Brian WessonCEO, Woulfe Mining
Brian is an engineer with 30 years' experience, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brian has extensive experience in the operation, design and construction of mines and process plants. Brian is als a Director of Westech International a Resource engineering
company based in Sydney Australia. Westech bought the Vatukoula Mine in Fiji after mine closure, Westech refinanced, refurbished and brought the mine back to production and on
listing Vatukoula Gold took over.
Robert MackayCEO, Stans Energy
Robert has worked extensive in the mining and investment industry. He has
experience of various facets of mineral exploration including diamond drilling,
geophysics, geological mapping & prospecting and in mining, mine planning,
surveying, grade control, industrial engineering, open pit and underground
production. He has also previously served as Vice President of two national
brokerage firms over his career in the investment business.
He is a graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines and has a mining
engineering degree from The South Dakota School of Mines Technology.
Yuji NishikawaSenior Analyst, The Metal Economics Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Yuji Nishikawa has been the Senior Analyst for The Metal Economics Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan since 2008. Mr. Nishikawa is responsible for research and analysis
of mineral resources, mining industry policy, supply / demand and mining trend of East Asia including rare earth projects. He worked for Mitsui Mining Smelting Co. Ltd. since
1996. After 21 years of managing and leading exploration and development projects and formulating exploration and mining strategies, he took charge of the evaluation and
planning of all exploration and development projects for MINDECO (Mitsui Mineral Development and Engineering Company). Since 2002, he was Supervisor of Mining Business
operations and Senior Consultant for Mine Management optimization and he led teams conducting mining projects, including projects for JICA (The Japan International
Cooperation Agency), The World Bank in Armenia, Cambodia, Georgia, Laos, Mauritania, Mongolia and Serbia. He served as Managing Director of MINDECO since 2004.
He has been Member of Advisory Board of US. Rare Earths, Inc. since March 5, 2011. In 2002, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors of MINDECO
responsible for mining business operations and coordination of mining and environmental projects. Since 1995, he has written a number of articles about Japan's
metals strategy and policy, which have been published in the international mining press. Mr. Nishikawa graduated from Waseda University in 1975 with a Bachelor's
degree in Science and a Master's degree in Science and Engineering.
Marc LeVierCEO, Great Western Minerals
Mr. LeVier is former CEO of Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. With twenty years with Newmont Mining Corporation in senior metallurgical and management positions. Marc has significant international
metallurgical and process engineering experience in moving new mining projects into production. He has led multiple teams in the development of processes for base metals,
industrial minerals and precious metals.
Rupen RaithathaInvestment & Econ Analyst, Johnson Matthey
For the past three years Rupen has worked as a PGM (platinum group metals) analyst for Johnson Matthey, a precious metals refiner and fabricator. During this
time he has followed developments in the 'investment' sector, an area of demand that has become particularly challenging, as well as increasingly important,
with the advent of physically-backed ETFs in recent years. More recently, he has added the Chinese platinum jewellery market to his areas of responsibility.
Rupen contributes to Johnson Matthey's respected biannual industry review, the Platinum Book, and is also responsible for long-term demand-side forecasting.
Rupen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics and Government from the University of Manchester, as well as a Master of Arts degree in International
Relations from the University of Warwick.