Paul Jourdan is an independent mineral policy analyst and former President and CEO of Mintek (Council for Mineral Technology), the South African mining, processing and minerals beneficiation science council. He joined Mintek in 2000 from the Department of Trade & Industry where he was the Deputy Director General in charge of Special Projects, which included the Spatial Development Initiatives, or Development Corridors, and the general configuration and facilitation of investment. In 1993 he was deployed to the ANC’s Department of Economic Policy to coordinate of minerals & energy policy where he was responsible for compiling the ANCs first draft “Minerals & Energy Policy” document. He has a BSc in geology and a BA in African Government from UCT (University of Cape Town), a post-grad diploma in Exploration Geophysics from the ITC in Delft, a PhD in Politics from Leeds and an MSc in Mineral Economics from Wits. His doctoral dissertation was on regional strategies for the minerals sector of southern Africa.