Board of Trustees
President, Marcventures Holdings, Inc.
Currently President of Macventures Holdings, Inc. and Vice Chairman of a 100.0% owned subsidiary Nickel Mine Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC). Also Chairman of Brightgreen Resources Corporation (BRC) another Nickel Mine and is Senior Consultant to 2 Bauxite Mines-Alumina Mining Philippines, Inc. (AMPI) and Bauxite Resources, Inc. (BARI).
A Senior Banker formerly the President and CEO of the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom); Executive Vice President of Equitable PCIBank; and, Senior Vice President and Head of Institutional Banking of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC-Manila). Served 4 years as a Director of the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP).
Also President, Chairman or Vice Chairman of Publicly-listed and Privately-held Companies engaged in Investments and Holding Cos., Mining and Financial Advisory Services. These include Bright Kindle Resources and Investments, Inc. (BKR), AG Finance, Inc. (AGF) and Prime Media Holdings, Inc. (Prime).
Also a CPA and graduated Magna cum Laude with degrees in Economics and Accounting from De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines) and took Special Studies in Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
President & CEO, Philex Mining Corp.
Mr. Austin graduated from Saint Louis University-Baguio City, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering and placed eight at the 1982 Professional Board Examination for mining engineers. He took his Management Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management in 2005 and his Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2013.
Mr. Austin has been a Director of PMC and PGPI since June 29, 2011 and was re-elected on June 24, 2015. He became President and Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2012 and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on April 3, 2013. He previously served the Company as its Senior Vice President for Operations and Padcal Resident Manager in 2011, Vice President & Resident Manager for Padcal Operations from 2004 to 2010, Mine Division Manager (Padcal) from 1999 to 2003, Engineering Group Manager in 1998 and Mine Engineering & Draw Control Department Manager from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Austin concurrently serves as Director of PXP Energy Corporation and Silangan Mindanao Mining Co., Inc. He likewise sits on the Board of of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines and Philippine Mineral Safety and Environmental Association (PMSEA) and was Founding President of PSEM’s Philex Chapter. He was recently awarded as the CEO of the year on Mining by The Asset last December 14, 2015 in Hongkong. He was also a recipient of Asia Pacific Entrepreneur Award (APEA) for the Mining Industry by Enterprise Asia in 2016. He was also recognized by the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers as the Most Outstanding Engineer in Mine Management in June 2016.
Chairman & CEO, Nickel Asia Corp.
Mr. Brimo is currently the Chairman & CEO of Nickel Asia Corp., the largest nickel ore producer in the country, and Chairman of Nickel Asia’s operating subsidiaries, namely Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp., Taganito Mining Corp., Hinatuan Mining Corp., and Cagdianao Mining Corp. The Rio Tuba operation was chosen by the Mines & Geosciences Bureau to represent the country in the First ASEAN Mineral Awards to be held in November 2017 in the category of metallic mining.
Mr. Brimo has been involved in the Philippine mining industry for over 30 years. He was formerly connected with Philex Mining Corp., as Vice President, Finance (1985-2003), Executive Vice President (1986-1989), President (1989-1994) and Chairman & CEO (1995-2003). He was also President, from 1993 to 1995, and Chairman, from 1995 to 2003, of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines. Prior to his career in mining, he was with Citibank, NA in Manila and a Vice President in the Citicorp Capital Markets Group in Hong Kong from 1981 to 1985.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College, New York, and a Master’s in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).
Director, Filminera Resources Corp.
Gloria Tan Climaco is a CPA Board Topnotcher and was chairman of SGV & Co.
She is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Filminera Resources Corporation and Chairman of Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corporation.
Ms Climaco served in the Cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Presidential Adviser for Strategic Projects then as non Cabinet Presidential Consultant for Stategic Projects until 2010.
She served as Vice Chairman of San Carlos Bioenery Inc, and Board member of companies in the mining, manufacturing , financial , construction and real estate industries.
Ms. Climaco obtained her MBA from Northwestern University, JL Kellogg School of Management at Evanston, Illinois USA.
Chairman & CEO, Berong Nickel Corp.
Mr. ISIDRO A. CONSUNJI (SID), 68 years old, is a Member of the Board of Directors of: D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI), Semirara Mining Corporation, Maynilad Water Services (Maynilad), DMCI-MPIC Water Company, Atlas Consolidated Mining and Dev. Corp., Carmen Copper Corp., Sem-Calaca Power Corp. and Chamber of Mines of the Philippines. He is the Chairman of the Board of: DMCI Project Developers Inc., DMCI Mining Corp., DMCI Homes, Beta Electric Corp., DMCI Holdings, Inc., Dacon Corporation and Asia Industries, Inc.
Mr. CONSUNJI was born in Manila on January 15, 1949 with three children. He graduated from the University of the Philippines, where he earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He also took up Master of Business Economics from the Center for Research & Communication and Master of Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management. He took up Advanced Management Program at IESE School in Barcelona, Spain.
He became the President of Philippine Constructors Association from 1999-2000 & Philippine Chamber of Coal Mines, Inc (May, 1999- January 2002). At present, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Overseas Construction Board (POCB) and a board member of Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines.
Mr. SID CONSUNJI is an active member of the U.P. Beta Epsilon Fraternity, Asian Institute of Management Alumni Association., U. P. Alumni Engineers and U.P. Aces Alumni Association.
President, Sagittarius Mines, Inc.
Mr. Lagonera spent most of his active life in public service. He started his government service in 1986 as Supervising Presidential Staff Officer of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS). Thereafter, he occupied positions in the Office of the President (OP) until 1993, as Presidential Assistant with the rank of Assistant Executive Secretary performing the function of chief of staff of the Executive Secretary (starting with then Executive Secretary Joker P. Arroyo). He represented OP in the boards of MERALCO, Republic Planters Bank and Manila International Airport Authority, among others.
He rejoined government service in 2001 as Undersecretary (Office of the President) and chief of staff of then Executive Secretary Alberto G. Romulo. He was promoted to Senior Deputy Executive Secretary (SDES) with cabinet rank in 2003. He was given additional responsibility in 2006 as concurrent Head of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) dealing directly with the Senate and House of Representatives.
He was appointed Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in March 2010. He represented the department in various government owned and controlled corporations, and chaired the Development and Budget Coordinating Council (DBCC). He left government in July 2010 to go back to the private sector.
He graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 1981 with a degree in Business Management (Honors Program). He obtained a Masters degree (1991) in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA) and a graduate diploma (1994) in Economics at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University (England).
He was born in December 4, 1959. He is married with three daughters. He dabbles during his free time in fine art photography and film works. He is an active member of the Camera Club of the Philippines since 1985, and is the current President of Leica Club Manila (LCM).
Chairman, Oceanagold (Phils.), Inc.
Dr. Jose P. Leviste, Jr. is the current Chairman of OceanaGold’s wholly-owned subsidiary company in the Philippines, OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc. He is the Philippine Resident Representative of the Australia-Philippine Business Council and appointed by President of the Philippines as private sector member of Governing Council of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resource.
President, TVI Resource Dev’t. Phils., Inc.
Atty. Eugene T. Mateo is a CPA-lawyer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, (Cum Laude) from the University of the East and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business. He also earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Law (Class Salutatorian) from the University of the East, and is likewise currently a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of the Philippines.
Atty. Mateo is an accomplished business executive with 50 years of business management experience. Post-university, he was invited to join SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. CPAs where he worked as staff auditor until 1972 prior to joining Philippine Global Communications Inc. – a telecommunications company – where he worked for 23 years in various capacities, including Vice President for Finance during his last five years with the company.
He was a faculty member for 10 years at the University of the East College of Business Administration and later joined the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business where he was a professor of Management Accounting, Finance and Strategic Management subjects for 20 years while serving as Chairman of the Accounting and Finance Cluster.
In 1995, Atty. Mateo was appointed Chief Financial and Administration Officer of mining company TVI Resource Development (Phils) Inc. He was later elevated to President and Corporate Counsel – a position he has held for the past 12 years.
President & CEO, CTP Cons. & Mining Corp.
Currently serves as President and CEO of CTP Construction and Mining Corporation, a prior AAA-rated construction company and ISO certified mining corporation (IMS: 9001/14001/OHSAS 18001), and its subsidiary companies engaged in real estate development and shipping lines. Past President of the Philippine Nickel Industry Association. A prior senior banker with the private banking arm of Merrill Lynch.
A Dean’s List student graduating with honors with his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame De Namur University, an Associates of Arts degree in University Studies from Skyline College, and currently studying for his Masters in Business Administration at the Ateneo De Manila Graduate School of Business.
Clarence is also a 2nd degree black belt instructor in the art of Shorin-Ryu Okinawan Karate and is an advanced open water scuba diver.
President, Atlas Conso. Mining & Dev’t. Corp.
Mr. Adrian Paulino S. Ramos, 39 years old, is the President and Director of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation. He is concurrently the (i) President and Director of Anglo Philippine Holdings Corporation; (ii) Vice-President and Director of Alakor Corporation; (iii) Vice President/CFO of National Bookstore, Inc.; (iv) Director of Carmen Copper Corporation, The Philodrill Corporation, Vulcan Industrial & Mining Corporation and United Paragon Mining Corporation. He graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management (Honors Program, Cum Laude) and finished a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (with Distinction) from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
President, Pacific Nickel Philippines, Inc.
Horacio C. Ramos is the President and General Manager of Clariden Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Pacific Nickel Philippines, Inc. He is currently a member of the board of directors for SMC Consolidated Power Corporation starting 2017, and has served as a member of the board of directors of San Miguel Corporation from 2014 to 2017. Prior to this, Mr. Ramos had served extensively at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for several decades, heading a number of major divisions at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) from 1969 to 1992. Mr. Ramos briefly left the bureau to serve as Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Specialist for the World Bank from 1992 to 1995, after which he subsequently returned to the MGB as its National Director from 1996 to 2010, and ultimately becoming the Secretary of DENR in 2010. During his tenure with the government, Mr. Ramos was also affiliated with the Board of Mining Engineering of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as Examiner from 1982 to 1987, as well as with the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association as Vice-President in multiple terms in 1995 to 2005 and in 2006 to 2010.
He holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology in 1967, a Graduate Diploma in Mining and Mineral Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1976, and a Master of Engineering in Mining Engineering also from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1978.
As a mining engineering professional, Mr. Ramos has garnered numerous prestigious awards, including the Most Outstanding Professional for Mining Engineering by the PRC in 1999; as one of the Ten Outstanding Mining Engineers by the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) in 1996; and as Outstanding Alumni for Mining Engineer in 1996 and Most Outstanding Alumni in 2010, both conferred by the Mapúa Institute of Technology. For his exemplary service to the government, he is also highly regarded with a number of recognitions, such as the Order of Lakandula (Rank of Bayani) conferred by H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010; Ang Minero Award by the PMSEA in 2010; and the Hall of Fame Award for topping the Regional Performance Evaluation from 1988 to 1990, as well as the Likas Yaman Award (Outstanding Leadership Administration), and Eagle Award (Most Outstanding Regional Director) in 1989, all of which were conferred by the DENR.
Chairman, Sagittarius Mines, Inc.
Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr., a popular public figure in the Philippines, has extensive experience in both the private and the public sector. He was Secretary of National Defense, a three-term Member of Congress, and a youth leader in his teens.
He practiced law and became a corporate executive. He was a key figure in the Nationalist People’s Coalition and then became Chairman and Presidential Candidate of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD Coaliton Party in the 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections. He is now an independent consultant to several public and private initiatives.
President, Sumitomo Metal Mining Phils. Holdings Corp.
Mr. Higo is a qualified executive of SMM and the President of SMM Philippines, CBNC and THPAL. He began his career with SMM in 1986 and occupied the following positions prior to assuming his current post: Company Secretary of the SMM Oceania office, General Manager of the Nickel Sales and Raw Materials Department and General Manager of Copper and Precious Metals Raw Materials. He is also a director of Nickel Asia Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Science with a degree in Mathematics from Rikkyo University, Japan
President & COO, Lepanto Conso. Mining Co.
Mr. Bryan U. Yap has been the President and COO of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company since 2003 and of Manila Mining Corporation since 2011. He is also the President of Kalayaan Copper-Gold Resources, Inc.; Lepanto Investment and Development Corporation (LIDC); Shipside, Inc.; Diamond Drilling Corporation of the Philippines and Diamant Manufacturing and Trading Corporation (DMTC). He is also a director and vice chairman of Far Southeast Gold Resources, Inc. and a director of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines. He is a member of the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines. Mr. Yap obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of British Columbia. He attended the Mining Executive Development Program of the University of Technology-Western Australia School of Mines in 2002.
President, Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp.
Martin Antonio G. Zamora is the Executive Vice President of Nickel Asia Corporation and serves as Director of all its subsidiaries. He is the President of Geogen Corp. and Executive Vice President of Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. and Hinatuan Mining Corp., both subsidiaries engaged in nickel mining.
Before joining NAC in 2007, Mr. Zamora was the Philippine Country Manager and a Director of UPC Renewables, a global developer, owner and operator of wind farms and solar facilities. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years for finance and investment banking firms such as CLSA, Robert Fleming & Co. (UK), Jardine Fleming, and SGV and Co.
He received his BSc in Management from Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), his MBA from London Business School (UK) where he received a Robert Fleming & Co. scholarship, and his Masters in Organizational Psychology from INSEAD.