• Dakota Minerals Sepeda Lithium Project

    Fuelling the European
    energy transition

    Lithium from Europe, for Europe

  • Cropped Sky

    Fuelling the European
    energy transition

  • David Frances

    David Frances

    President & CEO

    International mining executive of 25 years with a track record of developing assets in Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo) with Mawson West (TSX: MWE) from 2006- 2012. Mr Frances took MWE private in 2009 when it was a $5M ASX listed company with exploration and development projects in the DRC.

    After successfully completing a transaction with Anvil Mining and subsequently recommissioning and restarting the Dikulushi copper-silver mine Mr Frances then completed the largest base metals capital raise and IPO in the world for 2010 when MWE was listed on the TSX with a market capitalisation of $250M.

    David has also overseen other successful developments and his experience in successfully exploring, funding, and developing projects, his proven corporate strategic skills, and his knowledge of equity capital and debt markets will complement the highly experienced and successful management team of Novo Lítio.

  • Dr Francis Wedin

    Dr Francis Wedin

    Technical Director

    Francis Wedin is a mining and metals industry executive, with a diverse expatriate working background spanning three continents and multiple commodities, producing a proven track record of mineral exploration and development success. Whilst MD of Asgard Metals, Francis was involved in the identification and acquisition of the Lynas Find lithium project, which was later vended to Novo Lítio. Since joining Novo Lítio as Technical Director, he has overseen the discovery of two new lithium resources, on two continents, in under a year. He is now focused on developing Novo Lítio into a globally significant, sustainable lithium supplier to the European battery market.

    Francis has a PhD in mineral exploration parameters focused on the Tethyan Metallogenic Belt, is a Fellow of the Geological Society, London, and a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is bilingual in English and Turkish, with proficiencies in other languages. He is currently studying an MBA with a focus on renewable energy technologies related to the lithium market.

  • John Fitzgerald

    John Fitzgerald

    Non-Executive Chairman

    Mr Fitzgerald is an experienced Company Director and resource financier. He has worked with the resources sector for 30 years providing corporate advisory, project finance and commodity risk management services to a large number of companies in that sector. Mr Fitzgerald is a Non-Executive and lead Independent Director of Northern Star Resources Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Danakali Resources Ltd, and Carbine Resources Ltd. He has previously held positions as Chairman of Integra Mining Ltd and Atherton Resources as well as senior executive roles with a number of Investment Banks with a focus on the provision of services to the mining sector. Mr Fitzgerald is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of FINSIA and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Professor Dudley John Kingsnorth

    Professor Dudley John Kingsnorth

    Non-Executive Director

    Professor Kingsnorth is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, in addition to being a Fellow and past VP of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (UK).

    He has more than 45 years’ experience in the international mining industry, and is internationally recognised as a world authority on lithium and rare earths markets. Dudley is the current leader of the Curtin Graduate School of Business’s Critical Materials Initiative.

    He is also an experienced director and has acted as Chairman, Managing Director, CEO, Director, Project Manager, and Marketing Manager, for various listed and unlisted Companies in the, lithium, rare earths, tantalum, gold, iron ore and aluminium sectors.

  • David Frances
  • Dr Francis Wedin
  • John Fitzgerald
  • Professor Dudley John Kingsnorth

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