Charlie is the Chief Executive Officer of Maris Group, a frontier market investment group, which he founded in 2009. Maris has 20 investments in 8 countries in Africa, including 2 additional gold mining investments; Karebe Gold Mining Limited in Kenya and Commoner Mine Limited in Zimbabwe. Prior to Maris, Charlie developed a successful portfolio of venture businesses in Afghanistan and East Africa.
David has worked in mining for 39 years, and has extensive experience in the establishment and management of small-scale mining operations in Africa. He has worked in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Prior to starting VMC, David started Karebe Gold Mining Limited in Kenya and Commoner Mine Limited in Zimbabwe. Prior to this, David managed the Busitema Gold Mine in Uganda and before that he established Kilimepsa Mine at Lolgorian in Kenya.
Johannes joined VMC in 2016 as the general manager. Johannes has extensive experience in the mining industry, starting as a mine surveyor for Shabanie Mine in the 1980’s, and progressing to become a mine manager for ZIMASCO and then Bell Riverlea Mine. He subsequently became the General Manager at Deltagold and then Shangani Mine. In 2009, Johannes joined African Consolidated Resources as Manager at the Pickstone Mine. In 2016, Johannes joined VMC as the general manager.
David joined VMC as finance manager in 2017. David has many years of experience in financial management. Prior to his role at VMC, David was financial controller at Schlumberger, a director of HC Bell (Engineering), and latterly the Managing Director Orielstar Business Solutions.
VMC is one of the largest private sector employers in the region, with over 90% of its employees being drawn from the local community. VMC is committed to building skills and capabilities in the region, and has become a hub for local technical training.