Built on a base of world-class battery metal mining assets, IEM is focused on developing the innovative large-scale refining and cathode battery cell manufacturing required to drive decarbonization.
These pan-continental operations will be integrated to ensure the quality, transparency, and security of supply required to establish the sustainability of the transition to the green economy.
Our leadership team has decades of experience driving change and building institutions from Government to Military to Fortune 500 companies, across North America, Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Europe.
General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal
Co-Chairman and CEO
Senator Tom Daschle
Partner, Head of Operations
Partner, Head of Investment and Finance
Partner, Risk Advisory
Colonel (Ret.) Mark Erwin
Partner, Social Initiatives
General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal
A retired four-star general, Stanley McChrystal is the former commander of US and International Security
Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military
counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and
implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a cohesive
counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.
Throughout his military career, Stan commanded a number of elite organizations, including the 75th Ranger
Regiment. After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, he spent more than 6 years deployed to combat in a
variety of leadership positions. In June 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary
General of NATO appointed him to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command
included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On August 1, 2010 he retired from the US
Stan is the founder of the McChrystal Group LLC, a privately held global services and leadership
development firm based in Alexandria, VA. Stan sits on a number of boards, including as the co-Chairman
of Integrated Energy Material, as a director of DocuSign and Deutsche Bank US. Previously Stan was a
member of the boards of Navistar International Corporation, Siemens Government Technology, and JetBlue
Stan is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a
course on Leadership. He is a sought-after speaker, giving speeches on leadership to organizations
around the country. In 2013, Stan published his memoir, My Share of the Task, which was a New York Times
bestseller; and is an author of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, which was a
New York Times bestseller in 2015. Stan also co-authored Leaders: Myth and Reality, a Wall Street
Journal Bestseller based on the epochal Parallel Lives by Plutarch. A passionate advocate for national
service and veterans’ issues, Stan is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance. In this capacity,
he advocates for a future in which a year of full-time service—a service year—is a common expectation
and opportunity for all young Americans.
Stan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Naval War College. He also
completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Council on
Co-Chairman and CEO
Jide J. Zeitlin is a former Director (2006 – 2020), Chairman (2014 - 2020) and Chief Executive Officer
(2019 – 2020) of Tapestry, Inc., a New York-based house of modern luxury lifestyle brands. The Company’s
portfolio includes Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman. Its global operations and approximately
25,000 employees generate in excess of $6 billion and $1 billion in annual revenue and free cash flow,
respectively. Tapestry, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, is included in the S&P 500 and the
Fortune 500 composites.
Mr. Zeitlin spent the first 20 years of his career (1987 – 2006) at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., where
he held a number of senior management positions including serving as Global Chief Operating Officer of
their investment banking businesses. He also served in the firm’s Executive Office. After retiring from
Goldman Sachs, Mr. Zeitlin was a private investor overseeing the Keffi Group Ltd (2006 – present), an
investment office that has life science and natural resource interests in the Middle East, the United
States, and Africa.
Mr. Zeitlin is Chairman (2012 – present) of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. He is Chairman
Emeritus of Amherst College (1994 – present) and formerly served on the boards of a range of
institutions, including Teach for America (1994 – 2013), Harvard Business School (2004 – 2016), and the
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2006 – 2017). Mr. Zeitlin holds an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, in
Economics and English and a Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, both from Amherst College
and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University.
Kathleen Kelley is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Queen Anne's Gate Capital Management (“QAG”), a consulting firm focused on global macro and commodity markets research, advising some of the world's largest asset management firms, oil and gas companies, governmental agencies and hedge funds on their commodity risks and exposures.
Prior to launching the consulting firm, she ran a commodity focused global macro hedge fund of the same name. She is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and is often cited in such publications as the WSJ, Institutional Investor, Dow Jones News and Futures Magazine. In all Ms. Kelley has spent more than 25 years in commodity research and portfolio management. From 2005-2011 she ran the macro portfolio at Kingdon Capital Management, and before that she was a macro portfolio manager and strategist at Vantis Capital. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Tudor Investment Corporation doing economic research and running a commodity focused portfolio.
Kathleen began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she worked in the International Research Group and the Capital Markets Group. She holds a BA in economics with a minor in mathematics from Smith College and a General Course Degree from the London School of Economics in econometrics. Kathleen currently or has served on the North American Advisory Board of the London School of Economics, the Smith College Endowment Committee and a number of non-for-profit boards including Reserve and the All Hands and Hearts Fund. She is a co-founder of High Water Women.
Senator Tom Daschle
Senator Daschle is the Founder and CEO of The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson.
Senator Daschle has participated in the development and debate of almost every major public policy issue of the last three decades. In 1978, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. Senate and was chosen as Senate Democratic Leader in 1994. Senator Daschle is one of the longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and served as both Majority and Minority Leader.
Since leaving the Senate, Senator Daschle has remained an active and learned voice among policy-makers. He has distinguished his experience in health care through the publication of "Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis" and "Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform."
Senator Daschle has also emerged as a leading thinker on climate change, food security and renewable energy policy. He serves as the chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity as well as the BP Tangguh Independent Advisory Panel.
In 2007, Senator Daschle joined with former Majority Leaders George Mitchell, Bob Dole and Howard Baker to create the Bipartisan Policy Center, an organization dedicated to finding common ground on some of the pressing public policy challenges of our time. Senator Daschle serves on numerous public and private boards, including the Center for American Progress and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as the Council on Governance for Sustainability at the World Economic Forum and the Federal Advisory Board of Accenture.
Walé Adeosun, CFA, is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Kuramo Capital Management an SEC
registered investment management firm with offices in New York City, Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi,
Kuramo Capital is the general partner of the $500 million Kuramo Africa Opportunity Funds (KAOF). Kuramo
Capital is the leading multi-asset class investor in sub-Saharan Africa and has direct and indirect
investments in over 100 companies in 20 sub-Saharan Africa countries in power, telecoms, financial
services and consumer sectors.
Walé serves on the Boards of several portfolio companies and he was the former Chairman of the Investment
Advisory Committee of the $200 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. In 2014, he was appointed
to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).
Prior to founding Kuramo Capital, Walé was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he managed $1 billion in endowment and pension assets. Prior to
joining Rensselaer in 2004, he was a Managing Director in the Investments Group of the MacArthur
Foundation in Chicago with oversight of $2 billion in U.S. equities and hedge fund investments. Prior
to MacArthur, Walé Adeosun was a member of the Pension Investments group at Inland Steel Industries
(now, ArcelorMittal USA) with oversight of $2 billion in assets.
Walé currently serves as the Chairman of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF), a foundation
based in New York and created by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2004 to assist
Nigerian Universities to become self-sustaining.
Walé Adeosun completed his BA in Economics and Business Administration at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
where he serves as a Trustee of the Board. He received his MBA from John M. Olin School of Business at
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a concentration in Finance. He was awarded the
Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1995 and he is a member of the CFA Institute.
Partner, Head of Operations
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Richard Williams, MBE MC
Richard Williams currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Bunker Hill Mining Corp, and Non-Executive Director at Trevali Mining. He is a former Chief Operating Officer at Barrick Gold Company and Barrick’s Executive Envoy to Tanzania (2014 to 2018).
He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Afghan Gold and Minerals Company (2010 to 2014) and as a non-executive director of Gem Diamonds Limited, listed on the London Stock Exchange (2015 to 2018).
In addition to his mining experience, Mr. Williams served as the Commanding Officer of the British Army’s Special Forces Regiment, the SAS. He has an MBA from Cranfield University, a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from Kings College London, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London. He is also on the Board of Canada’s Vimy Foundation, a charity with a mission to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, and London’s Mine and Money Conference.
Partner, Head of Finance
Tom Northover, is the Chief Investment Officer of The Keffi Group Ltd., a New York based family office.
Prior to joining The Keffi Group, Mr. Northover worked in the Financial Institutions Group of Lazard’s
Financial Advisory business. Mr. Northover was a founding member of the investment team at Nigeria’s
sovereign wealth fund, the NSIA. Mr. Northover was responsible for the investment of a significant
portion of NSIA’s initial capital and the management of segregated funds for the Nigerian government.
Prior to joining NSIA, Mr. Northover was seconded by the U.K. government to the Nigerian Presidency as
Mr. Northover received a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MSc in Economics from the
University of Warwick, UK, an Overseas Development Institute Fellowship, and an MBA from Harvard
Colonel (Ret.) Mark Erwin
Mark Erwin served as President of the Karakoram Group International, a risk advisory firm, which provides
strategic consulting to Fortune 500 companies. He also served as a Non-Executive Board Director of
Heritage Oil Plc, an independent upstream exploration and production company listed on the London Stock
Exchange. Currently Mr. Erwin serves as the CEO of the Bardstown Bourbon Company in September 2019,
having previously served on the board.
Mr. Erwin served for 26 years in the United States Army, culminating his career as the Chief of Staff of
the United States Army Special Operations Command, with a budget in excess of $1.5 billion while
coordinating a headquarters staff of more than 1,000 employees. He commanded at every level of the
United States Army’s most elite Special Mission Unit from Captain to Colonel and was deployed numerous
times to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries throughout the Middle East and Africa. Erwin holds a
degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and conducted his War College Fellowship at the Central
Partner, Social Initiatives
John Williams has over 40 years of experience as a senior executive, consultant and academic leader. Mr. Williams served as President of Muhlenberg College, a liberal-arts college in Allentown, PA, up to 2019. In addition, Mr. Williams has served on the Board of Trustees of Amherst College since 1984 (as a Life Trustee from 1996) and also worked within higher education as the VP of Consulting at Edventures and as a partner in the higher education practice at The Bridgespan Group (a non-profit, social impact consultancy spinoff from Bain & Company). He served as a board member of the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts.
Mr. Williams began his career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, where he was the first professional of color ever hired. Mr. Williams went on to hold senior executive roles at American Express before becoming the CEO of a digital travel company, Biztravel.com. Mr. Williams also served as the CEO of Sentient Jet, where he led the company through rapid growth of revenue and profitability prior to a successful sale to a strategic buyer.
Mr. Williams served for several years as an Expert-in-Residence at Harvard Innovation Labs. He is a trustee of both Kent School, in Kent, CT and Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, west of Boston. Mr. Williams has long been a leading advocate for social impact and is a former trustee of Prep for Prep in New York City and of Boston’s Museum of African American History.
Mr. Williams graduated from Kent School in 1971. He graduated from Amherst College in 1975 where he earned a BA, magna cum laude, in economics. He then earned both a JD from Harvard Law School and MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. He is a retired member of the bar in both New York and Massachusetts.