Martin Rowley has been Lead Advisor at Atlas Lithium since September 2023. Mr. Rowley is a pioneer of the lithium industry and has over 40 years of experience as a founder, financier, and highly successful mining entrepreneur. In fact, Mr. Rowley has earned the rare distinction of starting and growing two prominent multibillion-dollar companies, one in lithium and the other in copper.
In 1996, Mr. Rowley co-founded First Quantum Minerals Ltd., a major copper producer. In 2009, he recognized the potential of lithium and became Chairman of Lithium One Inc, which at that stage had secured interests in the Sal de Vida and James Bay lithium assets in Argentina and Canada. Mr. Rowley then became Chairman of Galaxy Resources Ltd after it merged with Lithium One, adding the Mt. Cattlin spodumene mine in Australia to its asset portfolio. He led significant growth in Galaxy, ultimately resulting in the merger with Orocobre Ltd in 2021 which created Allkem Ltd. Since the time of his appointment as Chair of Lithium One, its market capitalization grew from AUD 20 million to current multibillion AUD levels for Allkem. Mr. Rowley retired as Chairman of Allkem in November 2022.
Rodrigo Menck has over 25 years of experience in project finance, complex equity and debt transactions, as well as investor relations at mining and financial institutions. Most recently, Mr. Menck was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Sigma Lithium Corporation. Previously, he was the CFO at Nexa Resources S.A., a major Brazilian mining group.
Mr. Menck supports Atlas Lithium in certain critical aspects related to the capital allocation, budgeting, and timelines for its hard-rock lithium project. He is based in São Paulo, Brazil. Menck holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of São Paulo, and is fluent in Portuguese and English.