2019 Speakers

Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame, Director, ENSafrica

Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame is an executive in ENSafrica’s natural resources and environment department. She specialises in all aspects of natural resources and environmental law. She is an admitted attorney, notary public and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa. 

Claude Baissac, Chief Executive Officer, Eunomix

Eunomix™ is led by Claude Baissac. Claude is a specialist in sustainable development, growth and strategy with over 20 years of practice advising government, industry, and international organisations. His combination of expertise, at the nexus of policy, strategy and research, provides him with a unique perspective on the conditions for sustainable growth in complex societies. His clients have included most international donors, many governments, and blue chip companies.

Frans Baleni, Director, F11 Consulting

Mr Frans Baleni is the past General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa’s largest trade Union, a role he has held since 2006. He started his career in the mining industry in 1979 and a year later was elected a Shop Steward.

Rachael Bartels, Senior Managing Director, Chemicals and Natural Resources, Accenture

Rachael Bartels is the Managing Director of Accenture’s global Chemicals, Minerals and Sustainable Materials Practice.  She spends most of her time working with senior executives on transformational and disruptive change and has more than 30 years of experience in consulting, working primarily in chemicals, mining and energy.  

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. 

Robin Bolton, Executive Head: Sustainability, IsoMetrix

Robin has been in the environmental, social and sustainability field since 2000, initially as a consultant and thereafter with a management system software company. His main focus is in the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors as well as with financial institutes. He has worked across Africa and parts of the Middle East.

Emma Chapman, Head Investor Relations, Anglo American Platinum

Emma Chapman has been the Head of Investor Relations for Anglo American Platinum for six years, having moved from the Anglo American plc Investor Relations team. She previously worked for Citigroup in mergers & acquisitions and latterly in mining corporate broking in London. She has worked on a number of transactions including the Glencore and Xstrata merger, as well as the sale of Lehman Brothers IBD and equities divisions to Nomura. She is a qualified chartered accountant, has a BsC(Hons) in Economics and has recently completed a fast track executive MBA programme at Harvard Business School.

George Cheveley, Portfolio Manager, Investec Asset Management (London)

George is a Portfolio Manager and metals and mining specialist in the natural resources team at Investec Asset Management, having joined the firm in 2007. 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. 

Paul Chimbodza, Executive Director, Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe

Paul Chimbodza is an Executive Director of Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe, the developers of Africa’s second largest drill proven hard rock Arcadia Lithium project in Zimbabwe. He is also the Executive Chairman of Geo Associates (Pvt) Ltd, a junior resources company that holds an oil and gas exploration licence over the Cabora Bassa Basin that has been historically explored by Mobil Oil.

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.

Brian Dames, Chief Executive, African Rainbow Energy & Power

Brian Dames is currently the Chief Executive of African Rainbow Energy & Power Pty Ltd (“AREP”), and the Former Chief Executive of Eskom Holdings SOC Limited, the national electricity utility in South Africa. AREP is a recently formed entity, established by its Founder and Chairman, Mr. Patrice Motsepe. AREP’s vision is to become a leading energy and power enterprise on the African continent.

Arjen de Bruin, Managing Director, OIM Operations Solutions

As Managing Director of OIM Operations Solutions, Arjen de Bruin has more than 28 years' business consulting experience within mining, manufacturing, retail and financial services. In this capacity, Arjen is deeply engaged in creating long-term client partnerships through ensuring that OIM engagements deliver significant benefits. 

Henk de Hoop, Business Development Director, Rand Merchant Bank

Henk de Hoop holds an MSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Delft, Netherlands, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He started his career as a Graduate Mining Engineer at Goldfields of South Africa, followed by 2 years at Sasol as an Explosives Engineer.

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. 

Alex Fenn, Head of Technology and Innovation, Sibanye-Stillwater

Alex is a professionally registered mechanical engineer and has been involved in transport and machinery, as well as new technology and innovation in mining for the majority of his career. He currently heads Sibanye-Stillwater’s technology and innovation department which is responsible for group technology and innovation strategy, as well as conceptualizing, developing and implementing innovative safety and productivity improvement solutions across the mining production and beneficiation value chain for Sibanye-Stillwater’s full portfolio of assets. 

Mike Fraser, Chief Operating Officer, South32

On 30 April 2018, Mike Fraser, in his role of Chief Operating Officer, assumed responsibility for the Group’s alumina operations in Australia, and Cerro Matoso in Colombia. He retains the Group’s aluminium operations in South Africa in his portfolio and he is responsible for South Africa Energy Coal. 

Bobby Godsell,

Bobby Godsell worked for 34 years as an executive in the Anglo American group of companies.  For 12 of these, he was CEO of Anglo’s gold mining interests, in the form of AngloGold Ashanti. 

Chris Griffith, Chief Executive Officer, Anglo American Platinum

Chris has served as CEO of Anglo American Platinum since September 2012. He was previously CEO of Kumba Iron Ore from 2008 to 2012 and prior to this, served as Anglo American Platinum’s Head of Joint Venture Operations. Chris has been with the Group for over 29 years.





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.

Alistair Hodgkinson, Executive Vice President: Europe, Middle East and Africa, DRA Global

Alistair Hodgkinson is the Executive Vice President for the EMEA Region. Alistair joined DRA in 2007 and has over 23 years’ industry experience. He has been involved in large scale mining and minerals processing projects across EMEA, implementing various greenfields and brownfields resources projects.  In his current role, Alistair oversees the successful delivery of all projects across EMEA. Alistair completed his B.Sc. Eng (Mechanical) at the University of the Witwatersrand, holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is a registered professional engineer.

Irvin Jim, General Secretary, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)

Irvin Jim is currently serving his third term as General Secretary of Numsa, having been re-elected to serve the militant metalworkers in its December 2016 elective congress, following his first election in October 2008.

André Joubert, Chief Executive: Ferrous Division, African Rainbow Minerals

André Joubert is a Mining Engineer. He is the Chief Executive of the Ferrous Division of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). This division is responsible for the operational activities of Assmang, which is a 50/50 joint venture between African Rainbow Minerals and Assore, which are both listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Francois Joubert, Partner and Head of Environmental Practice, Fasken

With more than 20 years of post-admission legal and corporate experience, Francois Joubert is a recognized strategic advisor providing clients with legal, strategic and commercial/ transactional advisory services in the natural resources, safety & health, land use planning, power, oil & gas, mining and industrial related sectors.

Meroonisha Kerber, Chief Financial Officer, Implats

Ms Kerber, BCom, HDipAcc, CA (SA), has recently joined Implats as the chief financial officer and an executive director of the Implats Board. 

Charl Keyter, Group Chief Financial Officer, Sibanye -Stillwater

Charl Keyter was appointed a Director of Sibanye-Stillwater on 9 November 2012 and Executive Director and CFO on 1 January 2013. Previously, he was Vice President and Group Head of International Finance at Gold Fields. Charl has more than 20 years’ mining experience, having begun his career at Gold Fields in February 1995.

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. 

Lullu Krugel, Chief Economist for PwC South Africa

Lullu Krugel is the Chief Economist for PwC South Africa and a Partner in the strategy team. She leads a team of 17 economists, political analysts and regulatory specialists.

Satish Kumar, Director Projects, Vedanta Zinc International

Satish Kumar is Director – Projects at Vedanta Zinc International (VZI). As Head of Vedanta’s projects in South Africa, a role he assumed in 2015, he led the development of the US$400m Gamsberg Mine in the Northern Cape. His current role includes the development of various growth projects for VZI in South Africa and Namibia, including Phase 2 of Gamsberg and its associated Zinc Smelter. Satish was previously General Manager at Skorpion Zinc in Namibia. He has over 23 years’ experience in leading both projects and operations in various leadership roles in multiple geographies (India, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa). He is a chemical engineer by profession and has also completed a general management programme at Harvard Business School.

Andrew Lane, Africa Energy and Resources Leader, Deloitte

Andrew is a senior partner at Deloitte Africa, where he leads the Energy and Resources practice in Africa, the Monitor Deloitte corporate and business unit strategy capability and the CEO programme at the Deloitte Executive Institute. Andrews professional career spans 32 years – 14 in Industry, mainly in general management in industrial companies; and 18 in strategy and operational consulting. Andrew joined Deloitte as a Director following Deloitte’s acquisition of Monitor.

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.

Thabi Leoka, Economist

Thabi Leoka is an Economist who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector. Thabi started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London.

Cobus Loots, Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Resources

Cobus qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche in South Africa and he is also a CFA® Charterholder. He has been a director of Pan African Resources since 2009 and served as Financial Director of Pan African Resources from 2013 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer on 1 March 2015. Cobus has 15 years of management and investment experience in the African mining environment and has successfully executed a number of value-accretive projects and transactions during his time at Pan African Resources. 

William Mabapa, Deputy General Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers

Makgabo William Mabapa was elected as the NUM branch chairperson at Anglo Platinum Mogalakwena section in 1994 to 1995. In 1995 he was elected the branch secretary. In 1996 he was elected the full-time shop steward after the adoption of the first NUM Ten Year Plan at the 1996 National Congress held at Sinnodale, Pretoria to merge the branch secretary position and the full-time shop steward position.

Mosa Mabuza Chief Executive Officer, Council for Geoscience

Mosa Mabuza qualified as a geologist with a BSc (Hons) and with a PDA in Business. He has extensive exploration experience in multiple regional jurisdictions that span SADC, West Africa and Canada, amongst others. He assumed his official duties in 2006 as Director of Mineral Economics in the erstwhile Department of Minerals and Energy and later became Deputy Director-General of the Mineral Policy (and Investment Promotion) in 2012. 

Dr Jabu Mabuza, Group Chief Executive, Eskom

Jabulane (Jabu) Mabuza currently serves as the Chairman Sun International Limited as well as the Interim Executive Chairman and Acting Group Chief Executive of Eskom SOC Limited. He is widely recognised as a successful entrepreneur and business leader, having recently retired as the Chairman of Telkom SA SOC Ltd where he played a pivotal role in turning the company around. He has also recently stepped down as the Chairman of Anheuser – Busch InBev/SAB Miller - Africa, Business Leadership South Africa, as well as the Casino Association of South Africa.  He served as the President of Business Unity South Africa until 2018. He was appointed by the Presidency as a co-convenor of the CEO Initiative together with the former Treasury Minister to look into the state of affairs of the South African economy. Jabu was recently appointed to the board of MultiChoice Group.

Shirley Machaba, South Africa CEO, PwC

Shirley was appointed as CEO, South Africa for PricewaterhouseCoopers, South Africa from 1 July 2019.  She has been a Partner in PwC’s Assurance Services division for 15 years. She is a Chartered Accountant and qualified Chartered Director Southern Africa (CD (SA)) and has over 26 years’ internal, external audit, risk management, compliance and governance experience in the private and public sectors across all industries.  

Jongisa Magagula, Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Development, African Rainbow Minerals

Jongisa Magagula is currently the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). She began her career in the financial reporting department of Unilever South Africa Home and Personal Care. During her time at Unilever she was seconded to the internal audit team of Ernst and Young. In 2007 Jongisa joined Absa Capital and was seconded to Barclays Capital in London where she worked in the Real Estate Group Services team originating commercial debt and structuring commercial debt securitisations. She returned to Absa Capital and joined the Mining and Metals team responsible for financing and risk management solutions for mining clients. Jongisa holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) Honours from the University of Cape Town.

Thabile Makgala, Executive: Mining, Impala Platinum; Chairperson, Women in Mining SA (WiMSA)

Thabile Makgala is the Executive: Mining at Implats. Prior to joining Implats, Thabile held various senior positions at Gold Fields, Anglogoldashanti and AngloAmerican. In 2018, she was selected as one of the “Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining worldwide. 

Trudi Makhaya, Trudi Makhaya, Economic Advisor to His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa

Trudi Makhaya is a writer, economist and entrepreneur. In April 2018, she was appointed as full time economic advisor to His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa. In this role, she provides technical support to the President on economic policy. This includes regular input on key issues and initiatives, interfacing with relevant advisory councils and engaging with economic policy stakeholders.

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.

Joseph Mathunjwa, President, AMCU

Joseph Mathunjwa  is the founder and Head of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) – one of the most progressive and fast growing trade unions in South Africa’s labour landscape.  Born in Amatikulu, in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Mathunjwa began his career as a laboratory attendant. He then worked as the laboratory assistant at BHP Billiton’s Douglas Colliery in Mpumalanga where he gained popularity among the workforce due to his interests in representing workers.

Billy Mawasha, Director, Kolobe Nala Investment Company

Kolobe Nala Investment Company (Pty) Ltd (KNI) is a family-owned business focused on investments in mining, energy and aviation and is headed by Billy Mawasha, who has extensive mining experience with Anglo American, Rio Tinto, De Beers and AngloGold Ashanti to name but a few. Until recently, Billy was the Country Head in South Africa for Rio Tinto and the MD of Richards Bay Minerals. In addition, Billy serves on the Board of Metair Investments Ltd (MTA:SJ – Automotive Components and Battery Manufacturer) and is the Chairman of their Investment Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk and Nomination Committees. Billy is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. 

Sandy McGregor, Portfolio Manager, Allan Gray

Sandy joined Allan Gray as an investment analyst and economist in October 1991. Previously he was employed by Gold Fields of South Africa Limited in a variety of management positions for 24 years, where much of his experience was focused on investment-related activities. His current responsibilities include the management of fixed interest and individual client portfolios and he is a fund manager for the Allan Gray Bond Fund. He was a director of Allan Gray Limited from 1997 to 2006.

Jabu Mdaki, General Manager, Operations, Richards Bay Coal Terminal

Jabu Mdaki’s role is to lead and manage the operations and contribute to the strategic initiatives of Richards Bay Coal Terminal. He manages the engagement with key stakeholders including coal exporting parties, Department of Minerals, Transnet Freight Rail and Transnet National Ports Authority. Jabu has served RBCT for 17 years, having previously worked for Sasol Synthetic Fuels and Eskom.

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.

Ntombi Mhangwani Director for Integrated Marketing and Communications & Women’s Forum Lead, Accenture Africa

Ntombi Mhangwani is the Director for Integrated Marketing and Communications and Women’s Forum Lead at Accenture Africa. She joined Accenture in 2015, tasked to build strategic value and deliver personalised, unique marketing as well as communications experiences. She also drives initiatives to attain Accenture’s vision to achieve a 50/50 gender-balanced workforce by 2025. 

Mpumelelo Mkhabela, Chairman, Menar

Mpumelelo Mkhabela is the chairperson of Menar. He is an experienced media practitioner and business leader. He is a political and policy analyst who regularly comments on South Africa’s political economy. He has edited the Sowetan and the Daily Dispatch newspapers. He is a former chairman of the South African National Editors’ Forum. He holds a BA Hons (Political Science) from the University of Limpopo, a BA in Journalism (Hons) from Stellenbosch University and an MA in International Politics from the University of South Africa.

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. 

Pleasure Mnisi, Manager, Business Optimisation, Exxaro Resources

Pleasure is the leader for Exxaro coal business strategy, digital transformation and operational performance optimisation. Exxaro is currently the largest coal mining company in South Africa and a leader in digital transformation.

Fortune Mojapelo, Chief Executive Officer, Bushveld Minerals

Fortune is a mining entrepreneur with a strong exploration and development track record, Fortune has played a leading role in the origination, establishment and project development of several junior mining companies in Africa including New Kush Exploration and Mining (Gold in South Sudan), AfriTin Mining (Tin), Bushveld Resources Limited (Iron Ore), New Horizon Minerals (Iron Ore), Bushveld Platinum Limited (PGMs) and Eagle Resources Limited (Uranium). 

Dr Popo Molefe, Chairperson, Transnet SOC Ltd

Dr Molefe is the current Chairman of the Transnet Board of since May 2018. He has previously chaired, among others, the boards of Petroleum and Gas Corporation of SA (Petro-SA), Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR); Morvest Information and Communication Technology Ltd, later renamed Xantium, and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and (PRASA). He is the Executive Chairperson of the Lereko Investments Company which he established with the former Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mr Valli Moosa, after he retired from government in 2004. He subsequently founded the Popo Molefe Foundation, whose primary role is to support youth from disadvantaged communities to access education at tertiary levels.

Gerick Mouton, Senior Vice President, Ivanplats

Gerick Mouton, a Mechanical Engineer by profession, is a global mining professional with over 22 years’ experience in strategic mine development, implementation and execution of multifaceted capital intensive mining projects on the African continent. 

Abigail Mukhuba, Finance Director, African Rainbow Minerals

Abigail Mukhuba qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2005 and has over 16 years working experience in the financial reporting and tax specialist environment in both the automotive and mining industries. Abigail started her career at BMW SA. 

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.

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.

Delia Ndlovu, Managing Director: Africa Tax & Legal, Deloitte

Delia is the Managing Director for the Deloitte Africa Tax & Legal business. Deloitte Africa Tax & Legal serves 14 countries Anglophone speaking countries across Africa and has a staff complement of over 600 people with more than 50 Partners / Directors. Delia currently serves on the Executive board for Deloitte & Touche Africa and has also been appointed to the Deloitte Global Tax & Legal Executive.

Dr 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. 

Steve Phiri, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Bafokeng Platinum

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.

Myuran Rajaratnam, Portfolio Manager, Metal Industries Benefit Funds Administrators (MIBFA)

Myuran Rajaratnam is a portfolio Manager at MIBFA, a large pension fund in South Africa. He is also the lead analyst in the Resources/Mining sector as well as various industrial sectors such as Telecoms, Food and the Small/Mid-cap space.

Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist, Efficient Group

Dawie Roodt is a founder, Director and Chief Economist of the Efficient Group. He serves on a variety of investment committees within the Efficient Group. Dawie’s latest role is that of Chairman of Efficient Private Clients, of which Efficient Group is the majority shareholder. 

Andries Rossouw, Director, PwC

Andries is PwC’s Africa Energy, Utilities and Resources leader and an experienced JSE accredited audit partner. He has been with the firm since 1997 and partner since 2007. He has experience in numerous stock exchange transactions, including IPOs, fund raisings, and reporting accountant work for acquisitions.

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.

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.

Richard Stewart, Executive Vice President Business Development, Sibanye-Stillwater

Richard Stewart has 20 years’ experience in South Africa’s geological and mining industries, is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and is a Registered Natural Scientist. Prior to joining Sibanye-Stillwater in 2014, he served on the Gold One Executive Committee, from 2009 to 2014, in both Technical and Business Development related roles.  

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.

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). 

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. 

Arnold van Graan, Analyst: Mining, Nedbank CIB

Arnold van Graan has extensive international mining-related financial experience. Arnold joined Nedbank in 2016 as an Equity Analyst covering platinum and gold producers. Prior to joining Nedbank, he worked in equity research at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the Royal Bank of Canada and Investec Securities. Arnold started his career with Ernst & Young's mining team in Johannesburg, with secondments to practices in Manchester and New York. He is a Chartered Accountant.

Andries van Heerden, Chief Executive Officer, Afrimat

Andries van Heerden has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Afrimat Ltd since November 2006. He is also a member of the company's board of directors. Prior to serving in this role, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster Group (Pty) Ltd (2005), the Managing Director of Prima Quarries (Pty) Ltd. (2003-2005) and served in various other operational management roles, mostly in the mining and quarrying industries.

Paul van Zijl, Executive Director, Sub-Sahara Africa Natural Resources, J.P. Morgan

Paul focuses on the natural resources sector in Sub-Sahara Africa. He graduated with a B(Commerce) Honours (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. 

Mpumi Zikalala, Managing Director: De Beers Group Managed Operations

Mpumi was a De Beers bursar and officially joined the De Beers Group in 2001 as a process engineer. As part of her production journey, she worked on process improvement and plant design projects and also worked in various leadership levels within production management.