Board of Directors


Richard Brissenden | Chairman

Richard Brissenden
Richard Brissenden is a mining executive and corporate director with over thirty years of experience in the resource sector. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Certified Director (ICD.D), he serves on the board and audit committee for several mining companies, including McEwen Mining, Ryan Gold Corp., and Corona Gold Corporation. As chairman and president of Excellon Resources Inc. from 1991 to 2008, he led the company through the discovery, development and production stages of a high-grade silver/lead/zinc mine in Northeastern Mexico. He has also been a director of HudBay Minerals Inc., as well as president of a gold producer in Alaska, and president of a mine finance house with interests in over fifty junior mining companies. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John Clarke | President & CEO, Director

John Clarke
Dr. Clarke is a non-executive director of Great Quest Fertilizer Ltd. Most recently, served as the CEO of Nevsun Resources Limited, which successfully brought the Bisha Mine into production in Eritrea. Prior to joining Nevsun in 1997, Dr. Clarke was an Executive Director of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited of Ghana, where he helped establish Ashanti’s gold exploration program throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Clarke holds a Ph.D. in metallurgy from Cambridge University and M.B.A. from the University of Middlesex.

Peter Cowley | Director

Peter Cowley
Peter Cowley is a geologist with 45 years international experience in the minerals industry, mainly in Africa. He holds M.Sc and M.B.A. degrees and is a Fellow of I.M.M.M. He was previously President of Banro from June 2004 to March 2008, and also the CEO of the Company until September 2007. Prior to joining Banro, Peter was Managing Director of Ashanti Exploration, where he played a major role in the discovery and development of the Geita mine in Tanzania. Peter is also a director of Amara Mining plc and Cluff Natural Resources plc.

Maurice Colson | Director

Maurice Colson
Mr Colson is a senior investment professional and director and is president of his private consulting firm. He has experience in a number of sectors including mining, oil and gas, and corporate finance and corporate governance. He was Managing Director in the U.K .for a major Canadian investment firm and a founding partner of a Canadian investment dealer. He is the founder and former president of Lithium One Resources and is currently focused as a corporate director of public companies in the resource sector. He is a graduate of Loyola College and Mc Gill University with a Master of Business Administration and matriculated at Oxford University.

Derrick Weyrauch | Director

Derrick Weyrauch
Derrick Weyrauch is a Chartered Professional Accountant (“CPA”) and a Chartered Accountant (“CA”) with over 25 years of experience that includes corporate financial management, financings, strategic planning and merger & acquisition transactions. Currently, he serves on the Audit, Health & Safety Committee and Chairs two Special Committees for the board of directors of Jaguar Mining Inc. Prior to its sale in 2013, Mr. Weyrauch served as the Chief Financial Officer of Andina Minerals Inc. Mr. Weyrauch earned his CA designation in 1990 while working at KMPG and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, the Institute of Corporate Directors and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

Mick Oliver | Director

Mick Oliver

Mr. Oliver is an investment executive with 38 years’ experience in the mining sector. He has held senior positions with CIBC World Markets Inc., becoming in 2011 Managing Director (Head of Mining Team) in the global mining investment banking group, and with HSBC, where he was a Partner, Corporate Finance. Mr. Oliver is currently Managing Director of Natural Resources Global Capital Partners. Mr. Oliver began his career as a mining engineer and holds a Mine Manager’s Certificate from South Africa. He has a joint mining/geology degree from Nottingham University and an MBA from the University of the Witswatersrand and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.


Jiongjie Lu | Director

Jiongjie Lu
Jiongjie Lu (George) is an investment executive focused on mining investment. Currently, he serves as CEO of Baiyin International Investment Ltd, where he developed the international investment platform for Baiyin Nonferrous Group, and has invested several previous metals and based metals companies, including Banro Corporation. Prior to joining Baiyin in 2015, he was a director of Long March Capital, which co-invested with Baiyin into Gold One and Sibanye Gold in South Africa, and developed the streaming business with Baiyin. He holds a bachelor degree of mathematics and physics, and a master degree of finance from Tsinghua University.