About Us

Board of Directors


Stephen Gethin

Non-Executive Director and Chairman

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Stephen Gethin is a highly regarded professional with 30 years of experience in the provision of corporate legal advice and over 15 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, he 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 to a number of other ASX-listed and private companies.


Atmavireshwar Sthapak

Managing Director

B.Sc, MTech

Atmavireshwar Sthapak is a geologist specialising in mineral resource exploration and evaluation studies. He joined Alara in 2011 as an Exploration Manager and led geological investigations in Oman spanning over 1,000km² in five JV tenements in the country. His contribution resulted in identification of copper mineralisation in four tenements, definitions of JORC resources at Wash-hi and Daris East, and applications for mining licences over five areas.

After being appointed Executive Director in 2015, Mr Sthapak contributed in completion of a feasibility study, a maiden ore reserve statement, and a mining licence for the Al Hadeetha Copper-Gold Project in Oman. Later he contributed to the formulation of AHRL’s mining project development strategy and further exploration plans in Oman.

In July 2020, Mr Sthapak was appointed Managing Director, with the responsibility of directing the Company to become a major miner and producer of copper concentrate in Oman, and to expand its shareholders' value to new levels.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr Sthapak’s career spanned 10 years with ACC/ACC-CRA Ltd as exploration geologist and project manager, and 10 years with Rio Tinto (Australasia) Exploration and Rio Tinto Diamond, where he was awarded a Rio Tinto Discovery Award in 2009. He has worked on world-class deposits and mines in Australia, and gold and diamond mines on four continents. Mr Sthapak is an active member of Aus IMM.

Vikas Jain

Non-Executive Director


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

SWPE began 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.

Mr Jain also has wide experience in the open-cut mining of various minerals and allied activities through his earlier roles with other companies, as well as his current involvement in other family run businesses and interests.

Sanjeev Kumar

Non-Executive Director

MBA (Finance & Marketing), IMT, BE (Metallurgy)

Sanjeev Kumar has extensive Australian and international business experience, with a specialisation in high-value asset finance lending. He is currently a director of Tradexcel Global Pty Ltd, an Australian company which he co-founded in 2017. His company helps ANZ businesses in expanding into the overseas markets, assessing new markets, navigating entry barriers, providing regulatory clearance services, business strategy &
planning, local partnerships etc. His previous roles include Vice President at India Factoring & Finance Solutions (a subsidiary of Fimbank), Associate Vice President at Tata Capital Financial Services, India and Manager, Infrastructure Division at ICICI Bank Limited.