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Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

Our mission is to become the world’s leading producer of nano-silicon anode powders for the next generation of advanced lithium-ion batteries.

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Our People

The Ionic Mineral Technologies team has over 50 years of combined experience developing and commercializing minerals for high-value applications, from everyday consumer products to advanced clean energy technologies.

Andre Zeitoun

Founder, CEO & Managing Partner

Andre Zeitoun

Andre Zeitoun

Founder, CEO & Managing Partner

Andre Zeitoun is the Founder and CEO of Ionic Mineral Technologies, a U.S.-based innovation leader in advanced, next generation battery materials. Andre is highly regarded for his leadership in the commercialization of halloysite clay nanotubes. Andre has dedicated over a decade of his career to this unique mineral and established himself as a pioneer in the commercialization of Halloysite for specialty applications. A seasoned leader formerly working on Wall St. and as an executive of a public company, Andre is well positioned to grow his company and accelerate the path to an electrified future.

andre@ionicmt.com

Keith Brooks

Chief Operating Officer

Keith Brooks

Chief Operating Officer

Keith Brooks is the Vice President and COO of Ionic Mineral Technologies. Keith is a results-driven professional chemist with 40 years of experience in minerals extraction and manufacturing environments. Prior to joining Ionic Mineral Technologies, Keith was the Site Director at BASF. At BASF, Keith managed a $275M annual operating budget and oversaw 600-square-mile mining operation, four manufacturing plants, production of 1.3M short tons/year of processed kaolin, shipments out to three markets globally, 600 BASF employees, and 300 contractors.

Over the span of 17 years and multiple times for each, Keith has served as President and Executive Board Member of the Georgia Mining Association (GMA), Georgia Mining Foundation, and China Clay Producers of Georgia. Keith was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by GMA for his exceptional contributions to the growth and prosperity of the mining industry in 2013.

keith@ionicmt.com

Jake Entwistle PhD.

Director of Battery Materials

Jake Entwistle PhD.

Director of Battery Materials

Jake Entwistle PhD. is the Director of Battery Materials at Ionic Mineral Technologies. Jake is an expert in Magnesiothermic Reduction, having completed his PhD. on the topic at the University of Sheffield with a special focus on applying silicon-active materials to lithium-ion batteries. Previously, Jake has worked at the prestigious UK Faraday Institution on the NEXTRODE project and Innovate UK on the HIPERCARB project. In these roles, he researched novel LIB electrode microstructures and novel anode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

jake@ionicmt.com

Betty Lankry

Chief Marketing & Development Officer

Betty Lankry

Betty Lankry

Chief Marketing & Development Officer

Betty Lankry brings extensive international experience in events marketing, media, and business development to Ionic Mineral Technologies. For decades, Betty has led events and supported media productions across Europe, North America (primarily NYC, Miami and LA), as well as South America. Betty co-founded Prisma Artists, a global booking agency, and has worked for brands including MTV, Royal Elastics, and Prospect Park production company with Jeff Kwatinetz. Betty studied the Business of Entertainment at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

betty@ionicmt.com

Preston Colledge

Geologist & Director of Mining Operations

Preston Colledge

Geologist & Director of Mining Operations

Preston Colledge is the Geologist and Director of Mining Operations at Ionic Mineral Technologies. Preston holds an extensive background in excavation, geology, and scaling-up mining operations. Previously, Preston was a Researcher at Utah Valley State University where he developed various research proposals including one for using magnetic anomalies in Earth’s total magnetic field to locate placer gold deposits. Preston received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Earth Science from Utah Valley University.

preston@ionicmt.com

Shane Reber

Production Associate

Shane Reber

Production Associate

Shane is a head excavator for Ionic Mineral Technologies. Previously with Goldstar Excavation, Shane brings over five years of experience in surface mining and extensive knowledge of the local terrain at Ionic Mineral Technologies’ site in Utah. He performs a hands-on role for the company, ensuring quality work and environmental responsibility throughout the excavation, mineral transit, and final processing steps of transforming halloysite to nano-silicon.

shane@ionicmt.com

Oliver Wriedt

Director, Strategic Advisor & Head of Capital Markets

Oliver Wriedt

Oliver Wriedt

Director, Strategic Advisor & Head of Capital Markets

Oliver Wriedt is a Strategic Advisor to Ionic Mineral Technologies. Mr. Wriedt is also the founder of HighKey Capital, a boutique merchant banking platform focused on niche alternative investments. He serves as President & Head of Capital Markets at 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC. Prior to the formation of HighKey Capital, Mr. Wriedt spent 15 years in executive management positions in asset management, most recently as CEO of Vibrant Capital Partners (2019-2020) and Co-CEO at CIFC Asset Management (2012-2018). Previously, Mr. Wriedt served as a Managing Director in Providence Equity Partners’ Capital Markets Group and a partner at Sciens Capital Management and GoldenTree Asset Management. Mr. Wriedt started his career in banking at Deutsche Bank and NORD/LB in Singapore, London and New York.

oliver@ionicmt.com

Dr. Ian Wilson

Geologic Advisor

Dr. Ian Wilson

Dr. Ian Wilson

Geologic Advisor

Dr. Ian Wilson is an economic geologist and Geologic Advisor at Ionic Mineral Technologies. Dr. Wilson holds 45 years of international experience in industrial minerals. His experience includes exploration, resource, estimation, project development, production, and global marketing for various industrial minerals, including kaolin, halloysite, calcium carbonate bentonite, and magnesite.

He has held key technical and management positions in major public-listed mining companies, including the world’s largest kaolin producer Imerys, and as a senior scientific officer of the British Geological Survey. He was also secretary of the Mineralogical Society of London (Clay Minerals Group) and has been the convenor of multiple international conferences on clay minerals.

In 2009, Dr. Wilson was awarded the Hal William Hardinge award in recognition of his services to the industrial minerals industry.

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