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- About Us
- Baobab Project
- Other Projects
Dr. Christopher Pointon who is based in the United Kingdom, is a respected mining executive with deep public company board and operational management experience.
Dr. Pointon trained as a geologist and has over 35 years experience in the resources business, initially with Rio Tinto and subsequently with Royal Dutch/Shell, Gencor, Billiton and BHP Billiton where he was a member of the Executive Committee from 2001 to 2006. He has since served on the boards of a number of public and private companies.
His experience includes exploration, operations management, mergers, acquisitions, post-transaction integration and change management. He has led acquisition and aggressive growth initiatives as well as major turn-arounds and divestments and he has operated in Australia, Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.
Farouk Chaouni is a principal and the Chairman of the Agrifos Group. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Chaouni was involved in numerous transactions in the U.S. phosphate fertilizer industry including the acquisition of the fertilizer assets of W.R. Grace (Seminole Fertilizer), the acquisition of the Wingate Creek Mine, and the re-commissioning of the Mississippi Chemical Pascagoula phosphate fertilizer plant. Mr. Chaouni served as the Chairman of Seminole Fertilizer until its sale to Tosco in 1989.
In 1998, Mr. Chaouni was instrumental in Agrifos’ acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Pasadena phosphate fertilizer plant, which was converted to an ammonium sulfate plant in 2011 and sold to Rentech Nitrogen Partners in 2012. Prior to launching his entrepreneurial activities in the U.S., Mr. Chaouni was the Commercial Director of Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP), the large Moroccan phosphate company, where he was responsible for worldwide phosphate rock and fertilizer sales and raw material purchases.
Timothy Cotton has over two decades of experience in the phosphate mining and fertilizer sector, with a strong focus on business and project development, strategic transactions, M&A and finance.
Mr. Cotton is Vice Chairman and a principal in the Agrifos Group of companies, which include Agrifos Partners LLC, Baobab Partners LLC and Vulcan Phosphates LLC. The Agrifos Group is a significant shareholder in Avenira and in JDCPhosphate, Inc. Mr. Cotton began his career in the merchant banking department of Kidder, Peabody & Co., later becoming a vice president at Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co., a New York-based investment bank. Mr. Cotton formed the Agrifos Group with his partner, Mr. Farouk Chaouni, in 1993.
In addition to his role in the Agrifos Group, Mr. Cotton is a director of Zalagh Holding S.A., an integrated poultry company, and MedInstill LLC, a medical device company.
Ian McCubbing is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ corporate experience, principally in the areas of corporate finance and M&A. He has spent more than 13 years’ working with ASX-listed companies in senior finance roles, including positions as Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer in industrial and mining companies.
Mr McCubbing is a Non-Executive Director of Swick Mining Services Limited and Kasbah Resources. In addition to these roles Mr McCubbing is a Non-Executive Chairman for Rimfire Pacific Mining NL.
David Mimran brings to the Avenira team tremendous knowledge and experience in operating within West Africa. He is a Non-Executive Director of TSX/ASX listed Teranga Gold Corporation, CEO of Grands Moulins d’Abidjan and Grands Moulins de Dakar, one of the largest producers of flour and agri-food in West Africa.
Mr. Mimran is head of Tablo Corporation, Miminvest SA, and Mimran Natural Resources, all established as investment vehicles into West Africa’s natural resource sector by Mr. Mimran and the Mimran Group, a family conglomerate with a history of successful business operations in Africa and Europe.
Previous roles included Vice Chairman and founding partner of Breeden Partners, L.P. from 2006 to 2012, an actively managed investment fund focused on value generation in U.S. public companies, and Vice Chairman of Milestone Merchant Partners, a Washington-based investment bank from 2003 to 2005. Prior to 2003, Mr. Mimran served as the President of several food processing, grain and shipping companies across Europe and West Africa. He has served as a director and principal to the Bank of West Africa (CBAO), one of the largest banking groups in the region, as well as Archer Daniels Midland Company.
He is currently a Director of the Mimran Group, and on Board of Trustees for Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Mr. Mimran currently acts as Special Advisor to the government of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire where he has led negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, and the Government of the Republic of France.
Dr. Louis Calvarin – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Louis Calvarin, who is currently based in Sénégal, has three decades experience with a focus on operational excellence and optimization in various process industries including basic chemicals, specialty chemicals and the fertilizer industry. In the latter he has been active in the full value chain, from mining exploration through phosphate rock procurement, ocean logistics and rock transformation into standard as well as specialty fertilizer products.
Dr. Calvarin has led technology development and engineering projects at Rhodia in France (now Solvay) before focusing on mineral processing business operations in several European countries. He then relocated to the United States to lead the manufacturing operations of the merging Rhodia and Albright & Wilson businesses. When the division was spun-off to private equity major Bain Capital as Innophos, he stayed on board to lead the company’s operations through a successful IPO, de-leveraging and then external growth into nutrition business lines.
Rod Wheatley is a senior accountant who has worked within the oil and gas, and resource industry for in excess of 12 years in the capacity of company accountant, group financial controller and chief financial officer.
Mr Wheatley joined Avenira (formerly Minemakers) in 2009 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Prior to joining Avenira, Mr Wheatley held senior accounting positions in a number of ASX and AIM listed production and exploration companies. He has extensive experience in management and project accounting, financial reporting at national and international levels, mergers and acquisitions and implementation of accounting systems and procedures.
Russell Fulton – Geology Manager
Russell Fulton is a geologist with almost 30 years’ experience in the minerals industry. He has been involved in exploration for an extensive range of mineral commodities in varied geological settings as well as university-based research into mineral systems. He has a wealth of experience in the planning, implementation and management of exploration activities in remote and challenging environments including Tasmania, northern Australia, South-east Alaska and West Africa.
Mr Fulton joined Avenira in 2007 as Geological Manager and has overseen the exploration and resource development of Avenira’s projects within Australia and abroad.
Paul Richardson – Project Director (Sénégal)
Paul Richardson is the Project Director with responsibility for development of the Gadde Bissik Project in Sénégal.
A graduate in Mineral Processing Technology and an Associate of the Camborne School of Mines (UK), Mr Richardson has 33 years’ experience in mining and mineral processing operations, including experience in Phosphate, Nickel, Lead, Zinc, Tin, Tantalite, Gold & Copper mining operations. Since 1986 he has held managerial positions as Superintendent, Resident Manager, and General Manager, managing multi-disciplined teams ranging in size from 90 to 450 employees for both open pit and underground mining operations.
Mr. Manar BA is the founding manager of Atlas Ressources Sarl which became Baobab Mining and Chemicals Corporation SA after merging with Agrifos West Africa SA.
Mr BA is graduated in business law and administration of the universities of Paris I – Sorbonne (France) and Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley-USA) and heads the project since its beginning in 2011. Current General Manager of BMCC SA, Mr. BA has a solid experience in the management of Senegalese companies in the areas of trade and mining and has built a strong relationship with the local populations around the project areas.
John Ribbons is an accountant who has worked within the resources industry for over 18 years in the capacity of company accountant, group financial controller, chief financial officer or company secretary.
Mr Ribbons has extensive knowledge and experience with ASX listed production and exploration companies. He has considerable site based experience with operating mines and has also been involved with the listing of several exploration companies on ASX. Mr Ribbons has experience in capital raising, ASX and TSX compliance and regulatory requirements. Currently, Mr Ribbons is a director of Montezuma Mining Company Limited.