Botswana Diamonds Plc is a diamond exploration and project development company that holds exploration licenses in Botswana. The projects of the company include AK8, AK9, BK5, PL07/2004 and has an exploration licenses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The company was founded on September 22, 2010 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
John Teeling is executive chairman of Botswana Diamonds and has 40 years’ resources experience. Teeling is also involved in a number of other AIM exploration companies and has been a serial entrepreneur in the resource sector having founded African Diamonds and created Pan Andean Resources, Minco, African Gold, Persian Gold and West African Diamonds, all listed on AIM. The deal which saw Lucara (part of Lundin Group) takeover African Diamonds in 2010 was worth in the region of $90 million. He is also the founder and a former director of Kenmare Resources, former director of Arcon and holds interests in a number of industrial ventures. As chairman of Cooley Distillery he recently oversaw its sale to Jim Beam for $95 million. Teeling holds degrees in Economics and Business from University College Dublin, an MBA from Wharton and a DBA in Business Administration from Harvard. He lectured for 20 years in business and finance at University College Dublin.
James Finn , Finance Director
James Finn is finance director of Botswana Diamonds and has over 20 years’ experience in working with exploration companies. Finn has extensive experience in the administration of oil and gas and minerals companies. He has been responsible for listing several resource sector companies on AI M in London, including two of the first companies ever listed on AIM, Pan Andean Resources and African Gold. Finn was previously finance director of African Diamonds and West African Diamonds. He holds a degree in Management and an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification.
David Horgan , Director
David Horgan is a director at Botswana Diamonds and has extensive African experience. Horgan has over 20 years’experience in oil and gas and resources projects in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East through a number of AIM listed companies including Clontarf Energy, Petrel Resources and Pan Andean Resources. He previously worked at Kenmare where he raised finance, captured the premium graphite worldwide market and evaluated investment opportunities. Prior to that he worked with Boston Consulting Group internationally for seven years. He holds a first class law degree from Cambridge and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. Horgan speaks several languages including Portuguese, Spanish and German.
Robert Bouquet, Director
Robert Bouquet is a director at Botswana Diamonds and has 17 years’ experience in the diamond industry, 14 of which he spent with De Beers and Rio Tinto Diamonds in a variety of strategic and commercial roles. On the commercial side Bouquet has worked in strategic roles as well as a sales manager for Rio Tinto and as a rough diamond buyer for De Beers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea. He has wide experience in diamond producing countries, particularly in Africa, as well as in all diamond cutting centers. He has a degree in Management and French from the University of Leeds.