Management and Technical

Irwin Olian -Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman and Director
Mr. Olian is an entrepreneur with a background in finance and law. During the past six years, he has developed a business as a self-employed private investment banker and business consultant to emerging companies, in fields ranging from biotechnology to high technology. His clients have included NASDAQ companies. He serves as chief executive officer of Famous Entertainment, Ltd., a privately-held independent motion picture company. Mr. Olian was a co-founder and principal shareholder of North American Scientific, Inc., a Los Angeles based manufacturer of radioisotope products for the medical industry, including seeds implanted for the treatment of prostate cancer. NASI has grown from a startup to a successful NASDAQ company. Irwin was the founder and served as CEO and Chairman of Pan African until its acquisition by Asia Thai Mining Co. Ltd. in June 2008.

Mr. Olian's prior finance experience includes a position as Senior Vice President, Investments, with Sutro & Co. Inc., an established investment banking and brokerage firm in San Francisco. He also served as Vice President of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Olian's legal experience includes a position as a Senior Attorney for Warner Bros. Inc at Burbank Studios, a position as business affairs executive with talent agency International Creative Management, and a position as a corporate attorney with Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel in Los Angeles, and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.

He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Olian gained knowledge of the mining industry as a shareholder of a number of exploratory mining companies.

Jennifer Todhunter - Chief Financial Officer, Director
Ms. Todhunter has recently served as the Company’s VP Financial Administration, and prior to that served as the Finance Manager of both the Company and its predecessor, Pan African Mining Corp., since May 2005. Ms. Todhunter has extensive accounting and finance experience, dealing with the complexities of both private and public corporations. She has spent the last thirteen years working with public companies, predominantly those in the mining industry.

Gregory Sparks – Director
Mr. Sparks, a registered Professional Engineer, has been the principal of GBS PC, a mining consulting firm, since 1994. He has also been the General Manager of Genex Construction LLC, a heavy civil construction firm, since 2002. He was formerly Vice President, Development of Echo Bay Mines Ltd. from 1985 to 1993. Mr. Sparks has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines. Mr. Sparks devotes approximately 25% of his time toward the Company's affairs.

Dr. Edward A. Schiller – Director, Senior Geological Consultant, Diamond and Gemstone Programs
Dr. Schiller brings over 30 years experience in mineral exploration, project management, acquisitions, financing, joint venture negotiations and corporate governance to the Company. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he graduated with a degree in geology from Michigan State University in 1956, and obtained his Ph.D. in mineralogy at the University of Utah in 1963. Dr. Schiller was the Resident Geologist of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey of Canada from 1964-1966. He has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Brazil, Columbia, and has conducted mineral exploration projects in several South and Central American, African and South East Asian countries, including Madagascar. Dr. Schiller has consulted for the United Nations on a gemstone project in Mozambique and a mining project in Greece. He has visited other countries on mining related projects, including Vietnam, Botswana and diamond mines in Yakutia, Russia and China.

Dr. Schiller is a former director of Dia Met Minerals Ltd., and is best known for supervising the drilling which led to discovery of the first diamond-bearing kimberlite at Pointe Lake in 1991 (now part of the Ekati Mine production). He has written extensively on the Lac de Gras diamond discoveries and has presented several papers on this subject at national and international meetings. Dr. Schiller writes for several Canadian and international magazines on mining and mineral exploration and maintains a consulting practice.

Soren Christiansen– Director
Mr. Christiansen has overseen drilling and other oil field operations both onshore and offshore in all corners of the globe, including Alaska, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chad, and the U.S. From 1987-1989, he supervised a five-well drill program on China’s Hainan Island as the first foreign operator onshore in China. From 1993 to 2006, he served as Team Leader and Drilling Manager for Canada-based Encana Corp., a leading international energy producer. Recently, he has been serving as Chairman & Director of EnerMad Corp., a private company developing the Grand Prix offshore oil prospect in Madagascar. Mr. Christiansen lives Calgary, AB and is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where he received a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

W. Benjamin Catalano – Director
Mr. Catalano has been a real estate agent with The Sutton Group since 1991. Mr. Catalano devotes approximately 10% of his time toward the Company's affairs.

Reinhard Ramdohr, Ph.D., is a highly qualified exploration geologist and mining engineer who joins the Company as Head of Exploration and Project Manager for the Yellowjacket Gold Project. With 40 years experience in gold, base metals, iron ore, uranium and gemstone exploration around the world, his experience runs the gamut from grass roots exploration and mapping to sophisticated geophysical and drilling programs, to ore reserve calculation, feasibility studies as well as overseeing formal training and education programs. He has a Mining Engineering degree from Clausthal-Zellerfeld Technical University and a Doctorate in Geology from Heidelberg University and is a frequent lecturer and published technical writer.

Dr. Andy Moore, VP Exploration, Senior diamond geologist specializing in the application of Geochemistry and Geomorphology to Kimberlitic exploration.  Over 25 years experience, largely in Africa, having worked on major exploration projects for the highly successful Falconbridge diamond team, which discovered five virgin kimberlite fields in Botswana, and consulted for a wide range of companies including , Rio Tinto, Trans Hex Group and de Beers.

Greg Nowak, M.S., Senior Consulting Geologist, has more than 30 years exploration experience in oil & gas, gold, uranium, and base metals. In the U.S., he has worked in the Permian Basin, the Gulf Coast and the Williston Basin of Montana, managing prospect screening, project generation, wellsite geology, drill log interpretation and planning of development wells.  As Exploration Manager in Africa for Golden Star Resources and Ashanti Goldfields, he planned and conducted mineral field exploration and drilling projects throughout the West Africa Sub-Region. He is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG # 10864) of the AIPG, a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG), and he is a Qualified Person, as defined by NI 43-101.


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