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.
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 is a geologist and lawyer with over 25 years of business and mining experience in Brazil. He is an independent director of Brazil Minerals, Avanco Resources, 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.
Brian is a Chartered Accountant, a registered and official liquidator and has almost 20 years’ experience in the area of corporate reconstruction and turnaround and performance improvement. Brian’s experience includes numerous reorganisations and turnarounds, including being instrumental in the recapitalisation and listing of 12 Australian companies on the Australian Stock Exchange. Brian’s experience includes significant working periods in the United States, South America, Asia and India. Brian is also a director of a number of ASX listed companies.
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.
Simon has been active for over 30 years in financial public relations and investor relations. He started his career in 1982 at Dewe Rogerson Ltd. More recently, Simon was a Principal of Bankside Consultants where he specialised in the natural resources sector with clients such as Antofagasta, Ormonde Mining, Scotgold and Minera IRL. In 2014, he set up Capital Market Consultants Limited.
Simon is also a non-executive director of London Nusantara, an ISDX listed palm oil plantation company, Rothschild Diamonds, and Stonedragon Limited, a company set up to establish a digital retail distribution network in West Africa.
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 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 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).
Five Star Diamonds Limited 2017.