H.E. Aziz Rabbah
Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainability, Kingdom of Morocco
H.E. Mohamed Abdel Vetah
Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Regional Vice President - Africa, Kinross
Eng. Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham
Chairman, Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MANAGEM
Chief, Africa and the Middle East, USGS Office of International Programs
President and Director, First Quantum Minerals
Director General, ONHYM (Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines)
President and CEO, Algold Resources
Eng. Hilal Khamis AL Mahrouqi
Head of Monitoring and Inspection Department, Public Authority for Mining, Sultanate of Oman
Director, Bardene Financial
Ignacio de Calonje
Principal Investment Officer Oil, Gas & Mining, IFC
Ghussaina Al Hilu
Director of Petroleum and Oil Shale, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan
Senior Investment Officer, African Development Bank
Senior Partner, EMEIA Advisory Mining Leader, Member of the EY Global Mining Team, Ernst & Young
Vomic Nur Shah
Regional Head for Business Development - EMEA, UK Export Finance
Executive Chairman, KEFI Minerals
Global Head of Metals & Iron Ore, Thomson Reuters
Amanda van Dyke
Investment Manager, Peterhouse Asset Management
Chief Executive Officer, BROYCHIM
Principal Banker, Natural Resources, EBRD
Dr Mhamed Ibnabdeljalil
Founder and Managing Partner, Spika Ventures LLC
Consultant Mining Engineer, NEXANT
VP, Corporate Development, Altus Strategies
Founder, Africa Risk Consulting
Manager, International Council on Mining & Metals
Consultant, Control Risks
Head of Base Metals and Mining, Thomson Reuters Research and Forecasts
Director, International Mining Group, Olympus Scientific Solutions
CEO, MMG Capital
Co-Head Emerging Markets, International Markets Unit, London Stock Exchange Group
Ahmed Taleb Mohamed
Director General of Mines, Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, Mauritania
Advisor to H.E. the Minister, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainability, Kingdom of Morocco
Former VP Corporate Affairs, BG Group. Senior Advisor, Critical Resource
Chief Operations Officer, International Geoscience Services (IGS)
Dr Mowafa Taib
Physical Scientist, US Geological Survey
CEO, Wimmer Family Office Investment Company
Managing Director and Consulting Geologist, Rocklore Exploration Services
H.E. Aziz RabbahMinister of Energy, Mines and Sustainability, Kingdom of Morocco
H.E. Mohamed Abdel VetahMinister of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Mike SylvestreRegional Vice President - Africa, Kinross
Mr.Sylvestre brings over 30 years of mining sector management, operations, technical and project experience to Wellgreen Platinum. Mr. Sylvestre is currently the Regional VP Africa Kinross Gold Corp., prior to which he served as a Director and Interim CEO of Claude Resources. Mr. Sylvestre spent a significant portion of his career with Inco Ltd. where he held key senior management positions domestically and internationally. Most notably, he held the position of CEO ValeInco New Caledonia, President ValeInco Manitoba Operations, and Vice President of Operations PT Inco, Indonesia.
Mr. Sylvestre holds a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from McGill University and Queen’s University, respectively. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in partnership with the Rotman School of Management.
Eng. Mohamed Saif Al-AfkhamChairman, Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation
Mohamed Saif Al Afkham is the Director General of Fujairah Municipality; the biggest local government department in the Emirate of Fujairah, established in 1969 to handle urban and rural municipal affairs and provide public services consistent with the requirements of development. He was involved in the Municipality affairs and projects since 2006, and he was appointed Director General in 2008. Eng. Al Afkham is alsothe Director General of Fujairah Culture and Media Authority which is the biggest and most influential cultural entity in Fujairah. Moreover, he holds the position of the General Manager of Fujairah Media Group. Al Afkham is a board member of several companies and organizations such as: Fujairah Natural Resources Est. (Chairman), Al Hilal Real Estate Company (Deputy Chairman), Fujairah Energy (Board Member), Emirates Wildlife Society (Board Member) and J.K. Cement (Board Member).
Imad ToumiChairman and Chief Executive Officer, MANAGEM
Mr. Imad Toumi serves as Chief Executive Officer of Managem S.A. Mr. Toumi has been the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at La Mancha Resources, Inc. since May 2013. He has over 20 years of experience in managing industrial projects in the energy and mining sectors. After starting his career at CEA, he joined Areva in 2002 at the La Hague plant where he notably managed the production and project programs. In 2007, he joined Areva’s mining division as Director of Projects, in charge of a €3B portfolio for the development of mining projects in Africa and Kazakhstan. In 2011, he became General Director of Areva in Niger, a country where Areva produces more than 40% of its global uranium production. He serves as a Director of Societe Metallurgique d’Imiter SA and Managem S.A. As a Board Member of Areva Mines, he managed the AREVA South African subsidiary and was a Board member of many other mining companies. Mr. Toumi is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and holds a PhD from Université Paris 6 and an executive MBA from HEC.
Jeff DoebrichChief, Africa and the Middle East, USGS Office of International Programs
Jeff Doebrich has been an economic geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for the past 34 years. Jeff received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. His research has focused on a variety of mineral resource issues in the Great Basin of the western United States, in Central Asia, and in the Middle East. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Jeff served two tours of duty with the USGS Saudi Arabian Mission, including one as Mission Chief Scientist. Jeff has coordinated large regional mineral resource assessments in the Great Basin and Central Asia, including initiation of the USGS mineral resource assessment of Afghanistan from 2004-2006. In 2010, Jeff led the overall USGS effort in Iraq, a multidisciplinary effort involving mineral and water resource studies, establishment of an agro-meteorological network, and creation of a national spatial data infrastructure. For 10 years, from 2006 to 2016, Jeff was the Deputy Program Coordinator for the USGS Mineral Resources Program. Since January 2017, Jeff has been the Chief, Africa and the Middle East for the USGS Office of International Programs.
Clive NewallPresident and Director, First Quantum Minerals
Mr. Newall graduated from the Royal School of Mines, University of London, England in 1971 with an honours degree in Mining Geology, and was awarded an MBA from the Scottish Business School at Strathclyde University. He has worked in mining and exploration throughout his career, having held senior management positions with Amax Exploration Inc. and the Robertson Group plc. Mr. Newall is a co-founder and has been President and Director of the Company since its start-up in 1996. He is also a non-executive Director of Gemfields Plc and Baker Steel Resource Trust Limited.
Amina BenkhadraDirector General, ONHYM (Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines)
Known as “Madame Energie,” Amina Benkhadra started her career in 1982 as a mining engineer at the Moroccan mining research bureau (BRPM). Eight years later, she became head of the investment division at BRPM, managing a portfolio of more than 30 subsidiary companies. In 1994, she became director of mines within the ministry of energy and mines, the first time a woman was appointed by a royal decree to such a position.
In 1997, Minister Benkhadra moved into government as one of the first four woman named by his majesty as secretary of state. She became general director of BRPM in 1998, then general director of the National Office of Oil Research and Exploitation (ONAREP), the state’s exploration company, in 2000. In 2005, she presided over the merger of the BRPM and ONAREP which is when ONHYM was created. In October 2007, she was appointed as a minister in charge of energy, mines, water and the environment.
Jeune Afrique named Minister Benkhadra one of the 25 most influential women in Africa. She has been awarded the Wissam al-Arch, known as the Order of the Throne, for her work on Arab-European organization in the environment, as well as, the Legion of Honor from the Republic of France. She holds a bachelor’s of science in civil mining engineering from École des Mines de Nancy and a doctoral in mining sciences from Mines ParisTech (École des Mines de Paris.)
François AuclairPresident and CEO, Algold Resources
Mr. Auclair is a geologist with over 25 years of experience, including 20 years in Africa, both in exploration and development of gold deposits. M Auclair has worked for major mining companies such as the Noranda group and Ashanti GoldFields, as well as medium-sized producers, such as Rio Narcea Gold. Mr. Auclair has been involved at the early stages of development of the Tasiast Mine during his tenure as General Manager, Tasiast mine, with Rio Narcea from 2004 to 2007. Prior to joining Algold, Mr. Auclair was the Vice-President Exploration of Gondwana Gold Inc., a gold exploration company in Burkina Faso. Mr. Auclair was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Nimini Gold, a subsidiary of Polo Resources, developing the Komahum gold deposit in Sierra Leone. Prior to this, Mr. Auclair was the Vice-President, Exploration and Business Development of Diabras (now Sierra Metals) and Country Manager, Nevsun in Eritrea. Mr. Auclair was a member of Aur Resources’ Louvicourt VMS deposit discovery team
Eng. Hilal Khamis AL MahrouqiHead of Monitoring and Inspection Department, Public Authority for Mining, Sultanate of Oman
Mark TylerDirector, Bardene Financial
Mark Tyler is a Director at Bardene Finance, a consultancy offering technical and financial advisory services to the mining industry. He has BSc (Eng) in Metallurgy and postgraduate qualifications in Mineral Economics and Engineering Management. He has over twenty years of mining finance and project development and ten years of metallurgical research and consulting experience. Mark was previously Managing Director for Mining at Nedbank Capital, South Africa’s leading resource-focused investment bank.
Ignacio de CalonjePrincipal Investment Officer Oil, Gas & Mining, IFC
Ignacio is IFC’s London-based Principal Investment Officer for Natural Resources with responsibility over IFC’s Western European based clients in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Prior to his posting in London, Mr de Calonje was based in Istanbul and was IFC’s Natural Resources Sector Lead for Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa. He joined IFC in 2004 in Washington DC. Mr. de Calonje has extensive experience in the field of international finance, having worked on numerous equity, quasi-equity and debt investments in the natural resources sector in emerging markets. Before joining IFC, he worked for Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division in London and Madrid advising Spanish and UK corporate clients in mergers, acquisitions and debt capital market transactions. Mr. de Calonje has a Bsc in Business Administration from Universidad San Pablo-CEU (Madrid) and a Masters Degree from Columbia University (New York).
Ghussaina Al HiluDirector of Petroleum and Oil Shale, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan
Presently is the Director of Petroleum and Oil Shale Directorate at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, responsible for the characterization, assessment, management, promotion and utilization and exploitation of Jordan’s energy resources, especially the Kingdom’s extensive deposits of oil shale and setting the policies and strategies of both the Petroleum exploration campaigns and investment projects as well as the oil shale exploitation and investment projects. Responsible for monitoring seven Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and four Concession Agreements (CA) negotiated between the Government and the companies which propose to develop oil shale in Jordan and two Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) and one Enhancement Production Agreement (EPA).
Helped in developing Jordan’s current strategy for oil shale development projects and working currently on setting Instructions and regulations to control the Investment Projects in both Oil Exploration and Oil Shale exploitation fields. Helped in setting MEMR’s evaluation criteria for oil shale investments. Finalized various provisions of the Oil Shale Mining Agreements for MEMR. Helped finalize the agreement templates for new field tests and pilot plants. Supports the continuous updating of MEMR’s template for Memoranda of Understanding and various agreements.
Fernando RodriguesSenior Investment Officer, African Development Bank
Fernando Rodrigues is currently working as Senior Investment Officer within the Industries & Services team of the Private Sector Department of the African Development Bank. He is responsible for originating, structuring and executing transactions in the manufacturing and mining sectors. Before joining the Bank, Fernando worked at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking as a senior credit analyst in emerging countries and within the Energy and Environment coverage team. Fernando holds a Master’s degree in Finance & Capital Markets from ESG Paris, specialized in corporate finance.
M. Fernando Rodrigues est actuellement Chargé d’Investissement au sein de l’équipe “Industries & Services” du Département du Secteur Privé de la Banque Africaine de Développement. Il est chargé de l’origination, la structuration, et l’exécution de transactions dans les secteurs manufacturiers et de services. Avant de rejoindre la Banque, Fernando occupait les postes d’Analyste Crédit Sénior sur les pays émergeants puis au sein de l’équipe Coverage du département Energie & Environnement de Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking. Fernando possède un Master en Finance d’Entreprise et Marchés de Capitaux de l’ESG Paris.
Christian MionSenior Partner, EMEIA Advisory Mining Leader, Member of the EY Global Mining Team, Ernst & Young
Christian has been working with EY for more than 23 years. He is a Belgian engineer from Mons University. As a member of the EY Global Mining Team and Mining Advisory Leader for the EMEIA region, he is an expert in emerging markets issues, particularly in Africa. He was Country Managing Partner forGuinea (West Africa) and DRCand is now Co-Manager of the EY initiative to help Australian investments into Africa, with the EY Perth Mining Leader. He is also GCSP (Global Client Service Partner) and CSP (Area Client Service Partner) for numerous mining companies.
His transversal role as a Partner enables him to identify and implement the best approaches and solutions for client issues on the ground, in keeping with the axiom “Think Global, Act Local”. Due to his various roles and responsibilities he is connected with almost all the EY offices in Africa. His main specialty and areas of focus today are “Global Risks Assessment” (and remediation plans) in order to secure investments on the ground.
Christian is a regular lecturer at global mining conventions and events and frequently quoted in the global media on current mining trends.
Vomic Nur ShahRegional Head for Business Development - EMEA, UK Export Finance
Vomic Nur Shah is the Regional Head for Business Development at UK Export Finance leading UKEF’s transaction origination efforts in Europe, Eurasia, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
UKEF is the UK’s export credit agency with a mission to ensure that no viable UK export falls for lack of finance or insurance. It supports long term economic growth and competitiveness by complementing the private market with insurance for exporters, loan guarantees to banks, and support for and provision of loans to overseas buyers of UK goods and services.
Vomic is a seasoned professional in international finance with a career spanning over 15 years.
Before moving to public service in Her Majesty’s Government, Vomic held various leadership positions in corporate and investment banking in international banks, including Societe Generale and Citigroup.
During his career, Vomic has originated and executed cross-border transactions globally, and has worked closely with both the private sector and state authorities. He has had a particular focus on emerging markets providing both strategic advice as well as delivering structured financing solutions for projects across the CIS region, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Harry Anagnostaras-AdamsExecutive Chairman, KEFI Minerals
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
Bernd SischkaGlobal Head of Metals & Iron Ore, Thomson Reuters
Amanda van DykeInvestment Manager, Peterhouse Asset Management
Amanda van Dyke is a mining equity specialist. She has been previously with the mining teams of GMP, Pareto, and Dundee Securities, as an analyst and mining specialist sales person. She has authored numerous research reports as well as articles on the mining sector. She is a professional gemmologist, and holds an MBA and MA in International Economics, from SDA Bocconi and China Europe International Business School.
Mustapha MoucharikChief Executive Officer, BROYCHIM
Anass JoundyPrincipal Banker, Natural Resources, EBRD
Following a Masters (business & Administration) from Toulouse business school and specialized masters in Finance at ESCP EAP (Paris), Anass Joundy worked in BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole in Capital markets for 2 years.
Anass joined EBRD in 2012 in the Natural Resources team as a Principal Banker, after having spent 7 years at Credit Agricole, originating and structuring financing in the MENA region.
Dr Mhamed IbnabdeljalilFounder and Managing Partner, Spika Ventures LLC
Dr. Mohamed Ibnabdeljalil, Ph.D., is the Founder and Managing Partner at Spika Ventures LLC. Dr. Ibnabdeljalil served as an Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Raw Material Procurement and Chief Commercial Officer of OCP Group(OCP S.A.). He is holding an important full time position in Office Cherifien Des Phosphates, Marocco. He has a track record in leading multi-billion dollar sales, marketing, raw material procurement, logistics and business development efforts across geographies in emerging and developed markets. He serves as the Chairman of IMACID (JV with Tata and Chambal Chemical), and EMAPHOS (JV with Prayon S.A. and Budenheim). He serves as the Chairman of Maroc Phosphore S.A, Phosboucraa S.A, OCP de Argentina SA, OCP do Brazil and OCP Foundation. He has been Vice Chairman of International Plant Nutrition Institute (Inc) since June 2012. He serves as a Director of Zuari Maroc Phosphates Ltd. Dr. Ibnabdeljalil served as a Director of Paradeep Phosphates Limited (alternately, PPL) since December 20, 2006. He has been a Director of Itafos since December 31, 2016. He served on the Board of Directors of several international companies and associations, including Bunge Maroc Phosphore (JV with Bunge Fertilizantes), Black Sea GUBRE TICARET A.S (JV with Toros Tarim A. S). He has broad sector expertise in a wide range of basic materials, chemicals and industrials. He also served on the boards of OCP’s subsidiaries Marphocean S.A. and Societe de Transports et d’Affretement Reunis S.A. and OCP International Cooperatieve U.A. Dr. Ibnabdeljalil holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the London University and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics from Cornell University.
Alistair ForbesConsultant Mining Engineer, NEXANT
Alistair is a qualified mining engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the mining industry, the bulk of which has been in South Africa. For the past 10 years he has focused on mine project development and risk management consulting for the mining and insurance industries, based in London. Since semi – retirement in 2016 he has been consulting in mining for Nexant Limited.
Greg OwenVP, Corporate Development, Altus Strategies
Mr Owen is a mining sector professional with over 10 years’ experience working within both public and private companies, the last seven of which have been focussed exclusively on Africa.
He is the VP Corporate Development for Altus Strategies PLC (AIM: ALS), an African ‘project generator’ which listed on London’s AIM market in August 2017 and which recently announced the planned acquisition of Canadian gold explorer Legend Gold Corp (TSX-V: LGN).
Altus’ focus is on providing shareholders with a high quality portfolio, diversified by both location and commodity, with exploration assets in Morocco (Cu, W, Zn), Liberia (Au), Cameroon (Al, Fe, Au) and Ethiopia (Au, Cu) and plans to expand into Mali and Ivory Coast. In order to minimise the risks inherent in mineral exploration the company actively seeks joint venture partners to fund the more advanced phases of exploration and development.
Mr Owen is part of the management team responsible for delivering the Company’s recent AIM IPO and has been involved in completing the JV of the Birsok bauxite project with ASX listed Canyon Resources and the MOA over the Tigray-Afar copper project with Japanese sovereign group JOGMEC. His role encompasses all corporate activity within the Altus group where he is responsible for the assessment of strategic opportunities and the corporate aspects of entry into new countries, including assessment of the mining law, tax regime and creation of an appropriate local corporate structure.
Prior to joining Altus, Mr Owen was Business Development Manager for Metals Exploration Plc (AIM: MTL) and was involved in progressing the Runruno gold-molybdenum project in the Philippines. He was involved in a number of equity financings and corporate transactions, including the offer by Solomon Capital, and was responsible for investor and public relations. He holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth.
Tara O’ConnorFounder, Africa Risk Consulting
Africa Risk Consulting (ARC) provides political advisory, corporate investigations and due diligence, business intelligence and reputation risk management services. Subscribers to ARC Briefing get country reports on Africa’s political, business and operating environment.
Tara brings to ARC 20 years’ of global risk management experience. Since 2006, ARC’s highly experienced team has delivered over 400 projects on 40 African countries. These include political and strategic advice, pre-investment integrity due diligences as well as more complex cross-border investigations and reputation risk management.
Prior to founding ARC in 2006, ARC Tara headed the Africa departments of two global risk management companies. Born in Zimbabwe, brought up in Zambia, Tara is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, a fellow of the institute of marketing and a member of the Frontier Market’s council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA)
Fernanda DiezManager, International Council on Mining & Metals
Fernanda Diez has responsibility for research and intelligence at ICMM, including tracking and monitoring emerging trends and issues of relevance to mining and sustainability. She is currently working on measuring the economic contribution of mining to national economies and has developed a partnership with CSIRO in Australia and IIED in the UK to measure public attitudes to mining and facilitate citizen engagement on the role of mining in society. Fernanda is also developing gender policy for ICMM.
With a background in economics and political philosophy, she has worked for eight years in Government and Congress in Argentina, particularly on issues of governance, regulation of privatised utilities, and cooperation between government and business. She was also a freelance journalist for MERCADO, a prominent business magazine in Argentina, for seven years. Prior to ICMM Fernanda worked at an Oxford University Foundation dealing with socio-legal briefings, and conducted CSR research for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Said Business School.
Fernanda holds a BSc Economics and an MSc Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Yara SlimConsultant, Control Risks
Yara Slim is a London-based consultant within the Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence department at business risk consultancy Control Risks. She works on due diligence, business intelligence, litigation support, asset-trace and background screening investigations in a range of different jurisdictions across the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Before joining Control Risks, Yara completed two internships at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and the International Crisis Group in Brussels, where her work focused on the on-going regional crises – such as conducting research on key figures within the Syrian conflict and on security sector reform in Egypt and Tunisia after the 2011 uprisings. Yara has a BA in Political Science, with a double minor in Management and Hispanic Studies, from McGill University and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She speaks Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
Bruce AlwayHead of Base Metals and Mining, Thomson Reuters Research and Forecasts
Bruce Alway is Head of Base Metals and Mining at Thomson Reuters Research and Forecasts. He received a BSc degree in Geology from the University of Manchester and a MS degree in Mineral Project Appraisal from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College. He has been active in the resource sector for over 20 years. His experience includes seven years as an exploration geologist in Africa and seven years as a sell-side analyst at Merrill Lynch South Africa and later Société Générale, London. Prior to the Thomson Reuters acquisition in 2011, Bruce worked for six years as a commodity analyst for the precious metals consultancy GFMS. He was appointed in his current role at Thomson Reuters in February 2014.
Todd HoulahanDirector, International Mining Group, Olympus Scientific Solutions
Todd graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in soils and hydrology.
After 7 years as a contaminated land consultant remediating heavy metal contaminated sites in the UK and Australia, he first used a Handheld X-Ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser in 2000, to guide excavations of a lead contaminated site in Sydney.
Since that fateful day, Todd has been at the heart of the Portable XRF revolution in the mineral exploration and mining industry over the last 15 years.
Todd was one of a select few who helped secure the scientific credibility of portable XRF technology for minerals applications through industry trials, scientific evaluations and published papers via his early work in Australia through 2000-2004.
In total he worked with Niton analysers for 8 years in various positions based in Australia, Germany and the UK, finally as Global Business Development Manager (Exploration and Mining).
For the last 7 years he has led the International Mining Group at Olympus (formerly InnovX Systems) helping explorers, miners and their shareholders achieve cost efficiencies by using the best portable XRF and XRD technology on the market today. Todd is committed to long term collaborative partnerships and providing unrivalled, geologically focused global support.
Rama AymanCEO, MMG Capital
Rama Ayman is CEO of MMG Capital with over 25 years of metals and mining corporate finance experience. Following a 10-year career as an investment banker at Bankers Trust (merged with Deutsche Bank) in New York and Director of Corporate Finance at BNP Paribas in London, Mr. Ayman joined Arcelor in Luxembourg in 2002 as Corporate VP of M&A until Nov 2006, few months after its merger with Mittal, when he joined Hatch Corporate Finance as Managing Director until 2012; most recently Mr. Ayman was Partner and Global Head of Metals and Mining Corporate Finance at KPMG in London prior to joining MMG Capital. Rama Ayman has led numerous M&A and Capital Raising engagements, in the metals and mining sector, throughout Europe, Americas, CIS, MENA, Africa, Japan, China and India. He has played a major role in landmark M&A transactions including the €34bn Arcelor Mittal merger which created the world’s largest steel company and the $13bn Tata Corus merger, and has led over 40 M&A, equity finance and debt finance deals in the steel sector, raw materials for steel, precious metals, base metals, energy metals as well as industrial metals over the past 25 years. Mr. Ayman holds BAs in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy from University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, and Masters of International Management from Thunderbird Global School of International Management in the US.
Ibukun AdebayoCo-Head Emerging Markets, International Markets Unit, London Stock Exchange Group
Ibukun is responsible for London Stock Exchange Group’s growth strategy in emerging markets with a key focus on India and Africa. Prior to this Ibukun ran the listings business for London Stock Exchange covering key markets in South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Managing relationships with companies, international advisors and regulators; in this capacity Ibukun was involved in over 200 London IPO’s by issuers from these regions. He was also the Exchange’s regional contact for companies listed on London’s Main Market Professional Securities Market, Specialist Fund Market and AIM.
Educated in Bath, United Kingdom Ibukun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and started his career as a foreign exchange trader for NatWest Markets in London in 1995. He went on to set up and run a successful business specialising in managing foreign exchange risk for African and Asian companies and managed a Forex fund investing in the dollar major currency pairs.
Immediately prior to joining the London Stock Exchange Ibukun worked in the financial communications division of United Business Media there he ran an operation dedicated to blue chip clients from across the globe in the capacity of financial communications adviser and was one time adviser to the Lakhsmi Mittal family and their companies.
Ahmed Taleb MohamedDirector General of Mines, Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, Mauritania
Addi AzzaAdvisor to H.E. the Minister, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainability, Kingdom of Morocco
Michael BarronFormer VP Corporate Affairs, BG Group. Senior Advisor, Critical Resource
Michael Barron has more than 25 years experience analysing, living and working in the Middle East and North Africa including engagement at the highest levels of government. He has more than 12 years experience working as a government and public affairs manger for the major gas company BG Group with assignments in Egypt, Oman and on the Gaza Marine project. Michael studied Arabic at the University of Edinburgh, including spending time in Cairo. He has also worked for Middle East Broadcasting, Control Risks Group and Eurasia Group.
At BG Group, Michael also gained experience in South East Asia. He was a member of the project team for Myanmar country entry from the first visit to the country through to submission of a successful bid for four blocks in the 2013 offshore licence round. He also undertook a short term assignment in Bangkok providing government relations support for a proposed major business change and advocating for increased transparency in the upstream oil and gas sector.
Michael also has an in depth knowledge of transparency issues, particularly the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and EU legislation in this area. He managed this issue for BG Group, chaired an industry task force and served as an industry representative on the UK’s EITI multi-stakeholder group.
Michael has particular expertise in government relations strategies to manage complex issues such as country entry (and exit), major negotiations and disputes and navigating through complex political situations.
Antony BenhamChief Operations Officer, International Geoscience Services (IGS)
Antony Benham is Chief Operations Officer for IGS, formerly the international division of the British Geological Survey.
Having previously worked as a mining and exploration geologist for Gold Fields of South Africa, and then as an economic geologist and business development manager for the British Geological Survey for ten years, Antony is well placed to deliver business development and project management in regions such as Afghanistan and the Republic of Sudan.
His role within BGSi as Chief Operations Officer is to oversee, manage and successfully complete projects awarded to the company, as well as developing the business portfolio of projects undertaken by BGSi.
Antony said: ‘I am thrilled to join BGSi at a time of real opportunity and growth for the company. I am looking forward to helping BGSi expand and raise its profile internationally with new projects and new clients’.
Dr Mowafa TaibPhysical Scientist, US Geological Survey
Dr Mowafa Taib serves as a physical scientist in the Global Minerals Analysis Section of the National Mineral Information Centre at the U.S. Geological Survey. He focuses on mineral production statistics, developments, exploration, and outlook of the mineral industries in the Middle East and North Africa region, and writes annual reviews of the mineral industry of fifteen Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The reviews are published in the U.S. Geological Survey Minerals Yearbook. Dr. Taib holds a Master of Science and Doctorate of philosophy degrees in soil chemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park as well as Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Degrees in agricultural sciences and agricultural economics from Damascus University.
Per WimmerCEO, Wimmer Family Office Investment Company
In 2011 Per Wimmer founded Wimmer Family Office based in London, UK. The current investment strategies of Wimmer Family Office are:
1) The Wimmer ETF Plus Strategy – Investment into ETFs across asset classes with CTA overlay aiming to achieve a low to medium risk profile with double digit returns.
2) Eastern European Commercial Real Estate. Focus on prime locations in Prague, Budapest and Bucharest.
3) Natural resources (mining, oil & gas, green energy) and hard assets, real estate, infrastructure, aviation and shipping.
4) Emerging Market Hedge Funds Investment Strategy – Investment into locally based Emerging Market funds with a strong track record spanning a minimum of three years.
5) Other opportunistic ad hoc investments.
Per Wimmer is expected to be the first private Dane in space and has three trips to space lined up on three different rockets. Per has completed space training such as Zero-G, centrifuge and flying various fighter jets.
As he is fulfilling his dreams through space exploration, Per conducts his charity activity within Wimmer Space. Wimmer Space works with charitable organizations to inspire children to live their dreams – whatever those may be. This includes school presentation and financial support.
On Oct 6, 2008, Per Wimmer wrote world history when successfully completing the world’s first tandem sky dive over the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest.
Adventure travelling has taken Per all over the world. His experiences range from spending time with the tribes of the Amazon forest to walking on live volcanoes in Hawaii; from skiing at the highest facility in the world in Bolivia to riding across the USA on a Harley Davidson (and back!). He has visited 70 countries on Earth.
Per is the author of three books including “Wall Street” talks about bubbles in the financial markets, along with anecdotes from his time in the world of global finance. “The Green Bubble”, published in English, Danish and Swedish promotes the argument that for green energy to be truly sustainable, it must be commercially sustainable.
Per Wimmer founded Wimmer Financial in 2007. Wimmer Financial is a merchant bank/corporate advisory firm specializing in natural resources (mining, oil & gas and green energy), real estate, infrastructure, aviation, shipping and project debt financing.
Per Wimmer was awarded a Master of Public Administration and the Don K. Price Award from Harvard University with concentrations in business, finance and international relations. Per Wimmer also holds a Master of Laws degree from University of London and B.A. / M.A. degrees in law from University of Copenhagen. He is fluent in French, English and Danish with some knowledge of Spanish and German.
Per Wimmer worked for Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and London, including during its IPO, covering European Equity products into Scandinavian-based financial institutions. Furthermore, Per Wimmer has been working for MF Global/Man Group and Collins Stewart/Canaccord.
Drew CraigManaging Director and Consulting Geologist, Rocklore Exploration Services
Drew has worked with or consulted to a number of Major and Junior mining companies. Drew graduated with Honours in Geology from the University of St Andrews in 1997 and spent time in the Aberdeen oil industry before completing a Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College (1999). Drew founded Rocklore Exploration Services Limited in 2002 and has since worked in the exploration and development sector; operating in over 20 mining jurisdictions and gaining experience in a wide range of commodities and mineral deposit types. He is also a principal associate with the internationally renowned SRK group. Drew has conducted entry programmes into several countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and specialises in working in austere and challenging environments. He has been a founding director of two private exploration companies and several other mining services related enterprises. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Professional Graduate Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.