Board of Directors and Senior Management

Christian SchaffalitzkyExecutive Chairman
EurGeol, FIMMM, PGeo, CEng. Christian has over 40 years’ experience in mineral exploration. From 1984 to 1992, he founded and managed the international minerals consultancy, CSA Group, now CSA Global. He was also founder of Ivernia West plc, where he led the exploration and discovery of the Lisheen zinc deposit in Ireland. Christian is also chairman of Kibo Energy Plc and non-executive director of MetalNRG.
James NieuwenhuysChief Executive Officer
James has held senior positions including Chief Operating Officer at Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold miner and Chief Executive Officer at South African Lesego Platinum Mining Limited. James has an engineering background and has also held senior positions at a number of EPC organisations.
Iain RawlinsonNon-executive Director
Iain is an experienced board member and a corporate strategy consultant. He has a law degree from Cambridge University, is a qualified barrister, and is also an experienced corporate financier. Iain started his career in investment banking with Lazard and Robert Fleming and was one of the initial partners of Fleming Family & Partners (FF&P) where he led the listing of Highland Gold PLC in 2002. Iain’s independent board appointments in the corporate sector include Lithic Metals and Energy PLC (2007 to 2009), Dana Petroleum PLC (2005 to 2010), The Monarch Group (2009 to 2014), and Parkmead Group PLC (2010 to 2020). Iain’s board positions in charities include Tusk Trust (Trustee from 2002 and Chairman from 2005 to 2013).
Tamerlan AbdikeevNon-executive Director
Tamerlan holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and Modern Japanese Studies from Oxford University and has held a range of positions in finance houses with an Asian and European focus including corporate planning at the State Street Bank and business development director at United Investments Japan. In 2005 Tamerlan joined PIMCO, a global investment management firm with more than US$2.21 trillion in assets, as part of the business management function across Asia Pacific (China, Singapore, Australia) and established the company's Hong Kong office in 2006. Later he relocated to PIMCO Europe in Munich, assuming responsibility for regional business development covering Russia, CIS and Eastern European markets. After returning to Tokyo in 2010 Tamerlan founded INVERO Advisors, an investment, strategy consultancy and M&A boutique focusing on private equity, project finance, global strategy, business development and cross-border M&A.
Dmitry SuschovMergers and Acquisitions Officer
Commodities trading veteran (primarily various grades of metallurgical and thermal coals) who has successfully built a major Pulverized Coal Injection (PCI) franchise throughout Asia, Europe and America with an annual turnover of up to $100 million, thereby accumulating around 2.5% of the global PCI market share. He is also an investment banker with extensive experience in the Russian resources industry having previously worked with IG Capital, MDM Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst&Young as mining & metals leader in corporate finance for Russia and CIS. Dmitry has a successful track record of leading the strategic sales of companies in the natural resource sector including the sale of a silica sand mine and the second largest global carborundum production company to Indian Murugappa Group, the sale of a natural resource company to Danish natural resource fund, the sale of a gas company to a major Russian investment group and other deals.
Alexander SushchevStrategic advisor to the board
Alexander is a metallurgist by background and a former Chief Executive Officer of SMCM (molybdenum and rhenium metals producer) as well as a former manager at Norilsk Nickel.