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Chief Executive Officer – Felipe Azócar

Mr. Azócar has been a civil mining engineer since 1991. He graduated from the Universidad de Chile and holds a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics (1994) from the Colorado School of Mines (USA). He has worked in business management, project management, and mining planning. He worked in the El Teniente division of Codelco-Chile, El Teniente Division and then held executive positions at its headquarters as Mining Planning Director (2002-2006) and Corporate Mining Resource Manager (2006 and 2007). At the end of 2007, he joined Metálica Consultores S.A. as partner and Chief Executive Officer and continued in this position after Metálica’s acquisition by Tetra Tech, Inc. in 2011.


Currently, he is the Director of the Center of Copper and Mining Studies (CESCO).


Mr. Azócar has been appointed ad -honorem professor of the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile and professor at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.


He is certified as a Qualified Person (QP N°0127) in mining and metallurgical processes granted by the Chilean Mining Resource and Reserve Rating Commission, an entity recognized in the main stock exchanges and international financial institutions that trade in mining company stocks.




Mining Manager – Severino Modena

Mr. Modena has worked in the mining engineering field, specializing in open pit mining. He began his career in 1979 at Codelco Chile, Chuquicamata Division, where he held different supervision and management positions in the area of mining operation. In 1984 he began his development in the area of mining engineering, , specializing in short-, medium- and long-term mining planning, having the opportunity to lead work teams and perform management functions.


As of February 1995, he worked as an independent consultant in open pit mining, providing services for Fluor Daniel Chile S.A. and Metálica Consultores S.A.


In 1996, he joined Metálica Consultores S.A. as an associate consultant, and one year later, he became managing partner until August 2011, when the company was acquired by Tetra Tech, Inc. He is currently the mining manager.


He has a double certification as Qualified Person (QP) under i) Registration No. 301987 issued in 2009 by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), and ii) Registration No. 0134 issued in 2011 by the Chilean Mining Resource and Reserve Competence Rating Commission.




Business Development Manager – Moisés Alvarez

Mr. Alvarez is a civil mining engineer from the Universidad de Santiago, and holds a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Curtin Universiy of Technology, Australia –as part of a joint program with the Universidad de Chile’s Department of Mining Engineering.


He has 18 years of professional experience, focusing on the strategic planning of open pit mining projects with the aim of optimizing long-term mining plans for copper, gold, silver and other metals.


His experience and strength is in Strategic Analysis and Mining Planning, Cutoff study, Valuation and economic assessment of mining plans, sensitivity and risk analyses, costing of mining plans (CAPEX and OPEX), mine equipment estimates and other related activities.


He is an expert user of the COMET software, both in the preparation of planning models as well as in training personnel.


Additionally, he is a professor of the subject “Open pit mine project workshop” for the undergraduate program of Civil Engineering in Mines of the University of Santiago De Chile (USACH)




Administration and Finance Manager – Paola Chovar

Ms. Chovar graduated from the Universidad del Biobío and has been an accountant and auditor since 1995. She has extensive experience handling accounting and financing for large scale mining projects. She has participated in project management and labor refresher seminars, and in 2000, she completed a post-graduate course on tax planning and management at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. She joined Tetra Tech in September 2013.