Ms Silvana De Cianni
As Managing Director and co-founder of Astra, Ms De Cianni is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, growth and development. Ms De Cianni has guided Astra from what was principally a resource commodities business to a diversified global asset and technology development company that reaches into India, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Africa and Australia.
Ms De Cianni is an internationally experienced business executive with a proven track record in the mining industry. With many years of experience in contract mining, corporate finance, mining project development and commodities management, Ms De Cianni has a unique understanding of the global resources and mining services industries.
She has undertaken extensive management of complex financial and corporate activities, and has had significant exposure to the investment, mergers and acquisitions, broking and commodities sectors, making her ideally positioned to identify and successfully capitalise on opportunities for Astra.
Daniel Justyn Peters
Justyn is a Barrister and Solicitor who has had extensive experience in senior management in both Government Departments and in Public listed companies. He is MD and Chairman of several privately owned resource companies in Coal, Gas and Petroleum. Justyn was manager of compliance and investigation, and A/Director for the Queensland EPA. He was the Environment Advisor for the Qld Mining Council and Head of Environment and Property for Airservices Australia. Over the last 6 years Justyn was General Manager of Government and Environment, Business Development and Executive General Manager Asia, and then Executive General Manager Investor relations for Linc Energy an ASX 200 company. His corporate experience in governance, business development, investor relations and his detailed knowledge of Asia will be invaluable to ASTRA as it seeks to comercialise both its assets and technology over the next few years.
Maxwell Francis Venning
Mr Venning first became a director in 2002 when elected by growers to Ausbulk and United Grower Holdings. Eighteen months later in 2004 became chairman and led Ausbulk through the acquisition of Abb Grain a smaller ASX listed company which after a reverse take over became the surviving entity. Abb Grain owned seven grain export terminals had a statutory monopoly on the export of barley in SA and Victoria, owned malt manufacturing company Joe White Malt. Grain storage and feed mills in New Zealand and numerous container packing facilities.
Mr Venning was deputy chairman of ABB Grain until the company was acquired by Canadian grain company Viterra in September 2009 He served on the Viterra board for thirty nine months and up until Viterra was acquired by Glencore in 2012
Mr Venning has served on board committees
He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Finance and audit
- Human resources and compensation
- Safety health environment and sustainability
David Kit Shearwood
B Eng (Mining honors) – University of Sydney, ASIA, GAICD (order of merit), PDipHR.
David has 27 years’ experience across funds management and investment banking and a proven track record of asset identification, outperformance of benchmark indices and business building (in Australia and India).
He is presently CEO and co-founder of Allied Resource Partners Pty Ltd, based in Sydney, a venture capital orientated operation which identifies projects and co-invests with funding partners across mining, energy and infrastructure investments, as well as new technologies (most notably underground coal gasification).
David has worked for firms including; Macquarie Bank, Westpac Bank, QBE Insurance, DuPont, Rio Tinto and Atom Funds Management.
David has travelled the world looking at assets and brings with him extensive knowledge of natural resources and investment institutions. His decades as an analyst have allowed him to gather insight into how company’s best pursue their competitive advantage whilst mitigating risks and similarly his knowledge of good board performance supports the strategic direction and assurance requirements of a well-functioning board.
Dr Jaydeep Biswas
Chief Executive Officer B.Eng, MBA, Ph.D
Dr Jaydeep Biswas (BE, PhD, MBA) is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Astra, and responsible for guiding the company in its future direction and long-term growth. Dr Biswas is behind the tactical execution of the Astra vision through to a successful Frankfurt stock exchange listing.
Dr Biswas brings a wealth of international business experience from the past 20 years with a distinguished career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies in Europe and Asia Pacific, including running its Corporate Planning and M&A operation in Australia. Since 2001, he has been involved with advising and directing early stage companies including sustainable development company EnergyMad Ltd.
Dr Biswas adds significant commercial mining and finance expertise invaluable in the rollout of the Astra business. His expertise includes mining tenement acquisition, budgets and strategic plans; liaising and negotiating with mining departments and other officials; negotiating directly with foreign governments and joint venture partners; sourcing geological, management and statutory reports; and presentations to companies, stockbrokers and financial institutions.
Dr Biswas was born in India and maintains business and political relationships in that country that facilitate the growth of Astra and its subsidiaries in the region. Dr Biswas holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Daniel Ghee Chong Yeoh
Non-Executive Finance Director PhD (Finance), B. Commerce (Hons), B. Economics
Dr Yeoh possesses extensive experience in a range of investment banking and management positions, including seven years of investment banking experience in one of the premier investment banks, CIMB Investment Bank.
During his time at CIMB Dr Yeoh was involved in a wide range of financial products such as initial public offerings, mergers and takeovers, fund raising, and various other corporate advisories. In his last two years at CIMB Dr Yeoh established the investment banking business in the Northern Region of Malaysia, where he was responsible for managing over 300 corporate clients.
Currently acting as a Director – Investment & Corporate Finance for Tune Service SDN BHD, Dr Yeoh is involved in analysing, recommending and executing investment proposals to the Tune Group, including Tune Hotels.com and Tune Talk, amongst others. Dr Yeoh brings a wealth of real-world experience to his position, backed by a doctorate degree in Finance from the Australian National University and two degrees from the University of Adelaide, including Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons).
Mr Niren Raj
Non-Executive Director & Legal Counsel
Mr Raj has carved out a reputation for being a legal entrepreneur. His devotion to focusing on results, cost certainty and urgency has set him apart from his peers. It is his style of operating that attracts attention from legal commentators and has drawn like minded service driven entrepreneurs to him.
Mr Raj began working as a lawyer in 1989 and then established a debt recovery, commercial dispute and insolvency practice with a well-known firm in Brisbane. His experience to date has seen him act for major real estate investment trusts and Companies on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Mr Raj brings to the Astra board a commercial and legal expertise to enhance Astra Resources as it seeks to build a global business.
Mrs Bekirovski is the General Manager of Astra Mining, with daily operational oversight of the company’s activities from its Head Office ensuring the operation of the company is aligned to the company vision. Mrs Bekirovski reports to the Board on the progress of the various business units including finance, human resources, marketing and administration; and is also responsible for rollout of local operations and site administration the company’s satellite locations.
Grant Willis Roberts
Mr Roberts has 30 years of experience in Geotechnical, Exploration, Contaminant/Saline Intrusion Studies, Groundwater Investigations, Engineering Geology, Groundwater Modeling, Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Coal experience.
Mr Roberts holds a Masters of Science degree with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. Mr Roberts has worked in a range of environments both in New Zealand and Australia and Asia.
Director of Operations, Europe
Mr Giustozzi is Director of Operations for Astra in Europe. Over the last 20 years Mr Giustozzi has been in senior management of a number of businesses and more recently has been an entrepreneur developing his own businesses covering property development and construction, electronics, marketing and communication and tourism.
Dr Laszlo Kiss
Steel Developer – Technical Manager
Dr László Kiss, a graduate of the Hungarian University of Heavy Industry, completed the Steel Manufacturing and Blast Furnace technology engineering course in 1953. He was employed by the Diósgyőr Steel Works (later Lenin Steel Works, DAMM, DEMAG), one of the largest steel works in Europe at that time, where he worked as a research engineer, technical manager, General manager and held various other senior posts until the sale of the factory complex in the late 1990s.
Dr Oszkar Grega
Steel Developer – Technical Manager
Dr Grega is a Chemical Engineer and holds a number of degrees including Post Graduate Degree Matallurgy, a Degree in Euromanagment, and a Ph.D.
He is a member of the Committee of Metallurgy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), a Technical and Production Manager for DAM STEEL, a long established Hungarian steel manufacturer and a Special Adviser for Corus Steel for the privatisation tender of Dunaferr.
Director of Astra Coal Technology
Mr Feldman is a founder and the Managing Director of IET and has over 30 years experience across a wide range of sectors, working at many levels of business including experience in formulating international joint business ventures, which he has done for ex-USSR and numerous Australian companies.
Mr Feldman holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Ukrainian Polygraphic Institute (Lvov, Ukraine) majoring in machinery building technology, and is a former member of NZ IPE.
Vladimir Petrovich Sevastyanov
Director of Scientific R&D of Interecotech Pty Ltd
Director of Astra Coal Technology
Mr Petrovich Sevastyanov is a Director of Scientific R&D of the Interecotech Pty Ltd, and a founder of the Russian Sun Pty Ltd (Novosibirsk). He has over 35 years experience across a wide range of sectors including development of highly automated chemical processes for the production of epoxy compounds, development of power converter technologies and tracking systems, special purpose motors and control automation and power systems, technologies for thermal power plants, development of digital robotics and weapons systems, integrated design of automated production of coal-water based fuels and solar power generation systems.
Previously Mr Petrovich Sevastyanov was a Managing Director of Oil Technology Pty Ltd (Novosibirsk) and held a position of a Director of Scientific and R&D with SibEcoEnergo Pty Ltd (Novosibirsk), leading project of the Helioairbaric Thermal Electric Station – a new solar power generation technology.
He holds a large number of USSR-Russian author's certificates and patents, mainly in clean coal and renewable power generation technologies and is the inventor of the method for Generation of Electricity by PseudoDetonation Coal Slurry Gasification Combined Cycle (ICSGCC). Mr Petrovich Sevastyanov has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Novosibirsk Polytechnic Institute, majoring in electric power generation and transmission systems.
Director of Astra Mining (India) Pvt. Ltd
Mr Kapoor is the General Manager of Orissa Mines, in addition to his capacity as Director of Astra’s Indian operations. Prior to joining Astra, he conducted various marketing roles in Shaw Wallace, India. He was part of the ground operation management for ModiLuft (a joint venture between Modi group of India and Lufthansa, Germany). He then completed General Management roles with Modi Xerox (a JV with Xerox Corporation USA) and a marketing role with Mitsui corporation in the Delhi office, with a focus on mines and mineral trading (part of the team which completed sale of Sesa Goa mine to Vedanta group for 2800 crores). He also managed a supply division for the Indian military.
President and Operations Director/General Manager of CRCDC Phillipines
Mr Young possess extensive managerial and directorship skills and experience across various industries such fishery and construction in the Philippines.
Ms Smith possess extensive legal experience with over 40 years in relevant industries. Her experience is underpinned by a Bachelor of Laws form Adamson University in the Philippines.
Ms Young has been involved in the construction and fishery industry. Her experience is underpinned by a Bachelor of Science, Marketing.
Executive Assistant – Philippines
Ms Aguinaldo has public and media relations experience through her role with the Home Development Mutual Fund (Philippine Provident Savings and Housing Loan Program ) where she coordinated with different Government Offices and Private Corporations/Individuals on behalf of the Agency, and conducted information dissemination/media campaigns through TV and Radio broadcasts. Ms Aguinaldo has organised events and created new Programs for the Institution and supervised personnel
Director of Operations – Cambodia
Mr Knoble has extensive experience in the international hotel industry. He has worked in the US where he negotiated contracts for different associated businesses, and moved to Manila where he now resides negotiating different agreements with the Philippine Racing Club and the San Miguel company.
Operations Manager, Nigeria
Mr Abraham has extensive experience in banking operations and marketing management working on the planning, research and development of free energy projects and direct prototyping for various products. Mr Abraham has directed and managed all operations including 20 employees and reported to the CEO and held full profit and loss accountability. During his past experiences he has managed plants in four different locations, established stringent operations budgets and manufacturing labour standards.
Godfrey Osizemete Austin
Mr Osizemete Austin has over 10 years experience as a geologist and has held a number of roles on a variety of projects in Nigeria. He has held positions at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, GMO Technical Nigeria, Izom Clay & Brick Company and for Western Goldfields Group. Mr Osizemete Austin is an independent consultant to solid mineral title holders and investors as both a Mineral Tenement Manger, arranging the acquisition of mineral deposit sites and mining title applications, and a Mineral Deposit Site Developer, providing geological mapping and studies.
Chairman/CEO of Green Diesel
Mr Kukler is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Green Diesel. He is a certified mechanical engineer with tertiary disciplines in a wide range of engineering applications. He has 30 years experience in the combustion field with ICI, Shell Australia, Gas & Fuel Corporation, Boral, Gilbarco, John Thompson Combustion Engineering, Furnace Engineering Pty Ltd, Bernard Smith and Malcolm Moore Pty Ltd.
He is the winner of national awards Max Wurker Australian Design Award, Outstanding Alumni Award, Australian Inventor of the Year Award, and the Australian Machine of the Year Award. He is also a Gold Medal (Class A) Winner at the Geneva (Switzerland) inventors’ exhibition.
Marketing Director, Green Diesel
Mr Smit has been a director of marketing for a number of products globally, including, USA, Canada, Europe and Australia and has 35 years of technical marketing experience.
Ferenc Rinyu and György Jakab
Developers, Carbony Technology
Mr Rinyu and Mr Jakab are the developers of the Carbony Technology. It was developed by Stirling Hungary, a small special purpose technology company specialising in environmental engineering, energy transfer and renewable energy products. The developers have also worked on various energy related products for Austrian and German interests. Stirling is also an accredited NATO supplier. They have partnered with Astra in order to assure that the gas mixture separation project can have world wide exposure and appropriate international marketing structure.
Project Director, Astra Nigeria Pty Ltd.
Mr Muller-Margot brings in excess of 23 years experience in the resource industry, spanning the provision of specialist corporate advisory services, strategic planning and risk management to numerous companies. He has also been involved in high level strategic developments in Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOE).
Mr Muller-Margot speaks fluent French, English and Chinese and holds a Bachelor of Economics. He is a highly motivated and disciplined professional with extensive experience in exploration and negotiation in the mining industry. He specialises in developing marketing strategies, risk management and has engaged extensively with key stakeholders.