Leading the company with excellence

Our  management team has decades of experience in lithium exploration, African exploration, and mining

Corporate - Lithium Africa's Team

Meet the team


Carl Esprey

Executive Chair

Carl’s long and varied career within the natural resource investment and development sector began at Deloitte before he moved to BHP Billiton as an M&A analyst. Carl moved into equity investment as a fund manager at GLG Partners in London in 2008, focused on natural resources investments. Carl is also the founder/chairman of a Portugal headquartered legal cannabis business, director of London listed Contango Holdings Plc and CEO of Waraba Gold Limited, a CSE, Frankfurt and OTC exploration company. Carl established Lithium Africa Resources Corp. in 2021 and since that time has used his experience and network to secure a wide range of prospective lithium assets across Africa.

Tyron Breytenbach, P.Geo

Chief Executive Officer

Tyron spent a decade in the mining industry as a geologist (specialized in resource estimation at Detour Gold) and then moved into  international equity analysis at Cormark Securities & Stifel Canada. 

Coulibaly Mamadou

Executive director

Mamadou is a geologist with 12 years experiences in mineral exploration. Mr. Coulibaly started work with Randgold Mr. Coulibaly has worked with several professionals from various academic institutions including Kingston University and the University of Western Australia. Mr. Coulibaly has extensive knowledge and experience of the geology of the West African Birrimian.

Ben Gelber, P.Geo

VP Exploration

Mr. Gelber is a geologist with >19 years experience specializing in gold and lithium systems. He currently serves as VP Exploration and Director of Gold Line Resources and was previously with Barrick Gold Corporation as Exploration Manager, Guyana. Prior to Barrick, Benjamin held the positions of Generative Exploration Manager, with Galiano Gold Inc.

Dr. Jeroen van Duijvenbode

Development Geologist

Jeroen, a Ph.D. in geometallurgy, established his reputation through geochemical and mineralogical material fingerprinting research. He currently specializes in lithium pegmatite exploration targeting, GIS data compilation, programming, and geochemical data interpretation

Jamie Robinson


Mr Robinson is qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working at Deloitte, Vancouver before beginning his career consulting as CFO to a variety of Mining Companies.

Chris O’Connor

General Counsel

Chris is an English qualified lawyer with over 19 years of private practice & in-house experience, focused on capital markets, corporate finance and M&A transactions in emerging markets throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and the CIS.


Toluwalase Seriki

Non-Executive Director

Tolu is currently the Head of Business Development in Ganfeng Lithium’s Africa division. He has 4 years of experience in the industry and began his journey by establishing an exploration company in Nigeria. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University College, London and is completing an MSc in Energy Studies at the University of Dundee. Prior to Ganfeng, he performed corporate development roles at FMDQ Group PLC and Manchester United Football Club Limited.

advisory board

Alec Meikle


Alec manages financing and strategic partnership efforts for Lithium Americas, with previous experience as a base metals and lithium equity research analyst.

Dr. Tom Benson


Tom is a Stanford Ph.D. volcanologist who leads global exploration at Lithium Americas. Tom is a widely respected authority on caldera-related lithium resources across the industry