Stephanie Ashton has spent the last 25 years in the area of natural resources, specifically exploration and development of mining projects in Latin America, North America and Eastern Europe. She has founded exploration companies and mining services companies, serving on boards as well as in corporate development and financing through the companies’ growth stages. She has secured private equity and debt financings, participated in IPOs, negotiated Joint Ventures, as well as overseen accounting and auditing. Ms. Ashton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business with a minor in French from Cal Poly State University, a Master’s certificate in International Tax and Legal Strategy from HEC Paris, and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the University of Chile in Santiago. She was a regular contributor to opinion columns in the magazine, “Minería Chilena” between 2009-2015.