Zahir (Zip) Dhanani Founder & Chairman Advisory Board
Mr. Dhanani has over 20 years’ experience in the Canadian mining industry with extensive background in strategic planning, venture capital, capital structure, capital markets, business development, acquisitions and divestments. He has been active in the private equity arena since 1993, having invested and raised early-round funding in mining (precious and industrial mineral exploration), oil and gas(upstream), and technology (Internet / information, clean) sectors. He has served as an officer, director and financier of a variety of resource and technology companies, with industry experience in industrial minerals and real estate development. Mr. Dhanani has played an active role in negotiating and financing mining projects in Canada, United States, Brazil, Peru, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Mali, Niger, Turkey, Albania, Kosovo, Kazakhstan. He has very good relationships with large mining companies in China and has structured several joint venture partnerships with them. Mr. Dhanani has held various senior-level executive positions in a number of Public Companies.
Chih (Jeffrey) Yen Zhao Advisory Board Member
Mr. Zhao resides in Beijing, China, where he is the president of Beijing HRS Investment Consulting Co. Ltd., an investment banking firm, and a member of Globalscope, a leading group of corporate finance and business advisers operating globally to support clients in cross-border transactions.
Mr. Zhao focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financing and joint venture.
Mr. Zhao was formerly managing director of the Yily Group and the vice-president of Asia Finance Co. Ltd. based in Hong Kong, assisting private investment groups to make investments in China. He was also the former general manager (China division) of ACS Partners Inc. of New York, an investment banking firm, focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Anthony (Vincent) Spinelli BA Sc. Mech. Eng – Advisory Board Member
An O&G industry executive with 35 years of broad international experience managing billion-dollar companies in rapidly changing markets in Central Asia and Russia. Proven track record in operational turnarounds, HSE & cultural transformations, M&A, divestments and IPO preparation. Received 3rd Highest Order from the Kazakhstan President for outstanding contributions in the O&G industry.
John Booth BSc, LLB, JD, LLM – Advisory Board Member
30 years’ experience in financial services as a lawyer, investment banker, strategist, fund manager and senior executive at firms including Merrill Lynch International, ICAP, CEDEF, ABN AMRO, CIBC, World Bank, Climate Change Capital, and Conservation Finance. Until 2016 he served as Chairman /CEO of Midpoint Holdings. He is Chairman and/or NED & audit chair of several public listed companies active in natural resources and guest ESG lecturer in the graduate business school at Kings College, University of London.
Jeffrey Steiner BA, LLB, JD – Advisory Board Member
Mr. Steiner is a senior executive, experienced board director & lawyer involved with international trade, mining sector the film & TV industry, real estate, and early-stage angel investment. Jeff was a founding Director and served as Chair of the joint Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC). He recently joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as Strategic Advisor (globally). Earned the ICD.D Designation.