Terra Balcanica Team

Terra Balcanica Resources prides itself on having assembled a team of experienced mining professionals, established capital financiers, regional exploration experts and on-the-ground operational executives. We emphasize inclusive workplace environment reflected in the multinational staff, active multilingualism, generational and gender equality. Our approach rests upon responsible engagement with local communities and stakeholders and is committed to proactively implementing best industry practices including sustainable health, safety, and environmental management.

Board and management

Board of Directors

Giulio Bonifacio

Non-Executive Chairman

Giulio is a mining executive and professional accountant with over 35 years of experience including company formation, project development, and financing. Mr. Bonifacio was the former Founder, Director, President, and CEO of Nevada Copper Corp. from inception in 2005 until his retirement in 2018. He has been responsible for over $700M raised through equity and project debt financings over his career. He is currently Chairman of NevGold Corp., Chairman of Candente Copper Corp., Director of Copperbank Resources Corp., and President and CEO of Sabre Gold Corp. (formerly Arizona Gold Corp. prior to the merger with Golden Predator Mining Corp.)

Aleksandar Ilić

Co-Founder & Director

Mr. Ilić is the founder of Rockstone Group, a junior Serbian mineral exploration company focused on target generation in the Western Tethyan Belt. He was the initial developer of the Suva Ruda Cu-Au porphyry project through an option agreement with Adriatic Metals plc. Aleksandar possesses a thorough understanding of regional markets and early-mover opportunities within the commodity sector. He has a history of partnerships with major and junior mining companies.

Brandon Bonifacio M.Eng., MBA


Brandon is a mining executive with expertise in project development, mergers, and acquisitions with over 10 years of experience. Mr. Bonifacio was the finance director of the Norte Abierto Joint Venture (Cerro Casale/Caspiche) working for Goldcorp Inc. (now Newmont, NYSE: NEM) as well as the senior member of the corporate development team at Goldcorp Inc. Mr. Bonifacio holds an MSc (Mining Engineering) and MBA from the University of Nevada-Reno, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia. He is currently President & CEO of NevGold Corp., and Director of Angold Resources Ltd.

Kim Oishi, MBA


Mr. Oishi has been providing capital markets advice to domestic and international companies since 1993, focusing on public companies listed on the TSX and TSX-V. Kim has extensive experience leading financings, acquisitions, and investor relations, often serving as a director and officer of public and private companies. Mr. Oishi is the founder and President of Grand Rock Capital Inc., a company that invests in growth companies and provides consulting services regarding capital markets, corporate finance, and investor relations.


Aleksandar (Alex) Mišković Ph.D., P.Geo.

Co-Founder, President & CEO

Alex is geoscientist with 20 years of experience in igneous geochemistry and regional metallogeny. A leader with a history of assembling and managing technical teams, Alex has rapidly delivered greenfield targets and executed brownfield projects for both junior explorers and some of the world’s largest mining companies. Alex previously served as the head of exploration for Medgold Resources Corp. where he was the key early developer of the 680,000 oz AuEq Tlamino deposit, and the Global R&D Director with Rio Tinto plc. Dr. Mišković obtained his PhD degree at the University of Geneva, Switzerland followed by a postdoctoral tenure at MIT.

Catherine Cox

Corporate Secretary

Ms. Cox has over 20 years of experience as Corporate Secretary to a variety of public and private companies in the resource sector. She was the former VP- Corporate Secretary for Nevada Copper Corp. and has an extensive securities and corporate paralegal background working with both Canadian and US law firms. Ms. Cox serves as a member of the NevGold Corp. executive team.

Jelena Nikolić

Office Manager (Serbia)

Jelena is a trained economist with over 25 years of experience in the tourism and travel industry mostly focused on revenue management, corporate organization and hospitality logistics. Ms. Nikolic worked within the NGO sector worldwide as a logistics officer in charge of operations for regional and local events in Africa and Southeast Asia. A fluent English speaker, Jelena serves as the Company’s Belgrade office manager while supporting regional activities throughout the Balkans.

Pero Jokanović BSc, P.Geo

Country Manager (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Mr. Jokanović coordinates on ground operations, maintains relations with the key stakeholders and serves as the of Drina Resources chief safety officer. Prior to joining the company, Pero managed the largest drilling contractor and geological consultancy group in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His managerial skills and intimate knowledge of Bosnia’s business landscape are essential to advancement and expansion of our portfolio. Mr. Jokanović is a registered P.Geo. in Bosnia and Herzegovina and holds a BSc degree in economic geology from the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Technical Team

GIS Analytics

Nicola Kern MSc

GIS Administrator

Nicola is a geologist intimately familiar with a variety of geospatial software applications. Nicola obtained his MSc degree in structural geology at the University of Basel, Switzerland and worked as an intern at the Swiss Geological Survey after which he served for 5 years as a geologist with Geotechnisches Institut in Basel, Switzerland. Nicola leads Terra Balcanica’s GIS team in charge of cartography and maintenance of the corporate spatial databases.


Samuel Vaughan MSc

Exploration Geologist

Sam is an exploration geologist with experience in remote greenfield projects targeting base and precious metals, previously focused on the arctic of Greenland and Finland. His specialty is exploration geochemistry honed during an MSc at the Camborne School of Mines where he received the Richard Osman Prize for the best thesis project. Sam previously served as a junior geologist at Bluejay Mining Plc, contributing to JORC resource definition of the world’s highest grade ilmenite deposit.

Mike Kelly MSc

Exploration Geologist

Mike is an exploration geologist and holds a Masters (MSc) degree in exploration geology from Camborne School of Mines. Prior to joining the company, Mike worked with Ariana Resources on their low sulfidation Au-Ag Kiziltepe Project in Turkey where he undertook an ore grade reconciliation and reserve modelling. Additional experience was gained during greenfield exploration of greenstone hosted Au deposit in northern Wales. Mike is an Associate member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).

Ilija Radović BSc, P.Geo.

Resource Geologist

Ilija obtained his BSc degree at the University of Belgrade in 1984 and is a registered professional geoscientist in Serbia with the speciality expertise in economic geology. Mr. Radovic has worked with leading geological companies in the region where he prepared, maintained, and signed off on dozens of Cu, Au, Pb and Zn exploration and mining projects. During his tenure with the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Serbia he reviewed the legal framework on mineral resource calculation and definition as per the Serbian law. Ilija maintains all of Terra Balcanica official technical reporting as stipulated by the Bosnian and Serbian state regulators.

Advisory Committee

Steven Latimer MBA, CFA

Capital Markets

Steven is a global investment banking and capital markets professional with over 30 years of experience. A leader with an expansive history of leading financing transactions for mining companies via IPOs, equity, debt and royalty financings, private placements, and joint ventures for both junior and large multinational mining companies. In addition, Steve has extensive experience in leading complex cross-border advisory transactions.
He is currently Managing Director and Head of London-based Bacchus Capital’s North American Investment Banking and Merchant Capital Business. From2012-2020, Steve was Head of Jefferies’ Canadian Investment Banking Business and President of Jefferies Securities Inc. and prior to that, was Head of Credit Suisse’s Canadian Investment Banking Metals and Mining Group and in senior leadership roles at UBS (Bunting Warburg). Steven is a CFA Charterholder and is currently enrolled in the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program(DEP96).

Russell Ball CPA

Capital Markets

Russell is the former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chair of Calibre Mining Corp. Previously, Mr. Ball was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Goldcorp Inc., a role he assumed in March 2016 after initially joining Goldcorp Inc. in 2013 as Executive Vice President of Capital Projects, Strategy and Corporate Development, including oversight of their primary growth projects. Prior to his role with Goldcorp Inc., he served in varying capacities at Newmont Mining Corporation for almost twenty years, culminating with his appointment as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Russell is currently Managing Director of QDBS Resources Inc. (private), Chair and Director of Copper Bank Resources Corp. and a Director of Trevali Mining Corporation and Southern Silver Exploration Corp. Russell qualified as both a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and a Certified Public Accountant (USA).

David Clark MSc, P.Geo.

Geoscience and Exploration

David Clark, P.Geo, has over 20 years of mineral exploration experience across Canada, Mexico, central America, USA, and Europe. David obtained an MSc degree in Geology from McGill University and is a registered professional geoscientist in British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Mr. Clark serves as the President and CEO of Burin Gold Corp. where he developed the exploration model and strategy behind the company’s success on the HPP Project. Prior to his involvement with Burin Gold, David was chief geologist at Radius Gold Inc. and a consulting geologist to Medgold Resources Corp.