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Distinguished Speakers

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Hon. John Peter Amewu

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources

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Dr. Kojo Busia

Coordinator, African Minerals Development Centre

Conference Speakers

Frederick Attakumah has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry and is currently an Executive Director, with responsibility for Corporate Affairs, of Asanko Gold Ghana Limited.

He was previously the first Vice President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and concurrently served as a member of the Governing Council of the Private Enterprise Federation. As regards international bilateral trade, Fred recently completed his term as President of the Canada Ghana Chamber of Commerce (CGCC) which saw establishment of strategic partnerships and deepening of private sector relations between Ghana and Canada, enhanced visibility of the CGCC and a phenomenal growth in its membership.

Fred has held other senior management roles including Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited, Vice President – Sustainability of AngloGold Ashanti’s operations in Ghana and General Manager – Engineering Services, among others. His management experience spans operations, projects and sustainability.

Fred holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (KNUST, Ghana), a Master of Business Administration degree (Henley Business School, UK), and is an alumnus of the Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program (University of Pennsylvania, USA) as well as the Harvard Business School’s Creating Shared Value Program (Harvard University, USA).

He belongs to a number of professional associations including the Institute of Directors (UK), the Chartered Management Institute (UK), the Project Management Institute (USA), the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), the Association of Energy Engineers (USA), the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Engineering (USA) and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.

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Frederick Kwesi Attakumah

Jean François is a graduate of University of Louvain (Belgium) and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering completed with a Msc degree in Petroleum Economics from Ecole des Pétroles et Moteurs (France).

He started his career as an Engineer at Total in Belgium where he took part in the project of Refinery Optimization in 2000. He then quickly moved to Total Africa Division where he completed several management role assignments in Africa, as Supply Director in Kenya and as Managing Director in Mali. In 2016, He Became General Manager for Commercial Sales and Solar for Africa in charge of a large portfolio of customers from various industries: essentially mining but also power generation, cement, agro-industries, etc.

With over 18 years of experience in the oil industry, Jean-Francois is leading a team dedicated to offer value added services to mining businesses for all their activity in connection with fuels and lubricants: maintenance of mobile and fixed equipment, energy efficiency, contamination management, consumption monitoring and optimization, supply, distribution, waste management, etc.

He joined TOTAL Group in 2000 and is since 2005 working for its Africa Division.

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Jean-Francois SCHOEPP

A seasoned Chemical and Minerals Engineer with well-developed skills and experience in Mining Projects and Operations management.

Currently an independent Process Consultant and was the immediate past General Manager of the Ma’aden Gold and Base Metal’s Flagship Ad Duwayhi  Gold Mine, Saudi Arabia. He successfully commissioned Ma’aden Ad Duwayhi Gravity-CIL gold project with its accompanying open pit for first gold pour and ramped up throughput to achieve commercial production in 2015.

He earlier joined the Plant Division of Hanwha Engineering and Construction Company Seoul, South Korea in 2013 as Manager for the detailed engineering design of the Ma’aden Gravity-CIL Gold Project. Led the Hanwha team to successfully review 30, 60 and 90% design work to Ma’aden and later served as the Site Process Consultant for Hanwha.

He started his mining career with Ashanti Goldfields Company Obuasi now AngloGold Ashanti in 1984. For his 20 years in AGC, he served in various capacities including Metallurgical Superintendent, Plant Manager, Metallurgical Services Manager and Senior Manager Metallurgy with combined responsibilities for the Sulphide Treatment Plant with BIOX and the Oxide Treatment Plant.

Carried out Flotation circuit modification at the Sulphide Treatment Plant to achieve sulphide concentrate upgrade to the BIOX Plant with drastic reduction in Acid consumption translating into significant sulphide treatment processing cost reduction.

Had a total of a seven-year stint with Gold Field’s Damang and Tarkwa operations. Played a major role in the Tarkwa CIL Expansion Project. A brownfield project that transformed Tarkwa CIL Plant from 450k tpm to 1.0M tpm.

Also implemented process development and optimisation initiatives including the Commissioning and operation of the first High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) Plant in Ghana to extend the Tarkwa Heap Leach operating life.

His area of interest in the Mining industry is Productivity with emphasis on business operations and process efficiency and had the opportunity as a speaker on the topic: Getting Long-Term Operational Excellence right and also participated in panel discussion on: The Mine of the Future at the 2017 DUBAI Mining and Quarry Conference and Expo.

A product of KNUST with BSc Chemical Engineering 1982. He holds MSc Minerals Engineering 1990 from the Camborne School of Mines University of Exeter, UK with specialization in Sulphide concentrate pretreatment. He is also armed with Executive MBA 2006 from GIMPA Greenhill, Ghana.

He enjoys meeting new people. Married with four grown up children.

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Casper Dzomeku

MSc in Mining Engineering.36 years of experience in Mining (Underground and Surface). Experience includes 12 years Contract Mining. Mining Manager for the Chirano Surface Owner mining Project from start (2013) till end of Open Pit operations in 2017

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Stephen Akore Agyeman