Directors & Management

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Executive Chairman

Charles Lew

Mr Lew has more than 30 years of investment banking experience, including serving as Managing Director of ABN Amro’s investment banking business in Singapore from 1997 to 2000. He has been involved in a diverse range of investment banking activities, including IPOs, equity placements, corporate mergers and acquisitions, debt/equity restructuring, private equity investments and venture capital financing.

After leaving ABN Amro in year 2000, Mr Lew started his own investment management company, Equator Capital, which manages a hedge fund that is primarily involved in trading global managed futures, US equities and options. In addition, the company has been a pre-IPO investor in growth companies in Singapore, Malaysia and China some of whom were subsequently listed on the Singapore Exchange.

Mr Lew served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the RHB Banking Group from March 2004 until his retirement from the Group in May 2016. During this period, he was on the board of RHB Investment Bank Berhad (2004 to 2016), RHB Capital Berhad (2005 to 2007); and RHB Islamic Bank (2008 to 2016). He was an Independent Director on the board of Singapore Medical Group between 2007 and 2013. He is also Founder and Chairman of Muddy Murphy Holdings, an operator of traditional and concept pubs that was established in 1996.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Finance and Accounting from the University of East London and a MSc in Management Science from Imperial College, University of London.

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Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee

Anthony Ho

Tony is an experienced company director having held executive directorships and chief financial officer roles with a number of publicly listed companies. Mr Ho was executive Director of Arthur Yates & Co Limited, retiring from that position in April 2002. His corporate and governance experience includes being Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director of M.S. McLeod Holdings Limited, Galore Group Limited, the Edward H O’Brien group of companies and Volante Group Limited.

Mr Ho holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Company Secretaries and the Institute of Company Directors.

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Non-Executive Director

Mr Jean Claude Steinmetz

Mr Steinmetz’s was previously Chief Operating Officer for Lynas Corporation where he had operational responsibility for the mining operations and concentration plant at Mount Weld in Western Australia and the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Malaysia. He also had oversight of the sales and marketing activities at Lynas.

Mr Steinmetz has been involved in the chemical industry for more than 25 years with a strong focus on the automotive industry leading breakthrough projects in body developments and major reductions programmes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in compliance with European and global legislation. Mr Steinmetz has also held management positions in Rhodia-Solvay, GE and Du Pont. He currently serves as Chairman of the Auto Plastic and Innovative Materials Committee of Sino-EU Chemical Manufacturers Association.

Mr Steinmetz has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Industrial Management from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He is fluent in English, Dutch, German and French.
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Chief Operating Officer

Charles Tan

Charles has more than 20 years of Commercial & Procurement experience in a number of Multi-National Companies (MNCs) in Singapore & a couple of mining companies in Australia. He has worked in Singapore for 20 years and held appointments as a Procurement Director, which has given him Asia Pacific management experience. He has held senior management roles in both Mining and a Power company since migrating to Australia in 2008.

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Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Guy Robertson

Guy Robertson has 30 years’ experience as a Director, CFO and Company Secretary of both ASX listed and private companies in Australia and Hong Kong. Experienced in corporate aggregation, IPO, capital raising and acquisition due diligence. In addition to experience in the resources sector, previous roles include Finance Director and NSW MD of Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Group Director Finance and COO of Colliers Jardine Asia Pacific (based in Hong Kong) and GM Finance of Franklins Limited.

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General Manager – Exploration

Andy Border

Andy is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry covering a wide range of commodities and projects from grass-roots exploration through to development and mining. In the last 20 years he has held roles including Exploration Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of a number of ASX-listed companies with projects in Australia and overseas -

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Process Engineering Manager

Mr Robin Zhang

Mr Zhang has more than 20 years’ experience in research & development, project engineering, plant commissioning and running of operations in the rare earth industry.  He has extensive experience in design and running a rare earth processing and separation plant.

Mr Zhang spent 8 years with Lynas Corporation serving as Senior Technical Services Manager and Senior Project Development Manager and had worked in all phases of the development of Lynas Advanced Materials Plant in Malaysia. Prior to this, he spent 11 years with Gansu Rare Earth Group - one of the largest rare earth companies in China where he served as the Deputy Director of its Technical Centre.
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Director Corporate Finance

Aris Stamoulis

Aris was previously with Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley in London, Singapore and Hong Kong and has significant experience in capital markets and structured financing. He holds a Bachelor of Administration (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In addition to Corporate Finance and Investor Relations responsibilities, Aris has responsibility for equity and debt financing for the mine development and production capability of the Yangibana project.

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Project Director

Kok Leong

Mr Leong, a qualified engineer, has over 38 years’ work experience of which 15 years was in project management. He was previously the Senior Manager Project for Lynas Malaysia/Lynas Corporation responsible for the Phase 2 basic and detailed engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of two brownfields plants in Kuantan, Malaysia and in Mt Weld, Western Australia with a total capital cost of AUD 240 million. Phase 2 achieved substantial capital cost savings compared with Phase 1.

Mr Leong has also worked with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), being the project manager for 2 petrochemical plants (Vinyl Chloride Monomer Plant and Poly Vinyl Chloride Plant) within a large petrochemical complex, and other positions in a number of its subsidiary and joint venture companies.