John Braham – Managing Director
John is an experienced Mining Finance and Investment professional with a 24-year career at Macquarie Bank, the last 11 of which were as an Executive Director within the Mining Finance Division. John is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed Castile Resources Limited.
John built and ran a successful mining finance business in New York for Macquarie Bank from 2001 to 2008, providing capital to the junior mining industry. This involved providing debt and equity to exploration companies and mine developers in both North and South America including companies operating in Argentina, Peru and Chile.
On returning to Australia, John built from scratch a successful bulk commodity finance business for Macquarie Bank which he ran from 2008 to 2015 based in Sydney. He was made co-head of Macquarie’s global Mining Finance business in 2016. John left Macquarie Bank in 2017 to be Principal of JR Braham Consulting Pty Ltd which provides advice to junior resource companies seeking capital.
Damien Koerber – Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director
Damien graduated from the UNSW completing a BSc. Geology (Hons Class 1) in 1989, is a bilingual, Australian geologist and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).
Damien holds 30 years of precious and base metal exploration experience, mainly throughout and based in Latin America. He has held senior management and consulting exploration and business development positions in companies including Billiton Gold (Northern Territory and Western Australia), North (Chile), Rio Algom (Chile), Newcrest (Chile, Argentina and Peru), MIM (Argentina and Brazil), Patagonia Gold SA (Chile and Argentina) and Mirasol Resources (Chile and Argentina).
During his career, he has been directly involved in several mainly gold +- silver discoveries including Cleo-Sunrise Dam (Western Australia), Tanami (Northern Territory), Union Reefs (Northern Territory) and Cap Oeste-COSE (Argentina).
Guillermo Chacon – Exploration Manager
B.Sc. Honours in Geology, Member of Australasian Institute of Geoscientists
Mr Chacon holds 15 years of exploration experience throughout Chile and Argentina, and was an integral member of the Cerro Moro deposit (2.3Moz Au equiv) discovery team for both Extorre Gold Mines and Yamana Gold Inc. Mr Chacon has extensive experience in design and management of exploration programs which have led to significant epithermal Au-Ag and Au-Zn-Pb skarn discoveries in both countries.
John Sadek – Chile Country Manager
John Sadek holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Sydney and brings with him over 35 years of international industry experience in operational, technical, managerial, executive and consulting roles.
Mr Sadek has extensive knowledge in both open pit and underground mining and has held management roles in junior and major mining companies that focused on gold, silver, base metals, and uranium which included WMC, MIM, Newmont, Orosur Mining Inc. and Scorpio Mining Corporation.
Mr Sadek recently served as Director of Operations at Minas de Aguas Teñidas (MATSA).
Marcelo Herrera, Flotation Plant & New Projects Manager
BE Metallurgical & Industrial Engineer, MBA
Marcelo holds 25 years of operational, technical and management experience in mineral processing plants principally for Au, Ag, Cu, Pb and Zn incorporating both production of concentrates via flotation and hydrometallurgical mineral extraction, including 7 years as Plant Operations and General Manager of the Cerro Bayo Project.
Marcelo also brings wide ranging experience in team leadership roles overseeing the engineering, process design, construction and operation of new mineral processing plant projects.
Richard Tapia – Chief Financial Officer
Richard Tapia holds a degree in Accounting and Auditing from the Universidad of Santiago de Chile and Diploma in international accounting from the Universidad de Chile.
Mr Tapia has more than 20 years of experience as head of accounting and finance in international mining companies including Anglo American and Antofagasta Minerals.
Most recently Mr Tapia served as Head of Corporate Accounting and Finance at Enami.
Mr Marcos Valencia, Technical Services and Resources Manager
B.Sc. Geology (Hons), M.Sc. Finance & Geostatistics, MBA & Qualified Person FAusIMM
Mr Valencia holds a degree in Geology and brings with him more than 25 years of technical and operating experience in gold-silver resources including 10 years as Director of Resources for Yamana Gold and 3 years managing the first implementation of sensor based mineral sorting technology in Chile.