Christian Schaffalitzky, BA (Mod), FIMMM, PGeo, CEng, Age 67
Christian Schaffalitzky has over 30 years’ experience in minerals exploration and is managing director of Eurasia Mining plc, a company trading on AIM. From 1984 to 1992, he founded and managed the international minerals consultancy, CSA Group, now CSA Global Pty Ltd., Christian was a founder of Ivernia West plc, where he led the exploration and was instrumental in the discovery and development of the Lisheen zinc deposit in Ireland. More recently, he was managing director of Ennex International plc an Irish quoted mineral exploration company, focused on zinc development projects. He has also been engaged in precious and base metal mineral exploration and development in the former Soviet Union and is a former independent director on the boards of Russian companies, Raspadskaya Coal Company and Chelyabinsk Zinc and a director of two other listed investment companies.
Louis Coetzee, BA, MBA, Age 56
Louis Coetzee has 27 years’ experience in business development, promotion and financing in both the public and private sector. In recent years he has concentrated on the exploration and mining area where he has founded, promoted and developed a number of junior mineral exploration companies based mainly on Tanzanian assets. Louis has tertiary qualifications in law and languages, project management, supply chain management and a MBA from Bond University (Australia) specializing in entrepreneurship and business planning and strategy. He has worked in various project management and business development roles mostly in the mining industry throughout his career. Between 2007 and 2009, Louis held the position of Vice-President, Business Development with Canadian listed Great Basin Gold (TSX: CBG).
Noel O’Keeffe, BSc (Hons), Geology, MBA, Age 57
Technical Director (Non-Executive) & Secretary
Noel O’Keeffe has over 30 years’ experience in mineral exploration and has worked on a variety of base metal and gold projects in Ireland, Canada, Australia and Africa. Prior to co-founding Kibo in 2008 he worked as a quality coordinator with Boston Scientific (Ireland) Ltd, a multinational medical device company. He also worked part-time for Irish geological services group, Aurum Exploration Ltd during 2003 and early 2004. During the mid-nineties he was exploration manager with Ormonde Mining plc in Tanzania, a company currently listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and on AIM. Previously Noel was a senior geological consultant with BDA Consultants Limited and worked on both government and private sector contracts. Earlier in his career, Noel worked as a geologist for Burmin Exploration and Development plc and for its Canadian and Australian subsidiaries. Noel is also a non-executive director of Cyprus company, River Capital plc.
Lukas Marthinus Maree, BLC, LLB, Age 58
Tinus Maree is a lawyer by profession. He has served on the boards of a number of public companies including Goldsource Mines Limited, Africo Resources Limited and Diamondworks Limited that have made significant successful investments in exploration projects in Africa and North America. More recently, he has served as the CEO of private investment companies Rusaf Gold Limited and Mzuri Capital Group Limited, both of which have successfully developed and sold mineral projects in Russia and Tanzania in the last seven years. He was also a founder principal of River Group, Designated Advisors to the Listing of Kibo on the JSE, and was responsible for its Canadian office until he retired from the group in 2013 to pursue personal interests.
Wenzel Kerremans, B.Proc, LLB, LLM, Adv. Dip. Age 62
Wenzel Kerremans is a lawyer by profession with over 27 years international legal experience in mining, banking, project finance and international tax, advising clients who have invested in exploration and mining projects in Africa. He has also originated and successfully sold Veremo Holdings Limited, a billion ton titaniferous magnetite exploration project for the production of iron and titanium slag. Wenzel is also the principal and director of a gold, graphite and coal exploration project in Africa.
Andreas Lianos, ACA, CA (SA), CGMA. Age 54
Financial Director (Non-Executive)
Andrew is a chartered accountant, certified management accountant, registered internal auditor and JSE qualified executive who started his professional career in 1989 with Grant Thornton International. Andrew entered the corporate finance industry in 1994 by joining Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance. In 1996 he joined Merrill Lynch Corporate Finance, and was part of the team that founded Labyrinth Corporate Finance during 1997. He has been intimately involved in a number of IPO’s since the bull market of the 90’s to date, and has substantial transaction experience in the resources, food- and leisure industries. Andrew serves on the boards of a number of public companies and co-founded River Group in 1998. He has since been involved in a number of successful RTOs and IPOs on the JSE, TSX, ASX and LSE, cross-border restructurings and resources transactions in Canada, the Central African Republic, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and South Africa.
Chris Schutte B(Eng) Mech, MBL, Age 59
Capital Projects’ Director (Executive)
Chris has more than 30 years’ experience in the Energy Sector in Southern Africa. This includes 27 years working for Eskom (Electricity Utility in South Africa) in various positions including Power Station Manager and Senior General Manager. He also worked for Tongaat Hulet as Energy Consultant developing a bagasse fired power station. In 2012 he joint an Energy Development Company that works in Mozambique and is Aim listed. He was appointed as non-executive director and later as Executive Director for a period of 5 years. Chris has extensive experience in power station development, construction and management. He also understands the Southern African energy environment and has extensive of experience in EPC processes and negotiations.