- Dr. Sindila Mwiya (PhD, PG Cert, MPhil, BEng (Hons), PrEng)
- Dr. Vita Stankevica (PhD, PG Cert, MSc, BSc)
Dr. Sindila Mwiya Summary Profile
Dr. Sindila Mwiya has more than fifteen (15) years of direct technical industry experience in Environmental Assessment (SEA, EIA, EMP, EMS), Energy (Renewable and Non-renewable energy sources), onshore and offshore resources exploration / prospecting, extraction and utilisation, covering general and specialist technical exploration and production support, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) permitting for Geophysical Surveys such as 2D and 3D Seismic and Gravity Surveys for mining and petroleum (oil and gas) operations support, through to engineering planning, layout, designing, logistical support, recovery, production / operations, compliance monitoring, rehabilitation, closure and aftercare stages. Through his companies, Risk-Based Solutions (RBS) and Foresight Group Namibia (FGN) (PTY) LTD, which he founded, he has worked and continue to work for global reputable resources (petroleum and mining / minerals) and energy companies such as Petrobras Oil and Gas (Brazil) / BP (UK), REPSOL (Spain), ACREP (Namibia/Angola), Preview Energy Resources (UK), HRT Africa (Brazil / USA), Chariot Oil and Gas Exploration (UK), Serica Energy (UK), Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas (Canada / USA), ION GeoVentures (USA), PGS UK Exploration (UK), TGS-Nopec (UK), Maurel& Prom (France), GeoPartners (UK), PetroSA Equatorial Guinea (South Africa / Equatorial Guinea), Preview Energy Resources (Namibia / UK), Sintezneftegaz Namibia LTD (Russia), INA Namibia (INA INDUSTRIJANAFTEd.d) (Croatia), Debmarine (Namibia), Namibia Underwater Technologies (NUTAM) (Namibia), InnoSun Holding (PTY) LTD (Namibia / France) and O&L Energy (Pty) Ltd (Namibia). Dr. Sindila Mwiya is highly qualified with extensive experience in petroleum, mining, renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal and Hydropower), Non Renewable energy (Coal, Petroleum, and Natural Gas), applied environmental assessment, management and monitoring (Scoping, EIA, EMP, EMP, EMS) and overall industry specific HSE, cleaner production programmes, geoenvironmental, geological and geotechnical engineering specialist fields.
He continue to worked as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP), Technical Consultant (RBS / FGN), Project Manager and has worked as a Lecturer (University of Namibia- UNAM), External Examiner/ Moderator (Namibia University of Science and Technology-NUST), National (Namibia) Technical Advisor (Directorate of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Tourism / DANIDA – Cleaner Production Component) and Chief Geologist for Engineering and Environment Division and a Field-Based Geotechnician (Magnetics, Seismic, Gravity and Electromagnetics Exploration and Survey Methods) for Geophysics Division, Geological Survey of Namibia, Ministry of Mines and Energy. He has supervised and continue to support a number of MScs and PhDs research programmes and has been a reviewer on international, national and regional researches, plans, programmes and projects with the objective to ensure substantial local skills development pivotal to the national socioeconomic development through the promotion of sustainable natural resources coexistence developmental approaches, utilisation, management and for development policies, plans, programmes and projects financed by governments, private investors and donor organisations. Since 2006, he has provided extensive technical support to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) through GIZ and continue to play a significant role in the amendments of the Namibian Environmental Management Act, 2007, (Act No. 7 of 2007), preparation of new Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Regulations, preparation of the updated Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations as well as the preparation of the new SEA and EIA Guidelines and Procedures all aimed at promoting effective environmental management practices.
Among his academic achievements, Dr Sindila Mwiya is a holder of a PhD (Geoenvironmental Engineering and Artificial Intelligence) – Research Thesis: Development of a Knowledge-Based System Methodology (KBSM) for the Design of Solid Waste Disposal Sites in Arid and Semiarid Environments (Namibia)), MPhil/PG Cert and BEng (Hons) (Engineering Geology and Geotechnics), qualifications from the University of Portsmouth, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, United Kingdom. During the 2004 Namibia National Science Awards, organised by the Namibian Ministry of Education, and held in Windhoek, Dr. Sindila Mwiya was awarded the Geologist of the Year for 2004, in the professional category. Furthermore, as part of his professional career recognition, Dr. Sindila Mwiya is a life member of the Geological Society of Namibia, Consulting member of the Hydrogeological Society of Namibia and a Professional Engineer registered with the Engineering Council of Namibia.
Dr. Vita Stankevica Summary Profile
Dr. Vita Stankeviča has more than twelve (12) years of professional direct industry experience in environmental assessment, management and monitoring support in sustainable resources utilisation and large, medium and small-scale infrastructural development activities in Namibia and SADC region. She has extensive knowledge in physical environment and its interaction with human activities with respect to current and future perspectives in environmental protection and sustainable natural resources utilisation. She has undertaken Scoping, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Strategic Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) for policies, plans and programmes as well as site-specific support to large, medium and small scale project activities covering Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP). She is highly specialised in socioeconomic and sustainability assessments, performance, stakeholders engagements and compliance monitoring support for a sustainable people-centred rural and urban stability, growth and development, linked with the joint assistance of private-public local and regional development planning in an environment of global resources competition.
She has worked and continue to work for global reputable resources companies from UK, USA, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Israel, Croatia, Sweden, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa. She has worked as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP), Project Manager, Technical Consultant and Manager (RBS / FGN). Dr. Vita Stankeviča is the GIS and environmental foresight of Risk-Based Solutions. She has extensive experience in programme management and administration with skills gained from the Risk-Based Based Solutions, Foresight Group Namibia, Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank project development and implementation processes. She has been involved in a number of natural resources development and environmental plans, programmes and projects in Namibia and these include the Integrated Community-based Ecosystem Management (ICEMA), Country Pilot Partnership (CPP) for Sustainable Land Management and Promoting Environmental Sustainability through improved land use planning (PESILUP) and Namib Coast Biodiversity Conservation and Management (NACOMA) Projects. In all the policies, plans, programme and projects that she has undertaken Environmental Assessments (EA), Dr. Vita Stankeviča has brought together the context of local and regional rural and urban development planning to evolve sustainably together with the revitalisation integration of Namibia’s resources industry in global markets
Among her academic achievements, Dr. Vita Stankeviča has a PhD in Geography from the University of Namibia (Research Titled: Development of Mining Settlements in Namibia: An Investigation into Prospects for Rosh Pinah; Klein Aub and Tsumeb). Her research has identified possible solutions that could guide towards sustainable growth and development of mining settlements in Namibia. Furthermore, Dr. Vita Stankeviča holds a Post-graduate Certificate (Distinction) in Perspectives of Environment and Sustainable Development in the Baltic Region. University of Kalmar (Sweden), a MSc. degree in Regional Planning and Development and a BSc. degree in Geography / programme in Physical Geography both from the University of Latvia. Dr. Vita Stankeviča holds vast experience in both disciplines of geography (human and physical), excellent knowledge of physical environment and its processes, as well as its interaction with human activities. She hold great experience in stakeholders consultations and engagement process, coordination, collaboration and all centred on interpersonal and people skills.