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  • Recently confirmed sponsors: Africa Energy, Khoemacau Copper Mining, Tlou Energy

Completed a diploma in mining engineering from Haileybury school of mines Ontario Canada where he specialized in mineral processing, He obtained a BSc(Hon..) mining engineering Queen’s university Ontario Canada.

Has completed a number of executive development programs such as the Oxford Senior executive program and the London business school senior executive program.

Has worked in a number of mines including underground platinum mines in RSA, coal mines in RSA and Botswana, Open pit and underground diamond mines in Botswana. He is a holder of RSA Mine Manager Certificates of Competence in Metalliferous and gold mines as well as in fiery coal mines.

Held positions from Miner to Managing Director. Notable positions held are Section Manager Underground at Impala mines; Mine Manager at Morupule colliery; Mine Manager at Orapa and Letlhakane Mines; Debswana, Assistant General Manager Jwaneng mine, Debswana, Portfolio Development Manager De Beers Corporate HO and Managing Gem Diamonds Botswana.

As the Managing Director of Khoemacau Copper Mining Company (Pty) Ltd, Johan has executive responsibility for Cupric Canyon Capital’s Africa business.
Cupric Canyon is a private copper development company. Cupric’s Botswanan subsidiary, Khoemacau Copper Mining Ltd, is developing the Starter Project at its Khoemacau Copper Silver Project in the Kalahari Copper Belt of north west Botswana. The Starter Project involves the development of a new large scale mechanised underground mine at the company’s flagship Zone 5 deposit. Khoemacau had combined mineral resources in excess of 6.5 million tonnes of copper as at December 2016.
With over 32 years’ experience in the mining industry, Johan joined the Company in May 2017 as Managing Director and Head of Africa Operations.
He is also a member of the boards of Khoemacau Copper Mining Ltd and Discovery Copper Ltd. He has served on many Boards previously and was past President of the Ghana Chamber of mines and a past President of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa.
Prior to joining Khoemacau, Mr. Ferreira was the Regional Senior Vice President – Africa Region for Newmont. Newmont is one of the world’s leading gold producers. During his four years of service with Newmont, he had many successes. Apart from dealing with complex internal and external stakeholder relationships, infrastructure challenges, and new project development, Ghana was one of Newmont’s top performing operating divisions under Johan’s leadership.
Johan started his mining career in 1986 with Anglo American as a Learner Official. During his 26 year tenure with Anglo American/AngloGold Ashanti he progressed to the level of Senior Vice President Operations – South African Region responsible for strategic and operational management.
A highly respected mining engineer, Mr. Ferreira has a wealth of experience in the gold and uranium mining industry with particular focus on open pit (massive orebodies)-, shallow and ultra-deep narrow tabular underground mining. Mr. Ferreira also has a proven track record in mine design, project management and commissioning of mining projects.
He is a qualified and certified Professional Engineer, a member of the Engineering Council of South Africa and the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Pretoria and several other professional certifications and diplomas. He also completed various international management and executive development programmes.

Shirley Webber is a South African citizen and lived most of her younger life in the Free State (Welkom). She grew up in the mining and metals industry as her father was employed by the gold mining industry for a period of 30 years.  She attended school in the Free State and obtained her degrees at the University of the North West. Her qualifications include a CAIB (SA) Associate Banking Diploma, a

B.Com(Ed)(Cum Laude) and a B.Com Honours degree in Financial and Strategic Management.

She was previously the Sector Director of Mining, Resources and Commodities at FirstRand Bank Limited in Johannesburg.  Shirley joined Absa Bank Limited in 2011 and is now the Coverage Head for Natural Resources for Barclays Africa Group Limited (Corporate and Investment Banking). Her responsibilities include maintaining and growing relationships in the mining, metals, oil, gas and chemical industries. She has a wealth of experience working with key clients such as Anglo American Group, De Beers and Diamonds Sight-holders, Petra Diamonds, Firestone Diamonds and Sasol.

As part of her focus on the banking industry, she has always taken up part time lecturing at various universities and colleges to ensure that students receive valuable practical banking industry knowledge. She was a member of the Financial Service Board Seta in South Africa and a member of a working group at the University of Pretoria developing appropriate curricula for banking related university degrees.

Dr Hills is a geologist and minerals industry executive with 15 years experience in project generation, exploration and project development across a broad range of base and precious metals in Australia, Botswana and Sweden. Dr Hills has been the Exploration Manager for three ASX-listed junior mineral resource companies. He has a Ph.D. in Structural Geology with extensive experience in multiply deformed and highly metamorphosed terranes and is an expert in exploration concept/target generation.

Mr Jason Stirbinskis  has held CEO/MD  roles at Drake Resources, Philips River Mining and Cantal Asia Resources. He is experienced across a number of commodities including zinc, lead, copper, nickel and gold and has managed projects in West Africa, Scandinavia, Australia and Central Asia. Jason has also held senior roles in engineering consultancies and in the banking and finance industry.  In addition to his Geology degree, Jason holds an  MBA, is an AICD graduate, is a member of AusIMM and has held the post of Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Western Australia for the last 10 years. Jason is an Executive Director of Mount Burgess Mining which is focussed on the potential near term production opportunity at its Kihabe Zinc, Lead, Silver Project in Botswana.

James Campbell is Managing Director of Botswana Diamonds plc and has spent over thirty years in the diamond industry in a variety of roles.  Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and President of Rockwell Diamonds Inc, Non-Executive Director of Stellar Diamonds plc, Vice President – New Business for Lucara Diamond Corp, Managing Director of African Diamonds plc and Executive Deputy Chairman of West African Diamonds plc.

Prior to that James spent over twenty years at De Beers, with notable appointments including General Manager for Advanced Exploration and Resource Delivery and Nicky Oppenheimer’s Personal Assistant.

James holds a degree in Mining and Exploration Geology from the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College, London University) and an MBA with distinction from Durham University. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Materials, South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and Institute of Directors of South Africa.  He is also a Chartered Engineer (UK), Chartered Scientist (UK) and a Professional Natural Scientist (RSA).

As part of his social commitment to South Africa, James is Chairman of the Joburg Ballet, Chairman of the South African Ballet Theatre Trust and Acting Chairman of Common Purpose SA.

With over 14 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the financial services sector, Sheperd is an astute corporate leader with an elite track record of driving shareholder value and operational efficiency in the financial sector. In recent years he has been an integral part of deal teams in project finance; mining finance; pre and post shipment export finance; corporate finance and managing teams of professionals in banking.

Mr Aisam was appointed Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Stanbic Bank Botswana in April 2016, having joined the bank as a Relationship Executive in November 2008 where he quickly progressed to Head Corporate Banking in August 2009. In 2013, the role elevated to a more client centric, strategic and senior role as Head of Client Coverage within CIB. In the same year, Sheperd was sent on an assignment in Standard Bank Mauritius for a period of 3 months where he held Head of Client Coverage and TPS to assist in alleviating the business subsequent to a reshuffle in leadership and strategy changes within the business.

Before joining Stanbic, Sheperd had worked in Absa Corporate and Business Bank in Johannesburg as well as Barclays Africa Head office also in Johannesburg in South Africa where he did an array of Regional Roles in the Africa business unit looking after portfolios in corporate credit, country risk, sovereign risk, specialised credit, retail credit and operational risk. He has also spent time living and working on these portfolios sitting in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique to mention a few countries in the sub region. His career started at Barclays Bank of Botswana in 2003 when he joined that institution on the Barclays Africa Leadership Programme which was an accelerated Management development programme.

Sheperd has a Masterclass in Strategic Client Management (MCM) from UCT Graduate School of Business, Master of Science (MSc) Strategic Management from Derbyshire University (Merit) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from University of Botswana.

Mr Baruti Regoeng holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom (1998) as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Policy and Management from the International Institute of Petroleum Development and Management (PETRAD), Norway (2000). Mr Regoeng worked with Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry (MITI) between 1991 and 2000.

In 2001, he was transferred with the then Petroleum Management Unit of the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs (MITI) to the Energy Affairs Division; now Department of Energy under the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security. He is currently employed as a Principal Energy Engineer responsible for the Programme Development Division in the Department of Energy.

His responsibilities include key amongst others; conception and development of the energy sector projects and programmes as well as overseeing implementation of the major oil and gas infrastructure projects as a Programme Manager for the Botswana Oil Storage Development Programme. He is currently holds membership to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Institute of Petroleum, UK. He has been very instrumental is establishment of Botswana Oil Limited and development of the Oil and Gas Sector strategy as well as that for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and Conservation.