Board & Management

Board of Directors

Shiraz Virji
Chairman
Shiraz Virji

Mr. Shiraz Virji, Chairman of the Shalina Group. After having learnt the trade from his father he began a successful career as an exporter of spices and timber from Mombasa, Kenya. In 1971 he moved to London and opened a wholesale warehouse in Willesden, UK. In 1981 Mr. Virji, who's family are of Indian origin, travelled back to India where he started a pharmaceutical business and began exporting generic medicines to Zaire, now Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He conceived the Shalina branded generics line of over one hundred products that now marketed in multiple Sub Saharan African countries under Shalina Healthcare Ltd. In 2001 he acquired several mining concessions in the DRC and built the first processing facilities of Chemaf an abbreviation of (Chemicals of Africa).

Mr. Virji spearheads the growth strategy of Shalina Resources, he has over 30 years of successful business experience in the DRC. He is based in DRC.

Sebastien Ansel
Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer
Sebastien Ansel

Mr. Sebastien Ansel graduated from Dijon University in France with a Masters Degree in Finance in 1996. He started his career at Ernst and Young in Luxembourg where he was employed as an auditor.

In 1997 he moved to the Whitehall Hedge Fund in Paris working as Portfolio Manager, he specialised in French Private Real Estate. From 2000 to 2008 he held a position as Multi Fund Manager at the Russell Investment Group concentrating on European Equities.

In 2008 Mr. Ansel emigrated to Lubumbashi where he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer "CFO" for "Chemaf SARL". He was appointed in his current position in Shalina Resources Ltd in 2009 and he now divides his time between the DRC and the UK. Mr. Ansel is responsible for the implementation of financial strategies, policies, and processes throughout the organisation.

Senior Management

Ghislain Yumba
General Manager, Mining
Ghislain Yumba

Mr. Ghislain Yumba, our Business Development Manager, graduated from Lubumbashi University with a degree in polytechnics. He is a qualified mining engineer with considerable experience of working in DRC Copper Belt. He has held a number of technical and supervisory positions at mines in the DRC for Gecamines which is Government Mining Organization.

Mr. Yumba joined "Chemaf SARL" in 2003 as Head of Mining Operations. In 2008 he became General Manager of the Mining for the Etoile Mine. He now supervises all of the companies mining activities.