Rainbow’s management and technical team has appropriate corporate, African, rare earths and project development expertise:
Cesare Morelli, Technical Director
Cesare Morelli has over 29 years’ experience in minerals exploration in Africa including 18 years in diamond exploration with De Beers managing projects in south, west and central Africa. Following his time with De Beers, he spent four years with BHP Billiton as Minerals Exploration Manager for Africa. At BHP Billiton he directed exploration projects in a variety of commodities, namely iron ore, aluminium bauxite, manganese, copper and base metals, nickel and potash. Cesare has been affiliated with Rainbow since its inception and has been responsible for project managing all of Rainbow’s exploration work to date. He is a Director of Benzu Minerals (Pty) Ltd, a consulting company based in South Africa. Cesare is a member of the South African Geological Society and the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.
Gilbert Midende, General Manager
Gilbert Midende has a doctorate in Geological Science, which he obtained in 1984 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He was appointed Burundi Director General of Geology and Mines in 1987 and was Minister of Mines between 1988 and 1993. He has been a consultant to the World Bank since 2007. From 1996 to 2001, he was Principal of the University of Burundi and Minister of Higher Education and is currently Professor in Economic Geology at the University of Burundi. Gilbert is responsible for all of the Group’s administration and Government relations in Burundi.
Joël Ntungwanayo, Chief Geologist
Joël has 24 years’ experience in the mining industry and has held senior positions with majors and smaller cap explorers, including Senior Geologist with BHP Billiton and with Danyland Ltd (a subsidiary of Nyota Minerals Ltd). Joël has had several geologist roles for a number of exploration programmes in Burundi’s geological survey so has extensive knowledge of the country’s resource potential.