Mr. Benavides is Vice President Business Development of Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A., a Peruvian mining company founded 1953 and listed in the Lima Stock Exchange and in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BVN). Mr. Benavides graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mining Administration from Pennsylvania State University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School (AMP-160). He has served as president of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP), as well as being the founder and president of the Mining Safety Institute (ISEM). He is currently the President of the vocational mining school CETEMIN. He has worked at Buenaventura since 1980, and is a director of eleven related companies.