Executive Management

Segun Lawson, BSc, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Segun has been the CEO of Thor since he led a reverse takeover of Thor by African Star Resources in August 2011. He has identified and lead all of Thor’s acquisitions and financings, notably the 100% acquisition of the Segilola Gold Project. He also led Thor’s Joint Venture with Acacia Mining.

He is the founder of African Star Resources Incorporated where he served as the Managing Director, leading financing activities, acquisitions, corporate and business development activities.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College (UK) with Honours in Geology and has an MBA from Cass Business School. Mr Lawson had extensive corporate finance transaction experience at Noble & Company, in the Oil and Gas corporate finance areas, and also experience at Premier Oil in identifying and negotiating new West African opportunities.

Segun is a British Nigerian citizen and has a strong network of contacts both in the UK and in West Africa.

Ben Hodges, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Hodges is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant with 24 years’ experience in both the accounting profession and in the natural resources sector. He has had fourteen years’ experience in both mining and oil and gas, working as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Zeta Petroleum plc, a former ASX listed oil & gas company, and previously serving as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Atlantic Coal, a former AIM listed coal mining company..

Alfred Gillman, (FAusIMM)

Group Exploration Manager

Mr Gillman has a BSc (Honours) from the University of Western Australia, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM)Chartered Professional (Geology). He has a successful track record in senior management and Board roles across gold, base metals, uranium and industrial mineral exploration. He was the Group Exploration Manager of the major gold mining company, Harmony Gold where he led the exploration and development of several major gold projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea. More recently, he has consulted to the resources industry through his wholly owned business Odessa Resources Pty Ltd and as gained extensive experience in the United States, Africa, Turkey, Central Asia, South America, Indonesia, China and Russia. Alf has worked in Nigeria and previously on the Segilola Gold Project. He is currently also a Director of Billabong Gold Pty Ltd and advisor to Superior Gold Inc., and a Non-Executive Director of both Superior Lakes Resources Ltd and Matador Capital Pty Ltd..

James Philip

Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr Philip is an experienced mining executive with a strong track record in corporate management, project development, investment appraisal and development finance in the mining industry, spanning more than 20 years, in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Thor Explorations, he was a senior member of the Standard Chartered mining team, where he built significant experience in corporate advisory and capital raising for mining companies. He holds a Master’s degree in Earth Resources & Environmental Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London.

Louise Porteus

Environmental and Social Manager

Ms Porteus has over 30 years’ experience in large scale mining, infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, agribusiness, industrial, poverty reduction and urban development projects with the private sector and development finance institutions. She has expertise in environment and social management plans, internationally compliant ESIAs, Resettlement Action Plans, stakeholder engagement plans and urban development projects.

Michael Kelly

General Manager – Segilola Gold Project

Mr Kelly has a proven track record in mine construction, production, and technical leadership. He has achieved success in several remote locations in Africa and Asia. Most recently he brought Zara Mining’s Koka gold project in Eritrea through construction and into production. He has a wealth of open pit and underground gold experience and has held several senior roles in mine engineering, mine planning technical services and contract mining, including Centerra Gold’s Boroo gold mine in Mongolia and 13 years with AngloGold Ashanti at its Obuasi mine in Ghana following production experience in South Africa. Mr Kelly holds a BSc (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the University of Leeds UK and is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Metals and Mining. He is a Chartered Engineer, Project Management Professional and holds a Mine Managers Certificate of Competency South Africa.

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