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I am currently working in the Botswana GeoScience Institute as a Geologist undertaking the Mineral Accounts duties. I have my first degree in Geology from the University of Botswana and Masters in Mineral Economics from Akita University,Japan with the research tittle : Real Option Evaluation and Determination of the Optimum Investment timing of the Cu-Ni expansion project in Selibe Phikwe,Botswana. The research was presented at two business research conference in Imperial College,London and Italy in 2015. I am currently enrolled for PhD studies at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology undertaking research in the Economics of Botswana Mining sector. I started working at DeBeers Diamond Exploration Company in 2011 as a field exploration geologist and later joined BCL mine in 2012 until 2016. I worked as a field based geologist and later in my career path after my masters studies I was appreciated to undertake mineral economics duties constructing mine financial models,overseeing the consultants financial models ,undertaking optimization studies from exploration to mill and participated on feasibility studies of new projects.My future career en devours are in research, geology ,mineral economics and resource policy.

Dr. Tshoso is the Manager Mineral Resources and Hydrocarbon in BGI. She holds a PhD and Msc in Geohysics obtained in the University of Brest in France in 2003 and 1998 respectively. She obtained her Bsc in Geology in the University of Botswana in 1997.

Since the completion of her Phd in 2003 she has worked in a number of groundwater siting project and mineral exploration while working for the former Geological Survey of Botswana. Since 2014 is has been working with the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) focusing on Mineral Accounts in the Botswana Geoscience Institute.

BEng. (Hons.) Minerals Engineering, Camborne School of Mines, UK. Started career as a trainee metallurgist at Jwaneng Mine, spent time in the OFS goldfields (Anglo’s President Brand Mine; Wheal Jane tin concentrator, Cornwall, UK). Later joined BCL in various roles in the concentrator and the metallurgical technical division. Joined Botash in 2002, culminating service at Botash as technical manager. Joined MCM in 2008 to set up the coal processing department and commission the coal processing plant as the Process Manager. Currently the business development and strategy manager, driving the MCM2025 long term strategy, the resource development plan and various operational excellence initiatives on the mine.

Tshegofatso Tlhong is the Portfolio Manager at Kgori Capital, a Botswana-focused investment manager, providing client-driven local and international investment solutions. She has been working in the investment management industry for seven years; with a passion for the capital markets and their use as a tool for wealth creation, as well as economic and entrepreneurial growth.

Tshegofatso holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours): Investment Management from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Private Law at the University of Cape Town.

Currently Exploration Manager for Tshukudu Metals
Previous works: Senior Geologists for African Copper
Section Manager Exploration for Tati Nickel
Project Geologist Water Survey
Production Geologist BCL

My career also involves management of big project like Phoenix Resources Extension, Selkirk Brown field exploration, evaluation until pre-feasibility study and the current Kalahari Copper Exploration.

With a track record of nearly two decades, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is the most experienced private equity investment manager focused exclusively on African infrastructure on the continent. AIIM is committed to Africa’s long term development through its infrastructure focus and currently manages USD2.0 billion across 7 funds in assets across the power, telecommunications and transport sectors in East, West and Southern Africa.
Vuyo is responsible for originating, analysing and implementing AIIM’s infrastructure investments in Southern and Central Africa. Vuyo’s been involved in the management and advice of AIIM’s Infrastructure funds since joining AIIM in 2003. He has a breadth of knowledge across the infrastructure sectors and has been involved in transport (roads, airports, sea ports and rail) energy (power, renewables and pipelines) and telecommunications transactions both in an analyst and principal capacity, including a number of notable transactions in South Africa and West Africa. Vuyo is currently a director of Umoya Energy, Cenpower Generation Company Limited, AIIF2 Towers and Trans African Concessions.

Mr Hanna is a geologist with over 35 years’ experience experience in a wide range of activities including project acquisitions, exploration, development, mining and corporate growth. Julian was previously Managing Director of substantial Australian nickel miner Western Areas for 12 years before joining MOD Resources as Managing Director in 2013. MOD’s primary focus is to develop the T3 Copper Mine in Botswana and explore the vast ~11,518km2 surrounding licence holding in the centre of the Kalahari Copper Belt.

Mr. Charles Siwawa is currently employed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Chamber of Mines based in Gaborone, a position he has occupied since 2010.

Mike de Wit obtained his BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from Trinity College Dublin Ireland in 1975. He joined the Geological Survey of South Africa in 1976 and obtained an MSc in Geophysics (University of Pretoria) in 1981.

In 1978 he joined the De Beers/Anglo American Group working on projects in Africa. He completed a company sponsored MSc in Sedimentology at the University of Reading in 1983. He then initiated an exploration/evaluation program on secondary diamond deposits in western South Africa which became part of his PhD (University of Cape Town 1993).

Mike was appointed as the Geological Manager of the Anglo-American Research Laboratories in Johannesburg in 1993 before he becoming exploration manager for De Beers for South Africa, Angola, DRC and ultimately for Africa until his retirement from De Beers in 2007.

In 2007 became President/CEO of TSX listed BRC (Pty) Ltd operating out of Kinshasa, DRC until 2010. In 2009 was appointed President/COO for Tsodilo Resources (Pty) Ltd operating in Botswana where he is still exploring for diamonds, iron ore and copper. He was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria in 2007.