Directors & Management

Michael Higgins  Chairman
BSc(Hons) FAusIMM

Geologist/Director, corporate and management experience, 20 years Billiton incl. Head Office role.

Another 25 years founding and leading junior companies, vending and listing some companies.

Exploration track record of initiating, leading and involvement in multiple discoveries, +20 Moz gold and base metals.

High level co-ordination, global coverage.


Ian Cooper  Managing Director 

Ian joined the board of Aforo in December 2014 as its Managing Director.

Ian brings to the Aforo Board operational and technical experience in Francophone West Africa.

Was previously the Exploration Manager at AngloGold Ashanti’s Sadiola & Yatela Gold Operations in Mali.

Was Exploration Manager for Equatorial Resources Ltd in Congo-Brazzaville.

He also has previous mining and exploration experience in Sierra Leone.

In addition to over thirty year’s Professional Experience as an Exploration Manager and Geologist in Mineral Exploration, Project Discovery and Management throughout Africa, Australia and Asia.


Chris Rashleigh  Director

Mining Engineer/Director, 47 years’ experience, global coverage.

Senior roles at Billiton, Acacia, AngloGold, MIM incl. Executive Underground Manager at Mt Isa.

Prepared scoping study for Sunrise Dam gold mine, subsequently developed as a major operation.

Strengths in project management, scoping through feasibility studies to implementation.

Managing Director of ASX listed Peninsula Mines Ltd between May 2013 and April 2015 and currently a Non-Executive director of Panthera Resources PLC.


Anthony (Tony) Truelove  Director

Geologist/Director, has been MD of ASX-listed Company, plus senior roles at Billiton, Delta Gold and Newcrest.

Proven track record of discoveries (+15 Moz gold, plus tin, base metals, iron ore) and feasibility/due diligence.

Strong background in tin exploration and resource definition, also Chief Geologist at Tuckabianna Gold Mine.

Strengths in leading multi-disciplinary teams, championing projects and liaising with stakeholders.



West Africa Consultants In Burkina Faso, Ghana and Mali

Dr Schadrac Ibrango, P.Geo., MBA Burkina Country Manager

Aforo’s Burkina Country Manager. He is a Consultant Geologist with more than 20 years international mining and exploration experience in Germany, Africa and Canada. He has worked with exploration companies and international consultancy groups covering from basic exploration to advanced projects including scoping and feasibility studies, EPCM level projects and mining operations. He has strong proficiency in Exploration, Mineral Resource Estimates (acting as QP/CP) for commodities including gold, base metals, iron, potash, rare earth elements. Schadrac is a duel Canadian and Burkinabe citizen.



Aforo Resources Team strengths


Aforo’s team members have a strong background in West Africa, including involvement in/as:

  • Original discovery of Agbaou in Ivory Coast (~1Moz); very profitably developed by Endeavour in recent years, paid back capital inside 18 months.
  • Co-Founders of Goldcrest/Volta resources. Burkina Faso properties (sold to B2Gold).
  • Successful exploration management of AngloGold Ashanti’s Sadiola & Yatela Gold operations




West African focused exploration

and development company


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