OUR EXPERIENCED BOARD AND MANAGEMENT TEAM
Board of Directors
Michele Muscillo, Non-executive Chairman
Michele is a Partner specialising in corporate law with HopgoodGanim Lawyers. He is an admitted Solicitor and has a practice focusing almost exclusively on mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising.
He has a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and was a recipient of the QUT University Medal.
In his role with HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Michele has acted on a variety of corporate transactions including initial public offerings, takeovers and other acquisitions. Michele’s experience brings to the Board expertise on corporate regulation, governance and compliance matters.
Michele was previously a director of ASX-Listed Orbis Gold Limited and Cardinal Resources (ASX:CDV) and was instrumental in both takeovers. He is a non-executive director of ASX-Listed Aeris Resources (ASX:AIS) and Xanadu Mines (ASX:XAM).
Peter Ledwidge, Managing Director, BSc Geology, MAIG, MAICD
Peter Ledwidge, Managing Director and founder of Mako Gold is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in exploration and mining. His career has focussed primarily on gold in Canada, Africa and Australia.
Prior to founding Mako Gold, Peter was a senior manager with ASX-listed Orbis Gold whereby he secured all of Orbis’ permits in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. Peter played a critical role in the discovery of the Nabanga gold deposit and thereafter contributed geological ideas towards the discovery of the Boungou mine, currently being mined by Endeavour Mining Corporation
Peter is fluently bilingual in French, the working language of the majority of West Africa and has established and maintained good professional contacts in West Africa.
Steven Zaninovich, Non-executive Director, B.Eng, MAusIMM
Steve is a degree qualified engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry. His career has encompassed all stages of the project development life cycle, from exploration and feasibility to construction and operations. Steve has worked extensively in West Africa and Australia in a variety of project development, maintenance and operational roles. He served as COO with Gryphon Minerals before assuming the role of Vice President of Major Projects and becoming part of the Executive Management Team at Teranga Gold Corporation (“Teranga”) following its acquisition of Gryphon, where he was responsible for the bankable feasibility study for the Wahgnion Gold Project. Steve has extensive West African on the ground experience, predominantly in gold, including Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.
Steve is currently a Non-Executive Director of Sarama Resources Ltd (TSXV:SWA), Kodal Minerals (AIM:KOD.L) and Maximus Resources Ltd (ASX:MXR). He previously held Non-Executive Director roles with Centaurus Metals, Gryphon Minerals, Orway Minerals Consultants, and an Executive position with Lycopodium Minerals.
Paul Marshall, Company Secretary, LLB, ACA
Paul holds a Bachelor of Law degree, a post Graduate Diploma in Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant. He has more than thirty years’ experience initially with Ernst & Young and subsequently twenty years spent in commercial roles as Company Secretary and CFO for a number of listed and unlisted companies mainly in the resources sector.
Paul has extensive experience in all aspects of company financial reporting, corporate regulatory and governance areas, business acquisition and disposal due diligence, capital raising and company listings and company secretarial responsibilities.
Ann Ledwidge, General Manager-Exploration, BSc Geology, MBA, MAIG
Ann, a founder of Mako Gold, is a qualified geologist with over 30 years' experience in mineral exploration. She has worked in various commodities but has focused primarily on gold and base metals projects for both junior and major companies in Canada, Africa and Australia. Ann ran her own consultancy for a number of years, based in Yukon, Canada providing technical expertise to a diverse group of junior exploration companies. She also previously worked as a mining inspector for the Canadian government, giving her insight into internationally approved codes and regulations for mining and water use.
Ann previously held the position of General Manager Exploration with Orbis Gold in Burkina Faso until their takeover by Semafo. During her time with Orbis she led the project team responsible for Orbis' Natougou discovery and advanced the Nabanga and Natougou projects to the resource estimation stage. Ann also oversaw the Scoping Study initially completed for the Natougou deposit.
Ibrahim Bondo, Operations Manager West Africa
Ibrahim, a founder of Mako Gold, has over 25years' experience in the mineral exploration industry in West Africa. Ibrahim has worked for numerous junior and major companies, on gold exploration and development projects in a variety of technical and logistical roles. He has experience with all aspects of exploration including permit acquisition, drilling, geochemistry, geophysics and logistics.
Ibrahim held the position of Logistics Manager for Orbis Gold. He was responsible for the construction and maintenance of camps as well as liaising with geologists to ensure the seamless operation of all projects. He was actively involved in business development and was responsible for liaising with local permit vendors. He was integral in the acquisition of new exploration permits and in maintaining good relationships with the vendors. Ibrahim’s leadership skills allowed him to multi-task with employees and contractors.
Ibrahim has excellent contacts with government officials as well as the private sector.
Boukare Guigma, Chief Geologist, MSc Geology
Boukaré, has over 15 years of experience, at senior levels, in the intensive exploration of the West African Birimian. Throughout his career, he has actively participated in exploration projects from grass roots to feasibility studies.
He has been involved in numerous gold and base metals discoveries and/or developments including the Natougou gold deposit (now the Boungou Mine), Nabanga gold deposit, Bissa gold deposit, Kiaka gold deposit and Gaoua copper gold porphyry in Burkina Faso.
As a skillful senior geologist, Boukaré has developed expertise in the fields of geological modelling, interpretation of mineralization, statistical and geostatistical analysis of complex systems.
Boukaré holds a Master's degree in Fundamental and Applied Geology from the University of Ouagadougou, Specialized Master in Modelling and Simulation of complex systems from the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, 2IE Foundation. He is also certified in Environmental and Minerals Resources Sustainable Management from the University of Liege, Belgium.