Prior to co-founding Kura, Francisco was directly involved in Minera Escondida strategic development, working in major Cu-Au feasibility mining projects and geometallurgy. He also supported other BHP Billiton operations in Chile, working in hypogene ore processing R&D. His other interests include natural resource governance and sustainable development. Francisco holds Chem. Eng. from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and a M.Sc. Industry, Trade & Development from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
Prior to joining Kura, Thomas supervised over 25 exploration projects in Northern-Central Chile, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia with Anglo American. His expertise in hydrothermal and Cu (Mo – Au) porphyry related systems allowed him to advice on exploration strategies in South America, Africa and Oceania. Thomas holds Honours Degree in Geology from Universidad de Concepción, Chile and an MBA Global Management from Macquarie University (Australia) & Universidad de Chile (Chile).
Prior to joining Kura, Alvaro was the In-House Counsel for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Lundin Mining Corp. mining operations in Chile, to later join as an associate at the Energy, Mining and Natural Resources Group of Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría Law Firm. He had also collaborated with the Projects, Energy and Natural Resources Group of King & Wood Mallesons, Australia. Alvaro holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Universidad de los Andes, Chile, and currently is an LL.M. Candidate at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Prior to co-founding Kura, Antonio was involved in multiple greenfield and brownfield exploration surveys, focusing on Cu-Au and Cu-Mo porphyry deposits. His experience includes Escondida Mine, Spence Mine, El Soldado Mine and Alhue Gold District in Chile, as well as Copper Mountain, Mount Polley and Mount Milligan mines in British Columbia, Canada. Antonio holds an Honours Degree in Geology from Universidad de Concepción, Chile and an M.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Laura is the London point of contact for Kura Minerals and heads up the PR & Marketing services. Prior to joining Kura, Laura lived in over ten countries across the Americas and Africa with Global Business Reports (GBR), directing production of in-depth reports for decision-makers on the local mining and energy sectors, as well as working with key stakeholders on their marketing campaigns and representing GBR and clients at mining conferences globally. Laura graduated from the University of Manchester with a First-Class BA Honours in Spanish and Distinction in Portuguese.
Kura ~ Rock in Mapudungun language
Mapudungun (from mapu 'earth, land' and dungun 'speak, speech') is a language isolate spoken in south-central Chile and west central Argentina by the Mapuche people (from mapu 'earth' and che 'people')