Ethiopia Team

Michael Gumbley

CEO

Michael managed the deployment of +US$15m per annum in direct investments into charity: water infrastructure projects in Ethiopia. Michael has spent significant time in Ethiopia over the past eight years liaising with key members of local communities and government.

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

Executive Director

Chris lived in Ethiopia for five years working for ASCOM Precious Metals Mining when drilling out the +1.5Moz Dish Mountain Gold Deposit in western Ethiopia. Excellent relationships with mining service providers, the Ministry of Mines, and an established, high-calibre local team of Ethiopian experts.

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.

Mesfin Girma

Mesfin Girma is a seasoned Ethiopian geologist with extensive experience across the country and, in particular, Megado’s two principle exploration regions. He wrote his Master’s thesis on “Mineralogical, Geochemical and Structural characteristics of the Sakaro Gold Deposit” which lies just five kilometres to the north of one of Megado’s flagship projects, Chakata. After a stint at the Ethiopian Institute of Geological Survey, Mesfin eventually joined Dr. Chris Bowden (Megado’s Executive Director) to take a leading role as Exploration Manager at Ascom. In this position Mesfin was instrumental in assisting the identification of the 1.5Moz Dish Mountain deposit through leading exploration activities, digital mapping, data control, drilling program management, and result compilation. Mesfin is truly an invaluable asset to the Megado team.

Yemane Getahun

Yemane Getahun has proven himself to be an extremely talented exploration geologist. He has demonstrated significant skill in assisting the discovery of two of Ethiopia’s most noteworthy gold deposits, Sakaro and Dish Mountain. Yemane has extensive drilling identified targets, mapping, and data compilation. He worked directly with senior management at Ascom in reporting exploration findings and was instrumental in mentoring younger geologists. Megado deems itself incredibly fortunate to have Yemane rejoin Dr. Bowden on the Megado team.