Sierra Rutile CEO recognised for contribution to African mining
John Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile, was named one of the world’s most innovative thinkers at a recent occasion in London attended by business leaders, sporting heroes, political figures, philanthropists and influential civil society members from all over the world.
The House of Lords event was jointly hosted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the Global Partnership Forum, and marked the launch of the DNA Summit (Decide Now Act) – an annual forum made up of 101 of “the best minds in the world”, people who the organisers believe “inspire, challenge and change our world”.
Amir Dossal, Chairman of the Global Partnership Forum, described the 101 individuals chosen to make up the DNA forum, as the “world’s most innovative thought leaders who believe in focusing on results”.
The event coincided with the London 2012 Olympics. Guests included Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, economist Jim O’Neill, Economist editor Matthew Bishop, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, internet founder Sir Tim Berners Lee and anti-poverty campaigner Bob Geldof.
Mr Sisay, whose 20 year career in mining spans 10 African countries, was included amongst the list of 101 leading visionaries for his contribution to African mining. He is a strong advocate of sustainability in the mining industry and regularly advises the Government of Sierra Leone on mining related issues.
Commenting on his selection he said: “The DNA Summit has the potential to become a potent driver for social progress and develop sustainable solutions to the world’s challenges. It is a great honour to be invited to participate. I hope to be able to contribute as a Sierra Leonean, as well as in my capacity as a mining professional, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most creative minds.”
Summarising the goals of the organisers Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator declared: “The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is proud to be part of the DNA Summit. We have to work to make sure that what we do has an influence or an impact on what is happening in the world. We all have a contribution to make and the potential to do even more to help people around the world.”
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