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Management & Directors
CEO & Director
Mr. Kuhn joined Avrupa Minerals in July 2010 after working with Metallica Mining in Oslo, Norway since August 2008. He has more than 35 years of experience in the minerals exploration business in North America, Central Asia and Europe. He earned an A.B. Degree from Dartmouth College, US, in 1978, and an M.S. Degree from the University of Montana, US, in 1983. Mr. Kuhn has worked in a variety of geological terrains, exploring for gold, silver, base metals, uranium, and phosphate deposits, and has spent time as a production geologist in the deep underground mines of the Coeur d`Alene Mining District, historically one of the world's most important silver districts. Mr. Kuhn has managed successful exploration programs in the US and Turkey, and was involved in a number of base and precious metal discoveries in Turkey, including the Taç and Çorak polymetallic deposits, the Cerattepe Cu-Au volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit, the Altıntepe epithermal Au deposit, the Diyadın Carlin-style Au deposit, and the Karakartal porphyry Cu-Au deposit. Mr. Kuhn was also involved with the original mapping and description of the Çöpler porphyry Au deposit (a 10 million ounce gold deposit now being mined by Alacer Gold).
Mr. Brown is the President of Pacific Opportunity Capital Ltd., headquartered in Vancouver B.C. Pacific Opportunity is a financial consulting and merchant banking firm active in venture capital markets in North America. Mr. Brown has assisted in the successful establishment of several private and public companies. In the mining and mineral exploration sector, Mr. Brown has played key roles in the success of Rare Element Resources Ltd., Sutter Gold Mining Ltd., Portal Resources Ltd., Pitchstone Exploration Ltd., Animas Resources, and other junior exploration companies. His corporate activities include merger and acquisition transactions, financing, strategic corporate planning, and corporate development. Prior to joining Pacific Opportunity, Mr. Brown managed the financial departments of two TSE 300 companies, Miramar Mining Corp. and Eldorado Gold Ltd. Mr. Brown has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993, while working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vancouver.
Mr. Stringer is a Chartered Accountant and former senior partner of a national CA firm in Canada. He has extensive experience in the financial institutions market place and in the real estate industry, and in recent years, has expanded his area of focus to the mining industry, both at the exploration level, as well as in the production phases. Mr. Stringer has taken part in financings for real estate projects, including both public and private businesses. His financial institutions’ expertise includes retail operations of banks, credit unions, pension funds and brokerage firms, as well as advising a foreign Central Bank and other industry regulators. He is also a Trustee of a large trust fund for First Nations people connected to the mineral resource industry.
Mr. Dircksen has over 35 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry, serving in executive, managerial, and technical roles at several companies. He has a strong technical background, serving as a team member on ten gold discoveries, seven of which later became operating mines. Mr. Dircksen has held senior management positions with a number of resource groups including Orvana Minerals, Lacana Gold, The Cordex Group, Brett Resources, and the Bravo Venture Group. He holds an M.S. in Geology from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada.
Mr. Dircksen is currently the President and CEO of Timberline Resources Corporation which is listed on the NYSE Market Exchange under the symbol “TLR” and on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “TBR”. Timberline holds a 50-percent carried interest ownership stake in the Butte Highlands Joint Venture in Montana, USA. Timberline Resources focuses on exploration and development of precious metal deposits in the western United States.
Mr. Högel currently serves as the CEO of Peter Beck Performance Funds GbR and sits on the advisory board of Concept Capital Management. Concept Capital is an asset management company focused on evaluating and investing in Canadian resource companies through equity investments, convertible bonds and gold, silver and copper off-take agreements. Mr. Högel has a MBA with a focus on financial management, banking, and international business and management from the University of Nürtingen, Germany. He also sits on the board of several other public companies listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Dr. Paul Nelles
Dr. Paul Nelles was one of the founders of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Innomatik Exploration Kosovo LLC (IEK) and is currently a non-executive director of IEK. Dr. Nelles is the CEO of Peshter Mining Company JSC that holds the Slivovo licenses in which the Company has 25% interest. Dr. Nelles graduated from TU Berlin in 1972 with a degree in mining engineering and obtained a PhD in mineral processing in 1975. He worked internationally in base metal mining for Metallgesellschaft between 1975 and 1991, at which stage he held the position of General Manager Project Development. In 1991 he was employed as technical director and appointed to the executive board of DESTAG, a leading dimension stone producer and worldwide trader. He was subsequently appointed CEO of the company. Dr. Nelles joined Normandy LaSource in France, as executive director for gold production and industrial minerals in 1997. In 2002 he was appointed as the “Trepca Manager” by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and was promoted to Deputy Managing Director of the Kosovo Trust Agency in 2004, in charge of all major publicly owned enterprises. Since 2006 he has worked as an independent mining industry advisor and has been instrumental in the formation of IEK.
Ms. Winnie Wong received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Honours) from Queen’s University in 1996 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. She is currently Vice President of Pacific Opportunity Capital Ltd. Prior to joining Pacific Opportunity Capital Ltd., Ms. Wong was the controller of Pivotal Corporation, a company providing software, services, and support to a variety of businesses. Between 1996 and 1999, Ms. Wong worked with Deloitte & Touche, Chartered Accountants.
Managing Director, MAEPA
Mr. Adriano Barros received his Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Oporto, Portugal in 1970. Since then, Mr. Barros has been one of Portugal’s leading exploration and mining consultants, and has been deeply involved in the promotion of the Portuguese mining sector. In addition to working as a lecturer at several leading Portuguese universities, Mr. Barros has worked on tungsten, base metal, and precious metal projects from exploration to production stage. While working for Auspex Minerals and Eurozinc Mining Company in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Mr Barros was the key person involved in the acquisition of the Aljustrel Mine in 2001 and the Neves Corvo Mine, Europe’s largest copper mine, in 2004. Presently, Mr. Barros is president and general manager of MAEPA Lda., the 90%-owned subsidiary of Avrupa Minerals. His wide experience in the mining sector of Portugal and his extensive contact network in that sector give Avrupa Minerals a significant edge in the exploration business in Portugal. Mr. Barros currently resides in Moledo do Minho, Caminha, Portugal.
Chief Geologist, Portugal
Mr. MacFarlane joined Avrupa Minerals in November 2011 to manage the Alvalade Joint Venture project, located in the Portuguese portion of the Iberian Pyrite Belt. He has 15 years of experience in the mining and metals sector, specializing in field-based studies, structural geology, and applied geochemistry. Mr. MacFarlane earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Arizona State University. After this, he co-founded Metal Resource Development, a specialty geologic consulting group focused on early-stage exploration in structurally deformed terrains. His consulting firm has successfully led exploration projects in Arizona, Nevada, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and Kosovo. Mr. MacFarlane has experience working in VMS, epithermal, Carlin-like, and porphyry copper mineral systems. As Alvalade JV Project Manager, Mr. MacFarlane is credited for the Sesmarias VMS discovery, a blind prospect buried beneath 100 meters of Tertiary cover and located seven kilometers from the nearest outcrop, and the Monte da Bela Vista stockwork discovery, both within the JV exploration license. Bryan was also involved in planning and carrying out exploration at the Santa Gertudis gold project in Sonora, Mexico (presently being mined by GoGold Resources) and the Kinsley Mountain gold project in Nevada (presently being drill-tested by Pilot Gold).
Chief Geologist, Kosovo
Mr. Geier joined Avrupa Minerals in March 2015 to manage the Slivovo Joint Venture project in Kosovo. He has 15 years of exploration experience after earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Arizona State University. He co-founded Metal Resource Development, a specialty geologic consulting group focused on early-stage exploration in structurally deformed terrains. His consulting firm has successfully led exploration projects in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and Kosovo. Mr. Geier has experience working in porphyry copper exploration, VMS, Carlin-like and epithermal gold exploration, and iron deposits. In his role as Kosovo project manager, he has successfully guided the exploration and definition of the Slivovo gold project. Jeff was also involved in planning and carrying out exploration at the Santa Gertudis gold project in Sonora, Mexico (presently being mined by GoGold Resources), along with writing his Master's Thesis on the project. His past experiences include a sub-economic porphyry copper discovery in northern Mexico, country management of a large-scale exploration program, and the successful formation of a geologic consulting group.