Brent de Jong

Director and Chairman

Mr. de Jong is a Partner at Castlelake, responsible for the firm’s investments in emerging markets. He joined Castlelake in 2016 with over 20 years of investment experience, having worked on more than 200 investments across 43 countries. Over the course of his career, Mr. de Jong has developed a broad range of expertise in emerging markets in a variety of sectors, including: energy, telecom, financial, natural resources, real estate, and transportation. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. de Jong was the chief executive officer of Zaff Capital LP, a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in distressed investments and emerging markets. During his time at Zaff, Mr. de Jong also served as an executive board member of RA Holdco, which emerged from the reorganization of Arcapita, a Bharaini investment bank, and was the first Sharia compliant bankruptcy in the US. Prior to joining Zaff, Mr. de Jong was the lead investment professional with Ashmore Investment Management for special situations and infrastructure investments and served on the firm’s investment committee. During his time at Ashmore, Mr. de Jong founded and was seconded to AEI, a U.S.$10 billion emerging market energy infrastructure company, and served as the chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board of directors and focused on strategy and development. Earlier in his career, Mr. de Jong worked at JPMorgan’s financial institutions group in London and JPMorgan’s structured finance group in New York. Mr. de Jong received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University in economics. Mr. de Jong currently serves as an executive director at Agria Corporation, a NYSE listed company with assets primarily in New Zealand, and a board member of several other organizations in the investment, mining and non-profit sectors. Mr. de Jong is a current director of GB Minerals Ltd., a TSXV- listed issuer, and has previously acted as a director of Connacher Oil and Gas Limited (TSX) and Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX).

Evgenij Iorich


Mr. Evgenij Iorich serves as a Managing Partner at Pala and is responsible for oversight of Pala’s private equity and liquid investment portfolios. Mr. Iorich joined Pala Investments AG in September 2006 and has since worked on a wide range of strategic initiatives, M&A opportunities, operational and financial planning and structuring in emerging markets. Mr. Iorich’s commodities experience extends across a broad range of bulk commodities, precious and base metals and he is currently a Director of Nevada Copper Corp. (TSX:NCU), Serinus Energy Inc (TSX:SEN) and Peninsula Energy Limited (ASX:PEN). Prior to joining Pala, Mr. Iorich was a financial manager at Mechel, the Russian metals and mining company. Mr. Iorich graduated from the University of Zurich with a Master of Arts degree in 2004.

Dr. Mhamed Ibnabdeljalil, Ph.D.


Dr. Ibnabdeljalil, is the Founder and Managing Partner at Spika Ventures LLC, a strategic advisory and corporate development firm based in New York City focused on natural resources, basic materials including fertilizers and industrials sectors. Dr. Ibnabdeljalil has broad sector expertise in a wide range of basic materials, chemicals, and industrials. He served as the EVP and Chief Commercial Officer of OCP Group S.A., a global leader in the phosphate industry, and led the corporate and strategic restructuring of OCP and reshaped its role in the phosphate fertilizer sector. Dr. Ibnabdeljalil has a track record in leading multi‐billion dollar sales, marketing, raw material procurement, logistics and business development efforts across geographies in emerging and developed markets. Dr. Ibnabdeljalil served on the board of directors of several international companies and associations, including Prayon, Paradeep Phosphate Ltd., Bunge Maroc Phosphore (JV with Bunge Fertilizantes), Black Sea GÜBRE TİCARET A.Ş as Chairman (JV with Toros Tarim A.$.), IMACID (JV with Tata and Chambal Chemical), and EMAPHOS (JV with Prayon and Budenheim) and the International Plant Nutrition Institute as Vice Chairman. He also served on the boards of OCP’s subsidiaries Marphocean S.A. and Société de Transports et d’Affrètement Réunis S.A. and OCP International Coöperatieve U.A. as chairman, Maroc Phosphore S.A, Phosboucraa S.A, OCP de Argentina SA, OCP do Brazil and OCP Foundation. Dr. Ibnabdeljalil holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the London University and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics from Cornell University.

G. David Delaney


Mr. Delaney previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Plaman Corp. and as a Strategic Advisor for Paine & Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on the large and growing food and agribusiness sectors. Prior to these roles he most recently was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Potash Corp (NYSE: POT, TSX: POT.TO) where he oversaw operations across the company’s business segments, spanning 16 different sites. As President of Sales and Marketing at Potash Corp, Mr. Delaney led the centralization of the global sales function and had oversight of all Potash Corp’s Sales, Marketing, Market Research, Transportation and Distribution activities. Prior to PotashCorp, he held various sales and product positions at Arcadian Corporation Ltd until it was acquired by Potash Corp in 1997. Mr. Delaney has served on numerous boards, including Arab Potash Company where he also served as a member of the Developmental Committee and as a Director at Canopex Limited. He has also served as Chairman for Fluid Fertilization Association and Phosphate Chemicals Expert Association (PhosChem) and was a Director for the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Mr. Delaney serves on the Foundation Board for Southern Illinois University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Ron Wilkinson


Mr. Wilkinson retired from Agrium in February 2016 after a career spanning 40 years in the fertilizer industry. He served as Senior Vice President and President of Agrium’s Wholesale Business Unit from 2004 through September 2015. In this role Mr. Wilkinson was responsible for manufacturing operations for 12 production sites, along with the associated supply chain, sales, marketing and distribution. Prior to this role, he held various positions of increasing responsibility with Agrium, Viridian, Sherritt and Imperial Oil/Exxon Chemical. Mr. Wilkinson has served on various boards, including the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Profertil S.A. and Canoptex. Mr. Wilkinson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Anthony Cina, CPA, CA, ICD.D


Mr. Cina has over 25 years’ experience in accounting, finance and tax-related matters. Mr. Cina is a senior executive at Yamana Gold Inc. and has deep experience in doing business in South America, particularly in Brazil, aligning in-country efforts and resources with corporate strategy and optimizing organizational structures and behaviours to support and complement operational efforts. He has also recently been involved in several mergers and acquisitions, operations optimization and asset and debt restructuring transactions, namely in Brazil. Mr. Cina previously held the title of Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Company from June 2009 through June 2012. Mr. Cina is Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant and was recently awarded the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

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