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Chamber Leadership

Adama Soro is the Vice-President in charge of Public Affairs of Endeavour Mining, a Mining Group in Burkina Faso. Endeavour Mining is one of the largest producers in the world with seven mines in operation, including five mines in Burkina Faso: Houndé, Mana, Boungou, Karma and Wahgnion. Exclusively based in West Africa, Endeavour Mining is the leading gold producer in West Africa, employing approximately 6,500 employees throughout the Group.

Mr. Soro has built his career in promoting the private sector in general and mining in particular. He holds a University Diploma in Scientific Education (DUES) specialising in Special and Higher Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management Sciences and a Certification in Global Learning Initiative for International Trade.

He has also taken several training courses in the mining sector, including deposit management and economic evaluation at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with the International Development Institute in collaboration with McGill University of Canada. He has also been an adjunct faculty on CSR at some universities in Burkina Faso.

Mr. Soro worked for 18 years in International Affairs Development with French and Canadian diplomatic and cooperation services, international trade, and extractive sector management. He has participated in several national and regional initiatives as Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Burkina Faso where he facilitated the licensing process for many Canadian mining companies including the signing of the first Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) in 2015, between Burkina Faso and Canada.

Between October 2015 and December 2017, he held the position of Superintendent of Corporate Affairs of the Essakane Mine of the IAMGOLD Group. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Mines of Burkina Faso, and Chairman of the CSR and Communication Committee.

He began a new professional career with the Endeavour Mining Group as Country Director for Burkina Faso in January 2018. He was promoted to Vice President of Public Affairs of Endeavour Mining for Burkina Faso in January 2021, which underscored the confidence the Group, doubly listed on the London and Toronto Stock Exchange, places in him.

Mr. Sulemanu Koney is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, having been promoted from the post of Director responsible for Analysis, Research and Finance. As a Director, he managed the industry’s engagements with Ghanaian stakeholders in the development of supply chain regimes, security and technical issues of the industry. Sulemanu is a founding member of the Steering Committee of Ghana’s Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). The EITI a body constituted, to ensure that extractive revenue and expenditure information are provided in a timely manner, and in an accessible and comprehensible format.

He served on the Boards of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) of Ghana and currently serves on the Council of the University of Mines and Technology as well as the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. He had also previously worked with Shell Ghana Limited.

As the current Executive Director of the ECOWAS Federation of Chambers of Mines, he heads the Secretariat to ensure that the objectives of the Federation are realized. The Federation has been established by Chambers & Mining Associations from the West Africa sub-region to, among others provide informed-leadership for effective solutions to mining-related issues.

He holds a B.Sc Chemical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology and a MBA, International Business from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.

Tidiane René Barry has been President of the Chamber of Mines of Burkina-CMB since January 16, 2017. He represents the mining company IAMGOLD Essakane SA within the institution since its creation. He is also President and founding member of the local chapter of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum-ICM.

Mr Tidiane BARRY is a founder member of ECOWAS Federation of Chambers of Mines. The Federation is an association of West African Chambers of Mines recently established to advocate for effective policies to promote sustainable and responsible mining, and to use the resources and capabilities of members to serve the needs of stakeholders within West Africa.

Tidiane occupies the mining company IAMGOLD Essakane as Director of Corporate Affairs and Supply Chain. He joined the IAMGOLD mining company in 2009 and contributed to the development of the country’s first world-class mine, leader in health and safety and CSR.

Prior to joining IAMGOLD, Mr. Barry worked for several years with the mining company Orezone Resources in Canada and Burkina Faso as a Financial Analyst and then Executive Director.

He holds a B.A.A from the University of Quebec at Montreal-UQAM and an MBA from Pittsburg State University in the United States and is active in several organizations working to promote and develop the mining sector.

Arc Chidi Okoli is an Abuja based Chartered Architect, the MD/CEO of Clinarc Associates, a Consortium of Architects, Engineers, Planners and Project Managers with sphere of professional sphere across Nigeria and beyond. He has had over 13years of active Chamber business and experience.

He was born 53years ago and is from Arondizuogu, Ideato North Local Government Area, Imo State of Nigeria.

He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Enugu Campus) where he studied Architecture, between 1981 – 1988, and obtained the degrees of B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Arch) Nig. respectively. He has been the Vice President (Mines) of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the past 6years, having previously been a Council Member of the Chambers before becoming the VP (Mines).

Arc Chidi Okoli is one of the pioneer members of the Ecowas Federation of Chambers of Mines (EFEDCOM) having participated actively in drafting the constitution of EFEDCOM and is currently on the Executive Council of this Regional Body. He is also the face of Abuja Chamber of Commerce & Industry on the Association of Chamber of Mines and other Mining Associations in Africa (ACMMAA).

Mr. Ejinkeonye has strong family roots in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria and over 15 years of broad-based Chamber experience.

Born in Kaduna State on 13th October 1964 and raised in Onitsha, Anambra State, the Commercial Nerve Center of the South-Eastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of Accounting from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and a Certified National Accountant. Currently, a National Vice President of the umbrella body of the Chambers of Commerce in Nigeria (National Association Of Chambers Of Commerce, Industry, Mines And Agriculture(NACCIMA) and a Council Member of the Consolidation Of Northern States Chambers Of Commerce, Industry, Mines And Agriculture(CONSCCIMA). He brought Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry into the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, China as the only Nigerian Chamber presently a member.

Born in 1978 in Conakry, he obtained a degree in Economics and Social Studies in 1995 in France. He had a double degree at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Politiques (HEP) and l’ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales (HEI) in France, where he respectively obtained a degree in Political Science and International Relations.

In 1999, Malick continued his education at the Institute of Higher Ecomomic and Commercial Studies (INSEEC) in Paris where he obtained a Masters in Finance and Capital Markets.

At the end of his studies, he decided to return to his country to contribute to its development.

He initially joined the Ernest and Young audit firm where he rose to become the Director of Audit, specialized in mining issues. In this capacity he audited the mining companies of the place (ACG SA, now RUSAL, Ex Friguia, SAG, AREDOR). He was responsible for auditing of accounts and advisory under IFRS, US GAAP and CECA. He led countless/numerous audit missions in the mining sector in African countries (Audit of gemstones in Madagascar, Somika’s IFRS audit group, restructuring of the Gecamines in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Belgium, auditing of Goldfields in Ghana, Advisor to Rio Tinto for the Simandou Project).

In 2008, he left Ernest & Young to join the Simandou Project (Rio Tinto) as Financial Controller where he set up a young and dynamic accounting team of Guineans where he actively participated in the discussions of the basic agreement with the Government. In 2010, he was appointed Director of Legal, Tax and Treasury for Joint Venture discussions between Rio Tinto and Chinalco.

In 2011, with a view to enriching and extending his professional experience, Malick joined the Xstrata group on the Zanaga Iron Project in Congo as Financial Director. In this capacity, he actively participated in discussions with the Congolese Government on the establishment agreement. These discussions made it possible to define the modalities of application of this agreement convention, particularly on currency exchange issues.

In 2014, Malick was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Guinea Alumina Corporation, a subsidiary of EGA by the Mubadala Group. He was a member of the Management Committee and Chairman of the Sponsorship and Donations Committee.

In 2016 and 2017, he pursued an executive program course at INSEAD, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious business school, ranked No. 1 by the Financial Times in 2016 and 2017 for his MBA program.

In September 2017, he was appointed President of the Guinea Chamber of Mines for a 2-year term.