Organising Committee

CONVENORS

Read Mapeo
Read is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Geology at the University of Botswana, where he teaches structural geology and tectonics (PhD from Southampton University). He is the co-editor of the Journal of African Earth Sciences. He began his career with the Botswana Geological Survey where he worked as a mapping geologist for many years.


CO-CONVENORS

Alexander Proyer
Alex is a petrologist with research focus on (ultra) high-pressure metamorphism. Originally from Austria (PhD from University of Salzburg), he is now Professor of Petrology at the University of Botswana since 2013 and expanding his research to include the geology of southern Africa as well as kimberlites and diamond formation.

Martin Roberts

Martin is the Geology Lead at Debswana Diamond Mining Company based in Gaborone, Botswana, and oversees the geology discipline at the Jwaneng, Orapa, Damtshaa and Letlhakane mines. He has extensive experience in exploration and mining diamond geology, and has a PhD from Cambridge in Volcanology/Igneous Petrology.

Barbara Scott Smith
Barbara is an independent consultant in kimberlite geology for world-wide diamond exploration and mining projects and also offers opportunities to learn about kimberlites through Scott-Smith Petrology Inc. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia. In 2003 she co-convened the 8th International Kimberlite Conference in Canada and is a member of the International Kimberlite Conference Advisory Committee.

11 IKC Convenors, from left to right: Read Mapeo, Barbara Scott Smith, Martin Roberts, Alex Proyer


HONORARY CONVENOR

John Gurney
John is Chairperson of Mineral Services of the MS Group of businesses. His specialty is the geochemistry of diamond indicator minerals and the diamond potential of kimberlites, as well as the evaluation of macrodiamonds and microdiamonds. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Geochemistry at the University of Cape Town where he was the Head of the Kimberlite Research Group. John co-convened the 1st and 7th International Kimberlite Conferences in South Africa and is a member of the International Kimberlite Conference Advisory Committee.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Read Mapeo
Alexander Proyer
Martin Roberts
Barbara Scott Smith
Jock Robey
Thomas Stachel
Stuart Smith

SUB-COMMITTEES

Finance 
Alex Proyer (Treasurer-Botswana), Stuart Smith (Treasurer-Canada and Budget)

Technical Programme 
Thomas Stachel, Graham Pearson
Scientific theme convenors (in alphabetical order): Stephen Foley (Macquarie University), Casey Hetman (SRK Consulting), Rob van der Hilst (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Jarek Jakubec (SRK Consulting), Philip Janney (University of Cape Town), Alan Kobussen (Rio Tinto), Oded Navon (Hebrew University), Tom Nowicki (Mineral Services), Graham Pearson (University of Alberta), Alexander Proyer (University of Botswana), Roberta Rudnick (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Thomas Stachel (University of Alberta).

Field Trips 
Jock Robey 
Field trip leaders: Jock Robey, Martin Roberts, Andrew Macdonald, Mike de Wit, Andy Moore, Mike Lynn, Jurgen Jacob.

Fund Raising 
Barbara Scott Smith, Mike Wuth, Casey Hetman, Andrew Fagan 

Conference Proceedings Publications 
Thomas Stachel, Graham Pearson. 
Guest Editors (in alphabetical order): Stephen Foley (Macquarie University), Casey Hetman (SRK Consulting), Rob van der Hilst (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Jarek Jakubec (SRK Consulting), Philip Janney (University of Cape Town), Alan Kobussen (Rio Tinto), Oded Navon (Hebrew University), Tom Nowicki (Mineral Services), Graham Pearson (University of Alberta), Alexander Proyer (University of Botswana), Roberta Rudnick (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Thomas Stachel (University of Alberta).

Conference Publications
Alex Proyer, Barbara Scott Smith, Stuart Smith, Jock Robey, Wilbert Kehelpannala

Delegate Financial Support
Roberta Rudnick
Members (in alphabetical order): Sonja Aulbach (University of Frankfurt), Dorrit Jacob (Macquarie University, Sydney), Read Mapeo (University of Botswana, Gaborone), Steve Richardson (University of Cape Town) and Katie Smart (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg). 

Social Programme
Mary Lou Willows, Barbara Scott Smith, Martin Roberts, Naledi Dikgomo-Goulden

Conference Venue and Accommodation
Barbara Scott Smith, Stuart Smith, Alexander Proyer 

Public and Sponsor Relations
Barbara Scott Smith, Stuart Smith, Naledi Dikgomo-Goulden 

Conference Secretariat
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Conference Secretariat Liaison
Barbara Scott Smith, Stuart Smith

Gaborone Liaison
Chain of Events


COMMITTEE MEMBERS (alphabetical order) 


Zibisani Bagai
Department of Geology, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Naledi Dikgomo-Goulden

Public and Corporate Affairs, Debswana Diamond Company Ltd., Gaborone, Botswana

Andrew Fagan
True North Gems Inc., Vancouver, Canada 

John Gurney 
MS Group and University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa 

Kewame Gwandu 
Botswana Geoscience Institute, Lobatse, Botswana 

Casey Hetman 

SRK Consulting, Vancouver, Canada 

Wilbert Kehelpannala
Department of Geology, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Mojaboswa Hillary Koketso
Botswana Geoscience Institute, Lobatse, Botswana

Andrew MacDonald 
Group Exploration, De Beers, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Read Mapeo
Department of Geology, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Joyce Gosata Maphanyane 
Department of Environmental Science, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Motsoptse Phillip Modisi

Department of Geology, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Andy Moore

Independent Geological Consultant, Gaborone, Botswana

Tiyapo Ngwisanyi
CEO, Botswana Geoscience Institute, Lobatse, Botswana 

Graham Pearson
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Alexander Proyer
Department of Geology, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Martin Roberts

Mineral Resource Management, Debswana Diamond Company Ltd., Gaborone, Botswana

Jock Robey
Rockwise Consulting, Kimberley, South Africa

Roberta Rudnick
University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

Barbara Scott Smith
Scott-Smith Petrology Inc. North Vancouver, Canada

Charles Siwawa

CEO, Botswana Chamber of Mines, Gaborone, Botswana

Stuart Smith
SRK Consulting, Vancouver, Canada

Thomas Stachel
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Mary Lou Willows
North Arrow Minerals Inc., Vancouver, Canada 



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