President and CEO
Mr. Eckhof is a geologist with more than 20 years of experience developing mineral deposits throughout the globe including Africa. Mr. Eckhof worked for Mount Edon Gold Mines Ltd as Business Development Manager before it was acquired by Canadian mining company Teck. In 1994, he founded Spinifex Gold Ltd and Lafayette Mining Ltd, both of which successfully delineated gold and base metal deposits. In late 2003, Mr. Eckhof founded Moto Goldmines which acquired the Moto Gold Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, Mr. Eckhof and his team delineated more than 20 million ounces of gold and delivered a feasibility study within four years from the commencement of exploration. Moto Goldmines was subsequently acquired by Randgold Resources (NASD: GOLD) (LSE: RRS) who poured first gold in September 2013. (600,000 ozs per year producer). Mr Eckhof is the Executive Chairman of AVZ Minerals Ltd. (ASX: AVZ). AVZ is a mineral exploration company focused on developing the Manono Project, potentially one of the world’s largest lithium-rich LCT (lithium, caesium, tantalum) pegmatite deposits. Manono is located in the south of the DRC in central Africa.
Director and CFO
Mr Gasson is a geologist with 33 years of experience and has been active in South Africa, Tanzania and the DRC since 1986 in gold and base metals exploration and resource development. Mr Gasson served on the Boards of Tiger Resources, Erongo Energy and Alphamin Resources and as Exploration Manager of a number of Junior Exploration Companies. He was instrumental in the discovery of Tiger Resources' 1 million tonnes Kipoi copper deposit, 250,000 tonnes of tin at 3.5% tin at Alphamin's Bisie tin project, and 3Moz of gold at Amani's Giro deposits, all of which are located in the DRC. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Miss Eckhof is currently a director and Investor Relations Manager at ASX-listed Taruga Minerals Limited. She previously worked as Investor Relations Officer and Business Development Analyst for Independence Group NL, a mid-cap West Australian nickel mining company. She has also gained extensive experience with globally renowned Lazard Financial Advisory and UBS Investment Bank, where she predominately provided advice to the resources sector concerning strategic and financial matters.
Mr. Ferguson is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in gold and base metals exploration, resource definition and feasibility studies. He has held senior management positions for the past 16 years and has experience in overseas locations including Saudi Arabia, South East Asia, South and Central America with a focus on Africa. Mr. Ferguson was Country Manager – Tanzania for Ashanti Goldfields, being instrumental in assessing and the acquisition of the now multi-million ounce Geita Gold Project. He has been active in the DRC since 2004 in gold and base metals exploration and resource development. Mr Ferguson is the Executive Director of AVZ Minerals Ltd. (ASX: AVZ). AVZ is a mineral exploration company focused on developing the Manono Project, potentially one of the world’s largest lithium-rich LCT (lithium, caesium, tantalum) pegmatite deposits. Manono is located in the south of the DRC in central Africa.
Mr. Chan is a professional geologist and valuer with more than 12-years' experience in the mining industry. He has been involved in the planning, implementation and supervision of various exploration programs, resources/reserve estimation, open pit and underground production, feasibility studies, JORC report compilation, Engineering/Procurement/Construction (EPC)/ Management, valuation and listing preparation for mineral assets in different stock exchanges. The projects he has handled are across a number of commodities with locations in Australia, China, North America, Central and South-East Asia.
Mr. Chan has held senior management positions in diverse international exploration and mining companies providing him experience in corporate management, government liaisons, business development and environmental, health and safety. He has also undertaken a number of senior executive roles with mining consulting and valuation companies. Mr. Chan obtained his Bachelor of Science degree with first class honors in the Department of Earth Sciences from the University of Hong Kong in 2004. He subsequently obtained a Masters in Philosophy and lectured, both at the University of Hong Kong from 2013 to 2014.