Board and Management

Board of Directors

Mr Kailasam Sundaram
Chairman Non-Executive

Kailasam has over 28 years of corporate experience in the field of corporate law, FEMA, finance & taxation, audit (internal & external), legal and HR matters.    Areas of   expertise include fund raising for short-term  and long-  term  requirements, listing of securities and  handling of  direct and indirect tax matters, risk assessment, evaluation  of internal controls, understanding and evaluation of  systems and processes.

Since July, 2015 he is acting as an Independent Advisor to various corporates providing specialised services on capital structuring (within and outside India), FEMA and other corporate law matters.  He is a regular speaker and presents papers on corporate law matters at events conducted by professional bodies.

Kailasam is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and an Associate Member of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of India.

Dr. Hanuma Prasad Modali, M.Sc., Ph.D., MAusIMM
Managing Director

M. Hanuma Prasad has extensive experience in Exploration and Mining industry in India and overseas.  In his long career, spanning over 27 years, Hanuma has worked in various capacities in Exploration and Corporate Management. As an Exploration Manager, he has led several greenfield and brown field exploration projects for gold, base metals, nickel-PGE, mineral sands and iron ore.  He has held key management positions, including Chief Executive Officer, in which he is involved in fundraising and  corporate management.

Hanuma started his career with Geological Survey of India in 1994 where he carried out geological mapping and exploration for gold. His work in Central India has helped in bringing out new regional geological concepts. Hanuma joined Australian Indian Resources Group (AIR) in the year 2001 and continued to work with the Group for the last 20 years. As an Exploration Manager, he has explored Archaean and Proterozoic terrains of central India for gold, base metals, Ni-Cu-PGE and made significant discoveries.   He was actively involved in the exploration research on generating new gold and Ni-PGE targets in India. During this period he has also built exploration teams and explored various parts of Africa for other mineral resource companies which have consultancy arrangements with AIR Group.

Since 2008 Hanuma was closely associated with the Business Development team of the AIR Group, during which he carried out due diligence of several precious commodity projects in India, Africa and South America. He has been associated with fund raising into AIR and Geomysore Services (India) Pvt Ltd (GMSI). Hanuma has co-managed NI 43-101 compliant feasibility study on Jonnagiri Gold Project along with a team of international and Indian experts.  He is currently part of the senior management of GMSI playing a key role in the development of Jonnagiri gold mining project.

Hanuma has worked widely in Africa, SE Asia, South America  and CIS countries as a part of due diligence team to advice various business houses in acquiring mineral projects in these countries. He has been instrumental in setting up gold and other mineral exploration and mining companies in Sudan, Ivory Coast, Togo, Zambia, Malawi and Kyrgyzstan.

He is on the board of many mineral resource companies, including AIM – listed LionsGold Limited which has got interests in mineral prospects in India.  He is a member of Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusImm). Hanuma has Doctorate in Geology and published number of papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a prolific speaker in national and International conferences.

 

Mr Subramaniam Sundaram
Executive Director

Mr. Subramaniam is an Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management       Accountants, United Kingdom (CIMA).

He also holds a Law Degree (LLB) from Bangalore University.

He has has 24 years of experience in the field of Company Law and other corporate laws.  Has handled corporate restructuring exercises including mergers / demergers, amalgamations, joint ventures, foreign collaborations, fund raisings & listing of securities on domestic and foreign stock exchanges.  He is in charge of the corporate legal and company secretarial matters and also functions as the Compliance Officer of the Company since October, 2006.

 

Mr Govind Subhash Samant
Non Executive & Non Independent Director

Mr Govind Subhash Samant is an entrepreneur based out of Thailand and is a long-term shareholder of the  Company holding a significant stake as on date.  Mr Govind has a keen understanding and appreciation of the business model of exploration and mining companies.

Mr. Pandarinathan Elango
Non Executive & Independent Director

In his career spanning over 35 years in Upstream Oil & Gas Sector, Mr. Elango has held several leadership roles in different areas of the business and is a recognized leader in the Indian Oil and Gas industry. Mr. Elango holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and began his career with ONGC in 1985 and over a span of 10-years, has performed diverse roles prior to joining Cairn India in 1996. Mr. Elango served the Board of two listed entities as Whole time Director for more than 10 years. He was the CEO of Cairn India Ltd during 2012 to 2014 and Managing Director of Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) during Feb 2015 to September 2023.
Under his leadership, HOEC’s oil and gas production grew from 500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in 2015 to 10,000 boepd in 2023. Prior to joining HOEC in 2015, he was the Chief Executive Officer & Whole Time Director of Cairn India Limited. He was associated with Cairn in various leadership roles for over 18 years and contributed to its growth as India’s largest oil and gas producer in private
sector. In 2014, Cairn was among the top 25 large caplisted entities in India.
Mr. Elango was one of the five finalists for Platt’s’ first-ever Asia CEO of the Year award 2013.

Mrs. Deepthi Donkeshwar
Non Executive & Independent Director

Mrs. Deepthi Donkeshwar has an extensive background in Management Consultancy & HR management. She is a qualified Human Resource Consultant with a Master’s in Business Administration having graduated with a B.Tech Degree. She is having 15 plus years of experience as a Management & HR Consultant in the Engineering and IT industry.

Based in Hyderabad, she is now a Director in Holistic Corporate Advisors Private Limited as a Management Consultant & Human Resources Specialist.  She is also one of the partners in Vasavi Holistic Corporate Services, a leading real estate group in Hyderabad since last 26 years.

Mr. Nicholaus Sloo Tibyabo
Director, DGTPL, Tanzania

Mr. Nicholaus Sloo Tibyabo has more than 16 years in mineral exploration works in greenstone Belt, metamorphic terrain and Sedimentary deposits including tenements exploration planning for mapping, geochemical sampling, trenching and drilling. His experience also extends to chips and drill core logging, data interpretation and visualization for target generation, map digitization, drilling sections plotting and Mineral Resource estimate, open pit design and optimization (strategic mine planning using Surpac and Whittle) as well as report writing (including N-43-101) and JORC Code 2012 Edition guidance on exploration results reporting.

Technical Expertise

Mr. Andrew Mark Weeks

President Exploration and Mining

Mr. Andrew Mark Weeks is a Geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry.  He has worked in senior production and resource management roles with Acacia Resources, WMC and BHP as well as 10 years as a Principal Consultant for Golder Associates.  He has had a privileged career working on and visiting tens of minerals resource projects and mines on every continent (except Antarctica) and has worked in gold, nickel, silver, diamond, uranium, copper, tungsten, PGE and iron ore projects.  As a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM), he has sufficient experience to qualify as a Competent Person for various metals including gold.

In 2020, he founded 2020 Resources Pty Ltd, to promote excellence in mineral resource development and ore control processes.

 

S.C.R.PESHWA , FGS (LOND), MGS (SA)
Consultant, Director Deccan Exploration Services Private Limited & Deccan Gold Tanzania Private Limited (wholly owned subsidiaries of Deccan Gold Mines Limited)

Mr. Peshwa has nearly 32 years of experience as a mining and exploration geologist and specializes in gold exploration and resource modeling. He worked as a Mining & Exploration Geologist for 13 years with Bharat Gold Mines Limited. He has the distinction of working in the world famous Champion Reef Mine and carried out detailed exploration of Champion lode system both in deep and shallow levels. This has resulted in delineating new parallel lodes of the Champion Lode system. From 1996 to 2002 he worked as a Project Manager with ACC Limited and was involved in exploration of gold and other minerals. He successfully carried out gold prospecting in the Red Sea hills region of Sudan. Mr. Peshwa is responsible for the development of DGML’s Gold Projects and has implemented different exploration methods as per international standards including QA/QC programmes. He has international exposure for different styles for gold mineralization. Being a Fellow of Geological Society of London and Member of Geological Society of South Africa qualifies him as a competent person as defined by the JORC Code. Mr. Peshwa is also an RQP (Recognition as Qualified Person) awarded by Indian Bureau of Mines.

Dr. Mastan Rao Chanduri

Exploration Head for the Consultancy

Dr. MASTAN RAO CHUNDURI has 30 years of experience as as professional geologist in survey and mineral exploration using Remote Sensing and GIS. He has developed Expertise in regional targeting for gold, base metal, iron ore, peat/coal and other industrial commodities. He has implemented grass root to advance exploration programme. He has experience in managing multiple exploration programs with large team of geologists and geophysicists. He has hand in experience in liaising with various governments. He has work experience India, African Countries. He is a good team player and has the experience in building large team. He had developed expertise in Mapinfo, Arcinfo, ERDAS, Envi, & Datamine Studio.

Dr. K.S.YOGANANDA, FGS (I), MMEAI, RCP

General Manager – Exploration

 

Dr. Yogananda has more than fifteen years of experience in field geology, mineral exploration/prospecting and mining industry (Specialized in GOLD Exploration). He completed his M.Sc. in Applied Geology from Bangalore University in the year 2008 and started his carrier as a Geologist in Geomysore Services (India) Pvt. Ltd., and worked extensively on a number Gold Exploration/Prospecting projects in different styles of gold mineralization across India and gained extensive expertise in technical skills in different operations and methods of gold and base metal exploration. Also worked on Cement-grade Limestone, Iron Ore (hematite & magnetite) and Manganese ores projects as a part of company’s consultancy works. He involved in resource drilling programme in Jonnagiri Gold Mine Project and was engaged in managing Resource Drilling programmes in Ganajur Gold Project of the company and project developments. Also, completely involved in the Feasibility Study by Snowden Mining Industry Consultants Pty. Ltd (Snowden) of the same project.

 

His first overseas field experience while in Geomysore Services was in Djibouti, N-E Africa, where involved in exploration for Epithermal Gold in parts of Volcanic Terrain of Djibouti. The style of epithermal gold mineralization fascinated him to take up further studies on that and he pursued part time research work in Geology for Doctoral Degree on the topic Epithermal Gold Mineralization at the Dept. of Studies in Geology, Mysore University and awarded Ph.D. in the year 2016. Inbetween in the year 2012-2013 he worked as Geologist for Dodsal Resources and Mining Itingi (Tanzania) Pvt. Ltd., Tanzania in their key gold exploration and mining project in the southern part of Tanzania, East Africa.

Manas Ranjan Biswal
Consultant, Director Operation (Geomysore Services(India) Private Limited

Mr. Manas Ranjan Biswal is a mechanical engineer who holds a master’s degree in mechanical and automotive engineering design from Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Accumulating nearly a decade of professional experience in Germany, his career has been primarily centered on Research & Development roles within prestigious companies such as Robert Bosch Starter Motors & Generator GmbH, Mercedes AMG and Steinbeis BWF Esslingen. His profound passion resides in the field of engineering and innovative problem-solving. Throughout his academic journey, he played a pivotal role in various industrial projects, devising practical solutions that showcased his creativity. It’s worth highlighting that these innovative solutions led him to the grant of three patents, thereby accentuating his exceptional contributions to the field.

At present, he holds the responsibility of overseeing operations at Geomysore’s Jonnagiri site, with the goal of setting up a 1500 TPD processing plant within the specified timeframe and allocated budget. During the period from December 2022 to March 2023, he actively contributed to the establishment of a pilot-scale processing facility at Jonnagiri, demonstrating strict adherence to a predetermined timeline and a constrained budget. Furthermore, he places a strong emphasis on nurturing a culture of scientific thinking among all the team to pinpoint both technical and cost optimization prospects across various facets. Moreover, he is deeply committed to enhancing the skills of all team members, with a particular focus on upskilling the unskilled workforce.

Mr. Vivek Ranganathan
Consultant, Mineral Processing Specialist

Mr. Vivek Ranganathan is a highly skilled Mineral Processing Specialist, boasting extensive expertise in the fields of comminution (crushing & milling), concentration, and extraction techniques. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering (B.E) and a finance-focused MBA, Mr. Vivek has accumulated over 16 years of invaluable experience in mineral processing and material handling projects. His diverse portfolio includes a wide range of mining and mineral processing projects, encompassing commodities such as Gold, Copper, Iron, Graphite, Lithium, Limestone and base metals. Mr. Vivek’s proficiency spans the entire engineering spectrum, from process design and flow sheet development to detailed engineering and adept troubleshooting.

Corporate Team

K. Karunakaran
Chief Finance Officer & Director Deccan Exploration Private Limited (wholly owned Subsidiary of Deccan Gold Mines Limited)

Mr K Karunakaran is a Certified Management Accountant from CMA (Australia) and also holds a Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA, UK. He has a Masters Degree in Commerce. He possesses nearly three decades of experience in the field of Finance, Accounts and Audit and has worked in organisations in India and abroad. He has got wide experience in matters relating to Indian corporate laws, Banking matters and taxation. Apart from working in reputed corporate in India, Karun worked for 5 years in one of the leading multi divisional company in Sultanate of Oman – Muscat, in the internal audit department and advised management on methodologies to strengthen their internal control systems.

Naushad Ahmed

Vice President – Business Development

Naushad has 20 years of experience in Corporate and Public Relations, Media Management and Business development.  He has been working closely with Government Institutes and Private Companies both in India and abroad. He is well experienced in Due Diligence, Project Management and Liaisoning in Education and Mining Industries. He has worked extensively in India, Kyrgyzstan and UAE. His innovative Restructuring and Turnaround Services have been widely appreciated in Medical Education in CIS countries. He is well versed in international due-diligence, mergers & acquisition of mines, liaising with Govt. agencies and managing clearances, permissions and infrastructure development in India as well in many countries like UAE, Kyrgyzstan and UK. He has been instrumental in providing support to the new start-ups in the field of software, Media and Mass communication.

He holds a position of Director on the Board of Avelum Partners in Kyrgyzstan.
He has handled JV negotiation with Kyrgyz Altyn and finalizing commercial and operational plan for Altyn Tor mine. Naushad will be continuously associated with the Altyn Tor project and also will explore for other mining opportunities in CIS republics for DGML.

Geological Team

Mr. Karthikeyan Chandrasekaran, MAusIMM
Consultant,  General Manager – Geology & Production

Mr. Karthikeyan Chandrasekaran has completed his post graduation from Bharathidasan University in 2010 and has 13+ years of experience in the greenfield and brownfield exploration for different commodities like gold, Copper and Limestone in India and Tanzania. He has worked in shear controlled hydrothermal gold mineralization in Jonnagiri Schist Belt of AP, India, Nzega greenstone belt of Tanzania and gold mineralization of Solton-Sary in Tian Shan Belt of Kyrgyzstan. His professional experience includes exploration project planning and management, geological mapping, drill core logging & sampling, exploration data management, record maintenance for quality auditing (QAQC), surface geochemical  sampling and drilling.  He has worked in preparing 3D models of subsurface geology and ore body, statistical and geo-statistical analysis, block modelling, resource calculation and reporting, grade-tonnage estimates using SURPAC.

Mr. Rajeev P. Hanamasagar (M.Sc IT)
Head GIS – IT

Mr. Rajeev P. Hanamasagar has 15 years of experience in working on Mining & GIS softwares like DataMine, Surpac, Datamine Discover 3D, Auto-Cad and Mapinfo.  With his expertise in Database Management of Mining & Exploration data, he is involved in generation of seamless geological and structural maps for exploration & mining projects using GIS platform matching international standards.   In the past, he has assisted in preparing necessary geological maps and drill holes sections forming part of Mining Plan of 2 Gold Projects including the Ganajur Gold Project.

Also handles the implementation and maintenance of the Company’s technology infrastructure and central information processing system to support efficient data management and communications.   Rajeev is also responsible for the secure and effective operation of all computer systems, related applications, hardware and software in the Company.

Mr. Alix Hauteville (M.Sc.)
Geologist

Mr. Alix Hauteville achieved a M.Sc. degree in “Metallogeny System: Geology and Exploration” in 2020 at the University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. Alix started his career with the BRGM and the GeoRessources laboratory as a PhD student from 2020 to 2022. The aim of his PhD thesis was to better understand the mineralizing processes and the geochemical tracers of gold deposits in French Guiana. Alix has a good background of structural geology, geochemistry and isotopic signatures associated to orogenic gold deposits. More broadly, Alix is able to carry out micro-scale petrographic observations and interpretations, paragenetic sequence elaboration, and geological models construction.

Apart from his PhD thesis, Alix was involved in the mentoring of B.Sc., M.Sc. and engineering students particularly in structural geology and geological mapping. Alix was involved in the SGA Student Chapter of Nancy (France) as a communication manager from 2019 to 2020 and as president from 2020 to 2022. As part of this association, Alix co-organised national and international conferences organisation as well as field expeditions (Morocco and Spain).

 

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