Management & Technical Committee

Minera Salar Blanco (MSB)

Minera Salar Blanco (MSB) is a Chilean private company which LPI owns 51% of and was formed to explore and develop the Maricunga  Salar, in Chile’s northern Atacama.  On July 2016, Lithium Power International entered into a strategic partnership with MSB to combine effort and expertise to fast track the development of the world-class Maricunga Salar.

Management & Technical Committee

Andres Lafuente – Chief Operating Officer | MSB

Senior Executive with 24 years of experience in Financial & Infrastructure companies. Previously, GM for Scotia Bank in Chile, and Corporate Manager of Compliance for Euroamerica Financial & Life Insurance.

Tarek Halasa – Chief Development Officer | MSB

Civil Engineer with 17 years of international experience, specialising in project & cost management, feasibility studies, and sub-contractor management. Previously held the role of Construction Coordinator for Bechtel for the past 8 years, working on projects for BHP, Xstrata, Anglo, and BP.

Frederick Reidel – QP under TSX NI 43-101 | MSB

Hydrogeologist with 25 years of experience in water, lithium brine and infrastructure projects in North & South America. Undertook the reserve evaluation & feasibility study for Orocobre at the Olaroz lithium brine project. Technical advisor to Lithium Americas on the Cauchari lithium brine project. Participated in the initial resource evaluation for FMC’s Hombre Muerto lithium brine project.

Peter Ehren – QP under TSX NI 43-101 | MSB

Independent consultant, and industry expert in development processes and technical & economic assessments for new brine projects, especially relating to lithium and potassium. Currently also consulting to Orocobre on the Olaroz project. Previously designed & evaluated projects in Chile, Argentina, China, and Australia.

Carlos Espinoza

Current Associate Professor of the University of Chile, with extensive experience in hydrogeological simulation and modelling, baseline studies evaluation of environmental impact studies and water resources, and evaporation well simulation (Salar de Atacama).

Hugo Barrientos Ruiz

Over 30 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer with an extended background in leading companies such as SQM. Former Engineering Project Manager at Lithium Americas.

Murray Brooker – QP/CP under TSX NI 43-101/JORC

Independent consultant and hydrogeologist specialising in lithium brine over the last 8 years, with 25 years of total experience in mining and exploration. Areas of expertise include: project management, project evaluation & feasibility, and geological interpretation & reporting. Has previously led teams in Chile, Argentina, and Australia. Was the JORC Competent Person to Orocobre on their Olaroz lithium brine project.

Ian Miles – Principal Exploration Geologist

Independent consultant and geologist with 20 years of experience specialising in advancing Greenfields projects to mining. His exploration expertise includes project generation, targeting, evaluation, assessment and the management of large exploration programs in Australia and South America.