Board and Management

We are fortunate to have a well-balanced and very experienced management team and Board of Directors to help guide Brazilian Critical Minerals into a sustainable future. Corporate responsibility, sustainability, technological innovation, and passion are at the centre of Brazilian Critical Minerals’s way forward.

Ken Kluksdahl

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Kluksdahl is a seasoned mining executive with over 35 years of global broad-based operational and leadership experience. He has a strong knowledge of the PGM market.

From 2017-2021, Mr Kluksdahl held the role of Chief Operating Officer – US Region, at SibanyeStillwater, a multinational precious metals company with a diverse portfolio of PGMs, gold and base metals assets in South Africa, North and South America.

Prior to that, Mr Kluksdahl held the position of President of AngloGold Ashanti Colombia, from 2011 to 2017. During his tenure, he led the successful recovery of three struggling green field projects and country development programs in Colombia.

Mr Kluksdahl has also held senior roles with Washington Group International, Rio Tinto, Homestake Mining Company, Battle Mountain Gold, and Tenneco Minerals.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology and is a registered professional engineer.

Andre Douchane

CEO and Executive Director

Mr Douchane joined BBX on 21 October 2019. Mr Douchane is a highly experienced mining executive with extensive experience over 40 years in North and South America, including COO, CEO and Chairman roles with a number of mid-tier and junior mining companies including Round Mountain, Battle Mountain Gold, Franco-Nevada, North American Palladium and Starfield Resources. In addition to Mr. Douchane’s executive experience, as a mining engineer he has deep technical expertise in many aspects of the extraction business including exploration and ore body development, feasibility and full engineering studies, mine and process plant construction and on-site operations management.

Jeremy Robinson

Non-Executive Director

Jeremy Robinson is an experienced resources executive having 20 years experience in the industry ranging from Business Development to Managing Director positions. He is the principal of Churchill Strategic Investments Group which has financed multiple junior explorer and developers across the ASX and TSX. He currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of RareX limited, Executive Chairman of Cosmos Exploration Limited and pending Non-Executive Director of Kincora Limited.

Abby Smith

Non-Executive Director

Ms Smith has over 15 years’ experience working in environmental and public health roles across private, government and non-for-profit sectors in Australia and Canada. During her career, Ms Smith has successfully led the development and implementation of environment and sustainability strategies. She is well-versed in conducting environmental and health impact assessments, whilst ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and industry best practices.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course, has a MSc and BA/BSc (Honours) from Queen’s University, Canada and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is currently on the executive team of an Australian not-for-profit health organisation.

Greg Van Staveren

Non-Executive Director

Since 2001, Mr. Van Staveren has been the President of Strategic Financial Services, a private company providing business advisory services. During this period, he has provided consulting services to and sat on the Board of several publicly traded companies. He has significant experience in the mining sector and governance and audit processes for Company Boards. Mr. Van Staveren is a CPA in Canada and the USA, and holds a Bachelor of Math (Honours) degree from the University of Waterloo. He was with one of the worlds largest accounting and consulting firms for almost 18 years, the last number as a Partner in the mining services group, where he provided accounting and advisory services to his clients.

Edmar Medeiros

Technical Manager

Mr. Medeiros has a MSc from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil and a Project Management MBA from the University of Central Florida.

During a 33-year career, including 24 years with Anglo American he has occupied a variety of process development, research and development and project management roles.

Antonio De Castro

Exploration Manager

Mr De Castro is a Brazilian geologist with over 34 years of exploration and mining experience for gold, copper, nickel, iron and phosphate in Brazil and Australia. He worked as a Senior Mine and Exploration Geologist for WMC for over 19 years both in Brazil and Australia. More recently he has consulted for several junior mining companies include Polo Resources – Minfer Brazil, Brazilian Gold Corporation and Copper Range Company. Mr. Castro received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Federal do Rio de Janeiro, is a registered geologist with CREA-RJ, the Conselho Regional de Engenharia e Agronomia do Rio de Janeiro, and a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Mike Schmulian


Geologist with over 40 years mining and exploration experience including 25 years in Brazil.

Previous COO of ASX listed Crusader Resources and has held Senior Management and Executive positions with WMC, AngloGold Ashanti and Mundo Minerals.