Mr Mahendra Pal, Non Executive Director MSc, MSGAT (India), FAusIMM, MAICD (Australia) (Appointed 26 August 2008)
Mr Pal is an Executive Director - Exploration/Technical with FairStar Resources Ltd (FAS an ASX listed company) and has an extensive management experience in the mining and exploration industry, both in Australia and internationally and has worked across many commodities, including base metals, gold, uranium, iron, coal, oil shale, oil and gas, etc. Prior to joining Fairstar, Mr Pal spent two periods working with Rio Tinto, commencing in 1970.
During this time he was Principal Geologist for Hamersley Iron Pty Limited, where he made concealed iron ore discoveries at the Mount Tom Price and Paraburdoo mines, and also worked in other senior management positions up until 1999.
From 1980 to 1984 he worked for ESSO Australia as a Sr. Professional Geologist and Exploration Geologist for the Rundle Oil Shale Project feasibility study.
also ran his
own Geological Consultancy business, from 2000 to April 2007, where he
worked with a range of exploration/mining companies, including: Auiron Energy, Centrex Metals, Rio Tinto
Exploration, Hamersley Iron
, Consolidated Minerals, Sinosteel Australia,   Sumitomo Corporation
, Golden West Resources Ltd.
, NEX Metals Exploration Ltd.
, etc., in Australia, as well as a technical adviser to Rio Tinto Orissa Mining Limited
(a Rio Tinto Joint Venture with Orissa Mining Corporation, India) and a consultant to Tata Iron & Steel in India, International Minerals and Consulting Company
in Iran and Oswal Brasil Refinaria de Petró leo in Brazil, etc.
In 2008 Mr Pal
made a new iron discovery (Mahendra's Find), 110 km southeast of Kalgoorlie, and is the first of its kind in the area previously known for its gold prospectivity.