Board and Management

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


Directors / Management Profiles


Johan Fourie - Non-Executive Chairman

Johan Fourie is a steelmaking veteran who spent his working life, almost 40 years, in the steel industry, managing operations in various plants and at various levels. Johan has an honors degree in metallurgy followed by a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

He rose through the ranks of Iscor group (Newcastle, Vanderbijlpak, Saldanha) and in 2006 became COO of Arcelor Mittal South Africa. He remained in the position till his retirement from the company in 2011. From 2012 to 2014 he was Director of Metallurgical Production in Metalloinvest, Russia. Since then, he has been involved in various consultancy projects all over the world, including a variety of projects in Russia, the UAE, the USA, India and South Africa.

Maddie Srivastava - Chief Executive Officer

Maddie Srivastava

Maddie Srivastava is an engineer, B.Tech with Honours, by qualification and has an MBA degree from INSEAD business school, France. Maddie has around 20 years’ and multi-billion dollars’ of experience in business development, global M&A, corporate strategy, PE, financing, capital market and trading. He joined AMED Funds in 2016 and is an Executive Director responsible for deal origination, structuring, and execution. Previously he has worked for industry leaders like Rio Tinto, Nedbank, and GE Capital in various strategy and transactional roles.


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.


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 - Technical Managerr

Iain has over 40 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. He has worked closely with Baobab Resources from initial exploration to the successful completion of its definitive feasibility study. Iain is based out of Maputo and fluent in Portuguese.

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.