Ulrich Ernst
President and CEO

Ulrich Ernst has worked in the mining sector for more than 40 years. During his extensive career he has managed and led several high-growth companies and has a long track record of success. He has also held several senior positions in public listed companies and worked as a management and financial consultant for years. Mr Ernst holds an MBA from the University of Zurich.

Marco Dazzi
CFO

Marco Dazzi holds an MBA from Graduate School of Business Administration Zurich. He has several years of experience in logistics, banking, treasury, taxes, accouting and working in CFO positions. He held various management positions at Lufin Partners AG, Panalpina (in North America and Asia), JCL AG and UBS (in North America and Switzerland).

Paul Schlatter
CDO and CEO Blackstone Resources Chile SpA

Paul Schlatter has extensive experience in the mining sector and has managed projects throughout the exploration, evaluation and production phases. This includes designing and implementing exploration work programmes, obtaining environmental permits and seeing projects through to production. Mr Schlatter graduated in business administration at the University of Gabriela Mistral in Chile and the University St. Gallen. He also studied environmental consultancy at University St. Gallen and EMPA and is an active member of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers.

Dr. David Flaschenträger
Project and Product Management

Dr.-Ing. David Flaschenträger has multi-year experience in the battery field, which he gained in leading positions at companies such as BMZ GmbH, E-Force One AG, and Quantron AG. He was responsible for projects and products for energy storage systems for mobile applications from the initial concept to mass production. After receiving his M.Sc. in mechanical and process engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt he was with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for about 10 years, by which time he received his doctoral degree in the field of technical reliability.

Michael Hingst
COO 

Michael Hingst holds an MBA from the University of Hamburg. He has over 30 years’ experience in mining and commercial activities. He has been the CEO of Gold Mining Projects Beteiligungs-AG since 2009. He has also held a number of senior management positions in other firms and has worked as a financial, administrative and marketing consultant for a number of companies.

Ingo Meyer
CTO

Ingo Meyer has over 30 years’ experience in mining and commercial activities. He has held the position of COO and CTO at Gold Mining Projects Beteiligungs-AG since 2009. He has also held several senior positions and acted as a senior marketing consultant for a number of firms.

Helmut Bornhalm
Investor relations

Helmut Bornhalm has 30 years’ experience in marketing and communications and has held a number of senior management positions in Swiss companies. Helmut holds the designation of Degree of Financial and Stock Advisor (DTV).

James Eagle
Communications Director

James Eagle has over 15 years’ experience working in the financial and banking industry. He has worked in London, Geneva and Zurich for a number of top tier firms. He was most recently an Associate Director at Bank Vontobel. James holds a BSc from the University of Bath.

Holger Gritzka
CEO Blackstone Technology

Dipl. Ing. Holger Gritzka studied electrical and communications engineering at the Technical University of Dresden. He was the Co-founder and Managing Director of TerraE Holdings and TerraE Engineering GmbH. Prior to that, he was Head of Battery Plant Technologies at thyssenkrupp System Engineering GmbH, Sales Manager at battery cell manufacturer Li-Tec and Head of Sales & Business Development, Central Europe at Marconi Communications GmbH.

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