Jorge A. Ganoza co-founded Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as our President and CEO and as a Director on our Board. Jorge is an experienced geological engineer who has worked on mineral exploration, mining and business development projects throughout Latin America since 1995. Before co-founding Fortuna, he worked in business development at senior levels for several private and public Canadian junior mining companies operating in Central and South America. He graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1995. Jorge served as a director of Ferreycorp from March 2017 to July 2020.
Luis D. Ganoza has held the position of CFO at Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. since 2006. Luis has worked in operations and financial management of mining companies since 2000. Before joining Fortuna, he was the Controller and Treasurer for Minera Atacocha (subsequently acquired by Votarantim Group) one of Peru's largest public mining companies. Luis has a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Peru, and an M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics. He also serves as Board Chair for Atico Mining Corporation, a TSX.V listed company.
Manuel Ruiz-Conejo joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as VP Business Development in 2008, and was appointed as VP Project Development in 2009, and as VP Operations in 2011. Manuel is a mining engineer and executive with extensive engineering, financial, and community relations experience in Peru. As an executive, he devised and supervised the execution of several multimillion-dollar mining deals. Before joining Fortuna, Manuel was Chief Operating Manager of Minera Atacocha, now Nexa Resources. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Peru in 1987, and graduated from the Executive Management Program at the Universidad de Piura in Peru in 2001.
Jose Pacora joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. as Corporate Project Manager in 2012 and became VP Project Development in 2014. Jose is a mechanical engineer with extensive engineering, construction and project management experience. Before joining Fortuna, Jose was a Project Manager for Pan American Silver, an Engineering Manager at Kilborn Peru, subsidiary of Kilborn-SNC Lavalin, and worked at Kilborn Engineering in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Peru in 1980.
David Volkert was appointed VP Exploration at Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2016. David is a successful mineral exploration geologist and mine finder with technical, managerial, and business experience from projects all over the world. Prior to joining Fortuna, he was Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist for Barrick Gold Corporation and VP Exploration for Bear Creek Mining Corp. David earned a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1977 and is a certified professional geologist in the United States and British Columbia, Canada.
Eric Chapman joined Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. 2011 and was appointed VP, Technical Services in 2017. Eric is a certified professional geologist in British Columbia, Canada, and serves as Fortuna´s Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Before he joined Fortuna, he was a Senior Consultant to Snowden Mining Industry Consultants. Eric has a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Southampton, and an M.Sc. in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.
Linda Desaulniers was appointed Corporate Counsel to Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in 2018. Linda has wide-ranging legal experience in private practice, acting for a broad range of Canadian and foreign public companies, primarily in the mining industry. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with LLB (Hons) in 1987 and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of England and Wales.
Cesar E. Velasco is the Country Head at Minera Bateas S.A.C., the Peruvian subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. that operates our Caylloma MIne in Arequipa. As a skilled executive with global experience in the mining and manufacturing industry, Cesar has held senior management positions for large private and public multinational companies throughout Latin America, including EXSA, ENAEX – EXSA JV, and Dyno Nobel Latinoamerica. He has a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia and graduated from an Executive Program for Mergers and Acquisition from Stanford Graduate School of Business in the USA.
Luiz Camargo is the Country Head at Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán S.A. de C.V., the Mexican subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. that operates our San Jose Mine in Oaxaca. Before this position, he was Cuzcatlan’s Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs and held executive positions in several multinational companies, including Corporación Moctezuma and Anglo American plc. Luiz is a public accountant with a graduate degree in financial administration in Brazil and has a diploma in the Top Management program by IPADE in Mexico.
Wilber Zamora is the Country Head at Minera Mansfield S.A., the Argentinian subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. that operates our Lindero Project in Salta. Previously, Wilber, an experienced mining engineer, was the Core Business Manager at Minera Bateas S.A.C., which runs our Caylloma Mine in Arequipa. He graduated with an engineering degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, holds a Masters of Engineering from McGill University in Canada, and completed an Executive Management Program at the Universidad de Piura in Peru.