Owen Ryan, M.B.A and B.Sc (Civil Engineering) – Chairman
Mr. Owen Ryan is the Chairman of GB Minerals. From January 2013 to January 2014, he acted as executive Chairman and interim President Chief Executive Officer of GB Minerals. Mr. Ryan brings extensive experience as a senior level mining executive. His previous roles include: Head of Group Business Development for Anglo American plc in London, England, Head of Global Mining Research and Sales at UBS Investment Bank in London, England and Head of Mining and Commodity Research at Old Mutual Asset Management in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Ryan was, from 2009 to 2011, a non-executive director of Toronto Stock Exchange listed Western Coal Corp, and is currently an executive director of Monmouth Ltd. and Portmantology Ltd. Mr. Ryan holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Cape Town.
Luis G. Cabrita da Silva - President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
Mr. Luis G. Cabrita da Silva is the President and CEO of GB Minerals. Mr. da Silva brings to GB Minerals extensive international experience as a senior-level mining executive and an experienced mining engineer in the junior exploration and development space in west Africa. From 2007, Mr. da Silva presided over the restructuring of the three commodities within the original Mano River Resources into Afferro Mining, Aureus Mining and Stellar Diamonds. Previous roles include head of group audit of Asia Pacific for multinational Lafarge S.A. and President and CEO of Afferro Mining until its acquisition for a consideration of US$200m completed in December 2013. Mr. da Silva remains a non-executive director of Stellar Diamonds plc (AIM: STEL). Mr. da Silva is a graduate mining engineer from Camborne School of Mines and holds a MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Boris Granovsky – Director
Mr. Granovsky is co-founder and a managing partner of Aterra Capital. He is currently the Director of Silver Bear Resources. Mr. Granovsky has more than ten years of operational, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions experience. Prior to establishing Aterra Capital, Mr. Granovsky was Head of Business Development and Strategy at Severstal-Resources where he led acquisitions and partnerships, and managed greenfield projects. During this time, he was a director of a number of Severstal-Resources subsidiaries and a non-executive director of Afferro Mining. Prior to joining Severstal-Resources, Mr. Granovsky worked at A.T. Kearney and KPMG. Mr. Granovsky has a B.A. degree in Economics from Moscow State University.
Walter Davidson - Director
Mr. Walter Davidson served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada for 16 years (1975 to 1991), Mr. Davidson was twice elected Speaker of the British Columbia Legislature over the period from 1982 to 1986. He has served on numerous Legislative Committees for the Province of British Columbia, and has been appointed as Chairman to many others. Mr. Davidson held office in the National Commonwealth Association, which was a Canadian association of elected Canadian Provincial legislators. Mr. Davidson was responsible for significant changes to the rules regarding legislative process and practice in Province of British Columbia. He was appointed as chair of a British Columbia Crown Corporation, Hazardous Waste Management Corporation (1987-88). Prior to becoming an MLA, he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and was a City Planning Board Member for the City of Vancouver and director of the Vancouver Public Library. After leaving government, Mr. Davidson was elected Chairman of a publically trading energy company, Pine Valley Mining Corporation (formally Globaltex Industries Inc.) from 1995-96, which was listed on the Vancouver Stock Exchange (as it then was). Mr. Davidson also served as a consultant to a public technology company, Accelerate Power Systems Inc. from 2001-2003. Mr. Davidson is currently semi-retired but provides business and corporate governance consulting services for mineral exploration and development companies and other business ventures. In 2002 Mr. Davidson was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal for outstanding service to Canada. In 2015, Mr. Davidson was appointed as a non-executive director of Blue Creek Forest Products Ltd., a private company specializing in producing Douglas Fir timber.
Brent de Jong - Director
Mr. Brent de Jong is a partner at Castlelake LP, responsible for the firm’s investments in emerging markets and the managing partner of De Jong Capital LLC. Mr. de Jong has over 18 years of investment experience, having worked on more than 200 investments across 43 countries. Over the course of his career, Mr. de Jong has developed a broad range of expertise in emerging markets in a variety of sectors, including: energy, telecom, financial, natural resources, real estate and transportation. Prior to joining Castlelake LP, Mr. de Jong was the chief executive officer of Zaff Capital LP, a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in distressed investments and emerging markets. During his time at Zaff Capital LP, Mr. de Jong also served as an executive board member of RA Holdco, which emerged from the reorganization of Arcapita, a Bahraini investment bank, and was the first sharia compliant bankruptcy in the US. Prior to his role with Zaff Capital LP, Mr. de Jong was the lead investment professional with Ashmore Investment Management for special situations and infrastructure investments and served on the firm’s investment committee. During part of his time at Ashmore Investment Management, Mr. de Jong was seconded to AEI, a US$10 billion emerging market energy infrastructure company, and served as the chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of directors focused on strategy and development. Earlier in his career, Mr. de Jong worked at JPMorgan’s financial institutions group in London and JPMorgan’s structured finance group in New York. Mr. de Jong currently serves as a board member of several other organizations in the investment, mining, and non-profit sectors, including the Schools for Children of the World, a non-profit organization focused on building quality schools in underdeveloped countries. Mr. de Jong was former Chairman and CEO of Connacher Oil and Gas Limited (an Alberta Bitumen project), and previously held directorships with several other companies, including RA Holdco, a Middle Eastern investment manager; ETH, a Brazilian ethanol production company; Asia Genco, an independent power producer in India; and Largo, a Vanadium mining company in the Americas listed on the TSX. Mr. de Jong received a B.A. from Georgetown University in economics.
Robert Edwards - Director
Mr. Robert Edwards has over twenty years experience in production mining, new business and mining finance predominately in emerging and frontier markets. After working in South Africa and the wider African continent for ten years he moved to Russia where he was instrumental in transforming Renaissance Capital from a niche single country broker into a successful resource focused investment bank operating across the Commonwealth of Independent States (a regional organization whose participating countries are former Soviet Republics), Africa and Asia. Mr. Edwards was previously the Director of Metals and Mining Research of HSBC and Senior Advisor to Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets metals and mining investment banking division. Mr. Edwards is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Sierra Rutile Ltd., a London listed producer of titanium feedstock minerals with operations in Sierra Leone, and a non-executive director of MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium and one of the leading global producers of platinum and copper. Mr. Edwards has a very broad and active network with global institutional and private investors, entrepreneurs and senior corporate management and has been involved in multiple financings in the sector across a multitude of commodities, including fertilizers. Mr. Edwards holds both a South African Mine Managers and a Mine Overseers Certificate of Competency having graduated from the Camborne School of Mines with an Honours degree in Mining Engineering (ACSM).