Sheila Khama is a public policy advisor, a sustainable development practitioner, and a former mining industry executive with 20 years’ work experience in and out of Africa. She has extensive knowledge of the extractives sector having worked 14 years in mining. She performed several functions including those of compliance officer for 20 subsidiaries of Anglo American Corporation in Botswana, a non-executive director of 10 companies, CEO of De Beers Botswana and extractives policy advisor to select regional governments. From 2010, Sheila led an extractives program to support sub-Saharan policymakers provided by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in Ghana. In 2013, she was named the Director of the Africa Natural Resources Center at the African Development Bank.

Sheila regularly interacts with regional and international organizations actively promoting responsible stewardship of minerals, hydrocarbons and land resources — notably, the World Bank, EITI, the Revenue Watch Institute, Vale Columbia Center, and the AU’s Africa Mining Vision. She frequently addresses regional and international audiences and her commentary has been featured in the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, and BBC Radio and Television.

Sheila is a Motswana and holds BA and MBA degrees from the Universities of Botswana and Edinburgh. She serves as a member of the sustainability panels of AngloGold Ashanti and Lafarge. She is chairperson of AGAMAL, a multi-million US dollar non-profit company which manages a malaria containment program in Ghana funded by the Global Fund. Sheila is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Oxford University’s Natural Resources Charter and a patron of a non-profit school for physically challenged children in Botswana.