Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Benedetti is a central figure in the mining industry of Panama and past President of the Panama Chamber of Mines. In the 1980's, Mr. Benedetti was involved in the discovery of the Santa Rosa gold deposits and its development along with the Remance Gold deposit into producing gold mines in the 1990´s. He was also involved in the discovery of the Cerro Quema high sulphidation gold deposit and its subsequent acquisition by Bellhaven and sale to Pershimco Resources. Mr. Benedetti is fluent in English and Spanish and is an alumnus of the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines.
Maria Milagros Paredes
Chief Operating Officer, President and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Paredes combines experience as a finance professional with a technical background in geology. Her extensive financial experience was developed at two storied companies, Hewlett Packard and Intel. At Hewlett Packard she was responsible for leading the Enterprise Division's budget and planning activities. More recently at the Intel Corporation, she drove the valuation of technologies that would be used in future products, combining finance, risk, and strategic analysis to recommend technologies that would increase revenue while reducing Intel's risk exposure. Ms. Paredes received a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria Lima-Peru, a M.Sc. degree in Geology from Iowa State University, and an MBA from Cornell University (New York). She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Special Advisor to Management and to the Board of Directors
Mr. Paul Zweng is a managing member of Resource Venture Advisors, LLC, the general partner to Resource Venture Partners, LP, an investment partnership designed to invest in early-stage exploration companies. Zweng has blended a technical and financial background in exploration and mining over the past 25 years. He was the COO and later president/CEO of QGX Ltd., a TSX-listed company with mineral projects in Mongolia and served as interim CEO and Director of Bellhaven Copper & Gold, Inc. (BHV:TSX-V) Zweng received two bachelor's degrees with distinction in geology and applied earth sciences (mineral economics) from Stanford University in 1980, an master's degree in geology from Queen's University, Ontario, in 1984, and a doctorate in applied earth sciences (ore deposits) from Stanford University in 1993. Zweng has published several articles and abstracts on geology and ore deposits in two languages in scientific journals. Zweng was a director and a founder of Antares Minerals Inc. (ANM:TSX-V) before Antares was purchased by First Quantum Minerals (FM:TSX) and is an independent director of Gold Group Mining Inc. since 2004.