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Dr Gabi Schneider

syfdgDr Schneider graduated in 1980 with a Master of Science in Economic Geology from the University of Frankfurt, where she also obtained her PhD in 1984. She joined the Geological Survey of Namibia in 1985 as a Senior Geologist and was appointed Director in 1996. Her professional experience covers economic and exploration geology, mineralogy and geochemistry as well as management and administration. She is an honorary life member of the Geological Society of Namibia, and is a registered Scientist with the South Africa Council for Natural Scientists.

Dr Schneider is the President of the Organisation of African Geological Surveys (2013-2016) and the Vice Chairperson of the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia; a Director of the Minerals Development Fund of Namibia; the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Namibian Institute for Mining and Technology; a member of the Sustainable Development Council of Namibia; a member of the Benguela Current Commission; a member of the Commission for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Namibia, chairing its Technical Subcommittee; and a member of the Scientific Committee of the National Heritage Council. She is a founding member of the Small Miners Association of Namibia.

Dr Schneider is a member of the Natural Science Programme Committee of the Namibian National Committee for UNESCO, and a Senior Advisor for UNESCO's Geopark Programme. She is a member of the Local Organising Committee of the 35th IGC, and also serves on the scientific programme committee. She is chairing the Geology Advisory Board of the University of Namibia, and has been an external examiner of the University of St. Andrews, the University of Frankfurt, the University of the Witwatersrand and University of South Africa.