Rock Tech Lithium Inc.

Directors & Management

Dirk Harbecke
Chairman of the Board

Mr. Harbecke has more than 25 years of experience as a manager, entrepreneur and investor with international activities in Africa, China, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. He also worked at the Boston Consulting Group and was the co-founder and CEO of ADC African Development Corporation AG (“ADC”), a German-listed investment group. Under his leadership, ADC became a leading pan-African financial services group. Mr. Harbecke holds an MBA degree from St. Gallen University in Switzerland.

Simon Bodensteiner
Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bodensteiner is a mining engineer with over 15 years of professional experience in Germany and Australia. He gained extensive knowledge in corporate, operational and technical roles, and worked for both world-class firms, including Rio Tinto and the Boston Consulting Group, as well as junior mining companies. He has a record of success in project management and deal negotiation, in open pit and underground environments, with a focus on mine strategy improvements.

Brad Barnett
Director & CFO

Mr. Barnett is since 2010 with Rock Tech Lithium. He originally joined as accountant before he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2015. He 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). He acts also as Corporate Secreatry for Rock Tech Lithium.

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 worked 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. 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.

Martin Stephan, Director

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.

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Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Heinz Riesenhuber (Chairman)

Prof. Riesenhuber served as Member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) from 1976 to 2017. He is still acting President of the German Parliamentary Society (Deutsche Parlamentarische Gesellschaft). From 1982 to 1993 he served as Minister of Scientific Research and Technology. Before, he held several management positions in the German Metallgesellschaft AG, formerly one of Germany’s largest industrial conglomerates with over 20,000 employees and revenues exceeding US$10 billion, specializing in mining, specialty chemicals and commodity trading. Riesenhuber served as Director on the Boards of EVOTEC (as Chairman), Henkel, Altana and Mannesmann.

Carl-Peter Forster

Carl-Peter Forster started his career at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. After four years there, he joined BMW in Munich, where he became a member of the Executive Board in 1999 as head of global manufacturing. In 2001, he joined the European division of General Motors and became Managing Director of Opel and Vice President of GM Europe. In 2006 he became CEO and President of GM Europe and joined the parent company’s Global Automotive Strategy Board. After leaving General Motors, he became Group CEO at Tata Motors, where he was responsible for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. In 2013, he joined the Boards of Geely Automotive Holdings and Volvo Cars. He is also Chairman of the London Taxi Company (LTC), the maker of London’s trademark black cabs, owned by Geely. LTC and Volvo are fully committed to purely building electric vehicles.

Prof. Jens Gutzmer

Prof. Gutzmer is the Founding Director of the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology and Professor of Economic Geology and Petrology at the Department of Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. As coordinator and founding CEO he was involved in 2014 and 2015 setting up the EIT Raw Materials, an EU-funded Knowledge and Innovation Community that has become the world’s leading partnership for innovation and education in the raw materials sector.

Norbert Steiner

Norbert Steiner acted as CEO of the German MDAX company K+S Aktiengesellschaft from 2007 to 2017, the largest mining company in Germany. Amongst other topics, he was responsible for Corporate Development, Governance, Risk, and the Business Units Salt, Potash and Magnesium Products. K+S had revenues from 2013 to 2015 between €3.8 billion and €4.2 billion, operating earnings (EBIT) through the same period between €640 and €780 million and almost 15,000 employees worldwide, thereof 10,000 in Germany. The company was a member of the German DAX 30 index until March 2016. Steiner led the extension of the salt business, to become the leading producer in Europe in 2004; and via the acquisition of the largest salt company of South America in 2006, finally becoming the leading salt producer globally by acquiring Morton Salt in USA/Canada. In 2017, Steiner and K+S completed the Canadian potash project “Legacy”, the biggest single investment (€3.1 billion) within K+S’s history.

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Exploration Consultants

Arriva Management Inc., Resource Consultants

Arriva Management is a private, Vancouver-based consulting firm serving the mineral resources sector. Arriva strives to provide information and services that cannot be found elsewhere. With experience in working in various parts of the world, Arriva offers a global perspective and is on top of current trends.

Pleson Geoscience, Mineral Exploration and Development Consultants

Pleson Geoscience is dedicated to providing clients with cost effective exploration methods. Pleson Geoscience’s focus is on low-impact, high resolution data collection and uses conventional knowledge of geology and prospecting combined with the latest technology in surveying, drilling and geophysics. This allows Pleson Geoscience to generate and explore targets at a fraction of the cost of typical exploration programs.

Dr. Christian Schlag, PH.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Schlag has served as the Senior Exploration Geologist for Goldfields South Africa, as the Economic Research Officer of the Geological Survey of SW Africa (Namibia), as Senior Lecturer at the University of Calaber (Nigeria), as Political Advisor for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Tanzania), as Consultant to the Indonesian Ministry of Mines and Energy and United Nations Industrial Development Projects (Indonesia) and was a member of the Deustche Forschungs Gemeinschaft (German Research Foundation). Additionally, Dr. Schlag consults on exploration projects for rare earth metals, uranium, gold, diamonds and heavy minerals throughout Africa and Asia and was instrumental in the discovery of the Marenica uranium project in northern Namibia.

Myron Nelson

Rock Tech Lithium’s Georgia Lake Project Manager and Community Liaison Officer since 2010, Myron has previously worked for Sage Gold and various other mining companies. A resident of Beardmore, Ontario, Myron was born and educated in Thunder Bay.

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