speakers

GGCE 2023 - SPEAKERS

Professor Jonathan Aremu

Jonathan Adeyemi Aremu, is a Professor of International Economic Relations; and a former Acting Vice Chancellor of the Covenant University (CU), Ota, Nigeria He is also a Consultant, at ECOWAS on Common Investment Market, Abuja. Aremu started a successful career at Central Bank of Nigeria where he rose from Assistant Economist in 1980 to become the Acting Assistant Director of Research before voluntarily retiring in December 1992; and established Marketlink Consults Ltd in 1998. At national level, Aremu was among the experts appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2012 to develop a Trade Policy for implementation in Nigeria; in October, 2018 he was a Member of the Technical Working Group on the Nigeria Impact and Readiness Assessment of the African Continental Free Trade Area, and currently a Member of the National Action Committee on AfCFTA. Aremu was appointed as the National Consultant of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) that developed the AfCFTA National Strategy for Nigeria. He was also a Coordinator in one of the main Technical Working Groups established by the Federal Government that developed the National Development Plan 2021-2050. He is also the Consultant that developed the adopted Nigeria Investment Policy in May 2023. 

 

In ECOWAS Region, Aremu was appointed by European Union (EU) as the Monitoring Expert for the preparation of an ECOWAS Investment Guarantee/Reinsurance Mechanism; and the Financial Expert that drafted ECOWAS Common Investment Code and Policy by European Union. He is the Lead Consultant on the Common Investment Market (ECIM), to coordinate the establishment of ECOWAS Payments and Settlement System, ECOWAS Capital Market Integration, Common Investment Code and Policy, among others till present. He was a Member of ECOWAS Tax Harmonization Committee, Expert that conducted the Study on ECOWAS Trade in Services Policy Review, assisted by UNCTAD , and he is equally providing Technical Assistance to the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry activities. Aremu is an expert appointed by GIZ and the Commission to provide capacity building to both the Commission and the Member States in the negotiation and implementation of AfCFTA Investment Protocol for ECOWAS region. He is also the Consultant that developed the Procedural and Manual of Operation of ECOWAS ECIM Council to implement AfCFTA Investment Protocol and the ECOWAS Investment Code and Policy.

 

 At Continental and International levels, Aremu was the National Coordinator/Country Team Leader of UNIDO Investment Survey in Nigeria in 2009-2012; Member of the technical experts that developed the Pan African Investment Code that was used in the development of adopted Investment Protocol of AfCFTA; and currently a Member of the Technical Experts appointed African Union (AU) towards the Domestication of Sustainable Investment across AU Member States. Professionally, Aremu is a life member of both the Nigerian Economic Society since 1990 as well as Nigerian Society of International Law (NSIL) since 1998; a member of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs since 1993; and the current Facilitator of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG). Prof Aremu is also currently the Chairman of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) on AfCFTA Trade Group; and a Member of the Editorial Board of Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (CIFILE), Toronto

Dr. Tersoo Aga

Senior Lecturer at the University of Jos, Nigeria.

Dr. Tersoo Aga is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Jos, Nigeria. As a Geologist, Tersoo offers consulting services to mining companies in mineral exploration, processing and mines evaluation, underground water development, faceting and trading of gemstones and environmental impact assessment. Tersoo earned a B.Sc. in Geology and Mining, an M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology from the University of Jos graduating top of his class at both levels. Tersoo holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geology and Mineral Exploration from theAbubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. Dr. Aga is a member of the Nigerian Mining and Geoscience Society (NMGS), Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Nigerian Society of Economic Geologists (NSEG) as well as the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG). Dr. Aga has over thirty articles in peer review scientific journals and is the author of the book How to Facet Nigerian Gems

Tope Adebanjo

Tope Adebanjo is a mining professional with over 20 years work experience in mining. He is a champion of opportunity and believes in achieving dreams through investment opportunities in the mining of Nigerias Untapped riches Solid Minerals. He is the Pioneer Managing Director, Borta-Cup Ventures Limited (a mining company), Principal Partner & Country Rep. Tasaree International Limited (a Project Management Company, Trainers and Consultants of Solid Minerals). 

 

Tope has attended seminars, conferences and courses within and outside Nigeria among which are: London Metal Exchange LME, United Kingdom; German Gem Trade Show, Germany; Tucsons Gem Show, Arizona, USA; Mining on Top Africa, London; GLDA Gem Show, Nevada, USA; JCK Las Vegas Show, Nevada, USA; Sri Lanka Wholesale Gem Show, Sri Lanka; Hong Kong Gem Show, Macao; Imperial College, London – Introduction to Mining for Bankers; Federation of International Chambers of Commerce, Hyderabad, India and Lagos Business School: Funding SME Growth: Beyond the business plan. His experience in mining is not limited to Nigeria but extends to other countries such as Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Zambia, Mozambique, Germany, USA Sri Lanka, India and The United Kingdom. 

 

Tope is the founder of Laurel School of Mines, the first indigenous development and training Centre for mining in Nigeria. He is a registered member Certified Materials Professionals (CMP), the International Project Management Association (IPMA), San Diego Mineral & Gem Society (SDMGS). He is a regular speaker at seminars and trainings of Bank of Industry, NEXIM bank, and other financial institutions. Tope Adebanjo is currently the National Publicity Secretary of Miners Association of Nigeria and Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the AssociatiTon

Rev. Zephaniah Ndaja

Rev. Zephaniah Ndaja is a Master Faceter and Lapidary Consultant. Rev. Ndaja holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Biblical Studies from All Nations For Christ Bible Institute Benin City Nigeria. 


He was trained in gemstone faceting by XTI Ventures Jos Nigeria and and a Metorship programme under the late Jeph R Graham of Tucson Arizona USA. 


He has provided training and lapidary consultancy for both public and private organizations which includes the following 1 lapidary training for Plateau state government 2008 to 2010 2 lapidary training for Kano state 2014 3 lapidary training for Niger state 2017 4 lapidary training for Amran Faceting Centre Abuja 2017 to 2019

Mkhululi Nkosilamandla Ncube

Programmes officer at the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC)

Mkhululi Nkosilamandla Ncube is the programmes officer at the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), a specialized agency of the African Union whose mandate is to provide strategic operationai support and coordination for the implementation of the Africa Mining Vision and its Action Plan as well as the minerals segment of the Africa Commodity Strategy. Mkhululi also manages the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) Portfolio and workstream at AMDC, that portfolio is currently leading the work that’s driving the African Gemstone, Jewellery Exhibition and Conference (AGJEC) series of events around the continent. He has worked for over sixteen years in varying development, knowledge management and policy research roles within the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Development Policy Management Forum (DPMF) covering natural resources management, regional integration, trade, youth and women empowerment. In-between roles, he has been a farmer, a small scale mining beneficial owner and an entrepreneur credited with being a startupper of the year and international finalist in multiple community based social enterprise competition

Rosebella Osei

Rosebella has twelve years (12 years) Operational and Corporate experience in the Global and Ghana Gold Mining Industries. She has a demonstrated track record and specialist expertise in Continuous Improvement, Strategy Execution, Organizational Change Agility, Organizational Change Management, Leadership, Operational Excellence, Innovative Technologies, Cultural Transformation and Operations Transition Expertise for Mergers and Acquisitions. She is a certified Global Green Impact Ambassador and an Affiliate of Harvard University. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and also holds a Master s in International Business (with Distinction) from the University of the West of England. Rosebella is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Practitioner with a focus on leading transformational and operational excellence initiatives through effective change management to accelerate business results in the mining, metals, and related industries. She is trained in MineMill optimization with a broad knowledge in core processes and practices, challenges and constraints, risks and strategies across the mining industry and the entire value chain. Her love for process improvement in the industry has driven her to write technical papers such as Inclusion of Low Impact Development (LID) Technologies into Surface Mining Projects in addition to collaborating and sharing knowledge with several researchers to contribute to the Industry. Her greatest attribute is her resilience and adaptive nature. Rosebella is passionate about developing women at the workplace and making a mark in the mining industry. As a young female business executive, Rosebella pursues to be a voice for change for females across the world, within communities and at the workplace. Currently, Rosebella is the Head of Strategy for International Women in Mining where she focuses on Strategy Development using research in artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on designing mines of the future. In this capacity, she leverages her broad mining knowledge in developing policies to support the design of a sustainable industry for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her earnest desire is to broaden her knowledge through research and practice to contribute to the design of mines of the future driven by AI, machine learning (ML), and process automation, which are safe, diverse, equitable with low ecological footprints. Also, Rosebella has additional responsibility to support several Women in Mining Organisation through the International Women in Mining Alliance with the objective to develop a Community of Practice. Rosebella is passionate about female development within STEM and currently mentors about 7 young ladies in the Mining Industry and Tertiary Institutions in Ghana. Rosebella is a strong advocate of Women in Mining Ghana and supports by contributing to Conferences, Outreach and Research projects. She is a strong but empathetic leader with a reputation for building and retaining highly motivated Project teams. Rosebella is a results-oriented achiever with an excellent track record for eliminating waste in production, minimizing cost, and optimizing production. Rosebella believes and encourages women to take a seat at the table and make use of their seat at the table with their voice, values and hard work

John Y. P Pakka

John Y, P Pakka is an industrialist and a Pan African wealth and productivity advocate. He is a philanthropist and patriotic icon with indomitable commitment on national and trans-african development. A grassroots anchor of Nigerian artisenals, skilled and vocational MSMEs mostly characterized as bottom of the pyramid through productivity inclusion influence with thousands of impact of livelihood of the citizenry. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of AFRICAN MINERAL RATING & EXCHANGE LTD, Nigeria, Niger, Togo & Cameroon, an emerging mining company in Africa. 

 

The Promoter of African Mineral Rating & Exchange Cooperative Federation with aim of grass-roots productive and financial inclusive influence among artisanal miners through centralized AME-Techniques. John Pakka is an Enterprise Development Consultant to over fifteen Business Membership Organization. He is the Pioneer researcher on Global Wealth Creation & Sustain-ability (GWCS) on a global academic community. He is a Professional Doctorate Holder (DD) and a fellow in Chattered Institute of Information and Strategy Management (CIISM), Project Management and Planing Professional (PMP), Institute of Chattered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN), Chattered Institute of Commerce of Nigeria (CICM), Chattered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria (CIFCN), Chattered Institute of Loan and Risk Management (CILRM). He is a member of Institute of Industrial Security and Safety of Nigeria (IISN), Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) and International Gems Society

Adeyinka Oluwayomi Omotehinse

Adeyinka Oluwayomi Omotehinse has a Doctorate of Science (D.Sc) in Mineral Engineering (Mine Planning option) from Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) (Mine Environment and Safety option) from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) in Mining Engineering from Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. 

 

She has been involved in ongoing research projects, including the development of gold processing equipment for artisanal and small-scale miners, the assessment of mining activities impact on sustainable development goals, and a comprehensive review of governmental policies in Nigeria’s extractive sectors. Her completed research on oil sand deposits in Ondo State, Nigeria, offered innovative solutions for sustainable resource extraction and community development. 

 

Her professional journey includes significant roles in academia, industry, and research. She serves as a Research Fellow at NAP.Mineração, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, and as a Lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria. Her previous experiences include roles at Tommy Tol Ventures Limited and Delta State Polytechnic Otefe, where she gained valuable insights into practical aspects of mining. Adeyinka’s research achievements are underscored by her numerous publications in reputable journals and her participation in international conferences around the world. Her research has touched on crucial topics such as oil sands mining, blast modeling, smallscale mining, and sustainable development. Her work has contributed significantly to advancing our understanding of responsible resource extraction and its societal implications. Adeyinka is an active member of several professional organizations, including Women in Mining in Nigeria (WIMIN), The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers (NSME), and Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS)

Mr Bomoi Abdulmajid

Mr. Bomoi Abdulmajid is the CEO of Sahara Prospectors, where he has been at the helm since January 2015, based in Abuja, Nigeria. Under his leadership, Sahara Prospectors has been instrumental in the mining and prospecting of industrial minerals and critical metals crucial for the global energy transition. 

 

Mr. Abdulmajid’s dedication to resource exploration and sustainable mining practices has had a profound impact on the industry. Mr. Abdulmajid serves as the CEO of Golden Ceramics Products Limited, located in Ifon, Ose LGA, Ondo State. Mr. Abdulmajid is a co-founder of MineDepot, a groundbreaking technology startup founded in January 2020 and based in Lagos, Nigeria. Through his involvement in MineDepot, Mr. Abdulmajid is driving positive change in the mining sector, fostering sustainability and efficiency. Prior to his esteemed roles in the mining industry, Mr. Abdulmajid served as the Project Coordinator at CREDCO from January 2010 to December 2014, based in Abuja, Nigeria. 

 

His notable achievement includes the successful delivery of ballast for the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri central railways project, showcasing his commitment to infrastructure development and project execution. Mr. Abdulmajid graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, specializing in structures, from the University of Leicester in Leicestershire, UK, in 1990. He has pursued additional education and certifications in project management, becoming a certified Scrum master with Agile proficiency. His diverse skill set extends to process engineering, digital marketing (certified by Google), and expertise in cybersecurity, blockchain development, and data analytics. Mr. Bomoi Abdulmajid is a dynamic leader who has made significant contributions to the mining industry, technology entrepreneurship, and project management. His visionary approach and commitment to sustainable resource development are evident in his multifaceted career.

Osisanya Adekoya

Osisanya Adekoya serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Korbus Jewelry, a role that aligns seamlessly with his lifelong passion for the art of jewelry making. His journey in this craft began under the tutelage of his father, a seasoned jeweler. Seeking to expand his expertise, he pursued advanced training in prestigious institutions across India and the United States. Upon returning to his native Nigeria, he undertook the task of modernizing traditional jewelry making techniques, becoming the pivotal link between time-honored practices and contemporary innovations in the field. With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Osisanya Adekoya stands as a testament to unwavering dedication and pioneering spirit. 

 

Beyond his role as a visionary leader, he has generously shared his knowledge with a myriad of individuals, both domestically and internationally, thereby leaving an indelible mark on the world of jewelry craftsmanship. Osisanya’s educational background is equally noteworthy, having graduated with a degree in Agricultural Science from Ogun State University, now recognized as Olabisi Onabanjo University. He is married to his lovely wife and a father of three children

 

Adesuwa Dan Princewill

Adesuwa Dan-Princewill, a seasoned Energy and International law attorney, serves as the principal consultant at Rockwater International Associates, a specialized firm that assists foreign businesses looking to engage in trade with Nigeria and vice versa. Mrs. DanPrincewill specializes in emerging markets and focuses on facilitating Foreign Direct Investment, Capacity Building, and Development consulting projects. 

 

Her multicultural background equips her clients with the tools to increase their chances of success in both short and long-term endeavors. Notably, Mrs. Dan-Princewill has received congressional recognition three times consecutively from the 18th district of Texas, USA, in acknowledgment of her dedication to fostering the exchange of ideas, establishing strategic partnerships, and advancing scientific and technical knowledge in offshore resources and environmental matters. 

 

Mrs. Dan-Princewill holds a senior executive role at Women in Mining in Nigeria (WIMIN) and serves as the Chairperson of the Gold and Gemstone section. Her passion lies in promoting and incentivizing value addition within Nigeria’s mining sector and throughout the value chain, from mining operations to market. She firmly believes that responsible sourcing of gemstones and the local production of jewelry in Africa are pivotal in unlocking significant opportunities and empowering women across the continent. Mrs. Dan-Princewill was called to the Nigerian Br in 1986, She holds an LLB from the University of Lagos LLM in Energy, and Natural Resources from the University of Houston and a 2nd masters in International Law

Foluke Ademokun

Foluke Ademokun is a Trainer, Gender Equality Advocate, and Monitoring and Evaluation Practitioner. She is a leading voice on widows empowerment and rights with focus on advocating against Gender-Based Violence. Either as a Project or Monitoring and Evaluation Function, She has contributed to the design and implementation of Multi-Stakeholders Processes, Community Engagement Plans, and Capacity Development Frameworks, as well as, Tracking Tools on women empowerment. 

 

Currently, she serves on a range of Committees that are managing the issues relating to Child Protection, Reintegration of Irregular Migrants and Alumni Administration and also contribute to the successful execution of projects in the private and public sectors. Some of the projects are in the areas of Gender-Based Violence, Teenage Pregnancy, Documentation on Widows, Socio-baseline studies, Poverty Reduction, People and Property Inventory, as well as, Resettlement Action Planning, 

 

She is the Secretary, Board of Trustees, Netherlands Institutions Alumni Association of Nigeria (NIAAN), Coordinator, Lagos state Chapter, Women In Mining Nigeria, Member, Alimosho Local Government, Child Protection Committee working with traditional institutions to address and reduce the incidence of child abuse in the Local Government Area, Member, Case Management Committee, Lagos state, established by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and The International Organization for Migration (IOM). As a practitioner, she has authored and contributed to series of academic papers for a variety of local and international conferences/journals

Tunde Fagbemi

Tunde Fagbemi is Chairman of Dukia Gold. Dukia is one of Nigerias leading Mines and Precious Metals value chain Infrastructure Development Company with solid footprints in Mining Exploration, Production, Refining and Trading in Nigeria and across Africa. Tunde was educated at Igbobi College, Lagos, University of Lagos, Lagos Business School – CEP5 and Kennedy School of Government Harvard University. Tunde has worked in the past with Ernst and Young, the World Bank, Springfountain and many other organisations as consultant, director, turnaround manager, etc. He also sits on several boards including the Nigerian Canadian Investment Trade Group. 

 

Tunde has worked as a consultant for the Federal Government of Nigeria, State Governments and several private sector entities in the mines to market. He has worked extensively with the Ministry of Mines & Steel Development in Nigeria. He also has experience across West Africa and Central Africa especially Sierra Leone, Gambia, Zambia, Zimbabwe with the government and mining SOEs. Tunde is coordinating high-level strategic development of the various Projects as Dukia Gold emerges into one of Africas leading precious metals value chain companies. Tunde participated at the Economic Recovery & Growth Plan (ERGP) lab of Nigeria between November 2017 to March 2018. The workshop which was put together by the Federal Governmentof Nigeria and evolved the Solid Minerals Policy Objectives and Tactical Action Plans for the Solid Minerals Industry. 

 

Tunde also worked with the Solid Mineral Development Fund (SMDF) to support mining projects, provide capital and harness the potential of the Artisanal Mining Cooperatives. Tunde was also an active participant at the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) workshop for Accessing Long-Term Funding for Solid minerals via the Capital Market in 2022 and 2023. Tunde is working with SEC and other Capital Market operators to evolve a robust market funding in Nigeria. Tunde has also worked with SROs to evolve a commodities Trading Platform for gold. He looks forward to the creation of a robust International Precious Metals Commodities Trading Ecosystem in Nigeria. Tunde has garnered extensive hands on experience in the Solid Mineral Value Chain across West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Canada and Europe. He has clear and extensive understanding of what it takes to get Mines to Market.

Bose Owolabi

Bose Owolabi is an alumnus of Cranfield University, UK, Lagos Business School (LBS) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Bose is an astute precious metals trader, management guru, transport and logistics specialist. Bose has extensive hands-on experience in infrastructure concession in the transportation, aviation and logistics industry. 

 

Bose has worked on several concession projects in the maritime industry, aviation industry, rail industry and other similar industries. She has great credentials within the Solid Mineral Value Chain and cognate experience in metals trading, and in providing logistics solutions across West and Central Africa. Bose has clear and extensive understanding of what it takes to get Mines to Market. Bose has deep experience in Management Consulting, Financial Advisory Services, Corporate Finance and Financial Modelling in natural resource financing, logistics and transport. Over the years, she has created a niche for herself in natural resource financing and trade.

 

 Today, Bose is the Managing Director of Dukia Gold & Precious Metals Refining Co. Ltd where she is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plans of the Board of Directors of Dukia Gold & Precious Metals Refining Co. Ltd. She leads Nigerias first full-fledged gold and other precious metals Bullion bars and coins manufacturing, minting and trading company

Chibuike Alan Ochiuwa

Chibuike Alan Ochiuwa has over 12 years experience in the Nigerian gemstones and mineral trading sector Founder & Director A.C.& C. Priceless Trading Limited. A government licensed mineral buying center actively engaged with ASM and exports.   He is the Nigerian Director Golden Earth Smelting Limited He also partners with Chinese business engaged in smelting lead ore to ingots. He is the Director Goldenland Resources Ltd dredgers and quarry operators actively trading silica sand.

Abiodun Mary Odukoya

Abiodun Mary Odukoya is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Lagos. She obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology (1994), M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration (Geochemistry option) (1998) and PhD in Geology (2007) from the University of Ibadan. Prof. Odukoyas specialization is Applied Geochemistry, Medical Geology and Mineral Exploration, with over twenty years of teaching and research experience. She has attended training and workshops on mining and environmental management at the University of Queensland, Australia, Europe and Africa, sponsored mainly by the Australian Government. She is also the recipient of different awards/ scholarships such as the Thailand Government 2009 travel grant, IM4DC Australian Government travel grants in 2012, 2013 and 2014, AMDC-UNESCO travel grant 2016. She is the recipient of the 2017 UNESCO-ANESI S visiting fellowship for outstanding Women Geoscientists to research at the Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. . In 2020, she got a commonwealth professional fellowship award tenured at the world-class Inorganic Laboratory of British Geological Survey, Kenworth, Nottingham, United Kingdom. Her most recent award is the Royal Society of Chemistry award in 2022 to also carry out part of her research in the UK. As a consultant, she participated in the project of Development of National Action Plan for Reduction / Elimination of Mercury Use Emission in Nigeria organized by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, The Federal Ministry of Environment and the Federal Ministry of Health in Collaboration with Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)from 1998-2021. She has presented her research findings at various fora in Africa, Europe, UK and Australia. She has over 40 academic publications in reputable national and international journals, some of which she is a reviewer. She was a member of the board of Postgraduate School, University of Lagos and presently the Head, Department of Geosciences, University of Lagos. She is also a member of the Senate, University of Lagos. She is the chairperson of the International Medical Geologists Association- Nigeria (IMGA), Secretary, Women in Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society and Member of the Board of Council of Mining Engineer and Geosciences which is the regulatory body for both Geoscientists and Mining Engineers and a Fellow of Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society. She is also a member of the European Association of Geochemists (EAG), Society of Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) among others. She is happily married with three sons

Yunusa Mohammed

Yunusa Mohammed is a Seasoned Director of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development with vast experiences in policy formulation and implementation, mineral trade and promotion. He is the present Director, Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Department and was the immediate past Director, Investment Promotion and Mineral Trade Department of the Ministry. He has served and held leadership positions in various committees such as Head of Secretariat, National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project (NIMEP); Co- Chairman on Mining, African Continental Free Trade Area Nigeria Implementation Committee (AFCTA); Head of Secretariat the 2 nd International Conference on Lead Poisoning Associated with Artisanal Gold Mining in Nigeria. He is a recipient of the Head of Service of the Federation award of excellence in 2021 and also Permanent Secretary, MMSD award of outstanding service in recognition of his performance despite the challenges of COVID-19

Tejiri Omologe

Tejiri, a talented jeweller from Lagos, Nigeria, holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Covenant University, along with a proficiency in French from Alliance Française Lagos. She is currently pursuing a Diploma in Graduate Gemmology from the Gemological Institute of America. As the creative force behind Tejiri Jewelry Company (TejiriJC), she’s transformed her passion from crafting beaded jewelry to mastering the art of Metalsmithing. 

 

Her journey includes training and apprenticeship at Lagos Jewelry School, a World Bank master jewelry program partnership with Mindiver, private advanced classes with Sylla Designs Canada, and online courses with Lucy Walker Jewelry. 

 

Tejiri is an active member of prestigious associations like the, Women Jewelry Association, Black in Jewelry Coalition, and WIMN. Her jewelry pieces beautifully blend her rich Urhobo cultural background with modern and traditional African designs, resulting in stunning minimalist creations. She thrives on designing and handcrafting one-of-a-kind pieces using precious metals, gemstones, and locally sourced beads from Nigeria. Tejiri’s work is a testament to her dedication and creativity in the world of jewelry artistry.

Sina Sipasi

Sina Sipasi is recognized as a leading mining lawyer in Nigeria. He is presently a partner at ÆLEX Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators. His expertise in mining covers legal, regulatory and policy issues as well as commercial, fiscal and environmental matters arising in exploration, mine development and operations. 

 

Sina has contributed to mining policy dialogues between the Federal Government and stakeholders in the mining sector and have assisted the Government in formulating policies for the sector. He has been involved with the mining sector for over 19 years and has advised the Federal Government of Nigeria on mineral law and policy. He worked on the current mining legislation in Nigeria, was involved in the review of all existing legislation affecting the mining sector and an analysis of several international mining codes, presentations to the National Assembly (parliament) and assisting the government in road shows both international and within Nigeria. 

 

His in-depth understanding of Nigerias natural resources policies and regulatory framework has given him a unique insight into how best to meet our clients needs.

Marit Y. Kitaw

Marit Y. Kitaw is an experienced economist working on natural resources for economic transformation and Sustainable development in Africa, with extended experience working on minerals for sustainable development. She is skilled in Policy and Technical Advisory Services, Minerals, International Development, and Program Management. She is a strong analysis and policy advisory professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused on Economics from Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. She is an Interim Director at African Minerals Development Center (AMDC) under African Union (seconded by UNDP). Marit Kitaw’s pivotal role as the Chief Technical Advisor and Program Manager for Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development at UNDP’s office in Maputo, Mozambique, from November 2015 to November 2017, exemplifies her commitment to driving change in the extractive industries sector. Marit Y. Kitaw is more than a professional; she is a visionary leader who believes in the transformative power of natural resources and minerals to drive economic prosperity while ensuring sustainability. Her passion and dedication have set new standards for sustainable development initiatives in Africa

Adeyemi Barry Adebare

Adeyemi Barry Adebare is a goldsmith and jewelry producer. In 1987, he embarked on a quest to perfect the art of goldsmithing and jewelry production. To refine his skills he pursued training and education in some of the most renowned centers of craftsmanship. This includes places in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and India, immersing himself in the rich traditions and cutting-edge techniques of these diverse regions. He holds a National Certificate of Education (NCE), and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Entrepreneurial Management. He pursued a Master of Science (MSc) in Business Management, further honing his skills in business strategy, leadership, and management. 

 

Throughout his career, Mr. Adebare has created exquisite pieces of jewelry that are not just ornamental but represent the embodiment of emotions and stories. His craftsmanship goes beyond the mere act of creating jewelry; it is a reflection of his passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to producing works of art. As a goldsmith and jewelry producer, Mr. Adebare has not only showcased his exceptional skill but also demonstrated his entrepreneurial acumen. 

 

His journey is a testament to the fusion of artistry and commerce, where he transforms precious metals and gemstones into wearable masterpieces that transcend time and trends

Jenna White

Jenna White is a Research Scientist and the founder of Jewellery Revolution LLC. She is passionate about increasing transparency throughout the global jewellery supply chain. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Earth Resources Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. 

 

Her research on transparent and traceable gemstone supply chains is funded by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA). She is also a researcher on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project aimed at understanding global gold supply chains. 

 

Jenna has 18 years of experience working in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and international development. She has an MS in Natural Resources and an MBA from the University of Michigans Erb Institute for global sustainable enterprise. Jenna is a GIA Applied Jewelry Professional, Diamonds Graduate and Pearls Graduate. She also has a Luxury Masterclass Certificate from Christies.

Mr. Ime Ekpenyong Ekrikpo

Mr. Ime Ekpenyong Ekrikpo is Director overseeing the Investment Promotion & Mineral Trade Department of Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and has spent about 30 years in the Minerals and Metallurgical subsectors as a seasoned officer of the Federal Civil Service. He has received several trainings in diverse discipline during the course of his civil service career and is a Member of several Professional Associations and Fellow of the Metallurgical Society of Nigeria (FNMS). 

 

Mr. Ime Ekpenyong Ekrikpo has educational background in Geology & Mining, Chemistry and Public Administration and has contributed immensely to the development of the Mineral and Steel Sector as we have it today. He has been involved in coordination and empowering Artisanal and Small Scale (ASM) Miners to accomplish a formalized industry in Nigeria. The outcomes of this has led to the formalization and main-streaming of ASM in to the formal economy of the nation, Also, in Management and Coordination of the of the Remote Sensing Project funded by the World Bank the monitoring of the ASM activities across the nation and the Metallurgical Sub-Sectors in Nigeria. 

 

Mr. Ime Ekpenyong Ekrikpo played a leading role in the articulation of the Policy Initiative on Stimulation and Promotion of activities of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) which aims at taking Government programmes close to the grass-root empowering them with skills, new methods and techniques as well as exposing them to funding options to help increase their productivity. He is an astute civil servant with great charisma, inter-personal skills and self-motivated potentials to serve in developing the Minerals Sector by contributing his experience to support the Government effort in diversifying the economic base of the Nation through Mining.

Engr. Auwal Ibrahim Bununu

Engr. Auwal Ibrahim Bununu is the Chairman of the NACCIMA Solid Mineral/ Mining Trade Group. He is also the Technical Adviser of Miners Association of Nigeria. He is a Member and Workstream Lead, Mining and Other Extractives; Nigeria National Action Committee on the Implementation of AfCFTA. 

 

A member of National Trade Facilitation Committee coordinating integration of informal sector into International Trade and Global Manufacturing Value Chains. He is a Business Development and Project Management Consultant Specialising on Public Procurement, MSMEs , Energy and Water Resources Development , Environmental Management, Recycling and Climate Change, Raw Materials And Products Development. 

 

Engr. Auwal Ibrahim Bununu was a Special Adviser on Rural Development to Bauchi State Government between 1999 to 2007, Manager Generation Services NEPA (1996-1999), Project Manager World Bank Assisted National Water Rehabilitation Project Bauchi State (1993-1996), Water Treatment Plant Manager and Seconded Engr, AfDB funded Bauchi Township water Supply. (45000 cubic meter per day capacity), and Operators Engr Power Plant and Pump Station (NYSC) Mobil Producing Nigeria QIT Akwa Ibom(1989-1990)

Professor S. B Hassan

Professor S. B. Hassan obtained his first degree, Masters and Ph.D. in Metallurgical, Mechanical (Production) and Metallurgical Engineering from the Ahmadu Bello University (A.B.U), Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria in 1985, 1990 and 2002 respectively. Prof. Hassan was a visiting scientist University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, where he carried out his Ph.D. research work at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, from 1994 to 1996. 

 

Prof. Hassan, joined the services of Ahmad Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, as Graduate Assistant, in 1987 and rose through the rank of Graduate Assistant to Professor in 2008. Prof. Hassan served in several positions and became the Head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nigeria in 2005-2007. Prof. Hassan is a registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigerian (COREN), a Fellow of Nigerian Metallurgical Society (NMS), a Fellow of Materials Science and Technology Society of Nigeria (MSN) and corporate member of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); Institute of British Foundrymen (IBF), UK; Institute of Materials (IM), UK. 

 

Prof. Hassan transferred his service from Ahmad Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria to University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos and was appointed a Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Lagos, in June 2013. He was appointed Head of Department, Departmental of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos from 2015-2018. He acted several times, as the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos. Prof. Hassan was appointed as Council member of Redeemer’s College of Technology and Management (RECTEM), Lagos, in 2016. 

 

Prof. Engr. Hassan was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 12th, 2018 as the Director General/Chief Executive, Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Jos. His appointment as Director General/Chief Executive was renewed in July, 2022 for another Four (4) years. He is married with four children.

Olusola Olaniyi

Olusola Olaniyi, an Advisory Council Member, International Women in Mining (IWiM) is a diligent Researcher, Regional and Exploration Geologist. She is the CEO of Berillos Proconsultants (Geology/ Mining Research Consultants). A person of high integrity having excelled in the mining industry for over three decades, working in senior/upper management and directorate positions. She is a former Deputy Director Regional Geology and Liaison Officer, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), a Research Agency of Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (now Ministry of Solid Mineral Development) where she was actively involved in the general office management, geological data collections, production of maps and geological reports for the Agency s Publications. 

 

She also worked in Niger River Basin Development Authority and UNICEF Rural Water and Sanitation Project where she gathered and analysed data for dam and borehole constructions for irrigation, water and sanitation projects in rural communities in Kwara State, Nigeria She holds two Masters degrees in Geographic Information System (MGIS) and Business Administration (MBA) with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Geology, Certificates in Gender and Mining Governance, and The InterGovernmental Forum (IGF) on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Guidance for Governments: Local content policies. 

 

She has attended many local and international meetings and conferences, she was a Delegate to the World Bank, Business Unusual: What Future for Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) Post Covid19? International Conference December 6 7 th, 2022 and the Association for Women in Energy and Extractives in Kenya (AWEIK) Gems Africa Conference and Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya where she made some important inputs to ASM development. Olusola is an Ambassador, Delve Exchange Anglophone Africa Forum (Online knowledge exchange and support network of ASM associations/ communities and quarry workers being implemented by The World Bank and Extractive Global Programmatic Support – www.delveexchange.org, member of Women In Mining Nigeria (WIMIN) and Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), and Certified member Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG). 

 

A former Volunteer, Junior Achievement Trainer of Children in business development, former Mentor, FATE Foundation on entrepreneurial and business development in mineral resources, Matron and former Chairperson Board of Trustees Camp Of A Lifetime (COAL); retreat and capacity training for teenagers and youths development. She is the Co-Author of Delve Country Profile Nigeria (2021 ASM Data by Associated Partners – The World Bank, Pact and Berillos Proconsultants). She has a keen interest in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) in work place. She is also a strong advocate for improved welfare and empowerment for all, most especially for women, young adults and children.

Mr. Bola Ajomale

The President of EY Alumni Association Mr. Bola Ajomale, graduated from the University of Leeds in 1984 with a B.A. degree in Economics. 

 

Mr. Bola Ajomale has a wealth of corporate experience. He was a Consultant in Augusto & Co between 1996 and 1998. He became a Pioneer CEO at Associated Asset Managers and NASD OTC Securities Exchange. He is now a Principal Consultant at Sophus Consultants Limited. 

 

Mr. Bola Ajomale is an expert in Capital Market Regulation & Compliance, Corporate Governance, Tokenisation, and Corporate Finance.