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: