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.
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.
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.
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.
Sihle is a Director of Strategy and Corporate Services at Bushveld Minerals, where she works closely with the executive team in the strategy update and the execution thereof in the business. Her role also entails ensuring that the organisational design and capacity enable effective strategy execution and collaboration across organisational boundaries. This is underpinned by an engaged workforce and a collaborative approach in engaging with stakeholders – all of which reside in her portfolio of Corporate Services.
Prior to joining Bushveld Minerals, Sihle was a Director and Operations Transformation leader at Deloitte Africa’s Strategy and Operations practice. She assisted clients in defining and executing on their strategies and in improving their cost per output unit in a sustainable manner – whilst ensuring robust stakeholder engagement to enable lasting socio-economic impact in the communities where they operate. She was a trusted advisor and has extensive experience in building stakeholder value in the Mining and Public Sectors focussing in Strategy Formulation and Execution, Business Model Transformation, Recovery and Turn-around Strategy, Capital Projects Efficiency, Collaborative Facilitation and Stakeholder Engagement. She joined Deloitte in 2010 and prior to that she worked for De Beers where she accumulated over 6 years’ experience in mining; plant operations, general management and diamond sales.
She holds a BSc Engineering degree in Metallurgy and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Ken is a Mining Engineer with extensive experience in project management, project development, business and company valuations, mergers and acquisitions, logistics contracts and specialised financing, particularly in the resource industry.
Prior to joining Bushveld, Ken worked in a boutique corporate finance company with industry colleagues providing a range of corporate development advice to various South African companies including BHP Billiton, Harmony Gold Mining Company, Eskom and Bushveld.
Ken has held senior corporate finance and investment banking roles at Gold Fields of South Africa, JPMorgan, Kumba Resources and BHP Billiton where he was Vice President of Strategy & Business Development in South Africa. Ken has held various directorships including at Richards Bay Minerals where he oversaw the Black Empowerment transaction. Ken is a Member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Ken holds a Mining Engineering degree from University of the Witwatersrand and a BCom Honours degree in Economics from University of South Africa.
Francois has over 27 years’ experience in mining and processing experience. Previously Director of Operations at Vedanta Resources, Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia. A former General Manager at AngloGold Ashanti. Founder and Director of Southern Cross Mining Services, the Company was later sold to JIC Mining Services.
Mine Managers Certificate of competency (No.5402)
National Higher Diploma – Mining Engineer
Viki is an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa since 2004, and an admitted Notary and Conveyancer since 2012. She has been a Legal Adviser to the Bushveld Minerals group since 2007. Viki has over 18 years’ of transactional advisory, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial law experience. She Holds a BProc degree (Baccalaureus Procurationis, South Africa) and an LLB from Rand Afrikaans University (now known as the University of Johannesburg).