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Leadership

Board Composition and Experience

The Danakali board composition provides the experience and expertise to facilitate and manage the progression of DNK's 50% ownership of the Colluli Potash Project in Eritrea, East Africa:

Mr Seamus Cornelius

Mr Seamus Ian Cornelius
(Non-Executive Chairman)

Technical Background: Corporate lawyer LLB, LLM

Relevant Experience: Cross-border resources and finance commercial negotiations and documentation.

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Mr Paul Donaldson

Mr Paul Michael Donaldson
(Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director)

Technical Background: Masters Degree in Business and Technology, Degree in Chemical Engineering, Site General Manager (Mining Area C, BHP Billiton)

Relevant Experience: Extensive operational, technical marketing and supply chain management experience from a series of senior management roles with BHP Billiton.

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Mr John Fitzgerald

Mr John Daniel Fitzgerald
(Non Executive Director)

Technical Background: Chartered Accountant, Fellow of FINSIA, BSc Applied Science

Relevant Experience: Extensive project finance experience (Optimum Capital, NM Rothschild and Sons, Investec Bank Australia, Commonwealth Banks and HSBC Precious Metals).

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Mr Liam Cornelius

Mr Liam Raymond Cornelius
(Non-Executive Director)

Technical Background: Geologist

Relevant Experience: Extensive experience in the exploration industry across Australia, Asia and Africa. Founding member of Danakali Ltd.

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Ms Zhang Jing

Ms Zhang Jing
(Non-Executive Director)

Technical Background: Master’s Degree in International Consultancy and Accounting

Relevant Experience: Ms Zhang Jing joined the board in June 2016, and has held investment and project management roles in public listed companies in China. She brings more than 15 years of international trading and business development experience to the board.

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Mr Robert Gordon Connochie

Robert Gordon Connochie
(Non-Executive Director)

Technical Background: Industry expert, B.A. Sc, M.B.A.

Relevant Experience: Extensive senior line management experience from the potash industry, directorships of listed international potash companies and leadership positions on multiple Potash Industry Associations

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The board is supported by a strong management team:

Mr Chris Els

Mr Chris Els
(Chief Financial Officer)

Technical Background: Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand)

Relevant Experience: Over 22 years’ experience in senior finance executive roles in mining and agribusiness sectors in Australia, South Africa and Brazil.


Mr Danny Goeman

Mr Danny Goeman
(Head of Marketing)

Technical Background: Master’s Degree in Business Administration,General Manager Marketing & Industry Analysis Rio Tinto

Relevant Experience: Over 20 years of Marketing and Sales experience including Industry analysis, Price negotiation, market segmentation and product placement across multiple commodities and geographies (Australia, Asia, Europe).


Mr James Durrant

Mr James Durrant
(Study Manager)

Technical Background: BEng Mechanical and MSc Mining Engineering

Relevant Experience: Project management, organisational design and operational management of large scale open cut mines (BHP Billiton).


Mr Zeray Leake

Mr Zeray Leake
(Country Manager)

Technical Background: Geologist

Relevant Experience: Development and exploration of potash, gold, base metals and industrial minerals.

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