Gilbert Midende has a doctorate in Geological Science, which he obtained in 1984 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He was appointed Burundi Director General of Geology and Mines in 1987 and was Minister of Mines between 1988 and 1993. He has been a consultant to the World Bank since 2007. From 1996 to 2001, he was Principal of the University of Burundi and Minister of Higher Education and is currently Professor in Economic Geology at the University of Burundi. Gilbert is responsible for all of the Group’s administration and Government relations in Burundi.