Mr Craig Dawson
Chief Operating Officer
Mr Dawson has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian and international mining industry. During this time, he has held senior operational positions at a number of highly successful mid-tier and global mining companies. These inlcude Mining / General Manager with the Lion Ore/Norlisk Nickel Group for their operations in Western Australia, General Manager for the Nifty Copper Mine for Aditya Birla and General Manager Operations at Sandfire’s flagship DeGrussa Copper Mine.
Mr Dawson has also held numerous Executive roles including Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Mineral Resources, Managing Director of Northern Mining Limited and Non-Executive Director of Indochine Mining Limited.
Mr Dawson’s corporate, project development and operational experience provides a strong and capable background upon which to be able to successfully manage/direct a mining company, coordinate feasibility studies &/or provide senior management to operating mines or new development projects.
Mr Dawson holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science (Mine Engineering), Associate Diploma in Mining and Mineral Technology (Mine Surveying), First Class Mine Managers Certificate, WA, is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and is a Graduate & Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors
Mr Albert Longo
Chied Financial Officer
Mr Longo has nearly 40 years’ experience predominantly in the Australian gold mining industry and has been involved in a number of gold operations start-ups in both Australia and overseas, including Norths Mining Kanowna Belle gold mine. His experience also includes several senior roles at heavy engineering manufacturers
A qualified Chartered Accountant and experienced commercial and corporate executive, Mr Longo has held a broad range of senior corporate, commercial, operational and financial roles in his career to date.
He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary with Cleveland Mining Company (Brazil based gold mining operation), General Manager – Commercial with Focus Minerals, Chief Financial Officer at Allied Gold and held senior financial and executive positions with Normandy, North Limited and Pancontinental Mining.
Non Executive Director
Mr Guerra, a Mining Engineer, has over 30 years’ experience in the Brazilian resources industry. His prior roles include as Vice-President of AngloGold Ashanti’s operations in the Americas and several senior roles with Brazilian giant Vale including as Director of Vale’s Industrial Minerals and Precious Metals Department.
He is a current member of several Brazilian business and industry bodies including the Brazilian Mining Association Advisory Board (IBRAM) and has built extensive networks in both government and non-government entities.
Non Executive Director
Mr Topping has 30 years’ experience in the mining industry and has over 20 years’ experience in the management of listed public companies on ASX and TSX. Mr Topping has experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and also a mining and exploration geologist in Australia and overseas.
Mr Topping is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. He is currently a Director of Kairos Minerals Limited.
Mr Nicholas Revell
Non Executive Director
Mr Revell has over 25 years’ experience as an exploration/mine geologist specializing in gold and iron ore and has held senior roles with operating miners including Crescent Gold Ltd (formerly Apollo Gold Mining Ltd), Auriongold Ltd (formerly Goldfields Limited), North Limited, Renison Goldfields Limited and St Barbara Limited (formerly St Barbara Mines Limited). He has also held roles as a Technical Director with several junior ASX- and TSX-listed companies.
Mr Revell is currently the Technical Director at Tyranna Resources Limited.
Mr Mark Papendieck
Mr Papendieck has held a range of Senior Executive roles in Australia and overseas in both the mining and financial services industries. He has experience with gold, copper, iron ore and manganese exploration companies at both management and board level. Following an early career involved with exploration companies with projects in Australia and Africa, Mr Papendieck has spent the last ten years managing Brazilian resource Companies.
Mr Papendieck brings to his directorship a track record of managing successful teams and a detailed understanding of the natural resources industry and conducting a resources focussed business in Brazil. Mr Papendieck holds a Diploma of Law from the NSW Legal Practitioners Admission Board (Dip. Law, NSW LPAB).
Dr Marcelo de Carvalho
VP Brazil & Chief Geologist
M.Sc (Metalogeny), PhD (Metalogeny & Geochemistry), CREA
Prior to joining Orinoco, Dr de Carvalho spent seven years working with Yamana Gold Inc, a large Canadian gold company, most recently as the Generative Exploration Manager for Brazil. During this time, Dr de Carvalho was instrumental in identifying new opportunities for Yamana Gold and advancing its exploration projects, including the 150,000ozpa Pilar Gold Mine through to feasibility study and mine construction.
Prior to working at Yamana Gold, Dr de Carvalho worked for Anglo Gold as a geologist in the exploration division in the Amazon region and as a contractor for Vale. In addition to Dr de Carvalho's Brazilian exploration experience, he has conducted exploration campaigns and due diligence work throughout South America, working in countries including Honduras, Nicaragua, British Guiana and Argentina.
Dr Klaus Petersen
President, Brazil Operations
M.Sc (Mineralogy & Petrology), PhD (Mineralogy & Petrology), AusIMM,CREAM.Sc (Mineralogy & Petrology), PhD (Mineralogy & Petrology), AusIMM,CREA
Dr Petersen is a Brazilian national with over 20 years' experience in the Brazilian resources industry. Dr Petersen has spent the last eight years in management roles at ASX listed, Brazilian focused companies where he was responsible for project generation and exploration. This includes six years as Chief Geologist at Centaurus Resources (now Centaurus Metals) where he was one of the co-founders.
Prior to this time, Dr Petersen worked with Vale's exploration division on gold targets in Brazil's Iron Quadrangle and later completed his PhD on Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Serra Grande mine in Goiás State, Brazil. In 2003 he moved to Australia to work with the University of Western Australia on the gold mineralisation of complex hydrothermal systems in the Western Australia’s goldfields.
As a Brazilian geologist Dr Petersen has developed an extensive commercial network in Brazil ranging from drilling companies and laboratories to project vendors.
Mr Brian Thomas
Mr Thomas is the principal of a corporate advisory practice working with small to mid-market capitalisation companies in the areas of corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and investor relations. He is currently a Non-Executive Chairman and a Non-Executive Director with several ASX listed companies and has held both Executive and Non-Executive roles with numerous other ASX listed and unlisted companies after an extensive career in the financial services sector working in corporate stockbroking, investment banking, funds management and banking.
Mr Thomas graduated from the University of Adelaide with a BSc in Geology and Economic Geology, the University of Western Australia with an MBA and the Securities Institute of Australia (now FinSIA) with a Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He has more than 30 years of mining and exploration industry experience in a broad range of commodities from precious and base metals, bulk and industrial minerals, diamonds plus oil and gas.
Mr Thomas is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Republic Capital Management and a Non-Executive Director of Tempo Australia.
Mr John Hannaford
Mr Hannaford has extensive financial experience from several corporate roles in Australia, Asia and Europe, with a resources emphasis ranging from listed mineral exploration companies to listed oil producers and oilfield construction groups. Mr Hannaford co-founded boutique corporate advisory firm Ventnor Capital Pty Ltd, which specialises in the provision of corporate services to the junior resources sector. Mr Hannaford has been responsible for several new listings and M&A transactions, including Strickland Resources Limited (now Orinoco Gold Limited), Bathurst Resources Ltd, Transit Holdings Ltd (now Potash Minerals Limited), Atlantic Limited, Comdek Limited (now Resource Generation Limited) and Bone Medical Ltd.
Mr Hannaford graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1986, majoring in finance and economics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990, gaining experience with Arthur Andersen in Perth and Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).
Mr Jonathan Challis
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 a Director and Chairman of Rye Patch Gold Corp, as well as a Director of West African Iron Ore Corp, Quartet Mining Ltd, Goldfield Empires Ltd, Explor Resources Inc. and Pasinex Resources Ltd.