Senior Management Team

Alex van Hoeken

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. van Hoeken is a Dutch citizen and obtained a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1991. His early career included positions in the maritime construction industry in Nigeria, Malaysia, Qatar, and several European countries, after which he was involved in the establishment of gold and copper exploration and mining ventures in Indonesia, Mexico, and Oman. He has been active in the mining industry in various management and consulting positions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the gold, diamond, and copper sectors since 1999 and has extensive experience with remote operations. Mr. van Hoeken has been a director and managing director of several private companies and subsidiaries of listed companies since 1996. He is fluent in French, and is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining as well as a UK Chartered Engineer, and a Professional Member of the US Society of Mining Engineers.

Philip Gibbs

Chief Financial Officer

A Chartered Management Accountant with extensive financial management experience in large corporate environments in the manufacturing and retail sectors, both in North America and in Africa. Philip's multi-disciplinary exposure includes areas of Market Research, Logistics and IT Systems implementations, providing a broad base of business acumen suited to growing businesses.

Stanley Robinson

Geological Consultant

A Canadian geologist, Stanley Robinson is a graduate of Sir George Williams and the University of Ottawa, with over thirty years exploration and management experience in Canada and Africa, including six years with International Gold and Ashanti Goldfields in Burkina Faso and Ghana. Mr. Robinson served as a director and President of Lakota Resources Inc. and managed the Company's exploration projects and joint ventures in Tanzania. In Bukina Faso Mr. Robinson delineated a resource of 1.3 million ounces of gold on the Youga project; Youga is now in commercial production.

Alan Bell

Security Consultant

With more than 22 years of Special Forces experience, including 12 years with Britain's elite commando unit, the Special Air Service (SAS) which recognized as the world's foremost Special Forces unit. Alan Bell has participated in counterterrorist operations worldwide as President of his security consulting company, Globe Risk, which supports security and logistical operations worldwide.