BBX Board and Management

Directors & Key Management


Andre Douchane

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Douchane joined BBX on 21 October 2019. Mr Douchane is a highly experienced mining executive with extensive experience over 40 years in North and South America, including COO, CEO and Chairman roles with a number of mid-tier and junior mining companies including Round Mountain, Battle Mountain Gold, Franco-Nevada, North American Palladium and Starfield Resources. In addition to Mr. Douchane’s executive experience, as a mining engineer he has deep technical expertise in many aspects of the extraction business including exploration and ore body development, feasibility and full engineering studies, mine and process plant construction and on-site operations management.

Michael Leon Schmulian

Non-Executive Director, Chairman

Mr. Schmulian has been a Director of BBX since 12 April 2011. Mr Schmulian is a geologist with over 40 years mining and exploration experience, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AuslMM). His experience includes 26 years in Brasil where he has established a strong network of contacts throughout the industry. Mr. Schmulian is the former Brazil Country Manager for Western Mining Corporation charged with the implementation and operation of two gold mines. He was also previously South American Brownfields Exploration Manager for AngloGold Ashanti, an executive director of ASX listed Mundo Minerals Limited, and COO of ASX listed Crusader Resources. He was responsible for establishing Mundo in Brasil and Peru and bringing the company’s Engenho Gold Mine into production.

Ramon Soares

Chief Financial Officer

Certified Practising Accountant with over 10 years’ experience in finance, taxation, and compliance and has held senior roles with several ASX listed mining and technology companies. Mr. Soares is fluent in both English and Portuguese. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Curtin University, Perth, and is a member of CPA Australia.

Will Dix

Non-Executive Director

Mr Dix is a geologist with 18 years, experience in gold, base metal, uranium exploration and mining. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Geology) from Monash University and is a member of AusIMM. In previous roles he has led successful exploration teams that were responsible for significantly growing gold and base metal resources at various companies, including Lionore Mining International. Mr Dix has a proven track record of successful project and team management and also has extensive experience in commercial activities including capital raisings, mergers, acquisitions and divestments. Mr Dix is currently the managing director of ASX listed Consolidated Zinc Limited.

Antonio de Castro

Exploration Manager

Mr De Castro is a Brazilian geologist with over 34 years of exploration and mining experience for gold, copper, nickel, iron and phosphate in Brazil and Australia. He worked as a Senior Mine and Exploration Geologist for WMC for over 19 years both in Brazil and Australia. More recently he has consulted for several junior mining companies include Polo Resources – Minfer Brazil, Brazilian Gold Corporation and Copper Range Company. Mr. Castro received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Federal do Rio de Janeiro, is a registered geologist with CREA-RJ, the Conselho Regional de Engenharia e Agronomia do Rio de Janeiro, and a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Edmar Medeiros

Technical Manager

Mr Medeiros has a MSc from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil and a Project Management MBA from the University of Central Florida. During a 33-year career, including 24 years with Anglo American he has occupied a variety of process development, research and development and project management roles. Mr. Medeiros worked for a number of years at Anglo American´s large Catalão niobium and phosphate operation, where he was responsible for developing the extraction process for titanium and the engineering, commissioning and start- up of a new plant for the recovery of niobium from the phosphate tailings, thereby increasing total niobium recovery by 30%. He spent two years in the Anglo American Research Laboratories (AARL) in Johannesburg.