Environmental and social governance (ESG) has been an area of great uncertainty and has caused disinvestment across the mining sector. What does COVID-19 mean and what is the effect that it is having on the ground across Africa? The mining industry must reconfigure and prepare itself to operate under a new normal, where it can operate and sustain itself under the new constraints and challenges that this pandemic brings.
Join Invest Africa for an insightful event with an in-depth panel discussion moderated by FTI Consulting.
Lawrence Dechambenoit is Vice President, Corporate Relations (EMEA) at Rio Tinto, he is responsible for the Group’s external affairs, stakeholder engagement and reputation in the region and across the Energy & Minerals Product Group. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Lawrence established and managed a consultancy firm that provided strategic advice to international firms on entering and doing business in Africa. He was also a senior director at leading Washington D.C. based global business consultancy Albright-Stonebridge.
Before entering the private sector, Lawrence spent 10 years at the United Nations in various roles. He worked in the Departments of political affairs and peacekeeping operations where he led and oversaw UN political and mediation efforts to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the conflict torn Great Lakes region of eastern Africa.
He holds an MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick (UK) and a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London (UK). He sits on the board of Big Win Philanthropy a foundation that invests in children and youths in developing countries. Lawrence is a recipient of the French Medal for National Defence.
Froydis Cameron-Johansson is Group Head of International & Government Relations at Anglo American. Previously she was Head of Safety, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs and Compliance for Anglo American’s global Exploration Business.
Prior to this current role, Froydis was Head of Corporate Affairs for Anglo American’s other Mining and Industrial group and Group Projects – looking after integrated planning for major capital projects in in Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Claire Lawrie is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting. She is in Business Transformation services. Her areas of expertise are: strategy, restructuring, market analysis, economics, organisation design, performance improvement, capital project assurance and local content. Claire has over 18 years experience in the Energy sector, particularly in Oil & Gas across upstream and refining. She has worked with international oil companies, national oil companies, petroleum ministries and independents
Claire has extensive global experience. She has served clients in Europe (UK, Netherlands, Denmark), US, Canada, Africa (South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Mozambique), Middle East (Iran, Kuwait, Qatar) and the Caspian. Example clients she has served include:
- Majors (e.g. BP, Shell, BG group, Tullow Oil, Sasol)
- NOCs (e.g. KPC, NNPC, GNPC, NOCAL, PetroSA, Petrotrin)
- Petroleum Ministries (e.g. Trinidad Ministry of Energy, Nigerian petroleum Ministry, South Africa Department of Energy)
Daphne Mashile-Nkosi is currently the chairperson of Kalagadi Manganese (Pty) Ltd, a venture which will fund the first greenfields manganese project to be started in South Africa in over 30 years. Daphne has travelled a long journey from her childhood in Pilgrims Rest, where she was the youngest of four children growing up in an impoverished family. In those days she could never have imagined presiding over a multi-million dollar business set up to complete a US$1.4 billion manganese mine and sinter plant in the Northern Cape, South Africa.