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
  • Serves as Portfolio Manager for Van Eck’s gold strategies; also serves on the investment team for the hard assets strategies
  • 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; appeared on Reuters, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV
  • Published articles in mining journals, including Mining Engineering, 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
  • Serves as Senior Analyst for Van Eck's hard assets strategies; also serves on the investment team for the gold strategies
  • 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
  • Serves as Senior Analyst for Van Eck's gold strategies; also serves on the investment team for the hard assets strategies
  • 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