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Youssuff Sylla

Director General Guinea Alumina Corporation Youssuff Sylla is Director General and Director of Human Capital of Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) after serving as the com-pany’s Commercial Director since 2019. He has over 20 years of experience across Africa, Europe, and North America, which in-cludes 13 years in the mining sector and five years with a… read more »

Will Pearson

Senior Investment Officer Prosper Africa Will Pearson is Senior Investment Advisor at Prosper Africa, a U.S. government program promoting two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and African countries. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with diverse teams in North America, Europe, and Africa in the energy, infrastructure, and impact investing sectors. Before… read more »

Werner Duvenhage

Managing Director Richards Bay Minerals – Rio Tinto plc Werner Duvenhage – Managing Director Richards Bay Minerals Werner joined Rio Tinto in 2013 as the Managing Director for Rossing Uranium Limited in Namibia and in 2018 he was appointed as Managing Director of Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, he… read more »

Wendy Tyrell

Executive Director Development Partner Institute Wendy Tyrrell is Executive Director of the Development Partner Institute, a role she has held for just over five years. The Development Partner Institute (DPI) was launched in 2017, working on leadership in sustainability and ESG across the mining value chain. Through collaboration and partnership, the DPI develops platforms for… read more »

Warren Beech

CEO Beech Veltman Warren, the Chief Executive Officer, is a highly accomplished and recognised mining, natural resources, infrastructure, and environmental law specialist. Warren provides multi-disciplinary services with a particular focus on health, safety environment, regulatory and criminal, but has also been involved in a large number of significant mining transactions. Warren is a well-known and… read more »

Vivek Mittal

CEO Afida Vivek is CEO of Afida Africa – a non-profit association of leading developers, investors and financiers of private sector led infrastructure in Africa, with the aim of scaling quality infrastructure across the continent.  Prior to this role, he has promoted clean energy start-up IPPs in India, Sri Lanka, CEE and USA over the last… read more »

Vijay Kumar

Chief Operating Officer Kumba Iron Ore Vijay was appointed as the COO for Kumba Iron Ore on 01 April 2020. He has over 25 years of global experience with a proven track record of accomplishments in setting up and managing multiple operations/ projects across the globe in South Africa, Canada, Australia, Northern Africa. Vijay joins… read more »

Veronica Nyhan Jones

Global Manager, Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory IFC Veronica Nyhan Jones is Global Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory (SIA) at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. SIA supports energy, mining, transport, cities, and water and waste clients to… read more »

Vanessa Ushie (Dr.)

Director, Natural Resources African Development Bank Vanessa Ushie is the Acting Director of the AfDB’s African Natural Resources Management and Investment Centre. In this role, she oversees the Bank’s interventions in the natural resources sector, for accelerated investments and sustainable development in Africa. She also serves as Manager of the Centre’s Policy Analysis Division, where… read more »

Vanessa Naicker

Head of learning and talent Anglo American Platinum Vanessa Naicker is the head of learning and talent for the platinum business unit at Anglo American. She has broad multi-commodity global mining experience.  Her work focuses on understanding the changing nature of work and influencing and impacting learning and talent ecosystems in the workplace. She is… read more »

Tycho Möencks

Managing Director and Partner Boston Consulting Group Tycho is a Managing Director and Partner at BCG, leading the company’s mining activities in Africa, Middle East and Europe. He has 15+ years of global experience in the mining sector, including strategic, operational and organizational topics. Tycho leads BCG’s global Commodity Market Insights team and has been… read more »

Tsutomu Aoki

Vice President, Battery Metal Resource Department, GX Division Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (JV of Toyota and Panasonic) Tsutomu Aoki joined Toyota Tsusho Corporation in 1999 and pursued his career in developing rare metal projects especially around lithium sector. In 2019, he dedicated himself in Toyota Motors to form a new company “Prime Planet Energy… read more »

Tshiamala Tonka

Francophone Partner Deloitte Tonka is the Audit and Financial Advisory Partner of Deloitte French Speaking Africa and he is stationed in the heartland of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mining industry in the city of Lubumbashi. Tonka is also the Deloitte Mining Leader in Central Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant from the United… read more »

TP Nchocho

Chief Executive Officer The Industrial Development Corporation Mr Tshokolo Petrus Nchocho (TP) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). He assumed this role on the 1st January 2019. He has over 20 years’ experience in the economic development finance and banking arena. Prior to joining the IDC, he was CEO… read more »

Tom Palmer

President & CEO Newmont Corporation Tom Palmer became President and Chief Executive and joined the Board of Directors of Newmont effective October 1, 2019. He served as President since June 2019 and as President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2018 until June 2019. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer… read more »