"I am a PhD candidate at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM). My doctoral research broadly aims to explore the issue of mining and economic development linkages in the resource-rich African countries. It seeks to critically challenge the local content and other existing mining-development linkages scholarship, and analyse value addition from a new perspective.

Through working on various projects, I have witnessed first hand the significant developmental potential of the mining industry. At the same time, I have been struck by the general failure of the real benefits of mining trickling down to enhance livelihoods in resource-rich developing countries - most importantly the inability to effect sustainable development through linkages with local economies. The existing local content practice and theory begs for a new approach particularly in the context of resource-rich developing countries, which is my motivation for pursuing this topic for my doctoral research.

I was attracted to SMI because it is one of the leading institutions in the mining space and I am also a UQ alumni. I have had an affilitation with CSRM for several years and previously worked there as a researcher, so the opportunity to do my research with my former colleagues felt like a homecoming and is an extra motivation for me.

Prior to commencing my PhD, I led Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) work in my role as Senior Researcher for the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London. This followed several years working with CSRM delivering applied research and capacity building in mining.

I hold a Master of International Economics and Finance from The University of Queensland; a Baccalaureus Commercii Honores Degree in Money and Banking from the University of the Free State, South Africa; and a Bachelor of Economics from Asmara University, Eritrea."