BOARD & MANAGEMENT

Mr Robert Downey
CHAIRMAN

Mr Downey is an experienced legal professional with expertise in the resource and corporate sectors.

Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1999, he has advised oil and gas and mining companies on a variety of legal issues, including initial public offerings, debt and equity raisings, takeovers, and other corporate transactions.

Mr Downey also developed an expertise advising both Australian and foreign incorporated entities on dual listings and cross jurisdiction capital raising and listing rule advice particularly with respect to the TSX-V and AIM markets.

He has also acted as General Counsel for a Canadian oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Europe and Africa, overseeing its dual listing on the TSX-V and AIM, as well as a £50 million raise and subsequent takeover through a scheme of arrangement.

Mr Gino D’Anna
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr D’Anna has significant experience in primary and secondary capital markets, resource exploration, public company operations, administration and financial management.

In just over a decade , he has raised more than $200 million for public and private companies.

Mr D’Anna has experience in Canadian Government and First Nations relations in the mining sector and has worked in numerous jurisdictions including Australia, Botswana, Namibia and Canada.

He has been involved in the exploration and development of a number of new and existing discoveries.

He is also a founding shareholder and director of Askari Metals Limited (ASX: AS2).

Mr Paul Fromson
CFO / COMPANY SECRETARY

Mr Fromson is a finance professional with more than 30 years industry experience, including over 23 years with ASX listed resource companies.

He has held a variety of senior positions including Company Secretary, Chief Financial Officer and Director in exploration and mining companies, bringing extensive experience in corporate matters, ASX listing rules and all forms of capital raising.

Mr Fromson has experience over a variety of commodities, working on multinational joint ventures such as the Boddington Gold Mine and Worsley Alumina Projects, as well as a significant gold producer and several exploration companies with projects within Australia and overseas.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Certified Practising Accountant and a Licensed Tax Agent. Mr. Fromson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Western Australia.

Mr Cliff Fitzhenry
CHIEF EXPLORATION & PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Fitzhenry is a seasoned Geologist with 19 years’ experience, beginning his career with Anglo Platinum on the Bushveld Complex and has subsequently worked on mining and exploration projects throughout Africa including Central African Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Mauritania, Tanzania and Malawi.

He has held senior management positions, successfully leading teams across all aspects of exploration, development and feasibility studies. Most recently he was the senior geologist for Sovereign Metals Limited (ASX. SVM) delivering the maiden mineral resource estimate, and subsequent resource upgrades, of the Kasiya rutile-graphite project in Malawi.

This culminated in Kasiya being regarded as the world’s largest natural rutile deposit and second largest flake graphite deposit at 1.8 billion tonnes at 1.0% rutile and 1.4% graphite respectively.

Mr. Fitzhenry holds MSc and BSc Honours (cum laude) degrees from the University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) and is a Registered Professional Natural Scientist in South Africa.

Mr Corné Coetser
SENIOR EXPLORATION GEOLOGIST

Mr. Coetser received his BSc Earth science degree from the University of Stellenbosch Western Cape, South Africa.

He has worked in multiple commodities for TSX and ASX listed companies with experience in geological and surveying platforms providing innovative methods for mining and exploration industry enhancing company growth.

Mr Bonifacius Katanga
SENIOR EXPLORATION GEOLOGIST

Bonifacius Katanga is a Namibian citizen, based in Windhoek, and has a BSc in Geology and Chemistry from the University of Namibia. Bonifacius started his career with Namibia Critical Metals, working on the Tier One Lofdal HREE deposit. While there, he progressed to Senior Geologist and oversaw the advancement of the project from discovery and resource definition, to scoping and pre-feasibility studies. He oversaw the resource drilling at the Opuwo cobalt project for Gecko Resources and also consulted to Noronex (ASX:NRX), Wia Gold (ASX:WIA) and QKR at the Navachab gold operation. 

Most recently, Bonifacius was employed as an Exploration Geologist by Andrada Mining (LON:ATM) at their Uis operation, where he explored for LCT pegmatites. Bonifacius joined the Askari exploration team on 20 September and brings extensive critical minerals experience, including direct experience exploring for LCT pegmatites on the Cape Cross – Uis belt.

Mr Shane Doggart
PROJECT GEOLOGIST

Shane Doggart is a South African citizen with BSc, BSc honours and MSc degrees from the University of Stellenbosch and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. Shane has worked for the Council for Geoscience of South Africa for the past nine years, carrying out regional mapping projects. These projects focused on pegmatites within the Namaqua-Natal Metamorphic complex of the Northern Cape of South Africa and the Orange River Pegmatite Belt of Southern Namibia.

Shane was involved in the “Southern Namibia Mapping Programme” which was carried out in association with the Geological Survey of Namibia and produced a 1:400,000 scale geological map of the Orange River Pegmatite Belt. 

Shane has published multiple journal articles on the origin, evolution and distribution of Southern African pegmatites and is widely regarded as an expert in this field. Shane begins on 1 November and will bring a wealth of academic and technical knowledge of lithium pegmatites to the Askari Namibian exploration team.