Rowan Smith

Independent non-executive director

BSc (Hons), BCom (Hons)
Appointed: 8 September 2014
Committee: Remuneration (chairman)

Rowan has nearly three decades of collective experience in the resources and investment banking industries. He was a founding shareholder and managing director of Resources, which he helped develop from a start-up in 2002 until his departure in 2012. Key milestones achieved at Shanduka Resources included significant investments in Mondi Shanduka Newsprint, Mondi Packaging, Kangra Coal, Shanduka Coal (with Glencore), Pan African Resources, DRA Projects, Lonmin (through Incwala), Assore and Lace Diamonds. Rowan’s post-investment involvement included his representation on the executive committees and boards of most of the investee companies, including an executive directorship of the Shanduka group. Before Shanduka, Rowan was a director of Investec Bank’s Mining Finance team in Johannesburg and worked on a number of debt and equitybased transactions in the sub-Saharan region. He also worked for Swiss-based Société Générale de Surveillance in Geneva, which entailed the management of audits on mineral consignments throughout the world. He started his career as a valuation geologist at the Harmony mine. Rowan is currently an adviser to Athena Capital and a director of Hlanganani Capital.

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