Warwick Bartle’s commercial experience with titanium and related minerals spans almost 50 years. He started as an industrial chemist, working in pigment production for Laporte Titanium (now Cristal Pigments). He soon found his way into international mineral sales and marketing, and over the years has held those responsibilities for titanium minerals, zircon and monazite for leading companies that include Western Titanium (now Iluka Resources), QIT (now Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium Inc), Cable Sands/RZM (now Bemax), and others. Mr Bartle, who is based in Australia, is a graduate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, London.
Mineral Sands Geologist
Mr. Roe is an expert consulting geologist with over 35 years of diverse experience in mineral exploration, mining-property evaluation, mineral-sands evaluation and supply-chain management. Robert has managed regional polymetallic exploration programs in diverse geologic environments for a variety of mineral commodities including gold, base metals, uranium and titanium. He has worked on all major continents while working for Rio Algom, Phelps Dodge and Essex International as a field geologist and for Kerr McGee Corporation as regional exploration manager and manager of geological services. Environmental remediation is also part of Mr. Roe’s resume, leading a Kerr-McGee in-house group of geosciences professionals to deal with remediation of nuclear, mining and chemical-manufacturing sites. Additionally at Kerr-McGee, and its spin-off Tronox, Robert provided titanium-resource evaluations in support of the third largest manufacturer of titanium oxide in the world. Mr. Roe has a MS Geosciences degree from the University of Arizona and is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Sothi Thillairajah, MBA
Middle East Consultant
Sothi Thillairajah has two decades of experience in management, international finance, advising North American corporations on Middle East joint ventures and early-stage, mineral projects in Africa and Latin America. Most recently, he was Managing Director at Revere Capital Advisors, a hedge-fund seeding group, working with investment professionals at Middle Eastern financial institutions, sovereign-wealth funds, and investment offices evaluating and recommending hedge funds and private equity investments. Mr Thillairajah earned a BA cum laude in Economics at the University of Rochester and holds an MBA in Finance and Statistics from the University of Chicago.