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Dr Mike Mentis has a BSc (Botany & Zoology), BScHons (Zoology), an MSc in Nature Conservation, a PhD in Agriculture, and an MBA. He is a Principal Environmental Auditor and Full Member of the Insti­tute for Environmental Manage­ment and Assessment (UK), Chartered Environmentalist with the Society for the Environment (UK), and profes­sional scientist registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.

Over the past 30 years Dr Mentis has gained deep experience working on some of the largest infrastructure and resource exploitation projects in southern Africa (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho and South Africa), offering his expertise in environmental management consulting, mine rehabilitation assessment, risk management, and project management. He is coordinator of the environmental panel of experts on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. He has also developed an automated system of mine rehabilitation assessment that assesses site data, scores against standards, identifies weaknesses, and develops recommendations.

Dr Mentis has published over 100 scientific and popular articles in local and international journals, and is the author of the book Environmental Risk Management in South Africa. Environmental Rehabilitation Guide for South Africa is his second book. He is a member of the editorial board for Springer open access journal, Forest Ecosystems (Beijing, China).

Dr Mentis has three children and lives in Johannesburg with his wife, Lesley. He jogs daily and hikes in the Drakensberg when time avails.