Julien Babey has been the managing director of Sintoukola Potash S.A, the Kore Potash registered entity in the Republic of Congo since 2012 and has moved to a business development role while continuing to serve on the board of the Congolese entity.
Following the failed take-over by the Chinese registered company Dingyi Group, Julien engaged discussions with French engineering and construction companies interested in acting jointly within an innovative contractual relationship for the mining sector (Early Contractor Involvement) whereby the various options for the mining project construction would be studied at an early stage during the definitive feasibility studies.
Previously, Julien held the same managing director’s position for the French nuclear AREVA Group registered entities in Mongolia developing a uranium in situ leaching project. Julien joined Areva in 2003 (previously COGEMA) and worked in several divisions of the group as legal counsel and has led legal teams in the mining division in France and in regional offices in Southern Africa as well as served on several of the boards of the group’s mining operations in West, Central and Southern Africa. Julien began his career with SAP France followed by the French Development Bank based in Morocco where he started to be exposed to discussions with public officials for infrastructure projects.
Julien holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Comparative Business Law from the City University in Hong Kong and a Master of Law (LL.M) in Business & Taxation Law as well as an Accounting & Financial Management Certificate from the University of Aix-en-Provence in France.
Werner Swanepoel is a professional mining engineer with 24 years experience in the mining industry. He has filled various roles in mining operations, mine management, consulting and project development within Central and Southern Africa.
Werner was the Sintoukola project’s original Project Manager from 2011 – 2014 and prior to this he was Mining Project Manager at Uramin from 2007 – 2011. During this time, he advanced several uranium projects from exploration to Bankable Feasibility Stage. Prior to joining Uramin, Werner was a senior mining consultant at Hatch Africa. He spent the early part of his career in mining operations in the South African iron ore and coal mining industry.
Werner holds an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, a Master of Engineering (M.Eng, Mining) from the University of Pretoria, Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency for both Metalliferous and Coal Mining in South Africa and is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
Lawrence Davidson graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1991, and has held senior financial management roles for the past 20 years. He recently occupied the position of managing director of DF2 Consulting (Pty) Ltd, a South African financial and management consulting company, a position he had held for the past 5 years. Prior to this, Lawrence was a management consultant to Barclays Bank plc, as part of their Barclays Africa integration team.
Lawrence spent the early part of his career within the investment banking field, holding various financial management positions at Gensec Bank Ltd, a specialist South African investment bank, and was part of a group of employees to successfully set up and manage Gensec Bank’s Irish domiciled operation, Gensec Ireland Ltd, in Dublin, Ireland during 1999-2001.
Gaby Makosso has been an entrepreneur since 1985 and has been specifically active in the mining sector from 2005 where he founded several exploration companies in the Republic of Congo, mainly within the potash and iron ore commodities. Gaby serves as a non-executive director on several company’s boards and has been appointed as a special adviser to the Minister of Mines and Geology, largely due to his experience in the sector.
Previously, Gaby started his career in 1974 in the port of Pointe Noire and held supervisory positions prior to leaving to set up his entrepreneurship endeavours. Gaby has studied in both the Republic of Congo and Senegal and holds an engineer’s degree in civil works.
Andrew Pedley is an exploration and resource geologist with 15 years experience working on exploration programmes in many African countries, within a range of commodities from greenfields exploration to advanced stages of resource modelling and estimation. He joined Kore Potash in 2012.
Andrew holds a Masters degree in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines and an honours degree from the University of Manchester, in the U.K. He is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa.
Pieter Sijtsema has recently joined Kore Potash and is responsible for the project management of the development of the process plant facility and all related infrastructure, including the marine export facility. He is also responsible for the engineering management of the overall project. For his areas of responsibility, he manages the French consortium that executes the work of the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Kola Project.
Previously, Pieter worked for ten years for the Bateman group (currently SGS Bateman) in various positions as project and engineering manager. In those positions he managed either execution projects or feasibility studies, mainly in southern Africa, both on a reimbursable and fixed price contract basis. Pieter began his career at Anglogold as a metallurgist followed by Grinaker-LTA in various engineering positions.
Pieter has a MSc qualification in mineral processing and metallurgy (1992) from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is registered as a Project Management Professional (PMP – PMI) and a professional engineer (PrEng – ECSA).
Paul Kluge is a professional mining engineer with 10 years experience in African mining. He has filled various Mining Engineering and Project Management roles at Kore Potash for over four years.
Prior to that he was at Hatch Africa, where he was involved on mining projects in Botswana, South Africa, Madagascar and Mozambique from Scoping Studies to Project Implementation.
He holds an Honours Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Pretoria and an MBA degree from Edinburgh Business School.