Neo Lithium’s management team is committed to bringing extensive Lithium know-how and proven track record in global exploration opportunities, resource development, business planning and financing capabilities to fulfill the company’s exploration strategy and advancement plans.


Waldo A. Perez, Ph.D., P. Geo., President & Ceo

Dr. Perez has 28 years of academic and industry experience in mineral exploration in South America.

Founder and technical leader of the Cauchari project acquired through Lithium Americas Corp., and its President and CEO from inception until the end of the technical work resulting in a definitive feasibility study with strong economics.

Previously he served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Latin American Minerals Corp and Senior Geologist for Barrick Gold, IAMGOLD, Opawica Explorations and APEX Geosciences.


Constantine Karayannopoulos, Chairman

Mr. Karayannopoulos is Chairman of the Molycorp Board of Directors. Director of the Canada China Business Council and is a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. A professional engineer, he holds Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Previously he served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Molycorp and President and Chief Executive Officer of Neo Material Technologies. He was Director of Lithium Americas Corp. from 2011 to 2015.


Carlos Vicens, Mba, Chief Financial Officer

Over 15 years of experience in financial analysis, corporate development, strategy and investment banking including mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Mr. Vicens previously worked as Vice President in Scotiabank’s Investment Banking Mining team and participated in over $10B of M&A transactions and well over $5B in equity and debt issuances.

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Thomas Pladsen, Director

Over 20 years experience in the exploration and mining industry.

Mr. Pladsen is a director of Northfield Capital Corporation, Crystal Peak Minerals Inc. and KWG Resources Inc.


Gabriel Pindar, Chief Operating Officer & Director

Over 22 years’ experience as a Project Executive in the development of mining, gas and large scale infrastructure (rail and port) projects in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Australia, Canada, West Africa and United Kingdom.

Mr. Pindar joined the ArcelorMittal Group in 2013 as Project Controls Manager for the ArcelorMittal Mining corporate office in London and was appointed GM and Head of Projects in January 2015.

Particular expertise in the area of Fast Tracking projects developed through the Iron Ore boom in Australia.


Paul Fornazzari, L.L.B., LLM, Director

Mr. Fornazzari is currently a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau LLP and has a broad range of corporate. commercial and securities law experience. He was former Chairman of Lithium Americas Corp. Director and Corporate Secretary.

Broad experience advising boards. executive teams and investment dealers and acts for domestic and foreign clients in various industries including: mining, petroleum, technology, life sciences and financial services.

Advisory Team

The technical advisory team is one of the most experienced in the modern era in exploring lithium salars – discovered and developed the Cauchari lithium salar to the full feasibility stage in only 36 months.


Martin Erroz, Geologist, Project Manager

Mr .Erroz is a Senior Geologist with over 15 years of experience in Mineral Exploration

Worked previously in Lithium Americas Corp, Latin American Minerals, Vale de Rio Doce , Gold Fields , Cardero Resources and Minera Piuquenes in Lithium, Potash, gold, Cupper and Zn Exploration and Development Projects

Martin worked with Dr. Peralta and was instrumental in the discovery of Cauchari Salar, Lithium Americas Corp.


Mark King, BSc.,PhD. P Geo., Independent Qualified Person

Dr. King is a hydrogeologist specializing in groundwater flow and migration of constituents dissolved in groundwater. He has worked in this field, as both a researcher and consultant, for 25 years - first as a Research Associate at the Centre for Water Resources Studies (Technical University of Nova Scotia), and subsequently as a senior Project Manager in the largest environmental consulting firm in Atlantic Canada.

Dr. King produced the first 43-101 compliant report filed in SEDI for a Lithium Brine deposit in Cauchari Salar and had consulted with most of the Lithium Brine salars in the Puna Plateau.


Claudio Suarez-Authievre, Ph.D. Chem. B.Sc. Chem., Process Engineer Manager

Dr. Suarez-Authievre is an expert in electrolysis, photo-electrochemistry and electro-catalysis research with 17 years of experience in academy and Industry.

He worked for SQM as Process Researcher for 3 years and developed the process for Lithium Americas corp. in the Cauchari Salar.and was the co-inventor with Waldo Perez of the proprietary lithium extraction process in Cauchari

Technical Team

Full Time Engineers:

Hugo Barrientos
Civil Engineer, Project Manager

Previously Project Manager at Cauchari Project, Argentina and Chief Engineer at SQM Atacama operation in Chile.

Claudio Suarez, Ph.D
Chemical Engineer, Process Manager

Previously Process Engineer at Cauchari Project, Argentina and Process Researcher at SQM Atacama operation.

Marcos Casassola
Chemical Engineer, Ponds Manager

Previously Pond Manager at Olaroz Project, Argentina.

Enrique Gallardo
Project Engineer Manager

Armando Farfan
Project Engineer

Daniel Gonzalez
Chemical Engineer