Meet Our Team

Airth is a team of 30+ members with extensive expertise in different disciplines. Our head quarter is in Tucson, Arizona with team members in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and Turkey. 

Leadership Team

Erman Koc

Erman Koc

Co-Founder & CEO

15 years of experience in Mine Optimization and Mining Technologies with a M.Sc in ETM and Mining Engineering. Before co-founded and became CEO of Airth, Erman was a Global Manager at Hexagon Mining.

Chris Sharpe

Chris Sharpe

Strategic Advisor

Mining Engineer with experience in mine planning and financial modelling. Currently VP Project Development at Minera Alamos. Had been in roles such as Director Technical Services at Centerra Gold and VP Engineering at Aurvista Gold.

John Dagdelen

John Dagdelen

Machine Learning Advisor

PhD student at UC Berkeley working at the intersection of AI, materials science, and high performance computing.

Mustafa Kaplan

Mustafa Kaplan

Geology Advisor

Geologist with experience on oxide&sulfidic gold ore, grade control optimization, geological modelling, data integration from resource to mill and reconciliation. Pursuing PhD on geological uncertainty characterization and quantification in resource models.

Abraham Jalbout

Abraham Jalbout

Co-Founder and Strategical Advisor

+15 years of combined experience in the finance and mining industry. Mining technology portfolio development, management and commercialization. Focused on new approaches to decarbonization in the mining industry using tailings to achieve Net-Zero.

Erika Fretheim

Erika Fretheim

Commercial Director

Extensive experience in Mining Technologies with a M.Sc. in Mining Engineering; Erika was the Mine Technology Manager at Freeport-McMoRan Technology Center before joining to Airth.

Andy Obregon

Andy Obregon

Technical Advisor

Technology integrator with over 25 years in the mining industry with a passion for delivering BI that enables users to make sense of their data. Demonstrated experience in data mining, integration, and reporting particularly in the context of Mine Planning, Fleet Management Systems, machine health, and condition monitoring.

Barry J. Glick

Barry J. Glick

Senior Advisor

Ph.D. in geography and founder of Mapquest, one of the world's original unicorns. Involved in multiple large scale IPO's, M&A transactions.

Raphael Gaudreault

Raphael Gaudreault

Co- Founder

+ 15 Years of Mine Planning Experience with companies like IAMGOLD, ArcelorMittal. Currently a COO at Arianne Phosphate.

Yucel Ozsoy

Yucel Ozsoy

Mineral Processing Advisor

Metallurgist with in-field processing and metallurgical laboratory experience, have expertise in hydrometallurgy, biohydrometallurgy, Au-Cu ore mineralogy, refractory gold ores & oxidative pretreatments.

Larry Clark

Larry Clark

Technical and Business Advisor

Former VP of Datamine, Senior Director of Technology at Newmont, COO of Newtrax and Research Associate at CSM.

James Wallace

James Wallace

Board of Directors

Extensive experience in Geology and Aerospace.