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  Board of Directors

 Clifford Elphick

Clifford joined Anglo American Corporation in 1986 and was seconded to E. Oppenheimer and Son as Harry Oppenheimer’s personal assistant in 1988. In 1990, he was appointed Managing Director of E. Oppenheimer and Son, a position he held until leaving in December 2004. During that time, Clifford was also a Director of Central Holdings, Anglo American and DB Investments. Following the privatisation of De Beers in 2000, Clifford served on the De Beers Executive Committee. Clifford formed Gem Diamonds in July 2005. Clifford is also the Non-executive Chairman of Zanaga Iron Ore Co. Limited.

 

 

 Mazvivamba Manthethe D.T. Maharasoa

Mazvi holds a Masters degree in International and Commercial Law. She joined Letšeng Diamonds as the Resident Director in 2007 from the Central Bank of Lesotho, where she was the Acting-Secretary to the Board, and simultaneously served on the Board of Letšeng Diamonds as a Government appointed Non-executive Director. Prior to working as the Acting-Secretary to the Board, Mazvi was the Principal Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Natural Resources, where she was instrumental in the negotiations of mining leases and the drafting of the current Mines and Minerals Act (2005). Mazvi was appointed Letšeng Diamond’s Chief Executive Officer in November 2009.
 

 

 Alan Ashworth

Alan holds a BSc in Mining Engineering and has 37 years’ experience in the mining industry. During his career he has worked in various countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Guinea, Ghana, Russia, Indonesia and Australia. He spent 28 years within the De Beers group, including four years as the General Manager of the Namdeb Diamond Corporation and four years as the Group Manager, Operations and Head of Operations for De Beers Consolidated Mines. From January 2006 until August 2007, he was the Managing Director of Gold Fields’ Ghana operations in West Africa. Alan joined Gem Diamonds in November 2007 and was appointed to the Board in April 2008.
 

 

 Glenn Turner

Glenn was called to the Johannesburg Bar in 1987 where he spent 14 years practising as an advocate specialising in general commercial and competition law, and took silk in 2002. Glenn was appointed De Beers’ first General Counsel in 2002 and was also a member of the Executive Committee. Glenn was responsible for a number of key initiatives during his tenure, including overseeing De Beers’ re-entry into the USA. Glenn joined Gem Diamonds in May 2006 and was appointed to the Board in April 2008.

 

 

 Ketso Ketso

Ketso, started practising as an Advocate with Makhera Elliots Chambers between 2004 to 2005 and also served the Government of Lesotho as the Assistant Master of the High court between 2005 and 2009. He is currently working as the Managing Director of the Taxco Consultants Company. He holds both his BA Law degree and LLB from the National University of Lesotho. Ketso was appointed to the Board by the Government of Lesotho in 2011.
 

 

 Michael Michael

Michael Michael has over 20 years’ experience in financial management. He joined RSM Betty & Dickson (Audit Firm) in Johannesburg South Africa in January 1993 as a trainee accountant and moved up the ranks to become audit partner at the firm in March 2000. In August 2006 to February 2007 Michael was seconded to Gem Diamonds Limited to assist with the financial aspects of the Main London Listing including the financial reporting, management accounting and tax relating to the Initial Public Offering. In March 2008 Michael joined Gem Diamonds on a full time basis as the Group Financial Manager. On 2 April 2013 he was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer and joined Gem Diamonds’ Board on 22 April 2013. He was also appointed to the Letšeng Board on 23 May 2013.

 

 Andrew Allan

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Mineralogy, graduating from Aberdeen University, Scotland. He joined the De Beers Group in 1987 and gained experience in Mineral Resource Management at Namaqualand Mines on the west coast of South Africa. In 2000 he was appointed De Beers Targeting Manager South America, spending four years based in Brazil, responsible for kimberlite exploration in Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana. Following this he was based at De Beers CHQ heading up the global targeting team for De Beers gaining in-depth experience in the more important global diamond resources, both kimberlite and alluvial. Andrew joined Gem Diamonds in 2007 and was involved initially in new business development, before taking up his current position as Mineral Resource Management Executive.

 

 Joshua Setipa

Competencies: Economic development issues: Regional and global trade and economic issues Resource mobilization. Over 15 years of experience gained at the national, regional and international levels working on economic and developmental issues. Substantive field experience working on regional economic development issues in Southern Africa, with particular focus on economic sector reform and regional economic integration issues. Extensive experience working on multilateral trade issues and impact on African economic integration and economic development. From 2012, Chief Executive Officer of the Lesotho National Development Cooperation. An institution charged with mobilization of foreign direct investment to Lesotho and the economic empowerment of Lesotho Nationals. From 2005 to 2011 Successfully placed World Trade Organization at center of global economic development agenda by advocating proactive involvement in global initiatives such as UN Millennium Development Goals and the Brussels Plan of Action. Strengthened and managed WTO relationships with global institutions including the World Bank, IMF, UN Specialized Agencies and regional institutions including African Union, African Development Bank and Regional Economic Communities. Coordinate participation of WTO in the work of the UN, World Bank and IMF and contribution towards multilateral initiatives to address global socio economic challenges. Formulated successful strategy that mobilized commitments to double global aid for trade commitments by 2010 to $6 billion. Oversaw all WTO capacity building programs totaling over $30 million per year. From 1992 to 2003, served in various capacities within the Lesotho Foreign Service, with key focus on economic and trade matters. Graduated from the Universities of Bradford (MBA), Australian National University (International Trade policy) and National University of Lesotho (Political Science). Currently serving as non-executive Director on the Boards of Standard Lesotho Bank and Road Fund. Have represented the WTO in the IMFC and World Bank Development Committees since 2005.

 

 Lipolelo Alice Thabane

Lipolelo Thabane started working in 1979 at Barclays Bank Maseru for 4 years. She quickly moved to securities department reporting directly to Managing Director. She left the Bank in 1983 to pursue her studies at the University of Transkei. She could not finish her studies due to political strikes that were prevailing in South Africa during those years, she then returned home and ran the ailing family business called Quality Maintenance (Pty) Ltd, she worked very hard and turned it into a successful business that made its mark throughout the country and in South Africa. The Company was a distributor of electronic equipment and maintenance, also installing cold rooms and mortuaries, because of her love for good eating she ran a small restaurant cold spicy Alice. In 1989 the family left the country due to political turmoil and lived in Johannesburg in South Africa. In 1990 she worked in Johannesburg for a company called Portfolio of business. In a few months the Company created a new division called Business and Political desk. The division's mission was to focus on south African big businesses, parastatals like Eskom and corporates like Anglo American with the then banned African National congress seeing that the winds of change were blowing over South Africa and there was a need to get all sides talking about the future of the country in the hands of new rulers. This division gave birth to what was termed MOPANE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING. The main objectives were transparency and unbundling of big corporations that gave birth to what is today known as BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (BEE). In 1995 she ran her own Company called Pula Nala Traders (Pty) Ltd that was involved in Sales and Marketing of Minerals in South Africa until 2010 when she came back home. In 2013 she ran a Company called Tuesday Morning Deal (Pty) Ltd in Maseru. It is a marketing and Public Relations Company. Lipolelo Thabane is a hardworking and business minded person with a hard-drive to achieve success.