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Alec Sellem is an entrepreneur at heart, and is currently the CEO and founder of an “incubator for artisanal mining”. His namesake company, Sellem Industries, seeks to locally mine, and refine, gold throughout multiple countries in Africa.
Born in France, Sellem was educated in Switzerland, where he participated in his first trek to Africa. In a life-changing experience, he accompanied his schoolmates to Mali, where his school was responsible for providing aide in the process of building, developing, and operating a village school.
Throughout his early career, Sellem’s focus remained within the security strategies sector, and technology. Prior to founding Sellem Industries, Alec Sellem has played an integral role in various successful startups.
Already involved in trading gold on behalf of a peer, Sellem recognized the redundancies in the current operations related to gold mining, refining, and sales. Swiftly, Sellem recognized the benefits of maintaining all aspects of operations locally, and utilizing a “whole community” approach to the mining process. Within his business plan, the creation of infrastructure allows local residents the tools necessary to improve living conditions, and to develop long-term trusting relationships with mine workers, local governments, and all residents. This type of environment, according to Sellem, is conducive toward maintaining long-term success within mining, and refining operations.
With this cohesive artisanal mining plan in hand, Sellem created his namesake company, Sellem Industries. Sellem’s goal to focus on artisanal mining, and the development of infrastructure to modernize overall village operations, has led him to spearhead the operations of the company, and ensure that his vision is being realized.
Sellem Industries operates a semi industrial mining operation in Senegal, and is actively pursuing the successful setup of infrastructure necessary to actively operate artisanal sites within Sierra Leone. As part of Sellem’s progressive business model, and stringent ethics, Sellem Industries is working toward developing a village school for local children, the development of roads to unite remote villages, and the maintenance of a small agricultural assistance program, which culminates in neighboring villages being able to sustain their residents with a vast array of harvested goods.
On-site in Africa, the London-based company intends to develop a home-office in the UK, conducting operations related to business development, growth, finance, and company management, with roughly one hundred employees expected. Currently, Sellem Industries employs roughly one thousand employees within mining operations in Africa.
United Nations Panel & Industry Regulations
In early 2019, Sellem was asked to join a panel of industry leaders at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and to speak on the rapidly increasing business ventures in Africa, their connection to energy and safety, and to propose infrastructure solutions to accommodate for increasing changes in the commercial landscape. Sellem’s participation in the panel was welcomed, and as a result of the discussed transformative socio-economic power of responsible mining efforts in Africa, Sellem intends to create the social license utilized to guide the changes suggested at the United Nations panel.