Mr. Blackie Marole
Blackie Marole a co-director in Makunwu is an economist with 35 years of experience mining investment and regulation and is now an investor in his own right. Shortly after obtaining a Ma degree in economics in 1982 he joined the minestry responsible for mining in Botswana wherein he progressed the ranks to the position of Permanent Secretary for the minetry taking charge of the government investment in the sector and administration of concessions. After 7 years in the role he joined the De Beers DTC in London as one of its executives looking after the sale and marketing of diamonds and in September 2002 he was transferred to Johannesburg to serve in the Producer Relations Department in the Johannesburg Office. In that capacity, he liaised with various producers in Africa to manage their contracts with De Beers and DTC.
In 2004 he was appointed Managing Director of Debswana Diamond Company then the largest producer of diamonds. He served in the position for 6 years and retired in 2010. Despite his retirement, Mr. Marole has not completely left the board room. He continues to serve various boards notably in listed companies in the mining and retail trade.
Previously the chairman of BPC, WUC, Barclays Bank Botswana, and BDC he commands a wealth of experience gained from extensive involvement in the Government and private sector both locally and internationally.