Prior to joining NRGI in 2009, Silas spent three years leading Oxfam International's advocacy and knowledge sharing initiative in Tanzania. He has also served as financial services advisor with the Netherlands Development Organization, head of the planning department various local government authorities in Tanzania and manager of the European Development Fund-Micro Project Program in the Lake Victoria region.
Silas holds an advanced diploma in economic planning from the Institute of Development Management Mzumbe in Tanzania, where he has lectured on economic planning, and a M.S. in agricultural development and rural finance from the Development and Project Planning Center at the University of Bradford.
The mineral intensity of the low carbon economy called for by the Paris Agreement on Climate change together with the ongoing multiple countries’ strategies/drives to secure resilient supplies of minerals and metals for their economic and national security needs, represent for Africa an opportunity to unleash its potential in critical minerals and metals value chains including for its economic diversification and to secure its own needs in the future.
Join us for an exchange on the opportunities, enablers, success drivers, and innovative approaches to potentially inform updated stakeholders agendas aimed at supporting Africa to decisively realize its minerals and metal development prospects in the foreseeable period.
Monday 06 February 13:00 - 14:30 Westin Stage 2
In the transition to clean energy, critical minerals bring new challenges to energy security. The shift to a clean energy system is set to drive a huge increase in the requirements for metals and minerals, making the energy sector emerge as a major force in mineral markets. The session aims to highlight the rapid deployment of clean energy technologies as part of energy transitions, priorities for ensuring just transition and the looming demand for minerals.
Wednesday 08 February 09:20 - 10:00 Roof Terrace