Keynote speaker: Caroline Ngonze

We are very proud to announce the keynote speaker for this year’s workshop: Caroline Ngonze.

Caroline Ngonze is a Programme Specialist at UNDP Brussels working with the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme.This capacity building program supports knowledge exchange across Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific to improve the profile, and the management of Development Minerals, with 41 participating countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific regions. She has cultivated expansive networks with stakeholders from the public sector, financial institutions and other private sector actors as well as industry associations and CSOs in the 41 countries operating in the following sectors: mining, energy, finance, commerce/trade, industry, SMEs, gender, construction, housing, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and higher education.  

Prior to joining UNDP, Caroline worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) leadingresearch and policy analysis on women in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea (Conakry), Tanzania and Zambia. She has worked in Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Belgium with a large cross-section of stakeholders including senior policy makers in government, parliamentarians, the African Union Commission, regional economic communities (RECs), European Commission, ACP Secretariat, development planners, diplomatic missions, academia, civil society organizations, as well as other UN agencies to deliver as one.

Caroline is an alumnus of the 2015 edition of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) program; a member of the International Women in Mining (IWiM) Network; and was a mentor at the inaugural M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Program 2018, supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA). 

Watch a short interview with Dr. Daniel Franks and Caroline Ngonze here:

Panel 1 – Decent work and Financial inclusion

Chair: Dr. Roy Maconachie, University of Bath

Dr. Roy Maconachie is a Reader in International Development in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. His research in Sub-Saharan Africa explores the social, political and economic aspects of natural resource management, and their relationships to wider societal change. Much of his recent work has had a particular focus on the extractive industries, livelihood change and social conflict in West Africa. He has been carrying out field-based research in West Africa for the past 20 years, and has spent much of this time working with artisanal diamond and gold miners. He has carried out consultancy services for a wide range of organisations including the World Bank, the UN, DfID, GIZ and the Natural Resource Governance Institute. Roy holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Sussex.  Before joining Bath, he held postdoctoral research fellowships at IDPM, University of Manchester and IDS, Sussex. 

Panel 2 – Environment and health

Chair: Kenneth Davis, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Kenneth Davis is a policy and technical expert specializing in the role of science in shaping multilateral cooperation on the environment. Trained as a geologist, Kenneth began his career working on transboundary environmental issues as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. After gaining experience on contaminated site remediation as a private sector consultant, he joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of International Affairs, where he served on the U.S. delegation negotiating the Minamata Convention on Mercury. In 2014, Kenneth joined the United Nations Environment Programme Chemicals and Waste Branch. His work includes managing projects on reducing mercury use in artisanal mining and coordinating the Global Mercury Partnership.

Panel 3 – Gender and Inequality

Chair: Dr. Natalia Yakovleva, Newcastle University Business School

Natalia specialises in research on sustainable and responsible business. She developed expertise in the field of corporate social responsibility and corporate-community relations, especially in the extractive industries. Natalia has conducted research on management of social and environmental implications of small- and large-scale mining in Argentina, Ghana and Russia. Natalia’s past research project focused on leadership in UK SMEs transiting to sustainability practices. Her recent project examines innovation and sustainability in food supply chains in the UK.