The Company’s Board of Directors is comprised of experienced individuals with a broad range of qualifications and interests, thus ensuring a diversity of viewpoints and expertise to help guide the Company’s continued success.

  • Mr. Howard B. Miller

    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Mr. Miller is a former lawyer with more than 35 years experience in the legal, financial, and natural resources sectors. He has been instrumental in the financing, exploration, and development of several mining projects in Africa, Central Asia, and Canada, including developing the Caribou Mine that he sold to Breakerwater Resources, is currently being restarted by Trevali Mining. Howard was also a founding director of Nelson Resources Ltd., which was sold to LukOil for $2.2 billion in 2005. A trust of Mr. Miller’s family owns about 11% of Avnel Gold.

  • Mr. John Kearney

    Lead Independent Director

    Mr. Kearney is a lawyer with more than 25 years experience managing public companies. Mr. Kearney has been Chairman and President of Canadian Zinc Corporation since June 2003 and is involved with a number of junior mining companies.

  • Mr. Andrew King

    Independent Director

    Mr. King is a former investment banker with significant expertise in resource financing and operations within emerging markets, including Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Until departing Standard Bank in 2014, he spent the prior 14 years in a variety of roles, including managing the Resource Banking division. Mr. King graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the London Business School.

  • Mr. Keith McCandlish

    Independent Director

    Mr. McCandlish is a Professional Geologist with more than 30 years of international geological and engineering experience. Since 2008, he has been the Managing Director of DMT Geosciences Ltd., an international geoscience and engineering consulting firm. Mr. McCandlish has extensive experience in the areas corporate finance, technical audits, project evaluation, and mining fraud investigations.

  • Mrs. Anne-Séverine Le Doaré

    Independent Director

    Mrs. Le Doaré is a lawyer registered at the Paris and Luxembourg (Liste IV) Bar with 14 years of experience in tax and mining. She founded her own law firm in 2007 and since that date has continued to work as a legal advisor to Avnel on various issues. Prior to that, she worked as a lawyer at the law firm Lette & Lette partners in Paris.

  • Mr. Ibrahim Kantao

    Independent Director

    Mr. Kantao has more than 25 years of experience in the natural resource sector as a geologist and administrator. He is currently the Director General of AEL Mali SARL, a Malian mining service company. Previously, he was National Director of Geology and Mines for the Malian Government.

  • Mr. Jonas U. Rydell

    Independent Director

    Mr. Rydell has more than 15 years experience in the finance Sector and has been employed as a Securities Analyst with Elliott Advisors (UK) since April 2004. Prior to that, he was a Vice President of Credit Suisse First Boston in London, UK. Mr. Rydell is also a director of Public Service Properties Investments Limited since 2007.