Meet the dedicated Advisory Board Members

Edson Ribeiro

Board Member

  • Director, Project and Technical Development
  • Vale Global Exploration, Brazil

Edson Ribeiro has over 27 years of experience in the mining industry, having devoted most of his career to the evaluation of mineral resources covering a broad range of ore types and deposit styles, including iron ore, manganese, nickel sulphides, nickel laterites, copper sulphides and oxides, bauxite, kaolin, potash, phosphates and coal.

Graduated with a B.Sc. Degree in Geology at the University of São Paulo in 1987, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Metalogenesis at University of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil) in 1994.

Edson currently leads Exploration and Mineral Projects at Vale S.A., being responsible for conducting geological exploration, mineral technology development and pre-feasibility studies worldwide. He also coordinates Vale´s Global Committee for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves.

Professional memberships:

  • Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG Member ID 5465)
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME Member # 4203166)
  • Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AUSIMM Fellow # 990815)

Leonardo Fusciardi

Board Member

  • Vice President, Technical
  • De Beers Canada Inc., Canada

Leo Fusciardi is the Head of Technical for De Beers Canada in Calgary, Alberta. He has extensive mining industry experience over 22 years, working in Europe, Southern Africa, Australia, South America and Canada. He has been involved at all levels in mining, exploration and mineral project evaluation in gold, base metals, mineral sands and diamonds. His key managerial roles include Exploration Manager for a London listed junior, Navan Resources, Chief Geologist at Anglo American’s Lisheen Mine in Ireland and Geosciences Discipline Lead for Anglo American Base Metals in Johannesburg where he developed the geosciences governance and technology strategy. He has played a major role in the advancement of technical initiatives at both Snap Lake and Victor mines, as well having spearheaded the Snap Lake Optimization Study.

Leo has a BSc in Geology from Trinity College, Dublin and an MSc from Leicester University. He is a professional member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, the Institute of Geoscientists of Ireland and the European Federation of Geologists.

Marco Maulen

Board Member

  • Technical Manager, Mine Planning
  • BHP, Chile

Marco Maulen has been working in the mining industry for more than 22 years with extensive experience in mine planning and project development. In his current role as Practice Lead of Mining Technical for BHP Minerals Americas, he works with various mine-planning groups throughout the organization as a mentor and technical expert setting the standards and best mine planning practices across the region. He is a member and chartered professional in mining of the AusIMM.


His technical skills include optimization, mine designs, production schedules and economic estimations for different stages of mining projects ranging from scoping studies up to operational improvements. These areas of interest are currently aimed at improving the strategic and business planning process, methodologies for economic evaluation in mining projects, analysis of stochastic variables (their impact on the results and decisions) and in general, the enhancement of the mining and business planning process.

Vaughan Chamberlain

Board Member

  • Senior Vice President: Strategic Technical Group
  • AngloGold Ashanti Limited, South Africa

Vaughan Chamberlain is the Senior Vice President: Strategic Technical Group, Planning and Technical at AngloGold Ashanti. He has a BSc Hons Geology from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and a MSc Mining Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Vaughan has spent most of his career working in gold, having spent time at Tau Tona and Elandsrand as a Mine Geologist, then moving on to Gold Exploration working out of Carletonville. He then spent 6 years working for Mineral Resource Evaluation Department of AAplc (Minred) before moving to AngloGold when it was formed in 1998.

Scott Hicks

Board Member

  • Vice President of Mine Planning and Project Studies
  • Kinross Gold Corporation, Canada

Scott Hicks is the Vice President of Mine Planning and Project Studies with Kinross Gold Corporation, where he oversees global open pit and underground mine planning.  Scott joined Kinross in 2011 as Director, Strategic Business Planning.


Prior to joining Kinross, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Inco Ltd. (now Vale) in the areas of corporate development, strategic planning and financial evaluation, including several years in Indonesia at one of the world’s largest integrated nickel mines.  Scott also has several years of Management Consulting experience with Mercer (now Oliver Wyman).


Scott holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) charterholder.

Stephen Eddy

Board Member

  • Vice President of Business Development
  • IAMGOLD Corporation, Canada

Stephen Eddy is the Vice President of Business Development at IAMGOLD Corporation. Over the last 10 years Stephen has held various positions within IAMGOLD which include the VP of Sales and Marketing of IAMGOLD’s Niobec division and was instrumental in the sales process of the division in 2015. Prior to that his work focused on valuations, such as purchase price allocations, impairment testing and acquisition valuations. In his current role, he oversees IAMGOLD’s overall business strategy, including life of mine modeling for strategic purposes, assessment of potential transactions, due diligence procedures, recommendations on appropriate financing for transactions and has worked on major acquisitions and dispositions. Stephen’s academic credentials include an honors degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Management and Professional Accounting from the University of Toronto and he received his CA designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.


Mark Casper

Board Member

  • Vice President Resource Evaluation & Mine Planning
  • Newmont Goldcorp, USA

Scott Buchanan

Board Member

  • Principal Life of Asset Planning
  • AngloAmerican, Australia

Marcelo Godoy

Associate Board Member

  • Vice President Resource Evaluation and Mine Planning
  • Newmont Goldcorp, USA

Marcelo Godoy is a Group Executive with Newmont Goldcorp responsible for the Resource Modeling function. Previously, as the Regional leader of Ore Evaluation Services at Golder Associates, he led the provision of Resource and Reserve Estimation services for the mining industry in South America.

Marcelo has a PhD in geostatistics and strategic mine planning and has been involved in a wide variety of resource estimation studies for a diverse range of commodities including precious and base metals, iron ore, coal and industrial minerals. His experience also includes audits and due diligence reviews for major mining companies and financial institutions around the world. Over the last seven years Marcelo has managed a series of mine feasibility studies for copper, gold and iron ore projects. Through audits of operations and reconciliation reviews he has developed a solid understanding of how mineral resources are converted into recoverable reserves.

Glenn McDowell

Associate Board Member

  • Innovation and Technology
  • Vale Exploration Canada Inc., Ontario

Conor Meagher

Associate Board Member

  • Newmont Goldcorp, USA

Luke Mahony

Associate Board Member

  • Head of Geology, Mine Engineering, Geotechnical, Tailings Dams and Technology
  • Vale Base Metals, Toronto

Luke Mahony is the Head of Geology, Mine Engineering, Geotechnical and Technology & Innovation for Vale’s Global Base Metals Business based in Toronto, Canada. Prior to moving to Canada, he headed up the Strategic and Short Term Mine Planning, Exploration, Studies & Projects, Engineering and Integrated Planning for Vale’s Coal Business based in Mozambique for 5 years. Prior to working for Vale, he worked 10 years for BHP in various managerial roles covering technical, operational and financial positions.


Luke holds three Masters’ Degrees in Mining Engineering, Geomechanics and Finance, a bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering plus other Executive and Technical statutory qualifications.

Rafael Ajub

Associate Board Member

  • Technical Manager
  • Vale Global Exploration, Canada

Rafael Ajub has over 18 years of mining industry experience, predominantly at Vale S.A., managing the Mineral Resource Evaluation group, leading pre-feasibilities studies worldwide and managing the Sossego copper mine planning.  He graduated from the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil and received his Master’s degree in Geoscience at the same university.  At present, he oversees advanced exploration studies for copper and nickel projects.

Tom Gell

Associate Board Member

  • Vice President Mineral Resources
  • AngloGold Ashanti Limited, South Africa

Thomas (Tom) Gell is the Vice President Mineral Resources employed by AngloGold Ashanti in their Johannesburg office. He qualified with an BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990 and has 28 years’ experience mostly with Anglo American or AngloGold Ashanti and dominantly in gold mining – both open pit and underground. He has operational experience from his time on mine sites as well as oversite and strategic exposure from Corporate rolls based in AngloGold Ashanti’s Johannesburg office. He has a wide range of Brownfields exposure but sees Resource modelling and Mine Geology as his core skills.


Carmen Letton

Associate Board Member

  • Head – RDP and LOAP
  • AngloAmerican, Australia