About Us

Board of Directors

 

Stephen Gethin

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Gethin is an experienced lawyer who specialises in corporate law, resources and tax. He has spent over 20 years working in a major national firm and as General Counsel and Company Secretary in international ASX-listed companies.

His mix of in-house and big-firm experience gives him sharp business focus combined with technical excellence and rapid response times. He excels in communicating complex legal ideas to stakeholders in plain language.

Mr Gethin has acted on a wide range of major corporate transactions including hostile and friendly takeovers, debt and equity finance raisings and major asset sales and acquisitions. From various international roles he is adept at managing legal and tax issues across multiple jurisdictions. He is also a registered Migration Agent.


 

Atmavireshwar Sthapak

Managing Director

BASc, MTech (Applied Geology)

Mr Sthapak is a geologist specialising in mineral resource exploration and evaluation studies. He joined Alara in 2011, making valuable contributions to the Company as an Exploration Manager and a Study Manager based in Muscat, including discovery of large VMS copper mineralisation extensions at the Washihi project in Oman and recent resource upgrade at Washihi.

Prior to Alara, Mr Sthapak’s career spanned 10 years with ACC / ACC-CRA Ltd, and 10 years with Rio Tinto (Australasia) where he was awarded a Rio Tinto Discovery Award in 2009. He has worked on world-class deposits including Mt. Isa type copper deposits in Australia, and copper, gold and diamond mines on four continents.


Vikas Jain

Non-Executive Director

MBA

Mr Jain holds an MBA obtained in the USA and has vast experience of around 19 years in the field of mineral exploration, mining, oil-field exploration and allied activities. Mr Jain is currently Managing Director and CEO of the Indian Company South West Pinnacle Exploration Limited (SWPE), founded by him in 2006 and also listed on the National Stock Exchange, India. Under his leadership and able guidance, this company has grown manifold and at present is a premier exploration company in India.

The company started primarily as a mineral exploration company and progressively added coal bed methane exploration and production, aquifer mapping, HDD, geophysical logging, transportation and other geological activities into its domain.

In 2019 SWPE also ventured into 3D seismic acquisition and processing for oil field exploration services. He also has wide experience in open cast mining of various minerals and allied activities through his earlier stint with other companies as well as his current involvement in other family-run businesses and interests.


Avi Sthapak

Non-Executive Director

B.Tech CSE (Infrastructure Management)

Mr Sthapak is a graduate with a degree in Computer Science Engineering with a focus on infrastructure management. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration at Curtin University with the key areas of study including strategy development, accounting, global mobility and talent acquisition, marketing, leadership and finance. He has experience as a Business Development Consultant and a Junior Management Consultant.


Dinesh Aggarwal

Company Secretary

FCPA, CA, CMA, FTI, DFP (Adv)

Mr Aggarwal has over 20 years of experience in Accounting & Tax, Finance and Business Management in senior corporate positions, both in Australia and overseas, and is presently the Managing Director of Fortuna Advisory Group. As a diversified public practice firm, Fortuna Advisory Group is a winner of several awards including the prestigious Mutli-service firm of the Year 2019 (Australian Accounting Awards).

As the Principal, Dinesh advises Australian subsidiaries of major international groups, listed companies, a large variety of SMEs and a significant base of high net-worth individuals. Besides providing virtual CFO services to many groups, he also provides specialist advice on Self-managed Superfunds and handles objections with the ATO and appeals at the Tribunal level. One of his more prominent wins is the landmark case Dr Evelynne Wong v. Commissioner of Taxation [AATA 2011/3450]: share trader vs share investor.

A highly acknowledged professional, Mr Aggarwal has been Chairman of the CPA (WA) Public Practice Committee and a member of CPA Australia Public Practice Advisory Committee. Among his various achievements, he won the CPA 40 Under 40 Young Business Leaders’ Award in 2012 and 2013; and was also a finalist in the SME Tax Adviser of the Year 2015 (Tax Institute of Australia).

Dinesh sits on the board of several companies and not for profit organisations including the Wanneroo Business Association as its elected President.