Charles Loots is the Corporate General Manager, and a Company Director, of B2Gold Namibia.
He holds a degree in Economics (BEcon) from Stellenbosch University, a Master of Science (MSc)
in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters of Business Administration
(MBA) from the University of Western Australia. His career to date has been focused on gold and
copper mining in Africa and he began this in early 2000, when joining AngloGold. He was posted
to a remote site in Mali West Africa, as the Environmental Superintendent for the Yatela Gold Project, just
prior to the commencement of project construction
He was then promoted to the Johannesburg head-office and oversaw the Environmental and Social aspects of AngloGold’s (later AngloGold Ashanti) mines located in Namibia, Guinea, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania. In 2008 he joined Anvil Mining as Corporate Affairs Manager, and was based in Perth Australia. At the time, Anvil was operating and developing copper operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and he spent a significant amount of time in Country.
While he has maintained a strong social and environmental focus, he progressed towards the corporate and commercial side of business and in 2011, following the completion of his MBA, he was elected to join AuryxGold Corp. This was a junior company involved with advanced exploration of the Otjikoto deposit in Namibia. He joined as the General Manager and Company Director of the organisation. AuryxGold Corp was subsequently acquired by B2Gold, with whom he has remained. A highlight of his career was being part of the Auryx acquisition deal-team and experiencing the business and operational development from this point to current production.
Since 1988, Otto held numerous engineering related
positions at NAMDEB and DEBTSWANA before moving to Debmarine Namibia as Operations Manager in 2002.
He was appointed as Debmarine Namibia Managing Director in January 2004 and later Chief Executive
Officer in January 2012. He was appointed to the De Beers plc EXCO in November 2017.
He is a registered Professional Engineer, with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering - University of Southampton. He obtained a South African Mechanical Engineers Certificate of Competency in 1992. He completed a Senior Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School – RSA in 1996, an Executive Development Programme with Ashridge in 1999 and a Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School in 2006.
Otto served as the First Vice-President on the Chamber of Mines Namibia Executive Committee from 2005 until 2007 and later President of Chamber of Mines of Namibia from 2007 until 2009, Chairman of the Roads Contractor Company Limited from 2001 until 2008, Director of Namibia Stock Exchange (NSX) from 2009 until 2012, Chairman of Namibia Training Authority from 2011 until 2017, Director of Namibia Ports Authority from July 2011 to July 2017, and Director of Craton Mining and Exploration from August 2010 to August 2017. He currently serves on the boards of Sanlam Namibia Holdings (Pty) Limited and Old Mutual investment funds (Tunga Real Estate Fund and Expanded Infrastructure Fund).
Before pursuing her Masters, Lovisa worked as a Geologist at
Skorpion Zinc and Gecko Mining.
Through her passion for mining, she was elected as one of the few Ango American Group
Scholarship recipients to pursue her Masters in Mineral Law and Politics at the University
of Dundee. During her studies, she participated in forums on Mining contracts negotiation
and commodity trading, as well as industry events such as Mines and Money.
She has worked as an intern within the De Beers Group (London office) Corporate Affairs department, assisting with stakeholder engagement across all their wider portfolio and until recently, hin the Strategy & Innovations subunit, where her role included due diligence, legal research and drafting project agreements and related policies. Lovisa holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Geology, and soon looks to graduate with LL.M International Mineral Law and Policy. She is a keen member of the Women in Mining Association of Namibia and Women in Mining UK.
Born on 17 March 1958, in Okahenge, Oshana Region, Hon. Tom Alweendo was appointed as Minister of Mines and Energy in February 2018. In March 2010 he was appointed by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba as Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC). The National Planning Commission is a Constitutional body that is tasked with the responsibility to plan the priorities and direction of national development. In March 2015 he was appointed by President Hage G. Geingob as Minister of Economic Planning and also as Director General of the NPC.
Before he was appointed as Director General of the National Planning Commission, Alweendo served as Governor of the Bank of Namibia from January 1997-March 2010. He was the first Namibian to serve as Governor of the Bank of Namibia when he was appointed by Namibia’s Founding President His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. Before being appointed as Governor, he served as Deputy Governor for four years (1993-1996). Among some of his achievements during his tenure at the Bank of Namibia are the establishment of the local currency, the Namibia Dollar; the localization of the payments and banking systems; and the establishment of the Financial Intelligence Center.
As Director General of the National Planning Commission, Hon. Tom Alweendo presided over the drafting of Namibia’s fourth National Development Plan (NDP4). The NDP4 prioritized specific economic sectors that are perceived to have more potential to grow the economy and provide employment opportunities. This is notably agriculture, logistics, tourism, and manufacturing. The Plan also propounds a hands-on approach with regard to the Government’s role in economic development albeit in closer and effective collaboration with the private sector. Over the course of the NDP4 period the Namibian economy grew on average at 5.7 percent, despite the global economic crises and current global commodity crises.
Hon Alweendo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.
Lauren Davidson is the economist at the Chamber
of Mines of Namibia where she has been employed since 2013. During her time at the Chamber, she has
developed a keen interest on how to optimize socio-economic development through mining, and is
currently finishing up with a part-time Masters in Development Management through the University
of Birmingham. Last year she completed her thesis on opportunities and challenges for developing
upstream linkages through mining in Namibia, for which she received a first class distinction.
Lauren obtained her Bachelors of Commerce in 2009 at Rhodes University after which she successfully completed her Honours in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism at the same institution. In her role at the Chamber, she has effectively leveraged her analytical, research and writing skills to communicate important information on industry developments to Chamber members, policy makers, the media and greater public.
Ralf Schommarz graduated as a Geologist in 1983
with a BSc Honours degree. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management qualification from
the UCT Graduate School of Business. With more than 35 years of experience he has a strong background
in mining management and filled the position of mining manager at various mining operations across
His experience covers mine operations management on large scale mining in Uranium, Fluorspar, Gold and Copper mining, where he held senior management positions. He has extensive knowledge of mine engineering principles and open pit mining methods. He also has experience in project management techniques and financial project evaluations. He was Project Manager for an Owner Mining Project where he oversaw the housing construction, mechanical workshops construction as well as the selection of mining equipment purchases.
During his mining career he has managed Technical teams covering Mine Safety, Health and Environmental disciplines, Mine Geology, Hydrogeology, Mine Planning and Survey functions. He was also in charge of Mining Operations, both as Owner Mining and Contractor Mining within large open pit mines.
Brandon Munro is Chief Executive Officer of
Bannerman Resources Limited. Bannerman is an Australian Stock Exchange listed mining company
focused on developing the Etango uranium project near Swakopmund.Brandon qualified as a
quantitative economist and lawyer, and holds post-graduate qualifications in applied finance and investment.
He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia
Brandon has 20 years’ experience working in roles connected to capital markets. He spent the first part of his career working as a corporate lawyer in Australia and the United Kingdom. During the last fifteen years he has held executive leadership roles in the mining sector and has worked or invested in various countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. Although Brandon now lives in Perth, Australia, he moved to Namibia in 2009 as General Manager of Bannerman and lived in Windhoek with his family until 2015.
Brandon has extensive governance experience and holds a Diploma in Company Directorship. He currently serves as Trustee of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia, is Chairman of ASX-listed ScandiVanadium Ltd and is a non-executive director of an ASX-listed Fintech company. He is a passionate advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility and community development.
Bannerman’s Etango uranium project is amongst the world’s most advanced uranium development projects having recently completed a Heap Leach Demonstration Plant. Once producing, Etango will be within the ten largest uranium mines in the world. As with most of the proposed uranium projects around the world, the Etango project is reliant on a recovery in uranium prices before it can be financed and constructed.
Mr. Zebra Kasete brings almost 30 years
of mining and smelting experience and has held senior positions within the mining industry,
serving both Rio Tinto and Rossing Uranium. He has extensive experience in the areas of production,
processing, procurement, business and strategic development. Prior to joining Dundee, Zebra was
the Managing Director of Murowa Diamonds, Zimbabwe, and has held positions internationally
including Namibia, Australia and the United States.
Mr. Kasete is a metallurgist by profession and holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He was appointed Vice President and Managing Director of Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb in February 2016 and recently entrusted with an additional role in April 2018 as the President of the Chamber of Mines in Namibia.
Mr. Veston Malango is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia.
He is a Mining Engineer with a M.Sc. Degree (1985) from the Technical University
Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and a qualified Gemmologist with Diplomas (1993) in
Diamond Grading and in Coloured Gemstones from the German Gemmological Training
Centre in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Mr. Malango holds an MBA (2004) from the Maastricht
School of Management,in Netherlands.
Mr. Malango has 34 years of experience in the mining industry in the SADC region. He worked in the Zambian copper mines after university studies as a graduate mining engineer, then at the Ministry of Mines and the SADC Mining Sector Coordinating Unit in Lusaka. Mr Malango was the Deputy Director of Mines at the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia for eight years and then joined Ongopolo Mining & Processing Ltd, now Weatherly Mining Namibia for one and half years as Director responsible for strategic projects. He has been heading the Chamber of Mines of Namibia since October 2005.
Mr. Malango currently serves on Boards of the Namibia University of Science and Technology – Mining & Process Engineering Advisory Board (Board Chairperson), Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) and the Minerals Development Fund of Namibia (MDF). He has previously served on several other Boards; i.e. Bank of Namibia (Chairperson of the BoN Remuneration Committee), the Council of the Namibia University of Science and Technology as Vice-Chairperson, Namibia Trade Forum and the Namibia Medical Care (NMC) Fund. He is the past President of the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (MIASA), a private sector regional body of all Chambers of Mines in the SADC Region. MIASA membership comprises the Chambers of Mines of Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Gloria N. Simubali currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director, at the helm of the Geological Survey of Namibia. Her experience in geosciences spans over 16 years, working primarily in the public sector. She is registered as a professional senior geoscientist with the Geoscience Council of Namibia and her expertise includes Applied Geochemistry, Economic and Exploration Geology. She serves in various capacities on a number of local and international scientific and non-scientific organizations and committees where she represents the Ministry, Government, Namibia and the African Continent.
Hilifa Mbako was educated in England since 1983
where he read Business, Finance, Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Journalism. He worked in the
United Kingdom and Mexico for a year before returning to Namibia in 1989.
Hilifa Mbako was educated in England since 1983 where he read Business, Finance, Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Journalism. He worked in the United Kingdom and Mexico for a year before returning to Namibia in 1989.
He was appointed Group Manager of External and Corporate Affairs at Namdeb Diamond Corporation in 1997 and was appointed a member of the Executive Committee in 1999. He served as Chairman of the Oranjemund Town Management Company for three years, the fore-runner to a municipal town council now in place.
In 2001 he was appointed as CEO of Allianz Insurance Namibia until the organization’s merger with Santam in 2003 where he became General Manager. In 2006 he was appointed Senior Business Development Manager at Alexander Forbes Insurance. He returned to Namdeb briefly in 2007 as Group Manager Corporate Affairs to assist with a transformation process until 2009.
In December 2009, he was offered the position of Country Manager at Orano Mining Namibia to prepare the establishment and development of the new uranium mine at Trekkopje. On 1 June 2013 he was appointed as Managing Director of Orano Mining Namibia, Executive Chairman of Orano Processing Namibia and Executive Chairman of the Erongo Desalination plant.
Hilifa has a track record as an effective change manager, able to lead organisations through significant cultural transformations in rapidly changing external environments. He has the strong ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders and has networking power in Namibia and beyond.
In 1989 he led a team of Namibian NGOs tasked to seek partnerships with international aid agencies to establish a repatriation, resettlement and rehabilitation framework for Namibia before the first democratic elections. He held extensive negotiations in Geneva, Paris and Belgium on funds, logistics, protocols etc. These efforts led to the successful repatriation of exiles in time for the elections that led to Namibia’s Independence in 1990.
Dag Kullmann is the Managing Director of Namib Lead & Zinc Mining. He is a mining engineer with 30 years' experience, predominantly in Southern Africa. Before joining NLZM in 2017, he spent 10 years in Namibia with the Forsys Metals Group of Companies, initially as project and mining manager, then also as general manager. Prior to this, Dag spent 18 years in South Africa, first working in the Wits gold fields and finally eight years consulting with Snowden Mining Industry Consultants on a wide variety of commodities across Africa and further abroad.
After 24 years in employment as a long-distance
trucker, in 2013 Albertus //Noabeb yielded to the entrepreneurial pull and started his own business.
In six years he grew his fledgling business, A.H. //Noabeb Trading Enterprise, from doing odd-jobs for people in Otjiwarongo and surrounding areas, into an enterprise that now employs 20 individuals, seven on a full-time basis and 13 under service agreements. Numbers are even higher at times depending on jobs secured.
Jobs for B2Gold included construction and renovation of a staff kitchen, a laboratory and presently the erection of a game fence and renovation work. Other key-customers are Roads Authority, CENORED and Nampower.
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