• Robert Friedland

    Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Robert Friedland has served as our Executive Chairman since November 2022, having previously been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Friedland has over 25 years of experience and has been recognized by leaders of the international financial sector and mineral resource industries as an entrepreneurial explorer, technology innovator and company builder. Mr. Friedland’s experience is extensive.

    Mr. Friedland has been the Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (“Ivanhoe Capital”) since July 1988, the executive Co-Chairman since September 2018 (previously the Executive Chairman from May 2012 until September 2018) of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and the Co-Chair Director of SK Global Entertainment, Inc. from February 2017 to December 2021. Under Mr. Friedland’s tenure, Ivanhoe Capital has invested in a diverse portfolio of businesses. Additionally, Mr. Friedland has been the Chief Executive Officer of HPX since December 2015. HPX is 85% owner of the Nimba high-grade iron Ore deposit in Guinea.

    Mr. Friedland was the Director, Chairman and President of Ivanhoe Pictures, Inc. from May 2013 to December 2021, and a Director since December 2016, and Chairman, since June 2018, of VRB Energy. As one of the most recognized mining personalities and achievers in the world, Mr. Friedland is dedicated to serving on numerous boards in the natural resources sector. These positions include serving as a Co- Chairman and Director of Sunrise Energy Metals Limited (formerly Clean TeQ Holdings Limited) since September 2016, a Director of I-Pulse since April 2008 and a Director of Kietta SAS since November 2009. From June 2020 to June 2021, Mr. Friedland served as Chairman of Gold X Mining Corp., which was acquired by Gran Colombia in June 2021, at which time Mr. Friedland left the board of directors. Mr. Friedland founded Ivanhoe Capital Acquisition Corp., a NYSE-listed special purpose acquisition corporation that completed its merger with SES AI Corporation (“SES”), a lithium-metal battery developer, in February 2022. He continues to serve as a director of SES. Mr. Friedland graduated with a degree in political science from Reed College. Mr. Friedland currently resides in Singapore.

  • Russell Ball

    Director

    Russell Ball is an international mining executive with thirty years of experience. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Calibre Mining Corp. (TSX: CXB) from October 2019 to February 2021 and Chair of the board beginning in 2018. From May 2013 to December 2017, Mr. Ball held various executive positions with Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G; NYSE: GG) and was Goldcorp’s Executive Vice President Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer from March 2016 to November 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Ball held various positions with Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) from 1994 to 2013, and was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Newmont Mining from 2008 to May 2013. Mr. Ball is a director of Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX: TV). Mr. Ball is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and a Certified Public Accountant in the United States. He holds a Masters in Accounting and Diploma in Accounting from the University of Natal (South Africa). Mr. Ball resides in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Victoire de Margerie

    Director

    Victoire de Margerie is Founder and Vice Chairman of the World Materials Forum and Executive Chairman/Reference Shareholder of Rondol Industrie, a deep technology startup that develops extrusion machinery for drug formulations and other high tech applications. Prof. de Margerie has spent 35 years in the Materials Industry in Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, first as an Executive and since 2003 as a Board Director (now Arkema and Eurazeo, previously Babcock, Italcementi, Morgan Ceramics, Outokumpu & Norsk Hydro). Prof. de Margerie was elected an Academician at the National Academy of Technologies of France in 2019 and she joined the board of Mines ParisTech in 2021. She graduated from HEC Paris and Sciences Po Paris and holds a PhD in Management from Université de Paris 2.

  • Francis Fannon

    Director

    The Honorable Francis (Frank) Fannon is currently the managing director of Fannon Global Advisors, a strategic advisory focused on geopolitics, the energy transition, and market transformation. He is currently a Strategic Advisor for Standard Lithium Ltd., Nano One® Materials Corp., and also serves as a Senior Geostrategy Advisor for Appian Capital Advisory LLP. He is also a non-resident senior advisor at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a visiting senior fellow at the Center for Technology Diplomacy at Purdue. In May 2018, he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the inaugural Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, a position he held until January 2021. Prior to his time at the U.S. State Department, he established BHP Group Limited’s U.S. Corporate Affairs function as a Managing Director and served as Chief U.S. Advisor to the BHP Foundation, focused on transparency and governance, environmental resilience, and education equity. Prior to BHP Group Limited, he led government affairs for Murphy Oil Corporation. He also served as counsel to Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) and Pete V. Domenici (R-NM). Mr. Fannon holds a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law, M.A. in International Affairs, Economics & Trade from the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies, and B.A. from Radford University. Mr. Fannon resides in Alexandria, VA.

  • Hirofumi Katase

    Director

    Hirofumi Katase currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman, Director General of Industrial Science and Technology and a member of the Board of Directors of I-Pulse since December 2017. Mr. Katase also is President of I-Pulse Japan Co., Ltd., I-Pulse’s operating subsidiary in Japan, since January 2018. Prior to these roles, he most recently served as Japan’s Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry (“METI”) from June 2016 to July 2017. He held numerous management positions in trade, energy and industrial policy at METI since joining in 1982. During his time at METI, Mr. Katase served in multiple Director General positions, including for the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau and Trade Policy Bureau, where he led efforts that contributed to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, among other international agreements. He also was previously Deputy Secretary-General of the Secretariat of Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy at the Cabinet Office, where he helped establish the Office of National Space Policy — the headquarters responsible for Japan’s development of space policy and deployment of space infrastructure. He also was Director of the Oil and Natural Gas division at METI, where he led Japan’s upstream hydrocarbon policy for four years. Also at METI, he was Director of the Aerospace and Defense Industry division where he worked on launching the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program and cultivated international partnerships for the development of aircraft and aircraft engines. He has been a director of MinebeaMitsumi, a manufacturing company, since June 2021. Mr. Katase earned a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Tokyo and a Master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Michigan. Mr. Katase resides in Kanagawa, Japan.

  • Oskar Lewnowski

    Director

    For the last nine years, Oskar Lewnowski has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Orion Mine Finance Group, a family of funds investing in the metals and mining industry since 2013. Mr. Lewnowski is the Chair of the Investment Committee for each of the funds and sets the overall strategic direction for Orion. Prior to his roles in Orion, Mr. Lewnowski founded the Red Kite Group, the largest metals trading fund of its time, and was the Chief Investment Officer of its mine finance business. Prior to that, Mr. Lewnowski was the Director for Corporate Development at Varomet Limited and its predecessor Sudamin, a group of metals processing and merchanting firms with revenues in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Lewnowski has also worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in London, where he was responsible for preparing growth companies for public distribution of their securities, and Deutsche Bank, where he held various positions in trading as well as mergers and acquisitions in New York and Frankfurt, culminating in Mr. Lewnowski being a key member of the team that founded the Deutsche Capital Markets Division. Mr. Lewnowski earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University.

  • Priya Patil

    Director

    Priya Patil is an experienced corporate director, former senior public company executive and investment banker. She was Global Head, Business Development (Diversified Industries) of the TSX. She was Managing Director, Partner and Founding Partner (Eastern Operations) of PI Financial and a Managing Director, Partner and Head of Investment Banking of Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon. Ms. Patil was the global general counsel of Breakwater Resources, a Canadian and U.S. listed mining company. She started her career as an attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP in Palo Alto, California. Ms. Patil is a director of Rambler Metals & Mining PLC (AIM of LSE: RMM), Chair of its Compensation, Governance and Nominations Committee and a member of its Audit and Safety, Health, Environment and Community committees. She is also a board member of Signature Resources Inc. (TSX-V: SGU) and was a member of the board of directors of Alexandria Minerals Corporation, Chair of its Audit Committee and a member of the Management & Special Committees from 2016 to 2019. Ms. Patil hold a B.Sc. (Statistics and Computer Sciences), University of Bombay and a J.D. from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Patil also completed the Directors Education Program (ICD.D), Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) and the Innovation Governance Program of the Council of Canadian Innovators. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the Ontario Bar (Law Society of Ontario) and Charter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).