The Sentient Council

Acting in an advisory role to Sentient is the Sentient Council. The Council members bring to Sentient experience and knowledge spanning the diversity of the natural resource industries and from having reached positions at the pinnacle of their industries. They also increase Sentient’s access to global dealflow for the Fund through their extended networks.


Charles DiBona – Chairman (Great Falls, Va., USA)

Charles J. DiBona was President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute for 19 years. He is an Honorary Director for life.

Charles earlier served in the White House as Special Consultant on Energy to the President of the USA and from 1967 to 1973 was President and CEO of the Center for Naval Analyses, a federally funded research and development center.

Charles is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served 11 years in the Navy.

Charles has served on the boards of listed companies and a number of not-for-profit institutions.


Jorge Bande (Santiago, Chile)

Jorge Bande has been associated with the Sentient team for over twenty years since he was AMP Private Capital's representative in Chile. He has wide experience in the copper industry and until recently was a director of Codelco where he was Chairman of the Codelco Board Investment Committee.

He is a founding member of the Center for Copper and Mining Studies, CESCO (Chile) and a member of the Experts Committee for Copper Prices, Ministry of Finance (Chile). He has been a director of numerous Chilean State entities and international companies.

He is Professor of the International Post-Graduate Program in Mineral Economics, University of Chile and Professor of Mineral Economics and Management, Adolfo Ibañez University (Chile).


Louis Gignac (Montreal, Canada)

Dr Louis Gignac is currently President of G Mining Services Inc., a private consultancy which has managed feasibility studies and mine development for multiple projects in North America, South America, West Africa and Eastern Europe.

He previously served as President, CEO and Director of Cambior Inc. from its creation in 1986 until its acquisition by IAMGOLD Corporation in 2006. Prior to that, he held senior executive positions with Falconbridge Copper Company and Exxon Minerals Company and also served as Professor of Mining Engineering at Laval University, Quebec.

During his professional career, Louis has been involved in the development and operations of some 14 mines throughout the Americas.

Dr Gignac holds a Doctor of Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Masters in Mineral Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Degree in Mining Engineering from Laval University.


Ian Hume (Sydney, Australia)

Ian Hume was a Founding Partner of The Sentient Group. Throughout a distinguished career, Ian has been a director of a London-based investment management group where he gained experiences in Europe, the Middle East and Southern Africa as well as a partner of Bain & Co.

Prior to founding Sentient, Ian was an adviser to AMP Private Investments focusing on international resources and telecommunications investments in North and South America.