Senior Management

Janet Blas – Chief Financial Officer

Ms Blas is a certified public accountant who has held a number of senior financial roles, including Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Gemfields plc. Ms Blas was a member of the Gemfields executive management team between August 2013 and July 2017, playing a key role in the formulation and implementation of group strategy, overseeing the financial activities and managing investor relations. Prior to Gemfields, Ms Blas held a number of senior positions with ENRC Plc (August 2007 – July 2013), which at the time of her employment was a FTSE 100 mining and metals company. Her roles included: Group accounting methodology manager; Deputy Finance Controller; Corporate accounting manager and Group reporting manager. Previously Ms Blas was part of the Audit and Assurance Services team at Ernst & Young LLP in London and PWC in the Philippines (2002 - 2007).


Eric Carter –Project Director

Mr. Carter has over 22 years of lithium carbonate production expertise with FMC in North America, with extensive experience of lithium hydroxide and lithium metal process operations. He has designed, built and operated plants producing spodumene, lithium carbonate and lithium metal in North and Central America.



Samir Chefai – Pilot Plant Manager

Mr. Chefai has over 20 years of experience in metallurgy, mill design and operation, with a Master’s degree in Mineral Processing and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He has worked on several large projects in North and South America, Africa and Asia including, lithium, aluminium, copper, gold and zinc.


Cherif Rifaat – Company Secretary

Mr. Rifaat is a UK Chartered Accountant who qualified with KPMG and has more than 20 years’ experience in a number of Industries, including mining, IT, real estate and telecommunications. He has been involved with Bacanora since it originally listed on AIM in July 2014, assisting in the preparation of the Group’s Feasibility Studies and the Group's long-term tax and financial structuring. He serves as CFO and director of Erris Resources Plc. 



Ricardo Ruelas –Project Engineer

Mr. Ruelas has a degree in process engineering with over 15 years of experience in complex metallurgy and processing operations. He has worked on several large projects in Mexico, predominantly copper and gold.


David Clifford – Financial controller

Dr. Clifford is a chartered accountant with 12 years of Mining experience in both operations and finance. He holds masters and doctorate degrees in Geology. He has worked on development assets and operating mines across multiple geographies and commodities including lithium, Iron Ore, Gemstones, Copper, Aluminium and aggregates.