Board of Directors

Fernando Porcile

Executive Chairman

Mr. Porcile is a Mining Engineer for the University of Chile and holds a Masters of Science in Mineral Engineering from Columbia University, New York and has over 50 years of experience in the mining business.

Mr. Porcile has been responsible for the development, implementation, commissioning and operation of several new mining projects as well as managing various world-class mining operations.

During the period 2010-2014, he was Director of the Codelco Board and lately has been consultant for mining companies with developments of copper, iron and gold projects. Mr. Porcile was President of Compañía Doña Inés de Collahuasi in the period 2007-2009; he was also President of the Falconbridge Copper Business Unit for five years. During his presidency Falconbridge was developing projects that included El Morro, Pachón and the expansion of Collahuasi.

Prior to these responsibilities he was Vice President Project Development for BHP Billiton’s Base Metals Division and before that President of Compañía Minera Cerro Colorado of Rio Algom. Mr. Porcile joined Rio Algom as Vice-President of Operations of Cerro Colorado in 1991 and later was promoted to Rio Algom Vice President of Engineering and Development, participating in the development of the Antamina and Spence projects.

From 1989 to 1991, he was Operations Manager of Soquimich, responsible for the operations to produce nitrate and iodine in Chile’s Region of Antofagasta.

Eduardo Covarrubias


Mr. Covarrubias holds a degree in chemical and industrial engineering from the Catholic University of Chile (1989), and a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management (1993).

Mr. Covarrubias has been overseeing the mining interests of Turnbrook Corporation prior to the recent consolidation of ownership of the Vizcachitas project. Mr. Covarrubias was a banker with the Chase Manhattan Bank for almost a decade, covering the mining sector in Chile. He was based in New York and Santiago and his responsibilities included project financing, structured finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Gonzalo Delaveau


Mr. Delaveau is a lawyer graduated from the Catholic University of Chile. He has been professor of Modern Contracts at the Magister postgraduate program of the Universidad Catolica de Chile and of Regulated Markets at the Magister postgraduate program of Universidad del Desarrollo. He is also a member of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Chambers and Partners has distinguished Mr. Delaveau in the areas of Natural Resources, Energy, M&A and Capital Markets.

Mr. Delaveau is a senior partner at Honorato Delaveau & Cia. Prior to that he worked at Aninat Schwencke & Cía. for two years. Before Aninat Shwencke & Cía, he was a partner for 12 years at Guerrero, Olivos, Novoa y Errázuriz. He has specialized in complex and innovative corporate transactions, finance and trade, both in Chile and abroad, and in the development of projects related to energy, mining, natural resources and public concessions.

Francis O'Kelly


Mr. O’Kelly is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, London. He has worked in metalliferous mining throughout the Americas, having previously being employed by Exxon, Anaconda and Rosario Mining Co. He also has served as an officer of JP Morgan and a partner of Elders Finance and acted in the capacity of a director of Glamis Gold, Alamos Gold, Northgate, Campbell Mines and Rayrock Resources. Mr O’Kelly currently is an independent financial and technical consultant based in Santiago Chile.

Francisco Covarrubias


Mr. Covarrubias holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Agro Resources. He also holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne.

Mr. Covarrubas is an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Hand, a moving and transportation services company. Prior to Hand, he worked with Acfin, the largest master servicer for asset-backed securities in Chile and a leading player in the Mexican market. Prior to Acfin, he worked with Australia Trade Commission expanding and promoting Australian business interests in Chile. Mr. Covarrubias began his career in the agri-business sector working with the Conosur winery and Chiquita brands.

Paul Miquel


Mr. Miquel holds a degree in Mathematics applied to Social Sciences, and a degree in Economics from the Universidad de Chile. He has been working in international investment banking since 1990. He has been Country Head for Chile, Peru and Colombia for Societe Generale, Director for Sudameris (Intesa BCI Group), and Country Head for Venezuela and Chile for BNP Paribas.

During the last 15 years, Mr. Miquel has been working in structuring, negotiating and distributing some of the major transactions in the energy and mining sectors, for multinational and local groups and governments, in South America.

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