Board of Directors

Mr Jonathan Paul Back

Mr Jonathan Paul BackLLB, BCL

Executive Chairman and Managing Director

Mr. Jonathan Back is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to working as a lawyer, Jonathan graduated from Oxford University having won the Vinerian Scholarship for the best performance in the Bachelor of Civil Laws degree.

Jonathan has over 18 years of experience in law and finance internationally, having spent significant periods in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia.

Jonathan first worked as a lawyer for the leading UK firm Linklaters for 4 years, specializing in large project finance transactions. This included the acquisition of the Gladstone Power Station in Queensland by a consortium expanding the Boyne Island aluminium smelter. Jonathan then worked for Schroders in the UK and in Hong Kong where he also focused on large infrastructure and energy projects including large power station projects in Portugal and the UK as well as port and energy projects across Australia and Asia.

Following this Jonathan worked with Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong focusing on raising equity capital for telecoms and technology companies. Jonathan was then recruited by JPMorgan to join their equity team in Hong Kong, which he ran until 2007. During this time he worked on numerous transactions across different industries.

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Mr Gary Kuo

Mr Gary Kuo

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Mr Kuo has more than 10 years’ experience in international import & exporting, commodities trading, international business development and strategic alliance planning. Before MGT Resources, he was the vice general manager for BAAO Mining which is a Chinese raw material trading company based in Tianjin, China.

Having bases in both Australia and China, Gary specializes in dealing with corporations in the mining & steel production sector. He works closely with his wide network of corporate and governmental contacts in countries such as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Mr. Li Hai Jun

Mr. Li Hai JunBMech Eng

Non-Executive Director

Mr Li holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Beijing Architecture Engineering University, China. He worked for one of the largest state owned companies which imports equipment in the iron & steel sector and other industrial sectors. From 1989 Mr. Li worked for a subsidiary company under Thyssen in Germany before moving to Singapore to work as the Managing Director of Golden Mall Enterprise until 1999.

Mr. Li has rich experience in connecting foreign companies with Chinese enterprises and has been involved in over 30 successful large projects of this type. Mr. Li is currently the Managing Director of Unico Development Limited in Beijing which consulting services to clients globally.

In recent years Mr. Li has assisted Australian resources companies in establishing relationships with customers in China leading to a number of successful projects.

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Dr. Wenshan Zhang

Dr. Wenshan ZhangPh.D Geological Science

Non-Executive Director

Dr Zhang holds a Post-Doctoral Degree in Geological Science from the Institute of Geological Science and Environmental Engineering, Central South University (CSU), Hunan Province, China. He has conducted Post-Doctoral Research in Metallurgical Engineering and Geological Engineering at CSU. He is presently a Professor of Geology and Mineral Exploration at CSU.

Prior to this, Dr Zhang was President of Donia Resources Co., Limited, Beijing, China where he was responsible for exploration of overseas operations in Canada, Laos and Ethiopia from 2010-2013.  From 2005 to 2009 he was Senior Geologist and Manger of the Business Development Department, Vale, Shanghai, China where he was responsible for technical support of iron ore and coal projects. He has also worked as a Senior Geologist for Anglo American Group, Beijing, China from 2002-2005 evaluating Ni-Cu sulphide mineral projects and other base metals.

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Mr. Christopher Chen

Mr. Christopher ChenM.A Administration

Non-Executive Director

Mr Chen has a M.A in Administration from Central Queensland University.  He worked for Otis Elevator Company, Tianjin, China, as Project Coordinator in 2002 and was sent to Egypt to work for Electricity de France (EDF) on their Suez Canal and the Port Said Power Plants.

Mr Chen returned to Australia in 2006 and was working as Business Banking Associate for Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA). Chris left CBA in 2009 and has been involved in commodity trading and Financial Services to small and medium size companies in the resource sector and is now based in Beijing, China.

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