Ismael was appointed to his role in October 2011. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Rio Tinto Diamonds and Minerals, Rio Tinto Group Diversity & Inclusion Council and is first Vice President of the Chamber of Mine of Guinea.

Prior to his current role, Ismael has held roles in both Simandou and Rio Tinto Alcan in Guinea. Ismael joined Rio Tinto in 2006 as the Government Relations Manager. He was educated in Guinea where he received a bachelor degree in Mining Engineering before obtaining an additional qualification in public enterprise management and policy development from the International Policy Administration Institute in Paris. He went on to obtain further qualifications in applied manufacturing techniques in mining from Douai in France and the Mining School of Paris. Between 1990 and 1992 he studied for a master in Economics from the University of Wales in the UK. Since his return to Guinea in 1992, Ismael has been involved in many development projects in Guinea and other West African nations funded by international and bilateral development agencies such as the World Bank, UNDP, US Aid and the French Development Agency.

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