Wayne Nicoletto, Chief Operating Officer
Wayne Nicoletto has approximately 30 years' experience in the mining industry as a Metallurgist and a General Manager, specialising in start-up and operation of gold mines in Africa, Central Asia and Australia. Over the past 15 years, he has been primarily heading up operations in gold mines in Africa, including General Manager and Country Head of the Edikan Mine in Ghana and SMD in Guinea as well as Vice President of Operations of Boroo Gold Mine in Mongolia. He has a BSc in extractive metallurgy, a graduate diploma in mining from the West Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie.
Kebede Belete, Country Manager Ethiopia
Dr. Kebede Belete is a geologist (PhD, Austria; MPhil, UK; BSc, Ethiopia) with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked on exploration projects for the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines, Golden Prospect Mining Company, Minerva Resources and Nyota Minerals in roles including being Exploration Manager and Country Manager. Kebede has been involved with the Tulu Kapi gold project for more than 10 years.
Fabio Granitzio, Group Exploration Manager
Fabio Granitzio (BSc Geol. PhD Eng., MAusIMM) is an exploration and mining geologist with over 18 years experience in exploration and production management of gold, base metals and industrial minerals. He brings an aggressive exploration style to the group. Following his Doctoral research on gold-copper epithermal systems in Sardinia (Cagliari University), he studied these systems in detail at Antofagasta and the giant Escondida (BHP) deposit in Chile. Later work included involvement in the discovery of the Monte Ollasteddu gold deposit (Sardinia) as field exploration supervisor; mine and exploration manager of five open cut bentonite mines (Sardinia), and resource evaluations on similar prospects in Mexico, Morocco and Turkey. In the five years prior to joining KEFI Minerals he was responsible for generating new opportunities for Gruppo Minerali Maffei throughout Europe, Latin America, North Africa, Asia Minor and Australia, assessing and managing projects from grass roots exploration through feasibility stage.
Simon Cleghorn, Resource Manager
Simon Cleghorn is a geologist with 24 years experience in mining geology and project development with emphasis on resource and reserve estimation in primarily gold and base metals mines. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Mineral Exploration & Mining Geology (Honors) at the Western Australia School of Mines in Kalgoorlie. His experience has been with international projects in Armenia, Georgia, Russia, south East Asia and project review in Europe and South America as well as Australia. He has been responsible for production geology management, due diligence project review and management of mining studies and project upgrades as well as resource and reserve work for feasibility and scoping studies for project finance and development. This has included geological assessment of projects leading to acquisition in Armenia, Georgia and South East Asia. Simon is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Sergio Di Giovanni, Metallurgist Consultant
Sergio Di Giovanni is a metallurgist with 20 years’ experience in both project development and operations management roles at gold, base metals and iron ore mines. He completed his Bachelor of Science, Mineral Science (Extractive Metallurgy) at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia His wide experience has been gained with international mining projects in Spain, Norway, Italy, Mexico, Armenia, Indonesia, Philippines and Australia, where he has been responsible for production management, (mining and processing), commissioning, process and engineering plant design, productivity improvements, human resource management, financial control, financial modelling, project evaluation, project development and metal concentrate sales and marketing. He has been involved assessments of metallurgical aspects of potential acquisition opportunities in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Turkey.
Patrick Gorman, Project Advisor and Consultant Mining Engineer
Patrick Gorman is a mining engineer, BSc (Hons) Mining, Imperial College UK, MSc Mining, Colorado School of Mines and a Chartered Engineer (UK) with 35 years of technical and project experience in a wide range of business, cultural and climatic environments and commodities. Patrick has managed development programs, conceptual evaluations and studies for scoping, pre-feasibility and definitive feasibility stages. He has provided acquisition studies and post privatization support and technical audits for project financing. Patrick’s feasibility study experience has included Escondida copper in Chile, Rebecca gold in Zimbabwe, Loma de Niquel in Venezuela, Castellanos lead/zinc in Cuba. He has worked in over 60 countries and previous clients include BHP-Billiton, Rio Tinto and Barrick. He has led or been a key member of long term technical redevelopment and cooperation programs at Trepca-UNMIK in Kosovo, Jiangxi Copper in China, Buryatzoloto Gold in Russia and Zhayrem Manganese in Kazakhstan. He has formed, managed and legally represented mining companies, consultancies and EPCM company subsidiaries with offices in Australia, Chile and the UK. He is an experienced non-executive director of TSX-V and London-AIM listed mineral resource companies.
Jeff Rayner, Adviser – Exploration and Corporate Development
Jeff Rayner is a geologist with over 24 years’ experience in gold exploration and mining in Australia, Europe and Asia. He started his career in Australia with BHP Gold and later Newcrest Mining Limited. He was involved in the early exploration discovery of the Cracow and Gosowong epithermal deposits and the Cadia Hill deposit, currently all of which are operating mines. In 1998, He joined Gold Mines of Sardinia plc as exploration manager, responsible for exploration and mining in Sardinia and project generation in Europe. During part of his time at Gold Mines of Sardina plc, he lead the exploration discovery of the Monte Ollasteddu gold deposit in Sardinia. He joined EMED Mining in 2006 and managed its Eastern European projects, resulting in the early drill discovery of the Biely Vrch gold deposit in central Slovakia. He was Managing Director of KEFI Minerals from November 2006 until he became Exploration Director of KEFI Minerals in October 2014. He is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Society of Economic Geologists.