BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors currently comprises the Chairman, CEO & Director, Executive Director and two Non-Executive Directors. The Board has both corporate finance and mining experience, from exploration and development through to production. The Board considers that its composition and structure is appropriate given its size and the state of the Company’s activities. Three members (out of five) fall under the denomination of independent director.
Board meetings will be held regularly to provide effective leadership and overall management of the Group’s affairs through the schedule of matters reserved for Board decisions. This includes the approval of the budget and business plan, major capital expenditure, acquisitions and disposals, risk management and corporate policies and the approval of financial statements.
See the profiles of the Board Members below.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Christopher, minerals financier & economist, ran business development for natural resources for the IFC (International Finance Corporation) out of London office from 2006-2010, IFC is private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and is a major private sector investor in mining in emerging markets. Earlier he led IFC mining transactions in Africa, Russia, Central Asia and and Latin America. Prior, he advised African governments in natural resource policy and, negotiations in Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique and Swaziland. From 2010—2017 he was on the board of and latterly Non Executive Chairman of Triple Plate Junction, now Tethyan Resources, which was listed on AIM in London.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Didier has an engineering degree from the School of Geology and Mines, Nancy, France. He has 38 years’ experience in natural resources, energy and geoscience including senior management positions in project finance, exploration, mine development, operations and closure/rehabilitation. and setting up junior explorers. This included 15 years in the World Bank Group/IFC mining group working in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Russia, three years with Areva Mines, managing new projects in Canada, Niger and Namibia as well as historical mines in the US and France. Over the last 7 years, he held various top positions in Lydian International, and was Founder then Executive Director of Tethyan Resources. Didier created SustainRisk 2 years ago and has worked for over a year in Laos assisting an investor to undertake an exploration programme various due diligence assignments in South America, Europe and Africa. He has about 5 years working experience in Laos.
Khuanchai has a Masters in Civil Engineering from Bulgaria. He worked as a Hydropower Engineer with Electricité du Laos in 1993, followed by work as a consultant in the transport sector on construction and contracts management. He joined Montgomery Watson in 1995 as the Assistant Manager of their branch office in Vientiane, then established & became principal owner of Lao Consulting Group Ltd. (LCG) in 2000. LCG is the leading Lao-owned and managed consulting company providing project implementation, engineering and design services across all sectors. Khuanchai has collaborated & JV'd with Tethyan Resources (then Aurasian Minerals) & with current projects in Laos with SustainRisk. He has wide ranging experience of and access to the government political, policy and regulatory process in Laos.
TAN CHOON LENG
Choon Leng is a highly regarded Corporate M&A and Private Wealth lawyer and leads JurisAsia's Corporate Practice. With over 20 years of experience advising on complex, multi-jurisdiction M&A and corporate transactions in Southeast Asia, Choon Leng is a seasoned advisor to MNCs, Asian conglomerates, private equity funds and family offices. He is dual qualified in Singapore and England & Wales and has been consistently recognized for his expertise in various legal publications including IFLR1000, Euromoney's Asialaw Profiles and Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite. Choon Leng has authored and edited numerous articles and legal publications in the area of M&A, corporate law and private wealth. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the Paris based Sorbonne-Assas International Law School where he lectures on international M&A.
Dr Lipson is a consulting geologist & previously Chief Geologist for Gold Field Ltd Denver office, with +40 years of global exploration and mine experience. He combines “hands-on” field work with desktop studies, for value adding. He unlocks hidden resources by interpreting copious amounts of data, particularly where complex structural geology is involved. He is believer in coaching and leading the next generation. Rael has assessed geological potential of Au & Cu-Au deposits around the world, from greenfields to producing mines, for JV or acquisition opportunities. Early on he worked for Phelps Dodge in South Africa and the USA. Since leaving Gold Fields in 2013, Rael started a consulting company (RDLGEO Consulting, Inc.) and serves on the board of Mako Mining Corp. He is also a technical advisor to 2 other companies and teaches a graduate course on Exploration Targeting at Colorado School of Mines
Nick graduated with a BSc in Geology from Flinders University of South Australia, 1982 and first class honours degree (Geology) from James Cook University of North Queensland, 1983. From 1984—2006 he provided geological mapping & prospect assessment services to wide range of clients in 11 countries. Specialised in mapping of geology, mineralisation & alteration of porphyry related mineralisation systems. Established Geomap Laos company in 2006 to generate and develop new exploration projects. Discovery credits in Laos include: Phu Kham Cu-Au ore body, Operating mine; LCT Au orebody, Feasibility; KSO Au orebody, Operating Mine; Sayabouly Pt prospect, Exploration and Nong Xeun polymetallic prospect, Exploration. Other discoveries in Argentina and Nevada, USA.