Simon Taylor
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Taylor is a geologist with over 25 years' experience in exploration, project assessment and development in the resources sector. He has had a diversified career as a resources professional providing services to resource companies and financial corporations. His experience spans a range of commodities including gold, fertilisers (phosphate and potash), base metals, nickel, uranium, coal and coal seam methane. Whilst his experience includes Australia a majority of his projects have been in countries including Brazil, Turkey, Uganda, Tanzania, Mali, China, UK and North America.

His experience includes providing consulting services to resource companies and financial corporations as a resource analyst. His analytical and technical expertise, combined with his corporate experience have given him an ability to advise companies at a corporate and Board level including fund raising, acquisitions, promotion and recognising value opportunities to add shareholder value.

Dr Madani Diallo
Non-Executive Director, Country and Exploration Manager

Dr Diallo has an outstanding track record for over 30 years of successful exploration in Africa. During his lengthy career Dr Diallo on several occasions has directly lead the teams that discovered several large gold deposits including the multi million ounce deposits of Syama, Morila, Sadiola and Essakane. Dr Diallo is a director of several companies focused on precious and industrial minerals in the region. He also advises private and government agencies involved with the financing of resource related projects. Dr Diallo is a Director of the Sadiola Gold Mine (IamGold/AngloGold Ashanti JV).

Dr Diallo holds the position of Vice-President of the Mali Chamber of Mines, President of the Association of Geoscientists in Mali and Director of UBA bank in Burkina Faso. He has also been honoured with the second highest distinction in Mali, "Knight of National Order" for his contribution to the development of the Mali mining industry.

Andrew Boyd
Technical Consultant

Mr Boyd is a geophysicist with over 20 years exploration and mining experience. More recently Mr Boyd was General Manager - Geoscience for ASX listed Papillion Resources before its merger with TSX listed B2 Gold, valuing Papillion Resources at around AUD600 million. Prior to working with Papillion Resources, Mr Boyd was General Manager - Geoscience with Mantra Resources before its takeover by ARMZ/Uranium One for AUD1.02 billion.

Djibril Diakite
Chief Geologist

Mr Diakite has over 15 years' experience in exploration and mining, with experience gained at numerous multi-million ounce gold mines in Mali including Syama, Sadiola and Tabakoto

Lara Iacusso
Chief Financial Officer

Ms Iacusso has over 25 years' experience in providing financial advisory services in Australia and overseas across a wide range of industries including natural resources. She specialises in providing advice to emerging companies relating to corporate transactions and strategies, including due diligence, financial structuring, feasibility studies, capital raisings, financial governance and commercial matters. She is an experienced board member, chief financial officer and corporate adviser.

Ms Iacusso is an independent consultant and previously worked in an executive role at Transocean Securities. Prior to joining Transocean, she was Corporate Finance Partner at Deloitte.

Ms Iacusso currently acts for a number of listed and unlisted clients. She has specific experience in working with mining and exploration companies in Mali and is responsible for day to day financial management, implementing appropriate systems and governance, treasury and risk management and commercial matters.

Louisa Martino
Company Secretary

Ms Martino is an experienced company secretary with a substantial background in accounting, finance, company compliance and corporate finance.

Ms Martino has previously worked as a Chief Financial Officer of a private company during its stage of seeking investor financing and with a corporate finance company, assisting with company compliance (ASIC and ASX) and capital raisings. She also has experience working for a government organisation in its Business Development division where she performed reviews of business opportunities and prepared business case documents seeking Government funding.

Ms Martino previously worked for Deloitte in Perth, London and Sydney where she provided corporate advisory services, predominantly on IPOs and mergers and acquisitions and also performed due diligence reviews.


Michael Fotios
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Fotios is a geologist, specialising in economic geology with extensive experience in exploration throughout Australia, taking projects from exploration to feasibility. Mr Fotios has previously held positions with Homestake Australia Limited and Sons of Gwalia Limited and was formerly Managing Director of Tantalum Australia NL (now ABM Resources Limited) and Galaxy Resources Limited. More recently, he served as Non-Executive Director of Northern Star Resources Limited and Stirling Resources Limited and is currently on the Board of Eastern Goldfields Limited (Executive Chairman), Horseshoe Metals Limited (Non Executive Chairman), Pegasus Metals Limited (Non Executive Director) and Redbank Copper Limited (Executive Chairman). He is also founder and Executive Chairman of unlisted investment company, Investment Limited.