Management Team

  • Govind Friedland

    Executive Chairman

    Govind Friedland is a geological engineer from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to forming the Company, Mr. Friedland provided business development services to Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and Ivanhoe Energy Inc. throughout the Asia Pacific Region for over half a decade.

    From 2007 to 2011, as Chief Executive of the Company, Mr. Friedland was primarily responsible for raising approximately $100 million to fund acquisitions, finance exploration and pursue other corporate initiatives focused on the Company's uranium assets in Niger. Mr. Friedland championed the Company’s policy of employing a 100% local workforce in Niger as the new paradigm for sustainable development in the region.

    Mr. Friedland is also a co-founder of Ivanhoe Industries, the parent company of I-Pulse Inc., a hi-tech company providing innovative solutions for mining, oil & gas, and advanced manufacturing sectors based in Toulouse France.

    Mr. Friedland, currently the Company’s Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, earned his degree in Geology and Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2000 with a focus on Exploration Geology. While attending CSM, Mr. Friedland was distinguished as the recipient of the prestigious Brunton Award for his excellence and expertise in field mapping. From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Friedland was based in Beijing, China and possesses a unique multicultural background having lived much of his life in Asia immersed in the mineral exploration industry.

    From 2003 until 2005, Mr. Friedland worked for Ivanhoe Energy Inc. and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. as Business Development Manager for the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to that, Mr. Friedland was a Field Engineer for Kiewit Pacific, a division of Peter Kiewit & Sons.

    Mr. Friedland draws on experience having worked at Kiewit Pacific on the planning, mobilization, and execution of several multibillion dollar projects including Level 3 Communications, a $6 billion design build high-tech contract, the Oakland-San Francisco New Bay Bridge, a $1.2 billion job which involved heavy civil engineering and construction, and in China. Mr. Friedland also has particular mineral exploration and development expertise throughout Asia and North America. Mr. Friedland was part of the regional exploration team that first discovered the Voisey’s Bay Nickel-Copper-Cobolt discovery in Labrador Canada in 1996, which was ultimately sold to Inco for $4.3 billion.

  • Daniel Major

    Chief Executive Officer

    Daniel Major is a mining engineer from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. His career spans over 30 years in the mining industry where he has established a solid track record initially with Rio Tinto at the Rossing Uranium Mine in Namibia and later as a mining analyst with HSBC Plc followed by JP Morgan Chase & Co. in London. More recently Mr. Major was Chief Executive and later Non-Executive Chairman of Basic Element Mining and Resource Division in Russia, and held leadership positions in several Canadian listed mining companies with exploration and producing assets in Canada, Russia and South America. Daniel joined GoviEx in 2012 as a director and as CEO, and has been responsible for the transition of the company from explorer to developer.

  • Lei Wang

    Chief Financial Officer

    Lei Wang, CPA, CGA, has been integrally involved in all areas of financial reporting, regulatory compliance, treasury, tax and corporate finance activities for both publicly traded resource companies and privately held companies. She joined GoviEx in August 2014 as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in December 2015.

    Prior to coming to Canada, Ms. Wang worked at Schlumberger in Aberdeen, Scotland and Glencore International in Beijing, China. Ms. Wang holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Qingdao University, China.

  • Rodrigo Romo

    Corporate Secretary

    Mr. Romo has over 20-years’ experience in the administration and management of publicly traded companies, in both the capacities of a Corporate and Securities Paralegal and as part of the management team as a Corporate Secretary. 

    Mr. Romo has served as the Corporate Secretary of GoviEx since 2015

    From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Romo was the Corporate Secretary of True Gold Mining Inc., which was subsequently acquired by Endeavour Mining.

    From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Romo was the Corporate Secretary of a number of the Lundin Group of Companies, namely, NGEx Resources Inc., Sirocco Mining Inc. (formerly, Atacama Minerals Corp.), Lucara Diamond Corp. and Fortress Minerals Corp. (now Lundin Gold Inc.)

    From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Romo was the Corporate Secretary and/or Securities and Corporate Paralegal for a number of the Lang Mining Group of Companies.

    Prior to joining Lang Mining, Mr. Romo was a Securities and Corporate Paralegal with a national business law firm.

    Mr. Romo is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Financial Management (Professional Accounting) program (1993) and a graduate of Capilano University’s Institute of Paralegal Studies (2000).

    After graduating from BCIT in 1993, Mr. Romo worked in various management and administrative capacities for a plastic-manufacturing firm.  Additionally, Mr. Romo was Vice President of Esteban Management Corporation, a private company in the food and hospitality industry, where Mr. Romo’s responsibilities included the planning, construction and outfitting of a food-service business.  Later, as General Manager, Mr. Romo oversaw operations and human resource management of that same food-service business.

  • Jerome Randabel

    Chief Geologist, Niger

    Jerome Randabel is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, South Australia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science with Honours in geology. He has been a practicing geologist for the last 21 years, with the last 13 years specialising in the exploration and development of uranium deposits. He has worked on projects in Australia, Botswana, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the USA and was the Chief Mine Geologist at the Beverley Uranium Mine in Australia.

    Mr. Randabel has successfully completed numerous technical reviews of a number of projects in Bulgaria, Mongolia, Australia and Niger on behalf of various companies. He has worked in senior technical positions for several mid to small cap companies as well as operating his own contract and consultancy service.