Van Eck Global - Since 1955

Investment Teams

Gold Team

Van Eck has long been considered a thought leader in the gold-related investment space, with a track record of managing gold investment products dating back to 1968. The investment team employs a flexible, bottom-up approach to identify mining companies with attractive reserves and production levels. Joseph Foster has been involved in managing the firm's flagship gold fund since 1996 and is a trained geologist as well as the Fund’s portfolio manager. He is supported by senior analysts Charl Malan and Imaru Casanova.

Joe Foster 2010
Joseph M. Foster
  • Portfolio Manager for the Gold Equity strategy
  • Senior Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Precious Metals
  • Oversees the Gold Equity team; responsible for asset allocation, company research, and stock selection
  • Investment Management Team member since 1996
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, 14 years of dedicated experience in geology and mining; conceived and led key mine site and exploration programs
  • Previously a senior geologist at Pinson Mining Company; managed geology department; responsible for exploration, mine life extension through gold reserve discoveries, and coordinating projects with other mining departments
  • Formerly a mine exploration geologist with Pinson Mining and an exploration geologist at Lacana Gold Inc. (Reno, Nevada); planned and supervised the firms’ exploration drilling
  • Media appearances include CNBC, Reuters, and Bloomberg Television; quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Barron's, among others
  • Contributing author for Mining Engineering, Society of Economic Geology, and Geological Society of Nevada 
  • MBA, University of Nevada-Reno; MS, Geology, Mackey School of Mines; BS (magna cum laude), Geology, Tennessee Technological University

Charl P. de M. Malan
Charl P. de M. Malan
  • Senior Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Base and Industrial Metals; also serves on the investment team for the Gold Equity strategy
  • Investment Management Team member since 2003
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, an equity research sales analyst specializing in South African mining, natural resources, and financial sectors at JPMorgan Chase; actively involved in the merger of BHP Billiton/SAB Miller and unbundling of Iscor Steel/Kumba Resources as well as capital raisings and NYSE listing of Harmony Gold, Gold Fields, and Telkom SA
  • Previously an equity research analyst and junior portfolio manager at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, Asset Management (South Africa); developed and applied various fundamental and quantitative models within the natural resources, mining, and consumer sectors; established an equity research department and managed Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, Asset Management (Namibia)
  • Media appearances include ROBTv; quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Forbes, CNBC, and The Financial Times, among others; also featured in mining journals such as miningmx, Mining Journal, and Resource Investor 
  • MBA, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa); Honours in Business Administration, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa); BA, Arts, University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Imaru Casanova
Imaru Casanova
  • Senior Analyst for the Gold Equity strategy; specializes in Gold and Precious Metals; also serves on the investment team for the firm's Global Hard Assets strategy
  • Investment Management Team member since 2011
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst at McNicoll Lewis & Vlak; established the firm's metals and mining research department; specialized in undercovered and undiscovered precious metals companies
  • Previously an equity research analyst at Barnard Jacobs Mellet USA and BMO Capital Markets covering the gold mining sector
  • Formerly held positions as production technologist, offshore wellsite supervisor, and petroleum engineer for Shell Exploration and Production (Venezuela)
  • Media appearances include CNBC; quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and Reuters, among others
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University; BS (magna cum laude), Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University