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Namakwa Diamonds Support Team

Robert Cowley - Group CEORobert Cowley
Group Chief Executive Officer
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  • Robert joined Namakwa Diamonds in August 2013.
  • He is a Chartered Accountant and has 18 years of experience in the mining industry.
  • He was previously with Harmony Gold for seven years, holding various management portfolios.
  • Robert was a business consultant to the Mining Industry for seven years.
  • Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer, Robert headed up the finance and risk functions of Namakwa Diamonds as Chief Financial Officer and has integral experience of all aspects of the operations.
Mike Potgieter Chief Financial OfficerMike Potgieter
Chief Financial Officer
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  • Mike joined Namakwa Diamonds in 2018.
  • He is a Chartered Secretary and Administrator (ACIS) with a Master’s in Business Leadership (MBL) from Unisa.
  • With a financial background, Mike prides himself as a specialist Management Accountant with extensive mine management experience and knowledge.
  • He has 30 years’ experience in the mining industry with extensive operational knowledge of the gold and diamond industries.
  • Mike has spent most of his career operating within South Africa and working for companies like Harmony Gold, Sibanye Gold, Uranium and Gold One and Namakwa Diamonds.
  • The mining industry benefitted from 10 years of Mike's consulting experience, where he was involved in many other mining companies, in and out of South Africa. Some of these include companies in Russia, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Guinea, Lesotho and Malawi.
  • Mike is a strong believer that a competitive advantage is built through superior performance which is a result of a combination of Strategy, Leadership and Change Management.
Morne Maree - Legal AffairsMorné Maree
Legal Affairs Officer
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  • Morné has been working with Namakwa Diamonds since 2012.
  • He is responsible for legal and corporate affairs for Namakwa and related companies.
  • Morné holds B Proc., LLB and LLM degrees.
  • He is an admitted attorney in South Africa and Lesotho, and a partner at Webbers in South Africa and Webber Newdigate Attorneys in Lesotho.
  • Morné is a practicing attorney and has worked as a specialist on corporate and commercial transactions in Lesotho across various sectors.
  • Has been working in the diamond mining industry in Lesotho since 2008.
Douglas Davidson  - Group Chief Technical OfficerDouglas Davidson
Group Chief Technical Officer
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  • Douglas joined Namakwa Diamonds in April 2016.
  • He obtained a B Eng in extractive metallurgy from the University of Pretoria as well as an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch.
  • He is currently responsible for Group Technical Assurance.
  • Douglas was previously with Namdeb Diamond Corporation for 16 years in various Technical and Management roles including Mine Manager and Metallurgical Group Leader.
  • He is an associate member of SAIMM and has over 20 years of experience in various fields, including, inter alia, process development, quality control, metallurgy, mineral process engineering, project leadership, operational management and process leadership.
Dr John Ward - Mineral Resources ManagerDr John Ward
Mineral Resources Manager
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  • John holds a Doctorate in Geology (PhD from now UKZN) and has worked in c. 26 countries, 20 of which were in Africa, mainly on alluvial and kimberlite diamond projects ranging from greenfields exploration through to large-scale production operations.
  • Apart from consulting, John has also worked for a major, and two junior diamond companies and has received two medals for his contribution to academic and economic geology in southern Africa.
  • He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa, a Life Member of SASQUA and the Geological Society of Namibia and a SAMREC Competent Person in primary and secondary diamond deposits.
Debbie Bowen - Marketing ManagerDebbie Bowen
Marketing Manager
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  • Debbie joined Namakwa Diamonds in 2011.
  • She previously held a position at Namdeb (Namibia) as a Mineral Resource GeoLab Supervisor for 10 years.
  • Debbie also held the position of Recovery Manager at Letšeng Diamonds for 7 years.
  • Before accepting the position of Namakwa Diamonds Group Valuations & Marketing Manager in Feb 2014, she held the position of KAO/SMD Diamond Resource Manager.
  • Debbie obtained a GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma and GIA Alumni Association Membership.
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