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Akobo Minerals appoints Helge Rushfeldt as head of mining operations

Akobo Minerals AB, the Scandinavian-based Ethiopian gold exploration and boutique mining company, has announced that Helge Rushfeldt will join Akobo Minerals’ executive management group from 01 July as head of mining operations.

With more than 20-year experience from the Norwegian mining industry, Rushfeldt brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Akobo team as it transitions from development to production. Rushfeldt has been a consultant to the Norwegian mining and minerals industry for the last 10 years. He has also worked at many of Norway’s major mines and mineral processing facilities including Titania AS, Norwegian Talc AS and Hustadmarmor AS. His scope of activity has ranged from production management to exploration projects via financing towards production.

Rushfeldt was vice president, then president, of the Norwegian Mining Association between 2012 and 2015. He is the co-author of a Norwegian book on health, safety and environment in the mining industry, published in 2020. He holds a Master of Science in Mineral Processing from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

Rushfeldt has been a board member at Akobo Minerals since late 2021. He recently spent two weeks onsite in Ethiopia learning more about the project and building relationships with the operations team. Now that Rushfeldt is a member of the management team, he will step down as member of the board once a qualified replacement is found.

Commenting on his appointment, Helge Rushfeldt said: “As a board member at Akobo Minerals for the past 20 months I have developed a good understanding of the strategic direction of the company, and I am now looking forward to bringing my experience to bear on supporting the business at an operational level. With full gold production in view, it is an exciting time for everybody connected with the company and I am looking forward to playing my part in its success.”

Jørgen Evjen, CEO of Akobo Minerals, said: “At Akobo Minerals we are committed to delivering mining operations of the highest international standards, and I believe that Helge will help us achieve that goal. I look forward to working with him and the entire management group to continue driving innovation and excellence at Akobo and in the wider Ethiopian mining industry.”

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