Gopal P Das
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Gopal joined Das & Co. in 2015 as Managing Director, focused on a variety of private market opportunities.
In Das & Co.’s portfolio, Gopal is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apex Resources Ltd., Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Directors of Safehouse Technologies, the Managing Director of KHMDL, and a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Board at Orthogonal Thinker. He has also led investments in Relativity Space and UrLife/Slice Media.
Gopal received his A.B. in Economics from Brown University and his MSc in Global Management from The London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2009, Gopal directed and produced the award winning documentary “Ayurveda: Otherwise No Yoga.”
Shigongo J. Kimogele
Eng. Kimogele joined the practicing mining industry in 1992 after graduating with a Bachelor of Minerals Sciences in Mining Engineering from the University of Zambia. From January 1992 to January 1993, Eng. Kimogele was employed as a Junior Mining Engineer at Mundarara Ruby Mining responsible for surveying and supervision of hoisting. From Feb 1993 to March 1998, Eng. Kimogele was employed by Graphtan Limited, a company that was mining tanzanite in a small underground mine and graphite ore in a 200 metric tonnes per annum open pit.
Eng. Kimogele joined Graphtan Ltd as the Underground Manager responsible for managing the small underground tanzanite mine. Later on Eng. Kimogele become the planning engineer responsible for short mine plans for the graphite open pit, scheduling of blasts, equipment record keeping as well as preparation of weekly and monthly reports for senior management. Eng. Kimogele was later promoted to the position of Mine Superintendent and later on Mining Manager, responsible for managing all the activities in the 200 tonnes per annum graphite ore open pit.
In 1998, Eng. Kimogele became a small scale tanzanite miner in Mererani, where he introduced inclined shaft mining, sequential blasting and mechanical hoisting in small scale mines. This resulted to improved safety, improved advance per blast and hence bringing the mine into production within a relatively short period for mines in Block D Mererani. During the same period, Eng. Kimogele was involved in consultation activities for small scale gemstone miners in various mining areas in the northern zone of Tanzania.
In 2009, Eng. Kimogele with his partners established a Controlled Blasting and Construction Company Limited. The company was registered by the Contractors Registration Board in Civil Works and Building Contractors. Eng. Kimogele was its first Board Chairman and Managing Director.
In December 2015, Eng. Kimogele was invited by Apex Resources Limited to do consultation works for their gold mining project that was at its infancy in Itumbi, Chunya Tanzania. In August 2016, Eng. Kimogele was employed as the General Manager of Apex Resources Limited, leading it from its infancy to a gold producing company, able to pay for its operating costs, additional capital investments and steadily paying back loans that were acquired in establishing the company.