Management and Directors


    John Lee, CFA CEO and Chairman

    John Lee is an entrepreneur with degrees in economics and engineering from Rice University. Mr. Lee joined Prophecy in October 2009 and lead the company in making several timely project acquisitions which took the company to a market capitalization of about $150 million at its peak. In 2017, Prophecy returned to its M&A roots by acquiring and developing vanadium mining projects in North America.

    Michael Drozd, Vice-President, Operations

    Based in Elko, Nevada (within 110 miles of the Company’s Gibellini project), Mr. Drozd has 40 years of experience in underground and open pit mining operations, hydrometallurgical and mineral processing facilities, mining project development, metallurgical research and development, and design and engineering of processing facilities in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Australia, Turkey, Argentina, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, El Salvador and the CIS.

    Most recently, Mr. Drozd was contracted by Barrick Gold Corp. (“Barrick”) as Project Manager of Project Expansion at its Pueblo Viejo gold project where he led a team and developed a prefeasibility study with an overall project budget of US$900,000,000.

    Prior to Barrick, Mr. Drozd spent seven years as Vice President of Metallurgy with Scotia International of Nevada, Inc. (“Scotia”) where he led a multi-disciplinary team to manage the Gibellini project’s engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) contract and completed: (i) process flow design; (ii) instrumentation design; (iii) general arrangement site layout design; (iv) civil and foundation design; (v) structural design; (vi) process piping designs; and (vii) coordinated with consultants, NewFields, on the heap leach pad design and overall project cost estimate.

    Prior to Scotia, Mr. Drozd was the Principal Metallurgist at Amec Foster Wheeler (“AMEC”), where he was a co-author of the feasibility report entitled “Gibellini Vanadium Project Eureka County, Nevada, USA” published by AMEC for the Gibellini project’s previous operator in 2011. Specifically, Mr. Drozd was responsible for the Metallurgical section which included metallurgical testing and mineralogy examination, trench column test work, solvent extraction testing, final vanadium pentoxide production with recovery estimates, as well as the Recovery Method section which included plant design, process flowsheet, equipment, labor, and electrical power.

    Prior to AMEC, Mr. Drozd was Barrick’s Chief Metallurgist, Goldstrike Joint Venture for five years.

    Mr. Drozd is a Founding Registered Member of SME, member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, and Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43–101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

    Mr. Drozd has authored publications in gold flotation, gold processing, heap leach operations, cyanide detoxification, and carbon absorption technology. He also holds patents in molybdenum flotation, cyanide detoxification, and vanadium recovery.

    Danniel Oosterman, Vice-President, Exploration

    Based in Toronto, Ontario, Mr. Oosterman has worked for over 17 years in the mining and exploration business specializing in exploration and development of projects from grass roots, brown field, to feasibility stage. His background includes occupying both technical and executive roles, with an early career joining exploration efforts for mining companies such as Falconbridge Ltd. and Inco Limited before transitioning to the junior mining sector to manage many technical projects across Canada before advancing to President and CEO of a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Geology from Laurentian University and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. Mr. Oosterman will be closely involved in development of the Company’s Gibellini project and exploration of its Bolivian project. Mr. Oosterman is a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43–101.

    Bekzod Kasimov, Vice-President, Business Development

    Based in Bolivia, Mr. Kasimov has been with Prophecy since 2012, having previously been stationed in Mongolia. Bekzod will represent the Company with government officials in Mongolia and Bolivia, attend various official and marketing functions, and liaise with Prophecy’s business partners (such as product offtakers and technical consultants) and strategic investors. Mr. Kasimov also leads due diligence efforts for Prophecy’s prospective acquisitions, and of the Company’s projects by potential investors. Mr. Kasimov is fluent in Russian, English, Spanish and Mongolian. As Vice-President, Business Development, Mr. Kasimov will frequently visit the Company’s Gibellini project and investment community in North America.

    Chris Kravits, CPG, LPG Chief Geologist

    Based in Salina, Utah, Chris Kravits, Prophecy’s General Mining Manager and an invaluable member of its core management team, has been with the Company since 2009 and will continue as an advisor to the Company on a part-time basis.

    Irina Plavutska, CGA: Chief Financial Officer

    Ms. Plavutska has been with Prophecy since 2010 and is a professional accountant with over 20 years of international experience in financial reporting, auditing, and accounting. She is a member of Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia.

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

    Mr. Wong has been with Prophecy since February 2014. He is a lawyer who has practiced law Canada for over 15 years. He served as a senior securities regulator in both British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.


    John Young, Environmental Permitting Consultant

    Based in Reno, Nevada, Mr. Young is the principal of Great Basin Environmental Services, LLC, which has been engaged by Prophecy on a non-exclusive basis to lead the Gibellini project’s environmental permitting efforts.

    Mr. Young has over 40 years of experience in diverse areas of environmental compliance, mine permitting and development, due diligence reviews, and mine reclamation and closure activities. His previous positions include Environmental Manager at Barrick, Kinross Gold Corp. and Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corporation (now Newmont Mining Corporation). His experience includes managing regulatory permitting processes for exploration, mine development, and reclamation and closure projects including the successful completion of several environmental impact statements (EIS) for mines in the western United States. Mr. Young has also functioned in senior environmental coordination roles for project development on a global basis for copper, gold, and platinum mining.


    John Lee, CFA CEO and Chairman

    John Lee is an entrepreneur with degrees in economics and engineering from Rice University. Mr. Lee joined Prophecy in October 2009 and lead the company in making several timely project acquisitions which took the company to a market capitalization of about $150 million at its peak. In 2017, Prophecy returned to its M&A roots by acquiring and developing vanadium mining projects in North America.

    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.

    Daniel Fidock, Director

    Mr. Fidock has been an international corporate executive in the information and technology arena for the last 20 years. During this time, he has focused on commercialization and new product introduction in a range of developed and developing countries including: China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. Mr. Fidock is currently a partner with True Global Ventures, a firm focusing on early stage investment in a range of industry sectors. He holds an MBA from the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney, as well as an MSc from the University of Oxford. Mr. Fidock is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.