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Directors & Officers

OFFICERS

Stan Bharti, P. Eng, M. Eng.

CEO & Chairman

Stan Bharti has over 25 years of experience in operations, public markets and finance. Over the last 15 years Mr. Bharti has been involved in acquiring, restructuring and financing. He is a Professional Mining Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Moscow, Russia and University of London, England. From 2002 to April 2006, Mr. Bharti was a director and past president of Desert Sun Mining Corp. (which was acquired by Yamana Gold Inc. in 2006). In addition, Mr. Bharti is a director of several public and private companies. Mr. Bharti is a former director of Avion Gold.

Danny Callow

COO

Danny Callow has over 25 years of experience in building and operating mines in Africa. Mr. Callow was Head of African Copper Operations for Glencore PLC., Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Katanga Mining Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Mopani Copper Mines PLC. Mr. Callow is a Professional Mining Engineer and holds an MBA from Henley Management College and a Bachelor (Hons) of Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines as well as non-executive Director professional diploma from FT-London. Mr. Callow has overseen more than $2.5 billion in mining projects from conception through to full production.

Ryan Ptolemy

CFO

CPA, CGA, and CFA holder with +15 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He has served as CFO to a number of companies in the mining sector, particularly exploration and development stage companies.

Dr. Andreas Rompel

VP Exploration

Dr. Andreas Rompel has over 30 years of exploration and mining experience in a wide range of roles. Dr. Rompel has worked in a variety of commodities, including precious metals and base metals as well as coking coal and cobalt. Previously, Dr. Rompel worked in the Birimian as a structural geologist with Anglo American in Mali, Senegal and Cote d`Ivoire.

Daniyal Baizak

VP Corporate Development

Mr. Baizak is a business consultant with considerable experience providing financial and strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions and managing multiple projects for a variety of private and public companies in Central Asia. Mr. Baizak holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Sékou Konate

Country Manager

+22 years as a civil servant working for the Malian Ministry of Public Works and Transportation. + 20 years of experience facilitating exploration and mining activities in Mali; former experience with Golden Shamrock, SEMAFO, OREZONE, Golden Rim and African Gold Group. Former management experience at Direction Nationale des Travaux Publics, Chief Division of Supply Fuel at Petrostock State Company.

 

DIRECTORS

Stan Bharti, P. Eng, M. Eng.

CEO & Chairman

Stan Bharti has over 25 years of experience in operations, public markets and finance. Over the last 15 years Mr. Bharti has been involved in acquiring, restructuring and financing. He is a Professional Mining Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Moscow, Russia and University of London, England. From 2002 to April 2006, Mr. Bharti was a director and past president of Desert Sun Mining Corp. (which was acquired by Yamana Gold Inc. in 2006). In addition, Mr. Bharti is a director of several public and private companies. Mr. Bharti is a former director of Avion Gold.

Bruce Humphrey

Director

Mr. Humphrey is a mining engineer with over 45 years’ experience working in senior management roles with both junior and senior mining companies. From 2007 to 2009 he served as Chairman of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Desert Sun Mining Corp. from October 2004 to April 2006. From May 1998 to May 2004, Mr. Humphrey served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldcorp Inc. Mr. Humphrey currently sits on the board of Belo Sun, Troilus Gold, and is Chairman of Black Iron. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

John Begeman

Director

Mr. Begeman is a Professional Mining Engineer with over 40 years’ experience. He previously served as the President and CEO of Avion Gold Corporation, Chief Operating Officer of Zinifex Canada Inc. and Vice President, Western Operations of Goldcorp Inc. In his capacity for Goldcorp, he was responsible for its surface gold operations in South Dakota and the Industrial Minerals Division in Saskatchewan. Prior to Goldcorp, Mr. Begeman held various engineering and management positions with Morrison Knudsen Company in the contract mining operations group throughout the Western United States. He currently serves as a Director and Chairman of the Board for Premier Gold Mines Limited and is a director of Yamana Gold Inc. Mr. Begeman holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, a M.S. in Engineering Management and a MBA. Mr. Begeman is a member of the NACD, ICD, and holds the ICD.D director designation.

Marco J. Durante

Director and Founder

Substantial past experience with mining companies including Banro Resource Corp., Lyndex Exploration, Loncor Resources and G2 Goldfields; focusing on Investor Relations strategies and financing initiatives.

Sir Sam Jonah

Director

Executive chairman of Jonah Capital, an investment holding company in South Africa., Chairman of both Hollard Insurance Company Ltd and Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services, member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America.

He also worked for Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited, becoming CEO in 1986, and was formerly executive president of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. and executive director of Lonmin Plc.

Hon. Pierre Pettigrew

Director

The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew is Executive Advisor, International at Deloitte Canada. Most recently, he is the Chair of the Board for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC). He was also the Government of Canada Special Envoy for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA).

Pierre served as a Minister for 10 years, most notably as Minister of Human Resources Development, as Minister for International Trade and Foreign Minister. Pierre is on the advisory board of Forbes Manhattan, a Toronto-based private merchant bank specialized in commodities. He sits on a number of profit and non-profit boards. He is the only Canadian on the board of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.

 

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