Iliya Garkov is a Professional Engineer and holds both a Master of Science and Phd in Mining Engineering from the University of Mining and Geology in Sofia. He also has a Certificate and Diploma in Management from the Open University in Bulgaria and a Master’s degree in Management and Business Excellence from the New Bulgarian University. Dr. Garkov has provided leadership to the company in a variety of capacities. He was promoted to Chelopech Mine Operations Manager in 2008 and to Vice President, Mining in 2011. Mr. Garkov was then appointed General Manager of Kapan and later assumed the role of Vice President and General Manager, Krumovgrad. In November 2014 he was appointed Vice President & General Manager, Bulgaria with accountability for both Chelopech and Krumovgrad.
Irena obtained a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1986 and another Master Degree in Environmental Monitoring, Control and Health in 1994. Prior to working in Chelopech, she worked in the Environment Department of Kremikovtsi, Iron & Steel Complex in Sofia District for 9 years. She then worked as Environmental Supervisor for Navan Chelopech EAD/BIMAK for 5 years until the Chelopech gold mine was acquired by DPM. In 2004 she became Environmental and Community Relations Manager at Chelopech. In this role, she developed and implemented environmental management systems certified to ISO 14001 and led the environmental projects of the mining operations; ensured proper environmental monitoring and reporting of the results; she developed closure and rehabilitation projects of past damaged areas like surface caves and old stockpiles; and prepared Stakeholder Engagement Plans, and all related disclosure and consultation activities. In 2013, Irena was promoted to Operations Director responsible for the planning and development of the Krumovgrad gold deposit. Mrs. Irena Tsakova, Director, Operations of Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad, was recognized as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2015 as part of the biggest international forum of investments in the mining industry, Mines and Money.
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Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian based, international gold mining company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, mining and processing of precious metals.