Managing Director and CEO
Michael holds qualifications in Commerce (Sydney), Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, USA and has a Masters of Political Science from the Sorbonne University, Paris. Michael has over 18 years 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 in 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.
Executive Director, Operations
Dr Bowden is a minerals industry professional with over 20 years experience globally in exploration, deposit discovery, resource delineation, feasibility studies, and mining. Dr Bowden was the Exploration & General Manager of ASCOM Precious Metals Mining in East Africa for 5 years, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The role involved the exploration and development of orogenic gold and VMS gold and base metal projects in Ethiopia, Sudan and elsewhere in East and North Africa. He was responsible for the development of the Dish Mountain Gold Deposit from initial discovery, mapping, drilling, modelling, feasibility studies, and coordination of the overall African portfolio achieving a resource base approaching 2 million ounces of gold. Dr Bowden has had success in numerous roles, including: Exploration Manager in South Korea for Southern Gold Ltd (ASX:SAU); Senior Geologist for Auzex Resources Ltd (ASX:AZX); and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd throughout Mongolia and China (TSX:IVN). Dr Bowden is also Managing Director of Ellenkay Gold Pty Ltd, a private project generation and exploration company that has gold and copper projects in Australia. Dr Bowden has a deep understanding of the discovery, exploration and development of gold and mineral projects. Dr Bowden has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology and Chemistry, and a PhD in Economic Geology (both from James Cook University, QLD), as well as postgraduate finance and economics qualifications (GCMEE, Curtin University). Dr Bowden is a Fellow and Chartered Professional of the AusIMM (FAusIMM(CP)), and Fellow of the SEG (FSEG).
Mr Drabsch 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. As Managing Director of Trek Metals Ltd (ASX:TKM), Mr Drabsch led the restructure and recapitalisation of Zambezi Resources Ltd into Trek Metals Ltd and brought the Kroussou Zinc-Lead Project into the Company, raising capital of approximately $4.5 million for exploration in Gabon. Mr Drabsch is a founding Director of Centrepeak Resources Group Pty Ltd (CRG) a niche resources investment company which led the back door listing of gold development company Capricorn Metals Ltd (ASX:CMM). Mr Drabsch has previously worked as Exploration Manager for Doray Minerals Ltd (ASX:DRM), Montezuma Mining Company Limited (ASX:MZM) and Duketon Mining Ltd (ASX:DKM) and in key exploration roles for 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).