Management & Directors
Mr. Trevor Pickett B Econ (Hons)
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Trevor Pickett was appointed to the board in June 2016 and is also the Chief Operating Officer of Ashanti Sankofa, Inc. Mr Pickett’s primary role involves operations in Africa. Born in Africa, Mr Pickett has a keen interest in the development and prosperity of the continent and its people. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Commerce and has a strong marketing and customer relations background that draws on over 25 years of experience in business, as both a founder and director of successful companies in Australia. Mr Pickett also currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and Director at Blox, Inc.
Mr. Ronald Renne BA (Hons)
Ronald Renne was appointed to the board in November 2017 and has over 10 years of experience in the banking sector and managing information technology resources. Mr. Renne has strong African and European ties that have contributed to his excellent understanding of business, culture and language in West Africa – his skill set brings a significant asset to the company. He has worked at HFC bank in London and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Mr. Renne graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000, with a BA Hons. He is also qualified in all aspects of retail banking, which allowed him to practice banking services in the United Kingdom. Mr Renne has also held the position of Chairman of the Board at Blox, Inc. since February 2014.
Nancy Zhao, CPA CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Nancy Zhao is a Certified Professional Accountant with over seven years’ experience with both public and private companies. Ms. Zhao has experience in accounting and finance for various industries including mining, realtor development, property management, sports entertainment, marketing and farming. She also currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer of Blox, Inc., a publicly listed mining company based in Vancouver, BC.
Ms. Dhillon is a highly experienced corporate secretary with over thirteen years of experience. She has extensive knowledge of corporate governance, as well as strong management skills and excellent corporate communications. Ms. Dhillon acts as Corporate Secretary for several TSX, TSXV and CSE listed companies.
Mr. Simon Meadows Smith
Mr. Meadows Smith is a graduate of the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) Geology. Currently based in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Meadows Smith has over twelve years experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. He was instrumental in the discovery of the Homase gold deposit (current gold resource of 500,000 oz) which is located thirty-five kilometers to the south of the Adumasa Project and fifteen kilometers to the north of the Obuasi Mine. Mr. Meadows-Smith has supervised Ashanti Sankofa’s exploration activities in Ghana since April, 2002.
Mr. Tony Lithur
Legal & Government, Ghana
Mr. Lithur has a LLB Honours degree from the University of Ghana and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Ghana School of Law. Currently based in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Lithur is a sound advocate and negotiator who has advised and assisted a variety of clients both individual and corporate, local and international on various aspects of law. He is the founder and Managing Partner of the law firm LithurBrew & Company. Mr. Lithur has been retained to manage the renewal/extensions of our mineral licenses and to liase with government officials pertaining to issues under the Minerals Act.
Mr. John Rhee
Corporate Counsel, Vancouver
Mr. Rhee is a partner with Vantage Law Corp., a securities law firm with its head office in Vancouver, British Columbia.