Wayne Nicoletto, Managing Director Ethiopia
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.
David Munro, Head of Operations
David began his career as a mining engineer in underground mining and progressed to manage all parts of the minerals value chain. He has been responsible for mining and smelting operations on five continents and every major commodity. As Managing Director of Billiton BV, this business grew into one of the world's largest and lowest cost integrated producers of primary aluminium. After the merger of Billiton and BHP to form the world's largest mining company, he was appointed President of Strategy and Development. As CEO of the then ailing RMC Group plc, once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, he overhauled the company's strategy and management. By 2005 the company's prospects had improved and it was sold. He was also one of the original UK based directors of Kazakhmys plc, the first former Soviet mining company to list on the LSE main board in 2005. As Strategy Director he was instrumental in the establishment of their two major open pit copper projects in Kazakhstan, both of which are now in production.
Eddy Solbrandt, Head of Systems
Eddy began his career in the mining industry in 1986 and has since worked in open cut and underground metalliferous mines, as well as in coal, gold and mineral sands in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia. He is a founder of GPR Dehler, an independent, international management consultancy which specialises in productivity improvement for mining companies worldwide, especially in the areas of human resources development and performance improvement.
Brian Hosking, Head of Planning
Brian began his career as a geologist and worked in technical planning for various mining operations. He then set up his own human resource consulting firm, then led its growth and integration into Transearch, a large global search firm. In 2003, Brian set up Meyer Hosking and focused on the mining sector and providing strategic services including remuneration advice, management assessment and executive search to a wide range of clients.
Jeff Rayner, Adviser - Exploration Strategy
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.