational experience from across the mining industry, spanning many different countries, metals and minerals including, of course, PGMs. Viljoen's operational executive experience also includes six years at Lonmin, where her last post was Executive Vice President of Processing. Viljoen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from North-West University, in South Africa, and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cape Town.
Ludivine Wouters is a consultant specialising in strategy, governance and mineral policy, with a focus on Africa and other emerging markets. She assists natural resources companies and investors with growth initiatives, regulatory affairs and permitting. She also works on technical assistance programmes for states and supports donor agencies in the definition, assessment and implementation of critical minerals, as well as responsible sourcing priorities, policies and initiatives. Previously, she worked in political risk insurance within a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate and gained significant legal experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets with leading international firms in Paris. She also worked for an emerging markets investment bank in London, focusing on metals and mining clients, particularly African juniors.