Sheila Khama

Director - African Natural Resources Centre

African Development Bank (AfDB)


Sheila Khama is a natural resources policy advisor and a former private sector executive with twenty years work experience in and out of Africa. Sheila is a member of the senior management team of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and heads the newly established African Centre for Natural Resources (ANRC) in Tunis. The mandate of the ANRC is to coordinate strategies of the Bank as pertains to renewable and non–renewable resources. Sheila provides leadership on policy, capacity building, and advice to member states. Prior to this, Sheila led a gas, oil and minerals program of support to sub-Saharan policymakers at the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) in Ghana.

As a private sector executive she worked in Botswana’s mining and financial services sectors at Anglo American Corporation, De Beers and First National Bank respectively. Roles included compliance oversight for twenty subsidiaries of the Anglo American Group, Chief Executive of the representative office De Beers Group, negotiations of mineral concessions and directorships on subsidiary boards.

Sheila serves on sustainability panel of Lafarge SA, the Technical Advisory Group of Oxford University’s Natural Resources Charter and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network on extractives and land resources. She is Chairperson of AGAMAL, a non-profit entity financed by the Global Fund to contain malaria infection in Ghana.