Speakers

Roger
Roger Baxter, Chief Executive, Minerals Council South Africa

Mr Baxter was appointed CEO of the Minerals Council in 2015. He has 28 years of high-level advocacy and strategy experience in the business and mining sectors.




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Vuslat
Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director, Menar

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.


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Mark
Mark Bristow, President and CEO, Barrick Gold Corporation

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.




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Mark
Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, Anglo American

Mark is a member of the Board and Group Management Committee (GMC), is a non-executive director of Anglo American Platinum, Chairman of Anglo American South Africa (AASA) and Chairman of De Beers. He was appointed as an independent director of Total S.A. on 26 May 2017 and The Power of Nutrition on 12 February 2018.

 


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Dr Martyn
Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director, Emerging Markets & Africa, Deloitte

Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte as well as Dean of the Deloitte Alchemy School of Management. He leads Deloitte Insights, the firm’s thought leadership division and is a member of the Deloitte global economics team. Over his career, he has been a trusted advisor to the C-Suite at a large array of multinational firms on their market entry and engagement strategies in emerging markets and Africa. 


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Sir Mick
Sir Mick Davis, Chairman, MacSteel

Sir Mick Davis is currently Chairman of MacSteel, a global trading and shipping company and a director and advisor to other companies in technology and financial services sector. He stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Xstrata plc in 2013, one of the world’s largest global diversified mining and metals companies which he grew in a 10-year period from a market value of US$500 million to US$60 billion, employing more than 90,000 people and operating in over 22 countries. 




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André
André de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited

Over a 30-year career, André de Ruyter has plied his trade both locally and internationally in various portfolios in the energy space. He has significant experience in managing coal, oil, chemical and gas businesses, including marketing of export coal to international utilities and taking responsibility for the operations of very large coal and gas conversion plants, including electricity generation. 


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Nolitha
Nolitha Fakude, Chairperson, Management Board, Anglo American in South Africa

Nolitha Fakude is the Chairman of Anglo American’s Management Board in South Africa. She was previously on the Board of Anglo American plc as a non-executive director from 2017 until August 2019. In her previous career, Nolitha joined Sasol in 2005, serving as an Executive Director on the board and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability until her decision to leave the company at the end of 2016. Nolitha served as Chairman of Sasol’s Sustainability, HR and Stakeholder Relations committees and was Chairman of the Sasol Mining Board. Nolitha is a non-executive director of JSE Limited and Afrox. She is a former trustee of the Women’s Development Bank, former Deputy Chairman and Lead Independent Director of Datacentrix Holdings and has served as a non-executive director of Harmony Gold and Woolworths Holdings. Nolitha holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa and has completed the Harvard Business School Senior Executive Development Programme.




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Neal
Neal Froneman, Chief Executive Officer, Sibanye-Stillwater

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. 


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Evy
Evy Hambro, Managing Director, BlackRock, London

Evy Hambro, Managing Director, is the Global Head of Thematic and Sector Based Investing for BlackRock Active Equities and head of the London-based Natural Resources equity team.




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Lucky
Lucky Kgatle, Senior Vice President, Sasol Mining

Lucky Kgatle obtained a BSc in Engineering: Industrial from Wits University in 2001.  He also has an MBA from GIBS which he received in 2009. He has held a number of positions at Sasol, including Vice President, Strategy and Business Development; Executive Manager, Operations Excellence; General Manager, Syferfontein Colliery; General Manager, Coal Handling Plant; Manager, Manufacturing and Site Work, Central Workshop; Section Engineer, Central Workshop; Reliability Engineer; Technical Advisor.




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Boipelo
Boipelo Lekubo, Chief Financial Officer, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited

Boipelo joined Harmony on 1 June 2017 as Chief Financial Officer. She is a chartered accountant (SA) by profession with extensive experience in group financial management and reporting within the mining industry. Her previous roles include that of Chief Financial Officer of Atlatsa Resources Corporation and Financial Manager of Northam Platinum Limited.




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Charl
Charl Malan, Senior Analyst, Hard Assets

Charl Malan is the Senior Analyst for the global hard assets strategy. He specializes in base and industrial metals and also serves on the investment team for the gold equity strategy. He has been a member of the investment management team since 2003. 


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Honourable Minister Mr Gwede
Honourable Minister Mr Gwede Mantashe, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa

Mr Samson Gwede Mantashe was born on the 21st of June 1955 in the village of Lower Cala in the then Transkei (now Eastern Cape Province). He cut his teeth as an activist in the Student Christian Movement (SCM). Minister Mantashe received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 1997, where he also completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in 2002. He holds a Masters’ degree from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), acquired in 2008.


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Mxolisi
Mxolisi Mgojo, President, Minerals Council South Africa and Chief Executive Officer, Exxaro

Mxolisi Mgojo has been in the mining industry since 2001. Prior to that, his career includes 10 years as a software engineer and 8 years in the finance industry including Societé Generale Investment Banking. Mxolisi has been with Exxaro Resources since its inception in 2006, heading the Base Metals and Industrial Minerals business before being appointed as the Executive Head of Coal in August 2008.  




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Themba
Themba Mkhwanazi, Chief Executive Officer, Kumba Iron Ore

Themba Mkhwanazi was appointed CEO of Kumba Iron Ore in September 2016. Prior to that, he held the position of CEO for Anglo American’s Thermal Coal business in South Africa. 




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Nico
Nico Muller, Chief Executive Officer, Impala Platinum

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.




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Deshnee
Deshnee Naidoo, Mining Executive

Deshnee Naidoo is a mining executive with diverse experience spanning 22 years. She has progressed through both the operational and corporate ranks across various functions and commodities over multiple geographies. Deshnee started her career at Anglo American Platinum in 1998 where she occupied a range of positions, including Process Engineer, Strategic Long-term Planning Manager and Manager - Corporate Finance Manager. She was appointed Deputy Head of the Anglo American Group CEO’s office in 2009 . In 2011, she was appointed CFO of Anglo American Thermal Coal, where she managed two commodities (thermal coal and manganese) across three geographies (South Africa, South America and Australia).




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July
July Ndlovu, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Coal South Africa

July was appointed CEO of Coal South Africa in September 2016. Prior to that, he held the position of Executive Head of Processing at Anglo American Platinum and was employed by Anglo American subsidiaries in Zimbabwe, where he held senior managerial positions in metallurgical operations and technical services.




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Fiona
Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Senior Adviser, Mining Team, Global Advisory, Rothschild & Co. London

Fiona Perrott-Humphrey is an independent senior adviser to Rothschild & Co’s Mining Team. Her focus is on the constantly changing trends in the sector which impact on both corporate strategy issues as well as on the communication process between companies and their shareholders. She believes that current developments underway in new technologies and ESG issues are reflecting in some of the most seismic shifts in investor perceptions of the sector in decades. 




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Errol
Errol Smart, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Orion Minerals

Errol is a geologist, registered with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals. He has more than 25 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operations with experience in precious and base metals. Errol has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals, LionGold Corporation and African Stellar Holdings.  His senior executive roles have been on several boards of companies listed on the TSX, ASX and JSE.




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Peter
Peter Steenkamp, Chief Executive Officer, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited

Peter Steenkamp is Harmony’s chief executive officer and executive director from 1 January 2016. He has some 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, which include his last position as Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited, executive positions at Harmony from 2003 to 2007, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Pamodzi Gold.


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Bernard
Bernard Swanepoel

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.


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Mike
Mike Teke, Chief Executive Officer, Seriti Resources

From his beginnings in education to his career in Human Resources, Mike has gained extensive experience in people and business management in BHP and Impala, as well as CEO of Optimum Coal Holdings (prior to it being taken over by Glencore). 




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Dr Nombasa
Dr Nombasa Tsengwa, Executive Head, Coal Operations, Exxaro Resources

Dr Tsengwa has a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA and has completed the Executive Development Programme at Insead. She has more than 17 years of executive management and board experience in the public and private sector. 




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Douglas
Douglas Upton, Investment Analyst & Partner, Capital Global

Douglas Upton is an equity investment analyst at Capital Group with research responsibility for global metals and mining companies. He has 31 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 15 years. 




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Natascha
Natascha Viljoen, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Platinum

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, the 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.


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