Debswana ore processing head takes over as BITRI board chair

Mr. Edwin T. Elias has been appointed the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) Board Chairperson with effect from 1st April 2021.

Currently the Head of Ore Processing/Metallurgy for Debswana Mining Company, Mr. Elias brings to the BITRI Board a wealth of experience with 19 years in the Diamond industry business and 13 years as an Executive within Debswana and De Beers Group.

He is not a newcomer to the BITRI Board as he was an inaugural Board Member from 2013-18. Back then he was Chairperson of the BITRI Quality and Technology Committee, and a member of the Board Tender Committee as well as the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee.

Mr. Elias is also a Board Council Member for the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST).

In addition, Mr. Elias is also a Director of Pacific Phoenix Ventures Inc., a Canadian based company that provides strategic and management support along with seed capital to early-stage companies that has demonstrated products, market traction, and potential economies of scale.

Mr. Elias holds an Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management, Canada; a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) – Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA and Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Certification from the London Business School, UK.

He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), as well as a
member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA).

As an Executive Leader, Mr. Elias has acquired competency skills in Technical and Strategic Insights, Business Excellence; Safety Excellence; Business Planning and Assurance; Leading People and Change; People Development and Stakeholder Management.

Mr. Elias is a strategic and visionary leader whose leadership will oversee the strategic direction of BITRI.

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