Prof. Glen Nwaila

Director & Professor of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI)

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)




Glen Nwaila is the Director of the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) and Visiting Adjunct Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). His main research focuses on increasing the integration of high-dimensional mining and mineral resources data with machine learning for uncertainty reduction and optimal decision-making. Prior to joining Wits, Glen worked in the mining and consulting industries for a period of 13 years, where he led teams of mining professionals and led audits in the mineral resources and extractive metallurgy plants. At Sibanye Stillwater, Glen led the Geology functions in the Driefontein operations. He also served as Manager at Deloitte Technical Mining Advisory (DTMA). He has served as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar at Uppsala University since 2018. Nwaila completed his PhD in Geosciences (Magna Cum Laude) at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany. Glen also holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and a BSc (Honours) in Geology from the University of Johannesburg. He was recently appointed to the 35 IGC Legacy Fund’s Board of Directors. He is a Professional Natural Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). Glen is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa (FGSSA).