President - Kombadayedu Kapwanga
He was appointed the first Director of Mines in Namibia in 1990 and was responsible for formulating the mining legislation which is still in force in Namibia. In 1995 he joined Namibian Minerals Corporation (Namco) as its Regional Director. Namco quickly developed from a grassroots marine diamonds exploration company to a second marine diamond mining company in Namibia. In 2003 he joined Sakawe Mining Corporation (Samicor) as its Regional Director and was instrumental in its acquisition of Namco mining and minerals assets with financing from the Leviev Group of Companies. He is the Managing Director of LLD Diamonds Namibia since 2004. He was appointed by the Minister of Mines as Director on the Diamond Board of Namibia. He is a Council member of the Chamber of mines of Namibia. He is also the Secretary to The Diamond Manufacturers Association of Namibia.
1st Vice President - Johan Coetzee
Born in Okahandja, Johan Coetzee holds a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Cape Technicon as well as a MBA from the Maastricht School of Management in Holland.
Johan started his career as a Hydrological Technician at the Department of Water Affairs from 1985 to 1990. After joining Rössing Uranium as a Senior Environmentalist in 1990, he moved to the Metallurgy Department working in various areas as Metallurgist and Section Head before being appointed as Manager Processing and Production. At the time he left Rössing he was the Manager Operations, accountable for all aspects of the operation in both the Mining and Processing areas.
He then moved to Ghana in 2003 as Technical Operations Manager at Ghana Manganese Company Ltd, responsible for all technical, operational and logistical aspects of the operation, including the port operations.
Johan returned to Namibia in 2006 where he joined Skorpion Zinc. He held the positions of both Refinery Manager and Strategic & Technical Manager before leaving the mine to join Anglogold Ashanti in July 2011 as General Manager. Johan was subsequently appointed Managing Director of Navachab in January 2012.
2nd Vice President - Hilifa Mbako
He was educated in England since 1983 where he read Business, Finance, Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Journalism. He worked in the United Kingdom and Mexico for a year before returning to Namibia in 1989.
He joined the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in 1993 as the Head of Radio Services and was subsequently promoted to Senior Controller: News and Current Affairs. He oversaw the transition of the broadcasting services from the pre-independence era to the new NBC.
He was appointed Group Manager of External and Corporate Affairs at Namdeb Diamond Corporation in 1997 and was appointed a member of the Executive Committee in 1999. He served as Chairman of the Oranjemund Town Management Company for three years, the fore-runner to a municipal town council now in place.
In 2001 he was appointed as CEO of Allianz Insurance Namibia until the organization’s merger with Santam in 2003 where he became General Manager. In 2006 he was appointed Senior Business Development Manager at Alexander Forbes Insurance. He returned to Namdeb briefly in 2007 as Group Manager Corporate Affairs to assist with a transformation process until 2009.
In December 2009, he was offered the position of Country Manager at AREVA Resources Namibia to prepare the establishment and development of the new uranium mine at Trekkopje.On 1 June 2013 he was appointed as Managing Director of AREVA Resources Namibia, Executive Chairman of AREVA Processing Namibia and Executive Chairman of the Erongo Desalination plant.
Hilifa has a track record as an effective change manager, able to lead organisations through significant cultural transformations in rapidly changing external environments. He has the strong ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders and has networking power in Namibia and beyond.
In 1989 he led a team of Namibian NGOs tasked to seek partnerships with international aid agencies to establish a repatriation, resettlement and rehabilitation framework for Namibia before the first democratic elections. He held extensive negotiations in Geneva, Paris and Belgium on funds, logistics, protocols etc. These efforts led to the successful repatriation of exiles in time for the elections that led to Namibia’s Independence in 1990.
Chief Executive Officer - Veston Malango
Mr. Veston Malango is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia. He is a Mining Engineer with a M.Sc. Degree (1985) from the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and a qualified Gemmologist with Diplomas (1993) in Diamond Grading and in Coloured Gemstones from the German Gemmological Training Centre in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Mr. Malango holds an MBA (2004) from the Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands. He is a member of the Engineering Council of Namibia since 1996.
Mr. Malango has vast experience in the mining industry in Namibia and the SADC region. He worked as Deputy Director of Mines at the Ministry of Mines and Energy for 8 years and then joined Ongopolo Mining & Processing Ltd, now Weatherly Mining Namibia for one and half years as Director responsible for strategic projects. He was appointed General Manager of the Chamber of Mines in October 2005 and in 2012 the position was changed to Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Malango worked in the Zambian copper mines after university studies as a graduate mining engineer and then worked for the SADC Mining Sector for 6 years on minerals investment promotion projects to the SADC mining sector.
Mr. Malango serves on Boards of various institutions namely; the Bank of Namibia, Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) and the Minerals Development Fund of Namibia (MDF). He has previously served on the Council of the Polytechnic of Namibia as Vice-Chairperson.