Executive Chairman - GoviEx Uranium
Govind Friedland is a geological engineer from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to forming GoviEx Uranium (the Company), Mr. Friedland provided business development services to Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and Ivanhoe Energy Inc. throughout the Asia Pacific Region for over half a decade.
From 2007 to 2011, as Chief Executive of the Company, Mr. Friedland was primarily responsible for raising approximately $100 million to fund acquisitions, finance exploration, and pursue other corporate initiatives focused on the Company’s uranium assets in Niger. Mr. Friedland championed the Company’s policy of employing a 100% local workforce in Niger as the new paradigm for sustainable development in the region.
Mr. Friedland is also a co-founder of Ivanhoe Industries, the parent company of I-Pulse Inc., a hi-tech company providing innovative solutions for mining, oil & gas, and advanced manufacturing sectors, based in Toulouse France.
Mr. Friedland, currently the Company’s Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, earned his degree in Geology and Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2000 with a focus on Exploration Geology. While attending CSM, Mr. Friedland was distinguished as the recipient of the prestigious Brunton Award for his excellence and expertise in field mapping. From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Friedland was based in Beijing, China; he possesses a unique multicultural background, having lived much of his life in Asia, immersed in the mineral exploration industry.
From 2003 until 2005, Mr. Friedland worked for Ivanhoe Energy Inc. and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. as Business Development Manager for the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to that, Mr. Friedland was a Field Engineer for Kiewit Pacific, a division of Peter Kiewit & Sons.
Mr. Friedland draws on experience having worked at Kiewit Pacific on the planning, mobilization, and execution of several multibillion dollar projects including Level 3 Communications, a $6 billion designbuild, high-tech contract, the Oakland-San Francisco New Bay Bridge, a $1.2 billion job which involved heavy civil engineering and construction, and in China. Mr. Friedland also has particular mineral exploration and development expertise throughout Asia and North America. Mr. Friedland was part of the regional exploration team that first discovered the Voisey’s Bay Nickel-Copper-Cobolt discovery in Labrador Canada in 1996, which was ultimately sold to Inco for $4.3 billion.