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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, C. Dir.
Chairman and CEO, Director

John Proust has successfully managed, directed and advised public and private companies regarding debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring since 1986. Highly regarded in the industry for his management skills and attention to detail, has served on the boards of numerous private and TSX Venture Exchange listed companies and held senior operating positions. Mr. Proust is currently Chairman and Interim CEO of Eagle Hill Exploration, and Chairman and Director of Canada Energy Partners, both TSX-V listed issuers. He is also a director of both New Zealand Energy and Outrider Energy. 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 (C. Dir.).

Michael Andrews, Ph. D., FAusIMM
President and COO, Director

Mike Andrews is a geologist with over 30 years of research and mining industry experience in gold, copper, coal and iron exploration, and provides Southern Arc with valuable insight with respect to the considerable mineral opportunities available in Indonesia. 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 a leading authority on mineralisation in the island arc terranes of the Indonesian archipelago.

Dr. Andrews is also a Director and Interim President of Eagle Hill Exploration, a Director of Advance Concept Holdings, a Director of Paragon Resources (Hong Kong), and Managing Director of Pacific Goldfields Pty Ltd., Australian subsidiary of Advance Concept Holdings Ltd. Previously, he was director of Kingsrose Mining Ltd and director of Indonesian PT Natarang Mining and PT Paragon Perdana Mining. Kingrose Mining Ltd, operating the underground gold-silver Way Linggo Mine on Sumatra, a highly profitable mine in which Dr. Andrews played an instrumental role in its original discovery, exploration, feasibility and development over a 20-year period. Dr. Andrews also held the positions of executive director and chief geologist of AuIron Energy Ltd and of Director Gold Operations for Meekatharra Minerals Ltd. in Indonesia. Between 1995 and 1998, Dr. Andrews managed the Teck-MM Gold Indonesian Joint Venture, an exploration portfolio of thirteen gold and copper projects in Indonesia. He has also previously held senior exploration positions with Ashton Mining Ltd, Aurora Gold Ltd and Muswellbrook Energy and Minerals Ltd. Dr. Andrews is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Bob Gallagher, B.Ap.Sc., P.Eng.

Mr. Gallagher has worked in the mining industry for over 32 years, having spent 15 years with Placer Dome Inc. and 7 years with Newmont Mining Corporation; most recently as Vice President Operations, Asia Pacific. He is President, CEO and Director of New Gold Inc., an intermediate gold producer with projects on three continents. Prior to the merger of Peak Gold, Mettalica, and New Gold, Mr. Gallagher was the President and CEO of Peak Gold.

During his time at Newmont, Mr. Gallagher oversaw the development of the Batu Hijau Mine, the billion-ton, world-class copper-gold mine located on Sumbawa Island and immediately south of Southern Arc's Taliwang project located west of the company's East Elang project. Mr. Gallagher has an extensive knowledge of the development and operation of large-scale mining projects, coupled with his experience in all aspects of the Indonesian mining industry.

David M. Stone, Ph.D., MBA, P.Eng.

Dr. Stone is a mining engineer with over 25 years of consulting experience in the metal mining industry. His principal expertise is in mining rock mechanics, where he has provided designs and operational advice for both open pit and underground operations worldwide. He has also authored a number of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies based on his broad knowledge of current underground mining methods, capital and operating costs and project development requirements. Dr. Stone currently serves as the US representative on the International Minefill Council, and is past Chairman of the 7th International Symposia on Mining with Backfill, held in Seattle, Washington in September of 2001. Dr. Stone received a B.Ap.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia, a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA from Queens University. Dr. Stone is a licensed professional engineer in a number of US and Canadian jurisdictions, and is an active member of CIM, SME, NWMA and PDAC. Dr. Stone is a director of Formation Capital Corporation, President, CEO and a director of Boss Power Corp., a director of ATW Ventures Corp., and a director of Skeena Resources Limited, all TSX Venture Exchange listed companies.

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.

Robert Parsons, CPA, CA

Mr. Parsons is a Chartered Accountant and former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Indonesian Mining Association and the International Affairs Committee of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and is a director of Indico Minerals Ltd. and Prism Resources Inc. In 2013 Bob was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Canada's minerals industry. Bob has served as a board member of the PDAC (from 1985 to 2003), the Indonesian Mining Association, the Canada Indonesia Chamber of Commerce, the World Mines Ministries Forum, the Canadian Minerals Industry Federation, the Advisory Council of the Centre for Resource Studies at Queens University, and the Professional Advisory Board of the Government of Canada's Petroleum Monitoring Agency. Bob Parsons has previously served on the boards of several publicly listed exploration companies, including Weda Bay Minerals and Norsemont Mining. Bob is active as an independent consultant in developing countries, where he has advised twenty governments on mineral policy matters.

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    Suite 1680
    200 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, BC   Canada V6C 3L6
    Toll Free: +1-888-676-5241
    Telephone: +1-604-676-5241
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  • Graha Sentana Building, 4th Floor
    Jalan Buncit Raya No. 2
    Jakarta Selatan,12760   Indonesia
    Telephone: +62-21-7918-8612
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