Ainash Omarbayeva is responsible for Corporate Finance function of the Group. Ms Omarbayeva has more than fifteen years’ experience in finance in mining sector. This covers her work as audit manager in Deloitte, Kazakhstan as well as holding key finance roles at operating mines and large development projects in Kazakhstan for publicly listed companies. She holds MSc in Finance degree frAinash Omarbayeva is responsible for Corporate Finance function of the Group. Ms Omarbayeva has more than fifteen years’ experience in finance in mining sector. This covers her work as audit manager in Deloitte, Kazakhstan as well as holding key finance roles at operating mines and large development projects in Kazakhstan for publicly listed companies. She holds MSc in Finance degree from Cass Business School and made her Certified Public Accountant designation in 2000 in Maine, USAom Cass Business School and made her Certified Public Accountant designation in 2000 in Maine, USA
Ainash Omarbayeva from Golden Hill Limited joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Alain Corbani joined FINANCE SA in July 2013 as Head of Mining and Natural Resources and portfolio manager of the Global Gold & Precious fund. From November 2008 to July 2013 he was COO of Commodities AM and portfolio manager of the same precious metal fund.
Under Alain’s tenure, the fund has achieved an 11% excess return vs. its benchmark, the FTSE Gold Mines Index, while displaying a lower volatility. It was the best performing precious metals fund among its French peers in 2009, 2010 and 2016. It is ranked number one over the last three years. Prior to managing the Global Gold and Precious fund, Alain worked for 17 years as a Sell-side analyst and investment banker, notably as Director of Dominion Securities, then RBC Capital Markets prior to founding Green Oak Securities.
He has developed an expertise in North American equity investing and financing of North American mining companies. Alain holds an MBA in International Management from George Washington University (USA).
Alastaire Dick is a Principal at RMI, directing the Mining Program. He focuses on driving renewable energy transition in the global mining industry towards 8GW of on-site capacity by 2025.
Highlights of this work include integrating 40MW of solar PV at Gold Fields South Deep mine in South Africa, modeling optimized renewables solutions for mines from development through operations to mine closure, developing renewables screening tools and advising mines on sustainable strategies for renewable energy transition.
In 2015 Alastaire was the Group Energy Specialist for Gold Fields Limited responsible for energy and carbon. From 2013 he was program manager on large-scale wind and solar PV programs in South Africa.
Alastaire has a Master’s in Sustainable Energy Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering both from the University of Cape Town. He is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Alastaire is passionate about leadership, integrated thinking, and renewable energy. He enjoys playing music, woodwork, and is fluent in Xhosa (one of the local South African languages).
MSc, Sustianable Energy Engineering, KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology)
MBA, Business Administration, University of Cape Town
BA, Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town
Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Bullion Market Association
Advisor of World Gold Council
Albert Cheng joined the World Gold Council in March 1993 as a Regional Manager, becoming Managing Director, Far East in 2003. He retired at the end of March 2015 and has been appointed as Advisor to World Gold Council since 1 April 2015. In addition, he was appointed International Advisor to the Shanghai Gold Exchange since 2002 until now.
His marketing career began with Dentsu Young & Rubicam, Hong Kong in the early 80’s, moved on to gold marketing in July, 1985 when he joined the Royal Canadian Mint as a Regional Manager for S.E. Asia.
Alberto Migliucci is the CEO and founder of Petra Commodities, a Singapore-based investment & capital advisory firm established in 2013.
He is a specialist in natural resources for M&A, capital raisings, finance, IPOs, investments, and advisory. He is an investment banker and geologist with over 25 years of industry and finance experience.
Migliucci was formerly Managing Director, Head of Mining & Metals for Credit Suisse Investment Bank in Asia. As a banker, he spearheaded many landmark natural resources transactions with a cumulative total greater than $100 billion. He worked for Standard Bank Plc where he drove the bank’s natural resources business as the Head of Energy & Mining Finance for Asia Pacific.
Petra Commodities Pte Ltd (www.petracommodities.com), is an independent advisory and investment boutique specializing in natural resources. The company sources Asian natural resources projects of the highest calibre through its established network of corporate and high-net worth individuals. Utilizing its unique combination of financial advisory, geological, and technical expertise, Petra Commodities structures and executes its chosen transactions and invests its own capital alongside its clients’ to optimize returns for all investors.
Andrew Ballingal is founder and chief executive of Ballingal Investment Advisors, an independent investment firm based in Hong Kong. The firm focuses exclusively on Asia-Pacific absolute return investment and manages two funds: the BIA Pacific fund and BIA Pacific macro fund. Mr Ballingal has worked in Asia-Pacific investment since 1982, as chief strategist – Japan and director – global strategy at Barclays/BZW, as a partner at Sloane Robinson, as chief strategist – Asia Pacific at Schroders, and as investment director – Asia at TAL and Ruffer. In addition, he has had significant involvement over the past 16 years as an adviser, investor and partner in Asia-Pacific hedge funds.
Andrew Heinrichs is the VP Acquisition for Strategic Venture Fund, a metal mining focused Search Fund for our Chinese State Owned Enterprise(SOE 国有企业) partners, actively seeking investment candidates with;
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Andrew Heinrichs, VP Acquisition of Strategic Venture Fund joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia.
Dr Andrew is an exploration geologist with over 15 years’ experience in mineral exploration; primarily focused on project generation, project evaluation and exploration strategy development throughout Asia and Eastern Europe.
Andrew has particular expertise in porphyry copper-gold and epithermal gold deposits, but has worked across a diverse range of commodities. He holds a BSc (Hons) from Macquarie University and a PhD from the Centre of Ore Deposits and Exploration Studies at the University of Tasmania.
During his time at Ivanhoe Mines and Vale Andrew held various technical and management positions in Mongolia and Indonesia and has been involved in several green fields discoveries. After providing technical and program management for Vale in Indonesia and Mongolia, Andrew joined Xanadu Mines as Chief Geologist leading the gold and base metals project generation and evaluation team in Mongolia.
Andrew has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Xanadu Mines since 2016 and prior to that had been Chief Executive Officer.
Anthony Desir is SAMI’s head of Corporate Finance and the fund’s lead partner in Asia. He has had a 35 year career starting on Wall Street in 1981 where he worked as a banker and a management consultant to financial institutions. He is recognized as one of the region’s experts on China-Africa resource capitalization solutions. He personally managed the financing plan for equipment leasing during construction of Hong Kong’s Chep Lap Kok Airport from 1995 to 1997, managing the program with lead finance partner GE Capital and a group of regional and local banks. His active client base includes listed and unlisted entities, global and regional banks, and China State Owned Enterprises. His focus is on originating innovative corporate finance programs and solutions for clients. He has been a featured presenter at a number of industry forums, and an author and columnist. He is a guest lecturer at Hong Kong University Business School, Perking University (Shenzhen), City University (Hong Kong). He has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1990. Anthony graduated from Dartmouth College, with honours, in 1981.
Anthony Desir, Director of SAMI Funds joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Bharat Parashar has over 38 years of experience in Asia and the United States in a variety of fields including Mining, Private Equity and Investment Banking. He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Ceylon Graphite Corporation a company involved in the exploration and mining of Graphite in Sri Lanka. He is also concurrently the Managing Partner for Clove Capital Partners LLC a private investment firm.
Bharat has over 18 years of experience in the Private Equity business investing in a variety of companies in Asia and formerly was Chief Executive Officer for EMP Daiwa Capital Asia Ltd and Managing Director for EMP Global’s Asian Private Equity business. Prior to the private equity business, he served at Citi Group’s (Salomon Smith Barney) as Managing Director and Co- Head of Investment Banking for South and South East Asia, where he raised over US $ 8 billion in debt and equity for regional corporations and governments. He was also Chief Executive of American Express’s business in India and Head of Chemical Bank’s Investment Banking business in Asia(ex Japan).
Mr. Parashar is currently a Trustee and Board Member for the Asian Institute of Management’s Scientific Research Fund. He has a MBM from the Asian Institute of Management and a BA(Hons) in Economics from Delhi University in India
Bharat Parashar from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Biao Chen holds a number of positions, such as Managing Partner of Jinjiang Mining Fund, focusing on non-ferrous and precious metals investment in Southeast Asia, Deputy Secretary General of International Sub-Association of China Mining Association, Partner/Chairman of Jinjiang Venture Capital, etc.
Mr Chen was formerly Vice President of Mining Division at Creat Group, where he managed Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY) and Creat Resources Holding (AIM:CRHL), established Rothschild Creat Fund raising US$780m, took over Japanese Homma Golf Co., and invested in a number of domestic public companies, including Shanghai RAAS Blood Product Co. (SSE:2252), Henan Pinggao Electrics (SHE: 600312),Yantai North Andre Juice Co. (HKE: 8259). He also held Chief Investment Officer of Rongfeng Holding Group (SSE: 668) which eventually acquired Asia TV for RMB￥4b in 2010 and invested in Bank of Beijing and 6 other financial institutions.
Bruce McLeod is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years of experience in all areas of the mining industry. Most recently he was the President & CEO of Mercator Minerals Ltd. Prior to that, he was the President, CEO and Director of Creston Moly Corp. as well as a founder of both Sherwood Copper Corp. and Stornoway Diamond Corporation. He also served on the Board of Directors of Palmerejo Silver and Gold Corp. (acquired by Coeur D’Alene Mines) and Ariane Gold (acquired by Cambior Inc.) and has been involved in numerous projects at various stages of development while with the Northair Group. Mr. McLeod was the co-recipient of AMEBC’s EA Scholz Award for excellence in mine development in 2009 and primarily focuses on project development, strategic planning, and financing activities.
Bruce McLeod from Sabina Gold and Silver Corp. joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Candice Kwan graduated in LSE London School of Economics in 1980. She has worked in Siemens, Germany with 40 years experiences in project management in African countries e.g South Africa, Tanzania, Mauritius. In USA solar energy projects in California, Arizona. We are projects investors and fund arranger. Our fund is from Private banks, investment funds, clients from family offices in London, Switzerland, Singapore. We focus on projects like Infrastructure, energy, “Belt & Road” zones, 65 countries, PPP government projects, project sizes should be above 5 billions USD per project.
Candice Kwan Project Director of Belt Road Project Finance joins the line up of speakers at Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Carl has lead the transformation of Emperor Energy Ltd since his appointment as Director in July 2015.
He is a Partner in the Sydney accounting firm of CDTL with 20 years’ experience in taxation and assurance services in Australia and England and with an on-going involvement in the raising of finance and the divestment of assets for listed companies. He is regularly engaged to provide external unbiased advice for the successful acquisition, management and sale of investment assets.
Specializing in international taxation, he is also engaged by the Chartered Accounting Program as a subject Leader and Examination Marker. Carl is a Chartered Accountants (Australian, England & Wales), Justice of the Peace (NSW), Registered Tax Agent, Registered Company Auditor, Registered SMSF Auditor, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.
Carl is also a director of AIM Listed Herencia Resources PLC.
Carl Dumbrell from Emperor Energy Limited joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Charles Hall is Non-Exec Chairman at Metal Tiger Plc and is an experienced International Banker with over 30 years with HSBC in a variety of Finance and Insurance roles. His last position was as CEO & MD HSBC Private Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. He has had significant overseas senior management experience as well as that of running complex businesses. His prime focus has been on strategy and corporate restructuring with the emphasis on re focussing businesses on their core revenue streams. Charles holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Sussex, is an Associate of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Chris Powell is secretary/treasurer of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc., which he co-founded in 1999 to expose and oppose the manipulation of the gold market and related markets.
He was managing editor of the Journal Inquirer, a daily newspaper in Manchester, Connecticut, from 1974 until retiring this year. He began working at the paper when he left high school in 1967. He continues to write a column about Connecticut issues that is published in a dozen other newspapers in the state and often appears on radio and television public-affairs programs in Connecticut.
From 2004 through 2009 he was legislative chairman of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information. In 2006 he was inducted into the Academy of New England Journalists by the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the New England Society of Newspaper Editors.
In addition to the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, he is a member of the Connecticut, Manchester, and Vernon historical societies and the Churchill Centre.
Christopher Gale is the Managing Director of Latin Resources. , an Australian listed mineral exploration company with a specific focus on South America. Latin Resources was one of the very first Australian exploration companies commencing in 2008 to develop a portfolio of high quality, copper and lithium projects in Peru and Argentina.
Chris has extensive experience in senior management roles in both the public and private sectors, especially in commercial and financial roles.
Chris is the current Chairman of the Council on Australian Latin American Relations (COALAR) established by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is also a founding director of Allegra Capital, a boutique corporate advisory firm based in Perth and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Clifford Adams has over 35 years of experience in Mining & Mineral Processing. Clifford Adams worked in engineering design and operations in many different countries particularly in Africa, South America and Central Asia.
Currently a project manager for RG Gold, Clifford Adams has previously worked in senior positions with engineering companies including, Fluor and Bechtel and various mining companies including Anglo Platinum, Centerra Gold and most recently Teghout Mine.
He is a graduate of Royal School of Mines, Imperial College’s highest qualification – MSc(eng).
Clive Whittington is Managing Director of C.M. Whittington and Associates Ltd with offices in Hong Kong and Melbourne. His focus is on sales of primary nickel in Asia and with Hong Kong partners, is involved in LME hedging, physical logistics and technical sales support. Clive undertakes original R&D on the better use of nickel in end-use applications and provides consulting services to the global Nickel Institute, plus users of nickel in industry.
Prior to his own companies, he worked with Alcoa on aluminium and before that with Inco (now Vale) on nickel marketing. Clive is a graduate in metallurgy from Melbourne and a Chartered Professional Engineer.
Clive Whittington will be speaking at this year’s Mines and Money Asia.
He has been a journalist and editor for 26 years covering everything from wars in Africa to the current resources boom. Born in Glasgow, he has lived in Johannesburg, Sydney, Singapore and now splits his time between Tasmania and Asia. He writes about trends in commodity and energy markets, with a particular focus on the rise of China. In more than a decade of living in Australia, Clyde covered the rapid development of liquefied natural gas, iron ore and coal projects and the subsequent travails of over-supplied markets.
Prior to moving to Sydney, Clyde worked as an editor for Reuters in Johannesburg covering gold and precious metals as well as the development of post-apartheid South Africa. Before becoming a financial journalist in 1996, Clyde covered civil wars in Angola, Mozambique and other African hotspots for Agence-France Presse. The release of Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s often violent, but ultimately successful transition to democracy were early career highlights.
Clyde Russell, Journalist at Thomson Reuters joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Colin Moorhead has worked in exploration and mining for 3 decades since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a BSc. (Hons) majoring in geology and geophysics in 1987.
Most of his career was spent with Newcrest Mining Limited where amongst other roles he was Chief Geologist for periods at Telfer (WA), Cadia (NSW) and Gosowong (Indonesia) mines before returning to Melbourne as General Manager Technical Services for the Newcrest Group in 2006.
In 2008 Colin was appointed Executive General Manager Minerals responsible for global exploration, mining geology, resources and reserves governance and orebody knowledge. Colin left Newcrest in August 2015 and in January 2016 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of emerging Indonesian gold producer PT Merdeka Copper Gold, Tbk.
Colin Moorhead is currently President of the AusIMM.
Colin is also a Graduate of AICD and a graduate of Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Programme (AMP).
Colin Moorhead Chief Executive Officer of Merdeka Copper Gold joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Mr Mason has a broad corporate, management and mining background achieved through working in the exploration and mining industry for 35 years throughout Australasia, Asia, Southern Africa and South America.
David is the Managing Director of Dark Horse Resources, a member of the DGR Global Group, focussing on mineral resources in South America. Dark Horse currently holds a large portfolio of lithium and gold properties in Argentina and intends to be a lithium hydroxide and gold bullion producer within several years.
Prior to this, David had executive director roles with Intra Energy Corporation Limited (ASX:IEC), a coal producer in East Africa; Overseas & General Limited (ASX:OGL) an Indonesian mining company; Haddington Resources (now Altura Mining, ASX:AJM) a new Australian Lithium producer; and the Swabara Group, which developed the Adaro Indonesia coal mine, the Pulau Laut shipping terminal and the 1,260MW thermal Paiton Power Station.
David holds a BSc (Hons) and a PGradDipBA from the University of Queensland and an MBA from University of Southern Queensland.
Dmitry is a private investor in mining. Dmitry started his career in PwC and Ernst & Young, where he was mining and metals leader covering M&A and capital markets in Russia and CIS. Dmitry also served as a managing director of Capital IG, multibillion USD asset management company. He was a director of Deloan Investments Limited, East Capital Partners (Hong Kong) and Asia Finance Strategies (Hong Kong). Dmitry was one of the founders of a leading PCI producer, where Dmitry achieved 2.5% global market share selling PCI to world’s largest steelmakers including Arcelor Mittal, Hebei Iron and Steel Group, Baosteel, Jianlong Steel, Xilin Iron and Steel Group, Achen Iron and Steel Group, Posco, Tata Steel, China Steel, ThyssenKrupp, CSA, SSAB, EVRAZ, NLMK and US Steel. Dmitry is a member of the board of directors of Terskaya Mining Company, palladium, platinum and base metals company (signed EPC with Sinosteel MECC that provides $150 mln financing) and KK, the second largest global alluvial platinum, palladium, iridium and rhodium producer (initially a joint venture with Anglo American, world’s largest platinum producer), that Dmitry helped put to production in 2016. Dmitry also serves as non-executive director of Eurasia Mining Plc listed on London Stock Exchange.
Dmitry is a member of the East India, Devonshire, Sports and Public Schools’ Club in London. He has diploma in finance from Finance University (Moscow). He holds advanced diploma in management accounting from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (London).
Dmitry is an author of a number of articles and was a speaker at C5 Central and Eastern Europe Private Equity Forum (London), London Stock Exchange IPO Conference, GS1 EPC Seminar, C5 Oil and Gas Conference, London Stock Exchange UK-Russia Forum (London), Metal Bulletin Steel Summit, Coaltrans Anthracite & Coking Coal 2016 (Hong Kong), BIG NASDAQ Nordic Investment Conference 2017 (Stockholm), Mining Investment Asia 2017 (Singapore), Mining Investment China 2017 (Shanghai), Mining Investment London 2017, Fintech Event 2018 (Shenzhen), DLA Piper Technology Event 2018 (Hong Kong).
Dr Pius Kasolo is well known and respected in the mining sector, for both his technical expertise in the field of mining exploration and for his acumen as a highly effective business strategist.
Dr Kasolo studied geology at the University Of Zambia School Of Mines; He holds an Msc. In Basin analysis from Nancy Ecole de mine, in France; a PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Southampton, UK; a Post-Doctoral Research (University of Southampton, UK); He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and has addressed international conferences and symposia on issues relating to the mining industry.
Dr. Kasolo has over 20 years of experience in the mining sector as a consultant and at senior management level, during which he has worked in, and provided consultancy services to, organisations with major international mining interests. He has undertaken various high level research studies, consultancy assignments and evaluations in the mining industry and other business sectors for the European Union, BHP, the University of Southampton and the Zambia Revenue Authority among others. He has held various senior positions in the mining industry including that of Exploration Manager for JCI Limited of South Africa (then Part of the Anglo American Corporation) covering various countries namely Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Mali and Gabon. Dr. Kasolo has served as Director on several companies in Africa including Firestone an Australian Listed company.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc in October 2014, Dr. Kasolo was owner and Chairman of Zambezi Holdings, a diversified investment company and Chief Executive Officer for Zambezi Mining Services (a concrete lining products firm based in South Africa).
Dr Pius Kasolo from ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Edward Gustely is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Penida Capital Advisors Ltd. He has over $30 billion of emerging market experience involving infrastructure and the digital economy, capital restructurings and business turnarounds, and has advised on $7.5 billion of securitization issues including the successful launch of Indonesia’s maiden 30-year global bond. He has played a pivotal role in building Indonesia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and Infrastructure Finance Agencies, and is the Chief Architect of the Indonesia GreenInvestment Fund launched by Indonesia’s President for scaling the country’s lowcarbon growth plan.
Edward Gustely’s extensive international career has primarily focused on the emerging markets. He has co-founded several start-ups and private equity partnerships and served as the Managing Director of Goldhill International where he was responsible for growing it’s corporate finance and transaction management practice from $2 million to over $4.2 billion. Edward began his professional career with IBM in Germany and the U.S. as a systems engineer and industry executive. Edward Gustely’s public sector engagements include serving as the cabinet-appointed U.S. Senior Advisor to four-Indonesia Finance Ministers (three awarded Euromoney’s ‘Finance Minister of the Year’), and to the U.S. Treasury.
An Ohio native, Edward Gustely holds an MBA in International Finance & International Management from Baldwin Wallace University graduating at the top of his class. He earned his Latin American Studies and BSc.BA degrees from The University of Akron, Ohio. Edward Gustely is based in Jakarta.
The Ellis Martin Report is a global investor-based radio resource for the resource sector. We feature industry analysts as well as CEO interviews from across the metals, minerals and energy spectrum. TEMR can be heard in as many as 90 talk radio markets daily in the United States. Our audience is comprised primarily of sophisticated retail investors and fund managers looking at a variety of investment opportunities with a primary focus on publicly traded issuers. These companies typically are listed in the US, Canada and Australia. Through our online venues including the VoiceAmerica Business Channel, iTunes, TuneIn Radio, iheartRadio and YouTube, we have access to an additional 1 million listeners per week. We exist in traditional, online, archival and podcast formats. While our analyst interviews are unbiased and not always sponsored, our business model supports a fee-based interview segment for CEO audio interviews. Our client companies have a fiduciary duty to grow their shareholder base and have elected to attract attention to their stories through our program.
Some of our client sponsors include or have included the Yukon Mining Alliance, Victoria Gold, Silvercorp Metals, Silvercrest Metals, Goldcliff Resource Corp, Alkane Resources, Kootenay Silver, Northern Vertex Mining Corp, Pure Energy Minerals, CanAlaska Uranium, Cruz Capital Corp, BacTech Environmental, Cobalt Tech, Dajin Resources and GoldSource Resources.
The Ellis Martin Report has been in existence since 1999. Ellis Martin is a life-long radio veteran with a news, entertainment/music and agricultural broadcasting background. Originally from both New York and Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ellis has resided in Los Angeles since 1991.
Erik Bethel Co-founded Interval Partners in 2016. Previously he was a Managing Director at Darby Private Equity, the Emerging Markets PE subsidiary of Franklin Templeton. He has more than 20 years of natural resource-related private equity and M&A experience in Latin America, China, and the United States. Prior to joining Darby, Erik was Managing Partner and Co-founder of SinoLatin Capital, a private equity firm based in Shanghai where he focused on natural resources/mining transactions between Latin America and China. Previously, he was Managing Director of Chinavest Ltd, one of China’s first private equity/venture capital firms. Earlier in his career, Erik worked in the private equity and investment banking divisions of J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley. He earned an MBA degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from the United States Naval Academy. Erik speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin.
Frank Holmes is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Global Investors, the investment adviser to U.S. Global Investors Funds and U.S. Global ETFs. U.S. Global Investors is an innovative investment manager with longstanding history of global investing and launching first-of-their kind investment products in specialized sectors. The firm is known for its expertise in gold and precious metals, natural resources and emerging markets.
Frank’s specialized international capital markets knowledge gives him a unique expertise in resource-based industries and money management. He is a regular keynote speaker at national and international investment conferences. He is also a much-sought-after commentator on the financial television networks CNBC and Bloomberg and has been profiled by Fortune, Barron’s The Financial Times and other publications. He is the co-author of “The Goldwatcher: Demystifying Gold Investing.”
Frazer is a PhD qualified geologist with 30-years international experience in exploration and project development, with a strong technical background in porphyry copper-gold systems in SE Asia, SW Pacific, the American Cordillera and central and northern Asia. After spending 16 years with WMC Resources and managing exploration portfolios in the Philippines, Mongolia and Africa, he left to join the Mitchell River Group. He has served on ASX-listed Company Boards at Executive level over last 10 years, and is a director and Principal at Mitchell River Group, and currently Executive Director at African Energy Resources Limited and Non-Exec Director at Arrow Minerals Limited.
Garrick Mendham is a qualified mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the mining sector and has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea across various commodity groups (gold, base metals, coal, molybdenum and vanadium) in operating, technical and commercial roles for both junior and large-scale mining and investment companies.
Garrick has been based in Hong Kong for the past 7 years where he has been involved in managing projects in China and Russia for RH Mining, as well as guiding and supporting due diligence for financial investments in select mining projects for both RH Mining and on an external consulting basis..
Garrick Mendham received a Bachelor of Mine Engineering (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, and a Graduate Diploma in Finance. He is the founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and holds Mine Manager Certificates in Australia for both New South Wales and Western Australia.
Garry Stein is a seasoned executive with strong management, analytical and strategic skills and a track record of success and innovation. Strong connections and relationships in the Chinese and international mining and mining finance communities.
Geoff Cowley has been CEO of major corporations in Africa, Russia, UK, China and the Middle East, including senior executive positions in Anglo American Corporation, De Beers, British Energy, British Rail, Murray and Roberts, the Press Corporation, Basic Element, Kinross (Russia), Maple Minerals Corporation, White Tiger Gold and CIC Gold Group. Geoff have advised several governments on economic growth and expansion (Oman, Malawi, South Africa and Romania), including the industrial rebuilding of several countries in Eastern Europe, following which for several years was Senior Advisor on African affairs (Political and Economic), to the World Economic Forum attending the annual meeting of government and business leaders at Davos.
Geoff Cowley has been responsible for several major international construction and infrastructure development projects. In addition to which he negotiated and closed over 30 M&A deals .
While CEO of Press Corporation he was chairman of all its subsidiary companies and JV’s ; National Bank of Malawi, Limbe Leaf Tobacco, Malawi Pharmaceuticals, Carlsberg Malawi, BP Malawi, Ethco Ltd, Press Trading Corporation , First Discount House (Malawi) Ltd, Southern Bottlers Ltd, PressCane Ltd, Press Properties Ltd, Malawi Distilleries.
Currently, in addition to being a director of Onyx Capital Partners Ltd, (FCA regulated) he is a director of several mining companies in Europe, Africa and China and Chairman of the Energy Mining Advisory Partnership. I have recently been appointed as an advisor to the Investment Board of Cedrus Investments Ltd (Hong Kong)
He is a regular speaker at International Mining, Energy and Financing conferences and has a post graduate degree in Engineering. He is a chartered engineer, hold fellowships of several major professional institutions in the UK. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Medal for Excellence, awarded for outstanding contribution to the global mining industry, by the institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK.
Geoff Hill BEcon (Syd), MBA (NSW), FFIN, FCPA, FAICD is a merchant banker and Director with over 30 years of international experience. He is the Founder of Bancorp Holdings Limited, a former MD of Morgan Grenfell Australia and a former Director of Morgan Grenfell PLC. Mr. Hill was also the founding Partner and Managing Director of Pitt Capital Partners in Australia and a former Chairman of Pitt Capital Partners Asia Limited (HK).
He is the Executive Chairman of International Pacific Securities Limited Group and Chairman of Hong Kong Administrative Services Limited, a Partner of Hill Sherlock and Willis [Sydney] and Chairman of Australasian Investment Holdings Limited [Singapore]. A Director and Founder of Asian Property Services Limited and Asian Property Investments Limited he is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Parry International Trading. Mr Hill is the Hong Kong Representative of Lagerkvist & Partners, Sweden.
An experienced Company Director for over 30 Years, current public company boards include :-
Chairman Heritage Gold NZ Limited [ASX: HTM] (appointed July 1999)
Chairman Metals Finance Limited [ASX: MFC] (appointed March 2007)
Director Broken Hill Prospecting [ASX: BHL] (appointed February 1989)
Chairman Texas & Oklahoma Coal Company Inc.
Geoff is a former director of Brickworks Investment Company Limited (December 2005 to September 2009), Huntley Investment Company Limited (April 1998 to January 2009), Centrex Metals Limited (October 2008 to February 2011), Outback Metals Limited (April 2010 to November 2010), and Hills Holdings Limited (February 1999 to April 2011)
A current member of RHKYC and WPO Hong Kong Chapter in Hong Kong, Mr Hill is a member of the Australian Union, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and CYCA in Sydney.
Geoffrey Tan is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s (OPIC) Asia-Pacific regional representative based in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Tan has worked in emerging markets infrastructure financing for over 19 years, working primarily on power, renewable energy and infrastructure projects, but also future flow and financial institutions transactions. These projects have been across Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Prior to OPIC Mr. Tan worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) in the Americas and Asia focusing on project and structured finance, and for Emerging Markets Partnership focusing on Asian private equity infrastructure investments.
George Fang is a professor level senior metallurgist, a Ph.D. in Mineral Processing, and a license holder authorized by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong.
George Fang worked with the Northwest Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy from 1982 to 1992. He was with Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (the “BGRIMM”) between 1996 and 2002 and served a number of roles namely the Section Team Leader, Senior Metallurgist, Director of the Ore Processing Research Office, Professor Level Senior Metallurgist, and Head of the Research Institute of Mineral Engineering of BGRIMM.
Then George Fang was with China Minmetals Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd., and took various positions as Deputy General Manager of China United Copper Co., Ltd., Director and General Manager of Minmetals JCCL Mining Investment Co., Ltd., Executive Director and Chairman of Lumina Copper SAC, and the Chief Technology Officer of China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd. and General Manager of its Investment Department, and served as board members of several Minmetals’ overseas joint ventures.
Dr. Fang had served at the Standard Bank (its Headquarters located at Johannesburg, South Africa) as the Managing Director, Head of Mining and Metals / Investment Banking / China; Vice Chairman, Head of Mining and Metals Coverage Asia of Standard Bank Plc, Hong Kong Branch; member of Asia Exco, member of Manco of Standard Advisory (China) Limited; and the Vice Chairman and Head of Mining and Metals Coverage Asia of Standard Advisory Asia.
Investor, Author, Public Speaker & Modern Energy Expert
Gianni Kovacevic has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique insights into wide ranging topics such as modern energy, the rise of the new spending class and how the environment and investment often go hand-in-hand. With over 20,000 hours of combined research, he is a sought-after commentator related to these themes and an established expert on copper and its applications. An avid proponent of realistic environmentalism, he is frequently interviewed by the media with his unique way of applying the algebraic way of thinking to solving global problems. His new book, My Electrician Drives a Porsche? – a journey of personal enlightenment into appreciating the rise of the new spending class – was published by Greenleaf Book Group and is now available at booksellers everywhere. Fluent in English, German, Italian, and Croatian, Gianni makes his home in Vancouver, Canada.
Greg Guocheng Pan is the Chief Execitive Officer and an Executive Director of China Hanking Holdings Limited. Mr. Pan served as president of GeoSight, Inc. and China general manager of Gold Fields China (BVI) Ltd..
Greg Pan has obtained more than 20-year experience in operation and management of mining companies.
He has published papers and reports in the areas of mineral exploration, mining engineering, mining reserve estimate, economic evaluation and resource modeling.
Greg Guocheng Pan from China Hanking Holdings joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
On top of being the Executive Director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Greg Harris also represents the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as the Chair of the Natural Resources Committee.
Greg leads the banks Equity Sales & Trading initiative in Asia following 10 years working in London advising UK and European institutions on both private and publicly-listed Canadian companies. Greg has over 17 years capital markets experience working in North America, Japan, and Europe, which includes commodity trading for Mitsubishi and as a top ranked equity research analyst. Prior to joining CIBC Greg’s experience includes time with Scotiabank and UBS. He holds a BSc from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.
Hamish Bohannan – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Hamish holds an Honours Degree in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines UK and an MBA from Deakin University. He has extensive corporate and operational experience in public companies within Australia and overseas in the capacity of Managing Director and CEO. Hamish has built a career developing exciting projects around the world and has a reputation for high standards in community liaison, environmental excellence and developing a safety culture.
Hamish has broad experience in the resource sector, but in particular was Managing Director of the Koba Tin mining and smelting company in Sumatra, Indonesia, and Independence Platinum with smelting operations in South Africa. Hamish was also a General Manager in WMC’s nickel division with smelting and refining activities in Western Australia.
Prior to joining Argonaut Helen was the Senior Analyst and Head of Metals and Mining Research with UOB Kay Hian (HK). Helen has 13 years sell-side equity research experience in Hong Kong and Shanghai commencing as an analyst with Daiwa Securities (Shanghai) and then as a senior analyst with RHB OSK. Helen is a native Mandarin speaker and is also fluent in English and Cantonese. In her current role Helen focuses on equity research coverage of HK listed resource stocks.
Helen is a responsible officer of Argonaut Securities (Asia) Ltd authorised to Advise on Securities and is a licenced representative for Dealing in Securities regulated activities.
Helen Lau from Metals & Mining Research (HK Ex.) joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Since May 2, 1988, Henry Weingarten has been the Managing Director of the ASTROLOGERS FUND. In addition to utilizing fundamental and technical analysis, he employs astrology as the primary tool to oversee investment funds and advise institutional investors and money managers worldwide.
His forecasting success has received widespread recognition: the 1990 crash of the Tokyo STOCK market, the 1997 Hong Kong and Asian Market Crises… Fast forward to the 2016 election of Donald Trump and his latest predictions have been mostly spot on with Global Markets, Gold and Bitcoin.
Mr. Weingarten was a professional microcomputer systems designer and taught computer science at the New School in New York. From 1982-1994, he was president of ASI Computers. Mr. Weingarten passed both Series 3 and Series 65 exams, and has a BS in mathematics with a minor in psychology from NYU
Hongyu Cai leads the equity research of China’s metals & mining industry as well as Hong Kong and mainland China listed companies. She has decade-long research experience in the metals & mining space across multiple regions, ranging from North America, to Latin America, South Africa, and China.
Hongyu Cai’s team ranks No.1 in Asia Money’s China Poll for the Energy and Basic Material sector for the past three years and she ranks among the Top 10 Best Analysts in Asia Money’s China Poll, in which all the economists, strategists, and sector analysts from more than 30 brokers participated.
Hongyu Cai also ranks No.1 in Institutional Investor’s China Poll for the Best Analysts in the Metals & Mining Sector, and ranks among the Top 5 Earnings Estimators in Asia, and in the China & Hong Kong region, by Financial Times/Thomson Reuters/StarMine.
Ian Plimer is Emeritus Professor at The University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head (1991-2005). He was Professor of Geology (University of Newcastle 1985-1991) and Professor of Mining Geology (University of Adelaide 2005-2012).
He has been awarded inter alia the prestigious Leopold von Buch Medal for Science, the Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize (twice) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has published more than 130 scientific works and is author of Ian Plimer’s main geological interests are in ore deposits in base metal deposits (particularly in Broken Hill; epithermal precious metals, Sn-W systems). He serves on the Boards of listed public companies (Ivanhoe Australia Ltd, Niuminco Group Ltd, Kefi Minerals Ltd) and unlisted companies (such as Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd and TNT Mines Ltd).
He also served on the Board of the ASX-listed CBH Resources (1998-2010) until it was acquired by Toho Zinc and continues to advise Toho Zinc.
Ian Plimer, Director of Hancock Prospecting joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Ian Prentice holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Western Australia and has over 30 years experience in the global mining industry, spanning exploration, development and open cut and underground mining. Ian is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Ian has served as a Director for a number of ASX-listed resource companies, with activities ranging from exploration and project acquisition in Asia and Africa through to gold production in Australia.
Ian is the founding Executive Director of Technology Metals Australia Limited (ASX: TMT) which is rapidly progressing the development of its World-Class high grade Gabanintha Vanadium deposit in Western Australia.
Ian Prentice from Technology Metals Australia Limited joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Jacquelin Murray joined Resource Capital Funds in 2012 after working in business analysis and improvement roles with BHP Billiton. Prior to this she worked in various geotechnical engineering roles in underground and open pit operations within BHP Billiton and WMC Resources. Jacquelin Murray holds a MBA from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Geological Engineering from RMIT University.
Jacquelin Murray is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Board of Directors of portfolio company Alliance Mining Commodities.
Jacquelin Murray from Resource Capital Funds joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Jason Chang is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of EMR Capital, and a member of its Investment Committee.
Prior to EMR Capital, Jason was the Head of the Asia Practice for KPMG in Australia, responsible for all Asian based transactions, projects and Asian corporate clients. Jason has spent a significant part of his career, on the ground in China, assisting Chinese state and private owned enterprises acquire metals and mining projects globally, working with major Chinese resources companies, investors, commodity end users and government. Jason also has considerable experience in the Indonesian and Indian markets, where he successfully led significant investments and established joint ventures.
Jason is a member of the Board of Commissioners and Executive Committee of PT Agincourt Resources, the owner and operator of the Martabe gold and silver mine located in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Jason was the President of the Australia China Business Council (Victorian Branch) and a member of its Board of Directors from 2008 -2015 and remains a Committee Member of the Victorian Branch. He graduated from Monash University (Australia) with Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Law and Masters in Law.
Chief Investment Officer & Chief Executive Energy and Mining Divisions
Jay Hambro joined the Gupta Family Group (GFG Alliance), which controls commodities, energy and industrial interests worldwide in January 2016 as a senior member of its Group management team. Mr Hambro is the Group’s Chief Investment Officer, SIMEC’s CEO of Mining and Energy and leads GFG’s investment into the banking sector.
Mr Hambro has been executive chairman of Sino-Russian Hong Kong exchange listed industrial commodities champion IRC since 2010 and is a well-known figure in the international mining and commodities industry.
Mr Hambro’s primary role at GFG and SIMEC is focusing on the aggressive worldwide development of SIMEC (Shipping, Industrials, Mining, Energy & Commodities), which currently includes a power generating arm and a global portfolio of trading operations focused on the resources sector. One of his immediate roles will be to lead the completion of the purchase of the Tungsten Bank which GFG recently entered into an agreement to acquire, as part of its broader strategy to invest in finance for the commodities industry. This is subject to the approval of the Prudential Regulation Authority.
After graduating in business management, Mr Hambro began his career in resource finance with NM Rothschild & Sons, before moving to the investment bank of HSBC, advising multinational mining groups. He then joined what is now the Petropavlovsk plc group in a business development role and later as Chief Investment Officer before spearheading the development of their industrial commodity divisions as Aricom plc (FTSE listed) and more recently at IRC Limited.
Jay Hambro, Chief Investment Officer of Simec Group joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Jay M. Roberge has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Red Oak Mining Corp. since August 20, 2014. Mr. Roberge serves as President and is a Partner of Tehama Ventures Inc. Mr. Roberge serves as an Associate Partner to Zimtu Capital Corp. He served as the President of Equitas Resources Corp. (formerly, Trivello Energy Corp.) until February 2014 and also served as its Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chief Financial Officer from May 13, 2010 to February 2014. He served as the Interim President of Equitas Resources Corp. He has over 12 years of direct business experience in the telecom, Internet and technology sectors. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sharewell Capital Group, Inc. (formerly, KNW Networks Inc.) from December 6, 2000 to April 23, 2001. As an early pioneer in the Internet industry, he was a Founding Member and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, playing a key role in building Look Communications Inc. (formerly, Canada Internet Direct Inc.). He serves as the Chairman of Cybersurf Corp. For over the course of 16 years in business, he has been an Executive and or Director of a number of Canadian and US public and private companies including a number of TSX listed companies. He has been a Director of Red Oak Mining Corp. since October 02, 2013. He has been a Director of Cybersurf Corp. since June 7, 2001. He serves as a Director of Noise Media Inc. and Alta Terra Ventures Inc. Mr. Roberge served as a Director of Cardiff Energy Corp. from August 6, 2014 to September 22, 2016. He served as a Director of Equitas Resources Corp. from December 8, 2006 to May 26, 2015. He served as Director of Allana Resources Inc. (formerly, Printlux Com Inc.) and Allana Potash Corp. He served as Director of Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. since November 18, 2011.
Analyst - Mining & Minerals and Institutional Investor Consultant
Jayant Bhandari is constantly traveling the world to look for investment opportunities, particularly in the natural resource sector. He advises institutional investors about his finds and is currently the Analyst for Anarcho Capital. Earlier, he worked for six years with US Global Investors (San Antonio, Texas), a boutique natural resource investment firm, and for one year with Casey Research. Before emigrating from India, he started and ran Indian subsidiary operations of two European companies. He still travels multiple times a year to India. He is an MBA from Manchester Business School (UK) and B. Engineering from SGSITS (India). He also runs a yearly seminar in Vancouver titled Capitalism & Morality. He has written for the Liberty magazine, Mises Institute, etc
Jean Dong has had significant involvement in working with the Australian Governments to continue to strengthen Australia’s bi-lateral economic relationship with China. Jean worked closely with the Tasmanian Government and Chinese Government, initiating and leading the negotiation of the Memorandum of Understanding Modern Agriculture (Fruit Industry) System between the State of Tasmania and the Shaanxi Provincial People’s Government.
This Agreement was one of 14 country level engagements endorsed by President Xi Jinping and Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in November 2014. Jean Dong was invited to meet with President Xi and other dignitaries. Jean was also invited by Minister Andrew Robb to witness the official signing of the ChAFTA in Canberra in June 2015. With Jean’s responsibility and achievement of executing this MOU in 2015, Jean was recognised by Tasmanian Government as one of the key person leading the growth of the Tasmania-China relationship in 2015 and invited to meet with the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Consultative Conference and the Premier of Tasmania at the first anniversary of the visit to Tasmania by President Xi Jinping. .
With the passion to further strengthen the bi-lateral relationship between China and Australia, Jean established a not for profit organisation-the Australia-China Belt & Road Initiative in 2015. This organization will engage pioneering business leaders from China and Australia with a purpose of articulating the relevance of the Belt & Road strategy to Australian industries and identifying practical opportunities for expanded trade and investment.
Prior to her journey in Australia, Jean Dong was an accomplished young journalist and news anchor in China.
She was the awardee of the World Economic Forum New Champion Award in 2015 and the 2014 APEC Women Leadership Award.
Jean Dong Chief Executive Officer of Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Xia Dong (Jeff) is an Executive Director of Heaven-Sent Capital Group (‘HSC’). He also serves as a non-executive director of Village Main Reef Gold Mining Ltd and Lesego Platinum, two South Africa mining entities that HSC invested in.
Jeff holds a B.Admin in Financial Management from University of International Business and Economics, China.
Jeff is an experienced professional in China’s outbound mining investment sector. He started his career in China’s largest state-owned diversified investment holding group CITIC, as a financial accountant. Then after a few years of sell-side M&A advisory career, focusing on China’s outbound investment in mineral resources (especially in Southern Africa and Australia), Jeff moved to the buy-side, participated in the establishment of a mining private equity business, funded by prominent Chinese groups from both private and state-owed sectors.
Jeff joined HSC right after HSC’s acquisition of Village Main Reef, and currently is responsible for HSC’s mineral resources sector.
Mr Jeremy Gray has had an extensive career in mining investment including appointments as the Global Head of Basic Materials at Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Head of Metals and Mining Research at Morgan Stanley in London and the Head of Mining Research at Credit Suisse in London.
Mr Gray is currently a Director and a Managing Partner of Chancery Asset Management, and holds an Honours degree in Finance from Melbourne University.
Chancery Asset Management is an independent private investment and strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, specialising in emerging markets, precious metals and natural resources.
We provide strategic advisory services, corporate finance and principal investment services to high net worth individuals, family offices, corporate clients and sovereign entities.
Chancery makes investments with its own capital, and we offer bespoke solutions for the investment objectives of both private and corporate clients, based on a sound analysis of fundamental, geopolitical and technical factors.
Director, Dept. of the International Development Cooperation, Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University
Jia Yu Senior Operations Officer and the Director of International Development Cooperation at the Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University, is responsible for the application of New Structural Economics to the international investment practice. Previously, Dr. YU worked more than 8 years for State Power Investment Corp. (SPIC) International Minerals & Investment Co., Ltd as the director of the Dept. of Business Development & Public Relations. She was responsible for overseas energy and mining investment and public relations at corporate level; global resources market research, China’s outward FDI policy and empirical studies at a macro level. Before joining SPIC, Dr. YU started her career as a consultant for the utility industry with Accenture. Dr. YU is graduated from Peking University with a double major in French and Economics and received a scholarship from the French government to continue her studies in France. Dr. YU has obtained two Masters’ degrees, in Development Economics and Project Management, at CERDI-CNRS in France, where she also received her PhD in Development Economics. Her research fields focus on Chinese “Go Global” empirical studies, Industrial Park and Special Economic Zones (SEZ) diagnosis, as well as China’s overseas investment and the interaction of the manufacturing, energy and mining sector and their roles in the process of industrialization for Belts & Roads countries.
With rich experiences in China’s overseas investments, Dr. YU has been invited to attend many international conferences as keynote speaker. She is also the only representative of the People’s Republic of China nominated for the “Future Energy Leader” from the World Energy Council. She is the FEL global board member and the key member of the development committee (2015-2017).
Jimmy Lim has over 18 years of finance, M&A and investment experience specialising in the Natural Resources (NR) sector. Prior to New Prospect Capital, Jimmy was MD at a leading Chinese fund in charge of investments in the NR sector.
Before embarking on a career in investment, Jimmy was an investment banker and has worked on numerous M&A and financing transactions in Australia, Africa, South America and Asia. He was a member of Goldman Sach’s Global Natural Resources team with responsibility over client coverage in Asia ex-China and previously held similar roles at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong and JPMorgan in Australia.
Jimmy Lim started his career as a tax accountant with Ernst & Young in Australia and graduated from the University of Western Australia with a double degree in Science and Engineering and an MBA.
Jing Ulrich is Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Chase(NYSE: JPM). She provides strategic advice to the firm’s most senior global clients across all sectors and asset classes, while building relationships with executives at Asia’s leading enterprises. Ms. Ulrich works with all lines of business at JPMorgan Chase to foster greater cross-border collaboration and strengthen senior client relationships in Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.
Educated at Harvard and Stanford Universities, Ms. Ulrich is one of the most prominent advisors to the world’s largest asset-management companies, sovereign wealth funds, and multinational corporations.
Jing Ulrich has been ranked one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Global Businesswomen. Forbes named her one of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen and ranked her among the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Various publications have consistently ranked Ms. Ulrich among the top business elite in Asia. She has also been dubbed as “the unofficial voice of China” and the “Oprah Winfrey of the investment world.”
Ms. Ulrich has been an important figure shaping the international community’s approach to investing in Asia Pacific. She established J.P. Morgan’s Hands-on-China Series, a leading forum for insights on China’s transformation. She also created the world’s foremost China investment summit, attended each year by thousands of global business and government leaders.
In addition to her duties at JPMorgan, Ms. Ulrich serves as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce G20 CEO Advisory Group. She is also an independent director of Italian luxury goods company Ermenegildo Zegna, and a member of the international advisory board of German multinational firm Bosch.
Before joining J.P. Morgan, Ms. Ulrich was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and CLSA Asia- Pacific Markets as well a fund manager focusing on Greater China.
Specialties: Asia, China, Investments, Finance, Economics, Capital markets
Jing Ulrich, Vice Chair Asia Pacific of J P Morgan Chase & Co joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Mr. John Lamb, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
B. Surv, Grad.Dip.Man, MBA, MAUSIMM(CP), GAICD
John Lamb is an experienced business leader in the mining, construction, forestry and transport sectors. His career of over 30 years includes Chief Executive roles for Shaw Contracting (civil construction) and Lloyds North (transport and forest services) and multiple general management; regional management; and department head roles over three decades in base metals and gold throughout Australasia.
John Lamb led two mining business units for global major MMG and its predecessor companies OZ Minerals and Zinifex Limited: Rosebery, an underground polymetallic (zinc, lead, silver, copper and gold) mine that has been in production for 85 years; and Century, the world’s second-largest zinc mine and Australia’s single largest open pit. Until its closure in 2016, Century accounted for 4% of annual world zinc production, along with lead and silver.
John Lamb has built and managed mining operations throughout Australia and has served as a director on the boards of industry bodies, regional land management councils, a large pastoral company and several small businesses. He has consulted widely in the fields of business improvement, risk management and strategic planning.
A qualified surveyor, he also holds degrees in management and business; is a Chartered Professional Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and an Order of Merit Graduate of the AICD Company Directors course.
Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment Inc.
John Zhang holds a master degree in mathematics from Oxford University. He is the director of Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment Inc. (836079), a global enterprise based in Shandong province of the People’s Republic of China. Xinhai provides “Turnkey Solution for Mineral Processing Plant” including mine design and research, equipment manufacturing and procurement, mine development and operation as well as resources integration.
With 500 mine EPC projects, 70 kinds of ore mining technologies and 88 patents since its establishment in 1997, Xinhai has set up overseas offices in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Peru and Indonesia. The company exports to more than 20 countries in the world.
John Zhang has spent his career in various aspects of the mining industry including as a company director, project manager and investor. He has managed mining investments globally at various stages of development, including exploration, development, production and mine management.
Jorge Ramiro Monroy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and an MBA in Finance from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Prior to Emerging Markets Capital, Jorge worked for Frontier Securities, a Japanese owned investment advisory and securities brokerage. He was part of the natural resources investments advisory team, advising and capital rising for mining companies with projects in Mongolia looking for investors in Asia and the Middle East.
He is currently a Managing Director of Emerging Markets Capital, an M&A Advisory firm based in Hong Kong focusing on mining transactions between China and Latin America. He has advised numerous Chinese and other Asian companies that are looking to acquire or invest in Gold, Iron Ore, Copper, Silver and Potash assets in Latin America.
He has been a speaker at natural resources conferences and is a contributor for Latin America focused mining magazines.
Jorge was a founding member of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He is a Director of Offshore Bunkers Hong Kong, marine fuel trading company based in Hong Kong. He is also an advisor and shareholder of Standard Investment, a Mongolian Investment Bank.
Jorge is fluent in English, Hindi, Spanish and Portuguese and speaks conversational Chinese.
Juerg Kiener, Partner of at Swiss Asia Capital (Singapore) Pte Ltd and has more than thirty-five years’ experience in the banking industry, with extensive knowledge in the private banking, asset management and securities industries.
Juerg has gained considerable global investment experience, having taken up positions in Zurich, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, Guernsey, Hong Kong and Singapore with two leading Swiss banks, Credit Suisse and Union Bancaire Privee, and has been instrumental in establishing the Private Banking offices in Asia and as a CIO for both.
For the past 16 years at Swiss Asia Capital (Singapore) Pte Ltd, his investment emphasis has been on hard-rock mining, particularly precious metals. His specialty is targeted at investing in late development-stage/ producing resource companies for portfolio inclusion into in-house funds and tailor-made investment structures like managed accounts/bespoke mandates and investment certificates.
Juerg Kiener, Partner of Swiss Asia Capital joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia.
Keith Barron is an exploration geologist with over 33 years experience in the mining sector. Keith Barron has consulted on all continents except for Antarctica, searching for commodities such as gold, silver, diamonds, uranium, copper, platinum, and industrial minerals.
In 2001 Keith Barron privately co-founded Ecuador gold explorer Aurelian Resources Inc., which was listed on the TSX-V in 2003 and made the colossal Fruta del Norte gold discovery in 2006. The company was bought by Kinross Gold in 2008 for $1.2 billion. He is the founder and a Director of Guyana, Colombia and Argentina uranium explorer U3O8 Corp (TSX:UWE). He is also Chairman and Director of Firestone Ventures (TSXV:FV) and President of private sapphire miner Potentate Mining in Montana, USA. At the PDAC convention in March 2008 he was awarded the Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award for his role in the discovery of the Fruta del Norte gold deposit and he was also jointly named the Northern Miner’s Mining Man of the Year 2008.
Keith Barron holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and a BSc. (Hons) in Geology from the University of Toronto. Keith Barron is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario.
Keith Spence held senior positions in investment banking & corporate banking, at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets and Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets; where he was involved in corporate finance, mining finance, M & A and international transactions. He has been involved in numerous international financings.
He has conducted business in China, including numerous high-level negotiations and transactions; in China’s outbound investments in mining resources. He was also CEO of a foreign-joint venture mining company in western China. He is Co-Chairman of the Canadian mining valuation standards for mining projects; required by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX-V) and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Keith Spence has written extensively on mining valuation. He has often been quoted in the media on international mining investments, in leading press such as Bloomberg, Financial Times of London, South China Morning Post, China Daily, CCTV, Chinese media, The Globe & Mail and Reuters.
As a field geologist, Keith Spence has experience in gold and base metals exploration in the Canadian north, China and internationally. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Board of Trustees of The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM); and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has been on the Boards of Ontario Place, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the Ivey Alumni Association (Toronto) and the International Board of China Mining (Tianjin, China). He was Chairman of the Toronto Gardiner Awards and was named a Trailblazer in the Toronto Trailblazer Leadership Series.
Keith Spence received the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award, the CIM Fellowship Award, the Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award for outstanding contributions to Canadian mineral economics; and received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal Award, for contributions to Canada. A Commonwealth Scholar, he is a graduate of the Global Management program at Harvard University, has an Honors B.Sc. in Geology (with Geophysics) from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business
Kevin McElligott joined Franco-Nevada Corporation (TSX:FNV, NYSE:FNV) in 1996. He has been Managing Director – Australia since 2008, and is responsible for business development and portfolio administration in Australia. He is based in Perth, Western Australia. Mr. McElligott holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Franco-Nevada Corporation is the leading gold-focused royalty and streaming company with the largest and most diversified portfolio of cash-flow producing assets. Its business model provides investors with gold price and exploration optionality while limiting exposure to many of the risks of operating companies. Franco-Nevada is generating free cash flow and paying dividends. Franco-Nevada is the gold investment that works.
Kevin McElligott, Managing Director of Franco-Nevada Corporation Australia joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia.
Krzysztof (Kris) Biegaj the co-founder and current Director/Owner of the Ausvac Mining Pty Ltd is a qualified mining engineer (Poland) with 30 years+ experience in: underground coal mining in Poland (1977 – 1985) and since 1986 living and working in/from Australia: Western Australian Department of Mines, (including 2.5 years as District Inspector of Mines in Kalgoorlie/Deputy Regional Mining Engineer), followed by management of underground nickel and gold mines (including open pit operations), then mine management of gold and metalliferous mines (both underground and open pit) in Far-East Siberia in Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia and Ghana.
With then business partner, Ausvac Mining Pty Ltd was established in 2000 in Kalgoorlie, where the first in Australia truly mobile underground supersucker/a giant vacuum cleaner was designed and constructed, to carry out underground winzing and to recover high-grade ore material from mines’ floors and sumps and carrying out mill clean-downs on the surface.
Most recently, Kris Biegaj has been working as a Mining Consultant (Business Improvement) in Australia, Russia, Ghana, Mongolia and Philippines. Kris holds WA 1-st Class Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency, both Metalliferous and Coal and has been a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) since 1992.
Krzysztof (Kris) Biegaj, Owner & Director of Ausvac Mining joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Managing Director - Global Mining Investment Divison
Zhaojin Mining Industry Company
Leo Zhao has more than 17 years of experience in global mining investment and EPC project management in China, Canada, Australia, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Indonesia and Middle East. Leo Zhao is currently the Managing Director of Zhaojin International Mining Co., Ltd, wholly owned by Zhaojin Mining Industry Co., the fourth largest gold mining company listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He acts as non-executive director in Sabina gold&silver Corp. and the executive director in Zhaojin-Gravitas Mining Funds which was established in Canada. Prior to joining Zhaojin, he served as a project manager for the China National Nonferrous Industry Foreign Engineering& Construction Company (NFC) working in various countries and was in charge of post-investment management in an Australia mining company from 2010 to 2014.
Marco Arosti has over 16 years of investment banking experience in Europe and Asia combined. Marco is the Managing Director of Phoenician Group, a boutique investment firm headquartered in Hong Kong. The firm offers investment management and investment banking advisory services to family offices, high-net-worth individuals, tier-one institutions and mid-cap corporations in Asia and Europe.
Prior to joining Phoenician Group, he held senior-level positions at Daiwa Securities and Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, advising a wide range of clients on corporate finance, capital markets transactions and private equity investments.
He started his investment banking career at JP Morgan in London, where he advised leading investment groups on major acquisitions in the clean energy, mining and technology sectors.
Marco is a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. He earned his MSc in Economics and Business Administration (Cum Laude) from Ancona University in Italy. He also holds an MBA from London Business School in the United Kingdom and completed a Mandarin Chinese Foreign Language Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Markus Grimm is a restructuring and turnaround expert, who has spent his entire career managing a special investment situations. Altogether, he has more than 15 years experience in more than 80 mandates and deals of strategic, financial and operational advisory, as well as financial institution- and corporate restructurings and complete Private Equity turnarounds in a broad range of situations and industries. He was active on all six continents for Sandoz Corp. (Novartis) and for the Asian affiliates for UBS. Markus was previously with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as a Senior Manager – Strategy, Financial Institutions, for the Greater China region. More recently, Markus has been managing turnaround situations in financial institutions, corporations and direct investments, and he presently serves on the board of various privately held companies. Markus has a MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Finance and International Management, and a degree from the School of Economics in Zurich.
Martin Green is Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics, involving several other Australian Universities and research groups. His group’s contributions to photovoltaics are well known and include holding the record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 34 years, described as one of the “Top Ten” Milestones in the history of solar photovoltaics.
Major international awards include the 1999 Australia Prize, the 2002 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, the 2007 SolarWorld Einstein Award and the 2016 Ian Wark Medal from the Australian Academy of Science.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lithium Power International with 12 years corporate finance experience focused on the mining sector. Chairman of Sydney based investment company, Holland International. Mr. Holland has strong working relationships with leading institutions and banks across the globe.
Martin Stephan has been the Chief Executive Officer of Rock Tech Lithium Inc since February 16, 2015. Mr. Stephan is Chief Editor of Economics Intent, Co-editor of Commodity Investor. Mr. Stephan is a successful manager and investment advisor with twenty-five years of experience, focusing on investments in the natural resources and exploration sector over the past ten years.
While focusing primarily on exploration companies in North America, Martin Stephan has built a strong network in Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. In the late 1990s, he Founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of one of Germany’s most popular internet companies providing stock market analysis. He has been a Director of Rock Tech Lithium Inc since July 3, 2013.
Martin Stephan, Chief Executive Officer of Rock Tech Lithium joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Matt Fifield was a member of the senior management team at the Cline Group before joining Pacific Road Capital, working to build a coal company Foresight Energy from a greenfield start to become one of the most productive and profitable underground coal companies in the United States. Additionally, Matt served as a member of the Board of Directors of Natural Resource Partners (NYSE: NRP), a mineral royalty company; an investment professional at mining-focused investment firms AMCI Capital and Resource Capital Funds; and an investment banker at Warburg Dillon Reed. He began his career in the resources industry as an assistant on an exploration drill rig.
Matt Fifield has a BA in Geology from Princeton University and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Matt Fifield, Partner at Pacific Road Capital joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Matthew Gill is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience.
He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background, having worked as an underground miner, mine planning engineer, supervisor, general manager, COO and and managing director, in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and Bolivia.
Matthew Gill holds three First Class Metalliferous Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency and has been instrumental in the successful development of three gold mines (Porgera, Beaconsfield and Ballarat).
He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008. Previously Group Chief Operating Officer for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp, he has also worked for Castlemaine Goldfields, Rio Tinto, WMC, Placer Pacific and Renison Goldfields.
Matthew is currently the MD&CEO for White Rock Minerals and a non-executive director for Mantle Mining.
Matthew Gill Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of White Rock Minerals joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Michael is Metal Tiger’s Chief Executive Officer and is an experienced corporate financier having advised several private, Main Market listed, AIM quoted and ISDX listed companies on a variety of corporate transactions during his tenure at Arden Partners (AIM:ARDN) and Allenby Capital respectively. Metal Tiger plc (Brady Exploration plc) was one of Michael’s clients whilst at Allenby Capital. Michael McNeilly spends half his time in Thailand monitoring Metal Tiger’s investment in its Thai Direct Project interests. Michael was also previously a director of Greatland Gold plc.
Michel Labrousse is currently a Principal and Managing Director in a consultant firm based in Hong-Kong linked to two financiers (one Family Office and a corporate) looking for investments in the energy and natural resources spaces. Previously in charge of the markets and IB businesses of Natixis in Asia ex Japan. Directly in charge of the structuring teams for the various asset classes for both asset / investor products as well as of the corporate business and teams. Developed a Strategic Solutions business for both corporate and institutional to cover their hedging and risk management needs as well as their funding needs.
Mitchell Smith is a business professional with experience developing and executing corporate strategies while maximizing business opportunities for long-term engagement and strategic relationships. He has years of experience with start-ups and mature companies across diverse industries.
Mr. Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Energy Metals Corporation, an aggregator of cobalt projects, creating a project portfolio that represents an opportunistic and strategic investment consistent with the company’s cobalt focused supply mandate that will further unlock and enhance value for shareholders and strategic downstream partners.
Neil Herberts departure from managing mining and energy investor Polo Resources, Investec Funds Insight wrote ‘Under Neil Herbert’s stewardship Polo returned $185m in special dividends following highly NAV accretive realisations and has strategically transitioned Polo’s resource focus.’ Polo outperformed all its peers during his time as Managing Director.
Prior to Polo he was Finance Director of mining investor Galahad which achieved an average 66%pa IRR. Neil became FD of its most successful investment UraMin Inc, which he took from start-up to $2.5bn takeover in 2 years with Galahad achieving an annualised return of 167%.
He worked with Antofagasta PLC during its 90s transformation into to one of the world’s largest copper producers with the $1.3bn Pelambres and $0.3bn Tesoro mines taken into production. After that he was CFO of gold explorer Brancote until its $0.4bn acquisition by Yamana.
His career began with PwC, a Fellow of the ACCA and an Honors degree in Economics & Economic History. He has been a director of companies on AIM, ASX, LSE, JSE & TSX and advises and invests in companies worldwide.
Nicholas Mather has been involved in the junior resource sector at all levels for 34 years, during which time has been instrumental in the delivery of major resource projects resulting in nine (9) corporate transactions delivering over five (5) billion dollars to shareholders.
Nicholas Mather is Managing Director and co-founder of DGR Global Limited, a resource company generator. He is currently CEO of SolGold plc, heading up a tier 1 copper gold porphyry in Ecuador. Nick also sits on the board of Armour Energy, IronRidge Resources, Aus Tin Mining, Dark Horse Resources and Lakes Oil.
Nicholas Mather was co-founder and served as an Executive Director of Arrow Energy NL until 2004. Arrow Energy was acquired in 2010 by Shell and PetroChina, for a value of approximately $3.5 billion. Nick was founder and Chairman of Waratah Coal Inc. until December 2008 when it was acquired for $130m. He was co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Bow Energy Limited until its takeover by Arrow Energy Pty Ltd in January 2012 for approximately $550 million.
Nicholas Mather also drove, as CEO, the discovery of the Pooncarie Mineral Sands project for BeMaX Resources prior to its purchase (£350 million) and the generation of the bulk of the asset base for Northern Energy ($250 million). He was a founding director of Orbis Gold which was sold in 2014 for AU$178 million and sub underwrote the refinancing of Ballarat Gold prior to its AU$500 million takeover by Lihir Gold.
Norman Ting is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the mining & metals industry. Skilled in bauxite/alumina, iron ores, ferroalloys, Minor metals and mineral sands . Norman Ting previously worked as Senior Representative for Rio Tinto, Traxys, Wogen and Ausenco in China.
Norman Ting is a strong business development professional with a EMBA focused in Business Adminstration from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
Mr. Zapata is an attorney from Lima, Peru. He has been General Secretary of the Constitutional Court and a member of executive management at transnationals in multiple economic sectors, including textiles and paper products. Mr. Zapata has also been Head of Finance, Administration and Investments at pension fund managers and investment firms. He is recognized as a top consultant for restructuring and reengineering projects at the national level and is a lecturer in the Schools of Law and Economics at two of the country’s most prestigious universities. Mr. Zapata is currently the Asset Sale Director for Doe Run Peru Liquidacion en Marcha, which is led by Dirige.
Owen Hegarty has more than 40 years’ experience in the global mining industry. He had 25 years with the Rio Tinto Group.
He founded and led Oxiana Ltd to become a major Asia Pacific base and precious metals producer.
Owen was also Vice Chairman of ASX listed Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), one of the world’s largest iron ore companies and Chairman of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group.
He is a founder and Executive Chairman of EMR Capital, one of the world’s largest mining private Equity groups.
Owen is a Fellow and Former Director of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is also an advisor on mining and resources generally to a number of Government and industry associations.
In 2006, Owen was awarded the AusIMM Institute Medal for his leadership and achievements in the mining industry, and in 2008 he was awarded the GJ Stokes Memorial Award for his distinguished service to the mining industry.
Patrick Highsmith is a geological engineer and geochemist with 30 years experience in mining, including roles in operations, exploration, business development, and senior management with companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP, ALS Minerals, Newmont Mining, and Lithium One.
He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. After investing the first 18 years of his career in highly technical roles with major and mid-tier companies, he transitioned into the junior sector. His background enables him to apply direct technical expertise to exploration and project development, but he maintains a keen interest in and focus on business development and team building. His career has taken him to more than 40 countries with exposure to approximately 275 projects.
Patrick has been associated with capital raisings and transactions valued at over $200 million. He has co-founded and led several junior mining companies including Lithium One, Copper One, FireFox Gold, and he is currently the President & CEO of Pure Energy Minerals.
Patrick Highsmith will join the lineup of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme here.
Patrick has more than thirty years of international mining experience in technical (metallurgist), managerial, consulting, executive and director roles in all aspects of the industry from exploration through project development, mining and mine rehabilitation. He has operational experience in open cut, underground, and in-situ mining and related processing, on projects in the USA, Germany, Africa and Australia.
He has served as CEO/Managing Director of a number of publicly listed and private mining companies based in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, primarily involved with project development and company transitioning from exploration to production.
Mr Mutz is a Fellow of the AusIMM and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in the US.
Prior to joining Image, Patrick was CEO of Murray Zircon Pty Ltd, the owner and operator of the Mindarie Mineral Sands Project in South Australia.
Peter Deneen has worked as a metals trader in and around China for more than 25 years, formerly based in Beijing as Chief Representative of Cometals, a division of the Commerical Metals Company (NYSE: CMC). He later headed up Samsung America’s global alumina team, a major supplier to the Chinese aluminium industry. Peter also knows the copper industry, having traded copper cathodes and concentrates for many years, and was a former board member of Erdmin, Mongolia’s only refined copper and wire rod producer.
More recently, Peter was Senior Vice President of Jinchuan Group International Resources, where he established the base metals trading business based in Hong Kong, and also played an active role in the company’s overseas asset acquisitions, including the acquisition of Metorex Limited, a former Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company. Peter served on the Board of Directors of Metorex for 4 years, making frequent visits to the company’s operating mines and development projects in Zambia and the DRC.
He holds a master’s degree in International Management (M.I.M.) from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and an undergraduate degree in China Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst MA. Peter speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently.
Peter Steenkamp was appointed chief executive officer and executive director on 1 January 2016. He has some 38 years’ experience in the mining industry, including his last position as Senior Vice President: Mining of Sasol Mining Proprietary Limited, and executive positions at Harmony, from 2003 to 2007, and at African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and Pamodzi Gold.
He is a member and past president of the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa, and a member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the South African Colliery Managers’ Association.
Peter Steenkamp, chief executive officer, Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited Joins the speaker line up at Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Randy Smallwood holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, and is one of the founding members of Wheaton Precious Metals (NYSE: WPM).
In 2007, he joined Wheaton Precious Metals (Formerly Silver Wheaton) full time as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, primarily focusing on growing the company through the evaluation and acquisition of silver stream opportunities. In January 2010 he was appointed President, and in April 2011 he was appointed Silver Wheaton’s Chief Executive Office. Randy Smallwood originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001 was promoted to Director of Project Development, his role through its 2005 merger with Goldcorp.
Before joining the original Wheaton River group in 1993, Mr. Smallwood also worked with Homestake Mining Company, Teck Corp. and Westmin Resources. Randy was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River / Goldcorp into one of the largest, and more importantly most profitable gold companies in the world, and is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Silver Wheaton.
Randy Smallwood, Chief Executive Officer of Wheaton Precious Metals joins the line up of speakers at Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Rani Jarkas is a highly experienced financial services executive, with over 20 years of international banking experience. Currently, Mr. Jarkas is the Chairman and CEO of Cedrus Group, a global boutique investment firm, he founded over decade ago. The Cedrus Group has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Jakarta, Cayman Islands and New York. The firm’s clients include tier-one institutions, family offices, governments and corporations in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Prior to founding Cedrus Group, Rani Jarkas held senior-level asset management positions at some of the world’s leading investment firms, including JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and CIBC Oppenheimer. During his tenure at CIBC, he was the Executive Director – Investments, a member of the exclusive Chairman’s Council and consistently ranked among the top-25 Portfolio Managers managing money for pension funds, family offices and sovereign funds. At Merrill Lynch, he was repeatedly ranked as one of the top Senior Financial Advisors for the firm. Mr. Jarkas’ clients are sophisticated investors, including corporations (public and private), pension funds and high-net-worth individuals from around the globe. During his tenure at JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Jarkas was a member of the executive corporate strategy team that took multiple Silicon Valley-based technology and Biotechnology companies public.
Rani Jarkas is fluent in English, Arabic and conversational French. Mr. Jarkas is a Certified Financial Manager and holds B.A.s in Finance and Accounting from Georgia State University. Mr. Jarkas has a global outlook, entrepreneurial spirit, a competitive nature and a history of success. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Jarkas was the number one squash player and among the top-ten players in the U.S. for six consecutive years
Ric Gros has more than 30 years in Senior Leadership roles across Mining equipment, Mineral processing, Infrastructure, Construction, Industrial, FMCG, Hardware Retail, and consumer related industries.
Ric’s previous roles include: non-executive directorships, CEO/MD in Private and Listed Environments, portfolio management, commercialisation, mergers, acquisitions, capital raising, venture capital, Executive General Management with extensive end-to-end local and international supply chain management.
He is also a former Director of Austmine which promotes the advancement and competitive positioning of Australian technology, collaboration and innovation in mining and resources.
Richard Schodde has over 30 years experience in a wide variety of project analysis and strategic planning roles within the international resources industry – including 15 years at WMC (in its Business Development Group and as Strategic Planning Manager for the Exploration Division) and more recently, 4 years at BHP Billiton (as Minerals Economist in their Global Exploration Team). In 2008 he founded MinEx Consulting to provide strategic and economic advice to mining and exploration companies.
From his work Richard Schodde has developed a deep understanding of the drivers behind mineral exploration and the associated economic and business risks of mining. This underpins his work in helping companies identify how to make money out of exploration.
Richard Schodde holds a First Class Honours Degree in Materials Engineering and a MBA. Along the way he has become experienced in geology. He serves on a number of industry committees including the AusIMM and the Melbourne Mining Club. In 2009 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the School of Earth Sciences at UWA (Centre for Exploration Targeting) and is a member of SEG, SME and PDAC. He has also on the Editorial Board for the Journal for Resources Policy – an international journal devoted to minerals policy and economics, aimed at economists and decision-makers in academia, government and industry Richard has published several papers on exploration performance and is internationally recognized by his peers as a world leader in mineral economics. Some of these papers are available for review at the publications page.
In recognition of this, for the last three years running (2015, 2016 and 2017) the Mining Journal nominated him as one of the top 20 power people in world mining, due to his influence on strategy and policy in the exploration sector.
Rick Rule has dedicated his entire adult life to many aspects of natural resource securities investing.
In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long and focused career, he has a worldwide network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds.
As Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Sprott US Holdings, Inc., Mr. Rule leads a highly skilled team of earth science and finance professionals who enjoy a worldwide reputation for resource investment management.
Rick is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is interviewed for numerous radio, television, print and online media outlets concerning natural resource investment and industry topics. He is frequently quoted and referred by prominent natural resource oriented newsletters and advisories.
Rick Rule and his team have long experience in many resource sectors including agriculture, alternative energy, forestry, oil and gas, mining and water.
Rob Wrixon is Managing Director of Starboard Global Ltd, a natural resource venture capital company based in Hong Kong. Starboard provides both project financing and project management services for mineral exploration and development projects.
Rob Wrixon has 19 years commercial experience in management consulting, corporate strategy, mining M&A and resource exploration management. He was previously MD of two ASX listed mining companies: Haranga Resources (focusing on iron ore in Mongolia) and Manhattan Corporation (uranium in Western Australia).
Rob spent five years in corporate strategy for Xstrata Coal in Sydney and Xstrata plc based in London, prior to the Glencore merger. He also served as Xstrata’s representative on the marketing board of the Cerrejon Coal joint venture in Colombia.
Robert Friedland is the founder of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (formerly Ivanplats Limited) and has been the Executive Chairman and director since November 2000. He was formerly President of the company from June 2003 to May 2008.
Mr. Friedland was the founder of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (now Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd.) and served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until April 2012. He directed the assembly by Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. of a portfolio of interests in several countries over 15 years and led the company’s discoveries and initial development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver deposits in southern Mongolia.
Mr. Friedland also is Chairman and President of Ivanhoe Capital Corporation, a private company based in Singapore that specializes in providing venture capital and project financing for international business enterprises, predominantly in the fields of energy and minerals.
In January 2016, Mr. Friedland was one of five industry leaders who were inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, based in Toronto, which cited his company-building and exploration achievements, and presented him as “a dynamic, transformative force in the Canadian and international mining industries” and “one of the most recognized mining personalities and achievers in the world”. Mr. Friedland said he shared the honour with several teams of dedicated individuals whose efforts with his companies during the past 30 years had contributed to a series of notable discoveries.
In March 2012, Mr. Friedland was recognized as Mining Personality of the Year at the inaugural Asia Mining Awards, sponsored by the Mines & Money conference and the Asia Mining Club in Hong Kong, which cited his role in Mongolia’s emergence as a major destination for mining investment. Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.’s Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining complex was voted Project Development of the Year.
Mr. Friedland received the Dealmaker of the Year award for Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. from Australia’s Diggers and Dealers Mining Forum in August 2011. In June 2009, Canada’s Northern Miner publishing group named Mr. Friedland one of Canada’s Super Seven Dynamos who have track records of turning junior companies into major success stories. The publishing group also named him the 2006 Mining Person of the Year for his success in negotiating a strategic partnership with Rio Tinto International Holdings Limited to develop Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.’s Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia. The Mongolian government’s Foreign Investment and Foreign Trade Agency recognized Mr. Friedland with consecutive Investor Envoy of the Year awards in 2003 and 2002.
Mr. Friedland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Reed College.
Robert Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, where he currently serves as CEO.
Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. In 1987 Bob co-founded the International Space University (ISU); today a global institution with a central campus in Strasbourg, France. While a student in the 1980’s he also co-founded the Space Generation Foundation and the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).
In 2008 Bob joined Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil and other leading thinkers in the founding of the Singularity University, an institution based at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley dedicated to preparing humanity for accelerating technological change.
Bob has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of a number of international space awards, including the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of “Blueprint for Space” (Smithsonian Institution 1992); “Return to the Moon” (Apogee Books 2005) and “The Farthest Shore” (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”
Robert Richards, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Moon Express joins the line up of speakers at Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now
Rod Nichol is the Managing Director of Lionsgate Capital Limited, a principal investment and advisory firm, based in Hong Kong, with a primary concentration on Energy and Natural Resources. Rod founded Lionsgate Capital in 2010 after thirteen years in investment banking, based in London, as a Senior Advisor and Natural Resources coverage banker. He has successfully originated and executed numerous international transactions including principal investments, mergers & acquisitions, leveraged, infrastructure and structured financings, and capital raisings through various debt and equity vehicles. He has a MBA from London Business School and a BCom. from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Ross Beaty co-founded Equinox Gold and serves as Chairman of the Board. He also founded and Chairs Pan American Silver, one of the world’s largest silver mining companies.
Ross is a geologist and resource entrepreneur with over 43 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries.
Ross is also a well-known environmental philanthropist, primarily through The Sitka Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Nature Trust of B.C., is a Director of The Pacific Salmon Foundation, a Director of Panthera, and is Patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of B.C.
Ross Beaty holds a M.Sc., in Mineral Exploration (with Distinction) from the Royal School of Mines, University of London, England, and an LL.B. (Law) and a B.Sc. (Honours Geology) from the University of British Columbia.
In 2017, Ross Beaty was inducted to the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame and appointed to The Order of Canada. In 2018, Mr. Beaty was inducted to the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.
Mr. Jacob is the Chairman & CEO of Jacob Capital Management Inc. a merchant banking and financial advisory firm focused on the renewable power, infrastructure and resource sectors. Mr. Jacob brings 20 years of experience in the power sector, including founding and leading the power and infrastructure practice at a leading Canadian investment bank, as well as several years in senior political positions. He has managed over 150 transactions in the clean tech and resource sectors, and has participated in financings valued at more than $10 billion. Mr. Jacob was recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the “5 Most Influential Emerging Players in Renewable Energy” globally. He has founded many leading companies including South Asia Energy Management Systems, Sri Lanka’s largest hydro producer, and Ceylon Graphite, which controls the majority of Sri Lanka’s historic graphite production.
Mr. Jacob holds a BA from Bishop’s University, MBA from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and LLM from University of Toronto. He was the recipient of the Laurier MBA Alumni 2009 Outstanding Executive Leadership Award and the Bishop’s University Top 10 After 10. Mr. Jacob serves on the Boards of several charitable organizations including as Vice Chairman of World Wildlife Fund (WWF Canada), Director of Plan International Canada and is the Chair of the Board of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO Maple Leaf).
Sasha Jacob from Jacob Capital Management joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Mr. Scott Williamson is a Managing Director at Blackstone Minerals Limited since October 2017. Mr. Williamson served as Investor Relations Manager at Resolute Mining Limited, where he was responsible for marketing, communications and managing relationships with analysts, stockbrokers and institutional investors. Prior to this, Mr. Williamson served as a Resources Analyst at Hartleys Research from August 2013 to September 2016, responsible for the analysis and valuation of mining equities, advising institutional and sophisticated investors. He has been Director at Blackstone Minerals Limited since October 2017. Mr. Williamson has a unique blend of experience in mining and finance and his corporate and technical expertise. He has over 10 years’ experience in the mining and finance sectors across a variety of technical and corporate roles. Mr. Williamson has a background in operations management with experience in gold and base metals projects across Australia and Africa, having worked with major resources companies, mining contractors and small to mid-cap miners. He holds a WA First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency. Mr. Williamson is a Mining Engineer with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the West Australian School of Mines, Curtin University.
Date of birth: 11th of June 1985
2000-2004 Brighton College, United Kingdom.
2004-2007 University of Essex, United Kingdom / Specialty – museum curator.
2007-2008 The Sotheby’s Institute of Art, United Kingdom / Specialty – art business
2009-2014 Kirovohrad Volodymyr Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University, Kirovograd, Ukraine / Specialty – fine arts and work of arts
2012 -2017 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv / Specialty – economics of enterprise
Simon Handelsman is an international minerals development engineer and advisor with open pit and underground mining experience.
Working for the United Nations Mineral Resources Group a hundred-plus advisory missions took him to over forty developing countries during ten years. He was chairman of the 1st CIM Risk Management in Mining Symposium, Vancouver, Canada.
Simon Handelsman’s many publications include those with a focus on issues faced by the mining industry. He was a guest lecturer at both New York University and Columbia University, and is an Adjunct Professor in the mining department at UBC. Simon is a consultant to the construction and mining department at Cooper Gay, the leading global independent wholesale, reinsurance and specialist retail insurance broker.
Simon Handelsman from the University of British Columbia joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Simon was formerly Head of Oil and Gas Investment Banking, Australia at Barclays Capital in Sydney Over 20 years direct capital markets experience focused on the natural resources sector including oil and gas and mining with direct experience in structuring, negotiating and executing:
Structured and project financing;
Debt and equity capital markets;
Commodity risk management and hedging;
Extensive experience advising boards and senior management on corporate strategy including:
Acquisitions and divestments;
Private Equity Investments
Extensive industry contacts at Board and Executive levels
Deep understanding of commodity markets including physical commodities and corporate risk management
In addition to his banking experience, Simon has also had direct corporate experience as Head of Business Development and investor Relations at ASX listed copper producer Hillgrove Resources.
Mr Mitchell is a geologist and corporate executive with 28 years of resources industry experience in technical and finance roles including 10 years gold exploration and mine development experience with Normandy NFM, RGC Exploration, Goldfields and Aurora Gold in countries as diverse as Australia, Bolivia, Chile, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Additionally, Mr Mitchell worked for 12 years in banking and corporate development, predominantly in project finance and equity capital markets where he was responsible for the raising of more than US$80 million in equity capital and engaging investors worldwide. During 2013-2014 Mr Mitchell was Managing Director of Asiatic Gold Ltd, an unlisted public company with gold exploration and development projects in South Korea, a company he subsequently acquired in 2016.
Mr Mitchell has been Managing Director of Southern Gold Ltd since February 2015 and has overseen a significant expansion in its asset base and exploration activities.
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Stefan White is a Portfolio Manager at LIM Advisors, a Hong Kong based investment manager established in 1995 and with total assets under management of approximately US$2bn.
Stefan’s mandate at LIM includes private debt investments in mining and mining services.
Prior to joining LIM Stefan worked in an executive finance capacity with a large Indonesian coal mining conglomerate. Previous to that Stefan worked at Lazard and at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell working on numerous corporate finance, restructuring and project finance mandates, principally in SE Asia. Stefan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Mr Biggins has 25 years’ experience as geologist and as an executive in the mining industry in Australia and internationally.
He has applied his Honours Degree in Geology and MBA as the founding Managing Director of ASX-listed Companies.
As MD of Core Exploration (ASX:CXO), Stephen led Core to the acquisition, discovery and definition of the first lithium Resources in the NT which is one of the highest grade lithium Resources in Australia.
Previously as founding director of Southern Gold (ASX:SAU) 2005–10 Stephen led the acquisition and discovery of the Cannon Gold Mine that is currently in gold production in Western Australia. Stephen was also a founding Director of Investigator Resources Ltd (ASX:IVR) which has discovered a high-grade Paris Silver Resource in South Australia on its founding projects.
Mr Biggins has built prospective portfolios of lithium, gold, uranium and base metal exploration projects in Australia, Asia and Africa.
Stephen Biggins from Core Exploration joins the line up speaking about targeting first Lithium Production in 2019 from Northern Australia at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
UC Berkeley – B.S. (1986), MBA (1996)
10 years (1986 – 1997) of public accounting with Deloitte and PWC, in San Francisco and Beijing.
10 years (1997 – 2006) of corporate experience in financial and general management, serving as CFO and General Manager with MNC’s in Greater China, primarily in distribution of Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Machinery and Automobiles.
Private Equity since 2006, with Actis and Valuestone. Investment experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, New Energy (Solar), and Machinery. Focused on natural resources since 2012, primarily in Oil & Gas and Mining projects outside China.
Steve Letwin is an engaging and empowering leader who leads with a strong commitment to employee communications and engagement, leadership development and community partnering, in his ongoing investment in the long term development and sustainability of leadership talent and the effective positioning of the business in partnership with the communities in which it operates.
Steve Letwin is the President and Chief Executive Officer at IAMGOLD(NYSE: IAG).
Thomas Puppendahl is an investment professional with over 20 years of experience in global capital markets as a portfolio manager, strategist, investment banker and analyst. He has managed sovereign debt, equity and macro portfolios and was an early investor in emerging markets and precious metals. Prior to setting up Chancery Asset Management, Mr Puppendahl worked with Merrill Lynch International, Ermgassen & Co, a London-based investment banking firm, and the Monitor Group, a global management consulting and private equity investment firm, in London and India.
Mr Puppendahl started his career as an analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Merrill Lynch in London, where he worked on major international M&A transactions across multiple industry sectors and was instrumental in closing a high-profile $1.9 billion deal in the midst of the Asian crisis in 1998.
In 1999, Mr Puppendahl joined Ermgassen & Co, a London-based investment banking firm focused on European cross-border M&A advisory services. He advised some of the world’s largest and most reputable companies, such as Siemens, Chevron and Sanofi, on complex cross-border M&A transactions in various industry sectors with a focus on the technology, chemicals and biotech/pharmaceutical industries.
In 2005, Ermgassen & Co became a member of the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), a global strategy consulting firm founded by Harvard University Professor Michael Porter. As a Global Account Manager of the Monitor Group, Mr Puppendahl has advised numerous blue-chip clients on international growth strategies in India and other emerging markets and helped expand Monitor’s business in India to a new level. Following the acquisition of the Monitor Group by Deloitte in 2012, he continues to serve as a Senior Adviser to Ermgassen & Co.
Known for his contrarian and sometimes provocative ideas, Mr Puppendahl invested aggressively in Argentina’s bond restructuring in 2004/05 before the market realised the value embedded in the country’s GDP warrants, forecasted a four-digit gold price, and predicted the collapse of the US credit bubble in 2007.
Thomas Puppendahl holds Master’s degrees in both Physics and Business Administration from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. A native German speaker, he is fluent in English and French, and has basic knowledge of Hindi and Urdu.
Tim is an investment banker with over a decade of experience in the Australian financial services industry. He has advised companies across most industry sectors both domestically and internationally, including; Information Technology and Services, Biotechnology, Mining and Infrastructure.
Tim’s corporate experience includes listing and secondary market raises. In particular, Tim has experience in the Information Technology space with early stage investments; helping founders to build businesses, bring product to market and cater for all types and sizes of capital requirements.
Tim currently sits on the board of an ASX listed company and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Senior Manager Business Performance Enhancement-Operations
Vijay Kumar Banty has qualified First Class Manager’s certificate of competency Examination(Coal) 2013 under the Mines Act,1952, Government of India.
He has 5 years of comprehensive experience in both opencast as well as underground mines in different capacities, having experience working on various field based projects as HEMMs fleet productivity improvement, fragmentation improvement etc. and delivered innovative solutions.
Vijay Kumar Banty is currently working as Manager(Mining) at Jharia Division of Tata Steel, India and is responsible for underground operation as well as one opencast project and leading a team of 150+ employees(including contractors as well as the company)
Vijay Kumar Banty has represented the company in International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting ( held the 24th-29th November 2012, New Delhi, India) –He was the recipient of the I.I.T. Scholarship-2006, chosen as one of 35 students funded by Government of Bihar.
Vincent Algar BSC (Hons) Geology, MAusIMM, is a geologist by profession with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry spanning underground and open cut mining operations, greenfields exploration, project development and mining services in Western Australia and Southern Africa. He has significant experience in the management of publicly listed companies, which includes the entire compliance, marketing and management process and encompasses the development of internal geological and administrative systems, exploration planning and execution, plus project acquisition and deal completion.
Vincent is Managing Director of Australian Vanadium Ltd, (ASX: AVL). The company’s main asset is a high-grade vanadium deposit in Western Australia.
Vincent is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Wanda brings more than 15 years of corporate development, corporate communications/branding, product marketing and investor relations experience to Nemaska Lithium. Wanda has been part of the Nemaska Lithium team since the Company’s inception and works closely with the CEO Mr. Guy Bourassa. She is responsible for investor outreach at Nemaska and speaks at global lithium and investor conferences. Wanda holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Political Science) from the University of Ottawa.
Willem Middelkoop, Founder and CIO of Commodity Discovery Fund has been an investor in (junior) mining companies for over 15 years.
He is one of the pioneers in ‘Discovery Investing’, whereby in a very early stage investments in an exploration company are being made, after the start of a significant discovery. He is responsible for the impressive track-record of his fund, with dozens of take overs in it’s ‘discovery portfolio’. Willem Middelkoop has published seven books in eight different languages on financial and economic topics.
Willem Middelkoop is also a member of the London based OMFIF advisory board, specialized on geopolitical, economic and monetary affairs. Prior to the start of his fund in 2008 he worked for Dutch RTL television as a market commentator on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. He is also an angel-investor in (fintech) startups and he was a founding shareholder in Startup Bootcamp Amsterdam.
Willem Middelkoop, Founder of Commodity Discovery Fund joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.
Yury Makarov has been the Chief Executive Officer of IRC Limited of Petropavlovsk PLC since August 25, 2010. Yury served as Chief Operating Officer of IRC Limited (alternate name, is Aricom PLC) and also as its Operations Director since April 2009. He has been actively involved in the development of Aricom Plc titanium dioxide business since 2002.
Yury Makarov served as Group Head of Non-Precious Metals Operations of Petropavlovsk PLC (formerly Peter Hambro Mining plc) until 2010. He served as Advisor to the President of OJSC Pokrovsky Rudnik, a subsidiary of Petropavlovsk PLC. Prior to this, he served as Commercial Director of NT Computers in Moscow, Russia.
Yury Makarov has been an Executive Director of IRC Limited since June 4, 2010 and served the same position from April 26, 2004 to April 22, 2004. He is a Qualified Systems Engineer from the Moscow State Aircraft Technology Institute in 1998.
Yury Makarov, Chief Executive Director of IRC Limited joins the line up of speakers at this year’s Mines and Money Asia. Download the programme now.