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Sheila Khama, Board Mentor, Criticaleye
Sheila Khama
Board Mentor
Criticaleye

Sheila is a Non-executive Director on the board of FTSE-listed Tullow Oil plc, a member of the Advisory Panel of LafargeHolcim, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable Development Investment, Columbia University and the audit committee of the United Nations Office of Operations. In 2021 Sheila was appointed as a non-executive director on the board of The Metals Company, a NYSE-listed company formed through the merger of DeepGreen and the Sustainable Opportunities Acquisition Corporation.

Sheila has a wealth of executive experience in the banking and natural resources sectors across Africa from a distinguished 40-year career in high-profile business and advisory roles. Sheila spent eight years as Group Secretary at Anglo American, Botswana, before joining the First National Bank of Botswana as a marketing and communications executive. In 2005, Sheila returned to the Anglo American–De Beers Group to become CEO of De Beers, Botswana.

From 2010, Sheila moved to Accra, Ghana, to spend three years as Director of the extractives advisory programme at the African Centre for Economic Transformation, an economic policy unit that supports the long-term growth and transformation of African countries. In 2013, Sheila took up a position as Director of the Natural Resources Centre at the African Development Bank, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, before becoming a policy adviser at the World Bank in Washington in 2016. In both roles Sheila advised host governments on sustainable development polices for natural resources. During this time she also represented the African Development Bank as an observer on the international board of directors of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Sheila holds a BA from the University of Botswana and an MBA from the Edinburgh University Business School.