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Board & Senior Management

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We’re from all over the globe, bound together with one goal in common: decarbonising the transition to electric vehicles.

Meet the Kuniko Team.

ANTONY HEITMANN BECKMAND

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Beckmand is a qualified CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.

He has over 25 years’ experience in financial and executive roles within the mining industry, including 12 years with the Norway’s Sydvaranger iron ore project in CEO and CFO roles, and 2 years as a director of Nordic Mining ASA .

Mr Beckmand’s previous experience within the mining industry has been with Kalium Lakes Ltd, Exxaro Resources, Perilya Ltd and Robe River Iron Associates across a range of commodities including iron ore, sulphate of potash, minerals sands, base metals and gold.

Mr Beckmand is an Australian citizen and resides in Norway.

MONA SCHANCHE

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Schanche is a graduate of the University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, where she obtained a Master of Science in Resource Geology.

With her distinguished background in the mining industry, Ms. Schanche’s journey included serving as the Vice President of Resource & Sustainability at Nordic Mining ASA. Her instrumental role contributed to the successful advancement of the Engebø Rutile and Garnet project in western Norway, transitioning it from exploration to its current construction phase, with production slated to begin in 2024. To ensure a smooth transition, Ms. Schanche will assist Nordic Mining on various task forces on an ad-hoc basis through the remainder of 2023.

Throughout her impressive fifteen-year tenure at Nordic Mining ASA, of which approximately seven years were spent as VP, Ms. Schanche played a pivotal role in advancing the company’s resource and sustainability initiatives. Notably, she also leads an expert group established by The Norwegian Mining Association of Norway, dedicated to the ongoing implementation of the Towards Sustainable Mining Initiative (www.tsminitiative.com) in Norway.

BOARD

GAVIN REZOS

Chairman

Mr Rezos has extensive Australian and international investment banking experience and is a former investment banking Director of HSBC Group with regional roles during his career in London, Sydney and Dubai. Gavin has held Chairman, Board and CEO positions of companies in the materials, technology and resources sector in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore and was formerly a non-executive director of Iluka Resources and of Rowing Australia, the peak Olympics sports body for rowing in Australia.

He is a principal of Viaticus Capital.

During the past three years, Mr Rezos held the following directorships in other ASX listed companies:

  • Non-Executive Chairman of Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd (current); and
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Resource and Energy Group (current).

The Board considers that Mr Rezos will be an independent Director.

BRENDAN BORG

Non-Executive Director

Mr Borg is a consultant geologist who has specialised in the “battery materials” sector including lithium, graphite, cobalt and copper mineralisation, participating in numerous successful projects, in an investment and/or operational capacity.

Mr Borg has 25 years’ experience gained working in management, operational and project development roles in the mineral exploration and mining industries, with companies including Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Magnis Resources Limited, IronClad Mining Limited, Lithex Resources Limited, Celsius Resources Limited and Sibelco Australia Limited.

More recently he was a co-founder and Managing Director of ASX and TSXV listed gold explorer, Tempus Resources Limited (ASX/TSXV:TMR/TMRR).

Mr Borg is currently a Non-Executive Director of gold producer and lithium developer Firefinch Limited (ASX:FFX). He is also a Director of geological consultancy Borg Geoscience Pty Ltd. Mr Borg holds a Master of Science in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management (University of Technology Sydney), a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Environmental Science (Monash University) and is a member of the AusIMM and the IAH.

During the past three years, Mr Borg held the following directorships:

  • Non-Executive Director of Firefinch Limited (ASX:FFX) (current);
  • Non-Executive Director of Celsius Resources Limited (ASX:CLA); and
  • Managing Director of Tempus Resources Limited (ASX:TMR).

The Board considers that Mr Borg will be an independent Director.

BRUNO PIRANDA

Non-Executive Director

Bruno Piranda is a doctor of science for engineering in mechanics and vibro-acoustics.

Bruno has extensive experience in the automotive industry gained over more than 25 years in vehicle innovation, materials and design within the PSA Peugeot Citroën group and now STELLANTIS.

Appointed as Vice President in 2011, Bruno Piranda has an international career overseeing the automotive design of vehicle projects on all continents including in Germany, to develop vehicles for the OPEL brand. In 2020, Bruno was appointed to oversee the merger of the engineering divisions of the two car manufacturers, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) and PSA Peugeot Citroën, as part of the creation of the automotive giant, STELLANTIS.

Today he supervises all STELLANTIS’ global technical skills in raw materials and he intensively steers the materials technical expertise to reach carbon neutrality

BIRGIT LIODDEN

Non-Executive Director

Ms Liodden is a self-made entrepreneur and business activist who has worked to push sustainability, entrepreneurship, next generation & diversity across the maritime industry through 15 years. One of the most visible young female leaders within the global maritime industry, and the first leader fronting MeToo in global shipping.

Ms Liodden is a former Director of Sustainability, Ocean Industries & Communication at Oslo Business Region, Project Manager Oslo European Green Capital/Business program. Director of Nor-Shipping, Founder & SG of YoungShip International, Project Manager Global Systems & Processes at Wilh.Wilhelmsen. School dropout at 16, with 20+ year’s business background.

Ms Liodden has pioneered several «global first» initiatives; built up the first global organization for young maritime professionals, developed the first award targeting ocean entrepreneurs, the first female maritime mentor program, and the first global expo initiative that fully integrated corporates & startups.

Started her first company at 28, and became the first female Director of a global leading shipping expo at the age of 32. Now setting up the first global ecosystem for entrepreneurs & innovators across ocean & renewable energy industries.

During the past three years, Ms Liodden has amongst other held the following directorships:

  • Working Chair of the Norwegian Organization for Environmental Boats.
  • Founder & CEO of The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL).
  • Board member of TECO2030 ASA, The Factory, GreenStat, Bellona Foundation and The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.
  • Serving on the Executive Committee of Polytechnic Association, the Sustainability Board of Beyonder, and the advisory boards of FutureTalks, SHE Community, Generation Mobility and Southern Africa Norway Association.

In 2018, Ms Liodden interviewed President Barack Obama in front of 3000 executives. In 2020 she was named a Top100 global maritime female profile, chaired NASDAQ’s ESG Summit, UN Environmental Assembly #ActForNature, and spoke at the official IMO World Maritime Day global panel. Has received a number of awards & rankings for her leadership in Norway and internationally.

Among the 150 top finalists for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders 2018. Alumn of U.S. State Dept. IVLP, and H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon of Norway ìs national young leader network (SIKT). Shipping Name of the Year in Norway 2012, and global top 5 shortlist of WISTA Leadership Award 2012 and 2019.

The Board considers that Ms Liodden will be an independent Director.

MAJA MCGUIRE

Non-Executive Director

Ms McGuire is an Australian qualified lawyer with almost 15 years’ experience in the provision of corporate and compliance advice to ASX listed public companies. This includes working with listed companies as a non-executive director, general counsel, company secretary and in private practice. She holds BComm and LLB qualifications from The University of Western Australia.

Ms McGuire commenced her career as a corporate lawyer at top tier firm Clayton Utz, Perth, where she gained experience in a broad range of corporate, commercial, and banking & finance matters. Ms McGuire advised companies and executives within Australia and internationally who operate in a variety of sectors, including energy and resources. In 2014 Ms McGuire joined the Canadian Bankers Association, Toronto, where she advocated on behalf of Canadian banks on issues pertaining to developments in domestic and international banking regulation related primarily to capital adequacy and funding.

Between 2014 – 2018, Ms McGuire was both Company Secretary and Legal Counsel of previously named Admedus Limited (now Anteris Technologies Ltd ASX:AVR), a US based global healthcare company. Subsequently, between 2018 – 2020, Ms McGuire undertook the role of Company Secretary and Legal Counsel at US based Alexium International Group Limited (ASX: AJX), a company which holds proprietary patent applications for innovative technologies.

Ms McGuire continues her career as a corporate consultant and brings extensive experience in ASX Listing Rule and Corporations Act compliance, capital raisings, corporate governance, general commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

During the past three years, Ms McGuire held the following directorships:

  • Non-Executive Chair of TechGen Metals Limited (ASX:TG1) (current);
  • Non-Executive Director of OliveX Holdings Limited (NSX:OLX) (current);
  • Non-Executive Director of LTR Pharma Limited (current); and
  • Director & Secretary of Nakuru Hope Inc (current);
  • Non-Executive Director of Indiana Resources (ASX: IDA) (current).

The Board considers that Ms McGuire will be an independent Director.

MANAGEMENT

DR. BENEDIKT STEINER

Competent Person

Geologist (PhD) & Competent Person (CP) with 14 years’ in mineral exploration. Prior technical leadership roles, also with Rio Tinto involved with base and battery metals exploration world wide. Expert in copper, lithium pegmatite, gold and silver deposits.

Manages two MSc courses at Camborne School of Mines, UK.

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