Management

Max is a geologist with 30 years’ experience in base metal/gold exploration and mining. He has a proven track record of successful project and team management, both within Australia and Internationally, working on projects in Mongolia, Sudan, Laos & Philippines. Max spent seven years with Xstrata in senior management roles with a focus on their Australian Copper Operations, including the Ernest Henry IOCG project.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from The Queensland University of Technology and an Honours Degree in Economic Geology from James Cook University. Max is a member of the AusIMM.


Geoff is a geologist with over 25 years’ of international resource sector experience as a geologist, project manager and fund manager. Previously he worked in Private Equity (FUM USD800 million) and as a Director of Societe General’s Mining Finance Team in New York. Operational roles include Project Manager, Senior Mine Geologist and Mine Geologist for Ivanhoe Mines, Lion Ore International and Western Mining Corporation.

Geoff holds a Bachelors degree in Geology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).


Zeffron is a geologist with over 20 years’ of experience in the resources sector working on resource projects from greenfields exploration, discovery, definition and feasibility, construction, production to closure.

Zeffron is currently Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tesoro Resources Limited, which recently discovered the highly prospective El Zorro gold project in Chile. He was also Managing Director of ASX listed Kopore Metals Limited (previously Metallum Ltd) which also had a number of development and operational projects in Chile. He has also held senior management positions with Cleveland Mining Ltd and Ashburton Minerals Ltd, developing projects in Brazil.

Zeffron has a Bachelor of Applied Geology (Honours), a Masters of Business Administration from Curtin University and is a member of the Australia Institute of Geoscientists.


Paul Schmiede is a mining engineer with over 25 years’ experience in mining, exploration and business and corporate development. He has had direct exposure to gold and base metal commodities in a range of jurisdictions including Australia, Burkina Faso and DRC.  He is currently Vice President – Corporate Development for TSX-V listed Sarama Resources Ltd, which has development stage gold assets in Burkina Faso.  Prior to that he was Vice President Operations and Project Development at Moto Goldmines Ltd where he managed the pre-feasibility, bankable and definitive feasibility study for the +22M ounce Democratic Republic of Congo based, Moto Gold Project (now Kibali Gold). Prior to joining Moto Goldmines, he held senior operational and management positions with Gold Fields Ltd and WMC Resources Ltd where he was responsible for underground and open pit operations as well as project development and planning.

Paul holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate (Western Australia), a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Administrative, management and development professional with experience in Chile.

He has worked on numerous resource projects from greenfields exploration, discovery, production, closure, retreatment and tailings reclamation. Part of the development team with Fortescue Metals Group during development of its Pilbara mining operations, he has 10 years of resource sector experience.

Sergio has represented numerous foreign companies investing into resource projects in Chile and was Commercial Manager of Metallum Chile Ltd. where he was involved in the acquisition and development of their operation in Chile. Prior to this he was General Manager of Acorn Mining Chile Ltd and Country Manager for Cleveland Mining Chile Ltd.

Sergio has a Business Management degree from Universidad del Desarrollo and is a member of the civil police and a military reserve officer.

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