Before joining Ivanhoe Mines, Louis Watum successfully managed the development of Randgold's Kibali project from 2010 to 2014, after having implemented the Moto Gold Mines project between 2006 and 2009. From 2001 to 2005, the chemical engineer by training was director of operations at Yatela Gold Mine in Mali. Its ‘social business’ and ‘good governance’ skills give him a unique aura in the DRC.
We have been operating in Southern Africa for more than two decades, focused on the search for new deposits in South Africa and the DRC, then as a development company discovered deposits.
Showing two of the best mineral discoveries on the planet, Copper in Kamoa-Kakula in the DRC, Platinum to Platreef in South Africa, and zinc in Kipushi, the world's richest zinc deposit.
Conducting our exploration and development activities responsibly is central to our strategic vision. We operate under clear value-based principles of excellence, personal accountability, integrity, and social & environmental
responsibility. Working with our employees, contractors and the people of the communities in which we operate, we strive to build strong and lasting relationships to address stakeholder interests, improve workplace safety practices, and to minimize our impact on the environment.
2001: Commissioning and operation of Yatela Gold Mine, in West Africa Mali AngloGold Ashanti
2006: Return to the DRC, development of Moto Project, Moto goldmines.
2015 : KCC CEO, Board Chairman of Kipushi Corporation, Ivanhoe Mines Operations Administrator in DRC