Chief Executive Officer
The founder of Avana Uranium, Sam has more than 25 years of industry experience, the majority of which is in the region. Sam is also the founder and Avana Petroleum, Madagascar Oil and Red Island Minerals (RIM) and is the originator of their projects which are oil exploration in Kenya and the Seychelles, the development of Madagascar’s multi-billion barrel heavy oil fields and the development Madagascar’s Sakoa coal field respectively. At Madagascar Oil, as CEO, he built it from scratch into a ¼ billion dollar company. As RIM’s Chairman, Sam launched a significant appraisal programme of RIM’s Sakoa coal field and saw PTT-APM, a subsidiary of Thailand’s PTT (SET: PTT)purchase RIM for a total $95 million. Avana Petroleum was acquired by Vanoil Energy (TSXV:VEL) in March 2013.
Sam’s previous experience includes industry advisor under various EU programmes as well as positions with Standard & Poor’s DRI, Arthur D. Little, and Dome Petroleum. Sam holds a BSc (Hons) in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada and pursued graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in French and conversant in several other languages.
Lydia plays a key role in coordinating the in-region team and also brings to the company a wealth of sectoral knowledge and project management and development skills. Previously Lydia has held the position of Resident Manager of Madagascar Oil,QIT Madagascar Minerals, Hunt Oil Company and Shell. Lydia is a Director of Madagascar Consolidated Mining. She is fluent in French and English as well her native Malagasy.
Technical and Operations
Barry has more than 40 years’ experience including specific relevant experience in Madagascar. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology and Geography from the University of London.
Jeremy is experienced in structuring and financing resources projects in and around sub-Saharan Africa. Jeremy holds a law degree from the University of Cape Town. Jeremy is a director of several resources companies.
Charles Sylvain Rabotoarison
Senator Rabotoarison has held several senior positions in the government of Madagascar including Minister of Interior and Minister of Environment, Tourism and Agriculture. He has special responsibility in the Senate of Madagascar for environmental and energy issues.
James is a solicitor of England and Wales, an Isle of Man Registered Legal Practitioner,a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland, a Fellow of the Securities Institute and a Member of the Compliance Institute. James holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Buckingham and is experiences in resources and renewables companies.
Pritesh is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of East Anglia.