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Board of Directors

Lucio Genovese

Lucio Genovese

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. Lucio Genovese has 33 years of experience in both the merchant and financial sector of the metals and mining Industry. Mr. Genovese is the CEO of Nage Capital Management in Baar, Switzerland. He is also Chairman of Ferrexpo plc and a member of the board of directors of Mantos Copper S.A. and Nevada Copper Corp. He was previously employed at Glencore International AG where he held several senior positions including CEO of the CIS region and manager of the Moscow office. Mr. Genovese is a Chartered Accountant and has a B.Comm and B.Acc from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa).

Julian Treger

Julian Treger

President, Chief Executive Officer And Director

Mr. Julian Treger was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Pacific Group Plc. During his tenure at Anglo Pacific Group, he executed $450 million of acquisitions, transforming the business from a coal-based royalty business to a battery focused streamer, at the same time increasing income from £3 million in 2013 to close to £62 million in 2021.

Mr. Treger also serves as non-executive chairman of Audley Capital Advisors llp, an investment advisory firm focused on natural resources with a long track record of transforming and unlocking considerable value in the commodities extraction space, including the restructuring and sale of Western Coal Corp, and development of Mantos Copper which recently merged with Capstone Copper Corp. In addition, Mr. Treger holds external non-executive directorships with MagIron llc, and BSL plc. He has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tom Albanese

Tom Albanese

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Tom Albanese previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto plc from 2007 to 2013 and as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Vedanta Resources plc and Vedanta Limited from 2014 to 2017. He currently serves as Lead Independent Director of Nevada Copper Corp and as non-executive director of Franco-Nevada Corporation and previously served on the Board of Directors of Ivanhoe Mines Limited, Palabora Mining Company and Turquoise Hill Resources Limited. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mining Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Economics both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Sharon Fay

Sharon Fay

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Fay has over 35 years’ experience in the investment industry. For 20 years, she served as a research analyst and portfolio manager, for North American, European and, ultimately, Global portfolios for AllianceBernstein. She founded the firm’s London office, where she served for 9 years before returning to the US to become Head of Equities. In that role, she led the firm’s research analysts, portfolio managers and traders in re-imagining the active equity practice and achieving organic growth against the backdrop of a shrinking industry. Before retiring from AllianceBernstein in 2021, she served as the firm’s first Head of Responsibility. During her tenure, she created a strategy and built the Corporate Responsibility and Responsible Investment teams, propelling the firm as a leader in the field. She is seasoned at evaluating companies’ value creation strategies, successfully leading a global business, and attracting, developing, and retaining top talent. In addition, Ms. Fay is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Robert (Bob) Harward

Robert (Bob) Harward

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Bob Harward is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral (SEAL) and a former Deputy Commander of the United States Central Command, he served on the US National Security Council in The White House and led several multi-national special forces commands in Afghanistan and Iraq. He joined Lockheed Martin in 2014 as their Chief Executive in the UAE and expanded his responsibilities to cover the Middle East, leaving to join Shield AI as Executive Vice President for International Business Development and Strategy based in the UAE.
Erez Ichilov

Erez Ichilov

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Ichilov is a New York based seasoned mining and metals executive, director, advisor and investor, with a legal and financial background (LLB, MBA). In recent years he is focused mainly on responsible mining of Battery Materials and other Critical Minerals and on sustainable exploration, mining and processing technologies enabling the transition to renewable energy sources and electric transportation on route to global Carbon neutrality. During his career, Erez was also involved in various capacities in high-tech ventures, energy, logistics and infrastructure investments and projects as well as gaining deep knowledge of building and operating global supply chains.  

Since 2012, Mr. Ichilov has served as a Managing Director at Traxys Projects LP, the investments and projects arm of the Traxys Group, a well-established global physical trading house with an annual turnover of ~US $10 billion and approximately 500 employees, where he remains an advisor. At Traxys he drove the direct and pooled investments into Nouveau Monde Graphite (TSXV: NOU.V),  Talon Metals (Nickel) (TSX: TLO) and Nemaska Lithium (exchanged in 2022 for Livent Corp. (LTHM:NYSE) shares), the recycling companies Li- Cycle Holdings Corp. (LICY: NYSE) and Princeton Nuenergy (https://pnecycle.com), Nzuri Copper (ASX:NZC, successfully exited), a private high grade Manganese company in South Africa, and others.

Previously Mr. Ichilov was the Deputy CEO – Corporate Development of the Ferro-Nickel miner and producer Cunico Resources N.V (2008-2012), then a prominent producer of refined ferronickel in its two plants and integrated mines in Kosovo and North Macedonia supplying products to top Stainless Steel producers around the world. During his term Cunico also acquired mines in Guatemala and invested, traded with and funded Nickel mines in Indonesia, Philippines, Albania and Turkey.

Margot Naudie

Margot Naudie

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Naudie is a seasoned 25-year capital markets professional with expertise as Senior Portfolio Manager for North American and global natural resource portfolios. She has held senior roles at leading multi-billion-dollar asset management firms including TD Asset Management, Marret Asset Management Inc. and CPP Investment Board. Ms. Naudie is the President of Elephant Capital Inc. as well as Co-Founder of Abaxx Technologies Inc. She sits on a number of public and private company boards. Ms. Naudie holds an MBA from Ivey Business School and a BA from McGill University. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. 

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