Rowan Karstel, aged 50, was appointed as CEO of Beacon Hill Resources Plc in November 2012. Rowan joined Beacon Hill from Keaton Energy Limited, a Johannesburg listed thermal coal producer. Prior to Keaton Energy, Rowan was the Chief Project Development Officer at Optimum Coal Holdings where he was responsible for the development and execution of Optimum Coal’s project pipeline prior to the Company’s acquisition by Glencore International Plc.
Rowan, a professional engineer, holds a Bachelor in Mining and Civil Engineering, a MSc in Mineral Economics and a MBA. Rowan began his career in deep gold mining before moving into coal mining where he worked for 20 years both in South Africa and internationally where he worked in various capacities for BHP Billiton, and Xstrata Coal. Prior to joining Optimum Coal, Rowan was the Director of Business Development for Mmakau Coal.
He’ll be speaking at the upcoming Mozambique Coal Conference on the 15th-16th July 2013 in Mozambique. His presentation topic is: A ground breaking year for Beacon Hill Resources.