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
  • Joined Van Eck in 1996 as precious metals mining analyst.
  • Currently portfolio manager of Van Eck's gold funds and member of the hard assets investment team.
  • From 1992 to 1996, a Senior Geologist at Pinson Mining Company where he managed the on-site geology department, and conceived and implemented a comprehensive exploration program on a 35 square-mile land position. His primary responsibility was to find new gold reserves that could extend the life of the mine.
  • From 1988 to 1992, a Mine Exploration Geologist with Pinson Mining Company where he planned and supervised up to 30,000 feet of exploration drilling per year.
  • Prior to 1988, an Exploration Geologist with Lacana Gold Inc., Reno, Nevada.
  • Has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Wall Street Reporter; appeared on Reuters TV, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV.
  • Published articles in mining journals, including Mining Engineering, Society of Economic Geology, and Geological Society of Nevada.
  • MS, Geology, Mackey School of Mines, 1988; MBA, University of Nevada-Reno, 1988; BS (Magna Cum Laude), Geology, Tennessee Technological University, 1982.

Charl P. de M. Malan
Charl P. de M. Malan
  • Joined Van Eck in 2003 as precious metals and mining analyst.
  • Currently serves as investment team member of Van Eck International Investors Gold Fund, Van Eck Global Hard Assets Fund, Van Eck VIP Global Gold Fund and Van Eck VIP Global Hard Assets Fund.
  • From 2000 to 2003, an equity research sales analyst specializing in South African mining, natural resources and financial sectors at JPMorgan Chase; also actively involved in merger of BHP Billiton, SAB Miller and unbundling of Iscor Steel/Kumba Resources, as well as capital raisings and the NYSE listings of Harmony Gold, Gold Fields and Telkom SA.
  • From 1997 to 2000, 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; in charge of establishing an equity research department and ultimately managing Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank (Asset Management), Namibia.
  • MBA, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 1999; Honours in Business Administration, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 1997; BA, Arts, University of Pretoria (South Africa), 1992.

Imaru Casanova
Imaru Casanova
  • Joined Van Eck in 2011 as senior gold analyst.
  • Currently serves as investment team member of Van Eck International Investors Gold Fund, Van Eck Global Hard Assets Fund, Van Eck VIP Global Gold Fund and Van Eck VIP Global Hard Assets Fund.
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, worked as managing director and senior equity research analyst at McNicoll Lewis & Vlak, responsible for establishing their metals and mining research department, with a focus on undercovered and undiscovered precious metals companies.
  • Previously covered the gold mining sector as equity research analyst at Barnard Jacobs Mellet USA and BMO Capital Markets.
  • Prior to working as a research analyst, was a production technologist, offshore wellsite supervisor, and petroleum engineer for Shell Exploration and Production in Venezuela.
  • Has been quoted in Barron's, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and theStreet.com; has appeared on CNBC.
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1998; BS (Magna Cum Laude), Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1997.