Prof. Colin Roberts: Past-Chairman & Adviser
Mohamoud Jirdeh Hussein: Director
Eur.Ing. Professor COLIN ROBERTS LL.M Resources Law & Policy (Dundee), P.G.Dip. International Commercial Arbitration (London), B.Eng Mining Engineering (WASM-Curtin), P.Eng, C.Eng, C.Pet.Eng, C.Sci, FIMMM, FEI, FSAIMM, FAIE, FAusIMM(CP), FDBF Genève, FCIArb, FFAVE(Master), MAIA, MCIM, MIEAust, SPE, SME
Professor Colin Roberts – philanthropist, practices as an International Mineral, Infrastructure and Petro-strategist. A graduate of the Western Australian School of Mines, University of Dundee and Queen Mary College, University of London, he is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer, Chartered Mining Engineer, Chartered Scientist, Resources Legal Expert, International Commercial and Investment Arbitrator, Accredited International Commercial Mediator, Adjudicator, Expert Determiner and Dispute Board Member, with over 40 years of Multi-disciplinary resource industry experience, most of which has been in the developing world and Africa in particular.
His current fields of specialization are in the areas of foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy, engineering, international trade & investment law, law of treaties, law of the sea, competition law and dispute resolution in the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. He regularly advises governments on the attraction and facilitation of FDI and corporations that meet the highest ethical standards, on the mitigation of non-technical risks, particularly sovereign risk.
He has an enviable reputation for his negotiation and mediation skills, thus, keeping disputing parties out of the international courts and tribunals unnecessarily. Professor Roberts is internationally recognized for his intelligent counsel, dedication and numerous successes in promoting harmonious interstate and commercial relationships. He has been called upon to assist in the successful mediation of the settlement of armed-conflict in civil war.
Colin is a Professor of Petroleum and Mining Engineering and international Resource Law at Curtin University, and was Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee. Also at the CEPMLP, he has been a Senior Research Fellow and lecturer of International Comparative Law and International Arbitration, and director of the MBA and LLM programs in Resources Management and International Dispute Management.
Colin does, and has held leadership positions on numerous not-for-profit organisations, charities, public and private directorships, and among others served for eight years as the Honorary Investment Consul for Pakistan in Australia; and is currently: Authorized Emissary for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) ‐ World Bank Group, Director of Natural Resource Geo‐Strategy (NRG), Resource Dispute Resolution (RDR), the Centre for International Dispute Resolution (CIDR), Asia-Pacific Advisory Council of the Dispute Board Federation – Genève (DBF), Australian Mineral & Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Australian Institute of Energy (AIE), Immediate‐Past‐Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers–WA (SPE), the Mining Institute (AusIMM-WA) and the Mining Institute of Scotland. He is a Fellow of the CIArb, AusIMM, SAIMM, IMMM, DBF-Geneva, EI , FAVE and AIE.
Colin dedicates 25% of his professional time pro-bono-publico. He is supported by a team of highly skilled and successful professionals whose collective aims are to promote the rule of law and human rights, encourage global prosperity, the reduction of poverty through responsible foreign direct investment in the natural resource sector and the subsequent elimination of civil and global conflict.
John Balfe is a Company Director with 40 years Civil Engineering and Construction project supervision and management. He has a long track record of ensuring projects are delivered to the highest quality, within budget by effectively organizing, managing and utilizing all resources to the maximum.
Being actively involved in all aspects of the project life-cycle he can deliver high value projects in organizations across different geographies.
He has established a personal relationship with various arms of Government in Somalia over many years and has worked continuously to introduce Australian companies to tender for Government works and commercial opportunities in the region.
Project history includes on site supervision of iron ore projects at Dampier, Paraburdoo, Pannawonica and Cape Lambert. Panguna Copper Mine on Bouganville. Dampier Salt Jetty. Civil works contract in Kenya and Somalia. He was appointed Consultant to Ministry of Public Works Mogadishu Somalia, to complete feasibility study for reconstruction of war damage Government property. Consultant to Ministry of Aviation, Somali Air Traffic Management Development JV with Ambidje Group Pty Ltd. Ministry of Fisheries Somalia, Fisheries project for Australian Fishing Companies to operate in Somalia waters. Ministry of Agriculture and Range Lands.
Wally Hughes is a registered builder in WA with 48 years of experience in construction.
The principal area of expertise is precast concrete (tiltup) in commercial, industrial and mining areas. A major driver to deliver under time and under budget. These were achieved by considering and using innovative methods.
Wally was a past president of the Tiltup Association of WA.
Pertinent experience relating to the Somaliland Solar Salt project. Is that he was part of the construction team on both the Port Hedland and the Dampier solar salt fields. He was also a contractor at Useless Loop for the Shark Bay Salt Company. Wally Hughes has been either a contractor or part of the team on many mining and civil projects throughout WA. Experienced in all construction and civil aspects involved in the salt field from the sluice gates through to the offices. Along with John Balfe, Wally firstly located another site for the salt field, which had political issues, evaluated several other sites before finding the present site in Somaliland. Together they investigated and ensured that the site is one of the world’s most ideal solar salt sites.
Mohamoud Jirdeh Hussein
Mr Mohamoud Jirdeh Hussein is a prominent Somali business man, head of the Jirdeh Hussein Company.
Mr Jirdeh Hussein has twice served as a Minister in the Government of Somalia and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Somali Central Bank. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Somali National Government Reconciliation Committee; Minister of Health; Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Youth and Sport; Somali Diplomatic Representative at London Olympics and attended the Non Aligned Movement Conference in Iran.
The Jirdeh Hussein Company, based in Mogadishu, has a long history of trade throughout the Gulf region and has provided essential support to the peace keeping effort in Somalia. The Company, which has interests in building and construction, property development, agriculture and waste recycling technologies, has conducted successful food aid distributions on behalf of USAID. Mr Hussein is continuing with a program to provide rehabilitation and training to the disabled and is creating a trade training project for unemployed youth. In addition, he obtained the support of the Arab League in providing scholarships for training midwives in Mogadishu.
Mr Jirdeh Husein a highly respected Clan elder is well received in both Somalia and Somaliland where his skill as a mediator and negotiator are well known. He has provided support and advice over the years that has been invaluable to the company in its endeavours in the region. He has played a key role in the development of the Solar Salt project.
Bradley Green: Company Secretary
Bradley is a Mining Economist by profession with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, mainly focussing on the evaluation and development of early stage mining projects in Australia and overseas. His overseas experience includes projects in Pakistan, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Iran, Papua New Guinea and various African countries, including Sierra Leone and Namibia.
Bradley is currently Managing Director of Mining Resource Development Corporation Pty Ltd, which company evaluates and invests in early stage mining projects. Over the years Bradley has held board and management / consulting positions with several mining companies and provided feasibility advice to various companies, including Extract Resources, Harmony Gold Mining Co, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.
Prior to this Bradley was the Chief Accountant / Corporate Manager for Indian Ocean Resources Limited, which developed, with Nord Resources, the Karara Gold Mine in Western Australia. This company also developed gold tailings treatment operations in Sandstone, Cue, Great Fingall and Kookynie.
Prior to this Bradley was the Accountant at Cockburn Cement / Adelaide Brighton Cement and also acted for BGC in the development of a lime kiln in Western Australia. He was also the Accountant at Western Mining Corporation’s Kwinana and Kalgoorlie Operations.
Bradley has a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of NSW, New South Wales.