Owen Ryan, M.B.A and B.Sc (Civil Engineering) – Chairman
Mr. Owen Ryan brings to GB Minerals extensive experience with his previous roles as head of group business development for Anglo American PLC in London, head of global mining research and sales at UBS Investment Bank in London, and head of mining and commodity research at Old Mutual Asset Management in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Ryan was recently a non-executive director of Toronto Stock Exchange-listed Western Coal Corp. He is currently a non-executive director of Mongolia Minerals Corp., an unlisted Canadian public company. Mr. Ryan is respectively a partner and director of London-based Scarab Capital Partners LLP and Scarab Investments Ltd. He is also a founding shareholder and chairman of Alameda Minerals Ltd., a Chile-based mining exploration and development junior. Mr. Ryan holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering and a master of business administration, both from the University of Cape Town.
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 remains a non-executive director of Stellar Diamonds plc (AIM: STEL) and Aureus Mining Inc (TSX: AUE & AIM: AUE). Mr. da Silva is a graduate mining engineer from Camborne School of Mines and holds a MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Kirill Zimin – Director
Mr. Kirill Zimin joined Aterra Capital in 2011. Before that Mr. Zimin worked as an independent M&A adviser in the junior mining sector which included also being Head of Business Development in Africa for Severstal Resources, a division of OAO Severstal. Mr. Zimin graduated from Moscow State University with a law degree, has previously held directorships of multiple mining companies and has extensive experience in business development and corporate governance.
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.
Brent de Jong - Director
Mr. Brent de Jong is the managing partner of De Jong Capital LLC. He was the chief executive officer of Zaff Capital LP (2012-2013), and previously worked at Ashmore Investment Management Ltd. (2002-2011), a leading emerging market fund manager. Mr. de Jong led the consortium of shareholders that founded AEI in 2005, acquired Enron's international assets in 2006 and, after growing the company for 5 years, negotiated the break up and sale of AEI's assets in 2011. He served as AEI's chief executive officer and later as vice chairman of the board. At its peak, AEI had 15,000 employees and it owned and operated more than 50 businesses in 19 emerging market countries, delivering electric power and gas to more than seven million people. Before that Mr. de Jong worked at JPMorgan in its structured finance group in New York and financial institutions group in London, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the emerging markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. de Jong is a board member of RA Holdco, a Middle Eastern investment manager and of Schools for Children of the World, a non-profit organization focused on building quality schools in underdeveloped countries. Mr. de Jong has previously held directorships of several other companies, including 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 Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. de Jong holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgetown University.
Robert Edwards - Director
Mr. 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 CIS, Africa and Asia. Mr. Edwards is currently acting as Senior Advisor to Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets metals and mining investment banking division and serves as 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. He 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) in June 1992.