Emerging Leaders in African Mining 2016 - Training




1 – 12 February 2016
Emerging Leaders in African Mining 2016

South Africa/Cape Town

The Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) program was held over a period of two weeks, from 1st – 12th February 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa. As in previous years, the program ran in conjunction with African Mining Indaba 2016. The event was an initiative of the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance in partnership with the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Applications were received from over a hundred individuals in government, civil society and academia working on issues related to the minerals sector, with final selection of participants made in conjunction with AMDC and UNDP personnel. Sponsorship for places on the program were provided by the AMDC (12 places) and the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme (8 places). In addition, two places were sponsored by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and trade through their continued support for the Mining for Development Alumni program.

The program was co-ordinated by a team of facilitators. Guest presenters and discussants also joined at different stages during the two-week period.

The objectives of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining program were to provide participants with:
• The opportunity to learn from international and regional faculty and each other about how to lead effectively in the sector.
• Insights into the global minerals industry and emerging trends in the sector.
• Exposure to current thinking about the relationship between mining and development and how to strengthen those linkages.
• An enhanced understanding of what is required to be an effective leader.
• Practical guidance on how to analyse complex problems, devise effective responses and think strategically.
• A unique opportunity to build networks and to interact with decision-makers from the mining industry, government and other sectors.

There were a total of 23 participants involved in the professional development program. They were young professionals working in government, university, civil society and private sector organisations in Africa who deal with mining and development issues and have been identified as emerging leaders in their areas of expertise. The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme sponsored places were awarded to professionals working on issues related to Development Minerals.

The first week consisted of a workshop outside of Cape Town, South Africa, which comprised of a series of lectures and discussions surrounding challenges and leadership in the African extractive industry. In the second week, participants attended African Mining Indaba in Capetown, including workshops and sessions organised by a range of groups including the World Bank, African Minerals Development Centre and the African Development Bank. The group met regularly during this week for de-briefs and for discussions with representatives of industry and government. Participants reconvened on the final two days to compare learnings and present their personal return-to-work programs.


Saviour Alomatu, from Ghana's Geological survey, linking geo-data to sustainable extraction and use of mineral resources.


Robin Evans

Robin Evans, Co-ordinator, Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance


Professor David Day

Professor David Day, Woodside Chair in Leadership and Management, University of Western Australia Business School


Elspeth Donovan

Elspeth Donovan, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


Caroline Ngonze

Caroline Ngonze, Programme Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme


Claudine Sigam

Claudine Sigam, Human and Institutional Capacities, Africa Minerals Development Center


Muza Gondwe

Muza Gondwe, Alumni Co-ordinator, Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance