2022 Speakers

Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Executive Chairman, KEFI Gold & Copper

Harry Anagnostaras-Adams was founder or co-founder of Citicorp Capital Investors Australia, investment company Pilatus Capital, Australian Gold Council, EMED Mining, KEFI Minerals and Cyprus-based Semarang Enterprises. He has overseen a number of start-ups in those and their related organisations, principally through the roles of Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Managing Director. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working with PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Dr Michael Anderson, Managing Director, Firefinch

Dr Michael Anderson has extensive management and technical experience built up over a 30-year career in Africa and Australia. Michael recently joined Firefinch Ltd from Taurus Funds Management where he helped to lead the fund’s investment into numerous West African gold producers. Previously, as Managing Director of Exco Resources, he led the company to a number of major achievements, including the successful development of the White Dam Gold Mine, advancement of resource development, feasibility studies and approvals for the Cloncurry Copper Project ahead of its ultimate sale to Xstrata for A$175M, and numerous funding arrangements, all of which led to a significant share price re-rating and a five-fold increase in market capitalisation. Dr Anderson holds a BSc. (1st Class Honours in Mining Geology) and a PhD in Mining Geology, both from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London.


Frans Baleni, Director, F11 Management 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. In 1988, he became Branch Chairman at the Western Holdings Mine in Welkom. Frans then joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM’s) arm and held a variety of posts until his election in 2006 as General Secretary. He was a member of the JB Marks Bursary Trust and established its mandate – the provision of sustainable funding to support the education of NUM members and their dependents. As Chairman of the Mineworkers Investment Trust, he oversaw assets in excess of R5b. During the 1980’s joined the UDF (United Democratic Front) in its battle against apartheid. In the early 1990’s, he served on the negotiating team at CODESA (the Convention for a Democratic South Africa) seeking to level the political ‘playing field’. As a board member, Mr Baleni brings sound commercial, risk, governance and compliance skills together with his expertise in health and safety, government relations, education and training, energy sector, stakeholder management and collective bargaining processes.


Roger Baxter, CEO, Minerals Council South Africa

Mr Baxter was appointed CEO of the Minerals Council in 2015. He has 29 years of high-level advocacy and strategy experience in the business and mining sectors. He was involved in the first mineral policy discussions with the ANC in 1992 and in most of the significant minerals policy discussions since then.  He has participated in, and often led, the business negotiation teams on a range of issues such as the 2002 Mining Charter, the 1998 Energy Policy White Paper, the 1997 Skills Development Act, the 2009 Royalty Act, the 2010 revised Mining Charter, etc. He has participated in all the Presidential Job Summit and Investment Conferences, and he has played a leadership role in encouraging government to focus on the issues that drive South Africa’s investment competitiveness. He previously chaired the Business Unity South Africa’s (BUSA) Economic Policy Committee and Economic Growth Task Team. He is the Founding Chairman of the World Platinum Investment Council. He recently participated in President Ramaphosa’s 7-a-side NEDLAC leadership team looking at how to revive the economy post COVID-19. He has played a key leadership role in rejuvenating the brand of the Minerals Council and brings material leadership, governance, strategy, investment, and transformation skills to the table.

He is a member of the Minerals Council Board, the BUSA Board, the TEBA Fund Trust Board of Trustees and he chairs the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). He is Chairman of the Associations Coordination Group of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and is the current Chairman of the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (MIASA). In 2020, Mr Baxter was the winner of the Mining Review Africa, 2020 Mining Thought Leader of the Year award. The article states “Fully committed to the mining industry and a person who pulls no punches when it comes to addressing pertinent matters. These words aptly describe Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.” In 2018, Mr Baxter was awarded the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s (SAIMM) Brigadier Stokes Platinum medal for his contribution to the South African mining sector. Since the launch of the MiningMX “Rainmaker and Pot-stirrers” publication, Mr Baxter has been listed as one of Africa’s top 100 most influential people in the mining industry.



George Bennett, CEO, Rainbow Rare Earths

With over 25 years’ experience in mining, finance and management, George has led a number of mining and energy companies, including Shanta Gold Ltd (which he successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005), OreCorp Ltd, Argentum (Pty) Energy, and most recently Karo Power (Pvt) Ltd. In 2006, George established MDM Engineering Ltd, which he successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2008. MDM Engineering Ltd is a mining engineering company building mineral process plants and mining infrastructure throughout Africa. In 2014, George was instrumental in selling the business to Foster Wheeler Limited for US$120 million. In addition, George has been a partner and director with a number of leading financial, broking and advisory businesses including Fergusson Bros, Simpson Mckie, and HSBC Securities Africa (Pty) Ltd.


Trevor Blench, Chairman, Steenkampskraal Holdings Limited

Trevor Blench has been the Chairman and the Chief Executive of Steenkampskraal Holdings Ltd. (SHL) since 2015. SHL is developing the Steenkampskraal rare earth project in South Africa. Between 2010 and 2015, he was the Chairman and the Chief Executive of Steenkampskraal Thorium Ltd. (STL), a company that was developing thorium as a nuclear fuel. Before 2010, he was the Chairman and the Chief Executive of Rare Earth Extraction Co. Ltd. (Rareco, now SHL), also working on the Steenkampskraal rare earth project. He worked in financial services for many years. He was a stockbroker and a member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics, an M.A. degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

James Campbell, Managing Director, Botswana Diamonds

James Campbell has spent over 30 years in the diamond industry in a variety of leadership roles both in major and junior companies.  He is currently MD of Botswana Diamonds and also a Non-Executive Director of Shefa Gems. Previously he held leadership roles at Rockwell Diamonds, Stellar Diamonds, Lucara Diamond, African Diamonds, West African Diamonds and De Beers where he spent over 20 years with notable appointments including GM Exploration and Nicky Oppenheimer's Personal Assistant. James is also Chairman of the leadership development NPO Common Purpose SA. James holds a degree in Mining & Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London) and a MBA with distinction from Durham University. James is a Fellow of the IOM3, SAIMM and IODSA.  He is also a C.Eng (UK), C.Sci (UK) and Pr.Sci.Nat.  


Anthony Clark, Analyst, Smalltalkdaily Research

An electrical engineer by training, Anthony Clark entered the stock market in the early 1990s, working in London within equity sales in emerging markets. South Africa was one of his coverage countries when the JSE, back then, was the 10th largest stock market in the world. How times have changed!  Anthony moved to South Africa in 1996 and has had a career with many leading domestic financial institutions within equity sales, corporate broking and as a top-rated equity analyst. In 2019, Anthony became an independent analyst and continued to use the brand name Smalltalk, a name familiar to institutional investors for two decades. Anthony is a prolific analyst, contributes to many media outlets and is a regular contributor to the Business Day and also writes for the Financial Mail. He covers over 70 stocks in his sector. Anthony’s main sector coverage is small-to-medium market capitalisation companies where he has been top rated in the sector for the past 12 successive years (he also managed to get a small-to-mid cap resources rating along the way too). He has covered Afrimat as an analyst since its listing on the JSE in 2006 and has followed the meteoric rise in the group’s fortunes and profile led by the current CEO Andries van Heerden. Anthony identified Renergen early on as a speculative company to watch as well as CEO Stef Marani. His buy rating in early 2021 at R13.00 was well timed as this was when the company started commercialising its Free State gas project. He was the first professional sell-side analyst to cover Renergen.


Marna Cloete, President, Ivanhoe Mines

Marna Cloete is a registered Chartered Accountant and holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Pretoria. In 2006, Marna joined Ivanhoe Mines, and in 2009 she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and to President in 2020. Marna played an instrumental role as part of the Ivanhoe leadership team, achieving a number of strategic milestones as well as listing the Company on the TSX and concluding multiple strategic partnerships and financings with inter alia a Japanese consortium led by Itochu, Zijin Mining and CITIC Metal. She also serves on the Board of Centamin plc as an independent non-executive director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to joining Ivanhoe, Marna forged her career at PwC in 2002, in the Metals and Mining division, subsequently moving on to Group Five Construction.


Heye Daun, President & CEO, Osino Resources

Heye is a Namibian mining engineer with an impressive 25-year track record with top-tier companies across the mining value chain. After building and operating mines with Rio Tinto, AngloGold Ashanti and Gold Fields early in his career, he joined the finance sector working for Nedbank Capital and Old Mutual Investment Group. Heye is the co-founder of the former Auryx Gold Corp. which advanced the Otjikoto gold project in Namibia until selling to B2 Gold Corp for US$160m in 2011. As the former President & CEO of Ecuador Gold & Copper Corp. (“EGX”), Heye was instrumental in the formation of Lumina Gold Corp. through the C$200m merger of EGX with Odin Mining, before founding Osino Resources in 2015.


Brandon de Bruin, Chief Operating Officer, Gem Diamonds

Brandon joined Gem Diamonds in 2007 from Clifford Chance LLP. Practising in New York and London, he specialised in debt and equity capital markets and corporate finance, gaining extensive commercial and legal experience in international corporate and finance transactions, stock exchange listings in London, Luxembourg and New York and in the UKLA (UK) and SEC (USA) rules and regulations. At Gem Diamonds, Brandon has been responsible for numerous corporate and financial transactions. He was head of the Group’s Sales, Marketing and Manufacturing division from 2013 to 2017, when he was appointed as the Group Business Transformation Officer. In 2019 Brandon was appointed as the Group Operations and Business Transformation Executive and in 2021 as Chief Operating Officer.


Lyndon de Meillon, Consulting Geologist, Paleostone Mining

Lyndon obtained a BSc Hons in Geology/Oceanography from the University of Port Elizabeth in 1990 and an MSc in Oceanography from the same institution in 1994. From 1993-1995, he managed several exploration programmes for kimberlites and alluvial deposits for De Beers Geology in Kimberley and went on to become a Manager: Sample Treatment Laboratory from 1995-1997. He worked as a Manager: Land Based Operations for Moonstone Diamond Corporation N.L. from 1997-1998. He then went on to become the Operations Manager at GEM Diamond Mining Corporation (which merged with Trans Hex in 2000) from 1998-2000.

He worked as a Geological Consultant at Paleostone Mineral Consultants from 2000-2007, then became the Chief Geologist at Manhattan Operations Douglas from 2007-2009, before becoming the Chief Operations Officer and a Director at Manhattan Africa from 2009-2013. Since 2013 he has been Consultant and Owner of Paleostone Mining, which mines alluvial diamonds along the Orange and Riet Rivers. His experience includes kimberlite and alluvial diamond exploration and evaluation programme design, heavy mineral separation techniques, design of diamond recovery plants, target selection, technical audits and financial analysis and modelling of primary and secondary diamond projects and mines. He has worked in Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Australia and Canada. He is registered as Professional Natural Scientist and is Deputy Chairman of the South African Diamond Producers Organisation (SADPO).


Caroline Donally, Managing Partner, Sprott Private Resource Streaming and Royalty

Caroline Donally is a Managing Partner at Sprott Private Resource Streaming and Royalty, where she is responsible for all aspects of the business.  She has over 25 years of experience and has worked in numerous countries, including across Africa, North and South America in a variety of commodities covering precious metals, base metals, bulks and specialty metals.  She has served on various boards and audit committees of international companies involved in exploration, construction and operations.   Before joining Sprott, she was a Managing Director at Denham Capital and responsible for North and South America and Africa, which included Denham's successful investment into JDS Silver which Coeur Mining acquired for $250m. Before Denham, Caroline was a project and corporate finance banker with Rand Merchant Bank and Investec Limited (South Africa) where she was involved in numerous structured cross-border financings and investments. She is a Chartered Accountant and has twice been named as one of the “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining”.


Vusumuzi Dube, Business Development Manager, IDC

Vusumuzi Dube is currently the Business Development Manager at the Mining and Metals Unit of the IDC. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering (Wits) and a Master of Business Administration (Gibs). After having spent a few years of production experience in the South African gold and platinum mines, he joined the IDC in 2008 as a Business Analyst in the Mining and Metals Unit. Vusumuzi has over 13 years’ experience in structuring funding for junior mining companies, BEE acquisition transactions and project finance in the mining space. In his current role, his primary function is deal origination and funding structuring for mining companies with economically viable projects or operations, both in South Africa and in the rest of the African continent.


Richard Duffy, CEO, Petra Diamonds

Richard Duffy was appointed CEO of Petra Diamonds Limited in April 2019.  He leads the management of the company, implements the agreed strategy and runs the business on a day-to-day basis. He has 27 years of global mining industry experience, initially with Anglo American plc and then AngloGold Ashanti Limited from its inception in 1998. In 2008 he was appointed Executive Vice President, Africa Region and continued in this role until January 2010 when he took charge of the continental Africa region, with operations in Namibia, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana and Mali and a joint venture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer with direct responsibility for all financial matters including the formulation and execution of financial business strategy, debt and equity financing. In 2015 Richard became a Co-Founder and Director of Africa Energy Management Platform, a private energy company targeting industrial and mining clients in sub-Saharan Africa. Richard holds a B.Com degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK.


Schalk Engelbrecht, Finance Executive, Platinum Group Metals

Schalk Engelbrecht is the Finance Executive and a Director of Platinum Group Metals (RSA) (Pty) Ltd.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Free State Business School (2005) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of South Africa (1996). Schalk has over 28 years’ experience in the South African mining and minerals industry.  His experience base includes holding senior financial management and leadership roles in De Beers Group, SouthernEra Resources Ltd and Lonmin Plc.  He joined Platinum Group Metals Ltd as Financial Manager in 2013.  He has direct experience in business processes, financial modelling and analysis, shared services, contract management, management accounting, feasibility studies and due diligence.  He is a strong finance and business administration professional with solid mining and processing technical knowledge.


Pierre Fourie, Head: Strategy, Namakwa Diamonds & Kao Mine Manager

Pierre Fourie has an extensive career of over 30 years as a Mining Engineer and Chief Executive Officer in the areas of mining, information technology and corporate development.  His specific skills include business development; business optimisation and strategy; people management and development; mineral economics; mine optimisation, construction and operation; programming; IT infrastructure; resource/reserve estimation and financial modelling.  Pierre worked for Anglo American as Mining Engineer and then started an engineering consulting company which he expanded from Johannesburg, South Africa to London, UK, Perth, Australia, Vancouver, Canada and Santiago, Chile.  After selling his consulting company, he acted as CEO of engineering firm DRA Americas and then Head of Mining for Namakwa Diamonds.  In his role as CEO he managed a reverse takeover and subsequent London listing of GS Technologies Ltd, an information and telecommunication infrastructure company.  Pierre is currently the Head of Strategy and Planning for Namakwa Diamonds. In addition to his career experience, Pierre holds BEng(mining) and BCompt degrees.  Pierre is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Jerome Govender, Managing Director, Moolmans

Jerome was appointed Managing Director of Moolmans in April 2019. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the mining, engineering and construction industry with solid experience in both local and international environments. Jerome’s initial focus at Moolmans was returning the business to profitability which was successfully achieved. His current focus is building sustainable growth at Moolmans. Jerome was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Cross Yarra Partnership Project Company, an approximately AUD6 billion private public partnership (PPP) rail project in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to that, Jerome spent 15 years of his career with JSE-listed Murray & Roberts Group where he served the company in various roles including as CEO of the Murray & Roberts Construction Platform and CEO of the Bombela Concession Company responsible for delivering the Gautrain in time for the Soccer World Cup. Jerome holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying and an MSc from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an MBA from Wits Business School. He has also completed executive development programmes at both Harvard Business School and NYU’s Stern School of Business.


Harry Greaves, Executive Director, Prospect Resources

Harry Greaves is a fourth generation Zimbabwean. He holds a B.Sc (agriculture) from the University of Natal in South Africa. He is the founding shareholder of Farvic Consolidated Mines (Pvt) Ltd which operates the Prince Olaf, Farvic and Nicolson gold mines in southern Zimbabwe, all of which he brought back into production over the last 10 years including the design and construction of two milling facilities. He was also the driving force behind the acquisition of the Penhalonga Gold Project and the Bushtick Gold Project. He is a well-respected and well-known member of the Zimbabwe mining fraternity.


Alex Hanly, CEO, Polymetals Resources

Alex Hanly has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. Alex is experienced in capital delivery and operational management for publicly-listed companies within the mining, oil & gas and manufacturing industries throughout Australia. He has led schedule-dependent delivery of sustenance and growth capital spend through a process-orientated management approach.


May Hermanus, Board Director, Consultant and Academic

May works independently as a part-time academic, board director and a consultant (in research and advisory capacities). Recently, she has been involved in the establishment of the Tshiamiso Trust (which arises out of a court settlement on silicosis and TB in 2018). May also serves as the Chairperson of the Trust’s board. Other boards she serves on are the Aveng and Alexkor boards. She is the lead independent director of the former and a recent appointee of the latter. May has led, managed and worked directly in multifaceted programmes and portfolios (served in executive roles; conducted research; published papers; developed and delivered training courses; run a mine health and safety regulator; worked in the trade union movement; supported the development of trade unions; and over the years served on several boards, mainly the public and not-for-profit sector). The organisations in which she has worked include the NUM in the1980s, Samancor (OHS lead), DME (Chief Inspector Mines), Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry at Wits (Director) and the CSIR (head of Natural Resources and the Environment). In mining, around which much of her work has been orientated, May has been concerned with the health and safety of miners, the sector’s impact on the environment and communities, the regulation of the sector, its structure and composition both formal and informal and the positioning of the sector for inclusivity and sustainable development. 


Ahmed Hertani, Executive Director, Suricate Minerals

Ahmed Hertani is the Founder and majority shareholder of Suricate Minerals and SCIM - two exploration companies  focused on exploration in alkaline intrusion for green tech metals, including lithium, REE and HG gold. Prior to this, he founded and managed an international trading company with a high turnover for 10 years. He has also founded and managed a company focused on  Internet/information services in Paris. Ahmed’s qualifications include a Master of Business Administration from the UK.

Alistair Hodgkinson, Chief Operating Officer, DRA Global

Alistair Hodgkinson is the Chief Operating Officer for DRA Global. Alistair joined DRA in 2007 and built up his 25 years of industry experience through his involvement in large scale mining and minerals processing projects across EMEA and implementing various greenfields and brownfields resources projects.  In his current role, Alistair is responsible for managing the operations and delivery of DRA’s diverse projects portfolio. 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. 


Werner Klingenberg, CEO, Goldplat

Werner is the CEO of Goldplat Plc, an AIM-listed company with two market-leading operations in South Africa and Ghana focused on recovering gold and other precious metals from by-products, contaminated soil and other gold-bearing material from mining and other industries, providing an economic method for mines to dispose of waste materials while at the same time adhering to their environmental obligations. Werner qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa in 2006 and joined Goldplat in 2015, and within his role he was integral in managing Goldplat’s financial and operational affairs. He was later appointed as Finance Director and in 2019 he was appointed CEO. Since his appointment as CEO, he has led the restructuring of the Group and has driven strategical change, disinvesting its mining portfolio and refocusing the Group on its core, profitable recovery operations. Before joining Goldplat, Werner gained audit and commercial experience in other industries.

Shedrack Kombe, CEO, Mcharo-Kombe Mining

Shedrack Kombe is a Tanzanian mining entrepreneur. He is a member of the Federation of Miners Association in Tanzania (FEMATA) and has played a leading role in starting, establishing and developing multiple greenfield and brownfield mining projects with a junior mining company he co-founded. Some of the greenfield projects include Namtumbo columbite/titanium project, Kibulungutu Columbite/beryl project and Namtumbo precious metals project. The brownfield projects he is involved in currently are the Ibaga Copper/Zinc project and Singida Copper/Gold Project. He has also been involved in the establishment of a tin processing plant in Kyerwa tin fields in Tanzania. Shedrack is also the Chair of Dedun Resources Ltd, a certified metallic minerals trader. He is also the Vice Chair of the Singida Copper Miners Association.  


Lullu Krugel, Chief Economist & Partner, 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. Lullu and the team assist clients in understanding how the external economic and socio-economic environment might impact on their business, as well as how their own activities contribute to the creation of jobs, their total tax contributions and their contribution to GDP. In addition, Lullu and the team also assist clients in identifying investment opportunities and develop business strategies in particular for Africa expansion. Some of their past clients include, amongst others, ABInBev, SASOL, Vodacom, Naspers, Discovery, FNB and Standard Bank. Lullu is a regular commentator in the media and a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. She holds an M.Com Degree in Economics and Risk Management and post graduate diplomas in Energy Law, Competition Law, Economic Regulation and Regulatory Pricing.


Derryn Maade, Global Head of Metals & Mining Markets, Wood Mackenzie

Derryn joined Wood Mackenzie in November 2019 and is currently the Global Head of Metals and Mining Markets, based in Singapore. Prior to this role, he spent eight years leading HSBC’s Metals and Mining Research team while covering the major miners and key commodity views. Derryn also worked for Anglo American in a variety of corporate and operational roles for nine years. Derryn holds an MBA (Imperial College) and a BSc in Mining Engineering (Wits).


Mosa Mabuza, CEO, Council for Geoscience

Mosa Mabuza qualified as 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. During his tenure as an official, he was assigned with the duties of leading the preliminary strategy for sustainable development and meaningful transformation of South Africa’s mining industry with emphasis on competitive growth and transformation as symbolistic reinforcing concepts, the development of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill and the assessment of the progress impact on the implementation of the Mining Charter in 2009 and 2015, which respectively based the evidence value proposition for the amendments of the 2010 and 2017 Mining Charter. Mr Mabuza represented the Department of Mineral Resources on the boards of number of science councils and State-Owned Entities, including, albeit not limited to, the Council for Geoscience, Mintek and the South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator. In November 2016, Mr Mabuza was deployed to the Council for Geoscience and now serves as CEO (since July 2017). He is currently working with his colleagues to champion the refocused geo-scientific programme that seeks to optimise the development impact, aligned with the national developmental priorities.


Peter Major, Director: Mining, Mergence Corporate Solutions

Peter Major was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on 16 May 1955. His family moved to Kellogg, Idaho, the 'silver mining capital of the world' in 1961, where Peter grew up and worked through 1981. Peter graduated from Montana School of Mines in 1981 and came to South Africa in Jan 1982 to work for Harmony Gold Mine. He completed his South African Mine Manager's Certificate, an MBA from UCT and thereafter worked as a consultant and as Marketing & Training Manager for Eimco Mining Machinery SA. Peter began his investment career with Allan Gray in 1989 as a gold mine analyst. He then spent 10 years as mining analyst & fund manager at Nedcor Investment Bank where he won 2 Raging Bull Awards, 1 ‘runner up, and was South Africa’s Top Fund Manager 2 other years. 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 Mergence where he is Director: Mining, focusing on Private Equity, Capital Raising and M & A activity in the Mining & Resources sector.

Thabile Makgala, Mining Executive, Impala Platinum

Mining Engineer and MBA holder, Thabile is an experienced and driven executive, leading within the competitive environment of mining. Her multifunctional and multi-commodity roles have spanned corporate and operational levels and she leverages close on 20 years of service to the gold, coal and platinum mining sectors. Before joining Implats, she held various senior positions and served with commensurate success at Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti and Anglo American. Among her many personal and professional accomplishments, her notable achievements include being one of 16 South African women featured in 2018’s list of Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, compiled by the London-based Women in Mining (WiM) UK. She was nominated in The Mining Woman category of The Mail & Guardian’s Power of Women in 2021, and selected as a Mining Modernisation Heroby the Minerals Council of South Africa in March 2022. Committed to creating more diverse and inclusive organisations, Thabile, in collaboration with the Minerals Council of South Africa, was part of the leadership team that led the development of the Women in Mining initiative to achieve gender equality, with a goal of 30% women by 2025.


Honourable Minister 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. He is currently studying for his Masters’ in Business Administration through MANCOSA. In 1975 he was employed as the Recreation Officer at the Western Deep Levels mine and, in the same year, moved to Prieska Copper Mines where he served as the Welfare Officer until 1982. Working at the Matla Colliery in 1982, Mr Mantashe co-founded and became the Witbank branch chairperson of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a position he held until 1984. In 1985, he was elected as the NUM Regional Secretary. A skilled mineworker and leader, Mr Mantashe served as the NUM’s National Organiser from 1988 to 1993; and became the Regional Coordinator between 1993 and 1994. From 1994 to 1998, Mr Mantashe served as the Assistant General Secretary of the NUM, whereupon he was elected as the first worker General Secretary at the union’s congress in 1998.

For his first stint in government, Mr Mantashe was elected Councillor in the Ekurhuleni Municipality in 1995 where he served until 1999. In 1995, he became the first trade unionist to be appointed to the Board of Directors of a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed company, namely, Samancor. In May 2006, he relinquished his position as the General Secretary of the NUM at the union’s 12th National Congress. In the same year, Mr Mantashe was appointed as the Executive Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where, for a period of two years, he served as the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA). In 2007, Mr Mantashe was elected as the Chairperson of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and also served as a member of the Party’s Central Committee. In December 2007, he was elected as the Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC) at the party’s 52nd National Conference. He was re-elected to the same position in 2012. At the ANC’s 54th National Conference, in 2017, Mr Mantashe was elected as the National Chairperson. Mr Mantashe was appointed Minister of Mineral Resources in February 2018. Following the 6th democratic elections in 2019, and with the expansion of the Ministry to include Energy, he was appointed as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy in May 2019 where he currently serves.


Stefano Marani, CEO, Renergen

Stefano is the Chief Executive Officer of Renergen Limited (“Renergen”), a dual-listed helium and natural gas company with substantial gas reserves in the Free State of South Africa (the “Gas Fields”). He was part of the team which acquired the Gas Fields from Molopo Energy Limited in April 2013 and was instrumental in taking the Gas Fields from a stranded gas asset into production with funding from the US Government and an Initial Public Offering on the Australian Securities Exchange. Along with Nick Mitchell, they pioneered the use of natural gas in heavy duty vehicles in South Africa to help decarbonise the South African economy, which ultimately lead to a joint-venture with Total South Africa Proprietary Limited, and he pioneered Cryo-Vacc ™ to help in the global rollout of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19. Stefano has significant experience in the areas of structured finance and advisory. After completing his formative training with Deutsche Bank, Stefano was recruited by Morgan Stanley in London, where he was ultimately charged with building their sub-Saharan African fixed income capital markets business before leaving banking to start his own financial services firm. Stefano has a BSc Actuarial Science and a BSc Hons in Advanced Mathematics of Finance


Billy Mawasha, Chief Executive Officer, 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. Billy’s experience, a strong network of relationships in the mining industry and his understanding of doing business across the continent, enables KNI to bring long-term value-adding perspectives, hands-on and pragmatic expertise and solid operational and technical know-how to projects they invest in. This is realised through strategic guidance and active participation in the board of directors and associated committees, in particular the investment, technical and risk committees and through working collaboratively with relevant parties and management teams. 

Rick Menell, Director of Companies

Rick has had a business career of over 40 years. A South African, he trained as an exploration geologist at Cambridge and Stanford universities, worked as a geologist in Canada, USA and South Africa and then spent time as an investment banker for the mining industry in New York and Australia with JP Morgan. After a period as an executive director for Delta Gold in Australia, working on new gold mines in Australia and gold and platinum projects in Zimbabwe, he returned to South Africa in 1991 and rejoined the mining industry there as finance director for diversified mining company Anglovaal Mining.He led Anglovaal Mining from 1996 as CEO and then Executive Chairman until 2004. During this time he merged Anglovaal with Patrice Motsepe’s ARM to form African Rainbow Minerals, where he remained Deputy Chairman, and also CEO of subsidiary Teal until he left the group in 2008. Prior to 2011 he also served as President of the SA Minerals Council, Chairman of Tourism SA, Chairman of Bateman Engineering, Deputy Chairman of Harmony Gold and of Associated Manganese Mines and a director of Standard Bank Group, Telkom South Africa and Mutual & Federal Insurance. He has been a senior advisor to the WTO, the IOM and a Mining Council member for the WEF, all in Geneva. In 2011 he joined Credit Suisse’ investment banking group as a Senior Advisor, working on transactions in all sectors, and throughout sub–Saharan Africa. He has retained an active involvement in leadership in the mining and mining supplies industries, retiring recently as Deputy Chairman of Gold Fields Ltd and as Senior Independent Director at the Weir Group (UK). He remains Lead Independent Director at Sibanye-Stillwater Limited, a precious and green metals mining company listed in Johannesburg and New York. Rick has been active throughout his career in the nonprofit-sector, serving on numerous boards including the Business Trust, the NBI, BLSA and the CDE. He is founding Co-Chairman of City Year South Africa youth service organization, a council member at the University of the Western Cape and a member of the Advisory Board of the African Leadership Academy.


Paul Miller, Director, AmaranthCX

Paul is a business development specialist with a background in sales consulting, financial services, mining finance, minerals exploration, mine development and mining operations. He has previously worked as a management consultant, with Accenture, in the South African logistics, mining and financial services sectors and advised clients on equity capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and Black Economic Empowerment transactions while an investment banker with Nedbank CIB. He was Founder and Managing Director of Keaton Energy, which was then a start-up coal exploration company.  He led the team which took the company through a listing 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.  He then had a second stint with Nedbank CIB as a specialist Mining & Metals Investment Banker with responsibility for growing the bank’s business across all products in South Africa and into the rest of Africa. Until recently, Paul was Managing Director of CCP 12J Managers (Pty) Ltd, the management company of CCP 12J Fund Limited, a mining-focused venture capital company, established in terms of Section 12J of the Income Tax Act. Paul is currently a Director of AmaranthCX, a consultancy. Paul was listed in Miningmx’s Rainmakers and Potstirrers as one of the 100 most influential people in SA’s mining industry in every edition from 2008 to 2012 and again in 2018. He is a member of the JSE’s Altx Advisory Committee.  Paul is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences and is frequently quoted in the press. Paul completed INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme at the Singapore campus in 2015 and has a B.Comm (Hons) degree (cum laude) from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.


Fortune Mojapelo, CEO, 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). As Chief Executive Officer of Bushveld Minerals since its inception, he also serves as a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Lemur Resources Limited.


Sam Mokorosi, Head of Origination & Deals, JSE

Sam is currently the Head of Origination & Deals at the JSE. He is a seasoned financial services executive, with almost 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, private equity and the bond market. He has successfully executed corporate finance and private equity transactions worth R40 billion. He has worked at Standard Bank, Cadiz Corporate Finance, Quartile Capital and Vunani Capital.


Mametja Moshe, Founder and CEO, Moshe Capital

Mametja Moshe has over fourteen years’ finance experience in corporate finance, equities capital markets, debt capital markets, black economic empowerment, accounting, auditing and corporate tax fields. She is the founder and CEO of Moshe Capital. Prior to Moshe Capital, Mametja worked at Identity Capital Partners(“ICP”), a South African investment group, as an executive in finance and senior associate in the investments team. Mametja spent over four years in banking prior to ICP at Morgan Stanley from 2007 to 2010 covering South African, Zambian and Nigerian M&A and equity capital markets and UBS South Africa (2006 to 2007) covering South African M&A. During this period in banking she led teams in the execution of transactions worth over $4 Billion. Before her investment-banking career, Mametja spent five years at KPMG Inc., serving her auditing articles in the consumer products team and later joining the corporate tax team where she covered tax compliance, restructurings, M&A and BEE transactions.

Mametja sat on the boards of Identity Mineral Resources (Pty) Ltd and Altech Netstar (Pty) Ltd (alternate), Southgold Exploration (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the multinationally-listed Great Basin Gold Limited and EuroDollar Foreign Exchange (Pty) Ltd. Mametja obtained her B.Com Hons (Accounting) and B.Com Hons (Management Accounting) degrees from the University of KwazuluNatal. She is a qualified chartered accountant and an MBA graduate in the Global Executive Programme at Columbia Business School and London Business School.


Andries Myburgh, Executive, Tax, ENSafrica

Prior to joining ENSafrica in 2013, Andries was a partner in the tax and legal practice of one of the big four accounting firms, with 15 years’ experience, where he held the positions of the Head of Corporate Tax and the Head of Energy and Natural Resources Tax. Andries specializes in corporate and international corporate tax consulting and tax dispute resolution assistance.  His experience includes advising companies (across various industries) on the tax implications applicable to a broad range of transactions, including corporate restructures, M&A transactions (tax due diligence investigations and tax efficient transaction structuring advice), private equity transactions and financing/funding arrangements. From a tax dispute resolution perspective, Andries assists companies in responding to SARS audits/investigations, preparing and lodging objections and appeals, alternative tax dispute resolution and tax court, High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal matters. Andries also has extensive industry experience in the mining sector, where he consults regularly to mining companies on a various range of domestic and international corporate tax, mining tax and mineral royalty-related matters.


Jan Nelson, CEO, Big Tree Copper Limited

Jan is an entrepreneur and a seasoned CEO of several successful private and public companies. Jan was responsible for transforming Pan African Resources PLC from an explorer to one of the best dividend mid-tier mining companies of its day. Jan also formed ReThink Resources, a private company that within 2 years took from concept on paper two operating businesses: a junior gold refinery called Kusasa Gold Refinery and also built from scratch a copper SX-EW copper plant in Nababeep, South Africa (the first and only one in South Africa), where all was designed and built in-house. The copper business is housed in a separate vehicle called Cape Copper Oxide (Pty) Ltd which has been rebranded to Big Tree Copper Limited that intends to list on the ZARX exchange in South Africa in the next four months and offers the only pure ‘eco-friendly’ copper exposure in South Africa to investors. Big Tree also recently acquired the O’Okiep Copper company that was formed by Newmont in 1937 to mine copper in the area. Big Tree Copper produced the first plate of A-grade copper in the area in September of 2020 – 15 years since the last copper production took place in the region. Since September, additional capital has been invested to expand the plant. The operation is unique in that it rehabilitates old mined waste rock dumps without producing any waste product and in the process restoring the historical mine waste landscape to the natural environment that existed before mining took place in the area. In this way Big Tree not only provides copper to drive the green economy but also cleans up and restores the environment. And we do this whilst paying not less than 30% of our pre-growth profit as a dividend. The business is set to grow from 1500 tons of copper per annum to 6000 tons of copper within the next three years.


Lili Nupen, Director, NSDV

Lili Nupen is a founder of Nupen Staude de Vries Incorporated, a boutique law firm specialising in construction, mining and environmental law. She has extensive experience in the environmental and mining legal regulatory arena. Previously, Lili was a senior associate at Bowman Gilfillan for three years, and a director for over seven years at Malan Scholes Inc, specialising in mining and environmental regulatory law practice. She has a deep understanding of the South African mining industry and enjoys well-established relationships with its regulators. Lili has practical experience working on transactions involving both international and local mining and exploration companies throughout South Africa and Africa. She is currently assisting with the analysis of the new Mining Charter and the effect which it has on mining operations in South Africa.


Andries Rossouw, Energy, Utilities and Resources Leader, PwC Africa

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. He has a specific focus on mining clients across commodities and mining methods. Andries is the project leader for the firm’s SA Mine and Global Mine publications which gives him excellent insight into industry wide issues.  Although he has a specific focus on mining and construction clients, Andries also has a variety of cross industry exposure with previous involvements in retail, manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, banking and insurance clients. His core industries has given him the opportunity to work with cross border teams on a regular basis. 


Hulme Scholes, Director, Malan Scholes Inc.

Hulme is a director of the firm and a mining attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the mining sector in South Africa and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. He has in-depth knowledge of mineral rights issues and BEE transactions in this industry. Hulme was previously the head of the mining practice at Werksmans Inc. and a director of the firm for eight years. He sits on the boards of various mining companies as a non-executive director and has a practical understanding of the industry, having begun his career as a Learner Official on the then Rand Mines Limited Harmony Gold Mine.


Keith Scott, CEO, Fraser Alexander

Keith is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning the mining value chain from exploration and evaluation, to feasibility and production. He is a mineral exploration and evaluation specialist with extensive experience globally and across Africa in multidisciplinary minerals projects. This experience includes tenure and permitting, geology, mineral resources and reserves, mining, processing, infrastructure, risk and financial analysis, environmental and social governance. Keith is currently the CEO of Fraser Alexander and has sat on the board of a public mining company and on several private boards of mineral exploration companies.


Errol Smart, Managing Director & CEO 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.


Paul Smith, Chairman, Trident Royalties

Paul Smith is currently the Chairman of and a major investor in Trident Royalties Plc (TRR.L). Trident is a diversified royalty company which is focused on base and battery metals. TRR.L is listed in London. He is also a Non-Executive Director/Shareholder of Echion Technologies. Echion develops and manufactures superfast-charging li-on battery materials. Paul is the founder of Collingwood Capital Partners AG (September 2020-Present); Collingwood invests within resources, technology and energy transformation. Previously, he was the Head of Strategy at Glencore Plc (July 2011 - July 2020). While at Glencore, Paul also served as the Chief Financial Officer of its subsidiary, Katanga Mining Limited (January 2019 - June 2020). Katanga is the world's largest cobalt mine. Paul has also held Non-Executive Director positions at Glencore Agriculture Limited (June 2016-June 2019) and Lonmin PLC (June 2013 - June 2015).  Prior to Glencore, he was a buy-side analyst at Marshall Wace Asset Management (October 2004-July 2011) and Director of Equity Research at Credit Suisse. Mr Smith is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICEAW).


Richard Spoor, Director, Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys

Richard was born 1959 in Johannesburg. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1983, he was admitted as an attorney in 1986. He is a Director at Richard Spoor Incorporated Attorneys (RSI) and is based in White River, Mpumalanga. Throughout the 1980s and in the early 1990s, Richard represented individuals and trade unions and civic organizations engaged in the struggle against apartheid. Post-1994 his work has been focused on land rights and on the impact of mining on workers and local communities. The firm is responsible for a number of precedent-setting cases pertaining to communal land rights and compensation for occupational injuries and diseases. RSI is increasingly focused on large and complex litigation, typically class actions, with a focus on health and consumer rights. Noteworthy settlements achieved include: the settlement achieved with Gencor in 2004 that led to the establishment of the Asbestos Relief Trust, which compensates former asbestos miners suffering from occupational lung disease; the 2019 settlement reached with members of the SA gold mining industry that led to the establishment of the Tshiamiso Trust that compensates former gold mine workers suffering from silicosis and silico-tuberculosis; in 2021 RSI and the LRC interdicted off shore oil and gas exploration on the South African east and west coasts. Ongoing matters include: litigation on behalf of the “Xolobeni” community to assert their rights to have a say in mining and other forms of development on their land - “The Right To Say No” campaign; a class action against Tiger Brands in respect of an outbreak of listeriosis in 2017/18; litigation against Sasol Coal on behalf of former coal mine workers with Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis (CWP) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); community/mine disputes involving Samancor Chrome, Tharisa Minerals and Kumba Iron Ore; settlement of land claims over parts of the Kruger National Park; litigation pertaining to the governance of land reform and land restitution trusts and communal property associations. Richard is known to be fairly outspoken on matters of concern to him.

Bernard Swanepoel, Chairman

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. He served as Non-Executive Director on the boards of Impala, Zimplats, Eqstra and African Rainbow Minerals Limited. Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Village Main Reef Limited and CEO of Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited. He is Chairman and Managing Partner of MMC (Manganese Metal Company) as well as a non-executive director of African Rainbow Energy Producer (AREP).


Madelein Todd, Chief Marketing Officer, Manganese Metal Company

Madelein Todd holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer for Manganese Metal Company (Pty) Ltd (“MMC”) and she has been a member of the MMC team for over 20 years.  She studied Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria and spent the first number of years at MMC in a technical role, working on process efficiency improvements as well as product development projects for the high purity electrolytic manganese produced by MMC.  Madelein joined the Marketing Department first in the capacity of technical customer support and later as full time market analyst.  The global electrolytic manganese metal industry operates in a fairly obscure market, but due to MMC’s wide customer base and focused approach to market segmentation, Madelein holds a comprehensive understanding of this niche segment of the greater manganese market.  Electrolytic manganese has applications in special steels, flat rolled aluminium, lithium-ion batteries, welding consumables and selected chemicals.

Andrew Van Der Zwan, Chairman & Non-Executive Director, MRG Metals

MRG Metals Chairman Andrew Van Der Zwan has both domestic and international exposure in commercial and engineering with over 30 years of experience. In addition to his role at MRG Metals, he is currently Non-Executive Director of Argo Exploration.  His past experience includes 17 years at Exxon Mobil where he held various senior positions in the US, Australia, Africa and Europe within the worldwide operations.  Previous senior positions include Non-Executive Director of Gulfx Ltd and Titan Energy, General Manager of Fuels and Marketing at United Petroleum in 2011 and CEO of United Petroleum in 2013.  Andrew has been involved with MRG Metals since 2011, originally serving as Managing Director before moving to Chairman in 2013. Andrew holds a BA degree in Chemical Engineering (with Honours).


Andries van Heerden, CEO, 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. Andries is well known for his visionary leadership and was instrumental in 2006 in the formation and listing of Afrimat on the JSE from the merger of Prima and Lancaster. Being a results-driven, performance-oriented people person, Andries is constantly investing time and energy in refining the business' strategy. He is passionate about people and leadership development and further enhanced his knowledge on these subjects when he attended the four-week "Advanced Management" programme in July 2017 at INSEAD, The business school of the World in Fontainebleau, France. With his extensive experience in strategic positioning, engineering, marketing and finance, Andries was humbled in November 2017 when he was named the winner of the masters' category of the Ernst & Young World entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southern African region.


Pine van Wyk, Country Director Namibia, Celsius Resources

Pienaar-Schalk (Pine) van Wyk is a qualified Metallurgical Engineer by trade, with a degree in Business Management and an MBA in Project Management. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, encompassing roles on a Senior Operational, Exco Management and Directorship level.  His experience includes roles with AngloGold, Rio Tinto, Paladin Energy, Gecko Group, Celsius Resources (ASX-listed) and Namibia Critical Metals (TSX-listed).  Pine brings a wealth of project development experience and expertise to the African mining industry. He has played an instrumental role in achieving several strategic milestones which took exploration projects into production, some of which include Langer Heinrich Mine (Uranium) in 2005, Cape Cross (Salt) in 2011 and Okanjande (Graphite) in 2016. Pine has further helped junior mining companies progress their projects by managing feasibility studies and raising capital to advance projects. He has been involved in the following commodities over the last decade: uranium, cobalt, graphite, copper, tantalum, niobium, fluorspar, salt and rare earths.   In addition, he did a management buyout and birthed the Stewardship Group of Companies in 2018. Stewardship operates in the mining industry and provides drilling, engineering, construction and project consulting services. 


Joe Walsh, Managing Director, Lepidico

Joe Walsh is a resources industry executive, mining engineer and geophysicist with over 25 years’ experience working for mining companies and investment banks in mining-related roles. Joe was the General Manager Corporate Development with PanAust and was instrumental in the evolution of PanAust from an explorer in 2004 to a US$2+billion, ASX 100 multi-mine copper and gold company. Joe also has extensive equity capital market experience and has been involved with the technical and economic evaluation of many mining assets and companies around the world.