Focus on high-quality natural graphite

Low capital cost

Complete 20,000 tonnes per annum vein graphite production. 

Accelerated added-value manufacturing.

Use cash flow for expansion/acquisition

Develop superior products for end-users through graphene integration.

Management and directors

Arno Brand

CEO & President

Mr. Brand, is a  Namibian entrepreneur with 12 years of experience working on major construction and mining projects in Africa.  As an experienced commodity Trader/Broker, Arno has been involved in numerous public transactions and company financings. 

I would like to personally thank our shareholders for their continued support through the final stages of pre-production of the Aukam mine. We want to ensure that your support is appreciated and that resources are being utilized effectively to move the mine smoothly and expediently into full production.” ~ Arno Brand

Rodger Roden


Mr. Roden, CPA CA, has more than 30 years of industry experience and has worked as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer with public and private companies in a broad range of industries including the mineral sector.  His experience includes all aspects of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, IT implementations, tax, and business systems and process analyses and implementation. 

Bill Johnstone

Legal Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mr. Johnstone has been a partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP since February of 2005 practicing in the areas of securities and corporate law. He is the Practice Leader of the firm’s Securities Law Group. Mr. Johnstone has been practicing law for over thirty (30) years. He is also a director and/or officer of five other TSX Venture Exchange listed companies and three Canadian Securities Exchange listed companies.

Walter Luke


Mr. Luke is certified in professional project management with over 29 years of global experience directing large projects for many noteable companies.  His ventures have taken him to over 40 countries and has brought international recognition to numerous business developments worldwide.  Walter will be leading the charge to ensure that compliance and corporate governance are effectively achieved.

Alex Helmel


Mr. Helmel is an independent management consultant, possessing specific expertise working with early-stage venture companies within the Canadian Capital Markets.  Alex focuses on private to public market transitions, corporate governance, the development of senior management teams, and corporate growth strategies.  

Steven Gray


Mr. Gray is a geologist registered with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (“APGO”). With more than 28 years of experience, he maneuvers effectively within the Resource Sector.  He is Director and Managing Partner for a private mining company operating in Arizona, Director for a publicly traded Canadian based venture capital firm, and recently served as Vice President for a publicly traded minerals company.  Mr. Gray provides consulting services related to underground and open-pit mine planning, scoping and feasibility studies in Canada and abroad.


Armando Farhate

Executive Management & Head of Advisory Board

Mr. Farhate’s prior experience in the planning, engineering, research and development, processing, project management, sales, and marketing areas of the graphite mining industry make him the ideal candidate to fill the role as Head of the Advisory Committee.  In past projects, he was responsible for quality management, environmental management, and implementing strategic and tactical planning. Mr. Farhate will oversee the quality management of the Aukam Graphite Mine and as Head of the Company’s Advisory Committee, he will coordinate important decisions regarding processing.  His knowledge and expertise will foster numerous opportunities for Gratomic, not only through Mr. Farhate’s experience but through his network within the graphite industry as well.


Dr. Ian Flint

Mining & Processing Engineer

Dr. Flint has more than 25 years’ experience in the graphite industry including more recent work in the growing field of graphene manufacture and commercialization. Dr. Flint’s experience includes process design, test work, pilot plants, equipment design, physical processing and materials development. He has worked as metallurgist, and/or director of more than 30 graphite/graphene projects worldwide. Dr. Flint holds a Ph.D. in mining and mineral processing engineering (2001) from the University of British Columbia and has more than 10 years of teaching mining engineering and graphite processing at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Namibian team

Sir-King Frans Indongo Jr.

County Manager, Namibia

Mr. Indongo is a Namibian entrepreneur who has over ten years of experience in both Namibian national and international business experience.  He has more than 10 years’ experience in Namibian mining and oil & gas industry and enjoys business relationships with many major national and international corporations within Namibia, South African Development Community and the International Community as a whole. His focus has been on developing relationships with governments, empowerment groups, and community stakeholders, with the goal of creating long-term sustainable economic and social growth. 

Lynne Brand

HR & General Manager, Namibia

Lynne has been a dedicated contributor and supporter of the Aukam Graphite Mine since the beginning, Lynne has persevered through the toughest times experienced in a start-up company. She has sacrificed selflessly. Without Lynne, the Aukam mine would not be what it is today. Her unwavering dedication, work ethic, selflessness, and loyalty are the foundation upon which Gratomic has flourished. 

 “As one of the first Gratomic team members with feet on the ground, nothing would give me greater satisfaction than to see my dream of the Aukam Graphite Mine realized. I truly believe in this project and have faith that the current Leadership team can take us there.” – Lynne Brand, HR and General Manager, Namibia.

Corne Coetser

Chief Geologist, Namibia

Corne has been paramount in perfecting the refining process necessary to upscale the graphite to higher than 99% purity. He has conducted extensive research at the mine site and has extracted several core samples during a recent drill program. The data collected was used to determine the expansive reach and high quality of the graphite contained within the site.

“Namibia is a great country to work in and I’m grateful to be part of the team, building Aukam into a world class graphite producing mine. Aukam graphite offers endless possibilities in numerous applications. This is an exciting chapter in Gratomic’s development.” ~ Corne Coetser, Chief Geologist

Natasha Kintscher

Financial Controller, Namibia

Natasha has been an accountant since 2006 for four companies and has been with the Gratomic team since 2017.  She works hard to ensure that all daily financial operations for the Aukam Mine are strictly monitored and accounted for.  Her dedication and industriousness are a definite asset to the Company.

“I believe that going forward with all the changes in management and the implementation of policies, especially more transparency and the new marketing strategy, this project will be successful, as investors will now have better insight into Gratomic” ~ Natasha Kintscher

Oswald Mughongoro

Safety Manager and Health Coach, Namibia

Mr. Mughongoro has been the Safety Manager and Health Coach at the Aukam Graphite Mine in Namibia for the past 1.5 years.  Oswald is responsible for drafting policies, procedures, inspecting the laboratory, underground mine, drilling sites, and the plant.  He conducts audits and evaluates all areas of the mine site for health hazards.  His overall duties are to ensure that managers, supervisors, contractors, and employees are carrying out their roles in compliance with the company’s health and safety policies and procedures. 

“I am a Certificated General Nurse, have earned my NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (UK), and am a Certified Occupational Health and Safety Professional with Oshacademy (USA).  Currently, I am doing my NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.” – Oswald Mughongoro

Rudi Kintscher

Logistics and Fleet Manager , Namibia

Rudi Kintscher has been with the Gratomic team since February 2016.  In that time he has fulfilled the role of Logistics and Fleet Manager for the Aukam Graphite Mine in Namibia, ensuring that the mine is fully outfitted with the necessary mining equipment and vehicles.  Rudi ensures that the mine site consumables such as fuel, parts, and tooling are ready and available to the workers when they are required.  Rudi is an experienced entrepreneur, having owned and operated five successful businesses prior to joining the Gratomic team.       

“As one of the first investors in Namibia, I personally believe that Aukam has the best graphite deposit in the world.  I believe in this project and it’s potential.  With the correct policies and procedures in place, I have faith that this undertaking will be a huge success.” ~ Rudi Kintscher