Fadi Wazni

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Fadi Wazni is a Franco-Lebanese businessman and diplomat. He is CEO of the transport and logistics company United Mining Supply (UMS), which he founded in 2002, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Société Minière de Boké (SMB)[1], Guinea's leading bauxite exporter.[2][3]

He is involved in various patronage actions to help local and national communities in Guinea[4].


The Wazni family is of Lebanese origin, and has been living in Africa for several decades. His grandfather was a trader, established in the mining areas of Sierra Leone in the 1920s[5].

Mining activity

Fadi Wazni founded the SMB-Winning Consortium[6], based in Conakry, which brings together several groups involved in the extraction, production and transport of bauxite, including UMS, the Singaporean transporter Winning Shipping International, and the Chinese aluminium producer Shandong Weiqiao[7] - all three co-shareholders of the Société Minière de Boké (SMB).[8]

The SMB-Winning Consortium became the country's largest bauxite exporter in 2018[9], exporting more than 42 million tons to China[10]Template:,[11].

On November 13th, the SMB-Winning Consortium won the tender for Blocks 1 and 2 of the Guinean Mount Simandou mega deposit[12], the largest iron deposit on the continent, located more than 900 kilometers east of Conakry and so far never exploited[13]. The Simandou project represents an investment of nearly $15 billion[14].

Regarding its CSR commitments, the SMB-Winning consortium has created a partnership with Louis Berger, a global engineering consulting firm, and the Société d'Etudes Environnementales et Sociales (SEES), to create studies on the impact of its industry on the territory, in order to update and boost its environmental and social management plan[15].


In addition to its participation in the Consortium's actions, Fadi Wazni also carries out charitable initiatives through the SMB-Winning Foundation, created in 2016. This organisation is at the initiative of several local development projects, notably through the construction of health centres, access to drinking water and the improvement of existing infrastructures.

The Foot For Change program is the most emblematic. It aims to promote sport, school support and actions in favor of gender equality by developing women's football in Guinea[16]


Fadi Wazni is Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Guinea. His mission is to relay the work of the Netherlands in Guinea, but also to help Dutch nationals in their various efforts in Guinea. He also coordinates the Netherlands' commitments to local development.

In the media


External links


  1. "Lebanese-Guinean businessman in fresh mining play". Africa Intelligence. 15 November 2012.
  2. "China consortium wins rights to develop Guinea iron ore deposit". Financial Times. 2 December 2019.
  3. "These are the big players circling Guinea's iron ore riches". Business Live. 28 October 2020.
  4. "Entretien avec Fadi Wazni, chef d'entreprise et diplomate chevronné". Vision Guinée. 6 October 2016.
  5. "Libanais d'Afrique : les 30 familles qui comptent sur le continent". Jeune Afrique (French). 28 March 2019.
  6. "The Race Is On for Iron Ore Riches Buried Under an African Jungle". Bloomberg. 2 February 2020.
  7. "China closer to control of Guinea's Simandou North". The Africa Report. 18 October 2019.
  8. "Mines de fer : en Guinée, l'Etat reprend en main deux blocs de Simandou, attribués désormais à la SMB". La Tribune (French). 14 November 2019.
  9. "Guinea Simandou iron ore developer seeks partners, eyes 2025 start". S&P Global. 25 November 2019.
  10. "Guinée – Fadi Wazni (SMB-Winning) : " Au Simandou, le principal défi est logistique "". Jeune Afrique (French). 11 December 2019.
  11. "Guinean Simandou's planned debut won't upset high-grade iron ore market". S&P Global. 26 December 2011.
  12. "Fortescue, SMB head to head in race for Simandou's northern blocks". Mining.com. 1 November 2019.
  13. "China-backed consortium wins $14bn Guinea iron ore deal". Al Jazeera. 1 November 2019.
  14. "China consortium wins rights to develop Guinea iron ore deposit". Financial Times. 1 December 2019.
  15. "Consortium to Study Investing US$3 Billion in Building Guinea's First-Ever Alumina Refinery". Aluminium Insider. 6 December 2017.
  16. "Binta Diallo : Foot Change wants to unite academic and athletic excellence". Africa Guinee (French). 11 September 2020.

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