Sheila Khama is a non-executive director of listed companies, an independent mineral, oil and gas policy advisor, author, and podcast host with more than two decades’ work experience in extractives. She is a non-executive director of Tullow Oil, an FTSE 250 company, The Metals Company listed on the NASDAQ, and the Chair of the Audit Committee of the UN Office of Operations and member of the Advisory Committee of CONNEX. She is a former CEO of De Beers Botswana and served as a non-executive director of several companies including Debswana. She is a former compliance officer for 20 subsidiaries of Anglo American Corporation and De Beers Groups in Botswana. She worked for the World Bank and African Development Bank’s mineral, oil and gas policy advisory units, leading teams of experts advising governments in Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia. She served on Advisory Boards and Committees at Oxford University’s Natural Resources Charter and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment She has served on Sustainability Panels of AngloGold Ashanti plc and LafargeHolcim S.A.
Mauritania may be less frequented by the mining industry than other West African regions, but the country holds extensive mineral resources and attractive investment opportunities. Hear more from Mauritania’s Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy in conversation with the country’s most well-established international mining company.
Tuesday 07 February 14:20 - 14:40 Main Stage
Many African countries have yet to maximise the true value of their mineral resources since gaining independence. This is related to issues such as weak governance, limited knowledge, limited assessment or control of their mineral resources or geodata to underpin negotiations, inadequate capacity, and unfair contracts. Poorly negotiated contracts often lead to poor outcomes for the environment, host communities, civil society, governments, investors, and lenders. Bad contracts and outcomes also hinder mining investment, and affect the supply of important minerals and the stability and security of the mining value chain. Nonetheless, because Africa hosts significant reserves of the minerals required for the energy transition mining, mining on the continent is expected to expand in the foreseeable future, boding well for the future – not least through contracts that are fairer to the owners of the mineral resources.
Wednesday 08 February 11:00 - 12:00 Main Stage
The panel will gather representatives from Africa, the European Union, financial institutions and the private sector. It will create a space for dialogue to identify practical ways of building mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships together.
Panel 1 - EU-Africa partnerships for sustainable raw materials value chains: a win-win opportunity
Do the EU-Africa partnerships respond to the needs of the partner countries?
What can African countries do on their turn to secure a continuous flow of sustainable investment?
Wednesday 08 February 14:00 - 15:00 Level 1 Stage
Level 1 Stage Europe/London
There is a growing acknowledgement that major transformative innovation is needed across the mining lifecycle for the resources sector to meet growing future demand for energy and technology development. Societal expectations for new approaches to sustainability are increasing, yet pathways and platforms to address those expectations need to be formed.
Wednesday 08 February 15:30 - 16:20 Main Stage