Peter Ruxton – Non-executive Chairman
Dr. Ruxton is co-founder of Tembo Capital Mining Fund LP, a private equity, mining fund group, which specializes in investment in Africa and other Emerging Markets. Peter has a strong technical background having spent 35 years in the mining industry, including 15 years as an Exploration Geologist in Australasia with Billiton and Ross Mining. In 2000, he joined CDC Capital Partners, later transitioning into Actis, where he became a Partner in 2006, working in mining finance in Africa and Emerging Markets.
Dr. Ruxton has held a number of Directorships with numerous private, ASX, TSX.V, AIM, JSE, OTCBB and AMEX listed companies. He has served on the boards of two DRC focused exploration and mining companies in recent years.
Dr. Ruxton trained as a Geologist at the University of Leeds, UK where he obtained a BSc in Geological Sciences and a PhD in Economic Geology, before going on to complete his MBA at the University’s of Manchester and Bangor. Peter’s PhD thesis focused on sedimentary copper deposits in Namibia and Botswana.
Dr. Ruxton is a Professional Member of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials (MIMM) and is a Fellow of both the Geological Society of London (FGS) and the Society of Economic Geologists (FSEG). In addition, he is a Member of the Association of Mining Analysts (AMA).
Mark Arnesen – Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
Mr Arnesen has extensive expertise in the structuring and negotiation of finance for major resource projects. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the international resources industry, including a role with the Billiton/Gencor group of companies where he was a corporate Treasurer from 1996 to 1998. In 2000 Mr Arnesen joined Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited as Managing Director – International Treasury and held the position until 2004. From 2004 until 2006 he worked with Equinox Minerals Limited and put in place the Lumwana project financing. In November 2006 he joined Moto Goldmines Limited (the Kibali Project in the DRC) as the Financial Director and held the position until the company was taken over by Randgold Resources Limited (and held through a joint venture with AngloGold Ashanti Limited) in late 2009.
Mr Arnesen was a Non-Executive Director of Natasa Mining Limited (2006 to 2010) and a Non-Executive Director of Asian Mineral Resources during 2010. He was Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Industrials Limited (February 2012 to March 2014). Mr Arnesen is currently the sole director of ARM Advisors Proprietary Limited. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Centamin PLC (the Sukari Gold Mine in Egypt) in February 2011. Mr Arnesen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Adam Smits – Chief Operating Officer/Executive Director
Mr Smits is a mechanical engineer with a successful 20 year career across Australia and for the past 10 years in francophone West Africa where he has held a variety of project development and operational roles, most recently guiding the Sissingue project in Côte d’Ivoire (owned by Perseus Mining Ltd) to construction commencement.
An experienced and successful project director, Mr Smits led the successful DFS through to development of TiZir Ltd’s US$650M Grand Côte mineral sands project and played a pivotal role in Mineral Deposits Ltd’s US$330M Sabodala Gold Mine (now owned by Teranga Gold Corporation). Mr Smits has also held roles with Placer Dome Asia Pacific and Lycopodium Engineering.