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Dr Malebogo Bakwena

Senior Lecturer, University of Botswana

Dr Malebogo Bakwena is a Senior Lecturer in economics at the University of Botswana. Her research focuses on the resource curse and ways of diversifying resource-rich economies.

Dr Nicky Black

Head of Social Performance, De Beers

Dr Nicky Black is the Head of Social Performance at The De Beers Group of Companies, with responsibility for social risk management and socio-economic benefit, community relations, and sustainability reporting.

Andrew Bone

Executive Director, Responsible Jewellery Council

Andrew Bone is the Executive Director of the Responsible Jewellery Council, with almost forty years of experience in the international diamond industry through his work for The De Beers Group of Companies.

Balisi Bonyongo

Managing Director, Debswana

Balisi Bonyongo is the Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd.

Bruce Cleaver

Executive Head, Strategy, De Beers

Bruce Cleaver is the Executive Head, Strategy, at The De Beers Group of Companies, with responsibility for strategy, corporate affairs, business development and technology.

Maria da Silva

Senior Policy Analyst, South Africa Chamber of Mines (2005 - 2015)

Dr Maria da Silva was the Senior Policy Analyst at the South Africa Chamber of Mines, an advocacy organisation representing the mining sector.

Dorothée Gizenga

Executive Director, Diamond Development Initiative

Dorothée Gizenga is Executive Director of the Diamond Development Initiative, which addresses the development issues related to artisanal and small scale mining.

Ross Harvey

Senior Researcher, Governance of Africa's Resources Programme

Ross Harvey is a Senior Researcher at the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme in Cape Town.

Dr Keith Jefferis

Managing Director, Econsult Botswana; Deputy Governor, Bank of Botswana (1999 - 2005)

Dr Keith Jefferis is the Managing Director of Econsult Botswana, and is a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Botswana.

Sheila Khama

Director, African Natural Resources Center, African Development Bank

Sheila Khama is the Director of the African Natural Resources Center at the African Development Bank.

Dr Muzong Kodi

Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Dr Muzong Kodi is an Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme at Chatham House.

Stephen Lussier

Chief Executive, Forevermark

Stephen Lussier is the Chief Executive of Forevermark, the diamond brand from The De Beers Group of Companies. He is also Executive Vice-President - Marketing, De Beers Group.

Tumi Mbaakanyi

Chair, Women In Business Association, Botswana

Tumi Mbaakanyi is the Chair of the Women in Business Association Botswana. She is also a council member of Business Botswana.

Philippe Mellier

Chief Executive, De Beers Group

Philippe Mellier is the Chief Executive of The De Beers Group of Companies and a member of the De Beers SA Board.

Hon. Kitso Mokaila

Minister Of Minerals, Energy And Water Resources, Republic Of Botswana

Honourable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila is Botswana’s Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, a post he has held since October 2012.

Hon. Nonofo Molefhi

Minister Of Infrastructure, Science And Technology, Republic Of Botswana

Honourable Nonofo Ezekiel Molefhi is Botswana’s Minister of Infrastructure, Science and Technology. 

Leta Mosienyane

President, Business Botswana; Executive Director, Mosienyane And Partners International

Leta  Mosienyane is the President of Business Botswana and holds a position on the Botswana Economic Advisory Council (BEAC).

Gareth Mostyn

Chief Financial Officer, The De Beers Group of Companies

Gareth Mostyn is Chief Financial Officer for The De Beers Group of Companies. 

Boikobo Paya

Director, International Linkages And Partnerships , Botswana International University Of Science And Technology

Boikobo Paya is the Director of International Linkages and Partnerships at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology.

Jonathan Rosenthal

Africa Editor, The Economist

Jonathan Rosenthal is The Economist's London-based Africa Editor.

Paul Rowley

Executive Vice President, Global Sightholder Sales, De Beers

Paul Rowley is the Executive Vice-President at Global Sightholder Sales at The De Beers Group of Companies.

Ryan Short

Partner, Genesis Analytics

Ryan Short is a Partner at economics advisory firm Genesis Analytics, and head of the shared value practice area.

Jacob Thamage

Coordinator, Botswana Diamond Hub

Jacob Thamage is the Coordinator of the Botswana Diamond Hub, where he leads the development of diamond beneficiation and related processing activities in Botswana.

Ineke van der Weijden

Programme Director, Tokafala

Ineke van der Weijden is the Programme Director of Tokafala, an organisation focused on entrepreneurship development in Botswana.

Dr Alex Vines OBE

Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House; Director, Area Studies and International Law

Dr Alex Vines OBE is the Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House and director for Area Studies and International Law. He is also a senior lecturer at Coventry University.

Feriel Zerouki

Head Of Government And Industry Relations, De Beers

Feriel Zerouki is the Head of Government and Industry Relations at The De Beers Group of Companies. Prior to this, she was Best Practice Principles Manager and Supply Chain Analyst at De Beers.