Serafino Iacono

Executive Director

Mr. Iacono has over thirty years of experience in capital markets and public companies and has raised more than four billion dollars for numerous natural resource projects internationally. He serves as an Executive Chairman at Gran Colombia Gold Corp. since March 27, 2019. He is currently Executive Director of Puerto Bahía, a Director and Chairman of Western Atlas Resources Inc., a former Co‑Chairman and an Executive Director of Pacific Exploration and Production Corp., and a former director of Petromagdalena Energy Corp. Mr. Iacono was also a co‑founder of Bolivar Gold Corp. and Pacific Stratus Energy, among others, and is involved in numerous resource and business ventures in Latin America, Canada and United States.

Gordon Keep


Mr. Keep has extensive business experience in investment banking and creating public natural resource companies.  Mr. Keep currently is CEO of Fiore Management & Advisory Corp., a private financial advisory firm.  He also serves as an officer and/or director for several natural resource companies.  From January 2001 to July 2007, Mr. Keep was Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Endeavour Financial Corporation, September 1997 until March 2004, he was Senior Vice President and a director of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., and from April 1987 until October 1997, he was Vice President, Corporate Finance in the Natural Resource group of Yorkton Securities Inc.

Frank Giustra


Mr. Giustra is CEO of the Fiore Group, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies. He has an established track record of building natural resource companies through access to capital and creative deal-making. As President and later Chairman and CEO of Yorkton Securities in the 1990s, he grew the firm into a leading natural resource investment bank. As Chairman of Endeavour Financial from 2001 to 2007, his vision and leadership led to the successful launch of numerous resource companies. Mr. Giustra’s entrepreneurial successes also include the founding of Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world’s largest independent film companies. Mr. Giustra is a strong believer in philanthropy, and devotes much of his time to a variety of causes. He established The Radcliffe Foundation, which supports a wide variety of international and local charities. Since 2005, Mr. Giustra has become an active executive member with the International Crisis Group, a widely recognized independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to policymakers on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. Most recently, Mr. Giustra and his Foundation have become actively involved in the Refugee Crisis by providing humanitarian aid in Greece, Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. Giustra is a board member of Leagold Mining Corporation, Oronova Energy Inc., and Thunderbird Entertainment. In addition, he sits on boards of the Giustra Enterprise Partnership, The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, International Crisis Group, and Streetohome Foundation.

Federico Restrepo-Solano


A partner and corporate director at the private equity fund Qvartz Capital Partners, Mr. Restrepo-Solano has more than 25 years experience in industries such as mining, oil and infrastructure. He has served as Senior VP of Corporate Affairs at Frontera Energy, General Director at Promotora del Puerto Integrado-Propuerto S.A., President at Fenalcarbón (the national federation of coal producers in Colombia), Special Advisor on Environmental and Port Affairs of the city of Santa Marta, and Manager of Corporate Affairs at Coalcorp Mining Inc. He has been a representative for Colombia before the Inter-American Committee on Ports, in Washington DC. He is a board member in two Colombian companies (Colombian investment bank BancaPlus and Caribbean Resources Corp., a coal company), and two listed Canadian companies (SandSpring resources and CruzSur Energy). He has also been a board member at Bancoldex, ANDI (National Business Association of Colombia), ACP (Colombian Petroleum Association), and Fenalcarbón.

Ronald Pantin


Mr. Pantin was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. until November 2016. He worked in the Venezuelan oil industry for 24 years where he held a number of senior positions within Petróleos de Venezuela (“PDVSA”), as Planning Director, Executive Vice President of PDVSA Oil & Gas, President of Corporación Venezolana del Petróleo, President of PDVSA Exploration, and President of PDVSA Services. Subsequent to PDVSA, Pantin was President of Enron Venezuela. He began his professional career with Maraven S.A., a subsidiary of PDVSA, where he held a number of managerial positions including Exploration and Production Planning Manager, Petroleum Engineering Manager, Treasurer, Operations Manager in the Production Division, and Corporate Planning Manager.

Mr. Pantin holds a B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering and Management Science from Mississippi State University with the highest distinction, and Masters degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

CruzSur is poised to replicate the founders’ track record in value creation via an acquire – optimize – exploit model with the support of a Blue-Chip Board of Directors, bringing strong experience overseeing high growth companies and creating value for shareholders.


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