Directors

Tom Borman – Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Borman is a respected and highly experienced global mining executive who served more than 11 years working for the BHP Billiton Group in various senior managerial roles in strategy and business development, including serving as the project manager for the merger integration transaction between BHP Limited and Billiton. His wide-ranging experience in project development spans a range of commodities and countries across Africa, including the DRC, with previous roles including as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development and Chief Commercial Officer of BHP Billiton’s Diamond Division between 2003 and 2006. Before this, he held other senior roles within BHP Billiton including Chief Financial Officer of QNI Pty Ltd and Financial Manager and Assistant Group Controller with the Billiton Group in the Netherlands.

After leaving BHP Billiton in 2006, Mr Borman joined Warrior Coal Investments (Proprietary) Limited, where he formed part of the executive team which established and consolidated the portfolio of assets which became the Optimum Group of companies. Optimum listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2010 and was subsequently acquired by Glencore for R8.5 billion in March 2012.

Mr Borman  was also a Director of Alphamin Resources Corp. (TSXV: AFM) from March 2013 until January 2016, where he made a significant contribution to the Company’s development strategy for the first large commercial tin mine in the DRC, the Alphamin Bisie Tin Mine, which is on track to commence production in 2019.

Mark Arnesen – Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

Mr Arnesen has extensive expertise in the structuring and negotiation of finance for major resource projects. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the international resources industry, including a role with the Billiton/Gencor group of companies where he was a corporate Treasurer from 1996 to 1998. In 2000 Mr Arnesen joined Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited as Managing Director – International Treasury and held the position until 2004. From 2004 until 2006 he worked with Equinox Minerals Limited and put in place the Lumwana project financing. In November 2006 he joined Moto Goldmines Limited (the Kibali Project in the DRC) as the Financial Director and held the position until the company was taken over by Randgold Resources Limited (and held through a joint venture with AngloGold Ashanti Limited) in late 2009.

Mr Arnesen was a Non-Executive Director of Natasa Mining Limited (2006 to 2010) and a Non-Executive Director of Asian Mineral Resources during 2010. He was Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Industrials Limited (February 2012 to March 2014). Mr Arnesen is currently the sole director of ARM Advisors Proprietary Limited. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Centamin PLC (the Sukari Gold Mine in Egypt) in February 2011. Mr Arnesen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Adam Smits – Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director

Mr Smits is a mechanical engineer with a successful 20 year career across Australia and for the past 10 years in francophone West Africa where he has held a variety of project development and operational roles, most recently guiding the Sissingue project in Côte d’Ivoire (owned by Perseus Mining Ltd) to construction commencement.

An experienced and successful project director, Mr Smits led the successful DFS through to development of TiZir Ltd’s US$650M Grand Côte mineral sands project and played a pivotal role in Mineral Deposits Ltd’s US$330M Sabodala Gold Mine (now owned by Teranga Gold Corporation). Mr Smits has also held roles with Placer Dome Asia Pacific and Lycopodium Engineering.

Peter Ruxton – Non-Executive Director

Dr. Ruxton is a nominee and the co-founder of Tembo Capital Mining Fund LP, a private equity, mining fund group, which specializes in investment in Africa and other Emerging Markets.  Peter has a strong technical background having spent 35 years in the mining industry, including 15 years as an Exploration Geologist in Australasia with Billiton and Ross Mining.  In 2000, he joined CDC Capital Partners, later transitioning into Actis, where he became a Partner in 2006, working in mining finance in Africa and Emerging Markets.

Dr. Ruxton has held a number of Directorships with numerous private, ASX, TSX.V, AIM, JSE, OTCBB and AMEX listed companies.  He has served on the boards of two DRC focused exploration and mining companies in recent years.

Dr. Ruxton trained as a Geologist at the University of Leeds, UK where he obtained a BSc in Geological Sciences and a PhD in Economic Geology, before going on to complete his MBA at the University’s of Manchester and Bangor.  Peter’s PhD thesis focused on sedimentary copper deposits in Namibia and Botswana.

Dr. Ruxton is a Professional Member of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials (MIMM) and is a Fellow of both the Geological Society of London (FGS) and the Society of Economic Geologists (FSEG).  In addition, he is a Member of the Association of Mining Analysts (AMA).

Hongliang Chen  – Non-Executive Director

Mr Chen is a nominee of the Huayou Cobalt Group, which he joined in May 2002, and is currently serving as both the Director and General Manager of Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co. Ltd and the Executive Director of Huayou International Mining (Hong Kong) Limited. Previously, Mr Chen has worked at the Tongxiang Branch of Agricultural Bank of China, Tongxiang Securities Department of Zhejiang Trust and Investment Corporation of Agricultural Bank of China, Tongxiang Branch of Shenyin & Wanguo Securities Co. Lt and the Tongxiang Huaxin Chemical Factory.

Mr Chen has also served as a non-executive Director of ASX-listed lithium explorer AVZ Minerals Limited since August 2017.

Ean Alexander – Non-Executive Director

Mr Alexander is a nominee of Tembo Capital Mining Fund LP and has over 15 years of corporate finance, investment, and operational experience across a variety of sectors. Mr Alexander has developed business valuation, M&A, deal structuring, due diligence, and asset management skills with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Alexander’s financial experience has been gained through investment banking, private equity, and direct industry experience. He has experience operating across a broad range of jurisdictions including both developed and emerging markets. Mr Alexander is a nominee of Tembo Capital.