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Board and Senior Management

Board

Ben Smit

Chairman 

With almost 30 years of project management and business experience on the African continent, Ben is a co-founder and the CEO of Benzu Resources. He began his career in resources, managing mining and exploration projects in Malawi, Zambia and Angola. Subsequent to this he was General Manager for LSE listed Petra Diamonds in Angola. He has an MBA from the University of Liverpool, focusing on western business on the African continent and is a Fellow of the Institute for Leadership and Management.

Gerard Kisbey-Green

President & CEO

Gerard is a Mining Engineer with more than 25 years' experience in the mining and related financial industry. He worked on numerous Gold and Platinum mines in South Africa, after which he spent 17 years in the financial markets, including 5 years as a mining equity analyst and 12 years in mining corporate finance. He has worked in South Africa and the UK for banks including JP Morgan Chase, Investec and Standard Bank. Gerard has extensive experience in IPO's, capital raisings, M&A transactions and Nomad as well as broker experience.  

Greg Murphy

Non Executive Director

Greg has over 25 years of international investment industry experience in Toronto, London and New York. He is currently CEO of the Lakeshore Capital group of companies. Previously held positions include: former head of equity derivatives at Midland Walwyn/Merrill Lynch Canada; First Marathon and Gordon Capital.

Nejib Abba Biya

Non Executive Director

Nejib holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Toronto and is a Senior Vice President at TSX listed Allana Potash. Nejib has over 20 years’ experience in mining, minerals and technology within Canada and Ethiopia. He has held senior positions in various multinational companies in Canada and has founded and operated several technology companies.

 

Senior Management

Rahi Nathwani

CFO

Rahi has over 15 years of experience with financial aspects of businesses including accounting practices, budgeting and forecasting, financial planning, interface with the financial community, financial analysis, acquisitions and ventures, and monitoring of financial performance. He has extensive knowledge of accounting and financial reporting issues facing small and mid-sized listed entities. Rahi completed his schooling in England and holds the Canadian CA and the US CPA designations.

Cesare Morelli

VP, Exploration

Cesare is a geologist with over 25 years experience in exploration in Africa with De Beers and is a former regional exploration manager for BHP Billiton, Africa. He has been involved with the exploration of commodities such as diamonds, gold, iron, copper and manganese.

 

Technical Team

Uswege Seme

Exploration Manager, Tanzania

Uswege has a BSc Geology (Hons) from the University of Rhodes in South Africa. He spent 16 years as a senior geoscientist at De Beers, working in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, DRC and Gabon. He spent a further two years in Gabon with BHP Billiton on its manganese and nickel projects.

Mhina Tunzo Kilonzo

Project Manager, Tanzania

Mhina has an MSc in Geology and 26 years mining industry experience. He has worked as a gold exploration geologist and project manager, and as a consultant for various mining and exploration companies, including Barrick Gold, Randgold Resources and BHP Billiton.

Ermias Kassa Gezahegn

Project Manager, Ethiopia

Ermias has an MSc in Exploration Geology and has extensive experience in Ethiopia. He has worked at Midroc Gold Mining Ethiopia with a focus on its exploration assets and on BHP Billiton’s copper-cobalt assets in the Katanga province of the DRC, as well as on potash exploration project in Ethiopia.

Dr Salif Napon

Consulting Geologist

Salif holds a PhD in Geology from Besancon University, France. He has 25 years experience in minerals exploration in Africa and has held positions with the Geological Survey department of Burkina Faso, Anglo American, AngloGold and BHP Billiton focusing on base metals and iron ore in West Africa and the DRC.

Dr Medard Kubanza

Consulting Geophysicist

With a PhD in Geophysics from University of Tohoku, Japan, Medard has completed 10 years of academic research and published numerous papers. He is a geoscientist and seismic and electrical imaging specialist with expertise in mineral exploration geophysics for base metal mineralization.

Giglio Rader

Consulting Geologist

Giglio is a geologist with over 40 years experience in diamond and gold exploration and mining. Giglio spent time with De Beers, BHP Billiton, Petra Diamonds, Golden Star and various other junior exploration and mining companies in South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Ethiopia and Guyana.