Dr. Martin Lokanc is a Senior Mining Specialist in the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. He currently supports and leads mining sector development activities across Africa, in addition to managing a number of research and global knowledge projects. Trained as a mining engineer and economist, he has global experience in mine development, mining strategy, mineral and energy economics, corporate finance, government relations and economic development, gained over more than 20 years working in the private sector and with the World Bank Group. Martin holds a BSc in mining engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada; an MSc in mining engineering, specializing in mineral economics, from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; and a PhD in mineral and energy economics from the Colorado School of Mines in the United States.
Copper, cobalt and nickel – arguably, three of the most valuable minerals in the sector – needed to drive the planet’s sustainability revolution. While Africa has an abundance of these minerals, can it play a truly meaningful role in meeting the planet’s growing demand while Africa’s political instability and lack of transparency remain major concerns for most global investors and end users? This session will explore just how Africa can emerge as a major mining investment hot spot for new tech minerals project developments.
Monday 06 February 15:20 - 16:10 Main Stage
Security of Supply and Resource Nationalism – how can Africa boost her economies and evolve self-empowerment in the Battery Metals Rush?
Wednesday 08 February 11:00 - 11:30 Roof Terrace