About Us

Michael E. Beckett, Chairman, Non-executive Director

Michael E. Beckett
Michael E. Beckett has some 40 years’ experience in the mining sector and he has been involved in the development of some of the largest gold mines in the world, in Africa and Papua New Guinea; iron ore mines in West Australia; industrial minerals in the Ukraine, Russia and Indonesia; and platinum in South Africa. As a former of chair of Ashanti Goldfields Ltd. and former Managing Director of Consolidated Gold Fields plc, Mr. Beckett has extensive knowledge of mining in Africa. Mr. Beckett is a non-executive Director of International Hotels Investment Ltd., Northam Platinum Ltd., Orica Ltd., Petroamerica Oil Corporation and The Egypt Trust Ltd.

Ian Cockerill, Non-executive Director

Ian Cockerill
Ian has nearly 40 years of experience in the mining industry, having previously been responsible for business development in AngloGold, and chief executive officer of both Gold Fields Ltd and AngloCoal, between 1999 and 2009. He is currently chairman of Petmin Ltd, a JSE mining company concentrating on bulk commodities, a non-executive director of Orica Ltd in Australia, the senior lead independent director of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, a non-executive director at Endeavour Mining Corporation. In addition, he is chairman of Leadership for Conservation in Africa, a not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable employment opportunities linked to conservation projects across the African continent.

Olivier Colom, Non-executive Director

Olivier Colom

Olivier Colom is a former French diplomat and diplomatic adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy, with extensive experience of African affairs. At the French Foreign Office, he helped to reform France’s development aid programme before specialising in European Union affairs, notably economic, financial, budgetary and agricultural affairs. After serving as a diplomat in Oslo and London, where he was seconded to the office of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2005-2006, he joined the French President’s staff at the Elysée Palace in 2007. In his role as diplomatic advisor and deputy “Sherpa” to President Nicolas Sarkozy, he was responsible for international economic matters, climate change negotiations, development aid and global governance reform, as well as preparations for international summits including the G20, G8, United Nations and French-speaking nations. From 2013 to 2016, he was a member of the Edmond de Rothschild Group’s Executive Committee, holding first the position of international adviser and then of Secretary General. Olivier Colom is currently the chairman of OC Advisory. He is a graduate of the National School of Administration and the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, and holds a degree in General Public Law (Sorbonne) and a master degree in International Law from Paris X University.

Ian Henderson, Non-executive Director

Ian Henderson
Ian Henderson was Managing Director at JP Morgan Asset Management and managed JPMorgan’s Natural Resources Funds for over twenty years until January 2012. Most recently he acted as a consultant to JP Morgan advising the Global Equities Team on Natural Resources equities. An employee since 1991, he was previously responsible for international portfolios and has extensive knowledge of the mining and oil and gas industries. Previously, Mr. Henderson spent nine years as director and chief investment officer at Wardley Investment Services International Limited. Prior to this, he served five years as an international portfolio manager involved in business development in London and New York for Morgan Grenfell & Co. Mr. Henderson began his career as an accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. He holds an LLB in Scots Law and an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Edinburgh University. He is also an ACA and FCA.

Livia Mahler, Non-executive Director

Livia Mahler

Livia Mahler has significant experience in corporate governance having sat on a number of Audit and Compensation committees. Ms. Mahler is currently an independent director and Chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee at Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) and is President and Chief Executive Officer of Computational Geosciences Inc. Computational Geosciences provides geophysical data processing services to the mining and oil & gas industries. Ms. Mahler previously served on the Audit and Compensation committees of Diversified Royalty Corp. (TSX:DIV), Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (NYSE/TSX:TRQ) and DuSolo Fertilizers Inc. (TSX.V:DSF). Ms. Mahler’s background also includes 20 years of venture capital experience where she invested in technology companies and was widely recognized for her strategic insights into the Canadian venture industry. Ms. Mahler received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Wayne McManus, Non-executive Director

Wayne McManus
Wayne McManus has extensive work experience in the private banking sector, providing accounting and wealth management services for high net worth clients. He has an LLM in taxation, a JD, and an MBA and has more than 20 years of academic experience in the accounting field. He is a Certified Public Accountant, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Sébastien de Montessus, CEO & President

Sébastien de Montessus

Mr. de Montessus is CEO & President of Endeavour Mining. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the La Mancha Group since 2012, and under his leadership La Mancha doubled its production through optimization efforts before undergoing a portfolio restructure which enabled the Sawiris family to become the main shareholder of Evolution Mining, a leading Australia gold miner, and of Endeavour Mining in November 2015. In September 2015, Mr. de Montessus was appointed to the board of Evolution Mining. Mr. de Montessus was previously a member of the Executive Board and Group Deputy CEO of AREVA Group (a world leader in nuclear energy) and CEO of AREVA Mining (uranium). Mr. de Montessus was a Board member of ERAMET, a world leader in alloying metals, between 2010 and 2012.

Before joining AREVA in 2002, Mr. de Montessus was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London (M&A and Equity Capital Markets). Mr. de Montessus is a business graduate from ESCP-Europe Business School in Paris.

Naguib Sawiris, Non-executive Director

Naguib Sawiris

Mr. Sawiris is Chairman of the advisory board of La Mancha, Chairman of the Board of Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l., and Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E. The Sawiris Family have substantial interests in the telecom, construction and fertiliser, cement, real estate and hotel development industries and other businesses. Mr. Sawiris founded Orascom Telecom Holding and developed it into a leading regional telecom player until a merger with Vimpelcom Ltd created the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider.

Mr. Sawiris has received a number of honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including the “Legion d’honneur” the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding services rendered to France, the Honor of Commander of the Order of the “Stella della Solidarietà Italiana”, the prestigious “Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam” award for services rendered to the people of Pakistan in the field of telecommunication, investments and social sector work. Mr. Sawiris serves on a number of additional Boards, Committees and Councils including the Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors, the International Advisory Board to the National Bank of Kuwait, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and the Arab Thought Foundation. Mr. Sawiris holds a diploma of Mechanical Engineering with a Masters in Technical Administration from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ETH Zürich and a Diploma from the German Evangelical School, Cairo, Egypt.