Pierre Léveillé, President & CEO, Director
Mr. Léveillé has over 28 years of experience in the International financial sector and 20 years of experience in the mining exploration industry. Mr. Léveillé has started is career as an Investment Advisor and an Investment Banker with a large Canadian Securities brokerage firm. From the mid 1990’s to today, he has been Executive and Director of several exploration companies active in Africa. He has financed and managed exploration projects in Namibia since 1996 including the acquisition and operation of a diamond mine. He has realized over US$ 75 million in transactions and financing for Namibian and African mining exploration projects.
John H. Akwenye, Chairman, Director
Mr. Akwenye is a Namibian retired lawyer with over 30 years of experience in business development in Namibia. From 1994 to 2008, he was Chairman of Guinas Investents (PTY) Ltd a Swapo owned investment company. He has been chairman of the Namibian Airports Company from 2001 to 2004. He is Director of Corporations such as Areva Resources Namibia and PE Minerals and he his currently Chairman of Deep-South Mining Company (PTY) Ltd and Director of Haib Minerals (PTY) Ltd.
Paul Smith, COO, Director
Paul Smith is currently a Director of Range Mining Consulting and consults to a number of mining clients focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, he was the founding CEO, Minerals Development Company Botswana, established to manage and optimise the Government mineral investment portfolio within the mining industry. Prior to this, he was COO of Wesizwe Platinum Limited where he was accountable for the development of the US$1.5 billion Bakubung Platinum Mine (BPM). Paul has had significant experience in Stock Broking and resources finance with large South African and international Merchant Banks. He was founder and CEO of TWP Finance (Pty) Limited, which focused on mining finance, commodities trading and resources business development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Chemistry from Rhodes University, a Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy from Exeter University and a bachelor of commerce and MBA from Stellenbosch University.
Jean-Luc Roy, CXO, Director
Mr. Roy has been a major contributor to the development of several important corporations in Africa during the last 30 years working for majors, mid-tiers and junior exploration companies, such as First Quantum Minerals, Resolute Mining and Ampella Mining. He brings to Deep-South, as Independent Director, a wealth of experience in all aspects of exploration from generating, negotiating, funding and managing projects, to corporate, community and governmental relations. Mr. Roy is presently a Director for Can Alaska Uranium (TSX:CVV).
Thomas Tumoscheit, Director
Mr. Tumoscheit has over 28 years of experience in commodities sales, procurement, trading and manufacturing. His career started as a sales engineer with GfE and since then he had roles in a number of mining and trading companies, including Frank & Schulte, Alcoa and Gerald Metals. He is currently Head of Projects for Euro Alloys Ltd. Mr. Tumoscheit holds a Ph.D in Electrometallurgy from the National University of Science and Technology MISiS Moscow.
Tim Fernback, Director
Tim Fernback has over 20 years of experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries. He is currently the Regional Director for the CFO Centre Limited, responsible for all operations in Western Canada. The CFO Centre is the world’s leading provider of part-time Chief Financial Officers for mid-tier businesses. The company has over 350 active CFOs worldwide. Mr. Fernback holds an Honours B.Sc. from McMaster University, and holds a MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Fernback holds a Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) designation in Canada and is currently director of several publicly traded companies in Canada.
Sadike Nepela, Director
Sadike Nepela serves as General Manager of Kalahari Minerals PLC. For a number of years, Mr. Nepela served as an Assistant to the Minister in the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy and most recently he has been the General Manager for Westport Resources, a subsidiary of Forsys Metals Corp.(listed on the TSX). He is also a Fellow of the International Centre for Research and Training in Major Projects Management, Montreal, Canada. Mr. Nepela is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and has also studied at the University of Connecticut, West Hartford, USA.