Board of Directors

Russell Debney  

Russell Debney

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Mr. Russell Debney was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nautilus Minerals Niugini Limited and Nautilus Minerals Oceania Limited prior to the acquisition of those companies by Nautilus. He has been actively involved in Nautilus’ development strategy, almost since inception. He is based in Sydney, Australia and is a commercial and corporate lawyer as well as a director of a number of companies in the mining and resources industry.

Mr. Debney has extensive experience in the management, financing and structuring of technology and resource projects, particularly
in the offshore environment. He was a Director and Senior Vice President of the Global Engineering Group, a world leading offshore oil and gas engineering company for almost 15 years and until 2015 was CEO of ASX-listed Direct Nickel Limited.

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani  

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani joined the Board in September 2012. Dr. Barwani is founder and Chairman of MB Holding group of companies ( He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Miami University, USA and was awarded a Master’s Degree and PhD (Honorary) in Petroleum Engineering from Herriot- Watt University, UK.

MB Holding is the parent company of a number of companies with wide ranging interests in oil and gas, mining, marine and engineering services. MB Holding also has investments in financial services and in hospitality development. MB Group has operations in more than 20 countries, and employs more than 6,000 employees.

Dr. Barwani is a non-executive Director of a number of publicly traded and joint stock companies: Oman Air, Al Madina Insurance co. SAOG, Al Madina Investments SAOG (Muscat Stock Market), and UCL Resources. Dr. Barwani was formerly a non-executive director of National Bank of Oman, Shell Oman Marketing Company, Transgulf Holding and Taageer Leasing Company, Oman.

He is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland to the Sultanate of Oman. He is also a member of the Sea-keepers International, a group dedicated to the protection of the Ocean’s eco-systems and its environment.

Dr. Barwani was awarded a life Time Achievement by the Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal (2008), selected by Ernst & Young as a Global Entrepreneur representing Oman in 2012. He was conferred “COMMANDEUR” IN DE ORDE VAN ORANGE-NASSAU by Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands in January, 2012. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in March.

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Tariq Al Barwani

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Tariq Al Barwani is a director and shareholder of MB Holding Company LLC, Chief Executive Officer of Mawarid Mining LLC (“Mawarid”) and the Managing Director of MB Petroleum Services (“MBPS”) both of which are wholly-owned subsidiaries of MB Holding Company.

Mawarid was established to explore and develop mining opportunities in the Sultanate of Oman and has more recently made substantial investments in international exploration and development projects in Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Iran and Namibia. MBPS has become one of the largest oilfield services companies in the Middle East. The MB Petroleum group has a presence in more than 15 countries, with offices in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia and Asia Pacific.

Mr. Barwani has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Imperial College, UK and a Masters in Business Administration specialising in strategy and leadership from McGill University in Canada