Luis G. Cabrita da Silva – President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
Mr. Luis 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 served as a non-executive director of Aureus Mining Inc (TSX: AUE & AIM: AUE) and served as 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.
Damien Forer, CPA, CA, CA (ANZ) – Interim Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Damien Forer has more than 15 years of accounting, corporate finance and restructuring experience in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Mr. Forer has over 10 years' experience in public practice which included time spent with Deloitte in Australia and BDO Stoy Hayward in the United Kingdom. Mr. Forer is a member of both Chartered Professional Accountants British Columbia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Forer holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Monash University, Australia.
Narjess Naouar, Dual-qualified French Lawyer and English Solicitor – In-house Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ms. Narjess Naouar previously held the position of In-house Counsel of Afferro Mining, Aureus Mining, and Stellar Diamonds. Ms. Naouar is an experienced legal project leader on sizeable multi-jurisdictional transactions involving private and public financings, securities, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and divestitures.
James Crawford – VP Commercial
Mr. Jim Crawford is a long time fertilizer industry participant in the global market, specifically in the phosphate business. Mr. Crawford started his career in 1980 with Agrico Chemical Company and has held ever increasing management roles in companies such as Bruce Oakley Inc. and Trammo Inc. Mr. Crawford graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in Arts and has a Certificate of Advanced study from Thunderbird International Business School (now the international department of Arizona State University).
Olga Kovalik, M.B.A and B.Eng (Mining) – Project Director
Ms. Olga Kovalik has over twenty years of experience in the metals and mining industry with leadership roles in finance and controllership, mega project construction, business development and operations. Previous roles include Finance Director of the growth division for Alcoa, Board of CBG in Guinea, Production General Manager for Alcoa’s Rod Mill and Production Superintendent for Alcoa’ ABI smelter in Canada. Ms. Kovalik also worked in investment banking for UBS, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley, and she is fluent in Portugese and French.
Dan Markovic, P. Eng. – Engineering Manager
Mr. Dan Markovic has over 20 years of international mining and engineering experience. As former Study Manager at Lycopodium Mr. Markovic was responsible for GB Minerals' 2015 Technical Report. Mr. Markovic's previous positions include Project/Study Manager at Ausenco, Project/Mechanical Engineer at Aker Solutions, and Senior Mechanical Engineer at SNC-Lavalin.
Delio Darsamo, B.Sc (Mathematics/Physics) and MDP Certificate – Country Manager
Mr. Darsamo has over sixteen years of experience in industrial and mining operations. Previous roles include General Deputy General Manager for Kenmare Resources’ titanium mine in the north of Mozambique, General Manager for HAMC’s tantalum mine in Quelimane, northeast of Mozambique, and Maintenance and Production Superintendent in a carbon plant in the south of Mozambique for BHP Billiton’s Mozal aluminum smelter. Mr. Darsamo is a graduate of the University of Swaziland and the University of South Africa where he respectively obtained a bachelor of science in mathematics and physics and the Management Development Program Certificate.