Our Team

Board of Directors

Mark A. Smith , , , Director

Mr. Smith brings with him 34 year's previous experience operating, developing and financing mining projects in the Americas and abroad. Mr. Smith also serves as Executive Chairman to NioCorp Developments Inc. which is developing the only niobium deposit in the USA and was rated the top performing mining company on the TSX Venture Exchange in 2014. He formerly served as President and CEO of Molycorp, Inc. from 2008 to 2013, during which time he developed the company into the largest rare earth company int he world outside of China. Prior to Molycorp, Mr. Smith held various engineering, legal and executive positions for Chevron and Unocal.

Alberto Arias , , , Director

Mr. Alberto Arias is the founder and President of Arias Resource Capital Management LP. Mr. Arias has over 15 years of experience in the field of international mining finance, and is widely recognized as an industry expert, having been ranked for five consecutive years as the #1 equity research analyst for the metals and mining industry in Latin America by leading polls such as Institutional Investor. Prior to founding Arias Resource Capital, Mr. Arias worked for eight years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently acting as Managing Director and Head of Equity Research for metals and mining in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Arias worked for 4 years at UBS as Executive Director and Analyst covering the Latin American metals and mining sector. Mr. Arias has engineering degrees in mining and metallurgy and an MBA (B.Sc. from the Colorado School of Mines and three Masters degrees from Columbia University), mining industry operational experience, and holds a patent for a gold mineral processing technology. He was raised in a family with a three-generation tradition of founding and managing private mining companies in Peru.

Daniel Tellechea , , , Director

Mr. Tellechea has extensive experience in international mining, most recently serving as President & CEO of Sierra Metals, Inc. (2007-2014), a Toronto based mining company listed on both the Toronto (TSX) and Lima (BVL) Stock Exchanges with assets in Mexico and Peru. Prior to Sierra Metals, Mr. Tellechea was President and CEO of Asarco LLC (2003-2005), he served as the Managing Director of Finance and Administration for Asarco’s parent, Grupo Mexico (1994-2003) and also served as Asarco’s Chief Financial Officer and Vice-president of finance for Southern Copper Corporation, which was majority owned by Grupo Mexico (1999 – 2003). Mr. Tellechea earned a BSc in Accounting (1968) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (1983) from Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico).

David Brace , , , Director

Mr. Brace is currently Chief Executive Officer and a director of Karmin Exploration Inc. (TSXV: KAR) and a director of Viking Gold Exploration Inc. (TSXV: VGC). Mr. Brace previously served as President of Lambton Capital Inc., a private investment firm focused on evaluating mining investments, from January until September, 2011. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Globe Star Mining Corporation until that company's acquisition by Perilya Limited in December 2010. Mr. Brace has also served as Executive Vice-President of Business Development with Aur Resources Inc. until August, 2007.

Alberto Beeck , , , Director

Mr. Alberto Beeck is a Managing Partner of VH Properties and VH Investments. Mr. Beeck served as Executive Director of Strategy and Corporate Development of Hochschild Mining PLC until 2008 and served as its Head of Business Development/ Corporate Development. He served as the President of Cementos Pacasmayo from 1998 to 2008. Mr. Beeck commenced working with the Hochschild Mining Group in 1998. Prior to this, he served as the Managing Director and Head of Latin American Investment Banking for Barings Inc. in New York and Baring Brothers, in London. Mr. Beeck received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University.

Sam Abraham , , , Director

Mr. Abraham is a Vice President with the private equity firm Arias Resource Capital Management LP. Prior to joining Arias Resource Capital Management, Mr. Abraham worked with the Latin America Investment Banking and M&A Advisory team at JP Morgan in New York, focused on the Metals and Mining industry. Mr. Abraham graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Computer Science & Engineering and earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Koko Yamamoto , , , Director

Ms. Yamamoto is a chartered professional accountant with over 19 years' experience. She is a partner at McGovern, Hurley, Cunningham, LLP, a CPAB registered firm, since 2003 and her practice includes a focus on assurance engagements for reporting issuers in the resource sector. Ms. Yamamoto is involved in initial public offerings and private placements, mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Yamamoto is also registered as a panel auditor with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), which enables her to conduct audits of investment dealers. Prior to joining McGovern, Hurley, Cunningham, LLP in 1998, Ms. Yamamoto worked for a start-up Japanese medical technology company, both in Tokyo and San Francisco. Ms. Yamamoto obtained her CPA CA designation in 2001. Ms. Yamamoto holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

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