Board of Directors

Mr Brett Clark – Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Clark is a senior executive with 25 years’ experience in the mining and energy sectors in funding, operations and advisory, with Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, CRA Limited, WMC Resources Limited, Iron Ore Company of Canada, Rio Tinto Limited and subsequently with Ernst and Young, Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd, Oakajee Port and Rail, Mitsubishi Development and Murchison Metals. Mr Clark has extensive leadership experience from board positions held at both listed and unlisted companies. His expertise ranges from project development to operations, sales and marketing in gold, iron ore, copper, nickel, coal, industrial minerals, and upstream oil and gas across Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. His experience includes bond raisings, debt restructuring, equity, and mezzanine financing in the US and Asian capital markets.

Mr Clark is currently a Managing Partner at Doonbeg Group, a maritime, project finance, metals and mining, and specialty lending merchant bank offering advisory services across a range of interests.

Mr Clark holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Curtin University in Western Australia and Graduate Diploma of Business Management and Finance from Deakin University in Victoria.

Farouk Chaouni – Non-Executive Director

Farouk Chaouni is a principal and the Chairman of the Agrifos Group. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Chaouni was involved in numerous transactions in the U.S. phosphate fertilizer industry including the acquisition of the fertilizer assets of W.R. Grace (Seminole Fertilizer), the acquisition of the Wingate Creek Mine, and the re-commissioning of the Mississippi Chemical Pascagoula phosphate fertilizer plant. Mr. Chaouni served as the Chairman of Seminole Fertilizer until its sale to Tosco in 1989.

In 1998, Mr. Chaouni was instrumental in Agrifos’ acquisition of ExxonMobil’s Pasadena phosphate fertilizer plant, which was converted to an ammonium sulfate plant in 2011 and sold to Rentech Nitrogen Partners in 2012. Prior to launching his entrepreneurial activities in the U.S., Mr. Chaouni was the Commercial Director of Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP), the large Moroccan phosphate company, where he was responsible for worldwide phosphate rock and fertilizer sales and raw material purchases.

Timothy CottonTimothy Cotton – Non-Executive Director

Timothy Cotton has over two decades of experience in the phosphate mining and fertilizer sector, with a strong focus on business and project development, strategic transactions, M&A and finance.

Mr. Cotton is Vice Chairman and a principal in the Agrifos Group of companies, which include Agrifos Partners LLC, Baobab Partners LLC and Vulcan Phosphates LLC. The Agrifos Group is a significant shareholder in Avenira and in JDCPhosphate, Inc. Mr. Cotton began his career in the merchant banking department of Kidder, Peabody & Co., later becoming a vice president at Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co., a New York-based investment bank. Mr. Cotton formed the Agrifos Group with his partner, Mr. Farouk Chaouni, in 1993.

In addition to his role in the Agrifos Group, Mr. Cotton is a director of Zalagh Holding S.A., an integrated poultry company, and MedInstill LLC, a medical device company.

David Mimran – Non-Executive Director

David Mimran brings to the Avenira team tremendous knowledge and experience in operating within West Africa. He is a Non-Executive Director of TSX/ASX listed Teranga Gold Corporation, CEO of Grands Moulins d’Abidjan and Grands Moulins de Dakar, one of the largest producers of flour and agri-food in West Africa.

Mr. Mimran is head of Tablo Corporation, Miminvest SA, and Mimran Natural Resources, all established as investment vehicles into West Africa’s natural resource sector by Mr. Mimran and the Mimran Group, a family conglomerate with a history of successful business operations in Africa and Europe.

Previous roles included Vice Chairman and founding partner of Breeden Partners, L.P. from 2006 to 2012, an actively managed investment fund focused on value generation in U.S. public companies, and Vice Chairman of Milestone Merchant Partners, a Washington-based investment bank from 2003 to 2005. Prior to 2003, Mr. Mimran served as the President of several food processing, grain and shipping companies across Europe and West Africa. He has served as a director and principal to the Bank of West Africa (CBAO), one of the largest banking groups in the region, as well as Archer Daniels Midland Company.

He is currently a Director of the Mimran Group, and on Board of Trustees for Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Mr. Mimran currently acts as Special Advisor to the government of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire where he has led negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Union, and the Government of the Republic of France.

Dr. Louis Calvarin – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Louis Calvarin, who is currently based in Sénégal, has three decades experience with a focus on operational excellence and optimization in various process industries including basic chemicals, specialty chemicals and the fertilizer industry. In the latter he has been active in the full value chain, from mining exploration through phosphate rock procurement, ocean logistics and rock transformation into standard as well as specialty fertilizer products.

Dr. Calvarin has led technology development and engineering projects at Rhodia in France (now Solvay) before focusing on mineral processing business operations in several European countries. He then relocated to the United States to lead the manufacturing operations of the merging Rhodia and Albright & Wilson businesses. When the division was spun-off to private equity major Bain Capital as Innophos, he stayed on board to lead the company’s operations through a successful IPO, de-leveraging and then external growth into nutrition business lines.


Rod Wheatley – Chief Financial Officer / Company SecretaryRod Wheatley

Rod Wheatley is a senior accountant who has worked within the oil and gas, and resource industry for in excess of 12 years in the capacity of company accountant, group financial controller and chief financial officer.

Mr Wheatley joined Avenira (formerly Minemakers) in 2009 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2011. Prior to joining Avenira, Mr Wheatley held senior accounting positions in a number of ASX and AIM listed production and exploration companies. He has extensive experience in management and project accounting, financial reporting at national and international levels, mergers and acquisitions and implementation of accounting systems and procedures.

Manar BA – Director General (Sénégal)

Mr. Manar BA is the founding manager of Atlas Ressources Sarl which became Baobab Mining and Chemicals Corporation SA after merging with Agrifos West Africa SA.

Mr BA is graduated in business law and administration of the universities of Paris I – Sorbonne (France) and Berkeley School of Law – Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley-USA) and heads the project since its beginning in 2011. Current General Manager of BMCC SA, Mr. BA has a solid experience in the management of Senegalese companies in the areas of trade and mining and has built a strong relationship with the local populations around the project areas.

John RibbonsJohn Ribbons – Company Secretary

John Ribbons is an accountant who has worked within the resources industry for over 18 years in the capacity of company accountant, group financial controller, chief financial officer or company secretary.

Mr Ribbons has extensive knowledge and experience with ASX listed production and exploration companies. He has considerable site based experience with operating mines and has also been involved with the listing of several exploration companies on ASX. Mr Ribbons has experience in capital raising, ASX and TSX compliance and regulatory requirements. Currently, Mr Ribbons is a director of Montezuma Mining Company Limited.