About Us

Our Team

The strength of Elba Afrika lies in our diverse and talented team. We are experienced at addressing the multifaceted challenges of the mining industry in the DRC and Zambia.

Global Expertise

At Elba Afrika, our team is our greatest asset. From seasoned HR consultants to cultural integration specialists & labour hire staff, each member plays a crucial role in delivering exceptional services. Our staff’s deep understanding of the Region’s business practices and cultures enables us to bridge gaps and foster a harmonious work environment for our clients.

Our commitment to excellence in cross-cultural business practices is not just a service, it’s a strategic advantage that positions our clients for success in the global marketplace.

Our Commitment

“Elba Afrika thrives on the collective expertise of our team, which is steeped in the rich blend of Australian, Zambian and Congolese experience and cultural insight. Our mindset is centred on leveraging this diversity to address the complex challenges within the region’s mining industry.”

Our Management Team

Get to know the faces behind the Elba Afrika management team —our dedicated team of professionals who bring a world of experience and a heartfelt commitment to every partnership and project. Discover the personal touch that makes our services truly stand out.


Alain Banza 

Introducing our Founder & CEO, Alain Banza! Alain leverages over 20 years of HR expertise, excelling in pivotal roles within the mining sector that emphase his profound understanding of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His career highlights versatile expertise, strategic HR insight, and resourcefulness, focusing on solutions rooted in his extensive knowledge of the DRC. Navigating diverse HR roles, Alain consistently delivers effective, transparent solutions across the mining industry, fostering confidence through reliability and dedication. His contribution stems from experience and a committed focus on resolving challenges within the distinctive context of the DRC, positioning him as an invaluable asset with a unique blend of expertise and ethical leadership.

Group HR Manager

Paula Sheppy

Meet Paula Sheppy, our Group HR Manager! A seasoned Australian HR professional with over 30 years of experience in both international and domestic operational HR, Paula specializes in international HR within challenging environments, spanning Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Recognized for her ability to provide commercially astute solutions, Paula emphasizes collaboration, adaptability, and resourcefulness to ensure success. Her expertise extends across diverse sectors, including mining, construction, transport, and resources.

Paula’s proven track record and commitment to excellence make her an invaluable partner for organizations seeking strategic HR guidance and solutions, not only to survive but to thrive in dynamic landscapes, setting the stage for enduring success.

Zambia Country Manager

Jean-Paul Mwamba

Introducing Jean-Paul Mwamba, a seasoned mining engineer and manager with over 14 years of experience spanning exploration to production. A member of MAusIMM and ONICiv, he prioritizes professionalism and ethics. With a keen focus on operational excellence, financial robustness, and customer satisfaction, Jean-Paul adeptly manages finances, crafts budgets, and engages stakeholders. His extensive background includes founding and leading Groupe Excellence Minier, lecturing at Polytechnique Université de Lubumbashi, and overseeing mining operations at Trafigura and Eurasian Resources Group. Armed with degrees in Mining and Mineral Engineering, he remains dedicated to driving innovation and success in the mining industry.

Want to learn more about our services?

If you’re interested in discovering how our tailored Mining Support solutions can benefit your mining operations, reach out to us. Elba Afrika is here to provide you with the insights and support needed for success in the DRC and Zambia’s dynamic mining sectors.

Connect with Our Expert Team

Interested in learning more about our team and how they can help your business thrive in the DRC and Zambia’s mining sectors? Contact Elba Afrika for a personalised consultation and discover the difference our people can make.