Board & Management

Youval Rasin

Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Rasin is the co-founder of DekelOil and has held senior management positions in various companies within the Rina Group, a family holding company with diverse interests including agriculture, mining and hotels in Africa and Europe. Mr. Rasin is interested in StarEnergy SA which has undertaken construction 38 of a 381MW gas turbine. Furthermore, Mr. Rasin has interests in Marine Carrier SA, Starten Limited, StarTen CI SA and Egoz Limited. He is also interested in StarAgro SA which is involved in the production of rubber and cacao plants. By profession, Mr Rasin is a qualified lawyer and has been active in Côte d’Ivoire since 2002, with 7 years’ experience in agroindustrial projects including 5 years in the palm oil industry with DekelOil

Neil Herbert

Senior Independent Non Executive Director
Mr Herbert is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked in finance since joining Price Waterhouse in 1991. Mr. Herbert has been involved in growing mining and oil and gas companies, both as an executive and a manager of investments, since joining Antofagasta plc in 1998. Mr Herbert has held board positions at a number of resource companies where he has been involved in managing numerous acquisitions, disposals, stock market listings and fundraisings. He is Chairman of AIM quoted IronRidge Resources – which has interests in Cote d’Ivoire - and was formerly Co-Chairman and Managing Director of Polo Resources Limited, a natural resources Investment Company. Prior to this, he was a director of resource investment company Galahad Gold plc from which he became Finance Director of its most successful investment, start-up uranium company UraMin Inc. from 2005 to 2007, during which period he worked to float the company on AIM and the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2006, raising c.US$400 million in equity financing and negotiate the sale of the group for US$2.5 billion. Mr Herbert holds a Joint Honours Degree in Economics and Economic History.

Yuval Cohen

Chief Executive Officer
Mr Cohen has 15 years of experience in mining operational management and was formerly operations manager of a global coltan mining and refining company with operations in Macedonia, Slovenia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Guinea Bissau, responsible for supply chain, logistics. Mr Cohen has previously held several management positions with BSG Resources in Sierra Leone (diamonds), Guinea (iron ore) and Macedonia covering diamond, iron ore, and nickel mining. Mr Cohen holds a Bachelor of Law from The College of Management Academic Studies in Israel. 

Timothy (“Tim”) Daniel

Chief Financial Officer
Tim Daniel has over 10 years of experience working in senior finance positions with UK SME's, including over 4 years as CFO of AIM-listed Equatorial Palm Oil based in West Africa. Having also worked at a boutique credit fund and with a number of alternative lenders, he also brings strong credit markets experience. Mr Daniel began his career at KPMG in Australia, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, and later also receiving his CFA designation.

Vassilios Carellas

Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Carellas is a natural resources professional with over twenty years of corporate and operations experience in the mining and exploration industry. Corporate experience includes the executive management and financing of two publicly listed exploration and development minerals companies, while operating experience gained in the general management of producing mines, mining operations and exploration activities. Mr Carellas is Chief Operating Officer of Arc Minerals Ltd, which operates out of Zambia and is focussed on copper/cobalt, and is quoted on AIM.