NİHAT IRKÖRÜCÜ | VP, GOVERNMENT RELATİONS
Mr. Ilhan is a highly regarded mining executive with capabilities spanning the entire mine life cycle from scoping, exploration, feasibility, licensing & permitting, design, construction, supply chain, commissioning, financial management, management of operations, maintenance, and reclamation. Mr. Ilhan joins Aldridge from an international mining company with operations in Turkey where he served as Vice President of Projects and Country Manager of Turkey Operations.
Mr. Ilhan is a professional engineer and earned his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey and Master of Geotechnical Engineering at Oregon State University. Prior to his most recent position, Han spent 26 years in progressive engineering, management, and leadership roles at URS Corporation (“URS”), a leading provider of engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. Mr. Ilhan was most recently the Vice President and Director of Global Mining Business at URS, where he provided engineering and environmental services to the mining industry in over 20 countries. His experience includes project identification, evaluation, planning, and development, with a strong emphasis on environmental risk minimization and sustainable development. His specific technical expertise in the mining industry includes engineering, environmental, social risk management, and technical planning in the design and construction of heap leach facilities, water supply and diversion systems, pollution prevention measures, waste storage facilities, and mine closure and reclamation projects.
Mr. Ilhan is based in the Ankara office.
Oya Misirdali is a Turkish Certified Public Accountant with over 17 years of experience in various multi-national businesses. After six years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Oya joined Areva T&D as the Financial Controller of the Turnkey HV Substations Projects Unit in Turkey and then moved to the UK for similar roles with the UK Turnkey Projects Unit and its successor company, Alstom Grid UK. After three years in the UK, Oya moved back to Turkey and worked in senior financial roles in the energy business. Oya joined Aldridge Minerals in May 2016 as Finance Director and was promoted to Vice President Finance in December 2017.
Oya graduated from the Business Administration program at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. She is based in our Ankara office.
Mr. Cantador (BSc Mechanical Engineer & PMI) is Aldridge Engineering Manager and responsible for Document Control System. He has been participating in the Design, Construction and Commission of several Polymetallic Processing Plants in the latest 11 years. Previously from 2015 he was involved as Engineering Coordinator and Construction Manager in EMINCAR Polymetallic Project in Cuba, owned by Trafigura mining. From 2011 to 2015 had a key role as Engineering Manager in MATSA Expansion Project to 4.4 mta, Trafigura Asset in Spain producing Zn/Pb/Cu concentrates. His expertise extend to Water Treatment facilities and Water Management System, specific areas covered within referred Project. Period from 2008 to 2011, as part of Mining Maintenance and Construction specialized Companies, developed as Construction manager several optimization Projects in MATSA first concentrator and Cobre Las Cruces Mining Facilities in Spain.
After receiving an MBA degree from Çukurova University, Devrim AKSU graduated from the Middle East Technical University with a master’s degree in Human Resources Development in Education. Later on, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with “International Management” master’s degree and provided the eternal surge of the Turkish flag on the UMASS Boston campus. Devrim AKSU, who earned her first institutional experience in the Turkish Economy Bank, left her position as Human Resources Director after 14 years of working in ASELSAN which is the biggest defence company in Turkey. Devrim Joined Aldridge team on February 2019. She established a new company with her own brand under HR. Devrim Aksu’s expertise is in designing systems mainly for Human Resources Management, employer branding, change management, wage system, performance management, organizational restructuring, talent management, and employee satisfaction. Devrim AKSU, who is also Peryön Central Anatolia’s Chairman of the Board , completed the Professional Coaching courses of Erickson Coaching International in 2015 and received the title of “Assessor”; from the Training Development Center the same year. She certified as “Lego Serious Play Facilitator” and designs workshops for companies. Devrim Aksu is supporting individuals and organizations by professional coaching, counseling and training activities. She defines the greatest achievement of her career as the creation of individuals and organizations that reached their potential and greatest achievement of her life as being the mother of Arya and Aren.
Nihat IRKÖRÜCÜ, has 31 years of experience in the military. After his retirement in 2005, he worked as Administrative and HR Director for 15 years in Turkey’s biggest defense company. In 2019, he joined Aldridge Mineral Mining team. Between 1997-1998 He worked as a military attaché in Pakistan, 2001-2002 served as peacekeeping force commander in Israel between
He completed the Land War College in 1974 and the Military Academy in 1986.
Within the scope of mining law; Mr. Irkörücü led all the operational and strategic processes of permits. He is also responsible for building communication channels with all levels of government authorities.
Ferrigno has been an industry leader for 40+ years in the Energy, Power, Mining and Natural Resources sectors. His subject matter expertise is in development, financing (Greenfield and Brownfield), front end engineering, design, EPC-construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning and operations support.
He has supported clients as Owner Representative, Engineer of Record, and Certification as Canadian NI43101 Qualified Person as well as directly managing multi Billion US Dollar complex EPC Heavy Industry Projects world-wide. Included is key expertise in Start-up; Operational Readiness, and Site Operations (Industrial, Nuclear).
Dennis has held senior executive roles with Fortune 500 companies with Profit & Loss/ Operations responsibility with managing projects with over $2 B/year in contract work. Dennis has transitioned companies and organizations through Mergers and Acquisitions and large organization workforce transitions.
He has extensive domestic and international energy and natural resource experience for technology demonstration and development, engineering, procurement, construction, Nuclear and Fossil Power, Energy and Natural Resource Sectors. His key responsibilities have been Project Management, Strategic Planning, Engineering & Construction, Merger and Acquisition, Conduct of Operations (Nuclear and Fossil), Workforce transition, Program Troubleshooting, Performance Metrics, Operational Readiness, Commissioning and Complex troubled project turn-around.
Dennis has chaired joint ventures and board member in Mine Operations; Nuclear Facility Operations; Nuclear Conduct of Operations, and large infrastructure production facilities and operations. He has held USA federal appointments as advisor to the US Secretary of Commerce, US Secretary of Energy and State Government. Most recently, after retiring from the DOE Environmental Management Advisory Board as Vice-Chairman he was honored by Secretary Moniz for 15 years of service with specific thanks in Project Management; Asset Re-Vitalization; and High Level Waste Subject Matter Expertise.
Dr. Ekmekçi is working as a lecturer and researcher at Hacettepe University, Mining Engineering Department, Division of Mineral Processing, Ankara, Turkey. He is also a co-founder of Hacettepe Mineral Technologies Inc., a spin-off company at Hacettepe Technology Development Centre.
He has been involved in a number of national and international projects and research works on flotation chemistry, design and optimization of flotation plants. He has given short courses and workshops on electrochemistry of flotation in University of Cape Town, JKMRC and Aalto University (Finland). He has 87 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings.
Dr. Ekmekçi is based in Ankara.
- Nationality: South African
- Education: Bachelor of Science Engineering from University of Natal and Honours Bachelor of Commerce from University of South Africa
- Joined Trafigura in April 2012
- Previous Employer and Position: Chief Operating Officer of Anvil Mining in DRC from 2011 to 2012 and various engineering and project management roles with Anglo American from 1997 to 2010 mainly in Southern Africa
- Domain of expertise: Project management, engineering and studies in mining
Mr. Salatic holds a B.Sc. Degree in Mineral Processing from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Holds dual citizenship, Serbian and Canadian. He has 25 years of experience in technical and management positions related to the Flotation Plant Operations in Serbia, Canada, Tunisia, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, DRC and Cuba. Expert in the fine grinding and beneficiation of fine grained disseminated polymetallic sulphides by means of flotation. Other strengths are organizational and operational knowledge of the complex flotation concentrators. Strongly involved in worldwide Due Diligence reports of mining Operations as a part of Trafigura Mining Technical Team. Recently, as a Commissioning Director, finished commissioning of Pb/Zn Concentrator in Cuba including ramp-up/start-up operations towards projected production. Language skills include English, Spanish, French and Slavic languages (Serbian is a native language).
Mr. Zvinoera is a qualified geologist with a BSc Honours degree in geology from the University of Zimbabwe. He has more than 20 years of experience in mineral exploration and resource / project evaluation. He also gathered significant experience in production geology and Mineral Resource Management over the years and is proficient in resource modelling and estimation across various commodities. He is a member of South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA). His specific technical expertise in the mining industry includes evaluation of mineral projects, grade control processes and procedures, risk profiling, implementation and review of exploration programs and resource estimation.
Mining Engineer with over 10 years of experience in consulting, software, mining and commodity trading companies including scoping/pre-feasibility/feasibility studies, mine planning/scheduling, budgeting, equipment selection, cost modeling and financial evaluation.
Proactive and strong analytical skills, continuously generating new initiatives that improve the efficiency of the business.
Broad knowledge in all aspects of the mineral industry, including geophysics, geology, mining, mineral processing, project valuation and metal markets, resulting in comprehensive knowledge of the business. Worked in operations/projects/due diligences in most commodities and mining jurisdictions with recent focus on financial modeling.
Fluent in English and Spanish (native). Chilean and Australian citizen.
Mr Joubert holds a Chemical Engineering degree in Minerals Processing from the University of Stellenbosh. He has 26 years experience in the Mining industry. He is a process engineer with experience in process designs, project management and process operations. His field of experience extends from process beneficiation , hydro metallurgy through pyro-metallurgy in both base metals and ferrous and coal industries. He also gathered significant experience in the field of mineralogy, mining and techno economical modelling. Mr Joubert is responsible for the processing excellence of any project or due diligence as well as the techno economical modelling.