Aura Minerals Inc.

Aura Minerals Inc.

January 28, 2008 21:22 ET

Aura Minerals Announces Additions to Its Management Team

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2008) - Aura Minerals Inc. ("Aura Minerals" or the "Company") (TSX:ORA) is very pleased to announce the following additions to its management team.

Ms. Meghan Lewis has joined the Company as Vice-President, Corporate Development. Ms. Lewis will be responsible for assessing acquisitions and business development opportunities for the Company. Ms. Lewis has over 12 years of experience in the mining sector, the last six of which have been with Dundee group of companies, first as a mining analyst with Dundee Securities Corporation, then as Senior Mining Analyst for Dundee Resources Limited where she was responsible for financial modeling, commodity evaluation, project evaluation and transaction structuring. Prior to that, Ms. Lewis worked as an exploration geologist on several projects in North and South America.

Mr. Mark Pearson, P.Eng. will be joining the Company as Manager, Technical Services. Mr. Pearson is a mining engineer with over 18 years of experience in both operations and consulting. Most recently Mr. Pearson was Superintendent of Engineering for Elk Valley Coal Corporation responsible for mine planning, engineering, geology and environmental disciplines at the Cardinal River Operations. Prior to this, Mr. Pearson was Principal Mining Engineer and then Manager of the Mining Team at AMEC Mining and Metals in Vancouver, B.C., where he was responsible for several feasibility studies and detailed engineering mine designs. Most notably Mr. Pearson worked on the mine planning and engineering for several large iron-ore and copper projects. Prior to AMEC, Mr. Pearson worked for over 9 years in mine operations in British Columbia and Alberta. Mr. Pearson's primary responsibility will be the supervision of the ongoing studies and engineering for the Arapiraca Project.

Commenting on these recent appointments, Mr. Patrick Downey, President and CEO of Aura Minerals Inc., stated, "We are extremely pleased to be able to attract persons of the calibre and experience of both Meghan and Mark to our team. The Arapiraca Project is entering a very important stage and Mark will help bring focus to the ongoing development and management of the project. Furthermore, the Company continues to review acquisition opportunities and Ms. Lewis' experience in this area will be invaluable in this ongoing process."


Effective January 28, 2008, the Company's address is P.O. Box 10434, Pacific Centre, Suite 1950, 777 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K4. The phone and fax numbers remain the same.

About Aura Minerals Inc.

Aura Minerals is a Canadian exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of mineral deposits in Brazil and the rest of South America with an emphasis on developing the polymetallic Arapiraca Project in north eastern Brazil. The Arapiraca Project which was originally explored in the 1980's and 1990's for copper and gold, also contains magnetite (up to 50%) and nickel which have not yet been evaluated. The Company plans to evaluate the Arapiraca Project for copper, gold, nickel and iron ore, all of which can be readily extracted. The nearby infrastructure is excellent with ready access to electricity, water and shipping ports. Aura Minerals' other projects are the Cumaru, the Inaja Greenstone Belt and the North Carajas claims in the Carajas Metallogenic Province of north central Brazil.

Cautionary Statement:

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include those risks set out in Aura Minerals' public documents filed on SEDAR. Although Aura Minerals believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these statements, which only apply as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Aura Minerals disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The TSX does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release, which has been prepared by management.

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