Directors and Management
Mike has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years and has extensive international experience. Most recently he worked as chief operating officer and vice president technical services for Canadian-based Orvana Minerals Corporation. Prior to that, he provided consulting services to a number of mining companies in Europe and South America. Previous appointments include manager technical services and operations for TVX Gold Inc., mining technical consultant at ACA Howe International Ltd and similar roles at Rio Tinto plc and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd. He has, during his career, acquired extensive experience in narrow vein underground mining operations.
Originally qualified in mining geology, Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council of UK and a “Qualified Person” in accordance with the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Mineral Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Clive is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved in mining and other natural resources companies since 1987, overseeing financial and legal issues for exploration and development projects in Africa, Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Having worked with Price Waterhouse in both the UK and Australia, he joined Cluff Resources plc in 1987, where he was finance director prior to joining the privately owned Quest Petroleum Group in a similar position in 1993. Following the successful sale of this group he became involved with Eurasia Mining plc and Northern Petroleum plc, both of which were admitted to trading on AIM in 1996. Between 1999 and 2005 he worked as a divisional finance director within the Interpublic Group, one of the world’s largest marketing services companies, prior to joining Serabi in 2005.
Clive has an Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Mel Williams was, until his retirement in June 2011, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development of Brigus Gold. Mr. Williams has over 40 years of financial experience, much of that time spent within the mining industry. From November 2003 through January 2004, Mr. Williams served as Chief Financial Officer of Atlantico Gold, a private Brazilian mining company which held the Amapari gold project, and was sold to Wheaton River Minerals Ltd. in January 2004. From 2000 to November 2003, he served as Chief Financial Officer of TVX Gold Inc., a gold mining company with five operating mines and an advanced development project in Greece. His background also includes services with Star Mining Corporation, LAC North America, Riominas LSDA and Rossing Uranium, (both of which are Rio Tinto subsidiaries).
Mr. Williams is a Chartered Certified Accountant and received an MBA from Cranfield in the United Kingdom. Mr Williams is also a director of Western Troy Capital Resources.
Sean has over 10 years investment banking and merchant banking experience, primarily focused on the basic industry (mining) sector and for the last 15 years has held senior executive and board positions with various mining companies. Mr Harvey was President and CEO of Orvana Minerals Corp. from 2006 to 2006. Previously, he was President and CEO of TVX Gold at the time of its sale to Kinross Gold in 2003 and, subsequent to that, was President and CEO of Atlantico Gold. a private company involved in the development of the Amapari Project in Brazil, that was sold to Wheaton River Minerals Ltd (presently Goldcorp Inc.). Mr Harvey also currently sits on the board of directors of several other mining companies
Sean has an Honours B.A. in economics and geography and an M.A. in economics, both from Carleton University. He also has an L.L.B from the University of Western Ontario and an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Eduardo is a mining engineer with 25 years experience in the mining industry, having worked extensively in the Americas and Europe. Currently he works as an independent consultant for various mining companies and mining funds mainly in south America, and is a partner of the privately owned mining company HMC Gold SCM, with development projects in Chile. Prior to that he worked as VP business development and special projects for Orvana Minerals Corp. Previous appointments include senior positions with European Goldfields Ltd. and TVX Gold Inc. Prior to that he was a partner of the South American based mining consultancy firm NCL Ingeniería y Construcción Ltd.
Eduardo has a Mining Engineer degree from Universidad de Chile, and is a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council of UK and a “Qualified Person” in accordance with the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Mineral Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Nicolas is Managing Director of Private Equity and attorney-in-fact at Megeve Investments, a non-discretionary portfolio of Fratelli Investments. Formerly, he held the position of VP and Portfolio Manager at Megeve Investments, and research analyst at Consorcio Life Insurance in Chile. He has more than 14 years of experience investing in Latin America and serves as Director for several companies including two private mining companies in Chile, Haldeman Mining Company and Minera Las Cenizas,, and Colgener, a power company in Colombia.
Nicolas has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and also received a Master degree in Financial Economics from Universidad Católica de Chile.
Mr. Alegria has more than 20 years of experience in the mining industry and has acted as exploration manager in a number of mining companies, most recently as Deputy Manager at Antofagasta Minerals.
Mr. Alegria graduated with a degree in geology from the Universidad de Chile.
Mr. Swett is a partner and heads the asset management team at Asset Chile, a Chilean-based investment bank. Mr. Swett joined Asset Chile in 2003 as an analyst and as part of the corporate finance team and has led the Asset Management division since 2010.
Mr Swett holds a degree in Civil Engineering with a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
General Manager, Brazil
Ulisses who was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Serabi Mineracao S.A. in Brazil took over the role of General Manager in April 2009. He has overall responsibility for the day-to-day affairs of the company. Prior to joining Serabi, he spent five years working with the international accounting firm Arthur Andersen and a further ten years working with Samarco Mineraçao, Companhia de Fomento Mineral and Rio Capim Caulim S/A as controller and finance director.
Ulisses is a graduate in Economics and Business Administration from the University of PUC Minas Gerais and holds an MBA from Fundacao Dom Cabral.