Mr Challis is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the operation, management, financing and analysis of mining projects around the world. His appointment further strengthens the board in the key areas of technical, operational and mining expertise, with his experience expected to be invaluable as Orinoco makes the transition to gold producer.
Mr Challis commenced his professional career as a mining engineer with Gold Fields of South Africa in 1974 before returning to Europe, where he worked as a mining analyst and project financier for several European institutions. In 1997, he joined Ivanhoe Capital Corporation and was involved in several Canadian resources companies in the roles of CEO, President and Director.
Mr Challis is currently Chairman of Rye Patch Gold Corp, CEO of Goldbelt Empires Ltd and a Director of Pasinex Resources Ltd.