Chief Executive Officer

Karl Smithson was appointed as Stellar’s Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 January 2007, having built the portfolio of Stellar’s assets within Mano River Resources since 2000. He led the listing of Stellar on AIM through a reverse takeover of West African Diamonds and has over the years successfully
raised over £15million in equity funding for Stellar.

Karl has 23 years of resource sector experience gained with a number of companies in senior management positions, including De Beers (10 years), SouthernEra Diamonds (2 years) and Mano River/Stellar (11 years). Karl’s working career has been focussed on diamond exploration and development in Africa and he has been responsible for a number of new diamond discoveries in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Karl is a geology graduate of Kingston University in the UK. He completed his MBA with distinction in 2006 at the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, South Africa and was awarded with the Old Mutual Gold Medal.