Managing Director and CEO
Michael holds qualifications in Commerce (Sydney), Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA and has a Masters of Political Science from the Sorbonne University, Paris. Michael has over 18 years of international finance experience as Chief Financial Officer and Operations Financial Manager with aid and not-for-profit organisations. Michael has a deep understanding and experience in negotiating, collaborating and delivering projects in developing nations across Africa and Asia, including in Ethiopia, where he collaborated with local partners, government, and other institutions to successfully deploy over US$60 million in developing more than 6,000 charitable water projects.
Dr Chris Bowden
Chris is a geologist with over 20 years experience in the mining industry globally, with a strong technical focus on front-end discovery and deposit delineation. Previously Chris was Exploration & General Manager for ASCOM Precious Metals Mining, working throughout north-east Africa, where Chris discovered and subsequently delineated the initial >1.5Moz Dish Mountain Gold Deposit in Ethiopia; and lived for 5 years. Other key roles previously include: Exploration Manager for Southern Gold Limited (ASX: SAU; and a key team member of Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN). Chris has a PhD in Economic Geology, as well as postgraduate qualifications in mineral finance and economics. Chris is a Fellow & Chartered Professional of the AusIMM, and Fellow of the SEG.
Brad is a qualified geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry. Mr Drabsch has acted as Managing Director, Director and Exploration Manager along with technical roles in his earlier career. Previously Brad was Managing Director of Trek Metals Ltd (ASX:TKM) and a founding Director of Centrepeak Resources Group Pty Ltd (CRG). Brad has previously worked for Doray Minerals Ltd (ASX:DRM), Montezuma Mining Company Limited (ASX:MZM), Duketon Mining Ltd (ASX:DKM), Ivanhoe Mines Ltd (TSX:IVN) and Independence Group NL (ASX:IGO). Mr Drabsch is currently Managing Director of Western Australian focussed gold explorer DiscovEx Resources Ltd (ASX:DCX) and a Technical Director of High Grade Metals Ltd (ASX:HGM).
Finance Director and Company Secretary
Aaron is a qualified chartered accountant and company secretary with over 10 years’ experience in the mining industry and accounting profession. Aaron has significant experience in the administration of ASX listed companies, financial accounting, corporate governance and corporate finance. He was previously Australian chief financial officer of Highfield Resources Ltd (ASX:HFR) and is current CFO for American Pacific Borates Ltd (ASX:ABR).
Marta has 20 years of international business development experience in the consumer finance and payments industry, working for major banks in both the USA and Europe. She is a founding partner of CRAU Group, a company promoting investment and economic development in Ethiopia. Current projects are focused on the mining and agricultural sectors. Her role has been to launch new ventures in Ethiopia through the negotiation of strategic partnerships and local execution of deals. She has a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration from ICADE, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. She also holds a Senior Management Program (SMP) qualification from the Instituto de Empresa (IE).