MANAGEMENT

Marc Fogassa

Chief Executive Officer

Marc Fogassa is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive experience in venture capital and public company chief executive management. He has served on boards of directors of multiple companies in various industries, and has been invited to speak about investment issues, particularly as related to Brazil.

Mr. Fogassa double majored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He later graduated from the Harvard Medical School with a Doctor of Medicine degree, and from the Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration degree with Second-Year Honors. Mr. Fogassa has worked at Goldman Sachs and Atlas Venture, prior to forming his own investment group.

Mr. Fogassa was born in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and English. He is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jupiter Gold Corporation (OTCQB: JUPGF), and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Resources Corporation (private), two companies in which we own equity positions.

Gustavo Pereira de Aguiar

Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, and Treasurer

Gustavo Pereira de Aguiar has been our Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, and Treasurer since 2022. From 2016 until starting with us, Mr. Aguiar was the Controller of Jaguar Mining, Inc., a Canadian publicly traded company with two producing gold mines in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil and current market capitalization of approximately $270 million. In that capacity, he was the top financial officer in Brazil and managed a reporting staff of over 50 employees. 

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Aguiar was Controller at Grupo Orguel, an enterprise in the construction equipment rental sector in Brazil which received funding from Carlyle, a U.S. private equity group, and from 2010 to 2013, Mr. Aguiar worked at Mirabella Mineração, which at the time was developing its nickel project in the state of Bahia in Brazil. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Aguiar was an auditor with Deloitte in Brazil. 

Mr. Aguiar has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and in Accounting from Universidade FUMEC in Brazil. He has an executive MBA and further post-graduate education in finance from Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. Mr. Aguiar is fluent in Portuguese and English and is a licensed accountant in Brazil.

JOEL DE PAIVA MONTEIRO, ESQ.

ESG CHIEF, AND VICE-PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATIONS

Joel de Paiva Monteiro, Esq. is our Chief of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (“ESG”) matters and is also our Vice-President, Administration and Operations. Previously he was a partner of the Brazilian law firm PRA Advogados with three offices and headquarters in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais. Mr. Monteiro has worked with all aspects of Brazilian business law and has extensive experience in a wide range of areas from strategic business planning to litigation. His prior clients included large corporations in a variety of economic sectors in diverse states in Brazil.

Mr. Monteiro has a law degree from the Milton Campos Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Subsequently he achieved a post-graduate degree in Business and Civil Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais. Mr. Monteiro is also a director of Jupiter Gold Corporation and of Apollo Resources Corporation, two companies in which we own equity positions.

Volodymyr Myadzel, PhD, Geol.

Senior Vice-President, Geology

Volodymyr Myadzel, Geol. is our Senior Vice-President, Geology. Under Regulation S-K 1300, he is a Qualified Person for lithium, iron, and gold, among other minerals. Mr. Myadzel is a geologist with over 23 years’ experience acquired in mines and projects in Russia, Ukraine, Guinea, Uruguay, and Brazil in a variety of minerals including lithium, iron, and gold. His primary expertise entails geological modeling, resource estimation, and QA/QC analysis.

Mr. Myadzel has extensive experience in auditing mineral projects on behalf of investors or acquiring companies. He is a principal at VMG Consultoria e Soluções Ltda, a company that has provided geological expertise to large global companies with mines and projects in Brazil. Mr. Myadzel received Bachelor and Master degrees in Geological Engineering and a PhD degree in Geology, all from Kryvyi Rih National University in Ukraine.

BRIAN W. BERNIER

VICE-PRESIDENT, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTOR RELATIONS

Brian W. Bernier is our Vice-President, Corporate Development and Investor Relation. Previously, Mr. Bernier was Noble Capital Markets and Four Spring Capital Trust.

Mr. Bernier graduated with a degree in Management from Boston University.

Areli Nogueira da Silva Júnior, Geol.

Vice-President, Mineral Exploration

Areli Nogueira da Silva Júnior, Geol. is our Vice-President, Mineral Exploration, in 2021. Under Regulation S-K 1300, he is a Qualified Person for lithium, iron, and gold, He is the Founder and was the Chief Technical Officer of MineXplore, a consultancy focused on mineral rights in Brazil. Mr. da Silva Júnior has been a consultant geologist with GeoEspinhaço, a firm that undertakes geological studies in a variety of minerals across Brazil. Mr. da Silva Júnior has also been a college faculty member teaching geology. Previously, he worked at the Brazilian mining department and before that as a geologist at Usiminas Mineração.

Mr. da Silva Júnior has a Master of Geology degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and an undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering from the School of Mines of the Federal University of Ouro Preto, the oldest mining college in Brazil. Mr. da Silva is also a director of Jupiter Gold Corporation, a company in which we own an equity position.