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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Roger has been actively involved in the Mining industry for 25 years as a Mine Operator, in Mine Services and in Mineral Exploration. He has been a founding director of a number of private and public mining and mine service companies in Australia. He is currently a Director of NQ Minerals PLC (ISDX) and Ark Mines Ltd (ASX).
Roger has a Science degree with a major in Geology and Geophysics, and also holds a Diploma in Financial Management from the University of New England. He holds a Diploma in Education, and is long-standing Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgists (AIMM), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stephen Withnell is the Managing Director responsible for EMEA Metals & Mining Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. Stephen joined the firm in 2006, based in London. Prior to 2006, Stephen worked for Citigroup in London and Hong Kong.
Stephen has been focused on resources investment banking for 15 years. He has advised on more than $150bn of M&A and capital markets transactions for BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Boliden, Xstrata, Glencore, Nyrstar, First Quantum Minerals, Vedanta, Zinifex, WMC and several others.
Stephen graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours Degree in History. He is a Governor of Stonyhurst College and of Westminster Cathedral Choir School. He sits on the Investment Committee of the British Jesuit Province.
Santiago Angel Urdinola, lawyer at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Bogota with a Master in information and communication technology at the Universidad Carlos III. Currently he works as President of Colombian Mining Association. In 2012 he worked as the Vice-president of Hydrocarbons and energy at the ANDI (National Business Association of Colombia). In 2008 he assumes the responsibility of General Secretary at the ANDI, where he transformed the Asomineros Chamber and implemented a strategy to attend the challenges of the mining sector.
Jack Lifton is the CEO for Jack Lifton, LLC and is a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of technology metals. Technology metals is a term that he coined to describe strategic metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, the platinum group metals, lithium, graphite and most of the rare metals and materials. He is on the technical advisory boards of Elcora Resources, and is also the founding co-principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC. His consulting is done through Jack Lifton, LLC, a consultancy he began in 1999 upon his retirement as the CEO of an OEM automotive supply company specializing in process chemistry and metals trading. Jack Lifton, LLC is a member of the Minor Metals Trade Association and Jack is an advisor to the Malaysian Academy of Science in Kuala Lumpur, and he is a member of that Academy’s Rare Earth Task Force. He is a member of numerous professional societies and is a frequent speaker at both professional and industry events on both the markets for technology metals and materials and on the use of new and newly applied technologies to the extraction, refining and fabrication of rare metals and materials.
I am the Client Development Executive for the MineLens/MineSpans solutions and an Expert in McKinsey’s Basic Materials Practice. I advise decision makers in the basic materials space, including base and precious metals, steel, and steel raw material areas. My areas of expertise and experience include: understanding global metal and mining trends, impact by China on the markets, strategy, mergers & acquisitions, valuation, and activist investing. Previously I was global head of metals and mining research for Bloomberg Intelligence.
Denis Alexandrov has served as Chief Executive Officer of Highland Gold’s operating arm, Russdragmet LLC, since January 2016. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Alexandrov held a series of senior positions and board memberships at mining and natural resources companies, most recently as CEO and Director of Auriant Mining AB, a Swedish company focused on gold production in Russia, and as Managing Director at A1 Investment Company and Chief Financial Officer at Arlan Investment Company, both of which had substantial holdings in the mining industry. From 2003 to 2006, Mr Alexandrov worked as Finance Director and board member at Highland Gold. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland (USA) and Far-Eastern State University (Russia), holds an eMBA from the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, and is a chartered accountant (UK).