Executive Management Team and Technical Team

Mr Jonathan Paul Back

Mr Jonathan Paul BackLLB, BCL

Executive Chairman

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.

Jonathan was appointed to the board in 4 September 2008 and has been Chairman since 1 February 2010

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Mr Gary Kuo

Mr Gary Kuo

Executive Director and Managing Director

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. Christopher Chen

Mr. Christopher ChenM.A Administration

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

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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Mr. Max Rangott

Mr. Max RangottBSc (Geology)

Senior Consulting Geologist

Max completed a B.Sc. degree in geology at the University of Sydney in 1967, then worked for the next 20 years as an exploration and mine geologist in NSW, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia for a number of public and private companies. This included several years as the manager of a high-grade open cut zinc mine in the North Flinders Ranges, and eight years as the exploration manager in NSW for a multinational company.

In 1987, he started work as a consulting and contract geologist, and established Rangott Mineral Exploration Pty. Ltd., which now has around 20 employees and a large list of recurrent clients. The company has a “hands-on” approach to exploration at all levels, and covers the commodities base and precious metals, tin-tungsten, nickel-cobalt, specialty metals, industrial minerals, construction materials, gemstones and asbestos risk. Recent projects have been carried out in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Mongolia and Fiji.

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Dr. Verity Borthwick

Dr. Verity BorthwickBSc (Geology) (Hons 1), PhD (Geology)

Operations Geologist

Dr. Verity Borthwick completed her licentiate and doctorate in Geology at Stockholm University in Sweden, focusing on microstructural studies. After completing her PhD she spent six months teaching University- level courses at Stockholm University, including Structural Geology and Igneous Petrology. During her time in academia she published extensively, in both conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals.

Verity has previously worked in the mining industry for International Base Metals Ltd focusing particularly on their copper prospects in the Flinders Ranges but also gaining experience with a number of other base metals. During this time she was sub-contracted to CopperCo for fieldwork on their Lady Annie copper deposit near Mt Isa, Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology and Geophysics with first class honours. Her honours thesis was sponsored by Barrick Gold of Australia Ltd, for whom she conducted studies at the E42 gold deposit at Lake Cowal, NSW.

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