Mr. Perkins has been actively involved in mineral exploration and development, with extensive experience in West Africa, for thirty years. From 2005 to 2010 he was CEO and Executive Director of GMA Resources Plc, an AIM listed company which raised over US$50 million equity and debt and successfully constructed a heap leach gold mine in Algeria during Mr. Perkins' tenure. In 2007, Mr. Perkins was awarded the prestigious Pioneer of the Year Award at the Mines & Money Conference in London. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Perkins was Vice President and CFO of Orezone Resources Inc. From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Perkins also provided senior executive consulting services to a number of mineral exploration, development and mining companies listed on the TSX and the TSX Venture Exchange.
Demetrius Pohl, Vice President Exploration
Dr. Pohl is a consulting economic geologist who began his career in the West Australian nickel fields where he is credited with discovering the Dordie North nickel deposit for Anaconda Mining Inc. Since then, Demetrius has worked for several major mining companies, including Esso Minerals, Chevron and BHP Billiton Ltd. in Australia, South America, and Africa where he was responsible for project generation, primarily for gold but also for base-metals. Demetrius was involved in the early identification and development of the Syama, Sadiola and Morila gold mines in Mali, Golden Pride in Tanzania, Essakan in Burkina Faso and Tongon in Cote d'Ivoire. Demetrius started a private exploration company, Sanu Resources Inc., in 1997, which went public in 2003 and in 2006 discovered the 30Mt Hambok massive sulfide copper zinc deposit in Eritrea. Sanu was merged into NGEx Resources Inc., a Lundin Mining Corporation group company, in 2008. Demetrius is currently a director of Rhyolite Resources Inc., acts as a Qualified Professional for Iron Creek Capital Corp. and Atico Mining Corporation and is on the Advisory Board of Indigo Exploration Inc. Demetrius' other experience, after obtaining his Ph.D. in geochemistry from Stanford University, includes research on epithermal 'bonanza' silver deposits in Peru at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he held and position of Assistant Curator and teaching at Columbia University as an adjunct professor in economic geology.
Eric Hanssen, Director Exploration West Africa
Dr. Hanssen graduated with a Ph.D from the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1981. Eric has over 30 years of experience in exploration in North and West Africa. Eric spent six years teaching mining geology and geochemistry at the University of Constantine in Algeria, where he was also involved in research on the geology of goissans and carbonate hosted lead zinc deposits. Eric is actively exploring for gold in West Africa since 1990 when he joined the BHP Billiton Ltd. exploration team in Mali. He was initially involved in exploration around the Syama deposit and subsequently in different exploration projects in Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso including Syama, Loulo, Yalea, Agbaou, Essakane and Wa. Eric joined IAMGOLD Corporation in 1997 leading the deep sulphide drilling at the Sadiola deposit in Mali and was involved in the acquisition of the Yatela deposit. Eric remained the Mali exploration manager to the end of 2004. Since 2005, Eric was the IAMGOLD West Africa exploration manager based out of Dakar, Sénégal. As General Manager Exploration for Africa, Eric has been driving the IAMGOLD exploration effort expanding into Mali and Burkina Faso.
Steve Olson, Congo Manager
Dr. Olson received his B.S. in Geology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. For his thesis, Steve studied the geology around the Potrerillos porphyry copper deposit, and was closely involved in the discovery of the thrust-fault offset portion of that deposit. Early in his career, Steve worked for Anaconda Minerals in both the Stillwater Complex in Montana, and in the Farewell district in the Alaska Range, and with Gold Fields Mining Corporation in the western United States. Steve joined BHP-Utah Minerals in 1985, where he spent 12 years working in South America, Africa, and Asia. During his tenure with BHP, Steve was the principal mine geologist at the Syama gold mine, and the manager of Tanzanian projects during the definition of the Mabangu (now Golden Pride) gold deposit. After leaving BHP, he joined Sanu Resources Ltd. as a consultant, where he was involved in the discovery of the Hambok massive sulfide deposit in Eritrea, and the startup of exploration projects in Morocco and Republic of the Congo.
Ambogo Guindo, Vice President Business Development
Mr. Guindo is a Malian expatriate overseeing the Company's activities in Mali and Niger. Mr. Guindo has a Bachelors degree in geology from École Nationale d'Ingenieurs (1980) Bamako, Mali and a Masters degree (1995) in Mineral Exploration from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In the 1980's he was employed as a government geologist working in southern Mali. Until recently he was employed for 12 years by BHP International including two years in their San Francisco Head Office where he was Assistant to the Senior Vice President from 1992 to 1994.
David Miles, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Miles is a Chartered Accountant with a BSc in Geology who has over 20 years in a large multinational corporate environment, primarily with Cominco Ltd. While with Cominco, he held various positions in corporate finance including Exploration Controller, responsible for the financial reporting of the corporation's eight international exploration subsidiaries as well as reporting for Canadian based exploration. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Miles was the corporate controller for Quest Capital Corp. (formerly Viceroy Resource Corporation). Mr. Miles also serves as Chief Financial Officer of Lara Exploration Ltd., Reservoir Minerals Inc. and Iron Creek Capital Corp.
Kim Casswell, Corporate Secretary
Ms. Casswell has been the Corporate Secretary of several public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSX-V") and the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") since 1994. Ms. Casswell has played an important role in the growth of these companies and is familiar with regulations governing public companies in several jurisdictions.