Interim Chief Executive Officer & Director
Gilbert Clark has 20 years of international experience within the natural resources industry. Mr. Clark was formerly a Partner with Sentient Equity Partners. Prior to this he was a Senior Investment Advisor and Director of Sentient Asset Management Canada for The Sentient Group. His portfolio covered base and precious metals with investee companies in Europe, Greenland and South America. Prior to joining the Private Equity Industry he managed the international expansion for Queensland Gas Corporation (subsequently BG Group) for non-conventional oil and gas developments. Mr Clark has resource development and production experience from the Eastern Gold Fields of Western Australia. He has natural resource business experience in continental Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Africa, S.E. Asia, Greenland and Australia. Mr Clark holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Macquarie University.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Soraia Morais is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of experience in accounting and financial management. She started working in the resource sector in 2009. Prior to that, she accumulated an extensive business background including managing her own business and spending 5 years at pwc Brazil. She is a dual citizen of Canada and Brazil and fluent in English and Portuguese, with working knowledge of Spanish. She has a University of British Columbia Diploma in Accounting and a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences from Brazil.
Chief Geologist, Qualified Person
Adrian has over 20 years of experience in exploration, resource delineation and project generation roles for industrial minerals, gold and base metals. He currently leads a team of 13 geologists in a multi-commodity exploration program for Meridian which has confirmed a new style of hydrothermal manganese mineralization and identified a number of emerging gold and tin targets. Adrian holds a B.S.c. Hons, PhD from Monash is a fellow of AusIMM and is the qualified person for Meridian.
Vitor Hugo de Souza Belo
Principle Brazilian Mining Consultant
Mr. Vitor Belo has been working in mining industry since 1989 and he accumulates different roles along of his professional career with experience in gold & other metals operations as well as engineering & construction of plants for ores beneficiation. He was graduated in mechanical engineering from the Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais in 1982 and he was postgraduate degree in business management from Fundação Dom Cabral in 2002. Also he counts with specialization courses in project management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and Ibmec in 2013. He has worked for companies such as Rio Tinto, Kinross and Yamana and also for small-cap companies as Rio Novo, Carpathian Gold and Brio Gold.
Joel Julio Brandão
Resident Manager Espigão
Mr. Joel Julio Brandão has over 37 years of experience in the Brazilian mining industry covering project administrator, exploration, infrastructure and the operation of mines. He has worked for national and multinational companies on gold and manganese projects in the Amazon region (Mato Grosso, Pará and Rondônia). He has worked for TSX-V companies such as: Serabi gold, Electrum Capital and Alta Floresta Gold. Mr Julio Brandão graduated from the Federal UFMT-University of Mato Grosso / Cuiabá with a Bachelor of Economics. He has completed postgraduate studies at the University Gama Filho / Rio de Janeiro specialising in Project Management.
Board of Directors
Chairman & Director
M. Riopel is an accomplished senior-level executive with over 25 years domestic/international investment experience in mining. He has managed over the year’s both private and public investment funds. He is the founder and managing partner at Latitude 450, a private equity fund specialized in mining. Prior thereto, he was Senior Investment Director at The Sentient Group, one of the largest PE Funds in mining with over US$2.7 billion under management. He served as Senior Investment Director Metals & Mining at the SGF from 2006 to 2012. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Meridian Mining SE in June 2018. He is also a board member of Aligo Innovation, North American Nickel, Premium Nickel Resources and the Foundation of Greater Montreal. He has served as a director and/or officer of several Canadian and international companies. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Montreal University and a Masters in Business Administration from Laval University.
Peter Weidmann has over a decade of private equity experience as a fund investor and in direct co-investments, including several years with Macquarie Bank. He started his career at KPMG and Deutsche Bank, more recently having been an Investment Director with BTV Group in Munich. Peter is currently a Director with The Sentient Group. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and an M.S. in Finance and Computer Science from the University of Mannheim in Germany.
Ms. Katherin Maclean
Katherine Maclean has 10 years international experience in Company Secretary and corporate development roles in the mining and resources industry. Her experience includes due diligence, corporate governance, project management and risk assessment in Australia, the Americas and Europe. Prior to joining the Meridian Mining team, Katherine acted as Corporate Secretary for Sentient Asset Management Canada and has also worked with a variety of public and privately owned companies. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University and is qualified as a solicitor in New South Wales.