Jeffrey Couch
Director since January 2021

Jeffrey Couch is a financial services executive with extensive experience in the natural resources sector, having advised and raised capital for clients globally, with a particular focus on emerging markets. Currently, Mr. Couch is working with Orion Resource Partners, a mining-focused global private equity firm with over US$6 billion under management. He has worked with several financial services firms in Europe, including being Head of Investment Banking Europe for BMO Capital Markets (Bank of Montreal), and has also had senior investment banking roles with Credit Suisse Europe and Citigroup (Solomon Brothers). Mr. Couch also has public board experience on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange and is a director of Caldas Gold Corp. (TSX-V: CGC). He holds both an undergraduate business degree and a law degree. Mr. Couch is considered to be independent within the meaning of NI 58-101.

Dag Cramer
Director since June 2012

Dag Cramer is the CEO of Norn Verdandi Limited, a company providing financial advisory services and also a CEO of BSG Capital Markets Limited. Mr. Cramer worked for Anglo American PLC as a management trainee commencing in 1989 followed by three years as executive assistant to the Deputy Chairman and CFO. His subsequent senior roles within that group included responsibility for the group’s treasury operations as well as its investment activities and risk management activities after its listing in London. Mr. Cramer is not independent within the meaning of NI 58-101.

Anna El-Erian
Director since January 2021

Anna El-Erian (nee- Stylianides) has 30 years of experience in global capital markets having spent much of her career in investment banking, private equity, and corporate management and restructuring. Ms. El-Erian began her career in corporate law by joining the firm of Webber Wentzel Attorneys in 1990 after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1992, she joined Investec Merchant Bank Limited where she specialized in risk management and gained extensive experience in the areas of corporate finance and structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, structuring, specialized finance and other banking and financial services transactions. Ms. El-Erian was also involved in designing and structuring of financial products for financial institutions and corporations. Since 1997, Ms. El-Erian has been a director of and has been engaged in the financial restructuring of certain Nasdaq publicly traded companies and has extensive knowledge of Canadian and SEC securities regulations. She has worked extensively in structuring and implementing corporate and structured finance transactions in the mining, banking and bio-science sectors. Ms. El-Erian was previously a director and CEO of Surgical Spaces Inc. group of companies, and has been instrumental in overseeing its national expansion strategy as Canada’s private healthcare consolidator. Ms. El-Erian was previously on the board of directors of Eco Oro Minerals Corp. and is currently a director of Altius Minerals, Altius Renewable Royalties, Entrée Resources and Sabina Gold & Silver. Ms. El-Erian is considered to be independent within the meaning of NI 58-101.

Ali Erfan
Director since June 2019

Ali Erfan brings over 20 years of experience in senior roles in the venture capital and private equity industry, including as senior partner at 3i Group, Plc. Mr. Erfan currently serves as a board member and Vice Chairman of The Electrum Group as well as several Electrum Group portfolio companies. Mr. Erfan also currently serves as a director of a number of other private companies and is a management consultant at IBH, a strategic advisory firm. He was a founding board member of Leor Energy and in his early career, he was a technology entrepreneur. Mr. Erfan has an MBA from the London Business School and a BA and an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He is also a Fellow of the Kauffman Foundation for Venture Capital. Mr. Erfan is not independent within the meaning of NI 58-101.

Daniel Kochav
Director since June 2019

Daniel Kochav has been a Partner and the COO for Tenor Capital Management since October 2005 and is a member of the board of directors of Cyrq Energy, Inc., a geothermal resource company, Empower Energies Inc., a C&I Solar Developer, Crystallex International Corporation and a number of investment funds managed by Tenor Capital Management. Previously, at Putnam Lovell NBF Dan was responsible for building hedge fund-related businesses, including incubating the team that formed Tenor. Prior to joining Putnam Lovell NBF, he was a Managing Director at TD Securities in New York responsible for starting up and managing a number of businesses including Convertible Arbitrage, Index Arbitrage, Corporate Equity Derivatives, and a cross-border Structured Private Placement business. Mr.Kochav has been a member of the board of the Managed Funds Association and started his Wall Street career at PaineWebber Inc. where he was a Vice President in the private placements group. Mr. Kochav graduated from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management with a Master of Science in Management in 1985 and from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1983. Mr. Kochav is not independent within the meaning of NI 58-101. 

James Lieber
Director since January 2021

James Lieber has more than 25 years of experience in the strategic management of complex international projects and situations for multi-national corporations, investment funds, organizations and high net-worth individuals in Europe and the United States. Mr. Lieber is the founder and president of Lieber Strategies. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Lieber served as Director of Corporate Affairs at LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton S.E. He practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Lieber holds a juris doctor degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with honors in art history. Mr. Lieber is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Lieber is a director of companies including LVMH Inc. and DFS Group, as well as of Stanhope Capital, a private wealth manager with offices in London, Geneva, Paris and New York. He is also a director of the French-American Foundation, a member of Panthera's Conservation Council and a Friend of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage. Mr. Lieber is considered to be independent within the meaning of NI 58-101.

Dragos Tănase
Director since August 2018

Dragos Tănase was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gabriel on August 8, 2018. Mr. Tănase has been the Managing Director of RMGC for 10 years, a position which he continues to hold. Mr. Tănase joined RMGC in February 2008, coming from the largest cable communications operator in Romania, UPC. Within UPC, Mr. Tănase coordinated the merger of two large cable operators, UPC and Astral, which combined employed a workforce of 3,600 people and held the position of CFO for 7 years. Previously, Mr. Tănase - an expert in financial management - worked in financial and business consultancy, first at the Ministry of Finance and then with Arthur Andersen. Mr. Tănase is not independent within the meaning of NI 58-101.