Board of Directors

  • Chun Wang, Dr

    Non-Executive Board Chairman

       Dr. Chun Wang is currently General Manager of Gold Mountains (H.K.) International Mining Co., Ltd, a wholly subsidiary of Zijin Mining Group in Hong Kong. He previously held various positions in Zijin Mining Group including CEO of Zijin Continental Gold Ltd, Deputy Chief Engineer of Zijin Mining Group and Director of Zijin Research Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.
      Prior to joining Zijin, Dr. Wang’s previous roles included VP Technical, Operation and Project for CMOC Group, Chief Technical Officer for Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd., Chief Engineer for Tibet Yulong Copper Industries and Senior Principal Metallurgist, Hydrometallurgical Research Group Leader for BGRIMM.
       Dr. Wang has served the mining industry for over 26 years, predominantly in the base metal industry since receiving his PhD in Chemistry in 1996 from Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is a qualified and skilled metallurgist with practical operation experience in different areas of the mining industry. Dr. Wang is very experienced in the extractive metallurgy of copper, zinc, nickel cobalt and gold, and has sound process research & development and engineering capacity, especially in heap leach, agitation leach, pressure leach and oxidation, solvent extraction and electrowinning.

  • Woo Lee, Mr

    Non-Executive Director

      Mr. Woo Lee is Senior Vice President of Barrick Gold Corporation and Head of Corporate Affairs for the Asia-Pacific.  His previous position was President of Barrick China.  He has over 30 years of experience in East Asia, working with government officials, business leaders, non-governmental organizations, media and other stakeholders.  Mr. Lee was previously Senior Advisor and Managing Director at JL Thornton & Company, where he advised the firm’s founder and Barrick Executive Chairman, John Thornton, and led its government, commercial and non-profit projects in Asia.  Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Lee worked as an American diplomat in the U.S. State Department for 16 years, serving in progressively senior positions at American embassies and consulates in Japan, Australia, China and the Philippines. 
      Mr. Lee is a member of the board of directors of Barrick (Niugini) Limited and Argentina Gold (Bermuda) II Limited.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian studies from Yale University.  Mr. Lee’s foreign languages are Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.

  • Shaoyang Shen, Mr

    Managing Director

      Mr Shaoyang Shen is currently Managing Director of Barrick (Niugini) Limited ("BNL"), nominated by Zijin Mining (Group) Limited ("Zijin"), one of the two shareholders of the company. Mr Shen has more than 10 years of operations management and investment experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining Zijin Mining, he held  senior executive positions with Silvercorp Metals Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed mining company, including as Chief Operating Officer of the company and Vice President for China Operations. He also served as director of Pretium Resources Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange listed Canadian mining company from 2015 to 2018. 

  • Chad Coulin, Mr


      Mr. Chad Coulin is General Manager for Barrick (Niugini) Limited (BNL), and has been with the Barrick group for over 12 years in a number of senior positons. Prior to joining Barrick, he spent 6 years in the Oil & Gas industry, working throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Mr. Coulin is a director of Requian ESG and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in industrial systems engineering.

  • Karo Lelai, Ms


      Ms. Karo Lelai is consulting as External Head of Legal for Barrick (Niugini) Limited. She runs her own legal consulting firm and was previously Principal of Norton Rose Fulbright Papua New Guinea and General Counsel of Petromin PNG Holdings Limited (now called Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited).  Ms. Lelai has over 20 years of commercial legal experience practicing law in Papua New Guinea, with a focus on the mining and petroleum sector and is held in high repute within the industry.  She is a well-known leader in Papua New Guinea for her years of voluntary work in the world of sports, using sport as a tool for development and the promotion of Papua New Guinean women leaders. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree (Hons) from the University of Papua New Guinea, a Masters in Business Administration also from that University and has been a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2009.
      Ms. Lelai speaks English and Tok Pisin, two of Papua New Guinea’s National languages.

  • Mark Hill, Mr

    Non-Executive Director

      Mr Mark Hill is currently Chief Operating Officer, LATAM and Australia Pacific for Barrick Gold Corporation. He was appointed chief investment officer of Barrick in September 2016, chairing its investment committee, and is a member of the Company's executive committee. Mr Hill has more than 25 years' experience in the mining industry, gained at BHP Billiton, AngloGold Ashanti, Placer Dome and WMC Limited. Mr Hill holds a bachelor's degree in mining engineering and a graduate diploma in mineral economics.

  • Kai Yiu, Mr

    Non-Executive Director

      Mr. Yiu graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Accounting and has an MBA from the University of Hong Kong. He served as CFO of Norton Gold Fields Limited since 2015, responsible for all the finance, sales, purchase and supply chain functions of Australia gold mine operations. Previously, he served as Financial Controller of Gold Mountains (HK) International Mining Co, a subsidiary of Zijin Mining Co. He has extensive experience in cash resources planning and fund raising activities, also co-hosted roadshows and client meetings to raise seed capital and was involved in the set up and operation of an overseas mining fund of +US$100M.

      He has previously held positions with Ernst & Young and John Lees & Associates involved in M&A activities, fund raising and financial analysis.

  • The Porgera Gold Mine in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, is owned by the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV).

    It is operated by Barrick (Niugini) Limited (“BNL”) which owns 95 percent participating interest in PJV. The remaining 5% is owned by Mineral Resources Enga (MRE) Limited.

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