Board & Senior Management
Mr. Hohnen has experience in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean markets, all of which play a significant role in the production of lithium ion batteries and the development of electric vehicle technology. Mr. Hohnen has been involved in the mineral resource sector since the late 1970s. He has had extensive international business experience in a wide range of industries including mining and exploration, property, investment, software and agriculture. He has held a number of directorships in both public and private companies and was founding Chairman of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay wines, as well as being on the board of oil and coal company Anglo Pacific Resources Plc. Mr. Hohnen was also a director of Kalahari Minerals and Extract Resources, having successfully negotiated the sale of both companies to Taurus (CGN). He is also chairman of ASX listed, Boss Resources Limited and director of Salt Lake Potash Limited.
Ms Boyce is a certified public accountant who has held a number of senior financial roles, including Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Gemfields plc. Ms Boyce was a member of the Gemfields executive management team between August 2013 and July 2017, playing a key role in the formulation and implementation of group strategy, overseeing the financial activities and managing investor relations.
Prior to Gemfields, Ms Boyce held a number of senior positions with ENRC Plc (August 2007 – July 2013), which at the time of her employment was a FTSE 100 mining and metals company. Her roles included: Group accounting methodology manager; Deputy Finance Controller; Corporate accounting manager and Group reporting manager. Previously Ms Boyce was part of the Audit and Assurance Services team at Ernst & Young LLP in London and PWC in the Philippines (2002 - 2007).
Over the course of her career, Ms Carr has been a key member of teams behind the development of a number of successful mining operations across the world, including the Freda Rebecca gold mine in Zimbabwe, the Ayanfuri gold mine in Ghana, the Kalsaka gold mine in Burkina Faso and the Angovia gold mine in Ivory Coast. She has served as Finance Director/ CFO for both private and public companies starting with Cluff Resources in 1993. She has since gone on to hold several executive directorships in the resource sector, including CFO at both AIM traded Monterrico Metals plc and Alexander Mining plc. She was also a Director at European Goldfields Inc, a TSX listed gold exploration company with operations in Romania.
Mr Strauss has had 30 years experience within the stockbroking and mining finance sector. Currently he is a Director of mining finance boutique, Strauss Partners Ltd - based in London, UK. Previously, a Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets, 2007 - 2009. He has raised in excess of $1bn for projects spanning the globe in both energy and mineral world on behalf of leading institutions in UK, Europe, North America and Australia. He is particularly
well known for his long term specialisation of the Diamond Mining sector as well as supporting development assets through to production. Jamie is a Director of Altius Minerals and Gold Standard Ventures.
Dr. Constantin Antonius Gonzalez (aged 47) is a Mexican national who has held positions in the Government of Mexico as well as in the private sector and academia. Dr. Antonius previously served as Undersecretary for Energy Policy and prior to that was a staff member at the Agriculture Secretariat. Dr. Antonius also held the role of coordinator for strategy of then President Elect Peña Nieto's transition team in 2012. Dr. Antonius is currently CEO of Plan B, a provider of strategic advice to a range of clients. Prior to founding Plan B, he was the President of the Consulting Services Group at Kroll, a world leader in risk management, business intelligence, and investigations. Dr. Antonius has also held the position of Director of Strategic Planning at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ('ITAM') and has taught economic theory, game theory, and crisis management at both the ITAM and the Universidad Iberoamericana. He received a B.A., Masters and PhD degree in Economics from Harvard University.
Mr Tomono (aged 43) has over 22 years' experience with Hanwa, during which time he has worked in the Metals, Chemicals, Alloys, Scrap metals and Mining divisions. Mr. Tomono has a special focus on the battery chemicals sector including lithium. As head of the Speciality Metals and Alloys department and as a Director of three of Hanwa's subsidiaries, Mr. Tomono has played a key role in Hanwa adopting a more global focus in response to the rapid growth in the lithium battery sector.
Over twenty years of experience in the oil and gas and mineral exploration industries. Experienced in accounting, finance, corporate planning, treasury, and taxation with both public and private large and small oil and gas producers and small cap national and international mineral exploration companies.
Mr Rifaat is a UK Chartered Accountant who qualified with KPMG and has more than 20 years’ experience in a number of Industries, including mining, IT , real estate and telecommunications. He has been involved with Bacanora since it originally listed on AIM in July 2014, assisting in the preparation of the Group’s Feasibility Studies and the Group's long term tax and financial structuring. He serves as CFO and director of Erris Resources Plc.