Management Team

Alpha Exploration

MANAGEMENT TEAM

MICHAEL HOPLEY - President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Hopley has more than 35 years of international experience in the mineral exploration business.

He has BSc (Geology) from London University and is a Member of American Institute of Professional Geologists. He has held executive and board positions with companies such as Gold Fields Mining, Bema Gold Corp. Arizona Star, Tournigan Gold Corp. European Uranium, Sun Peak Metals and Azarga Metals Corp.

Between 2004 and 2016 Michael was President and CEO of Sunridge Gold Corp. (TSX listed) that owned the Asmara Project in Eritrea. During this time, Sunridge raised and spent over $80 million exploring and discovering many deposits including the 80 million tonne Emba Derho copper – zinc – gold VMS deposit. Sunridge completed a bankable feasibility study on four of the deposits in 2014 and sold the project to a large Chinese company in 2016.

Alasdair Smith - Technical Director

Bachelor of Science (Geology) Degree from Victoria University, New Zealand (1982)

+30 years’ experience as a Geologist in Australia and Africa

Discoveries:

– Australia (Jundee NW & Main Zone Au deposits, Enterprise ISCG deposit)
– Guinea (Boukaria Au deposit)
– Eritrea (Zara Au deposit).

Developments:

– Australia (Banderol, Highway, Butcherbird, Kingfisher, Mystery, Culculli Au deposits & Jundee Au Mine).
– Guinea (Siguiri Au Mine).
– Tanzania (Buzwagi Au-Cu Mine & Nyamulilima Hill &, Nyanzaga Au deposits).
– Eritrea (Zara Au Mine, Debarwa & Adi Nefas VMS deposits & Gupo Au deposit).

TEWELDE HAILE - EXPLORATION MANAGER

Bachelor of Science Honors (Geology) Degree from Addis Ababa University (1985), MSc, Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur (1987-1988).

More than 30 years work experience with Mineral Exploration companies and with the Geological Surveys of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Tewelde has worked in the Adola gold belt in Ethiopia and the Koka gold field in Eritrea (Zara gold mine) and has also been involved as a Lecturer at Asmara University.

SCOTT MCKEAG - PROJECT MANAGER (ANAGULU)

BSc (Earth Science), California Polytechnic University-Pomona (1982), MSc (Economic Geology), University of Otago, New Zealand (1987) – Consulting Geologist

  • More than 30 years’ experience as a geologist in North America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceana
  • Instrumental in discoveries and developments that resulted in producing mines, including; the Morningstar Gold Mine (IRGD) in California, Simberi Oxide Gold (hot spring epithermal) in PNG, Macraes (orogenic) in Otago, New Zealand and Jebel Ohier (porphyry) in the Red Sea State, Sudan
  • Designed the drill-out of Island Mountain (breccia pipe) in the Alaskan Range (2012) resulting in an indicated resource of 2 M tonnes at 1.2 gpt Au equivalent
  • Designed the favorable horizon VTEM geophysical exploration program at Jabal Sayid in Saudi Arabia (2012-2013) successfully identifying three large exploration targets aligned with Lode 3 and stretching 6 kilometers to the south of the main portal (undrilled to date)
  • Designed the exploration drill program that led to the discovery of Jebel Ohier (2013-2017), the first recognized Neoproterozoic porphyry copper deposit in the Arabian Nubian Shield, currently at 285 Mtonnes at 0.44% Copper.

CONSULTANTS

Dr Michael Gazley - CONSULTANT GEOCHEMIST

Ph.D. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2011).

Previously, a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Mineral Resources.

Prior to joining CSIRO in 2013, Michael spent ~5 years working for Barrick Australia as an underground Geologist at Plutonic Gold Mine. During this time, he developed portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) best practice and utilised pXRF to gain geological insights into mineral deposits.

Currently examining ways to utilise machine learning and data analytics to enhance interpretation of soil sample datasets with Projects in Eritrea, New Zealand, Mozambique, Zambia and Australia.

LISA ORR - CONSULTANT DATA MANAGER & ANALYST

BSc (Hons) (Geology), Monash University, Australia (1981), MSc (Geology) Victoria University, New Zealand (1985).

More than 30 years experience in Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Solomon Islands, Philippines and Indonesia

Worked on Oil, base metal and gold projects in a variety of settings and has been a key team member in a number of discoveries.

Lisa has been in the forefront of developments in the industry for many years and in the early 1990’s helped pioneer modern data management techniques as well as the use of prospectivity analysis and the levelling and imaging of geochemical data.

BSc (Hons) (Geology), Monash University, Australia (1981), MSc (Geology) Victoria University, New Zealand (1985).

More than 30 years experience in Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Solomon Islands, Philippines and Indonesia

Worked on Oil, base metal and gold projects in a variety of settings and has been a key team member in a number of discoveries.

Lisa has been in the forefront of developments in the industry for many years and in the early 1990’s helped pioneer modern data management techniques as well as the use of prospectivity analysis and the levelling and imaging of geochemical data.