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Alberto Arias, Non-executive Chairman


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.

David Brace, Director


Mr. Brace is a registered professional geologist (APGO, EGBC) with over 40 years’ experience in the metals and mining business throughout the Americas. Most recently he served as CEO and Director of Karmin Exploration Inc. until Karmin was acquired by Nexa Resources S.A. in November 2019. Prior to Karmin, Mr. Brace was CEO and Director of GlobeStar Mining Corporation until that company’s acquisition by Perilya Ltd. in December 2010. Mr. Brace also served as Executive Vice-President of Business Development with Aur Resources Inc. until August 2007 when Aur was acquired by Teck Resources Ltd. Mr. Brace holds a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of British Columbia.

Jonathan Lee, Director


Mr. Lee is a Vice President with the private equity firm Arias Resource Capital Management LP. Prior to Arias Resource Capital Management, Mr. Lee worked with Ambac Assurance Corporation, a global bond insurer. Prior to Ambac, Mr. Lee held positions with the investment firm Raging River Capital, the mining hedge fund Geologic Resource Partners LLC, and Byron Capital Markets Ltd in Canada as a mining & metals equity research analyst. Additionally, Mr. Lee has prior experience as an Environmental Engineer with several construction and engineering firms. Mr. Lee previously served on the board of Park Lawn Company Ltd. and Bearing Lithium Corp. Mr. Lee earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Tufts University.

Paulo Misk, Director


Mr. Misk is a mining engineer with over 28 years' experience in operational management at mining facilities for various large multi-national mining companies across a wide range of commodities, including: niobium, chromite, iron, tin, gold, lithium and a range of other industrial minerals. Most recently, Mr. Misk ran Anglo American's Catalão Project from 2011 to 2014 where he was promoted to Head of Niobium Operations after serving as Niobium General Manager for one year. During his tenure at the Catalão Project he was responsible for implementing innovative policies and fostering a high-performance culture that greatly improved production rates and recoveries, as well as dramatically reduced unit costs resulting in a doubling of Niobium EBITDA.

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).

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.