2015 Speakers

Sacha Akira Backes, Senior Investment Officer, Mining Investment Division – Africa, International Finance Corporation

Sacha has been with IFC for 7 years - three years in London focusing on business development for mining, and oil and gas, and thereafter three years at IFC’s headquarter office in Washington DC focusing on mining and infrastructure transactions. Sacha moved to IFC’s office in Johannesburg in early 2014 to focus on mining investments in Africa. Prior to joining IFC, Sacha worked in Laos for seven years where he launched and managed several rural infrastructure development projects. Sacha has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.

John Barton-Bridges, CEO, Jonah Capital

John Barton-Bridges has more than thirty years professional experience, primarily in the mining and infrastructure sectors. Born and raised in Africa, he left South Africa in 1985 and gained his professional experience in the United States, Canada and the emerging markets of Latin America, Central Asia, and Africa. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a M.Sc. from the University of London, Imperial College (D.I.C.), and an MBA from INSEAD, France. Following his MBA, John spent 10 years with the International Finance Corporation of Washington, D.C., where he was appointed Principal Investment Officer. While at IFC he was seconded to the Development Bank of Southern Africa in 1998 to head up the Private Sector Investment Unit of the bank, after which he spent 6 years as Vice President in the private equity team of AIG Investments. Since 2007 he has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Jonah Capital Group, headed by Sam Jonah KBE, OSG.

James Campbell, CEO, Rockwell Diamonds

James worked at De Beers for over twenty years, in senior roles including GM for advanced exploration and resource delivery (Global Mining & Exploration). He led a number of diamond exploration and evaluation programmes and small-scale mine developments, played key roles in corporate and strategic management and was Nicky Oppenheimer's Personal Assistant. James holds a degree in Mining & Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London University) and an MBA with distinction from Durham University. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Materials, Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK), a Professional Natural Scientist (RSA) and a member of the IoD SA. James is acting chairman of the South African Mzansi Ballet, chairman of the South African Ballet Theatre Trust and acting chairman of Common Purpose SA.

Sarel Daantjie, Executive Chairman, Mvelo Minerals

Sarel Aliva Daantjie resigned from Anglo Platinum at the end of 2005 to start Mvelo in 2006. It was the first wholly owned Black company painting & cleaning projects for Anglo Platinum and Glencore. In 2010, Mvelo received its first big breakthrough at Anglo Platinum’s Amandelbult Concentrator where it awarded a Plant Cleaning contract with employee as local people. In 2012, Lonmin’s Supply, Chain and Enterprise Development gave Mvelo a second major breakthrough by awarding it an underground mining contract. During the aftermath of the Marikana Massacre, Tshediso and management (Lonmin Vice President Mining) took the risk to support and gave Mvelo an opportunity to start core mining as one of the black GLCcompony today. Mvelo is currently mining for Pandora (Joint Venture between Anglo Platinum and Lonmin) and employs in excess of 500 workers. To date Mvelo is a Member of SA chamber of mine and lost interest, platinum, mining chrome, coal nickel and other minerals

Henk de Hoop, Business Development Director Resources, 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. He spent the next 12 years as a Mining Analyst working for several broking firms, covering gold, diamond, coal, diversified, platinum and junior mining stocks. He was rated the top platinum analyst by the Financial Mail from 2005-2007. He joined Rand Merchant Bank in 2008, and is responsible for business development for the bank’s Resources industry clients, covering equity, debt, debt capital markets, M&A, global markets and corporate banking.

Alugumi Dzebu, Senior Investment Manager: Partnership Funds, Anglo American

Alugumi Dzebu is the Senior Investment Manager for Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele’s Partnership Funds, and his responsibilities include managing the Anglo American sefa Mining Fund, which focusses on promoting mining-related investments in the junior mining space. A qualified geologist by profession, Alugumi has an Honours Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering, obtained in 2001 and 2010 respectively, from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has extensive and diverse knowledge of the mining industry spanning from exploration, operational experience and funding. He has worked on a number of mining finance transactions both locally and internationally across multiple commodities. Alugumi also sits as a non-executive director on a number of mining companies.


Bruce Falcon, Director, Falcon & Hume Inc

Bruce is currently a founder and director of corporate law firm, Falcon & Hume Inc. Bruce completed his legal articles with Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc, and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 1996. After a brief period working in mining corporate finance in London, Bruce spent 4 years with the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure group of Allens Arthur Robinson in Melbourne, Australia. On returning to South Africa in 2002, Bruce established his own legal practice. Since then he has been involved in a number of significant corporate and resources transactions and has developed and maintained several close client relationships.  These clients include Australian, English and Canadian listed exploration and mining companies, corporate finance firms and several emerging and established South African Black Economic Empowerment firms. Bruce graduated with B Comm and LLB degrees from Wits University and an LLM (Corporate and Resources Law) from Melbourne University, Australia. Bruce is also admitted as a solicitor and barrister in Victoria, Australia and the High Court of Australia.

Noah Greenhill, CEO, Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings

Noah is currently the CEO of Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela Investment Holdings. After joining the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2000 as part of the Executive Committee in his role as the Senior General Manager of Marketing and Business Development, Noah Greenhill has been flying the flag of enthusiasm high. He is passionate about educating the business community about why the South African index is among the top places to invest, list and expect global size growth. His zeal and passion for investing in the local index was the driving force for his heading the establishment of the JSE’s AltX in 2003. He is well known as the face of AltX, the alternative exchange which attracts small, medium and growing companies. The painful birthing of the Altx brought fourth an index that  now  boasts over  80 companies with a market  capitalization  of over R30bn. AltX has beaten back the skeptics, bringing many new companies to the market and hundreds of new, mainly private, investors. While the JSE's previous attempts to host small, developing companies, the development capital market (DCM) and venture capital market (VCM), became notorious for poor quality companies, AltX has mainly captured good, solid, companies. His infectious enthusiasm for investing in African resource stocks doesn’t look set to change as he became the Head of Corporate Finance at Sasfin Capital (“Sasfin”) of Sasfin Bank Ltd. In his appointment he brings with him a vast network of corporate contacts and strong marketing skills, built up over his 12 years of heading the JSE’s marketing efforts.

Tony Harwood, President & CEO, Montero Mining

Dr. Antony Harwood (Tony) is an economic geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. He graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, in the UK with a BSc (Hons) cum laude and a PhD degree in Economic Geology. Tony is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Montero Mining and Exploration (TSX-V) a rare earth element focused company with itsflagship property, the Wigu Hill Rare Earth Project in Tanzania. Prior to joining Montero, Tony was President and CEO of Africo Resources, which he took to the TSX, raising $124 million during his tenure from 2006 to 2009. Prior to this Tony was Vice President Global Generative Exploration for Placer Dome Inc. from 1998 to 2006. Currently, Tony serves as a Director for East Africa Metals Inc. and Tesoro Minerals Corp. and was formerly Executive Chairman of Universal Coal PLC, Director of Adamus Resources, Endeavour Mining Corp, AuRo Resource Corp., Auryx Gold Corp, and Lappland Goldminers AG. Tony was founder of Harwood International, a geological consulting company, which he operated for 10 years and prior to this he held the position of lecturer at Cardiff University, UK and Natal University, Durban, South Africa.

Ben James, Managing Director, Baobab Resources & Capitol Resources Ida

Ben is a geologist with over 15 years experience in the exploration and mining industry. Graduating with a degree in geology from the University of Otago in 1994, he has since held exploration and development roles in a variety of terrains including the Archaean Greenstone belts of Western Australia, Proterozoic gold and base metal systems in Zambia, porphyry gold-copper deposits in the Romanian Carpathians and Ordovician orogenic mesothermal gold mineralisation in New Zealand's South Island. Ben has worked for various companies including Oceana Gold, RSG Global, Katanga Resources, Hill 50 Gold and Herald Resources. Ben joined Baobab Resources plc as Exploration Manager in 2006, joined the board as Technical Director in 2008 and assumed the role of Managing Director in 2009.

Christiaan Jordaan, CEO, Regius Resources Group

Christiaan Jordaan holds a B.Com Law degree which he obtained from the University of Pretoria. Additionally he also completed the following Registered Person’s examinations through the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM): Equity markets and Bond markets. Mr. Jordaan is a qualified Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Compliance Officer. He started his career in financial services and has operated at senior management level until July 2011, specialising in risk management. Inspired by his special interest in private equity, commodities and corporate finance Mr. Jordaan co-founded the Regius Group to focus on transactions and projects in the mineral and energy sector. Mr. Jordaan is responsible for the day-to-day management of Regius Resources Group and specifically for all commercial aspects of the companies' projects in Mozambique.

Boris Kamstra, Investment Executive, Pangea Exploration

Boris is a Professional Engineer with many years of investment, management, and operational experience. He has experience in a range of industries at senior executive levels including private equity, mining, venture capital and construction. He qualified cum laude from the University of Cape Town with a Civil Engineering degree in 1989. After which he commenced his career at Grinaker Concrete Construction becoming a director of that company in 1999. During 2000 he completed an MBA at University of Witwatersrand.




Paul Khosolo, Managing Director, African Sun Mining

Paul Khosolo has twenty years' experience in the mining industry, starting his career at Anglo American Corporation in 1994, and culminating in his appointment as the youngest mine overseer at Tau Lekoa Mine in 2000. He joined Harmony Mine as a Mine Overseer to gain experience in deep mining and steep stopes where he achieved the prestigious award of ‘Mine Overseer of the Year’. He proceeded to Goldfields to further his experience in deep mining, as well as overseeing the development section at the deepest shafts by that time. Paul joined Anglo Platinum in Limpopo in 2005 as a Mine Overseer where he was exposed to platinum operations. His peers in the industry regarded him as one of the best miners in the sector. He joined Samancor Chrome Mine as Mining Superintendent, thereafter being appointed Mine Manager in 2007 after he brought positive changes to the company’s mining operations, safety performance and effectiveness. He joined International Ferro Metals as Mining Contract Manager in 2008, managing both Underground and Opencasts operations. Paul was given an opportunity to establish a new Opencast Mine in Bapong Village called Sky Chrome Mine. He started the mine by negotiating with the community and ensured that once the agreements were reached, the site was fully established and operational. Under his leadership, he ensured that recruitment from the local community and the integration of those employees into the company was a smooth and successful process. In 2011, he established African Sun Mining Company (Pty) Ltd and became Managing Director of the company. He has a Metalliferous Mining (Mine Overseer Certificate). 

Paul Loudon, CEO, DiamondCorp

Paul Loudon has a BSc (Hons) in economics and engineering and more than 25 years′ experience in stockbroking, corporate finance and management of junior mining and exploration companies. He has been President of Battlefields Minerals Corporation of Toronto and Chairman of BDI Mining Corp. He was head of Equities at Loeb Aron & Company Ltd, a London corporate finance house specialising in the mining sector, where he was responsible for raising considerable sums of equity capital for resource companies listed in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Mr Loudon is an Associate of the Securities Institute and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mines and Metallurgy. He resides in Kroonstad, Free State Province, and was a founder of DiamondCorp in 2005. 

Vusi Mabena, Senior Executive: Transformation and Stakeholder Relations, Chamber of Mines of South Africa

Since joining the Chamber of Mines in 2002, Vusi Mabena (BA Hons (UNISA)) brings his extensive experience and knowledge of training and education to the industry as the Advisor for Skills Development. He has several diplomas and certificates in Management, including his Masters in Management from Wits Business School. Mr Mabena started his career as a teacher ending up as a Head of Department in a College of Education. He moved to the Private Sector when he played an instrumental role in literacy and numeracy training and moved to Management Development at such companies as Afrox, ABSA, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and now at the Chamber of Mines. At the Chamber he started as an Adviser responsible for Skills Development for the whole industry and he serves on the Board of the Mining Qualifications Authority representing the interest of Employers. His passion for skills development in the nation saw him being nominated to serve on the Board of the National Skills Authority and he is currently a member of the Technical Working Group of the Human Resources Development Council of South Africa. Mr Mabena is now Senior Executive responsible for Transformation and Stakeholder Relations at the Chamber of Mines.

Peter Major, Mining Policy Consultant, Cadiz Corporate Solutions

He graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. Peter completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA. He began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst and then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he Top Fund of the Year and 3 Raging Bull awards. In 2001 as CIO he set up HBD Asset Management with Mark Shuttleworth, with assets of $530m growing to $1.5bn by 2005. In 2006 Peter joined Cadiz where he focuses on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.

Otsile Matlou, Director, ENSafrica

Otsile Matlou is a director at ENSafrica and is head of the mining department. He acts for a wide range of mining companies in all mineral commodity sectors, including the base and precious metals, coal, rare earths, sand, as well as diamonds sectors. He acts for listed as well as unlisted mining and exploration companies. He also acts for financial institutions in regard to resource finance projects. Otsile’s experience includes all aspects of regulatory work in the mining and petroleum (upstream) industries, as well as aspects of acquisitions and corporate restructuring, as well as black economic empowerment transactions. He also advises concerning royalties in the mining sector. He has experience ranging from start-up exploration projects to well established mining projects. He co-authored the 2005-2009 Mining Law chapters of the Annual Survey of South African Law as well as numerous articles in the field of mining law for various leading publications. He authored the 2012 

Octavia Matshidiso Matloa, Group CEO, Mukundi Mining Resources

Octavia is a Chartered Accountant with more than 12 years of professional and executive experience. She obtained her B.Com degree and B. Com. Hon and CTA from the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria respectively.  In 2003 she completed her articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before joining the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works, first as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Director: Management Accounting. In 2009 she was appointed by court as the first woman curator in the insurance industry. Octavia is a dynamic entrepreneur and executive who in 2011 was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2011 MTN Boss of the Year Award; and won the 2011 Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s New Entrepreneur after winning Van Ryn’s Black Business Quarterly’s Business Women of the Year in 2010. She founded various group of companies in various sectors ranging from auditing, training and development, mining, transport, financial services; and beauty, health and nutrition. Tsidkenu Chartered Accountants Inc and Mukundi Mining Resources are among the companies she founded and she is currently the Group CEO of Mukundi Mining Resources.

Ken Mekani, Chief Executive Officer, Metallon Corporation

Ken Mekani has been with Metallon for 27 years after joining the then Lonrho Mining as Graduate Trainee Metallurgist in June 1987. After completing the Graduate Trainee Programme, Ken was appointed Plant Metallurgist. He spent several years in the group’s various operations where he worked his way up the ranks and was involved in major Metallurgical projects. In December 2012, he was appointed Acting COO for Metallon Gold Zimbabwe and in June 2013 was appointed General Manager for the group’s flagship operation, How Mine. From August 2010 to August 2013, Ken was non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Technical Committee of Sabi Gold Mine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. Ken holds a BSc. Metallurgical Engineering (1987) from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (USA) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University Of Zimbabwe Graduate School Of Management (2006). 

Paul Miller, Mining and Resources Investment Banker, Nedbank Capital

Paul Miller originally joined Nedbank Capital in 1999 following 5 years as a management consultant in the logistics, mining and financial services sectors.  He then spent the next 8 years building Nedbank Capital’s mining advisory business, advising clients on capital raisings, asset disposals and mergers and acquisitions.   In 2007 Paul was appointed the founding Managing Director of Keaton Energy, which was then a start-up coal exploration company.  Over the next 5 years he took Keaton Energy through an IPO and equity capital raising on the JSE, project financed and built a 2.4mtpa open-cast colliery and acquired and turned-around a distressed ultra-low seam anthracite colliery.  Paul re-joined Nedbank Capital in January 2013 as a specialist Mining and Resources Investment Banker with responsibility for growing the bank’s African mining finance business.

Mitford Mundell, Chief Executive Officer, Namakwa Diamonds

Mitford Mundell is the Chief Executive Officer of Namakwa Diamonds, and Chairman of the Board of Storm Mountain Diamonds. He started his career in 1988 as Learner Official with Rand Mines, left the mining industry during the early 1990’s for four years to farm, and then worked for Harmony Gold for twelve years, from Miner to Mine Overseer, and then as Mine Manager in Evander, Kalgold and Randfontein, as Business Coach of the Randfontein region, and lastly as Group Manager of Continuous Improvement.   He joined De Beers in 2007 as General Manager of Namdeb and from 2012 as De Beers Group Lead of Business Improvements and Asset Optimisation.  He joined Namakwa in mid-2013 as CEO. Mitford holds a National Diploma in Metaliferous Mining, (Wits Technicon) Mine Overseers and Mine Managers Certificates of Competence (South Africa), Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Buckinghamshire Chilterns), CPLD (Wits University) and Executive Specialised Masters Degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change (HEC Paris & Oxford Said Business School).

Niël Pretorius, CEO, DRD Gold

He was appointed chief executive officer designate of DRDGOLD on 21 August 2008 and chief executive officer on 1 January 2009. After joining the company on 1 May 2003 as legal adviser, he was promoted to the position of group legal counsel on 1 September 2004 and general manager: corporate services on 1 April 2005. Niël was appointed chief executive officer of Ergo Mining Operations (formerly DRDGOLD SA) on 1 July 2006, becoming managing director on 1 April 2008.

Kerwin Rana, Executive Chairman, Sunbird Energy and Managing Director, Umbono Capital

Kerwin has 20 years of minerals and energy resource industry experience in Southern and East Africa including being the Head of New Business for De Beers and was a founding director and Executive Chairman of Sunbird Energy Limited (“Sunbird”) in 2011. Sunbird is an ASX-listed (ASX:SNY) gas explorer and developer focused on southern Africa where limited domestic gas supply and growing energy needs have created significant opportunity for the development of large scale energy projects. Kerwin is also Managing Director of Umbono Capital Partners (Pty) Limited (“Umbono”). Umbono is a black-owned natural resources and energy investment and project development company that has been in business for over 17 years with a diverse portfolio of interests across the resources and energy sectors in South Africa, across Africa, Europe and North America. Kerwin was formerly a non-executive director of the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator (“SADPMR”).  

Laurence Robb, CEO, Lerama Resources

Before moving to the UK, Laurence Robb was Professor of Economic Geology in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and between 2001-2005,  also Director of its Economic Geology Research Institute. He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford. He has worked for over 30 years on many the great mineral districts of the African continent and is currently involved in research on the metallogeny of Myanmar/Burma and also the Western Sahara. He is the author of the text book ‘Introduction to Ore Forming Processes’ that is widely used all over the world. He served a term as President of the Geological Society of South Africa in 1999-2000 and has also been a Vice-President for the African region of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa and a Chartered Geologist. Together with its co-founders, Ido Lekota, Archie Rantao and Sam Madiba, Laurence helped establish Lerama Resources in 2005 and is currently CEO of the company. For the past decade Lerama has targeted  the acid phase of the Bushveld Complex for IOCG style deposits and is currently exploring and evaluating 4 prospecting rights in the eastern Bushveld.  

Brendan Robinson, CEO, Tshipi é Ntle

Mr Robinson holds honours degrees in both accounting and financial planning and also holds a masters’ degree in financial management. Mr Robinson started his career at Deloitte and Touche as a member of the Financial Institution Services Team, where he specialised in private equity advisory services and where he discovered his passion for setting up new businesses. Upon admission as a CA (SA), he founded an audit and financial advisory practice called Du Toit, Minnaar and Robinson Inc., which specialised in transaction support, valuations, taxation and financial planning. In 2008, Mr Robinson joined Questco, South Africa’s largest independent resource corporate finance focused advisory boutique. The following year, he was promoted to an equity partner and director. Mr Robinson qualified as a JSE Approved Executive in 2009 and acted as Designated Advisor to a number of AltX listed companies through which he became a specialist in the field of corporate governance. He was involved in the equity raising that funded the Tshipi Borwa Mine project and officially filled the position of Tshipi’s inaugural Chief Financial Officer in November 2011 and subsequently became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in February 2014. Mr Robinson is passionate about business, talent and leadership development.

Jacinto Rocha, Senior Lecturer, Wits Mining School

He is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Wits University School of Mining Engineering and an Independent Mineral Law and Policy Consultant. He is a Guest Lecturer  on the Prospecting and Mining Law  course at the Mandela Institute School of Law. He was formerly employed at the Department of Minerals and Energy as the Deputy Director-General: Mineral Regulation. Jacinto, is the principal drafter of the Mineral and Petroleum resources Development Act, 2002 and played a key role in the development of the Mineral and Mining Policy of South Africa. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the National Bar Council of South Africa, the Compliance Institute SA and the UN Expert Group on Resource Classification.

Michelle Roth, President, Roth Investor Relations, USA

Michelle B. Roth is the Founder and President of Roth Investor Relations, Inc. (RIR). She has over 30 years of experience working in the mining industry advising companies on strategic planning, corporate governance, compliance and marketing. She is also a successful business owner and entrepreneur who has successfully managed a global consulting business through multiple investment cycles.  Ms. Roth’s creative and strategic approach has turned RIR into a well-recognized North American IR firm focused on the mining industry. With a diversified client list, she has advised large, medium and small cap companies over the years. She works extensively with CEOs to objectively assess their company’s strengths and weaknesses in order to establish accurate and effective key messages and maximizing their market recognition. She also focuses on continually improving disclosure and corporate governance.  Ms. Roth launched her career on Wall Street and earned an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in New York City. She is also a former elected official.

Muhammad Saloojee, Partner & Head of Corporate Tax, KPMG

Muhammad specialises in Mining Taxation. He has also worked on entities with various energy and natural resources in the tax service line. During his 14 year tenure at KPMG, Muhammad had advised an array of clients on a number of ground-breaking transactions, some of them being the largest in their respective industries. Muhammad has experience in several industries including mining, power, food, financial services, private equity, manufacturing and industrial.  He also advised various clients on in-bound and out-bound investments, corporate re-organisations, assistance with tax objections and settlements, and general tax advisory assistance including tax opinions, advanced tax rulings and a liaison with Revenue officials.  Muhammad’s clients include a number of Private Equity Funds, Financial Institutions, Mining Houses, Parastatals, Large Industrial and Manufacturing concerns, etc. 

Keith Scott, Managing Director, The MSA Group

Keith's principal role, apart from leading and developing MSA, is advising private and public clients on how to identify and develop mineral projects in Africa from a technical and commercial perspective. Keith has sat on the board of a public mining company and on several private boards of mineral exploration companies.

Ben Smit, Director, Pella Resources and Chairman, Aurigin Resources

With more than 25 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is a cofounder and a Director of Pella Resources together with Adonis Pouroulis. He began his career in resources, managing mining and exploration projects in Malawi, Zambia and Angola. Subsequent to this he was General Manager for LSE listed Petra Diamonds in Angola. He has an MBA from the University of Liverpool, focusing on western business on the African continent and is a Fellow of the Institute for Leadership and Management.

David Spencer, Chairman, General Exploration Limited, Tanzania

68. BSc Metallurgy (Swansea), MSc Management (Warwick) and CIMA. 22 years working in Africa. 28 years mining and exploration. Built  Zari Exploration Ltd over 10 years to sale for $18.5m in 2012 (11,000% and 2,000% profit for investors). General Exploration Ltd built up over the last 3 years focused on early stage gold exploration in the  Lake Victoria Goldfield in Tanzania.

Bernard Swanepoel,

Bernard Swanepoel is the chairman of The Joburg Indaba and The Junior Indaba. Bernard holds BSc (Min Eng) and BCom (Hons) degrees and started his career with Gengold in 1983, culminating in his appointment as general manager of Beatrix Mines in 1993. After joining Randgold in 1995 as MD of the Harmony mine, Bernard became CEO of Harmony from 1997 to 2007. Bernard is a non-executive board member of Sanlam and ARM and founding partner of To The Point Growth Specialists. He was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited on 8 August 2013.

Mike Teke, Executive Chairman, Masimong Group

In 2008, Mike left Impala to be one of the founding members of Optimum Coal and was appointed CEO of Optimum Coal. Mike was part of the  listing Optimum Coal on the JSE in March 2010. In September 2012, Mike resigned as CEO of Optimum Coal(and is presently the Non-Executive Chairman) to pursue other business interests. Mike was appointed VP of the Chamber of Mines in 2011/12 and on 5 November 2013 was appointed President of the Chamber of Mines. Mike was further appointed Chairman of the Richard Bay Coal Terminal in 2012 and is currently serving in this role. He serves on the Board of Rolfes, a JSE Listed Company and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Anchor Group, a JSE Altx listed Company. Mike is the founding and controlling shareholder of Dedicoal, a service-based mining and beneficiation vehicle, active in the South African mining sector. He is the Executive Chairman and controlling shareholder of Masimong Group, a diversified investment vehicle.

John Wallington,



Former CEO of Coal of Africa, John Wallington has in the past held the position of Global Chief Executive for the Anglo Coal division of Anglo American plc and has also held board positions with Firestone Energy Ltd and Keaton Energy Holdings Limited.

John holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He has participated in executive programmes at both the London and Harvard business schools.



Bruce Williamson, Lead Fund Manager, Imara African Resources Fund

After completing a B. Com (Accounts and Economics) at the University of Cape Town he joined the investment world and worked as a gold analyst for Ed. Hern, Rudolph, JD Anderson (SBC Warburg) and ABN Amro. During an eight year period he was rated in the top three gold analysts in the Financial Mail survey and achieved top ranking in 1992.  He joined Imara Asset Management in 2008 and is the lead fund manager of the Imara African Resources Fund. It is a BVI registered, long only US Dollar fund that invests in listed mining, agriculture, oil and gas companies whose businesses are predominantly in Africa.