Dirk Harbecke, MBA, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Harbecke has more than twenty years of experience as a manager, entrepreneur and investor with international experience in Africa, China, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. He worked at the Boston Consulting Group where he planned the establishment of new financial services institutions in Western Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Mr. Harbecke was the founder and CEO of ADC African Development Corporation AG (“ADC”), a German-listed investment company with a strong footprint in the banking industries in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. In parallel, ADC focused on private equity investments in the emerging sub-Saharan African financial services sector. Under his leadership, ADC became a leading pan-African financial services group and was acquired in August 2014 by Atlas Mara Ltd., a financial services holding company co-founded by former Barclay’s chief executive officer, Robert Diamond. Mr. Harbecke holds an MBA degree from St. Gallen University in Switzerland.
Martin Stephan, Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Stephan is a successful manager and investment advisor with twenty-five years of experience, focusing on investments in the natural resources and exploration sector over the past ten years. While focusing primarily on exploration companies in North America, Mr. Stephan has built a strong network in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. In the late 1990s, Mr. Stephan founded and was the CEO of one of Germany’s most popular internet companies providing stock market analysis. The website was purchased by one of the biggest telecommunication companies in Germany. Mr. Stephan regularly contributes analyses and commentaries to leading internet portals in Europe.
Dr. Peter Kausch, Ph.D., M.Sc., Director
Dr. Kausch holds Doctorate and Masters of Science degrees in Mining Engineering and has over 40 years of experience in the natural resources sector. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations Seabed Committee and held a variety of progressive positions with Rheinbraun AG (now RWE Power AG), including managing director of Rheinbraun US GmbH and chairman of Rheinbraun Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney. During his distinguished career with Rheinbraun, Dr. Kausch participated in building uranium divisions in North America and Australia and organized the US hard coal division.
Additionally, Dr. Kausch has served as the chairman of the German-Chinese Coal Group and of the German Association of Foreign Mining. Dr. Kausch has also served on the boards of Uranerz Exploration and Mining Ltd., Consol Energy Inc., Energy Resources of Australia and SSM, Rotterdam (a hard coal trading company), in addition to several other directorships with natural resource companies in Canada and Australia.
Dr. Kausch was a lecturer and honorary professor of International Management of Resources and Environment, at the Technical University, Bergakademie, in Freiberg, Germany.
Brad Barnett, M.Sc., Director, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Barnett has extensive experience in the areas of regulatory filings, compliance and finance and holds a Master of Science in Corporate Finance, a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) and a Diploma in Financial Management (Honours).