• Company Profile
  • Directors
  • Management
  • Corporate Governance

Company Profile

The Company strategy is to establish itself as the primary producer of gem quality Brazilian diamonds, with a focus on acquiring and developing advanced stage diamond projects in Brazil with a pathway to early production.

Five Star Diamonds now controls a dominant position in the Brazilian diamond sector with 100% ownership of all licences and a total focus on the development of sustainable kimberlite pipes.

The Company does not engage in environmentally damaging alluvial diamond mining and works closely with local, state and federal authorities to create an open, transparent and legal diamond industry in Brazil.

No. of Shares issued: 97,612,180 Ordinary Shares
Existing Shareholder Ownership:


Management has a successful track record of acquiring and discovering high quality resource sector assets in Brazil and globally.

Matthew Wood Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

Matthew is an outstanding mineral resource explorer and developer with over 25 years of global industry experience in mining and commodities investments. He has managed successful investment deals in diamonds, coal, energy, ferrous metals, base and precious metals and other commodities. His unique skills in technical and economic evaluation of resource opportunities, have resulted in an impressive record of nurturing resource deals from early stage, to market listings and successful exit strategies for his investors. Matthew has an Honours Degree in Geology from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Mineral Economics from the Western Australian School of Mines.

Luís Azevedo Executive Director & COO

Luís is a geologist and lawyer with over 25 years of business and mining experience in Brazil. He is an executive director of Avanco Resources, and and independent director of Brazil Minerals, Talon Metals and Harvest Minerals (formerly Triumph Tin). Luís is also the Founder and Managing Partner of FFA Legal. Their head office situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and which is focuses solely on natural resources companies. His practice is highly active in mergers and acquisitions for companies owning mineral assets and operating mining enterprises in Brazil. His experience spans base metals, industrial minerals, diamonds, and precious metals, and he continually works in contact with the highest levels of all branches of government in Brazil.
Luís previously worked for Western Mining, Barrick Gold, and Harsco. He assembled land packages that resulted in five initial public offerings of Canadian companies in Brazil (Talon, Avanco, Beadell, Brazilian Gold and Carnavale), since 2004. He received a Geology degree from UERJ - Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in 1986, a Law degree from Faculdade Integradas Cândido Mendes in 1992, and a Post degree from PUC-Rio, Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro in 1995.

Aneel Waraich Director

Mr. Waraich is the founder and managing partner of ATMA Capital Markets and ATMACORP LTD, which focuses primarily on advising public and private companies in the natural resources sector. Prior to founding ATMA Capital Markets, Mr. Waraich worked as an investment banker at Dundee Capital Markets focusing on deal origination, going-public transactions and financings for both public and private companies in the resource and technology sectors. In previous roles at Goodman and Company Investment Counsel and Dundee Capital Markets, Mr. Waraich worked as an analyst valuing private equity companies. Mr. Waraich completed his MBA from the Goodman Institute of Investment Management at the John Molson School of Business and passed level II of the CFA ® program.

Max Jahn Director

Mr. Jahn is Managing Director of investment fund R&R Venture Partners. The fund specializes in investments in natural resources as well as media and tech-investments and has made over 30 investments to date. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Jahn worked as CFO of the Neue Galerie New York for 5 years, and before that as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Jahn holds an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna where he obtained a Masters in Law degree. He also holds a Master in Business degree from the Vienna University of Economics & Business.

Gizman Abbas Non Executive Director

Gizman Abbas has led natural resources investment and development operations for some of the world’s leading financial institutions, leaning on his combined expertise in finance and engineering. Abbas was a founding partner of the commodity investment business at Apollo Management, one of the largest private equity businesses in the world with more than $160 billion under management. Previously, he was Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he invested successfully in the oil & gas, power, bio-fuels, metals & mining, and agriculture sectors. Abbas began his finance career in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley, having previously been a Senior Project Engineer on oil & gas construction projects for Exxon Mobil Corporation and a Co-Op Power Engineer at Southern Company. Abbas, also a successful real estate developer, holds a BS, Electrical Engineering, from Auburn University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Nicholas Pike Non Executive Director

Nicholas possesses extensive experience at the governance level, serving on the Boards of numerous listed and unlisted companies in both, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has widespread experience with off-shore investment funds, with key exposure to private equity investments.


Joe Burke GM Marketing

Joe was previously a senior manager of Hunnu Coal and engineered their successful $500m takeover by Banpu plc. Joe was also the CEO of Voyager Resources (copper and gold in Mongolia and Brazil) and on the board of Avenue Resources (tin exploration in Brazil). He holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

Paulo Ilídio de Brito Consultant, Exploration

Paulo is a geologist based in Brazil, has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, dealing primarily with gold, copper, nickel and industrial minerals. Paulo is a Principal of consulting group Brasgeo and was until recently Exploration Manager of Paringa Resources Limited. Previously, he worked as a senior geologist with WMC Resources Ltd for 18 years until the closure of their activities in Brazil in 2002.

Paulo is a member of AIG (Australian Institute of Geoscientists) and a member of AusIMM (The Minerals Institute).

Corporate Governance

Five Star Diamonds believes sound and concrete corporate practices will benefit the Company, our employees and all of our shareholders, now and into the future. The following policies constitute a structure that will allow the Company to grow in a healthy and efficient manner over the coming years and reflect Five Star’s commitment to ethical business practices.

  • Human Resources Policy – Coming soon
  • Risk Management Policy – Coming Soon
  • Code of Conduct and Business Ethics – Coming Soon