Name & surname: Ms Gloria Namwi Simubali
Title: Deputy Executive Director — Geology
B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa
B.Sc. in Geology and Chemistry (Double Major) from the University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia
- 2003–2006: Economic Geologist — activities included mineral resource assessments of various mineral deposits in Namibia, contributing to the publication of the mineral resource series of Namibia. Specific research project conducted during this period was the uranium prospectivity mapping of the Walvis Bay map sheet in the Erongo region, Namibia.
- 2006–2012: Geochemistry and Laboratory Services: — served on various levels ranging from geochemist, senior geochemist to chief geochemist. Areas of responsibilities included, but not limited to, design, planning and implementation of the nationwide Regional Geochemical Sampling Project (RGSP) as project coordinator, analysing geological samples with an XRF spectrometer, training of sampling teams (field) and laboratory/technical staff.
- 2012–2016: Deputy Director responsible for Geochemistry and Laboratory Division. Activities included planning and coordinating strategic and annual work plans for the division (Analytical and Regional Geochemistry), establishment of regional geochemical database, institutional capacity building such as training both for field and laboratory based staff, procurement of laboratory equipment and field sampling equipment.
- 2016–2018: Director for Applied Geoscience, responsible for Economic Geology Division, Geochemistry and Laboratory Division, and Geoengineering and Environmental Geology Division. This included optimal utilization of the available human and financial resources, application of geoscientific knowledge in addressing environmental and socio-economic needs of the people, geo-hazard mapping, mineral database management, promoting mineral investment and geoscientific cooperation in the country.
- 2018–present: Deputy Executive Director — executive manager in charge of the Geological Survey of Namibia, responsible for institutional strategic planning and budgeting, policy formulation and implementation. Promoting sustainable development of Namibian mineral resources and attracting investment in the mining sector.
- Geological Society of Namibia
- Geological Society of Africa
- Geoscience (Professions) Council of Namibia
- Society of Economic Geologists
- IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines (CGGB)
My work experience began at the age of 17 as a bank teller at Windhoek Bank, Oshakati Branch. After completing my undergraduate (B.Sc.) degree at UNAM, I taught Mathematics and Physical Science for Grades 11 and 12 at Iipumbu Secondary School in Oshakati (2002–2003). My geoscientific career began 17 years ago when I joined the Geological Survey of Namibia, within the Ministry of Mines and Energy as a junior geologist in the Economic Geology Division. Upon completion of my B.Sc. Hons degree at Wits in 2006, I was subsequently confirmed as a qualified geologist. I advanced to senior geochemist (2008–2010), chief geochemist (2010–2012), deputy director for geochemistry and the laboratory division (2012–2016), director of applied geoscience (2016–2018), deputy permanent secretary (renamed deputy executive director) responsible for the Geological Survey of Namibia (2018 to the present).
I am a registered professional senior geoscientist with the Geoscience (Professions) Council of Namibia. Current areas of responsibility include, but not limited to, organizational strategic planning, policy formulation, implementation and regulation with respect to geoscientific investigations, research a nd surveying, promoting investment for sustainable development of the Namibian mineral resources, developing and managing the human and financial resources, serving in various capacities on a number of domestic, regional and international scientific and non-scientific organizations.