Nigel Ferguson

Managing Director (BSc Geology, FAusIMM, MAIG)

Mr Ferguson is a geologist with 32 years of experience who has worked in senior management positions for the past 20 years in a variety of locations. He has experience in the discovery and definition of precious and base metal mineral resources throughout the world, including DRC, Zambia, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, South East Asia and Central America. He has been active in the DRC since 2004 in gold and base metals exploration and resource development.

Mr Feguson wa founding director of Burey Gold Ltd, Ethan Minerals Ltd and has been associated with several other IPO’s on the ASX and TSXV exchanges.

Mr Ferguson is also a Director of Okapi Resources Ltd (ASX: OKR) and Director of AJN Resources Corp.



Non-Executive Director (Dip. Engineering (Civil))

Mr Brans is an experienced director and civil engineer with over 45 years’ experience in project developments. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Australian Potash Limited and Carnavale Resources Ltd. Previously, Mr Brans was a founding director of Perseus Mining Limited and served on the boards of Syrah Resources Limited, Tiger Resources Limited and Monument Mining Limited.

Throughout his career, Mr Brans has been involved in the management of feasibility studies and the design and construction of mineral treatment plants across a range of commodities and geographies including for gold in Ghana, copper in the DRC and graphite in Mozambique. He has extensive experience as an owner’s representative for several successful mine feasibility studies and project developments.




Technical Director (BSc MSc DIC)

Mr Johnston is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in Australia, the Middle East, Romania, Malaysia and the DRC.  Mr Johnston worked on various gold projects before joining Rio Tinto and then with Midwest Corporation where he was the Principal Geologist during its sale to Sinosteel Corporation for US$1.4 billion.  Following this, Mr Johnston was a funding director of Goldstar Resources and then Ferrowest Limited where he was Technical Director for nine years and contributed to the successful completion of the Feasibility Study for the Yalgoo Pig Iron Project. 

Mr Johnston’s technical experience is focused on the transition between orebody delineation and mine opening and has worked on over five projects that resulted in new mines being commissioned.  Mr Johnston initially joined the AVZ team in May 2017 as Project Manager for the Manono Project before stepping into the role of Techical Director.


Non-Executive Director

Mr Hongliang Chen is a nominee of the Huayou Cobalt Group to the AVZ Board. Mr Chen joined the Huayou Cobalt Group in May 2002 and is currently a director and the president of the parent company, Shanghai stock exchange-listed Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co Ltd. Mr Chen previously worked in management positions at the Agricultural Bank of China, Tongxiang Branch Investment Corporation Tongxiang Securities Department and Shenyin Wanguo Securities Co Ltd.



Non-Executive Director (BCom/LLB, GD-AppFin, GAICD)

Mr Huljich has over 25 years’ experience in the legal, natural resources and banking sectors with a particular expertise in capital markets, mining, commodities and African related matters.  He has worked in London for several prestigious investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and Macquarie Bank with a focus on Commodities and Equity and Debt Capital Markets and has extensive on-the-ground African mining, oil and gas and infrastructure experience as the Senior Negotiator and Advisor for Power, Mining and Infrastructure at Industrial Promotion Services, the global infrastructure development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) whilst resident in Nairobi, Kenya.  Mr Huljich holds Bachelor of Commerce and an LLB from the University of Western Australian and is a Graduate of the Securities Institute of Australia with National Prizes in Applied Valuation and Financial Analysis. Mr Huljich is also a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. Mr Huljich is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Kogi Iron Limited (ASX:KFE).

Leonard math

CFO & Company Secretary

Mr Math is a Chartered Accountant with more than 13 years of resources industry experience. He previously worked as an auditor at Deloitte and is experienced with public company responsibilities including ASX and ASIC compliance, control and implementation of corporate governance, statutory financial reporting and shareholder relations.



Director Corporate Affairs -Dathcom Mining (Pr. Eng., MBA, M.Sc. Min.Proc. Eng., FSAIMM)

A metallurgist with 34 years experience in the African mining industry covering various commodities including PGMs, uranium and base metals as well as in the design, commissioning and operation of mineral processing plants. He was formerly Director of Hatch – Industrial Minerals (2004-06), Project Director for Areva Resources Centrafrique (2008-12), and a Business Development Executive, Worley Parsons from 2012 focussed on project development opportunities in Africa, including the DRC.

From 2016 he was Partner focussing on business development and metallurgy for DRC at Madini Metals, a specialist African mine developer and operator.  Mr Ngandu joins the team as Director of Corporate Affairs for Dathcom Mining the DRC subsidiary.

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