Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Mr. Duncan Blount

Mr. Duncan T. Blount, is currently CEO of Asian Mineral Resources Ltd., a TSX-V listed nickel-copper-cobalt mining company in Vietnam.  He has over 10 years of experience focused on the natural resources sector – across mining, energy, and agriculture.

Previously, he was Head of Emerging & Frontier Market Commodities at RWC Partners, where he was responsible for developing the group’s commodity views and determining natural resources portfolio strategy. Prior to RWC, Duncan was a Senior Analyst at Baobab Investment Management and an Analyst at Everest Capital.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Language & World Trade from Samford University and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Dr. Jay Agarwal

Dr. Jay Agarwal,  former Vice president, Technology Assessment, Charles River Associates Inc. has more than 50 years of experience directing new product and process development, business strategy, technical and economic feasibility, and acquisition analyses in the chemical, coal, minerals, steel, metals, and energy industries.

Dr. Agarwal had senior management positions with U.S. Steel; Kennecott Copper, and lastly with Amax as V.P. of technology before joining Charles River Associates. His areas of specialization include the interaction of technology, markets, and economics; technology management; and feasibility analyses of capital expenditures, new ventures and risk analyses. He has consulted for major companies around the world and testified in International Trade cases. Jay holds a Doctor of Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.

Mr. Cameron May

Mr. Cameron May has a multi-faceted and multi-national career in advanced materials business development. Business responsibilities included Technical Director, Business Development Director, VP of Marketing & Sales, Commercial & Technical Director–North America, Business Development Manager-Medical & Components Division and Senior Research Engineer.

Cameron spent 22-Years as an Associate of Calloway Cars, responsible for materials technology, engineering and applications for Callaway Cars, developers of high-performance automotive vehicles.

Mr. John Petersen

Mr. John Petersen, is a lawyer and accountant with over three decades of corporate finance, due diligence, M&A advisory and related legal services for manufacturers, innovators and investors in the energy storage and renewable energy sectors. Over the last eight years John has earned a global following for his articles on the energy storage and alternative energy sectors. He has contributed to AltEnergyStocks, Seeking Alpha, The Street, and Batteries International Magazine and InvestorIntel.

John is a 1979 graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and a 1976 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Mr. David Felix

Mr. David Felix, Chief Geologist, served as the Sr. Exploration Geologist for Kennecott Exploration, Inc., discoverer of superior manganese nodule deposits in the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Equatorial Pacific for the KCON Consortium: AREA USA 4 under the U S Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act.  Dave holds a MS in Geology from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Richard Petters

Mr. Richard Petters, Chief Ocean Engineer, began his career as design and test engineer for Ocean Management, Inc., a pioneer manganese nodule consortium in the 1970s. Richard participated in the successful pilot mining tests in the Clarion Clipperton Zone where OMI collected over 800 tonnes of nodules. Following the nodule experience, Richard pursued a career in undersea engineering designing and testing numerous subsea vehicles and equipment. He was staff engineer for Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems for 10 years and has been an independent consultant for 25 years prior to becoming an Associate of DRT.

He has participated in several deep sea mining study projects with DRT. Richard holds an MS in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawaii.

Mr. Doug Maxwell

Mr. Doug Maxwell, Associate Process Metallurgist, Deep Reach Technology, has more than 30 years’ experience in mineral processing.  He has been project manager for projects up to $30 million in total value and has supervised or participated in several plant start-ups. His experience includes bench testing, pilot plant testing, start-up and field service in mineral processing and hydro-metallurgical plants for copper, gold, lead-zinc, potash, phosphate rock and other materials.

Doug holds a Masters of Engineering, Metallurgy, from the Colorado School of Mines.

Mr. James Guild

Mr. James Guild is the Executive Vice President in the Willis Energy Practice and member of the executive Committee for the Houston Energy Practice.  His responsibilities include the development, marketing and servicing of energy and marine accounts. Jim has 40 years of experience in the insurance industry with a significant emphasis on marine and energy business. His expertise includes domestic and foreign primary casualty, P&I Clubs, excess liability, property, and builders risks including subsea deep-water tie backs.  He also has extensive experience in the use of fronting for insured-owned captive insurance companies, including the use of Oil Insurance, Ltd. (OIL) as reinsurance.

Jim began his career as a broker with Reed Stenhouse in Houston working on offshore drilling, construction and integrated oil companies with refining operations.  He was an original principal in a Houston brokerage firm that specialized in insurance for the energy industry and was an Executive Vice President there for twelve years. Prior to joining Willis, Jim was a Senior Vice President with Sedgwick where he was responsible for managing their Houston office and US Energy Practice.

Jim holds a B.S. degree in Pre-Law/Political Science from Oklahoma State University.