DR. SERGEY V KURZIN
Director, Executive Chairman
Dr Sergey Kurzin is a Russian-born (1960) research engineer who moved to the United Kingdom in 1990 and has since played a key role in initiatives to acquire and progress several important Former Soviet Union mining assets. These include Julietta (a high grade gold deposit in Magadan, Russia, with Bema Gold), Kupol (a high grade epithermal gold deposit in Chukotka, Russia, also with Bema Gold), and the Varvarinskoye copper and gold skarn deposit in Kazakhstan with European Minerals Corporation. He has also played a key role in establishing UrAsia Energy Ltd, a uranium producer with mining operations in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He founded Oriel Resources Plc and held the position of its Executive Chairman.
Director, Managing Director
Sergei Stefanovich is a lawyer by initial training and received an MBA from IMD (Institute for Management Development), Lausanne, Switzerland. He has over 16 years of corporate finance, strategy & business development experience principally focused on Russia and larger FSU area. He has managed a public equity mining fund that invested into junior mining companies and was Director (Strategy and M&A) for Norilsk Nickel and a past Board member of Gold Fields Limited. He served as a legal counsel for Sputnik private equity funds, AT&T & McKenna & Co. He resides in Moscow and is fluent in Russian and English.
DR. ALEXANDER YAKUBCHUK
Director of Exploration
Dr Alexander Yakubchuk joined Orsu in 2008 as a consultant and later as Director of Exploration, bringing more than 14 years of experience gained in the FSU, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as internationally in Australia, Mongolia, China, Canada, and several European countries. During 2003-2007 he held the position of Exploration Manager for Europe and FSU for Gold Fields. Dr Yakubchuk has previously worked with and consulted companies such as BHP-Billiton, Norilsk Nickel, Goldcorp, Rio Tinto, World Bank and Inco and previously lectured as an Associate Professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University for 5 years.
Chief Financial Officer
Dan O’Brien is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. He is also Chief Financial Officer for a number of publicly listed exploration companies trading on the TSX and TSX Venture exchanges. Mr. O’Brien was previously a senior manager at a leading Canadian accounting firm where he specialized in the audit of public companies in the mining and resource sector. Mr. O’Brien resides in British Columbia, Canada.