Mr Connelly was previously the Managing Director and CEO of Papillon Resources Ltd – a Mali based gold developer – and was previously Chief Operating Officer of Endeavour Mining Corporation, following its merger with Adamus Resources Limited where he was Managing Director and CEO. With over 25 years experience in the mining industry, Mark has held senior executive positions with Newmont Mining Corporation and Inmet Mining Corporation. He has extensive experience with the development, construction and operation of mining projects for a variety of commodities, including gold, base metals and other resources in West Africa, Australia, North America and Europe. He has a Bachelor of Business degree.
A mining engineer by training, Martin has worked across numerous areas of the mining sector including as an engineer for Gold Fields in South Africa, for Steffen Robertson & Kirsten in the UK and RSA offices, at Barclays Capital and as Executive Director of BDI Mining Corp. At Barclays his responsibilities included the origination and execution of mining project finance and advisory business across the African and the Middle East regions, global responsibility for the technical appraisal and review of all investments, environmental and social compliance of the investments in line with international standards and the financial modelling of all transactions. As Executive Director of AIM listed BDI Mining, Martin was part of the team which negotiated the sale of the Company to Gem Diamonds in 2007 realising a record share price for the Group.
An exploration geologist by training, Howard has spent the last 30 years working predominately in gold and diamond exploration across the African continent undertaking work for BP Minerals, SRK Consulting, SAMAX and AXMIN. Over the years, Howard has developed an in-depth knowledge of a broad range of exploration techniques and the application of these to mineral exploration in the tropics.
As well as being involved in a number of discoveries across Africa, Howard has worked on mineral exploration projects in SE Asia and South America and while with SRK Consulting he was involved in various pre- and feasibility studies worldwide as well as preparing 43.101 documents and independent reports for stock exchange listings and private placements.
Prior to co-founding Toro Gold with Martin Horgan in 2009 Howard was Exploration Manager for AXMIN and General Manager of AXMIN’s local operating company in the Central African Republic. Howard managed the discovery of the 3Moz Passendro gold project from grassroots to completion of the pre-feasibility study.
Adonis is an entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery, exploration and development of mineral resources including diamonds, precious / base metals, coal and oil and gas, and bringing these assets into production across the African continent.
Adonis qualified as a mining engineer from the University of Witwatersand in Johannesburg in 1991 and subsequently spent some time working in the South African gold mines before heading to the Former Soviet Union where he established the Koronia metal trading company in Moscow. In 1994, having returned to South Africa, Adonis founded Blue Diamond Mines that developed a diamond mining operation in Port Nolloth and brought it into full production. Seeing an opportunity to create a larger, international diamond company focused in Africa, he founded Petra Diamonds and in 1997 it became the first diamond company to be listed on London's AIM market with a market capitalisation at the time of just £10 million. He has since overseen Petra's development from an exploration base into a FTSE 250 company and one of the largest independent diamond producers in Africa today.
He has been influential in the founding, development and listing of a number of other natural resources companies and is involved with other private companies all of which are at varying stages of the value chain within the Pella Resources Group.
Boubacar Thera is a mining administrator and lawyer, has been involved with francophone African countries since 1994. Prior to joining Bambuk in 2009 Mr. Thera was appointed Manager and Chief Government Liaison Officer of AXMIN and African Selection Mining, and has previously acted as a consultant for other mining companies.
Mr. Reed is a mining engineer with over 35 years' experience in general mine management and operations, as well as development of mines in Australia and overseas. He has particular experience in managing the development of companies from exploration focus through to producer status. Martin was the Chief Operating Officer for both St Barbara Limited and Windimurra Vanadium Limited, General Manager Development & Operations for Paladin Energy Limited and was a mine superintendent at AngloGold Ashanti Limited's Sunrise Dam gold mine. He has a BE degree in Mining Engineering.