Michael M. Brown

Senior Vice President, Managing Director-Technical & Operations at Pala Investments Ltd.

Michael M. Brown

Michael M. Brown

Senior Vice President, Managing Director-Technical & Operations at Pala Investments Ltd.

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De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd.
Asian Mineral Resources Ltd.

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218

Number of Boards

5

Birthday

1961

Age

57

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Senior Vice President & General Counsel at GEOVIA

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Pala Investments Ltd.

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Managing Partner at Pala Investments Ltd /Switzerland

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Managing Partner at Pala Investments Ltd /Switzerland

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Managing Director, Investment Team at Pala Investments Ltd /Switzerland

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Former Vice President at Pala Investments Ltd /Switzerland

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Vice President, Legal Team at Pala Investments Ltd /Switzerland

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Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Nevada Copper Corp.

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Managing Partner & General Counsel at Pala Investments Ltd /Switzerland

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Copperbank Resources Corp.

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Michael M. Brown
Senior Vice President, Managing Director-Technical & Operations at Pala Investments Ltd.
Education
B.Sc. in Mining Engineering

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is more commonly known as Wits University. The university has its roots in the mining industry, as do Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand in general. Founded in 1896 as the South African School of Mines in Kimberley, it is the third oldest South African university in continuous operation, after the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University.

Career History
Senior Vice President, Managing Director-Technical & Operations
Current

Pala Investments Ltd. is a British private company headquartered in Saint Helier that operates in several countries. The firm operates as private equity and venture capital firm. It was founded by Jan Alex Castro. An excerpt from the company's website reads as follows: Pala is a multi-strategy investment company focused on the mining and metals value chain with a strong track record of successful investments and value creation. Pala’s team has extensive experience within the sector and seeks to assist companies in which it has long-term share holdings by providing strategic advice and innovative solutions in development, production, expansion and turnaround situations. Pala also pursues a range of liquid investment strategies. Pala invests across all geographies and in all mining commodities as well as mining services and consumables.

Registered Professional Engineer
Current
Senior Vice President
2011 - 2013

Pala is a specialist investment manager focused on the mining and metals sector. The firm invests worldwide in private equity as well as in public companies, both in established and emerging markets. They consider investments across a variety of commodities and minerals, including base metals, precious metals, industrial minerals, oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, coalbed methane and alternative energy sources. They also invest in mining services and consumables, as well as in mineral processing, mining technology and mining infrastructure. Their investments have included mining operations for gold and diamonds. In emerging markets they target early-stage companies, whereas in established market they tend to invest in larger companies, including in turnaround situations.Pala is a hands-on investor who gets actively involved in their investee companies at the board level. They provide strategic advisory and innovative financing solutions, and stay invested over the long term. The firm invests up to USD 150 million in the form of direct equity, debt and mezzanine financing. The firm's investment approach starts with a top-down macro view of developments within their sector of interest, and they may also invest opportunistically outside of their key sector of focus. Individual investment decisions are bottom-up and based on in-depth fundamental research at the company level.

Boards & Committees
Independent Non-Executive Director
2018 - Current

Gem Diamonds is a leading global producer of high value diamonds. The Company owns the the Letšeng mine in Lesotho and is developing the Ghaghoo mine, currently in Botswana. The Letšeng mine is famous for the production of large, top colour, exceptional white diamonds, making it the highest average dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world. Since Gem Diamonds’ acquisition of Letšeng in 2006, the mine has produced four of the twenty largest white gem quality diamonds ever recorded. Gem Diamonds has a clear and consistent growth strategy based on the expansion of the Letšeng mine and the development of the Ghaghoo mine. The Company also seeks to maximise revenue and margin from its rough diamond production by pursuing diamond cutting, polishing and sales and marketing initiatives further along the diamond value chain. With favourable supply/demand dynamics expected to benefit the industry over the medium to long term, particularly at the high end of the market supplied by Gem Diamonds, this strategy positions the Company strongly to generate attractive returns for shareholders well into the future.

Director
2013 - Current

Nevada Copper Corp. engages in the identification, acquisition, exploration, and development of copper and other mineral properties. It focuses on the development of Pumpkin Hollow project. The company was founded by Brian P. Kirwin and Giulio T. Bonifacio on June 16, 1999 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Director
Current

Dumas Contracting Ltd. provides underground mining contracting services. It specializes in mine construction, mine development, production mining, mine services and engineering. Dumas full-service underground mining contractor providing services to clients throughout the Americas. The firm has locations in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Timmins, Toronto and Val-d'Or. The company was founded by Daniel Dumas in 1994 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.