Board of Directors

Basil Botha, MBA

President & CEO, Director

Mr. Botha brings more than 30 years international coal mining and marketing experience to Northern Iron Corp.  He was involved with Otavi Mining Ltd and was the founder and Managing Director of Reef Coal Mining Ltd. (South Africa), which produced over 3 million tonnes of coal per year. He has extensive knowledge dealing with coal beneficiation processes and ancillary by-products and has specialized in start-up mining operations, mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance.  Mr. Botha pioneered the development of char producing plants in a joint venture program with Middleburg Steel and Alloys, producers of stainless steel (C3R-12). He has perfected his capital markets experience during his time as a Financial Advisor and Analyst at Reef Asset Management and his executive appointments to several public companies including President & CEO of G4G Resources, President & CEO of Pitchblack Resources (formerly Cash Minerals Ltd) and past Chairman of Lithium Americas Inc.

Paul Sarjeant, P.Geo


Mr. Sarjeant is a professional geologist with mineral exploration and development experience in North and South America and throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.  Mr. Sarjeant’s career in mineral exploration spans 25 years.  He has extensive experience having served as President & CEO roles for several small cap exploration and development companies and is currently a director and consultant to a number of private and public mining companies.  He is also the President, CEO and founder of Doublewood Consulting Inc. that provides technical and management services to the mineral exploration industry.  Mr. Sarjeant holds a BSc (honors) in geological sciences from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. 

Alberto Hassan


Alberto Hassan has 45 years of experience in the steel and automotive industry. Mr. Hassan was instrumental in the development of the Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) industry in Venezuela, as well as the FINMET Process Technology. Among others, he served as the President and CEO of Orinoco Iron, Executive Director of Venprecar, Project Director of the HBI and Steel mill, General Manager of FIOR de Venezuela, Chairman of the Copal Palua Port and Plant Manager of General Motors de Venezuela. Mr. Hassan founded the HBI Association in 1998 and served as its Chairman from 2004 until the merger of the HBI Association in 2010 with the International Pig Iron Association, which resulted in formation of the International Iron Metallics Association (IIMA), where he currently serves as the President.

Annie Storey


Ms. Storey brings over 25 years of experience to her role, having provided accounting, financial reporting and corporate services to public and private companies with operations around the world in such industries as mining and exploration, oil and gas, technology, entertainment, manufacturing, real estate and biotechnology.  Her experience includes twelve years in public practice with MNP and KPMG in the areas of audit, accounting and quality control, as well as with other mid-sized CA firms registered with the Canadian Public Accountability Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. 

Felipe Carvalho


Mr. Carvalho is an expert in international logistics and project management. He has 12 years’ experience working in Asia in the bulk business, dealing with chartering, iron ore, commodity risk assessment, marketing sales and management, dry bulk ocean freight, mine project oversight, and commodities business development. Mr. Carvalho has significant experience in constructing and managing teams with a track record of successfully concluding business agreements from US$ 100,000 to US$ 210 million. Mr. Carvalho is fluent in Mandarin, Portuguese, and English.