Staff

Fatma Yildiz

BSc (Hons)

General Manager

Fatma is a Turkish national and has 11 years of experience in the mining sector in Turkey. She graduated from Cukurova University in 2007 with a BSc degree in Mining Engineering. Fatma spent 6 years with various consulting engineering companies as a coordinator in mining license management, project management and governmental permits. In addition to being our General Manager, she is also responsible for managing the administrative and legal requirements of our exploration/operational licenses, applications and formal reporting for licenses. Fatma is a member of the Chamber of Mining Engineers of Turkey, holder of a technical inspector certificate and an occupational health and safety certificate.

Erhan Şener

BA MA

Business Consultant

Erhan is a Turkish national and has over 45 years of experience in management in Turkey and in the United Kingdom. Erhan graduated with a degree in Business and Finance from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Istanbul, and then completed a Master's degree on Western European Integration at Reading University in the United Kingdom. Erhan has worked as a consultant for, or in management of, a number of international and Turkish companies including Blue Circle Cement (Consultant), Mardin Cement and Oyak Insurance (General Manager). Between 2003 and 2015, Erhan was the General Manager of Galata Madencilik Ariana's subsidiary company in Turkey before adopting a consulting role with the company.

Berkin Uğurlu

BSc (Hons), MSc

Exploration Manager

Berkin graduated from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara.  He worked with Teck in Turkey for four years before spending a further four years as a Senior Consultant.  Following this he was appointed as Country Manager for Tigris-Eurasia Madencilik (originally a subsidiary of Royal Road Minerals) between 2014 and 2018.  He has experience managing all aspects of mineral exploration programmes from project generation through to resource and reserve drilling and technical reporting including to 43-101 and JORC standards.  He is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, a board member of the Mining Geologists Association and a member of the Chamber of Geological Engineers in Turkey.  He holds a IHA0 drone pilot qualification in Turkey.

Zack van Coller

BSc (Hons)

Special Projects Geologist

Zack graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Exploration and Resource Geology in 2010. Zack is experienced in mineralogical research, including work with the National Museum of Wales to analyse trace elements in sphalerite from Mississippi Valley-type Pb-Zn deposits. He has been involved on a variety of exploration programmes for the company. As a member of Ariana’s nascent Special Projects Team, he was involved in the development of the highly successful lithium strategy pursued by Asgard Metals Pty. Ltd. on behalf of Ariana. He is currently involved in various exploration programmes across Turkey and is responsible for advancing our non-Turkish and/or non-gold focus projects. He has also been involved in advanced project development of a high-sulphidation Cu-Au deposit in the Republic of North Macedonia for Matrix Exploration Pty. Ltd. Zack is bilingual in English and Afrikaans.

Mathew Cooper

BSc (Hons)

Senior Geophysics Advisor

Mathew has over 20 years experience working as a geophysicist for airborne and ground acquisition contractors and mining and exploration companies, including Normandy Exploration, with the last 13 years as a consultant, manager and Director largely with Core Geophysics. He has been involved in a number of exploration successes whilst working on a range of projects, both within Australia and internationally. He has worked on a large variety of commodities including gold, iron ore, base metals, diamonds, uranium and oil and gas plays.  Mathew is based in Perth, Western Australia.

Mathew is a member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Society of Geophysicists, and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Ruth Bektaş

BSc (Hons) CGeol EurGeol

Project Analyst

Ruth graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied and Environmental Geology in 2013. As Project Analyst, through geological, resource and financial modelling she is responsible for identifying new projects to add to our portfolio. Ruth worked with Ariana and Zenit from 2013 to 2018 and was involved in bringing the Kiziltepe Project from exploration to production stage. She has since been with Tetra Tech as a Resource Geologist, working on a range of projects around the world, reporting in line with NI 43-101 and JORC standards. Ruth is bilingual in English and Turkish.

Ruth is a Chartered Geologist of the Geological Society of London (CGeol) and the European Federation of Geologists (EurGeol). She is also a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Selim Şenöz

BSc (Hons)

Geological Database Manager

Selim graduated in 2001 with a BSc in Geological Engineering from Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir. He is responsible for updating our information systems databases, managing our geographic information systems and drilling data. He is the Company's designated QA/QC officer and has worked with the company since 2006. He is a member of the Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey.

Burak Mert

BSc (Hons)

Project Geologist – Western Turkey

Burak graduated from Aksaray University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geological Engineering in 2008. Previously he worked as a field geologist at 3S Holding and RCR Holding across Turkey. He works with our exploration team and on our joint venture drilling programmes in Turkey. He is a member of the Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey. He holds a IHA0 drone pilot qualification in Turkey.

Elif Gümüşlüoğlu

BSc (Hons), MSc

Remote-sensing Specialist

Elif has 11 years of experience in the mining sector in Turkey, having graduated from Hacettepe University in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Geological Engineering and from Anadolu University in 2007 with MSc in Remote Sensing & Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

She initially worked with INTA Space Turk Company in 2007 on satellite image processing before joining Galata Madencilik in 2008. Since the end of 2008 to 2019 she has worked as a data manager and deputy general manager of Pontid Madencilik before transferring back to Galata as Project Manager responsible for Eastern Turkey. She is responsible for administrative and data management requirements of our Salinbas Project and contributes to the work conducted on our other projects as appropriate. She is a member of the Chamber of Geological Engineers of Turkey and has a safe driving certificate. She holds a IHA0 drone pilot qualification in Turkey.

Tuncay Yavuz

Senior Technician – Western Turkey

Tuncay worked for seven years with Newmont in Turkey as senior field technician prior to joining Ariana Resources in 2010. He has worked extensively on gold projects in western, eastern and north-eastern Turkey and is fully trained in field first aid, advanced off-road driving and health and safety (to Australian standards). Other qualifications include certificates in advanced off-road driving, first-aid, ArcGIS and the MapInfo Professional. He holds a IHA0 drone pilot qualification in Turkey.