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Southern Arc's management team is supported by a group of Directors and Advisors with the experience and connections to successfully explore and operate resource properties.


John Proust, CDir
Chairman and CEO

John Proust has successfully founded and managed a number of resource companies. Mr. Proust has served on the boards and held senior operating positions, and has directed and advised public and private companies regarding debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring since 1986. Mr. Proust is currently Chairman and CEO of Southern Arc Minerals Inc., Chairman and a director of Canada Energy Partners Inc., non-Executive Chairman and Director of Tethyan Resources plc, Executive Director of TekModo Industries Inc., a director of Pinedale Energy Limited and a director of Q Investments Ltd. Mr. Proust has extensive experience in corporate governance, is a graduate of The Directors College, Michael G. De Groote School of Business at McMaster University and holds the designation of Chartered Director.

Dr. Michael Andrews, PhD, FAusIMM
President and COO, Director

Mike Andrews is a geologist with more than 30 years of research and mining industry experience in gold, copper, coal and iron exploration. He holds an honours degree in Geology from the University of Reading, and a doctorate in exploration geochemistry from the University of Wales. Dr. Andrews is currently President & COO and a director of Southern Arc Minerals, a director of Q Investments Ltd., and non-Executive Director of Tethyan Resources plc. He was a founding director of Kingsrose Mining and played an instrumental role in the discovery, exploration, feasibility and development of its Way Linggo Gold Mine in Indonesia. Dr. Andrews also held the positions of Executive Director and Chief Geologist of AuIron Energy Ltd., Director of Gold Operations for Meekatharra Minerals Ltd., and managed the Teck-MM Gold Indonesian Joint Venture, an exploration portfolio of thirteen gold and copper projects in Indonesia. He also held senior exploration positions with Ashton Mining Ltd, Aurora Gold Ltd and Muswellbrook Energy and Minerals.

Robert Gallagher, BApSc, PEng

Bob Gallagher has worked in the mining industry for over 32 years. Most recently, he was President, CEO and a Director of New Gold Inc., an intermediate gold producer with projects on three continents, from 2008 until retiring in June 2016. Prior to the merger of Peak Gold, Mettalica, and New Gold, Mr. Gallagher was the President and CEO of Peak Gold. Previously, he spent 15 years with Placer Dome Inc. and seven years with Newmont Mining Corporation, most recently as Vice President Operations, Newmont Asia Pacific. During his time at Newmont, Mr. Gallagher oversaw the development of the Batu Hijau Mine, the billion-ton, world-class copper-gold mine located in Indonesia. Mr. Gallagher has extensive knowledge of the development and operation of large-scale mining projects, coupled with his experience in all aspects of the Indonesian mining industry.

John Carlile, BSc, MSc, FAusIMM

John Carlile is a geologist with more than 35 years of experience in the resource industry. Mr. Carlile has held senior executive and director positions with both major and junior resource companies, including as President of Indonesian and Philippines subsidiaries of Newcrest Mining Limited. As a geologist, Mr. Carlile has a proven track record of mineral discovery and business building in Asia, most notably as Exploration Manager, Asia for Newcrest Mining Limited when it discovered its Gosowong mine. Mr. Carlile has served on the boards of several resource companies, and currently holds the position of director for Southern Arc Minerals, Equator Gold and Arc Exploration Limited. He holds a BSc in Geology from University of Reading, England, and an MSc in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. Mr. Carlile is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Morris Klid, BA

Mr. Klid has worked as an entrepreneur for over 30 years, providing innovative services primarily in the corporate due diligence, legal, financial, and search and registration markets. Mr. Klid established the Cyberbahn Group of Companies, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008. Since that time he has focused on investing in both established companies and start-ups. Mr. Klid is currently involved in angel financing for several companies, and actively participates as an advisor and board member for all. Mr. Klid has a BA in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Khalid Al-Obaidli, BSc, MBA

Mr. Al-Obaidli is Chief Investment Officer of Qatar Mining Company. Qatar Mining, the sole shareholder of Tadeen Cyprus, is wholly owned by the State of Qatar and was established in late 2010 to undertake targeted investments in the mining and metals sector. Tadeen Cyprus and Qatar Mining seek to develop strategic joint venture partnerships with recognized leading companies in key commodities, and Tadeen Cyprus purchased a 9.99% interest in Southern Arc through a private placement in June 2011.

Mr. Al-Obaidli has an MBA from Paris, France and a BSc in Mining and Geological Engineering from the University of Arizona. Before joining Qatar Mining in 2011 as Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Al-Obaidli held a number of positions with Dolphin Energy Qatar, including Business Support Manager and Health, Safety and Environment Manager. Mr. Al-Obaidliís educational background includes project management, leadership and crisis management.

Steve Garwin, BSc, MSc, PhD, MAusIMM, FSEG
Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Garwin holds a B.Sc. from Stanford and an M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, both degrees in geology. He was awarded a Ph.D. with distinction in geology in 2000 from the University of Western Australia for his definitive study of Newmont's world-class Batu Hijau porphyry copper-gold deposit on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. Steve brings to Southern Arc's team the experience of a distinguished academic background and more than 22 years of experience as an exploration geologist with large and small mining companies working in SE Asia, China, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the western USA, British Columbia, Mexico, Peru and Chile. He worked with Newmont Mining for ten years, including two years as Chief Geologist in Nevada. Steve is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Steve is one of the leading authorities on epithermal, Carlin-style and porphyry style mineralization in the circum-Pacific region, particularly SE Asia, and applies methods of structural geology and geochemistry towards gold and base-metals exploration. He has been involved with several exploration and mining projects including the Batu Hijau Cu-Au deposit, the Indo Muro epithermal gold-silver vein system and the Mesel sediment-hosted gold deposit in Indonesia, mines of the Carlin Trend and Battle Mountain district in Nevada, and the Whistler porphyry deposit in Alaska. Steve is an independent consultant based in Perth, Australia. He has been an adjunct research fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting at the University of Western Australia since 2001.

Dr. Alwi Shihab, Ph.D. (Phil), Ph.D. (Div)

Dr. Shihab is currently Vice Chairman, Presidential Task Force for Labour Managem,ent. Previously he was Foreign Minister for Indonesia and Special Envoy of the President of Indonesia for Middle East investments. He was Foreign Minister for Indonesia from 1999 to 2001 and Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare from 2004 to 2005. Since the mid 1970s he has served as Director, President, or CEO to a wide variety of private companies operating in Indonesia. A leading scholar on the interaction of Christian and Muslim communities, Dr. Shihab holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Ain Shams in Cairo and a PhD in Religion from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has served as professor of religion at Hartford Seminary and as a visiting professor at Harvard University's Divinity School. He is currently a Board Trustee for Hartford Seminary (Hartford, CT), member of the Advisory Board of Fetzer Institute (Kalamazoo, MI), and Board Trustee for the University of Indonesia.


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