Critical Minerals Refining

Board of Directors

Chris K. Wilmot

Chris is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Critical Minerals Refining. Chris is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of WCW International Company Limited.

He has over 40 years in the oil and gas industry and international business development.  He ventured with Fortune 500 companies in the United States and Global companies seeking to pursue strategic growth opportunities in Africa. Chris is also the Chairman of Glory Infrastructure Inc.

Prior to establishing Takoradi Refinery Company Limited, he was a career engineer, production supervisor and held senior executive level management positions at Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), a major oil and gas company, USA.

 He is currently involved as a strategic alliance partner with several major United States consulting, engineering, energy, management and security operations firms.

  • Education:
    Bsc. EE, Tuskegee University, Alabama
  • Memberships: IEEE, SPE, ASME

He honorably served and continues to serve on numerous commissions and boards notably:

  • Delegate to the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Trade and Investment Missions to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia and Senegal.
  • Chairman, City of Houston’s Mayor’s International Affairs Development Council – Africa (2002 – 2003)
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Partnership (2000 – 2013)
  • Chairman of the Board Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (2004 – 2005)
  • International Treasurer, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (2005 – 2006)
  • Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership World Bank Task Force (2010 – 2011).
  • Congressional Briefing Moderator: “The Impact of the United States Energy Policy on Trade with the Gulf of Guinea.”
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, WCW International, Inc
    (1991 – 2014)
  • Chairman of Aviance Ghana Limited (2011 – 2014).
  • Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership World Trade Board
    (2012 – 2013).
  • Congressional Briefing Moderator: “The Impact of the United States Energy Policy on Trade with the Gulf of Guinea.”
  • Commissioner, City of Houston Clean City Commission
    (from 1990 – present)
  • Board Member – Mickey Leyland Kibbutzim Foundation
    (from 1995 – present)

His current engagements include:

  • Chairman & Chief Executive of Glory Infrastructure
    Company Limited
  • Executive Chairman, Fortune Sustainable Energy & Engineering Company Limited
  • Director of McDermott Fortune Company Limited
  • Executive Director of AL Bashair Investment Company LLC
  • Chris Wilmot, has unrivalled local knowledge and uniquely positioned through extensive business networks across Africa and the United States, providing access to exceptional investment opportunities
  • Under the Chairmanship of Chris Wilmot, Takoradi Refinery Company Limited (TRCL) is uniquely placed to ride on the wave of the economic growth in Africa over the next two decades
  • Possesses an experienced management team with complimentary skills and proven capability in investing in Africa, employing sound corporate governance
  • Has proven track record in execution capability, value creation, and ability to generate superior returns by assembling key strategic partners
  • Married with four children

Chip Bayless
Vice Chairman

Chip Bayless is Critical Minerals Refining’s Strategic Planning executive. Chip has extensive mining experience in diverse locations from Congo (DRC) to Mexico. Mr. Bayless has provided operational planning and oversight for multi-billion-dollar projects in the private sector.

Mr. Bayless Is an accomplished business professional with over 25 years of experience in senior management positions, focusing on strategy, policy, and program development. He has a proven track record in delivering results in high-pressure environments through creative problem-solving, operational excellence, and effective team building.

He’s the co-founder of a high-grade critical minerals mine, which is worth over $70 billion.

He has been a senior advisor to several African leaders and US officials, such as the Former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, General James L. Jones.

Rob Yoder
Member Board of Directors

Robert Yoder has a remarkable career spanning over 20 years in the heavy equipment and mining industry. His expertise extends across multiple countries, including Australia, Mexico, Africa, and Dubai. Throughout his career, Robert has successfully sold millions of dollars’ worth of mining tires per annum, catering to markets in Mexico, South America, Australia, India, and Africa. His extensive experience in the mining sector has equipped him with the knowledge and skills required to navigate complex projects.

In addition to these achievements, Robert Yoder has taken on leadership roles in purchasing and developing mining projects. He was pivotal in acquiring several mining projects for one of his companies, overseeing the entire process from purchase to commissioning. Through his expertise in business development, strategy, and team leadership, he completed negotiations, exploration, and drilling to permitting and final development. Robert has successfully brought these projects to fruition, establishing proven reserves and ensuring their readiness for production. His ability to work effectively in foreign and hostile environments demonstrates his adaptability and resilience in challenging circumstances.

Robert Yoder’s language skills are a valuable asset to his professional repertoire. Fluent in three languages, he possesses excellent communication skills that enable him to connect with diverse stakeholders and facilitate successful business interactions. Robert’s dedication and determination are evident in his track record.  He is committed to completing projects, exemplifying his unwavering focus and tenacity.

Esther Wilmot, Esq.
Secretary Board of Directors

South Texas College of Law Houston, Texas: Juris Doctorate, May 2020, Certified Texas Bar

CURRENTS: Journal of International Economic Law, Project Editor, 2019-2020


      • International Law and National Security Society, Secretary, 2018-2019
      • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member, 2017-2019
      • Houston Association of Women Attorneys, Member, 2018-2019
      • Student Body Association, Mentor, 2018-2020
      • Black Law Students Association, Member, 2017-2018
      • Women’s Law Society, Member, 2017-2019

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, May 2017; Minor in General Business Studies


      • Dean’s List, 2017
      • Chancellor’s Leadership Program, 2013-2017
      • Outstanding Leadership Service to International Studies Award, 2015


      • VISA Corps Ambassador, Vice President & President, 2015-2017
      • Eta Iota Sigma Sorority, New Member Assistant & Faith Circle Leader, 2014-2015
      • Leaders for Life, Mentor, 2014-2016

Study Abroad:

TCU Political Science and Communications Program in Budapest, Prague, and Vienna, Summer 2014


Legal Research Analyst, Thomson Reuters
Contract Attorney, November 2021-Present

  • Researched cases on Westlaw
  • Prepared headnotes for production team
  • Learned the process behind producing headnotes on Westlaw

District Clerk Intern at the Harris County Courthouse, Houston, Texas
Intern, May-June 2019

  • Observed numerous cases such as a custody and murder case throughout the courthouse
  • Networked with many judges and attorneys
  • Discussed court procedures in application of legal knowledge
  • Learned the influence of a clerk in the court

Mediation Clinic, South Texas College of Law Houston

Certified Mediator, August-December 2019

  • Observed mediation cases at various Justice of the Peace Courts
  • Participated in cases at the Justice of the Peace Courts and one case for Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)
  • Interviewed a mediator about their experience in mediation
  • Learned the scheduling process of a mediation

Glory Infrastructure Inc., Houston, Texas
Intern, June 2018-August 2018

  • Reviewed contracts such as distribution and arbitration agreements
  • Discussed the structuring of other deals like trade agreements
  • Learned the transactional lawyer process



General Data Protection Regulation and California Consumer Privacy Act:

Background by Jonathan McKinney, Esther-Sarah Wilmot, Greta Carlson, and Elizabeth Slezak

Bill Mallicoat
Member Board of Directors

Bill is a high performing mining professional with over 50 years of international experience in both open pit and underground mining, including operations, logistics, and engineering. Well organized and a good communicator, Bill has contributed to achieving mine production targets while maintaining outstanding safety standards. With advanced experience in geology, geotechnical engineering, resource estimation, mineral economics and operations, Bill uses his analytical skills to produce solutions in a team environment and make effective business decisions.

  • He has worked for various companies, including WR Mallicoat Consulting, Sebastian Mining, LLC., Georges Colliers Inc., Kemell’s Mining, and Alliance Resources.
  • Bill has a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and coursework for a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Western Kentucky University.
  • His military service includes honorable discharge as Captain from the Army Reserves.
  • Bill has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including “Mining Engineer of the Year Award” from the St. Louis Mining Institute.

Kevin Dadzie
Member Board of Directors

Kevin F. Dadzie is a global business leader with over 16 years’ experience in the extractive industry leaving him with a remarkable record in structuring, establishing, and developing businesses in frontier markets as well driving business and corporate growth and expansion in established markets.

He is passionate about strategy, innovation and profitability and has over the span of his career navigated challenging environments and executed some of the most complex yet winning business strategies across local, regional, and multinational businesses.

In his previous role as Executive Director for Group Business development, he led the group through challenging times and successfully delivered partnerships, mergers and acquisitions in the Oil & Gas sector, electricity & power, telecommunication with focus on LTE technology, renewables with focus on making off-grid electricity accessible to the mass market through modular solar products, investment in commercial and residential real estate as part of portfolio diversification and agro- farming.

He has served on the boards of a many high performing companies notable among them are EDF (France), Veolia (France), Shell/Vivo, Vitol, Base Energy Exploration etc. He also serves on the board of Zilfin Farms Ltd, a company he established out of his passion for farming with a grand vision to deliver fresh produce for local and export market to play a part in the efforts of ensuring food security.

Kevin currently heads BP’s Refining, Products, Supply and Trading business in Ghana where as part of Bp sub-Saharan African strategy drives origination and marketing of the delivery of resilient hydro-carbons to the different markets in the region. He has helped establish bp as a reliable market leader and partner to the market.

Kevin has a BA. in Political Science & Philosophy from University of Ghana, an MBA in International Oil and Gas Management from University of Dundee, Scotland, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK.

Critical Minerals Refining, Inc. is transforming industry practices to eliminate the environmentally harmful process by utilizing pollution-free and entirely neutral processes.

Our Vision: Refine Critical Minerals for an Independent More Prosperous Future

Our Refineries Produce Various Metal Products for Diverse Markets.

  • Metals used in batteries;
  • 3D printing;
  • Metal Injection Molding (MIM);
  • Aerospace and automotive parts manufacturing;
  • Nano powders;
  • Net Shapes;
  • Medical Instruments;
  • Computer parts;
  • Molds and tools;
  • Superalloys;
  • Sophisticated complex shapes for use in the defense and space industries.

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