For over 25 years Brian Menell, 53, has overseen, developed and managed natural resource and mining projects across 18 sub-Saharan African countries, and in the CIS and Canada. The Menell family founded and controlled the Anglovaal Group – one of the dominant players in the African mining and industrial scene over the last 80 years.

In this light, I was delighted to briefly chat with Menell about his new venture, TechMet, an industrial company that is building controlling or significant minority positions in world-class projects across the technology metal supply chain including mining, processing and recycling. He talked about the growing geopolitical significance of technology metals supply from Africa and other emerging markets.