Jeremy Atkinson is a resource sector financial modeller, active investor and principal of Northshore Capital Advisors, which provides financial modelling, target generation, due diligence and commercial services to clients in the Junior resources sector across all stages of mining projects.
Jeremy has worked on open pit and underground assignments and studies in gold, copper, zinc/lead/silver, tantalum/niobium and uranium in Australia, Africa, South America and Europe.
Jeremy is based in Perth, Australia and is a graduate of the University of Oxford, a member of CPA Australia, a National Dux in the Kaplan / Finsia Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and a fluent speaker of French and German.
Formerly Chairman of Global Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan, Ian has worked on over 300 transactions in over 40 countries in a 30 year period. Ian’s capital markets experience includes transformational transactions for BHP Billiton, Xstrata, BT, SABMiller, Pakistan Telecom, Rio Tinto, Rosneft and HSBC. He built J.P. Morgan’s natural resources business into the No. 1 franchise in the sector and is responsible for introducing to the London market – and growing into leading blue chip stocks – several of the major diversified mining companies (BHP Billiton, Xstrata). Ian is a former Captain in the Territorial Army and has degrees from Imperial College (BSc Eng) and London Business School (MBA, MSc Econ). He is also a Chartered Civil Engineer (MICE, CEngl, FEANI).
Timothy Ash is head of EMEA strategy for Nomura International. Before that, he was head of emerging markets (ex-Africa) research at Standard Bank in London. Ash joined the bank from RBS, where he was global head of emerging markets research. Prior to RBS, he was head of CEEMEA research at Bear Stearns, following similar stints with West Merchant Bank/West LB, ABN Amro and Caspian Securities. Tim holds a master’s degree in economics from Manchester University. He was a post graduate research fellow at Exeter University and Herriot-Watt University, where he specialized in transitions from a planned to market economy. He has also worked as a country economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Jan Kwak, PEng, understands the relationships between business strategy, technology, project development and life-of-mine operations. He has managed every aspect of the design, construction, commissioning, and operation of large mines and metallurgical facilities. A skilled project manager, he leads multifunctional teams, developing, implementing, and delivering innovative solutions for mining clients around the world.
Andrey Gorokhov has extensive experience in M&A, asset management and investing in the mining field in Ukraine. Since becoming CEO of UMG in 2006, Mr. Gorokhov transformed its ball clay business into a #1 player in Ukraine and #2 player globally. He also spearheaded the diversification of UMG’s portfolio and development of four new businesses. His experience includes serving as a Manager of SCM Group (Ukraine’s leading financial and industrial group), and later as a Member of the Supervisory Boards of the companies that later became the core of UMG. Prior to that, Mr. Gorokhov worked as an Auditor at PwC. He is a member of ACCA and alumni of INSEAD (MBA) and Harvard Business School (PLD).
Bert Koth is a Director of Denham Capital and brings 16 years of experience to the firm. Bert is responsible for origination, analysis, structuring, and execution of investments in the metals and mining sectors. Prior to joining Denham, Bert worked at ING Barings and Deutsche Bank in their mining corporate finance teams and BHP Billiton in business development. Bert received a graduate degree and a PhD in business administration from the Vienna University of Economics, Austria. He sits on the boards of several entrepreneurial mining ventures in South America, Africa and Australia. Bert speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Russian.
Denham Capital is a leading global energy-focused private equity firm, with offices in Boston, Houston, Short Hills NJ, Sao Paulo and London. With over US$7.3 billion of invested and committed capital, Denham makes direct investments in all segments of the energy and commodities value chain, including oil and gas, mining, timber, power, carbon assets and energy-related infrastructure and services. The firm invests globally, with investments currently in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and across all parts of the capital structure and all stages of the corporate and asset lifecycle, from development projects to mature, operating businesses. Denham typically targets investments in the US$50 million to US$250 million range. For more information about Denham Capital, visit www.denhamcapital.com. Denham Capital does not provide investment advisory services to the public.
Jon began industry and company-specific coverage of critical materials such as lithium, cobalt, the rare earths, vanadium and tin in 2009 while with a prior firm, and started his investment industry career as a technology analyst in 2001. He was a co-founder of Stormcrow in early 2014, and has expanded this coverage since, becoming a widely recognized leader in the analysis of critical materials markets and firms. He has done work on alternative energy, energy storage and neutrinos, the latter of which doesn’t help much with respect to critical materials. Jon holds a PhD in physics and a MBA.
Jochen Staiger was born in Stuttgart, Germany and is a trained banker and studied macroeconomics at University Lake Constance. After 13 years working in his own asset management company, he started a new venture in the professional Communication, Social Media, Online and IP-TV for mining companies. He is the founder & CEO of Swiss Resource Capital AG in Switzerland and also of Commodity-TV & Rohstoff-TV in Germany where he acts as an chief editor too and those Resource TV channels are currently one of the leading pure resource and mining TV-channels worldwide.
Tim spent 12 years at Anglo American, responsible for tax policy and transparency, particularly as it applies to the mining sector. He wrote Anglo’s tax publications, including the country-by-country information published in the Sustainability Report for over 10 years. Tim represented the extractives sector as part of the negotiations in Brussels of the EU Accounting Directive project-by-project tax reporting rules. He has also been involved in mining tax reform discussions in a number of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. Tim now runs Engaged Consulting, and advises businesses on tax policy, governance and transparency.
Kieron joined Panmure Gordon following the acquisition of Charles Stanley Securities in July 2015. At Charles Stanley he became its Commodity & Mining Analyst and was voted number one Metals & Mining stock picker 2015, in the prestigious Thomson Reuters StarMine Analyst Awards for 2015. This year he was also awarded the Metals and Mining top stock picker for the second year running in both the UK & Ireland and Europe, ranking no.4 overall in the industry.
He began his City career in 1997 with Clerical Medical as a junior administrator, before rising to the role of senior reconciliation analyst. He moved to Insight Investment’s UK Equity Team in 2005, before becoming an assistant fund manager responsible for over £5bn of UK long only, institutional and retail mandates in 2007.
Kieron is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and was responsible for the Charles Stanley weekly commodity overview, covering multiple commodity classes. Kieron is also the author of Panmure Gordon’s regular diamond market publication, “the Quarterly carat”.
Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Sean Roosen is Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Osisko since June 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Roosen was the President and CEO of Osisko Mining Corporation. He has led the transition of Osisko Mining Corporation from a junior exploration company to a leading intermediate gold producer. He was responsible for leading the strategic development of the Company and was instrumental in securing the necessary financing to fund the development of the $1 billion Canadian Malartic Mine. Among other awards, Mr. Roosen was a co-winner of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s “Prospector of the Year Award” for 2007, and was named, together with John Burzynski and Robert Wares as “Mining Men of the Year” for 2009 by the Northern Miner. Mr. Roosen and its team also received the 2011 Ernst & Young Quebec Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2012 PDAC Viola R. McMillan Award for leadership in management and financing for the exploration and development of mineral resources. Mr. Roosen is a founder and Supervisory Board member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG – a European based venture capital fund – and a director of EurAsia Resource Value SE. Mr. Roosen also sits on the Board of Directors of the following publicly listed companies: Astur Gold Corporation, Bowmore Exploration Ltd., Condor Petroleum Inc., Dalradian Resources Inc., Falco Resources Ltd. and Oban Mining Corporation. Mr. Roosen is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and has had various progressive positions in the mining industry both domestically and internationally.
Jim manages investor relations, media relations, marketing, and government affairs for NioCorp. He has more than 25 years of experience in devising and executing marketing, media relations, public affairs, and investor relations operations for companies in the mining, chemical, manufacturing, utility, and renewable energy sectors. Most recently, he was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Molycorp, Inc., a mining and chemical processing company with more than 2,500 employees in10 nations. From 1998-2010, he served as President and CEO of Policy Communications, Inc., where he led the corporate turnaround of the Western Business Roundtable and served as its CEO for eight years.
The former White House Director of Communications for the Energy Policy Development Group, Jim served for 11 years in the U.S. Senate, including as a Chief of Staff. He is the co-founder and former Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association, and he has served as Board Chairman of the Rare Earth Technology Alliance. Jim is an honors graduate of Georgetown University.
Mr. Zollei is a Portfolio Manager at Orion Mine Finance, mining-focused investment business with approximately $2.3 billion under management specializing in providing flexible capital investment solutions to mining companies in the base and precious metals sectors. Prior to Orion, Mr. Zollei was an Investment Manager for the Red Kite Group’s Mine Finance business. Previously he worked at Barclays Capital’s natural resources private equity group executing and managing growth equity investments in the mining, oil/gas, and power sectors. Mr Zollei started his career at Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division. He earned his BA from Harvard College in Economics and his MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) in Finance and Management.
Mr. Burzynski holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in geology from Mount Allison University, and a Master of Science in exploration and mineral economics (MINEX) degree from Queen’s University. He is a registered P.Geo. in the province of Québec, and has over 25 years experience as a professional geologist on international mining and development projects. As well as serving as President and Chief Executive officer of Osisko Mining Inc., John has been Senior Vice President, New Business Development and Director of Osisko Gold Royalties since its inception in June 2014. Mr. Burzynski was one of the three original founders of Osisko Exploration/Osisko Mining Inc., and up until 2014 was the Vice President, Business Development. Among other awards, Mr. Burzynski was a co-winner together with Sean Roosen and Robert Wares of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canadas “Prospector of the Year Award” for 2007 and the Northern Miner’s “Mining Men of the Year” for 2009. John currently serves as a Director with Osisko Mining Inc., Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., and Condor Petroleum Inc., and is also a founding member of EurAsia Resource Holdings AG, a private resource fund based in Europe.
Mr. Rieveley is the Chief Financial Officer of Noront Resources Ltd. a development stage company with a pipeline of projects in Northern Ontario in an area known as the “Ring of Fire”. The Company has recently consolidated the region through a series of transactions and now has a majority interest in all the major deposits discovered to date. Mr. Rieveley has over 16 years of experience in finance including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project and corporate debt. Mr. Rieveley was previously the Vice-President of Business Development at Harry Winston Diamond Corporation, Controller at Dundee Precious Metals, Finance Analyst at Aber Diamond Mines Ltd. and has held a board position at Shear Diamonds Ltd. He has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2001.
Dev Randhawa is the founding Chairman and CEO of Fission Uranium, which owns the high-grade, shallow-depth Triple R deposit at PLS in Canada’s Athabasca Basin. Mr. Randhawa has raised over $270M for Fission Uranium and its predecessor, Fission Energy. In January, 2016, he negotiated a subscription and off take agreement that resulted in CGN Mining investing $82 million in Fission at a premium to the stock price. Mr. Randhawa has won multiple industry awards in the resource sector, including: Northern Miner Magazine ‘Mining Person of the Year 2013’, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 (finalist) and, as part of the Fission team, Mining Journal Excellence Award 2015 for Exploration.
Mr. Beaty is a geologist and resource company entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience in the international minerals industry. He founded and currently serves as Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., one of the world’s largest silver producers, and Alterra Power Corp., a wind, hydro and geothermal power producer, and has also founded and divested a number of other public mineral resource companies since 1985, including Northern Peru Copper and Global Copper Corp. Mr. Beaty is also President of the Sitka Foundation, one of Canada’s leading environmental foundations, patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of B.C. and Director of The Nature Trust, B.C.’s pre-eminent land conservancy.
Mr. Beaty is a past President of the Silver Institute, a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and a recipient of the Institute’s Past President Memorial Medal. In 2007 Mr. Beaty received the Association of Mineral Exploration of B.C.’s Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration, in 2008 the Mining Person of the Year award from the Mining Association of B.C. and the 2008 Natural Resources & Energy Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young. In 2010, Mr. Beaty was awarded the prestigious Viola MacMillan Award by the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada and was selected as Mining Person of the Year for 2011 by Canada’s Northern Miner newspaper. In 2014 Mr. Beaty received the CIM’s Vale Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Mining.
Mr. Beaty was born in Vancouver, Canada and educated at the Royal School of Mines, University of London, England, M.Sc., Distinction (Mineral Exploration) 1975 and the University of British Columbia, LL.B. (Law) 1979 and B.Sc. (Honours Geology) 1974.
Mark has been the chief executive since the incorporation of Randgold, which was founded on his pioneering exploration work in West Africa.
He has subsequently led the company’s growth through the discovery and development of world class assets into a major international gold mining business. Mark has also played a significant part in promoting the emergence of a sustainable mining industry in Africa. A geologist with a PhD from Natal University, South Africa, he has held board positions at a number of global mining companies and is currently the non-executive chairman of Rockwell Diamonds Inc.
Mr. Rule has dedicated his entire adult life to many aspects of natural resource securities investing. In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long and focused career, he has a worldwide network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds. As Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott US Holdings, Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investment management.
Mr. Rule is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is interviewed for numerous radio, television, print and online media outlets concerning natural resource investment and industry topics. He is frequently quoted and referred by prominent natural resource oriented newsletters and advisories. Mr. Rule and his team have long experience in many resource sectors including agriculture, alternative energy, forestry, oil and gas, mining and water.
Dr Mark Bennett was the founding MD and CEO of Sirius and is now the founding MD and CEO of S2 Resources.
He is a geologist with extensive experience in gold and base metals in Australia, West Africa and Canada. Mark is a two times recipient of the AMEC Prospector of the Year Award, for the discovery of the Thunderbox Gold Mine, the Waterloo nickel mine and the world class Nova-Bollinger nick-copper deposit in Western Australia.
Mark has extensive experience in equity capital markets, transactions, strategic planning and community engagement and led Sirius through the discovery, feasibility, financing and development of Nova, one of the most significant new nickel mines in the world. He is also a director of Independence Group.
Tom Albanese, is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Resources plc, a leading global diversified resources company listed on the London Stock Exchange, with metals and mining, oil and gas, and commercial power operations primarily in India and Africa. In addition, Tom is the Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Limited and Chairman of Konkola Copper Mines, both subsidiaries of Vedanta Resources plc. At Vedanta, Tom is focused on delivering operational excellence, efficient cost management and supporting the group’s strategic objective of creating sustainable long-term value for all stakeholders.
Tom brings a wealth of mining experience from Rio Tinto, the second largest global diversified mining company, where he was appointed a member of the Rio Tinto Board in March 2006 and the Chief Executive for the period beginning May 2007 to January 2013.
For the period 2009 – June 2015, Tom served on the Board of Visitors for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in North Carolina, advising the school on all matters. In August 2013, Tom was appointed on the Board of Directors of Franco Nevada Corporation, a Toronto-based gold-focused royalty and metal streaming company with assets around the world.
In May 2015, Tom was appointed a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Mining for the year 2015- 2016. Tom was conferred with the ‘Mining Foundation of the Southwest’ 2009 American Mining Hall of Fame Award, for his dedication, knowledge, leadership and inspiration to his peers in the mining industry. Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mineral Economics and a Master’s in Mining Engineering from the University of Alaska.
Marin Katusa, an accomplished investment analyst, is the senior editor of Casey Energy Opportunities, Casey Energy Confidential, and Casey’s Energy Report. He left a successful teaching career to pursue analyzing and investing in junior resource companies. In addition, he is a member of the Vancouver Angel Forum where he and his colleagues evaluate early seed investment opportunities. Marin also manages a portfolio of international real estate projects. Using advanced mathematical skills, he has created a diagnostic resource market tool that analyzes and compares hundreds of investment variables. Through his own investments, Marin has established a network of relationships with many of the key players in the junior resource sector in Vancouver. Marin has the connections, the mathematical and analytical acumen to bring the best investment ideas and most promising private placement offerings to Casey Research subscribers.
Julian Treger joined Anglo Pacific as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on 21 October 2013.
Julian has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard University. He began his career working for Lord Rothschild as an in-house corporate financier, managing a portfolio of public and private equity investments before co-founding Active Value Advisors Ltd. to invest in undervalued, predominantly UK-listed companies, where he advised on more than $900m of funds over a 12-year period.
Most recently, he has served as one of the principals of Audley Capital Advisors LLP, an investment advisory firm, which he co-founded in 2005, managing value-orientated, special situations investment strategies through hedge fund and co-investment vehicles, with a principal focus on the natural resources sector.
Willem Middelkoop (Geneva, 1962) is a successful investor, entrepreneur and publicist. At the end of 2008, he gave up his journalistic work as a market commentator for Dutch National TV and started the Commodity Discovery Fund (www.cdfund.com). He also started Amsterdamgold.com in that same year, a web shop for gold and silver bullion, which was sold to the listed Value8 in 2011, after yearly sales grew to over 100 million euro.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the London based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and a founding shareholder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, a business accelerator program, which started in 2011. Willem is author of several books covering the economy and the history of financial markets with have been published in nine languages. In 2013 he published The Big Reset, his first book in English, which has become a worldwide bestseller. Willem lives with his wife and two sons (11 and 14) in The Netherlands.
Much to his chagrin, Grant Williams has reached 30 years in finance.
Over that period, he has held senior positions at a number of investment banks and brokers in locations as diverse as London, Tokyo, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore.
Grant is portfolio and strategy advisor to Vulpes Investment Management in Singapore and also one of the founders of Real Vision Television — an online, on-demand finance channel showcasing the brightest minds in finance.
A regular speaker at investment conferences across the globe, Grant blends history and humour with keen financial insight to produce unique presentations which have been enthusiastically received by audiences everywhere.
From humble beginnings in 2009, Things That Make You Go Hmmm… has grown to become one of the most popular and widely-read financial publications in the world.
Founding Partner of AMED Funds, Rudolph leads all the legal and regulatory reviews related to confirmation of title, exploration and mining licenses, permitting contracts and other legal documents.
Rudolph practiced as an advocate at the Pretoria Bar from 1977 to 1989. Post 1989 he has concentrated on finding, acquiring and developing mineral exploration and mining projects in various African countries. He was a founding member of the Platmin group. During this period he focused on building Platmin into a credible platinum explorer and producer. His role was to engineer the acquisition of mineral projects.
Before 2004 he supervised the entering into of more than 300 agreements with mineral rights holders. With the new MPRDA in 2004, he supervised the conversion of Platmin’s rights. He sold his Platmin interest in 2006 and co-founded the Sephaku group.
Dr. Michael Allan Price, also known as Mike, C.Eng., FEANI, B.Sc., PhD (Mining Engineering) serves as a Consultant and Advisor of Resource Capital Funds. Dr. Price has been with Resource Capital Funds since 2006. He has been the Managing Director and Joint Global Head of Mining & Metals at Barclays Capital, based in London since September 2003. He serves as an Independent Mining Finance Consultant. He has more than 35 years experience in mining and mining finance. Dr. Price served as the Managing Director and Global Head of Mining & Metals of Societe Generale, based in London since July 2001.
He is a Qualified Mining Engineer, a CEng and FEANI. Dr. Price graduated from University College Cardiff with a BSc in Mining Engineering in 1978 and with a PhD in Mining Engineering in 1981 and also has a Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency (South Africa).
Dan Wilton is a Partner at Pacific Road Capital Management, a mining-focused private equity investment firm with approximately $750 million under management. Dan joined Pacific Road in 2013 and has over 20 years’ experience in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance in the mining sector,having advised on nearly $10 billion of mergers and acquisitions and led more than $1 billion of financings.
Prior to joining Pacific Road, Dan’s previous roles included Managing Director and Head of the Global Mining and Metals Group at National Bank Financial Inc., Managing Director in Business Development at General Electric based in London, England, and other corporate finance and M&A roles at global financial institutions based in Toronto and New York. He sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, Canada. Dan holds a B.Comm (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD in France.
Mr Jay Hambro is the Executive Chairman of IRC. He began his career as a metals and mining project financier at NM Rothschild and then as an investment banker at HSBC. In 2002 he joined what is now the Petropavlovsk Group and was subsequently appointed CEO of Aricom plc. Following the acquisition of Aricom by Petropavlovsk in 2009, he became the CIO there, a role he relinquished in 2010 to become Executive Chairman of IRC.
Mr Hambro is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Winsway Coking Coal Holdings Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management.
George is a portfolio manager and metals and mining specialist in the Commodities & Resources team at Investec Asset Management having joined the firm in 2007.
Prior to this, he was a market analyst for three years at BHP Billiton, working in The Hague and Singapore. He was recruited to BHP Billiton in 2004 from CRU (Commodities Research Unit), an independent metals/chemicals related research company based in London. At CRU, he spent three years in the Carbon Steel team and five years as a Research Manager – Copper, providing in-depth research and forecasts to the industry, banks and hedge funds. George began his career in 1990 in operations at British Steel Strip Products, working for three years in the Tinplate division.
George graduated from the University of Oxford in 1989 with an honours degree in Classics and in 1995 was awarded an MBA from Warwick University.
Amanda Van Dyke is a Mining Equity Specialist for Peterhouse Asset Management, a Peterhouse Capital company. Amanda worked in the diamond industry as a Gemologist before obtaining an MBA and MA International Economics from SDA Bocconi in Milan. Previously she worked in mining equity specialist sales for Dundee, Pareto, and GMP Securities. As Chairman of Women in Mining UK for the last 4 years, Amanda has worked diligently on developing the business case for women in the mining industry, and strived to make WIM UK a significant participant in the on going development of the global mining industry.
Chris is an experienced and respected mining journalist who has recently become editor of Mining Journal, the global mining investment and business weekly now in its 180th year.
Chris completed a Bachelor of Science and Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism in Perth, Western Australia then subsequently a Geology Degree (First Class) with the University of London and the Level Three Capital Markets Programme (Securities) through the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
Chris is a resources specialist who has worked for, or contributed to, the leading mining publications across both Australia and the UK, and consulted to investment research firms in London.
John Revie leads Swann Global’s (Swann) UK & European business whilst tasked with establishing a specialist global Social Licence & Sustainability Practice. Swann is a leading executive search, recruitment and organisational development consulting practice with a global focus on the Natural Resources and Industrial Sectors specialising in servicing the energy, construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, mineral processing, mining and utilities sectors.
Prior to Swann, John led a niche global recruitment business dedicated to partnering with professional job seekers and clients within the fields of Corporate & Environmental Sustainability; Social Licence to Operate; Climate Change Risk as well as Cleantech & Renewable Energy Investment/Development. John commenced his career as a Consultant within Arthur Andersen’s Business, Legal & Taxation Division and holds a Master of Energy Studies from the International Energy Centre.
Chris is responsible for the Metals & Mining State of the Market reports, and runs the ‘Mining Insight’ training courses. Chris is a Mining Engineer with BSc/PhD from Cardiff University and has extensive practical experience. This includes underground work with Anglo American Corp. in South Africa, consultancy with SRK in Johannesburg and Golder Associates in the U.K., and stockbroking with Schroder Securities in London. Mining experience includes work in Botswana, Malaysia and Turkey. Before joining what is now S&P Global Market Intelligence, Chris was Editorial Director of Aspermont U.K., in charge of the weekly Mining Journal and instrumental in launching the Mines & Money conferences.
Christopher Welch is a Mining Analyst with Pareto Securities. He holds a MSc in International Business Management, and a BSc (Hons) in Geology from University College London, and an Advanced Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck University. Before joining Pareto Securities, Christopher spent four years with Bloomsbury Minerals Economics as a copper analyst, prior to which he worked as a geologist at a diamond mine in Lesotho.
Ian Henderson, is a non executive director of Endeavour Mining and was a managing director at JP Morgan Asset Management until March 2013, latterly acting as a consultant advising the Global Equities Team on Natural Resources equities. An employee since 1991, he was previously responsible for international portfolios and managed JPMorgan’s Natural Resources Funds for over twenty years and has extensive knowledge of the mining and oil and gas industries. Previously, Ian spent nine years as director and chief investment officer at Wardley Investment Services International Limited. Prior to this Ian served five years as an international portfolio manager involved in business development in London and New York for Morgan Grenfell & Co. Ian began his career spending five years as an accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co in London and Calgary, Alberta. Ian holds an LLB in Scots Law and an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Edinburgh University. ACA and FCA. Ian was born in 1949 and lives in London and is the father of three children.
Principal Investment Officer, Infrastructure & Natural Resources
Mr. de Calonje is a Principal Investment Officer in IFC’s Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department, based in London, and has responsibilities over IFC’s Western European based clients in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Prior to his posting in London, Mr de Calonje was based in Istanbul and was IFC’s Natural Resources Sector Lead for Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa. He joined IFC in 2004 in Washington DC.
Mr. de Calonje has extensive experience in the field of international finance, having worked on numerous equity, quasi-equity and debt investments in the natural resources sector in emerging markets. Before joining IFC, he worked for Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division in London and Madrid advising Spanish and UK corporate clients in mergers, acquisitions and debt capital market transactions. Mr. de Calonje has a Bsc in Business Administration from Universidad San Pablo-CEU (Madrid) and a Masters Degree from Columbia University (New York).
Jamie Strauss is the founding partner of Strauss Partners Ltd, he has worked as a stockbroker in the City of London for over 25 years, specialising for nearly 15 years within the resources industry.
He was previously Managing Director of UK Equity product at BMO Capital Markets, prior to which he was a director of Hargreave Hale Ltd where he founded, developed and then sold a Mining institutional sales and research department. Jamie started his career in 1986 at Strauss Turnbull (subsequently bought by Société Générale). Jamie has experience in sales, research, transaction structuring, IPO’s and syndication.
He is a non executive director of Altius Minerals, Gold Standard Ventures, Wildhorse Energyand Appleton Resources. He was on the board of Extorre Gold Mines until its successful sale to Yamana in 2012. He is also a trustee of The Julian Baring Scholarship Fund.
Jayant is constantly traveling the world to look for investment opportunities, particularly in the natural resource sector. He advises institutional investors about his finds. Earlier, he worked for six years with US Global Investors (San Antonio, Texas), a boutique natural resource investment firm, and for one year with Casey Research. Before emigrating from India, he started and ran Indian subsidiary operations of two European companies. He still travels multiple times a year to India. He is an MBA from Manchester Business School (UK) and B. Engineering from SGSITS (India). He also runs a yearly seminar in Vancouver titled Capitalism & Morality. He has written for the Liberty magazine, Mises Institute, etc
Graham Dallas has worked in the capital markets of London, Europe and Hong Kong. He has experience in international corporate and government bond markets, and began his exchange career with Nasdaq Europe. He was a senior manager at the London Stock Exchange where he was responsible for opening up new international primary markets in the USA, the Middle East and Latin America. He has extensive experience of the challenges posed by cross-border and international listing, and a deep knowledge of both the issues and the opportunities that globalised capital markets present to companies, investors and advisers.
S. Joseph Wickwire, II, is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Asset Management. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.
Mr. Wickwire currently manages Select Gold Portfolio, Fidelity Advisor Gold Fund and Fidelity Global Commodity Stock Fund. He assumed management responsibilities for Select Gold Portfolio and Fidelity Advisor Gold Fund in August 2007 and Fidelity Global Commodity Stock in March 2009.
Prior to joining Fidelity in June 2007, Mr. Wickwire spent 20 years at Wells Capital Management (formerly Evergreen Investments) in Boston. While there he managed a precious metals fund for Evergreen Investment Management Company from 2004 to 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Wickwire served as a director and an analyst from 1999 to 2004. During his time in this role, his analytical responsibilities included the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand equity markets, as well as the precious metal, base metal and paper industries. From 1997 to 1999, he was a senior research associate working directly with the chief investment officer and senior portfolio manager of the International Investment Department. Mr. Wickwire served in a variety of roles for Evergreen Investments from 1987 to 1997.
In 2011, Brendan Wood International named Mr. Wickwire one of its “TopGun US Metals and Mining Investment Minds.” He has appeared on the Bloomberg Business, CNBC and Fox Business television news channels; been quoted in Barron’s, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal; and has presented at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Mr. Wickwire received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Boston College in 1986 and a master of business administration degree with a concentration in investment finance and international business from Bentley University in 1993. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63 licenses and is a CFA charter holder.
John Butler has worked as a global investment strategist for more than 20 years and has advised many of the world’s largest institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and central banks. He has served as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers and Dresdner Bank, in charge of global teams responsible for interest rate, currency and commodity strategy and has been ranked #1 for interest rate strategy by Institutional Investor Magazine.
Jonathan has 20 years experience in corporate broking having started his career in the Far East before working in equity derivatives at BZW and Paribas. Jonathan has spent the last 6 years focusing on natural resources at Canaccord Adams and Renaissance Capital.
Robert heads M2 Capital’s Metals and Mining Practice. Robert has 20 years of experience working with companies based in Russia/CIS, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. He has covered these companies from a number of product lines, including: mergers & acquisitions, corporate & project finance and equity & credit (debt rating) research. Over his career, Robert has worked in the mining capitals of Moscow (Alfa-Bank, Otkritie Capital, PwC Russia), New York City (SalomonSmithBarney [Citigroup] and Westdeutsche Landesbank [WestLB]) and Toronto (PwC Canada and DBRS). Robert holds a Masters of Science in Mining Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University (Canada). He is fluent in English, French, Hungarian and has working knowledge of Spanish. He is currently learning Russian.
John Robertson is a consulting economist and corporate adviser specializing in valuation analysis and corporate communications. After time as a policy economist in Canberra, his work in the resources industry in Australia, London and New York included cross-border transaction analysis and deal structuring, international raw material and commodity trading, management of derivatives portfolios and negotiation of commercial agreements. He subsequently became a top rated mining and resources sector investment strategist with McIntosh and Company (now Merrill Lynch Ausralia). Later, as a director and chief economist of McIntosh and Company, he was also responsible for the firm’s macroeconomic research.
He has since held senior executive positions with Foster’s Brewing Group and Senetas Corporation, primarily involved in business and financial strategy and equity market communications. As a consultant, he advises corporate clients at Benson Partners and Haystac Capital Market Communications on equity market matters. He is a member of the Emerging Resources Company Share Fund Investment Committee and participates in E.I.M.’s investment decision making with special emphasis on investment strategy, market analysis and asset allocation.
Mr Rawlinson joined Barclays in 2013. He joined from the boutique Investment Bank Liberum Capital, a business he helped found in 2006. After starting his career in the City of London at Flemings in 1991, he joined Cazenove in 1996 before leaving JP Morgan Cazenove in 2006. He has worked as both a corporate financier and top ranked research analyst covering the mining sector. He has extensive capital markets experience having worked on the IPOs and follow-on offerings for Anglo American, Billiton, Xstrata, Vedanta, Glencore, UC Rusal, Kazakhmys, Hochschild, Nikanor, Talvivaara, Gem Diamonds and London Mining.
Michael has worked on several banner M&A transactions including Xstrata/Falconbridge, Rusal/Sual and Glencore/Xstrata.Mr Rawlinson has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Birmingham and a Masters from University College London.
Ministry of Mineral Resources, Government of Greenland
Julie Hollis is the Head of Geology Department in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Government of Greenland. Julie received her honours degree in Geology from the University of Sydney and PhD in Geology from the University of Edinburgh. After several years in academia, Julie began her career working in geological survey organisations including the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, the Northern Territory Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Western Australia. Her background is in field-based geological mapping, metamorphic petrology, geochronology and
isotope geology, and she has worked in Greenland, Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the UK. In Nuuk, Greenland, she leads a small group of geologists with large ambitions. They are responsible for geological information and advice relating to exploration and mining, field-based geo-scientific projects, and marketing of Greenland’s mineral and petroleum potential.
Mark Sawyer co-founded Greenstone Resources in 2013 after a 16 year career in the mining sector including senior executive roles in Xstrata plc, Rio Tinto plc and Cutfield Freeman & Co Ltd. Together with Michael Haworth, Mark oversees all aspects of the management of Greenstone Resources. Mark serves as a director of Greenstone Management Ltd, the fund’s General Partner. Mark is a member, and co-chairman, of the Investment Committee.
Kimmo Viertola is working as Investment Director in Finnish Industry Investment Ltd (AUM € 900 million), which is sovereign wealth fund for Finland. Kimmo is responsible of the Mining Cluster Financing in the Finnish Industry Investment. Finland has new mining strategy and mining law and has been ranked very high in recent studies in the sector. Kimmo has been member of the board of directors and nomination committees in many Nordic mining companies. Kimmo’s responsibilities include direct co-investments and Private Equity Fund Investments to Mining and Metals. Earlier Kimmo has been working with corporate finance assignments, M&A advisory services and corporate banking in Helsinki and London.
Mark is a mining engineer, with over 40 years experience in both the mining industry and investment banking. Until recently Mark was a director of Investec Investment Banking and Securities in London. He has been closely involved in mining activities in Africa, having started his career on the Zambian copper-belt and is a former Executive Chairman and CEO of South African gold miner, DRDGold Limited.
Global Head - Mining, Infrastructure & Natural Resources
Namrata Thapar was appointed IFC Global Head of Mining in March 2015. Namrata joined IFC in 1999 and played a leadership role developing IFC’s mining business with a focus in sustainability and development impact. Prior to this role, she was Principal Investment Officer in the mining team and led multiple projects with clients ranging from major diversified companies to juniors, including both debt and equity investments. Namrata earned an MBA from Marymount University in Virginia and a B.A. Honors in Economics from Sri Ram College of Commerce in New Delhi. She is based in Washington D.C.
Neal Froneman was appointed an executive director and CEO of Sibanye on 1 January 2013. He has over 30 years of relevant operational, corporate development and mining industry experience. He was appointed CEO of Aflease Gold Limited (Aflease Gold) in April 2003. Aflease Gold, through a series of reverse take-overs, became Gold One in May 2009. Neal was primarily responsible for the creation of Uranium One Incorporated (Uranium One) from the Aflease Gold uranium assets. During this period, he was CEO of Aflease Gold and Uranium One until his resignation from Uranium One in February 2008. Prior to joining Aflease Gold, Neal held executive and senior management positions at Gold Fields of South Africa Limited, Harmony Gold and JCI Limited. He is also a non-executive director of Delview Three Proprietary Limited, Hi-Zone Traders 116 Proprietary Limited, 17 Perissa Proprietary Limited and Forestry Services Proprietary Limited.
Ned graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Bristol in 1998. He began his career in 2001 at Neilson Management, later moving to Smith & Williamson (formerly NCL Investments) & then Quilter Cheviot in 2008. Ned joined Old Mutual Global Investors this summer and is currently establishing a new specialist Precious Metals Fund for OMGI, which is due to launch in Q1 2016.
Mr. Will Smith is a Portfolio Manager at CQS Asset Management Ltd since 2008. Previously, Mr. Smith was responsible for running proprietary trading at Landsbanki Securities with a focus on global resources. Previously, he was the Head of FTSE 250 Market Making at Panmure Gordon & Co. Ltd., Asset Management Arm. Previously, Mr. Smith was employed at UBS and Morgan Grenfell Securities where he was responsible for trading UK equities. He has extensive investment experience.