Martabe mine,
North Sumatra, Indonesia
Kestrel mine,
Queensland, Australia
Capricorn Copper,
Queensland, Australia
Crushed Ore Feed Circuit,
Capricorn Copper,
Queensland, Australia

Senior Advisors

EMR Capital Senor Advisors are highly active in working on EMR projects, transactions and
portfolio companies.


IAN SMITH

Chairman, Operating Committee - Kestrel Group

B Eng (Mining) (Hons), B Financial Administration


Ian Smith is a mining engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in the mining and services sector. He has held some of the most senior positions in the Australian resources industry. Prior to being MD and CEO of Orica, he was MD and CEO of Newcrest, growing the business to what has become Australia’s biggest, and globally one of the largest, gold mining companies. In prior roles Ian was Global Head of Operational and Technical Excellence with Rio Tinto, London and Managing Director – Comalco Aluminium Smelting with Rio Tinto in Brisbane. He has technical, operational, financial and strategic expertise, having also held senior and executive positions with WMC Resources, Pasminco and CRA.

• Fellow of the Institute of Engineers
• Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Winner of the 2011 AusIMM’s Mining Medal; the
Institutes highest award.
• Past President of Australian Mines & Metals Association
• Past Board Member of Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Past Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia

DON CARROLL

Chairman - West Cumbria Mining

B Eng (Mining) (Sydney)


Don is a senior resources executive with over 37 years experience with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in a variety of leadership, technical, strategy, marketing and business development roles.

Don’s former roles at BHP include:

• Country Head and President of BHP Japan
• Country Head and President of BHP India
• Chief Development Officer – Aluminium
• Vice President Market Development
• Group General Manager, BHP Power
• Vice President and General Manager, Minerals Marketing
• Vice President Investor Relations (Asia and Australia)
• Manager of iron ore and coal marketing

Don was also a key member of the BHP Billiton merger and BHP Rio merger team.

Don has extensive experience across a diversified range of commodities including iron ore, coal and aluminium, and has deep networks across Asia, in particular, India and Japan.

Don is currently a Non-Executive Director of Futura Resources Ltd, Magnum Mining and Exploration Ltd (ASX Listed) and Cremorne Capital Ltd.

Don graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

IAN SMITH

Chairman, Operating Committee - Kestrel Group

B Eng (Mining) (Hons), B Financial Administration

Ian Smith is a mining engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in the mining and services sector. He has held some of the most senior positions in the Australian resources industry. Prior to being MD and CEO of Orica, he was MD and CEO of Newcrest, growing the business to what has become Australia’s biggest, and globally one of the largest, gold mining companies. In prior roles Ian was Global Head of Operational and Technical Excellence with Rio Tinto, London and Managing Director – Comalco Aluminium Smelting with Rio Tinto in Brisbane. He has technical, operational, financial and strategic expertise, having also held senior and executive positions with WMC Resources, Pasminco and CRA.

• Fellow of the Institute of Engineers
• Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Winner of the 2011 AusIMM’s Mining Medal; the
Institutes highest award.
• Past President of Australian Mines & Metals Association
• Past Board Member of Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Past Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia

DON CARROLL

Chairman - West Cumbria Mining

B Eng (Mining) (Sydney)

Don is a senior resources executive with over 37 years experience with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in a variety of leadership, technical, strategy, marketing and business development roles.

Don’s former roles at BHP include:

• Country Head and President of BHP Japan
• Country Head and President of BHP India
• Chief Development Officer – Aluminium
• Vice President Market Development
• Group General Manager, BHP Power
• Vice President and General Manager, Minerals Marketing
• Vice President Investor Relations (Asia and Australia)
• Manager of iron ore and coal marketing

Don was also a key member of the BHP Billiton merger and BHP Rio merger team.

Don has extensive experience across a diversified range of commodities including iron ore, coal and aluminium, and has deep networks across Asia, in particular, India and Japan.

Don is currently a Non-Executive Director of Futura Resources Ltd, Magnum Mining and Exploration Ltd (ASX Listed) and Cremorne Capital Ltd.

Don graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

PROF. TAN KONG YAM

Board Member of various fund holding companies domiciled in Singapore

BA (Hons) (Princeton) PhD (Stanford)

Professor Tan is an economist with over 30 years experience in the economics and funds management industries and is one of the world’s leading experts on China and Asia.

Professor Tan was the former World Bank Senior Economist for China, based in Beijing, and the former Chief Economist for the Singapore Government. As a member of the World Bank, he worked with the Chinese government, the People’s Bank of China, the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Council in developing China’s 11th 5 Year Plan (2006-2010) and economic policies.

Professor Tan co-founded APS Asset Management, a boutique funds management firm based in Singapore, that specialises in Asian investments and which has won numerous funds management awards.

He is a Board Director of APS and Capitamall, one of the world’s largest property investors in China.

He lectures on China at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has taught over 6,000 Chinese government and business leaders and entrepreneurs over the last 20 years.

Professor Tan’s role is to develop the macroeconomic strategy and investment thematics for the EMR Capital Resources Fund and to update Fund investors on the impact of developments in the Asian economies, especially China, on commodity markets and prices.

Professor Tan is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and received his doctorate from Stanford University. He has received numerous teaching and research awards and scholarships and has published many leading texts and papers on the topic of China and Asian economics.

PROF. TAN KONG YAM

Board Member of various fund holding companies domiciled in Singapore

BA (Hons) (Princeton) PhD (Stanford)


Professor Tan is an economist with over 30 years experience in the economics and funds management industries and is one of the world’s leading experts on China and Asia.

Professor Tan was the former World Bank Senior Economist for China, based in Beijing, and the former Chief Economist for the Singapore Government. As a member of the World Bank, he worked with the Chinese government, the People’s Bank of China, the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Council in developing China’s 11th 5 Year Plan (2006-2010) and economic policies.

Professor Tan co-founded APS Asset Management, a boutique funds management firm based in Singapore, that specialises in Asian investments and which has won numerous funds management awards.

He is a Board Director of APS and Capitamall, one of the world’s largest property investors in China.

He lectures on China at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has taught over 6,000 Chinese government and business leaders and entrepreneurs over the last 20 years.

Professor Tan’s role is to develop the macroeconomic strategy and investment thematics for the EMR Capital Resources Fund and to update Fund investors on the impact of developments in the Asian economies, especially China, on commodity markets and prices.

Professor Tan is a graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and received his doctorate from Stanford University. He has received numerous teaching and research awards and scholarships and has published many leading texts and papers on the topic of China and Asian economics.

CREAGH O' CONNOR

Non Executive Director, EMR Australian Board

Chartered Accountant, LL.B/BEc (Adelaide)


Creagh has been involved in the mining industry for over 25 years.

After a career as a senior executive within the Normandy Mining Group (one of the world’s then leading Gold companies), in 2003 Creagh co-founded the boutique Metals & Mining advisory firm, Gryphon Partners (Gryphon). Gryphon, until its acquisition by Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in 2011, provided corporate advisory services in M&A and Project Finance with a focus on the Metals & Mining industry through its offices in Australia and Canada. During this 8 year period, Gryphon was involved in more than 60 completed M&A and capital market transactions worth over US$22 billion for numerous clients including Oxiana and Newmont Mining.

Post the sale to SCB, Creagh was a Global Head and Managing Director of SCB’s Metals & Mining advisory group. In 2016 he co-founded GP Securities, a private investment group with a series of investments including an investment in EMR Capital.

Creagh holds dual degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Adelaide (LL.B/BEc) and completed his Chartered Accountants qualifications while employed with Price Waterhouse in the mid 80’s.

PETER COLBERT

Senior Advisor

B App Science (Gordon Inst of Tech.)


Peter is a senior metallurgist with over 37 years experience in a variety of management and executive roles with major resources companies including OZ Minerals, Pasminco, Peko Mines, Ernest Henry Mining and Bougainville Copper in a variety of different jurisdictions including Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji across a diversified range of commodities.

Peter is currently Head of Technical Services at Tigers Realm Minerals Group.

His prior roles include General Manager of Technical Services at Oxiana, Acting General Manager at Cobar Mines, Senior Metallurgist at Pasminco, Ernest Henry, Bougainville Copper and Emperor Gold Mines.

Peter’s experience includes managing, developing and operating mines, negotiation of mine sales, wage agreements, environmental management, community relations and government agreements.

Peter holds a Diploma of Applied Science from the Gordon Institute of Technology.

DR. KEVORK CHOUZADJIAN

Senior Advisor

BSc (Hons Eng.), ARSM, PhD, DIC, (London)


Dr Chouzadjian is a senior executive with 40 years’ experience in the mining industry with BHP and Rio Tinto in a variety of leadership roles. These included research management, commercial and marketing, business development, project management and due diligence in acquisitions and divestments.

Dr Chouzadjian’s expertise extends to base metals and evaporites such as Potash, Trona and Jadarite (Lithium). In research and process development he has lead development from concept to pilot scale for several extraction processes in refractory gold, copper, manganese, solution mining of potash and extraction of lithium and borates from Jadarite.

In the last 20 years his role has been to lead studies and evaluations of mega projects for Rio Tinto Minerals as GM business development and later as VP project development. An attribute of his has been the establishment of multidisciplinary teams to undertake project evaluations and due diligence activities in many jurisdictions.

Notable projects included:
1. Potasio Rio Colorado in Argentina (potash)
2. Kazan Trona Project in Turkey (Soda Ash)
3. Albany Project In Saskatchewan Canada (Potash)
4. Jadar Project in Serbia (Lithium)

Dr Chouzadjian continues to act in an advisory capacity to Rio Tinto new venture group specifically for Albany potash project.

Dr Chouzadjian is a graduate of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine UK and has competed graduate studies (PhD) in hydrometallurgy form the same institution.

CREAGH O' CONNOR

Non Executive Director, EMR Australian Board

Chartered Accountant, LL.B/BEc (Adelaide)

Creagh has been involved in the mining industry for over 25 years.

After a career as a senior executive within the Normandy Mining Group (one of the world’s then leading Gold companies), in 2003 Creagh co-founded the boutique Metals & Mining advisory firm, Gryphon Partners (Gryphon). Gryphon, until its acquisition by Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in 2011, provided corporate advisory services in M&A and Project Finance with a focus on the Metals & Mining industry through its offices in Australia and Canada. During this 8 year period, Gryphon was involved in more than 60 completed M&A and capital market transactions worth over US$22 billion for numerous clients including Oxiana and Newmont Mining.

Post the sale to SCB, Creagh was a Global Head and Managing Director of SCB’s Metals & Mining advisory group. In 2016 he co-founded GP Securities, a private investment group with a series of investments including an investment in EMR Capital.

Creagh holds dual degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Adelaide (LL.B/BEc) and completed his Chartered Accountants qualifications while employed with Price Waterhouse in the mid 80’s.

PETER COLBERT

Senior Advisor

B App Science (Gordon Inst of Tech.)

Peter is a senior metallurgist with over 37 years experience in a variety of management and executive roles with major resources companies including OZ Minerals, Pasminco, Peko Mines, Ernest Henry Mining and Bougainville Copper in a variety of different jurisdictions including Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji across a diversified range of commodities.

Peter is currently Head of Technical Services at Tigers Realm Minerals Group.

His prior roles include General Manager of Technical Services at Oxiana, Acting General Manager at Cobar Mines, Senior Metallurgist at Pasminco, Ernest Henry, Bougainville Copper and Emperor Gold Mines.

Peter’s experience includes managing, developing and operating mines, negotiation of mine sales, wage agreements, environmental management, community relations and government agreements.

Peter holds a Diploma of Applied Science from the Gordon Institute of Technology.

DR. KEVORK CHOUZADJIAN

Senior Advisor

BSc (Hons Eng.), ARSM, PhD, DIC, (London)

Dr Chouzadjian is a senior executive with 40 years’ experience in the mining industry with BHP and Rio Tinto in a variety of leadership roles. These included research management, commercial and marketing, business development, project management and due diligence in acquisitions and divestments.

Dr Chouzadjian’s expertise extends to base metals and evaporites such as Potash, Trona and Jadarite (Lithium). In research and process development he has lead development from concept to pilot scale for several extraction processes in refractory gold, copper, manganese, solution mining of potash and extraction of lithium and borates from Jadarite.

In the last 20 years his role has been to lead studies and evaluations of mega projects for Rio Tinto Minerals as GM business development and later as VP project development. An attribute of his has been the establishment of multidisciplinary teams to undertake project evaluations and due diligence activities in many jurisdictions.

Notable projects included:
1. Potasio Rio Colorado in Argentina (potash)
2. Kazan Trona Project in Turkey (Soda Ash)
3. Albany Project In Saskatchewan Canada (Potash)
4. Jadar Project in Serbia (Lithium)

Dr Chouzadjian continues to act in an advisory capacity to Rio Tinto new venture group specifically for Albany potash project.

Dr Chouzadjian is a graduate of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine UK and has competed graduate studies (PhD) in hydrometallurgy form the same institution.

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