Thomas Bowens is a certified professional geologist with over twenty-six years of international experience in the minerals exploration industry, and has spent the last twenty years based in Mongolia (1998-2006) and Russia (since 2005). Prior to founding IG Group in 2009, Mr. Bowens was the Vice President of Exploration and Chief of Operations for Fortress Minerals Corporation. He is currently based in Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East. Mr. Bowens is also the General Director of OOO Amur Minerals, the Russian registered license holder of the Malmyzh Copper Gold Deposit, and the Director General of Khabarovsk Minerals, the Parent Company of Amur Minerals which is a joint venture company owned by IG Copper (51%) and Freeport McMoRan Corporation (49%). Mr. Bowens has been directly responsible for two major mineral deposit discoveries in Russia in the past 13 years, Svetloye and Malmyzh, and has a track record of success in the management and operation of exploration companies. Mr. Bowens is also the founder and Director General of Kolymageo LLC an exploration drilling and geologic services company in the Russian Far East. He has worked for Cyprus Amax Exploration, Harrods Minerals, Ivanhoe Mines, and two Lundin Group Companies, International Uranium and Fortress Minerals. Mr. Bowens has degrees in economics, geological engineering (Magna Cum Laude) and a masters degree in Geology, the latter two from the Colorado School of Mines.