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Officers & Directors

Amir Adnani
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director

Mr. Adnani is a founder of Uranium Energy Corp and has been the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of the Company since its inception in January 2005. He is also the founder and Chairman of Brazil Resources Inc., a publicly-listed gold exploration company that is growing through acquisitions of projects of merit in the gold districts of Brazil. By background, he is an entrepreneur, and earlier established and grew two private companies.

Mr. Adnani has been invited to speak at prominent industry conferences organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, World Nuclear Fuel Market and the Milken Institute. He is a frequent contributor to the business media including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business News.

Fortune magazine distinguishes Mr. Adnani on their ‘40 Under 40, Ones to Watch’ list of North American executives. He is recognized by Casey Research, a leading investment advisory publisher, as a top-ten leading mining industry entrepreneur and executive. He is a nominee for Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ distinction. Mr. Adnani holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, and serves on the university’s Alumni Advisory Board.


Pat Obara
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Obara served as the Chief Financial Officer of UEC from August 2006 to January 2011 and as the Vice President Administration of UEC from January 2011 to October 2015. Previously, Mr. Obara worked as a consultant to several private companies in the areas of corporate management, finance and administration. Mr. Obara currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and a director of a public company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Obara holds a degree in Building Technology, Land and Construction Economics from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


Scott Melbye
Executive Vice President

Scott is a 30-year veteran of the nuclear energy industry having held leadership positions in major uranium mining companies as well as industry-wide organizations. Through to June 2014, Scott was Executive Vice President, Marketing, for Uranium One, responsible for global uranium sales activities. Prior to this, Scott spent 22 years with the Cameco Group of companies, both in the Saskatoon head office and with their U.S. subsidiaries. He had last served as President of Cameco Inc., the subsidiary responsible for marketing and trading activities with annual sales exceeding 30 million pounds U3O8. Scott is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of the World Nuclear Fuel Market ("WNFM"), President of the Uranium Producers of America ("UPA") and VP-Commercial for Uranium Participation Corporation ("UPC").


Bruce Nicholson
Vice-President of Corporate Development

Mr. Nicholson has spent 16 years as an industry specialist in the basic materials and metals and mining industries serving major U.S. and European banks, broker dealers, and investment funds.  He has worked as a securities analyst for Bank of New York, BNP Paribas, and Citigroup.  He also worked for four years in the investment field for DWS Investments, Deutsche Bank's asset management company, and an international resources-focused hedge fund.  Mr. Nicholson was Chairman of the New York Section of the Society for Mining Exploration (SME) in 2007-08.  With SME, he organized the annual NY nuclear renaissance meeting on uranium and nuclear issues with global experts from Cameco, Exelon, TradeTech and other industry-leading firms. At BNP Paribas, he advised the bank's  New York  commodity group on matters pertaining to the uranium sector and interfaced with a global team of in-house geologists and commodity traders.  Mr. Nicholson is a member of the Minerals Economics and Management Society (MEMS), Minerals Industry Analyst Group (MRAG), and New York Society of Securities Analysts (NYSSA).  He graduated with an MBA degree in Finance from Rutgers University in 1995 and is a CFA charterholder. 


F. P. "Butch" Powell
Vice President of Marketing and Sales

Mr. Powell has extensive experience in the nuclear fuel supply and financial industries spanning more than three decades. His nuclear fuel career began at Nuclear Assurance Corporation in 1975. He later joined Florida Power & Light with responsibilities in nuclear fuel supply management. In 1982, he played an instrumental role in the formation of UG U.S.A. During his 14 year tenure at UG, his work included uranium marketing and sales, contract negotiations and business development. In 1989, Mr. Powell was promoted to Vice President, heading up UG's North American trading operations. He also co-founded Uranium Recovery Solutions in 2006 for the purpose of re-starting uranium production from U.S. phosphate producers.

In the financial industry, Mr. Powell earned a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation and served as Senior Market Strategist for Neovest Trading from 1995-2004. Afterwards, he established Technical Tactics, a research and consulting firm serving institutional fund managers. Mr. Powell also served as Senior Vice-President at Lowry Research Corp. As an educator, Mr. Powell taught "Technical Analysis for Stocks" at Georgia Tech over several years. Mr. Powell holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from Georgia State University.


Spencer Abraham
Executive Chairman, Director

Spencer Abraham served as a U.S. Senator from Michigan from 1995 to 2001 and served as Secretary of Energy from 2001 to 2005. Since 2005, Secretary Abraham has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Abraham Group, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. He also actively serves on the Leadership Council of the prominent Washington D.C. lobby, Nuclear Matters, an organization formed to help broaden America’s understanding of the benefits of nuclear power. Secretary Abraham is an alumnus of Michigan State University and Harvard Law School. He currently serves on the board of Occidental Petroleum Corp. and several other companies, and was previously non-executive Chairman of Areva’s U.S. board.


Ganpat Mani

From 2009 to 2013 Mr. Mani was President and Chief Executive Officer of ConverDyn, a partnership between affiliates of Honeywell International Inc. and General Atomics, which specializes in the nuclear fuel conversion trade. During this time he also served as a director of the Nuclear Energy Institute and was a member of the U.S. Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee. He is a highly experienced negotiator of contracts with major private and state-owned corporations in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Notably, Mr. Mani negotiated the agreement for the return of uranium feed from the Metropolis conversion facility under the Megatons to Megawatts program between the U.S. and Russia. He also met with government and industry organizations as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's multiple nuclear trade missions to India.

From 1994 to 2007, Mr. Mani held several senior marketing positions with ConverDyn, including having served as Senior Vice President. At ConverDyn, he was responsible for relations with major nuclear utilities in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and with enrichment companies in Europe and the U.S. He has prepared position papers and draft legislative language for, and represented ConverDyn in, meetings with the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Energy and State and with industry trade organizations. From 1973 to 1994, Mr. Mani worked at Honeywell International Inc. (formerly Allied-Signal Inc.), where his career spanned a variety of functional areas and product lines.

Mr. Mani holds an MBA from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.


Ivan Obolensky

Ivan Obolensky has 40 years’ experience in the investment banking business as a financial analyst, with specific expertise in the defense aerospace, oil and gas, nuclear power, metals and minerals, publishing and high technology industries. He has been an executive of several investment banks, including Sterling Grace & Co., Jesup, Josephthal & Co., Dominick and Dominick, Inc., Middendorf Colgate, CB Richard Ellis Mosley Hallgarten and Wellington Shields & Co. LLC. Currently, Mr. Obolensky is a senior associate of the Scott Abraham Investment Group, with Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Ivan Obolensky is a Registered Investment Advisor and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He has made frequent appearances as a guest on CNBC, CNNfn, and Bloomberg TV. Mr. Obolensky is also a member of various foundations and philanthropic organizations, and serves as Chairman and CEO of the Soldiers' Sailors' Marines' and Airmen's Club in New York. He is a graduate of Yale University and a retired Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the U.S. Naval Air Corps.


Vincent Della Volpe

Mr. Della Volpe has a long and distinguished career. He has served as a professional money manager for 38 years including senior portfolio manager of pension funds for Honeywell Corporation and senior vice president of the YMCA Retirement Fund in New York with responsibilities for several billion dollars in assets.  In his experience, Mr. Della Volpe has particularly focused on the management of energy and utility equities portfolios.  His expertise includes management of significant venture capital investments.  Mr. Della Volpe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and an MBA in Finance, both from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.


David Kong

Mr. Kong is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant. He most recently served as a partner of Ernst & Young LLP from 2005 to 2010.  At Ernst & Young, he led its Chinese market practice in Canada, focused on serving Canadian public companies doing business in China and Chinese public companies listed on North American stock exchanges.  He earlier served as a partner of Ellis Foster, Chartered Accountants of Vancouver, British Columbia from 1982 to 2004. He is a director of several mining companies.