Directors

Mr. Shougao Wang (4)

Executive Director

Mr. Wang is the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. He joined the Board of Directors on July 3, 2018 as an executive director.

Mr. Wang is a seasoned mining professional, having accumulated over 30 years of project management and operational experience and has worked on a number of mining projects in Mongolia and across the globe. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wang was the manager of the quality, health, safety and environment department at China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Stock Exchange, stock code: 000758) (“NFC”) from March 2017 until May 2018, during which he was responsible for project quality control, health, environmental protection, and workplace health and safety matters. Mr. Wang held various senior project management positions at different international mining projects operated by NFC and its parent company, China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co. Ltd., including project manager of the Chambishi copper mine, a large-scale copper mine in Zambia, project manager and vice president from 2000 to 2006 and chief executive officer of Tsairt Mineral LLC, the parent company of the Tumurtiin-Ovoo zinc mine in Mongolia, from 2011 to 2017.

Mr. Wang is a certified engineer in China. Mr. Wang obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kunming University of Science and Technology in China in 1989 and a master’s degree in business administration from Renmin University in China in 2013.

Mr. Mao Sun (1) (2) (3)

Independent Non-Executive Director and Interim Lead Director

Mr. Sun joined the Board of Directors on November 5, 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director and was appointed as Interim Lead Director on August 16, 2016.

Mr. Sun is the founding partner of Mao & Ying LLP (formerly SunRonkai LLP), a private accounting firm offering tax, assurance and management consulting services.

Mr. Sun has over 15 years of experience in the accounting sector and has extensive knowledge of Canadian accounting standards, International Financial Reporting Standards and Canadian taxation laws. Mr. Sun has extensive experience with Canadian listed companies and was the Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Yalian Steel Corporation. Prior to founding SunRonkai LLP, Mr. Sun was the audit manager in Vancouver office of KPMG, an internationally recognized accounting firm.

Mr. Sun graduated from Columbia University in New York with a Master Degree of International Affairs, International Finance and Business and a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China. Mr. Sun is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Yingbin Ian He (1)(2)(3)(4)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. He joined the Board of Directors on May 17, 2017 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. He, has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry. Mr. He is currently an independent non-executive director of China Gold International Resources Corp. Ltd. which is dually listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is also a director of Zhongrun Resources Investment Corporation, which is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, a director and president of Tri-River Ventures Inc. which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSX-V”) in Canada and a director of Vatukoula Gold Mines Plc which was previously listed on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Prior to these, Mr. He served as a director and president of Spur Ventures Inc. which was listed on the TSX-V in Canada. In his early career, Mr. He worked as a mineral process engineer and coal preparation engineer in Canadian mining companies and an engineering consulting company.

Mr. He obtained his doctoral and master’s degrees in mineral process engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada and his bachelor’s degree in coal preparation from Heilongjiang Institute of Mining and Technology (presently known as the Heilongjiang University of Technology) in China.

Ms. Jin Lan Quan (1),(2),(3)

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms. Quan joined the Board of Directors on August 6, 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Ms. Quan is an independent financial planner and business consultant based in Sydney, Australia. Prior to her current role, Ms. Quan developed extensive and diverse finance and audit experience during her time as an audit partner with Arthur Anderson in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Quan has extensive experiences in financial consulting services with specialist skills in external auditing, internal audit structuring, corporate financing and risk management and business acquisition.

Ms. Quan is a Certified Public Accountant of China and a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of United Kingdom and a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Wen Yao

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Yao joined the Board of Directors on May 18, 2017 as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Yao is currently a Managing Director of CIC Capital Corporation (“CIC Capital”), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Investment Corporation (“CIC”). Mr. Yao is responsible for CIC Capital’s global investment in the metals and mining industry and management of its existing portfolio assets in the same sector. Prior to joining CIC Capital in 2015, Mr. Yao was a Managing Director at the Legal and Compliance Department of CIC since 2010. He has extensive experiences and knowledge in legal aspects for the investment in public and private companies, post-investment management and compliance, risk management, corporate governance policies and various corporate matters. Prior to joining CIC, Mr. Yao was in private practice at leading international law firms in the United States of America (the “’US”) and the United Kingdom, representing public and private companies in a variety of industries, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and financings, venture capital financings, strategic alliance and joint venture transactions, public and private offerings, and cross-border transactions.

Mr. Yao received Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Kellogg School of Management and Pritzker School of Law of Northwestern University in the US, respectively.

Mr. Zhiwei Chen

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Chen joined the Board of Directors on April 13, 2018 as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Chen, is currently the Assistant General Manager of China Cinda (HK) Holdings Co. Limited (“Cinda HK”) and the Managing Director of its investment department. Cinda HK is the intermediate holding company of Novel Sunrise Investments Limited which is the second largest shareholder of the Company holding 17.0% shareholding of the Company as of today. Mr. Chen is responsible for managing Cinda HK’s investment and financing businesses. Since December 2016, Mr. Chen has also been a non-executive director of Modern Land (China) Co., Limited, the issued shares of which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Chen has over 10 years of investment and research experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Cinda HK in 2010, Mr. Chen was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of TIG Group in Singapore from 2007 to 2010 and he was responsible for TIG Group’s private equity investment business in China. Prior to joining TIG Group, Mr. Chen was a research scholar at the National University of Singapore from 2005 to 2007.

Mr. Chen obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tsinghua University in China in 2004 and a master’s degree in Estate Management from National University of Singapore in 2009.

Mr. Xiaoxiao Li

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Li joined the Board of Directors on April 13, 2018 as a Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Li, is currently the Investment Director of investment department in China Cinda (HK) Holdings Co. Limited (“Cinda HK”) and he is responsible for expanding and overseeing the investment business at Cinda HK. Mr. Li is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Li has accumulated extensive experience in accounting, corporate finance, and investment management. Prior to joining Cinda HK in 2016, Mr. Li was the Investment Manager of Dingyi Group Investment Limited, the issued shares of which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Li worked in the global banking and transaction division for Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. from 2013 to 2016 in New York and he worked as an auditor in KPMG LLP from 2010 to 2013 in New York.

Mr. Li graduated from the University of Southern California in the United States with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance in 2010.

Ms. Lan Cheng

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Cheng joined the Company as a non-executive director on June 28, 2018.

Ms. Cheng is currently a vice president of CIC Capital Corporation (“CIC Capital”), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Investment Corporation and is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities in the metals and mining industry and post-investment management of CIC Capital’s existing portfolio assets in the same sector. Prior to joining CIC Capital in 2015, Ms. Cheng was the senior commercial specialist at Chinalco Rio Tinto Exploration Company, responsible for sourcing, evaluating and negotiating investment opportunities in the mining sector. Ms. Cheng has approximately 10 years’ experience working for various mining companies including Centerra Gold Inc., Sino Gold Mining Ltd. and Gold Fields Limited.

Ms. Cheng obtained her bachelor’s degree in hydrogeology in 2003 from the East China University of Technology in China. She obtained her master’s degree in economic geology in 2006 from the China University of Geosciences (Beijing) in China.


  • Member of Audit Committee
  • Member of Compensation and Benefits Committee
  • Member of Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of Health, Environment, Safety and Social Responsibility Committee