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Management and Board

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Zafer Topaloğlu

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Toya Gold. Started his professional career at the age of 21. Active member in several organizations, including FICAC , (World Federation of Consuls (Honorary Consulate of South Sudan), ICC (Istanbul Consular Corp.), TABA..., (Turkish-American Business Association), GYİAD, (Young Executives and Businessmen’s Associatıon), DEİK (Foreign Economic Relations Board Member )and Bahrain Business Council Vice President), MÜSİAD (Independent and Industrialist Businessmen’s Association), TÜGİAD (Turkish Young Businessmen’s Association) BSc, Economic And Administrative Sciences, Bilgi University, İstanbul, 2001.

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Martin Wood

Martin started his career at NM Rothschild, Standard Bank and Benfield, working in the resource finance and advisory departments and being responsible for over $2Bn worth of transactions at these institutions. In 2003 he rowed the Atlantic solo and, on his return, established... Vicarage Capital Limited, a UK based brokerage specialising in precious & base metal focused exploration, development and production stage companies, with assets located primarily in Africa but also across the globe. Martin built and ran Vicarage Capital Limited for over a decade before selling a substantial stake to a North American investment fund. Martin holds a BA and MBA from Exeter University, is a former Chairman of the Association of Mining Analysts and is currently the CEO and Managing Director of an Australian publicly listed company that is developing a world class iron ore deposit and integrated steel complex in West Africa.

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Yüksel Karaca

Member of Board of Directors of Toya Gold. 30 years of experience in public and private entities. Started working as Finance Inspector at Ministry of Finance. Headed department for tax policy between 2002 and 2006. Moved to private sector in 2006 and served as a senior... executive for holding companies. MBA, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, 1999 BA, Economy, Ankara University, Ankara, 1990.

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Rohan Patnaik

Member of Board of Directors of Toya Gold. Manages the company’s international business activities in various African and Central Asian countries. Worked as an advisor for various UK natural resources-based investment funds, primarily concerning mining and oil & gas opportunities... in Africa. Began his career working for a New York based hedge fund, assessing various sovereign debt opportunities in the emerging markets. Also worked at JP Morgan, in a cross-asset structuring group. Has a BSFS degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics.

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Mehmet Deveci

Chief Geologist and Exploration Director of Toya Gold. 30 years of experience in mineral exploration focusing on base and precious metals. Started his career at Tüprag (Eldorado Gold) in 1988, and worked for Rio Tinto between 1990-1996. Worked as a consultant geologist for INCO, BHP,... Noranda (Xstrata) and Turkish companies between 1996 and 2003. Joined Noranda Madencilik (Xstrata/Glencore) in 2003. Graduated with B.Sc in geological engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1987.

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Selin Acundaş

The Corporate Relations and Business Development Director of Toya Gold. Focuses on business development opportunities in the mining, agriculture and infrastructure sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. 20 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience in international business... development, strategy formulation and business management; EU specialist. BA from Koc University, International Relations; Master of European Studies and Master of European Public Administration from Leiden University in Netherlands.

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Geert Trappeniers

Advisor to the Board. With more than 20 years of experience with exploration and mining geology of diamonds, gold, base metals, industrial minerals and mineral sands, in Europe, Africa and the Middle East; started his career at Belgian Soil Service and from then on worked at... companies like Sibelco, Escom Mining, KDC and Phoenix Global Mining. Continuing his work in WalZinc and Skapto Consulting. Extensive experience with government, community and stakeholder liaison in Europe and Africa. Experienced with developing and presenting due diligence reports, feasibility studies and business plans for mining and exploration projects. Thorough knowledge of ore processing techniques, drilling, mining, dredging and earth moving methods. Graduated from MSc. in Geology, University of Leuven, Belgium, 1995.

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