Our in-country and on-the-ground management expertise is second to none.
Led by CEO, Naana Asante, the on the ground expertise of the Guskin leadership team is second to none. Many are native to Ghana, all offer specialized expertise in the business of gold exploration, mining, production, and marketing. And all are passionately committed to the success of the company.
CEO and Director
• Director, entrepreneur, founder
• Seasoned executive with extensive Ghanaian business network
• Core disciplines in mining, finance, government, import/export
A Ghana native, Mrs. Asante grew up and went to college in Ghana, studied in marketing, and immigrated to the United States in 1999. Mrs. Asante is a professional businesswoman who has owned her own businesses in the USA and Ghana, and practices residential and commercial real estate in San Jose, CA.
A seasoned executive, Mrs. Asante has been actively pursuing business opportunities in Ghana’s mineral and precious metal commodifies industry over the past four years. Most notably, she has traveled to Ghana on four separate occasions over the past twelve months to develop and formalize her private exploration and mining interests. She has met with over 50 individuals and companies active in the exploration, mining, refinement, and import/export business, including by example Gold Coast Mining, PMMC, Blaze Metals.
Mrs. Asante has a considerable network in Ghana’s finance, banking, government, and import/export sectors, in addition to many personal relationships with landowners of high-value, exploration targets in some of Ghana’s most prominent gold bearing areas.
Samuel Jojo Andrews (ESQ)
Director and General Counsel
• Managing Director, Blackwood Legal Services
• Seasoned attorney with extensive finance, mining, and corporate governance experience
• Past clients include Huawei, Samsung, Hongtai Mining, and TRAC Oil and Gas.
Mr. Andrews has worked both as a private legal practitioner, a corporate law specialist, and a consultant in law, commerce, and investment.
Founder and Managing Director of Blackwood Legal Services with local and international clients from Europe, China, the United States and South America including Huawei, Samsung, Lavilla Hotel, China Geo Engineering, Hongtai Mining , TRAC Oil and Gas, Harvest Commodities International, I-Banking Ghana, Azuke Energy, the China News Agency (XIn Hua) and the Managing Director of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB).
Since 2008 Mr. Andrews has worked for and represented Huawei Technologies and been a supervisor for all legal affairs in Cameroun, Gabon, Kenya, and in Central Africa.
Working with Guskin, Mr. Andrews brings extensive expertise in matters of Ghana corporate, compliance and regulatory law; mining, real-estate, and property law; investment, commercial transactions, and international business, and mergers and acquisitions.
Chief Financial Officer
• Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
• Seasoned CPA with extensive finance, mining, and public company experience
• Previous Sr Auditor for Deloitte & Touché
Mr. Beckles, CPA, CFO, has over twenty years’ experience in both private and public companies managing financial policies and procedures, and accounting, tax, and audit reporting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a CPA license with the state board of Florida.
Mr. Beckles began his career as a senior auditor with Deloitte & Touché and has since held positions as Chief Financial Officer for a number of publicly traded companies including First Liberty Power Corp., a publicly traded mining company.
Previously, Mr. Beckles was a Partner at Jersey Fortress Capital Partners, a boutique investment banking firm, Manager of Internal Audits at Claire’s Stores, and a Senior Financial Reporting Analyst with SimplexGrinnell, a $2 billion USD fire and security contractor.
Francis Lovebridge Agezo
Director of Exploration
• Seasoned Ghanaian geologist with over 40 years of experience
• Co-author of “Gold Deposits of Ghana” and “Mineral Occurrences and Exploration Potential of Northern Ghana”
• Credited as a contributor to the discovery and development of the Ayanfuri Mine deposits (now Australian Perseus Edikan Gold Mine) and Red Back’s Chirano Mine deposits (now Canadian Kinross’ Chirano mine)
Mr. Agezo is a Ghanaian geologist with over 40 years of experience in all phases of exploration for gold and other minerals, spanning the exploration/mining industry and government and having served in various capacities as geologist, project geologist, senior exploration geologist, country manager, geology and tenement manager, senior director (land and tenement management), country director, non-executive technical director and consultant.
Mr. Agezo has since 1987, been primarily involved in gold exploration and consulting in Ghana and to a lesser degree in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Uganda. During his career, he worked for eight years as a Geologist with the Geological Survey of Ghana, twelve years as a Senior Exploration Geologist with the UK-based Cluff Resources Ltd (aka Cluff Mining Ltd/Cluff Gold) and five years as Tenement and Geology Manager with the Red Back Mining Inc., now Kinross Gold Corp.
These experiences were culminated into co-authoring one of West Africa’s premier mineral deposit volumes “Gold Deposits of Ghana” published by the Ghana Minerals Commission in 2002 and “Mineral Occurrences and Exploration Potential of Northern Ghana” also published by Ghana Minerals Commission in 2000; these are widely marketed to the exploration and mining industry. He founded and led a small consulting firm that has carried out exploration and mineral rights consulting work for a number of local and foreign companies including Red Back Mining Inc of Canada and its subsidiary Chirano Gold Mines (later Kinross Gold Corp, which acquired Red Back Mining Inc and Chirano Gold Mines).
Mr. Agezo’s background emphasizes project generation and grass-roots exploration to resource development and project assessment and with experience in exploration that spans across a number of West and East African countries. He is credited as a contributor to the discovery and development of the Ayanfuri Mine deposits (now Australian Perseus Edikan Gold Mine) and Red Back’s Chirano Mine deposits (now Canadian Kinross’ Chirano mine).
Mr. Agezo has a good knowledge of the geology and gold mineralization potential of Ghana acquired through participation in varied projects and involvement in and co-authoring of mineral deposit volumes “Gold Deposits of Ghana” and “Mineral Occurrences and Exploration Potential of Northern Ghana”.
Mr. Agezo is a major shareholder and holds directorship positions in a number of companies that hold mineral rights in Ghana, notably Cascade Minerals, Jubilee Mining Company , Magma Minerals Ghana, and Gondwana Minerals Ghana. He has worked for the Vancouver-based Abzu Gold and Emmaland & Cardero Group of Companies in that capacity from 2012 to date.
Mr. Agezo completed M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Honors) degrees in geology at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico, U.S.A. and the University of Ghana respectively. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Exploration and Reservoir Evaluation from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, University of Trondheim, Norway.
Owusu Isaac Kwabena, PGeo.
• Geologist with 17-years mineral exploration experience
• Team leader with experience in supervising field crews and camp workers
• Expert in geological software such as MapInfo, Datamine Discover, and ArcView
As Project Geologist/Site Manager for Keegan Resources, Mr. Kwabena was instrumental in finding two gold bearing structures for the Asumara Gold Project, as well as finding Keegan’s Esaase gold deposit and bringing it into development.
While working as Project Geologist for Owere Mines, he identified a gold bearing conglomerate in the Tarkwaian sediments. Mr. Kwabena also performed geological mapping of Obinamasi open mine pits providing the basis for further detailed exploration.
Mr. Kwabena has a BSc, Geological Science from the University of Ghana, GCE Advance Level from Addisadel College, and a Certificate in Basic Cartography from Bunso Cocoa College. He is a member of West Africa Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum (WAIMM)