Board of Directors

George Bennett, Chief Executive Officer

With over 25 years’ experience in mining, finance and management, George has led a number of mining and energy companies, including Shanta Gold Ltd (which he successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005), OreCorp Ltd, Argentum (Pty) Energy, and most recently Karo Power (Pvt) Ltd.

In 2006, George established MDM Engineering Ltd, which he successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2008. MDM Engineering Ltd is a mining engineering company building mineral process plants and mining infrastructure throughout Africa. In 2014, George was instrumental in selling the business to Foster Wheeler Limited for US$120 million.

In addition, George has been a partner and director with a number of leading financial, broking and advisory businesses including Fergusson Bros, Simpson Mckie, and HSBC Securities Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Adonis Pouroulis, Non-Executive Chairman

Adonis is an entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery, exploration and development of natural resources across Africa. Having worked in the sector for over 25 years he has extensive experience and a wide network of industry relationships across the continent. Adonis is founder and chairman of Petra Diamonds (LSE: PDL), founder and director of Chariot Oil & Gas (AIM: CHAR) and founder and chairman of the Pella Resources Group. Adonis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours).

Shawn McCormick, Non-Executive Director

Shawn is an International Affairs specialist with more than 20 years’ political and extractive industries sector experience having served in The White House as Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council (Washington), Political Affairs Director of BP (London) and Vice President of TNK-BP (Moscow). He is currently Managing Director of Connaught Strategies Ltd and an adviser to the Pella Resources Group.


Robert Sinclair, Non-Executive Director

Robert has over 48 years’ experience in finance and accountancy of which 38 years have been spent in the Guernsey financial services industry. He is a director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Robert is a resident of Guernsey.

Alexander Lowrie, Non-Executive Director

Alex is the co-founder of Telemark Capital LLP, a partnership focusing on capital advisory and asset management. Through its consulting subsidiary, Gunnerside Advisors, Alex is also involved in providing governance services as an independent investment committee member to a variety of advisory panels.  Prior to this Alex worked for 13 years in investment banking. He was a director at Deutsche Bank and then RBS from 2004 to 2012, having started his banking career in 1998 at ABN AMRO. Through these positions, he has gained extensive market experience in primary and secondary equity offerings including bringing companies to market through IPOs (including structuring, marketing and distribution). Alex graduated from Durham University with a BA (hons) in Combined Social Sciences, and he is also in the process of completing an executive MBA from Henley Business School.

Atul Bali, Non-Executive Director

Is a corporate CEO with extensive experience in tech, government contracting and regulated industries operating on all six continents. Over more than 20 years he has led more than 50 M&A and JV transactions in more than 25 countries and both managed and served on the boards of several highly regulated businesses. Currently he serves as a consultant to several technology companies and as Chairman of Meridian Gaming, regulated and operating in more than 30 countries, with a large footprint in Africa, Central and South America and Central and Eastern Europe. He has previously held divisional CEO or President positions with IGT (NYSE), Aristocrat (ASX), and Real Networks (NASDAQ), as well as a venture capital firm. He previously trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in the UK.


Dave Dodd, Technical Director

Dave has 45 years of extractive metallurgy experience covering research and development, technical sales and predominantly metallurgical project development and execution. He was Technical Director and co-founder of MDM Engineering between 1987-2014. Dave has designed and commissioned plants across Africa and the rest of the world, covering minerals from REEs to gold, platinum, diamonds, copper, zinc, phosphate, cobalt and many others.

Gilbert Midende, General Manager

Gilbert Midende has a doctorate in Geological Science, which he obtained in 1984 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He was appointed Burundi Director General of Geology and Mines in 1987 and was Minister of Mines between 1988 and 1993. He has been a consultant to the World Bank since 2007. From 1996 to 2001, he was Principal of the University of Burundi and Minister of Higher Education and is currently Professor in Economic Geology at the University of Burundi. Gilbert is responsible for all of the Group’s administration and Government relations in Burundi.

Chris Atwood, Mine Manager

Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in mining and extractive industries. He is a qualified mining engineer (Cambourne School of Mines) and has worked throughout Africa (including Tanzania and Eritrea) as well as the rest of the world. As well as rare earths, Chris has experience with gold, tin, coal, and quarrying operations.

Cesare Morelli, Chief Geologist

Cesare Morelli has over 29 years’ experience in minerals exploration in Africa including 18 years in diamond exploration with De Beers managing projects in south, west and central Africa. Following his time with De Beers, he spent four years with BHP Billiton as Minerals Exploration Manager for Africa. At BHP Billiton he directed exploration projects in a variety of commodities, namely iron ore, aluminium bauxite, manganese, copper and base metals, nickel and potash. Cesare has been affiliated with Rainbow since its inception and has been responsible for project managing all of Rainbow’s exploration work to date. He is a Director of Benzu Minerals (Pty) Ltd, a consulting company based in South Africa. Cesare is a member of the South African Geological Society and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.

Pete Gardner, CFO

Pete is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a breadth of experience in financial management and corporate finance in the natural resources sector. He was the Finance Director of Amara Mining plc from October 2009 managing the corporate and financial development of the company culminating in its acquisition by Perseus Mining, and former Chief Finance Officer for Piran Resources, Chaarat Gold Holdings and Alexander Mining plc.