Fortune is a mining entrepreneur and founding shareholder of VM Investment Company (Proprietary) Ltd, a principal investments and advisory company focusing on mining projects in Africa. He has played a leading role in the origination, establishment and project development of several junior mining companies in Africa. Fortune graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc (Actuarial Science). He was previously at McKinsey & Company where he worked as a strategy consultant on corporate strategy and organisational development in several sectors in South Africa and Nigeria.
Mikhail is an entrepreneur and African energy leader committed to resolving the continent’s electricity shortage. He co-founded Bushveld Energy to provide large-scale energy storage solutions across the African continent. Working with numerous partners, the company is also localising manufacture of VRFBs in South Africa. Previously, Mikhail spent six and a half years with McKinsey & Company in Moscow and Johannesburg, advising national governments, utilities and manufacturers on growth strategy and policy and leading operational turnarounds in the energy sector. He co-authored McKinsey & Company’s report “Brighter Africa: the growth potential of the sub-Saharan electricity sector”. Mikhail has also worked as commercial banker in the United States. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the South African Energy Storage Association and chairs the Energy Storage Committee for Vanitec, the global association of vanadium producers. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics and two undergraduate degrees in History and in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Bertina has over 20 years’ experience in mining and beneficiation. She is a former General Manager of the Nkomati Nickel Mine owned by Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed African Rainbow Minerals Ltd, a role she has filled since 2015. Bertina has a strong leadership, production and commercial background and a solid track record in general management, stakeholder engagement and operations improvement. Bertina has held a range of other senior positions within Nkomati including Head of Department of Concentrate Production and Concentrate Production Manager. She holds a BSc Honours in Chemistry from Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) and a Master of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.
Prince has over 15 years’ experience in energy and mining with a particular focus on project development and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked in several countries including Zambia, South Africa, India, Singapore and the USA under Shell Oil, Total Petrochemicals, Eskom, Tata Power and Oreport. As group head of Tata Power, Prince evaluated over 100 coal assets and over 50 power opportunities in 30 countries. He served on the Board of Directors at Cennergi and the Tsitsikamma and Amakhala Wind Projects. He has led the development of numerous infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa and facilitated transactions worth approximately $1.5 billion in Zambia and South Africa. Prince holds a BA from the University of Zambia and an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Houston.
Tanya is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience in managing publicly listed companies’ relationships with financial markets. Tanya has a global and market facing perspective 30 years in international equity and debt capital markets, strategy, corporate finance and audit.
Previously, Tanya spent nine years at Lonmin Plc, the dual listed (London Stock Exchange and JSE Securities Exchange) platinum group metals miner recently acquired by Sibanye-Stillwater. As Executive Vice President: Strategy, Investor Relations and Communication, Tanya was a key member of the Lonmin Executive Committee, where she led and participated in the raising of circa US$1.4 billion in equity, and arrangement of significant debt facilities. In addition, she oversaw the Company’s acquisition by Sibanye-Stillwater.
Prior to joining Lonmin, Tanya was Executive Director at Smith’s Corporate Advisory in London and Vice-President Corporate Finance at JP Morgan Cazenove, in London. She started her professional career as an auditor with Coopers and Lybrand in Harare and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe.
Kate joined VMI as a project manager in 2009 having spent 5 years working for Morgan Stanley and then Legg Manson in Product Development and Management in London. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked for Investec Private Bank in Cape Town. Kate manages Corporate Governance & Board Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance Support, Project Development & Management as well the Oversight of Mineral Rights at Bushveld Minerals.
She graduated from the University of Natal with a B. Com degree and postgraduate diploma in Finance, Banking and Investment Management.