Kirill Klip, MBA – Chairman, President and CEO
Mr. Klip graduated with a management degree from St. Petersburg State University of Railways and also holds an external degree of Masters of Business Administration in finance from both the International Business School in Moscow and Guildhall University in London. He has extensive expertise in banking, transportation, mining, telecommunication, and internet industries and his insight has brought many companies to the next level. In addition to years of entrepreneurial and investment endeavours, he is also currently managing a portfolio of global assets.
John Wisbey – Deputy Chairman
Mr. Wisbey started his career as a banker at Kleinwort Benson after graduating from Cambridge University. He had various roles there including corporate lending and was later a director in the derivatives group and head of options. Mr. Wisbey is also a technology entrepreneur founding two companies that have gone public on the London AIM market, namely IDOX plc (software for Local Authority Planning Applications) and Lombard Risk Management plc (software for risk management and regulation) and more recently an early stage private company Convendia Ltd. He has acted as a public company chairman, CEO or director for 16 years.
Maurice Brooks – Director
Mr. Brooks is a licensed senior statutory auditor in the UK. Since 2000, he has been a senior partner in Johnson, Smith & Co., Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors. Previously, he had been Finance and Deputy Managing Director of a vehicle producer, Investment Accountant to the Western Australian Government, and before that he had been employed in the audit department of Price Waterhouse Coopers-U.K.
Greg Johnson – Director
Mr. Johnson has over 25 years of international mining industry experience in corporate finance, project development, and exploration. Mr. Johnson has acted as a director of several Canadian listed development stage resource companies with assets in North America, South America and Africa. Previous roles include President and CEO of South American Silver Corp., co-founder and executive at NovaGold Resources and senior roles in domestic and international exploration for Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold) including a key role in the discovery and advancement of the 40 million ounce Donlin gold deposit in Alaska.
Ross Thompson – Director
Mr. Thompson is a speaker and expert in marketing behavioural science. In 1995, he started a company Giftpoint Ltd. which is now one of the largest specialist promotional merchandise businesses in the UK with offices in London and Shanghai, whose clients include L’Oreal, Oracle, Ocado, and Pernod Ricard among others. Mr. Thompson was President of IGC Global Promotions for seven years, one of the world’s oldest and largest global network of premium resellers. He is an active investor having a special interest and understanding of natural resources businesses.