Board and Management

The Board provides a range of industry expertise complemented by a highly experienced, dedicated management group


Directors / Management Profiles


Ben James - Managing Director

Ben is a geologist with 20 years global experience in the mineral exploration and development industry. He has working expertise in a wide variety of geological terrains and commodities in Africa, Australasia, Eastern Europe and is a member of AusIMM.

Ben has been with Baobab Resources since its inception in 2006, firstly as Exploration Manager, later taking the roles of Technical Director and Managing Director. He relocated with his family to Mozambique during Q2 2012 to oversee aspects of the PFS and now BFS, particularly government and key stake holder liaisons.

Frank Eagar - Finance Director

Frank joined Baobab as CFO after 9 years as the finance manager and business development executive at BSG Resources. He is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years of accounting, finance and business development experience across a diversified range of minerals projects and jurisdictions.

Frank is experienced in capital raisings by means of IPO’s and project finance for resource projects across Sierra Leone, Zambia and South Africa. He was heavily involved in the M&A, evaluation and due diligence of a number of large scale mining and resource transactions across Africa and Eastern Europe.

Dr David Twist - Non-executive Director

David Twist

David is a PhD geologist and business man with more than 30 years’ experience in mineral research and exploration. He has been involved in multi-commodity target generation, implementation and management of exploration programmes, feasibility studies, mining and deal-making spending his entire career in Africa.

David was a founding a director of  Platmin, Taung Gold, Sephaku Holdings and other companies. He is co-founder of African Minerals Exploration and Development SICAR, a private equity fund focused on brownfields exploration in Africa.

Carlo Baravalle - Non-executive Director

Carlo Baravalle

Carlo holds an MBA from INSEAD and brings a wealth of experience in corporate finance to the board. He has held numerous roles in the European and North American telecoms industry, including Director of the Corporate Finance Telecoms team at Warburg.

Carlo has been involved in the private equity sector since 2007, managing large funds for mainly Italian institutional investors. He is co-founder of African Minerals Exploration and Development SICAR, a private equity fund focused on brownfields exploration in Africa.


Maddie Srivastava

Maddie Srivastava

Maddie Srivastava is an engineer by qualification, B.Tech with honours from Institute of Technology, BHU, India, and has an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. Maddie has around 18 years’ experience in business development, global mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, financing, and trading. He joined AMED Funds in 2016 and is an Executive Director responsible for deal execution leadership and support, and corporate finance. Prior to AMED Funds, he had worked in the natural resources sector with the likes Rio Tinto, Nedbank, and GE Capital in various transactional roles.


Luke Knight – Non-executive Director

Luke Knight

Luke commenced his career in the mining sector in 1997 working as a Manager for New Projects with the Olympus Mining Group and Miranda Minerals Ltd. His activities saw him supervise mineral exploration projects in various countries in Africa and South America. Luke, was a founding member of Platmin Ltd and the COO of its South African operating subsidiary. His responsibilities included the acquisition of mineral rights, liaison with government regulatory bodies, environmental management, human resources, accounting, payroll and all other tasks involved with the day to day operations of the company and its administration.

Luke joined AMED Funds as a Director responsible for portfolio monitoring. Luke brings a wealth of experience in the management of exploration and development projects in Africa.



Iain Plews - Exploration Manager

Iain has over 30 years exploration and mining experience in Africa, holding senior positions with Anglo American Corporation, Ashanti Goldfields, ITM Corporation, Reunion Mining and Takoradi Gold NL. He has operated in over a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa exploring for a range of commodities including gold, PGEs, diamonds and base metals.

Iain joined Baobab Resources in 2009 as Exploration Manager to oversee exploration on the company’s portfolio of licenses and the resource drill out of the Tenge-Ruoni iron ore deposit. Being resident in Mozambique he is fluent in Portuguese language and literacy.

Fatima Sing Sang Neto - Finance and Administration Manager

Fatima graduated with an Honours degree in Business Management from the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. She has 7 years' experience in audit and accounting at KPMG Auditors and Consultants in Mozambique.

Fatima’s experience also includes 6 years' as Administrative and Finance Manager at Grindrod/Maputo Car Terminal Lda and TORA Group. She is resident in Maputo and joined Baobab Resources as Finance and Administration Manager in 2013.

Elisa Vicente - Community and Environment Manager

Elisa has an MSc in Marine and Coastal Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She has experience working at the National Institute of Fisheries Research in Maputo where she developed several aquaculture projects from 2007 to 2012.

Prior to joining Baobab Resources in 2013 Elisa was a Senior Consultant at Coastal and Environmental Services Mozambique Lda. She was Project Manager on a range of Environmental Impact studies with special relevance in mining, water supply systems, resettlement and aquaculture.

Karl van Turnhout - Technical Systems Manager

Karl is a geologist and GIS Analyst with 18 years’ experience in the exploration, consulting and groundwater industries. He has a degree in geology from the University of Otago and a Postgraduate Diploma in GIS and remote sensing from the University of Canterbury.
Karl has worked in various roles for the API West Pilbara Iron Ore Project and Mt Edon Gold Mines in Western Australia, Argentina Mineral Development SA in Argentina, Iamgold in Tanzania and CRL Energy Ltd on the West Coast of New Zealand for commodities including iron ore, gold, copper, nickel and coal. He completed a number of projects as a consultant GIS Geologist for Baobab Resources since 2006; joining them on a permanent basis as GIS & Database Manager in 2011 and as Technical Systems Manager in 2013. Karl was responsible for delivering the DFS mining and proven reserve study, and geoscience aspects of the environmental impact assessment and reporting.