Management & Technical Committee

Minera Salar Blanco (MSB)

Minera Salar Blanco (MSB) is a Chilean private company which LPI owns 50% 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

Christobal Garcia-Huidobro – Chief Executive Officer | MSB

Civil Engineer with 18yrs experience developing & financing of Mining, Energy, Infrastructure, Finance & Property projects. Formerly CIO of investment company CENTINELA. Board or committee member of a number of mining, property and agricultural funds in North & South America.

Andres Lafuente – Chief Operating Officer | MSB

Senior Executive with 24yrs 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 17yrs 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 25yrs 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 assessment 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 University of Chile, extensive experience in hydrogeological simulation and modeling, 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 Mechanical Engineer with an extended background in leading companies such as SQM. Former Engineer 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 8yrs, with 25yrs 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.