Mr Thomas Wi-Afedzi Attends the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) Programme

Mr Thomas Wi-Afedzi, an Assistant Lecturer in the Environmental and Safety Engineering Department of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has attended the 2015 edition of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) Programme held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The programme which ran concurrently with the African Mining Indaba programme from the 1st  to 14th February 2015, saw thirty participants (19 males and 11 females) drawn from 17 countries across Africa.
The 2015 edition of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) Program which is the second of it kind was jointly presented by the International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) and the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) with the aim of providing unique opportunities to young professionals (from government, industry, civil society and academia) working in the African mining sector to enhance their effectiveness as leaders and contribute to improving governance.

Among the core topics discussed were; The changing global context of mining and what it means for Africa, Introduction to leadership, Strategies for managing complexity, Principles of leader development, Dialogue and listening skills, Stakeholder mapping and engagement, Values and ethics as well as Collaboration and networking.

The fortnight program was jointly delivered by Winthrop Professor David Day from The University of Western Australia, Professor David Brereton, Deputy Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Dr Marit Kitaw from AMDC, Miss Elspeth Donovan from Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Mr Liam Foran from IM4DC.

Participants spent the first week of the programme in lectures and workshops which provoked reflection and facilitated cross-country learning and problem solving. While the second week saw the group attending the Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, where participants interacted with their peers in governance, attended the Australia Lounge and World Bank networking sessions as well as the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) sustainability day.

The programme came to a climax on the 14th February, 2015 with each participant revising the return to work (RTW) projects which they will implement on their return to their places of employment.