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Local Management Team in Chelopech

Iliya Garkov , , PhD , , Vice President and Managing Director, Bulgaria

Dr. Iliya Garkov leads our Bulgarian operations – Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech and Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad.

He has more than 30 years of international mining experience in Bulgaria, Australia and Armenia. He began his career in 1989 in GORUBSO Zlatograd, followed by Elatsite mine in 1992-1994.

He joined the Chelopech Mine as underground shift boss in 1994, and progressed through more senior roles. He was promoted to Mine Superintendent in 2000, Mine Operations Manager in 2008 and to Vice President, Mining in 2011. In his roles as Mine Superintendent and Mine Operations Manager, he made significant contributions to Chelopech becoming a world-class mining operation, including mining method replacement, and raising operational efficiency and safety awareness levels.

Iliya has also contributed significantly to the development of an organization culture that encourages personal and professional development, as well as building strong relationships based on cooperation, trust and mutual respect with a large number of stakeholders.

Iliya took the role of Vice President and General Manager of Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad in 2013. His understanding of the social and cultural environment in Krumovgrad solidified important stakeholder relationships and helped accelerate the approval process for multiple project permits. His approach to managing stakeholder expectations made it possible for the Ada tepe mine in Krumovgrad to become the first successful green mine developed over the last 40 years in Bulgaria.

Since 2014, as Vice President and Managing Director for Bulgaria, accountable for both Chelopech and Krumovgrad, Iliya’s main focus has been to maximize operational efficiency by providing the required management support, furthering our safety culture as well as introduce inspiring human capital practices.

Dr. Garkov obtained his Mining Engineering Master's Degree in 1992 from the Mining and Geology University in Sofia, Underground Mining and Geotechnology major, and a Ph.D. from the same university in 2005. In 2006 and 2007, he completed training programs at the British Open University, with a management certificate and diploma. In 2012 he received a Master's Degree in Administration and Management, with a qualification in Organizational Excellence.

Tsvetomir Velkov , , , Operations Director Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech EAD

Tsvetomir Velkov's career development can be described as dynamic and changing. He started work at Chelopech as an intern while he was a student at St. Ivan Rilsky University of Mining and Geology and then moved to the permanent position of Geotechnical Engineer in 2001. In 2005 he was nominated and honoured with the Mining Journal's Outstanding Achievement Awards – Young Achiever of the Year in Mining Industry.

After 2005, Tsvelomir Velkov took different roles - from Senior Geotechnical Engineer through Mine Superintendent and Technical Services Manager. In 2015, he assumed the role of Production Manager and in 2016 - the role of Operations Manager. Tsvetomir is also the author of a number of geotechnical and mining articles in mining magazines. Member of the International Society for Rock Mechanic (ISRM) since 2013.

Lubomir Hainov , , , Operations Director Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad EAD

Lubomir Hainov started his career in 1995 at the Chelopech Process Plant as a mechanical fitter. He became a shift boss two years later. He gradually took over the responsibility for mechanical maintenance and the entire process plant maintenance. In 2011, he assumed the role of Process Plant Director, and has been Operations Director of DPM Krumovgrad since 2016.

Lubomir Hainov says it has been his dream to start something from scratch and see it grow and become independent.  He has had a chance to do that several times.  The first time was when he was in charge of a large-scale expansion of the Chelopech process plant, and now as director of the first green field mine construction over the last 40 years. Each new role has given him something new and expanded his perspective, both personal and professional.  His transition from operating personnel through mid-level supervisor of short-term tasks to a manager whose vision is minimum 10 years ahead has developed him as an individual and professional. Every decision and every step ahead brings challenge and satisfaction.   

Irena Tsakova , , , Director Permitting and Legal

Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech EAD and Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad EAD

Irena has Master Degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Environmental Monitoring, Control and Health. She has risen through the ranks of Canada-based Dundee Precious Metals’ operations in Bulgaria, from environmental supervision and management, to directing the EHSS team in Chelopech. As Operations Director she has lead the way for Dundee’s green gold mine project in Krumovgrad through a challenging permitting process, comprehensive and demanding ESIA development, and foremost the complex stakeholder relations in the area. She has done this with great aplomb and energy to now be able to be part of Bulgaria’s new gold mine over the last 40 years.

Open and warm in her manners she deals extraordinarily well with conflict, all the while being very responsive to lenders and other institutional stakeholders. She has put together an able team of local staff to help her in her current role as Director Permitting and Legal, encompassing Community Relations, Communications and stakeholder engagement.

Irena is a focused and experienced professional with excellent communication and negotiation skills, coupled with good project management skills, outstanding people management, conflict resolution competences, who has proven to be able to build and maintain strategic alliances. She has been recognised as one of the inspirational women in mining and a great role model for women in the industry and in Bulgaria.

Konstantina Gradeva-Vasileva , , , Director Sustainable Business Development

Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech EAD and Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad EAD

Konstantina joined Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech in March 2004 as an environmental engineer. Quickly gaining experience, she gradually expanded her responsibilities to take on the role of Manager Environmental Protection in 2009. With sound knowledge of the legislative regulations, broad understanding of environmental requirements and best practices in the mining industry, under Konstantina’s management the team expanded the monitoring programme of environmental components, developed and implemented a number of environmental projects to achieve better environmental performance and reduce the impact from mining activities.

Since 2012 Konstantina is Director Health, Safety, Environment and Community Relations. Besides the improvements in the environmental sphere, Konstantina managed to introduce improvements in the field of safety, as well as enhance the communication with the company stakeholders. From 2015 in Konstantina’s responsibilities include the biggest company CSR project – the company-owned English language school, as well as the security on the mine site. Currently Konstantina is responsible for environmental, health and safety and security programmes at both Dundee Precious Metals assets – the Chelopech underground mine and Krumovgrad Ada tepe mine.

Konstantina is a graduate of the St. Ivan Rilski Mining and Geology University in Sofia, and is a Master in Engineering Geoecology. She specialized in International Economic Relations at the same university, and furthered her qualifications in the Mining Public Administration at the Paris Mining Academy.

Her professional development began at the Technical University of Sofia as an expert in the Environmental Technology and Management Research Laboratory. Prior to joining Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech she worked for the „Agriculture “State Fund, and the Ministry of Economy.

Gergana Yanakieva , , , Director Human Resources and Administration

Gergana Yanakieva is Director Human Resources and Administration of the Bulgarian operations of Dundee Precious Metals. She joined Dundee as HR Manager for Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad EAD in 2012. Her joining the team coincided with a period of significant business transformations and changes that directly impacted a number of people. Business-focused and experienced professional she later assumed the same area of responsibilities for Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech.

Gergana has a degree in Business Administration and Organizational Development from the University of Sofia. She has vast HR management experience from consultancy and industrial companies.

Tsvetanka Karaivanova , , , Commercial Director

Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech EAD and Dundee Precious Metals Krumovgrad EAD

Tsvetanka Karaivanova is the Commercial director of the Bulgarian companies of Dundee Precious Metals in both Chelopech and Krumovgrad. She started her career at the mining company and through the years has held various positions within the finance and accounting department. In 2011 she headed the team of the Finance department and in 2013 became the Commercial director of the company.

Tsetska graduated from the Sofia university St. Kliment Ohridski with a master’s degree in Economics. She also holds a diploma in Financial Management from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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