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).
Richard Tapia – Country Manager
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.