About Us

Board of Directors


Stephen Gethin

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Gethin is a highly regarded Director and Company Secretary with over 23 years of experience in the provision of corporate legal advice and documentation, and over 14 years of experience in the provision of ASX-listed secretarial services in a range of industries, including resources, technology and investment.

Prior to founding a private legal practice in 2013, Mr Gethin served as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Strike Resources Limited (ASX:SRK) and before that held the same roles at ERG Limited (ASX:ERG).

Mr Gethin also provides legal advice for a number of other ASX-listed and private companies.


Atmavireshwar Sthapak

Managing Director

BASc, MTech (Applied Geology)

Mr Sthapak is a geologist specialising in mineral resource exploration and evaluation studies. He joined Alara in 2011, making valuable contributions to the Company as an Exploration Manager and a Study Manager based in Muscat, including discovery of large VMS copper mineralisation extensions at the Washihi project in Oman and recent resource upgrade at Washihi.

Prior to Alara, Mr Sthapak’s career spanned 10 years with ACC / ACC-CRA Ltd, and 10 years with Rio Tinto (Australasia) where he was awarded a Rio Tinto Discovery Award in 2009. He has worked on world-class deposits including Mt. Isa type copper deposits in Australia, and copper, gold and diamond mines on four continents.


James D Phipps

Non-Executive Director

B.A. (Philosophy), J.D. (Law)

Mr Phipps is a strategic adviser, entrepreneur, angel investor and people person. Jim practiced law (international commercial matters involving more than 67 countries) in a big law firm environment (Jones Day Reavis & Pogue and Wiley Rein LLP) for 10 years and then moved over to the business side of the house, where his work has involved business leadership, governance, entrepreneurship and strategic consulting. He has served on the boards of numerous publicly traded and closely held companies across a number of industries, including mining/mining exploration (copper, zinc, gold and silver), heavy industry (paper), consumer goods (paper, aluminum foil), infrastructure development and O&M (drinking water, waste water, storm water, etc.), technology (gaming and social media), sports entertainment (English football, gaming, fantasy football, sports talk radio), fitness (establishment of the largest MMA gym in the Middle East) and film making ("Dave Made a Maze").

Mr Phipps has headed up various board committees including executive, nomination and remuneration, audit and risk. Jim currently serves on the board of MMA Global, Inc. (US OTC: Pink Sheets: LUSI), having been appointed in October 2018. Jim has conducted business on four continents and has over 30 years of experience involving the Middle East. Jim is fluent in Arabic and lived full-time in the Arab world for about 18 years (15 years in Saudi Arabia and 3 years in Iraq).

Mr Phipps is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from 1990-1991, on the front line with the Brave Rifles of the 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment. Jim also served three years as a civilian in harm's way in Baghdad, Iraq from 2008-2010. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (1992) and Juris Doctorate (1996) both from Brigham Young University. In 1994 and 1995, Jim studied Islamic shariah as a Fulbright Fellow at the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Vikas Jain

Non-Executive Director


Mr Jain holds an MBA obtained in the USA and has vast experience of around 19 years in the field of mineral exploration, mining, oil-field exploration and allied activities. Mr Jain is currently Managing Director and CEO of the Indian Company South West Pinnacle Exploration Limited (SWPE), founded by him in 2006 and also listed on the National Stock Exchange, India. Under his leadership and able guidance, this company has grown manifold and at present is a premier exploration company in India.

The company started primarily as a mineral exploration company and progressively added coal bed methane exploration and production, aquifer mapping, HDD, geophysical logging, transportation and other geological activities into its domain.

In 2019 SWPE also ventured into 3D seismic acquisition and processing for oil field exploration services. He also has wide experience in open cast mining of various minerals and allied activities through his earlier stint with other companies as well as his current involvement in other family-run businesses and interests.

Avi Sthapak

Non-Executive Director

B.Tech CSE (Infrastructure Management)

Mr Sthapak is a graduate with a degree in Computer Science Engineering with a focus on infrastructure management. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Business Administration at Curtin University with the key areas of study including strategy development, accounting, global mobility and talent acquisition, marketing, leadership and finance. He has experience as a Business Development Consultant and a Junior Management Consultant.

Dinesh Aggarwal

Company Secretary

FCPA, CA, CMA, FTI, DipFS (Advanced)

Mr Aggarwal has over 20 years of experience in Accounting, Finance and Business Management in top corporate positions, both in Australia and overseas, and is the Managing Director of Fortuna Advisory Group. Fortuna is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary practice with specialised divisions in Tax & Business Advisory, Legal Services, Mortgage Broking and Financial Planning.

Mr Aggarwal advises clients in Australia and overseas on tax matters and business services, and advises the Australian operations of several multi-nationals. He also handles tax disputes with the ATO including appeals to the AAT. He is the former Chairman of the Public Practice Committee of CPA Western Australia and is currently a member of the National Public Practice Advisory Committee of CPA Australia.

Named as one of Australia’s top three SME Tax Advisers in 2015 by the Tax Institute, Mr Aggarwal has also won the prestigious CPA Australia 40 Under 40 Young Business Leaders Award for 2012 and 2013. In 2016, he was awarded the ISWA Personal Excellence Award. In 2018 Fortuna was a national finalist in the Australian Accounting Awards for Best Business Advisory Firm. The Fortuna Group also has a philanthropic arm - Fortuna Foundation.