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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.

Maria holds a PhD from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In her thesis From Dynamism to Dormancy: the Jewellery Industry in Johannesburg: 1925-2003, she explored the paradox of South Africa as a resource-rich country in precious metals and minerals but with a negligible jewellery manufacturing industry.

Maria was a Deputy Director in South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, where she focused on strategies to promote South African jewellery manufacturing as part of the department’s broader initiative on industrial development.