The Development Partner Institute is excited to welcome two new members to our Board of Directors: Ms Sheila Khama and Dr Matthew Coon Come, OC.
Ms Khama brings substantial experience working with Governments and commercial enterprises across the world. Ms Khama was previously a former senior policy specialist in the mineral, oil, and gas industries at the World Bank in Washington. She focused on policy reforms to increase investments in mining and improve relationships between host governments and commercial companies. With over 20 years’ of experience in Africa’s extractive industries, Ms Khama is passionate about leveraging the potential of natural resources to create economic and social progress. Ms Khama has been a member of the Tullow Oil Board since 2019 and is a member of their Board’s “Safety and Sustainability” Committee. Ms Khama was previously Director of the African Resources Center at the African Development Bank, where she dedicated her efforts to the development of African countries from the use of natural resources. Earlier in her career, Sheila spent eight years with Anglo American Corporation in Botswana as their Corporate Secretary before joining De Beers as their CEO in Botswana for five years until 2010. Sheila was educated in Botswana before obtaining an MBA from Edinburgh University. She recently relocated from Washington to Botswana, from where she works on a number of international engagements.
On joining the Board, Ms Khama said: “I am a citizen of a country that is entirely dependent on mining and know first hand the good that can come out of partnerships between governments and mining companies. I am delighted to join DPI an be an advocate for responsible mining.”
Dr Coon Come brings deep experience working in politics and representing indigenous and underprivileged groups from his base in Canada. Dr Coon Come was born in a bush tent on his father’s trap line in Northern Quebec and from there, he studied at Trent and McGill Universities. Dr Coon Come became renowned for his work to defend the fundamental rights of First Nations people. He is an advocate of indigenous self-determination across the world. He went on to serve as Executive Director of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Director of Aircreebec, Creeco (Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company), and has served on the Boards of a number of other organisations. Dr Coon Come is the former Chief of Mistissini, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Dr Coon Come was previously a Board Director of GoldCorp and with the merger of Newmont is now a Director of Newmont. He is also a Director of Labrador Iron Ore Mines Limited and he holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causta from Trent University. In 2019, Dr Coon Come was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Dr Coon Come said: “Having spent most of my career on building relationships with Governments, UN officials and resources developers, I have come to the circle in the way all parties can approach all opportunities with an open mind, good faith, and in the belief that talking, listening and sharing are preferable to confrontation. I am honoured to be asked to sit on a Board of DPI to advocate for building relationships, sustainable and responsible mining.”
Peter Bryant, Chairman of the Development Partner Institute said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sheila and Matthew to the Development Partner Institute Board. Together they bring outstanding service, leadership experience and innovative thinking to the challenges faced by mining companies, affected communities and governments. We will highly value the diverse perspectives and wisdom they will bring to our Board deliberations. Their distinguished records of service and international reputations are founded on an ethos that is well-aligned with DPI’s collaborative and innovative approach.”