Management and Directors


    John Lee, CFA, CEO and Chairman

    John Lee is an entrepreneur with degrees in economics and engineering from Rice University. Under John’s leadership, Prophecy raised over $100 million and acquired substantial silver assets in Bolivia and coal assets in Mongolia.

    Damdinjav Davaajav, Advisor

    Mr. Damdinjav has over 20 years of electrical engineering, power distribution and generation experience in Mongolia. Mr. Damdinjav was Deputy Director of the energy department at Newcom Group, one of Mongolia’s leading business organizations. At Newcom, he was responsible for technical supervision, technical proposal development and project management of the Salkhit wind farm 50MW project and the Ulaanbaatar Combined Heat and Power Plant-5 (CHP-5) 450 MW project. Prior to that Mr. Damdinjav worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank’s energy projects in Mongolia, and at the Energy Authority of Mongolia where he was responsible for transmission and distribution network management and load dispatch. Mr. Damdinjav received his Master and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of Mongolia.

    Chris Kravits, Chief Geologist

    Christopher M. Kravits, P.Geo. has been a professional geologist for over 30 years and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101.

    Irina Plavutska, CPA, CGA: Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Plavutska is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of diverse international experiences in corporate and regulatory reporting, auditing, mergers and acquisition. Ms. Plavutska has been with Prophecy for over 5 years since 2010 acting prior as interim Chief Financial Officer and controller.

    Bekzod Kasimov, Vice-President, Operations

    Prior to joining Prophecy, Bekzod Kasimov worked at Eurasia Capital, an Ulaanbaatar-based investment bank, and he was responsible for providing advice on raising capital to international and local companies in Mongolia. Mr. Kasimov has served on the board of directors of several Mongolia-focused companies and holds a Master of Science in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics. Mr. Kasimov is fluent in English and Russian.

    Tony S.K. Wong, B.A., J.D: General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    Mr. Wong is a lawyer who has practiced law throughout Canada for over 12 years. He was a solicitor at a large national law firm from 2000 to 2001; he was appointed Registrar, Securities & Corporate Registries for the Northwest Territories from 2002 to 2005; from there, he went on to serve as a senior securities regulator in British Columbia from 2005 to 2010; from 2010 to 2011 he worked as in-house counsel for a leading technology company; he acted as a foreign consultant to the Anguilla Financial Services Commission in 2012. Mr. Wong has been Vice-Chair of the board of a large, not-for-profit arts organization since 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University.


    John Lee, CFA, CEO and Chairman

    John Lee is an entrepreneur with degrees in economics and engineering from Rice University. Under John’s leadership, Prophecy raised over $100 million and acquired substantial silver assets in Bolivia and coal assets in Mongolia.

    Harald Batista, Director

    Mr. Batista is an accomplished entrepreneur with over two decades of international sales and marketing experience. He holds an MBA degree from Santa Clara University in California and is a member of the prominent Batista family in Brazil that includes Eliezer Batista, the founder of Vale do Rio Doce Company (now Vale) and Eike Batista, the founder of EBX Group.

    Greg Hall, Director

    Mr. Hall is an independent business advisor to the mining industry. For over 30 years, Mr. Hall has focused on significant international exploration, development, and mining ventures, and all aspects of their structuring and finance. He recently retired as a director of Silvercorp Metals Inc (NYSE: SVM, TSX: SVM), China’s largest primary silver producer and the lowest cost silver producer among its industry peers. His previous positions include: Director at Haywood Securities Inc.; Vice-President, Canaccord Capital Corporation; and Senior Vice-President of Leede Financial Markets Inc. He is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, SME Enterprise Board Program, and a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Masa Igata, Director

    Mr. Igata has more than 25 years’ experience working in Asian financial markets and is the founder and CEO of Frontier Securities, the first foreign investment bank in Mongolia. Previously, he was Managing Director at Nikko Citigroup with a leading role in Japanese equity sales and investor relations. Mr. Igata now focuses primarily on advising resource companies in Mongolia. Mr. Igata received his Graduate of Law from Kyoto University and is a member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan and Mongolian Stock Exchange.


    VP Sharma, Consultant

    Mr. Sharma has over 40 years of experience in the Energy Industry. His experience covers all aspects of power generation, including operations and maintenance, construction, planning, engineering, business development, safety, and project management.
    Mr. Sharma joined China Light and Power Group (“CLP”) in 1978 and, after holding various positions within CLP power stations, retired in 2011 as Director of Operations and Construction in charge of acquisition, operation and maintenance of existing generation assets, and construction of new generation projects across Australia, South East Asia and India. Mr. Sharma was instrumental in establishing CLP Group’s presence in India and from 2002 to 2005, he managed CLP business in the country. He held the positions of CEO of CLP Power India, Managing Director of Gujarat Paguthan Energy Corporation (GPEC), Regional Business Manager, and Business Development Manager in CLP Power Asia. During this time, he established excellent contacts, and an impeccable personnel reputation with government officials, the investment community and consultants in India’s rapidly growing power sector.

    Mr. Maree Roos, Consultant

    Maree Roos is an independent energy consultant with a deep understanding of the electricity industry, gained from involvement in numerous major projects across Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and now Mongolia. Mr. Roos’ expertise extends to energy market designs, pricing policy development, economic regulation, PPA structuring, costing, and risk management.
    He obtained his Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria in 1985 and began his engineering career with Eskom in South Africa. During this time, he worked as a commissioning engineer and later as maintenance engineer at Eskom’s largest coal-fired power station (3,840 MW indirect dry cooling).
    In 1992, Mr. Roos obtained an MBA from Samford University in the US, subsequently returning to Eskom where he was responsible for maintenance and production planning. After holding several managerial and professional positions, he resigned in 2000 to start his own consultancy business, working with both public and private sector clients.