Brian Zatarain

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zatarain is a senior executive with over 20 years of hands-on and diverse corporate and business development, finance and investment management experience. Prior to joining Itafos, he co-founded Zaff Capital and was a managing director where he was responsible for investment origination, due diligence, structuring, financing, documentation, negotiation and exit strategy execution. Prior to Zaff Capital, Mr. Zatarain was an executive vice president at AEI where he chaired the investment committee and was responsible for corporate and business development, strategy and enterprise risk management. Before joining AEI, Mr. Zatarain worked in the international business development and asset management group at Enron Corp. and was a key member of the team that created and executed the equity spin-off exit strategy of Enron Corp.’s international businesses through the formation of Prisma Energy, which was subsequently sold to AEI. Prior to Enron Corp., he worked at Coastal Corp. supporting the execution of its international energy infrastructure acquisition and greenfield development strategy. Mr. Zatarain has served as a director on the boards of directors of multiple power generation, power distribution, gas transportation and gas distribution companies, including publicly listed power and gas utilities and an energy infrastructure fund, and an advisor to various public and private companies. Mr. Zatarain holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

George Burdette

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Burdette is a senior executive with over 12 years of corporate development, financial, commercial and investment management experience. Mr. Burdette has led or supported over US$8 billion of acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and financings in the US and in various emerging markets. Prior to joining Itafos, he was head of Americas project finance at First Solar where he was responsible for project financing and commercial initiatives in the US, Latin America and South Africa. Prior to First Solar, Mr. Burdette was a principal at Zaff Capital where he was responsible for investments across a wide range of industry sectors (including agriculture and fertilizers) and emerging markets and developed the firm’s investment process, policies and procedures. Prior to Zaff Capital, Mr. Burdette worked in the business development group at AEI where he played a key role in shaping corporate strategy and led various corporate and business development initiatives and portfolio company optimizations and supported the enterprise risk management group. Mr. Burdette has served as a strategic and financial advisor to both private equity firms and major utilities. Mr. Burdette holds a Bachelor of Arts in international business and French from Wofford College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Sarvin Patel

VP Commercial

Mr. Patel is a senior executive with over 17 years of principal investing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio analysis and risk management experience globally. Prior to joining Itafos, he worked in senior roles at CarVal Investors and Cargill. At CarVal, proprietary trading desk of Cargill, Mr. Patel was responsible for portfolio analysis and investment activities related to Emerging Markets platform, building a successful track record on investments across a broad range of sectors including power generation and distribution, telecom, sugar, steel, natural resources, media, and financial. At Cargill, Mr. Patel worked in business development and finance within the food ingredients platform which included cocoa, soy protein, texturizers, flavors, sweeteners, and nutraceuticals businesses. Mr. Patel also spent several years as lead for risk assessment and internal audits of Cargill’s diverse businesses within Asia. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University, Masters in Environmental Engineering from University of Florida, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan.

Olga Kovalik

VP Development and Construction

Ms. Kovalik is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in the metals and mining industry with leadership roles in finance and controllership, mega project construction, business development and operations. Prior to joining Itafos, Ms. Kovalik held various leadership roles including Project Director for GB Minerals Ltd., Finance Director of the growth division for Alcoa, Board of CBG in Guinea, Production General Manager for Alcoa’s Rod Mill and Production Superintendent for Alcoa’ ABI smelter in Canada and various roles in investment banking for UBS, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. Ms. Kovalik holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia.

Dr. Wynand Van Dyk

VP Operations

Dr. van Dyk is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in minerals processing, metals refining, risk management, process optimization and project management. Prior to joining Itafos, Dr. van Dyk worked as a consultant for Arete Consultants in South Africa, providing strategic management consulting services to a long list of clients including Anglo American, African Rainbow Minerals, AngloGold Ashanti and De Beers, among others. Prior to joining Arete Consultants, Dr. van Dyk worked for Lonmin Platinum Ltd. in various positions including Senior Technical Manager – Process Division, Senior Manager – Base Metal Refinery, Senior Manager – 6 Sigma, and Metallurgical Project Manager. Dr. van Dyk has held the position of Adjunct Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University Engineering Faculty, Industrial Engineering Department, and Adjunct Professor at University of Cape Town Engineering and Built Environment Faculty. Dr. van Dyk holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Extractive Metallurgy) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Stellenbosch.

Marten Walters

VP Engineering

Mr. Walters is a Chemical Engineer and President of KEMWorks, a company specializing in Phosphate Project Development and based in Lakeland, Florida. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the design, start-up and operation of fertilizer and chemical plants. Mr. Walters has designed and started up phosphoric acid, granulation and animal feed plants in Australia, Brazil, China, Morocco, US and UK. He was Project Manager for beneficiation and fertilizer plant feasibility studies including: Minemakers, Australia (Bankable Feasibility Study); Cominco, DR Congo; VKG, Estonia; GB Minerals, Guinea-Bissau (Bankable); Sunkar, Kazakhstan; Texuna, Uzbekistan (Bankable); Vale, Peru and Mozambique; and Wadi Group, Egypt. He served as Technical Manager at Jacobs Engineering Fertilizer Center for three years and was responsible for all aspects of process engineering and lab testing. Mr. Walters earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester. He was honored as the 1997 Engineer-of-the-Year by the Central Florida AIChE and is a Fellow of AIChE (US) and IChemE (UK).

Tim Vedder

General Manager Itafos Conda

Mr. Vedder is an operational leader with over 20 years of experience, including 10 years in phosphate production, 7 years in semiconductor production and research and development at Novellus Systems and 4 years as an Officer in the US Military. Prior to joining Itafos, Mr. Vedder held various leadership roles with Conda phosphate operations including Operations Engineer and Supervisor, Operations Superintendent, Plant Operations Manager, Mine Operations Manager and General Manager, which is responsible for all aspects of the business. He is active in the local community and is a Board Member of the United Way of Southeastern Idaho and the Idaho Governor’s Cup (Scholarship Foundation). Mr. Vedder holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.

Fernando Planchart Padula

General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Planchart is a senior executive with over 15 years of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, project financings and litigation experience. Prior to joining Itafos, Mr. Planchart worked as in-house senior counsel at AEI Services LLC, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, financing and development (including construction matters) of greenfield and brownfield projects in the energy sector. Earlier in his career, Mr. Planchart worked at international law firms in New York and Venezuela, focusing on litigation and corporate matters. Mr. Planchart holds a Juris Doctor from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela) and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.

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