Ed has over 23 years of experience within the wider natural resources industry. He started his career with SAMAX Gold in Tanzania before going on to work in equity research, corporate finance roles, & then serving as fund manager for Altus Capital Limited’s two mining funds. More recently he served as Head of Business Development at London-listed Amara Mining plc, managing the process that led to the company’s acquisition.
Andrew is currently a Partner & Head of Mining at natural resources focused investment bank Hannam & Partners. Previously Andrew was a Managing Director at Canaccord Genuity, where he worked for eight years in the natural resources team. He has a broad range of international corporate finance, restructuring, capital markets & M&A experience focusing on the metals, mining & natural resources sectors. Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity he spent four years with law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner & has a first class law degree from Manchester University (UK).
In January 2020 Bert Monro was appointed CEO of Cora Gold. Bert has significant experience in both the resource sector and the City. Most notably, he spent over ten years at Hummingbird Resources plc, holding several roles including Operations Manager, Country Manager and Head of Business Development as the company transitioned from a private pre-resource explorer through to a listed gold miner with over 6Mozs of gold resources in West Africa. Bert was a Non-executive Director for Cora from IPO until 2019.
David is a mineral geologist with over 35 years global exploration experience. He has overseen the discovery & early evaluation of the +6 Moz Chirano Gold Mine in Ghana, as well as Hummingbird’s 4.2 Moz Dugbe gold deposit in Liberia. He has been closely involved with a number of major discoveries of gold, copper-cobalt, coal, iron ore, chrome & uranium. These new discoveries add up to over 100 Moz of gold equivalent. David is also a non-executive director of Oriole Resources plc (AIM:ORR).
Paul has over 10 years operational experience in the Republic of Congo, having worked as Country Manager of MPD Congo SA (Zanaga Iron Ore Company) which listed on AIM in 2010. He started his own logistics company in the Congo, Fortis Logistique. Paul co-founded Lionhead Capital Partners (‘Lionhead’), a principal investment firm that invests private capital into attractive long-term opportunities. Paul is currently the head of resources strategy & a partner at Lionhead.
Norm has over 29 years’ experience in gold mining & exploration. Prior to joining Cora in 2020 he was Group Exploration Manager for Centamin plc, the FTSE 250 gold mining company (LSE:CEY). Norm boasts a wealth of exploration experience across Africa having held various senior positions with junior explorers, mid-tier & major mining companies, independent private funds & consultancies. Norm has a proven track record of over 30Moz in resource discovery & driven successful exploration growth at a number of major African mines.
Craig is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales & has been involved in the administration, financing & financial control of both private & public mineral exploration companies since 1994, the majority of which has been with African focused groups.
Siaka is an exploration geologist with over 20 years of practical field experience in West Africa. Trained at Irkutsk State Technical University (Russia) he holds a MSc in Geological Sciences & an MBA. Since 1996 Siaka has been continuously involved in mineral exploration programmes for gold in West Africa & has worked for a number of successful Canadian & British companies in Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) & Senegal. Since the inception of Cora in 2012 he has held the dual role in Mali of both Country Manager & West African Exploration Manager. Siaka’s practical exploration ability is complemented by a good knowledge of exploration software, planning, budgetary & management skills, & he is multilingual (French, English & Russian).