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Directors & Officers

Irwin Olian -Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman and Director
Mr. Olian is an entrepreneur with a background in finance and law. During the past six years, he has developed a business as a self-employed private investment banker and business consultant to emerging companies, in fields ranging from biotechnology to high technology. His clients have included NASDAQ companies. He serves as chief executive officer of Famous Entertainment, Ltd., a privately-held independent motion picture company. Mr. Olian was a co-founder and principal shareholder of North American Scientific, Inc., a Los Angeles based manufacturer of radioisotope products for the medical industry, including seeds implanted for the treatment of prostate cancer. NASI has grown from a startup to a successful NASDAQ company. Irwin was the founder and served as CEO and Chairman of Pan African until its acquisition by Asia Thai Mining Co. Ltd. in June 2008.

Mr. Olian's prior finance experience includes a position as Senior Vice President, Investments, with Sutro & Co. Inc., an established investment banking and brokerage firm in San Francisco. He also served as Vice President of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Olian's legal experience includes a position as a Senior Attorney for Warner Bros. Inc at Burbank Studios, a position as business affairs executive with talent agency International Creative Management, and a position as a corporate attorney with Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel in Los Angeles, and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.

He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Economics and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Mr. Olian gained knowledge of the mining industry as a shareholder of a number of exploratory mining companies.

Jennifer Todhunter - Chief Financial Officer, Director
Ms. Todhunter has recently served as the Company’s VP Financial Administration, and prior to that served as the Finance Manager of both the Company and its predecessor, Pan African Mining Corp., since May 2005. Ms. Todhunter has extensive accounting and finance experience, dealing with the complexities of both private and public corporations. She has spent the last thirteen years working with public companies, predominantly those in the mining industry.

Ardito Martohardjono – Director
Mr. Martohardjono has 15 years of progressive experience in the mineral exploration industry, focusing on sample preparation prior to chemical analysis and assay of geological samples as a lab technician and supervisor with the two leading geochemical laboratories in Canada and the United States. He has served as Sample Preparation Supervisor for Bondar Clegg Canada Ltd. In Vancouver and Branch Manager of Bondar Clegg’s Fairbanks, Alaska laboratory, as well as Prep Client Services Office Coordinator and Sample Preparation Supervisor for Chemex Labs Ltd. (now ALS Chemex). Among his many responsibilities was ensuring compliance with ISO quality control standards.

W. Benjamin Catalano – Director
Mr. Catalano has been a real estate agent with The Sutton Group since 1991. Mr. Catalano devotes approximately 10% of his time toward the Company's affairs.

Gregory Sparks – Director
Mr. Sparks, a registered Professional Engineer, has been the principal of GBS PC, a mining consulting firm, since 1994. He has also been the General Manager of Genex Construction LLC, a heavy civil construction firm, since 2002. He was formerly Vice President, Development of Echo Bay Mines Ltd. from 1985 to 1993. Mr. Sparks has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines. Mr. Sparks devotes approximately 25% of his time toward the Company's affairs.

Dr. Edward A. Schiller – Director, Senior Geological Consultant, Diamond and Gemstone Programs
Dr. Schiller brings over 30 years experience in mineral exploration, project management, acquisitions, financing, joint venture negotiations and corporate governance to the Company. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he graduated with a degree in geology from Michigan State University in 1956, and obtained his Ph.D. in mineralogy at the University of Utah in 1963. Dr. Schiller was the Resident Geologist of the Northwest Territories Geological Survey of Canada from 1964-1966. He has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Brazil, Columbia, and has conducted mineral exploration projects in several South and Central American, African and South East Asian countries, including Madagascar. Dr. Schiller has consulted for the United Nations on a gemstone project in Mozambique and a mining project in Greece. He has visited other countries on mining related projects, including Vietnam, Botswana and diamond mines in Yakutia, Russia and China.

Dr. Schiller is a former director of Dia Met Minerals Ltd., and is best known for supervising the drilling which led to discovery of the first diamond-bearing kimberlite at Pointe Lake in 1991 (now part of the Ekati Mine production). He has written extensively on the Lac de Gras diamond discoveries and has presented several papers on this subject at national and international meetings. Dr. Schiller writes for several Canadian and international magazines on mining and mineral exploration and maintains a consulting practice.

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