Sacha Backes is a Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, mandated to provide financing and support to companies investing in frontier and emerging markets.
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz is the Centre Manager: Energy at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, where he leads the establishment of an integrated energy research centre and a growing team of scientists and engineers.
Hein joined Price Waterhouse’s Pretoria office in 1984 and, following his articles, spent two years with the firm in the United States before returning to the Pretoria office in 1989, specialising in serving multi-national clients. He was admitted to the partnership in 1992.
Wickus is the Africa Mining & Metals Sector Leader for EY and an experienced partner with 20 years’ experience serving clients in the sector. Wickus is a Chartered Accountant and accredited to audit JSE listed, TSX listed and US SEC registered companies.
Mark Bristow has been the chief executive of Randgold Resources since he lead its incorporation in 1995. A geologist with a PhD from the University of Natal in South Africa, his pioneering exploration work in West Africa provided the foundation on which the company was established.
John Capel’s background is firmly rooted in the world of work, formally as Secretary of the South African Catholics Bishops Conference- Church and Work Commission, that supported the early trade unions, now largely Cosatu and acted as policy advice and advocacy officer.
Fred is Director of the Wits Mining Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and the former Head of the School of Mining Engineering at Wits. He has qualifications in Mine Surveying, Mining Engineering and Law.
Jacques is a Partner in the Energy and Natural Resources Division of KPMG South Africa. A seasoned and accomplished professional with senior executive experience and strong international exposure, Jacques Erasmus is known and respected in the mining industry as a front-footed, highly-skilled professional, and offers a portfolio of career highlights reflecting extraordinary business and financial acumen.
Brian Gilbertson has extensive experience in the global natural resources industry. In his early career, he was managing director of Rustenburg Platinum Mines Limited, which gained recognition as the world’s foremost producer of platinum in the 1980s.
Mr Holland was appointed an executive director of Gold Fields in 1997 and became CEO on 1 May 2008. Prior to that he was the Company’s CFO. Mr Holland has more than 31 years’ experience in financial management, of which 23 years were in the mining industry. Prior to joining Gold Fields, he was Financial Director and Senior Manager of Corporate Finance at Gencor.
Andrew joined Monitor Deloitte as a Director following Deloitte’s acquisition of Monitor. He had joined Monitor as a partner, after being a partner and founding member of North Road Consulting. Andrew has led strategy, operational improvement, organization redesign and implementation projects in several industries.
Cobus has been a director of Pan African since 2009 and was appointed Financial Director on 1 October 2013. Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Shanduka Resources (Pty) Limited. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and a CFA® Charterholder.
Barry has been working in the power industry in South Africa for over 25 years. He is currently the National Utility’s head of Research, Testing and Development and leads a team of over 400 people involved in applied research, testing and consulting in a variety of specialist energy technology related disciplines.
Mr Fidelis Madavo is the Executive Head: Listed Investment at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa. Prior to this he was Head of Resources and Portfolio Manager for Strategic and African Listed Investment, also at the PIC.
As a youth, not surprising for someone with his religious roots, he had begun his activism in the then Student Christian Movement (SCM). At the time the SCM was pivotal in raising the consciousness of young people in the 1970s at the dawn of liberated Angola and Mozambique.
Mr Joseph Vusumuzi Mathunjwa is a founding member and current President of AMCU. He is an activist who curved his leadership within the echelons of the NUM. Having been expelled from NUM he took his visionary leadership to founding and leading AMCU to be one of the largest non-aligned trade unions in South Africa.
Norman is a member of the Group Management Committee (GMC) and deputy chairman of Anglo American South Africa (AASA). Norman Mbazima has headed Anglo American’s South African iron ore business Kumba Iron Ore since 1 September 2012 when he joined the separately-listed company as its chief executive.
Sandy McGregor 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 22 years, where much of his experience was focused on investment related activities.
A mining career from a ‘Welkom‘65 Lnr.Mine Official’, WitsBSc., Global Techno. & Ops. assignments for then Anglo/DeBeers Groups in Africa & Americas in Gold, Diamonds & Base Metals - serving later on then Anglo Platinum and DeBeers-Global Boards.
With degrees in chemical engineering and law, he specialises in mining law, mining finance and traditional communities within the legal sector. His mining experience includes involvement in platinum, aluminium, nickel, cobalt, chrome, vanadium, steel and heavy minerals projects.
Bongi has more than 13 years experience in the mining industry with exposure to iron ore and base metal commodities. Her career started after graduating from Witwatersrand University with a BSc (Eng) in Metallurgy and Material Engineering.
Dr Sizwe Phakathi is the Head of Safety and Sustainable Development at the Chamber of Mines and Employer Convenor on the Board of the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC). He is the Employer Convenor on the Culture Transformation Advisory Committee (CTAC) at the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC).
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.
Sipho Mila Pityana is Chairman of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. Having joined the board as senior director in February 2007, he is the chairman of the Nominations committees, and a member of the Remuneration and Human Resources and Social, Ethics and Sustainability committees.
Andile Sangqu was appointed as the executive head for Anglo American in South Africa on 1 June 2015. His role includes working with the South Africa-based businesses to help deliver the Group’s strategy in the region, provide leadership and co-ordination to the Group’s stakeholder relations initiatives in South Africa, and facilitate regional alignment with the Group’s central functions.
With almost 30 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is currently Managing Director of Piran Resources, a Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten producer. He began his career in resources, managing mining and exploration projects in Malawi, Zambia and Angola.
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.
Mazwi Tunyiswa, Male, graduated from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, obtaining a BSc (Physics and and Applied Mathematics) and BSc (Hons, physics), and then did a Masters in Engineering at Tohoku university in Japan where he graduated in March 1998.
Peter Turner was appointed as Senior Vice President: Safety Health and Environment in 2015. He has more than 39 years’ experience in the mining industry as a senior executive at Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields prior to joining Sibanye.
Sietse van der Woude has a Masters Degree in Radiation Physics. As Manager at the National Nuclear Regulator he was responsible for the establishment of a regulatory framework for radiation protection in mining.
Mr Viljoen started out as a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and subsequently joined SARB as an economic analyst. He joined Allan Gray Investment Counsel in 1991 as a portfolio manager and later moved onto Investec Asset Management in 1995.