International experience discovering and developing mines

Peter van der BorghManaging Director
Peter is a corporate geologist who has been instrumental in the discovery and development of greenfield and brownfield gold and base metals deposits in Australia, Ireland and Turkey. As Technical Director of ASX-listed African and South American-focused uranium and specialty metals company Globe Uranium, Peter was instrumental in the discovery of the major Kanyika niobium deposit in Malawi.

In 2006, Peter formed and listed ASX gold company Cortona Resources, where, as Managing Director, he oversaw the development of the Dargues Gold Mine in NSW, securing the first gold mining permit in the State for more than ten years before completing a successful merger in 2013. The mine is now in production.

More recently until 2018, Peter was Managing Director of ASX-listed European focused base-metals company Zinc of Ireland, during which time a maiden JORC resource was published at the Kildare Zinc Project, and several significant discoveries were made.

Peter has been a Fellow of the Geological Society since 1998 and is a competent person under the JORC Code. He has overseen successful capital raisings totalling more than A$40 million, and a development financing agreement with an international bank for more than A$40 million.
Mark RachovidesChairman
Mark Rachovides is President of Euromines, the recognised representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry. The association’s main objective is to promote the industry and its relations with European institutions at all levels.

Mark is a Consultant to Dundee Precious Metals and a Director of GreenRoc Mining Plc. He has held numerous board positions in natural resources companies active in Europe and elsewhere over the last 20 years, and was formerly an Executive Director of European Goldfields, acquired by Eldorado in early 2012.

Previously he was Vice President, Europe at Dundee Resources Limited after spending 11 years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD.) He has been involved in a wide variety of projects in the former Soviet Union, Southern and Eastern Europe and holds an MA from Oxford University.
Ian JeffersonFinance Director
Ian is a Chartered Accountant and has 36 years of experience in the accounting profession. He was admitted to membership of the ICAEW in 1991 and became a Fellow in 2001. He is Managing Partner of the London office of Azets, a Top 10 accounting firm in the UK, and sits on the Regional Management Board.

Ian has a diverse client portfolio across a broad range of industries from education, commodities, telecoms, media, technology and property and provides accounting, audit and assurance and tax advisory services. He also works with a number of AIM and fully listed entities combining an expertise in financial reporting and managing outsourced services. He is well-versed in the complexities of reporting under IFRS to UK and non-UK registered businesses operating in the UK. Ian has worked across many sectors but has developed a particular focus on the technology and property and construction industries.
Dr. Ahmet Kerim SenerNon-Executive Director

Kerim graduated from the University of Southampton with a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Geology in 1997 and from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, with an MSc in Mineral Exploration in 1998. After working in gold exploration and mining in Zimbabwe, Kerim completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2004 and worked on a variety of projects in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. He co-founded AIM-listed Ariana Resources Plc where he remains Managing Director and has been responsible for the discovery of over 4.3Moz of gold in eastern Europe.

Until December 2021, he was also Non-Executive Chairman of LSE-listed Panther Metals plc, having since taken the position of Non-Executive Chairman of Panther Metals Ltd following its listing on the ASX. In addition, he is an Adjunct Research Associate at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia. Kerim is also a Fellow of The Geological Society of London, Member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Member of the Chamber of Geological Engineers in Turkey and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Harry Anagnostaras-AdamsNon-Executive Director
Harry founded Cyprus-based Semarang Enterprises Ltd in 2004 and, through Semarang, has founded Venus Minerals, Atalaya Mining Limited and KEFI Minerals. Prior to that he lived in Australia and had co-founded Citicorp Capital Investors Australia Limited in 1983 and made its first Australian investments, Pilatus Capital Limited and made its first mining investments and the peak industry body in the 1990s Australian Gold Council, representing over 100 gold companies in dealings with Government and the public.

He has supported many start-ups, principally in the natural resources sector through the roles of Chairman, Deputy Chairman or Managing Director. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 while working with PricewaterhouseCoopers and has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Institute of Company Directors.

He has been a resident of Cyprus since 2004 and, during that time, has supported the introduction of modern mineral exploration and industrial developments in accordance with best international industry practice and standards for environmental, social and technical performance. He has also been involved in investments exceeding €500 million in Spain, Ethiopia and Cyprus.
Christos KavalopoulosNon-Executive Director
Christos is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens - School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. From 1981 until 1997, he worked at the Mining Company of Delphi - Distomo (subsidiary of Aluminium of Greece), as a Mining Engineer and in 1998 he was appointed as General Manager of Operations of the Hellenic Post.

In 2001, he became General Manager of the SABO group and in 2002-3 he dealt with construction companies and from various positions of responsibility and was the technical director of the marble quarries of Dionyssos Pentelis.

From 2003 until today, he has been General Manager of the Greek Mining Enterprises Association and from 2004 until today he has been representing Greek Mining Enterprises Association in Euromines (European Association of Mining Industries).

From 2013 until today he has been representing the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and Greek Employers in the Advisory Committee of Safety and Health at work (ACSH) and since 2017 he has represented the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises in the Board of Directors of the Greek Institute of Health and Safety at work.
Dr. Alistair ClarkNon-Executive Director
Alistair is a graduate of Bradford University and obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London. Currently, he is a Non-Executive Director of UK Export Finance and Chair of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council. He also sits on the Board of trustees of the charity Television for the Environment.

From 2001 until 2021, Alistair was Managing Director, Environment and Sustainability Department at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). During this period the Bank undertook Environmental and social Appraisals of over 5000 projects in diverse sectors (extractive, infrastructure, municipal, marine, financial, SMEs, manufacturing/Industrial sectors etc), and oversaw the development of the 5-year policy frameworks for environmental and social issues under which the institution can operate. Developed the Annual Sustainability Report which details the Bank’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) of its internal and investment activities.

During his time at EBRD, Alistair was involved in the management of challenging projects to protect against reputational damage; managed the financial and diverse technical resources so that an effective support/compliance function can operate in tandem; Incubated new activities such as labour and human rights, climate change adaptation/road safety/gender/AMR, which resulted in new banking products and enhance development impacts of the Bank’s investments. During his tenure at EBRD, he ensured that the Bank was at the forefront of climate and ESG issues and was associated with best market practice. He has recently been awarded the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Impact Assessment in recognition of his work at the EBRD.

Before joining EBRD, Alistair held Senior Vice President and Senior Management positions at URS Dames & Moore, where he helped develop new markets in Middle East, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union, specialising in environmental and social due diligence of major extractive projects, Corporate M&A activities, Project finance and IPO support.
Dimitrios KonstantinidisNon-Executive Director, Venus Cyprus
Demetris is a Cypriot, who graduated from Charles University of Prague with a first-class MSc (Hons) degree in Geology in 1971 and a PhD at the same University in 1973.

Demetris worked for 25 years as an exploration geologist and for 5 years as Director of Public and International Relations at the Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME). He was the head of the teams that discovered the Molaoi VMS deposit, Aisimi mixed sulphides prospect, the strata-bound mineralisation at Marlou of Thassos island and other resources of base and precious metals in Greece. He represented IGME in various bodies of the European Union and EuroGeoSurveys.

From 1998 to 2016, Demetris held various managerial positions at Thrace Minerals Plc, EMED Mining Plc, EMED Slovakia Ltd and Atalaya Mining Plc. Demetris led companies that discovered the Sappes Gold Deposit in Greece and the Biely Vrch Gold Deposit in Slovakia. He was also the co-ordinator of the technical teams that prepared the final reports for the reopening of the Rio Tinto mine in Andalusia whose production in 2021 exceeded 56,000 tons of copper.

As Thrace Minerals’ and EMED Mining’s representative at EuroMines from 2011 to 2014, he was first Vice and then Chairman of Euromines’ Communication Committee.

He has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals, and other publications.
Nicos Adamides Geological Consultant
Nicos was born in Cyprus and received his first degree at the University of London (King’s College) and his Ph. D. from Leicester University on the genesis of the copper deposits in Cyprus. He spent the early years of his career in exploration across most of Cyprus’ mining districts. He subsequently emigrated to Australia where he spent 13 years split between exploring for base metals and gold for a number of companies, and working with the Geological Survey of Western Australia, mainly involved in regional geological mapping.

On his return to Cyprus, Nicos continued working on the exploration and evaluation of the copper deposits across the Island and was involved in the development and reopening of the Rio Tinto deposits in Spain. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed papers on the geology and genesis of sulphide deposits in Cyprus and Spain.