Strategy and Leadership: Shaun Browne, Executive Chairman
Shaun Browne has led AME Group for 25 years. He coordinates and drives AME’s group strategy and global business operations. Shaun has pioneered, developed and run large-scale research platforms for the resources and basic industries sectors. He has authored expert and advisory reports across many commodities and advised on numerous transactions.
Business Development: Michael Dixon, Director EMEA & Americas
B.Sc (Hons), ACA
Michael Dixon qualified as a UK Chartered Accountant and has 20+ years of commercial experience. Michael has led and built AME’s business development effort over the last 15 years, during which time he has been heavily involved in writing and assisting to build AME’s commodity research capability. This has also involved being an expert witness in iron ore litigation, financial modelling and corporate advisory work. Previously, Michael had roles with KPMG, Robert Fleming and First Independent Corporate Finance. His experience also includes acting as Head of Business Development to build Bloomberg’s commercial operations in Australasia.
Advisory: Yong Cho, General Manager—Advisory
Yong Cho heads AME’s advisory division, which provides commissioned reports and studies related to infrastructure, transactions and financing in the resources industry, as well as strategic and project advice. AME’s detailed engineering knowledge and projects experience also forms a credible base for scoping studies. Prior to joining AME, Yong worked in project finance, specialising in resource projects with Westpac Institutional Bank and Projects+Infrastructure. Yong’s vast experience and knowledge in resources comprises many years in financial advisory, modelling and credit risk management. At AME, Yong has worked in base and precious metals, coal, steel, iron ore and minor metals, as well as other commodities such as rare earths.
Oil & Gas: Fabiano Nunez Costa, Team Leader—Oil and Gas
B.Sc. (Industrial Engineering) M.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering)
Fabiano Nunez Costa has had years of petroleum-economic experience, which is critical to the construction and maintenance of AME’s huge global database of upstream hydrocarbon assets in the oil and gas division. Prior to AME, Fabiano spent several years at IHS CERA in engineering research. His experience includes analysis of exploration and production strategies for specific projects in offshore fields in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Fabiano also brings valuable on-site oil field experience where he monitored the execution of subsea pipe connections at offshore platforms in Mexico at the giant Cantarell and Ku-Maloop-Zaap oil fields. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Oil & Gas: Robert M Ekstein, Senior Consultant
B.Sc (Geology), G.Dip Eng Sc (Upstream Petroleum), MAusIMM
Robert M Ekstein is a geologist with business development, marketing and consulting services experience. Before joining AME, Robert had experience as a gas geologist for Arrow Energy where he was involved in well-side geology, sub-surface modelling and applied his skills in stratigraphic correlations to daily operations. Robert was part of a group that spearheaded live well monitoring for deviated development and appraisal wells with the aim of providing live situational analysis. Other functions included petrographic analysis, creation of well proposals, geological predictions, reviewing planning proposals and preparing well completion reports. Prior to his experience at Arrow, Robert was involved in exploration work for the coal industry.
Coal: Linda Taglieri, Industry Director—Coal
BSc (Geol, Hons Class 1)
Linda Taglieri runs AME’s coal research team, with a focus on detailed supply-side analysis at the project and operational level. AME’s coal team covers the seaborne trade in met and thermal coal globally, with detailed analysis of historical and forecast mine costs and cost curves, ranging from run-of-mine to FOB and CFR costs at mine, company and country level. Linda’s 20+ years’ experience in the energy industry as an analyst includes 11 years with RungePincockMinarco as a resources analyst and consultant geologist. This work comprised independent technical reviews and due diligence on coal assets, greenfield exploration project evaluations, mine production forecasts and coal mine cost analyses.
Iron Ore: Tony Hespe, Industry Director—Iron Ore
B.Sc (Geology and Geophysics), Master of Business and Technology, MAIG
Anthony Hespe has 40 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine geology, resource definition and project development, which includes the leadership of teams exploring for base metals, gold and bulk commodities in Australia and China. He has extensive experience in identifying and acquiring projects and negotiation and management of joint ventures. Tony was Managing Director of Zenith Minerals, an ASX-listed mining company, identifying an iron ore project and developing it from resource definition through to scoping study.
Light Metals: Darryl Pilgrim, Industry Director Aluminium and Alumina
B.E. (Met)(Hon), MEngSci (Res), MEcon
Darryl Pilgrim brings 25 years’ direct site experience in mining and minerals processing to AME’s international research effort in aluminium, alumina and bauxite. AME covers the entire aluminium supply chain from bauxite through alumina to aluminium smelting in intricate site-by-site detail, which is the foundation of AME’s internationally credible costs analysis and market studies. Darryl’s industry engineering expertise was developed in steelmaking, uranium milling, aluminium smelting and alumina refining in Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Canada, India and the UK. Most recently, Darryl worked with Rio Tinto on alumina refinery expansion projects in Australia and Vietnam, including leadership roles in commissioning projects. Darryl is responsible for AME’s light metals engineering and market analysis for the aluminium, alumina and bauxite industries.
Copper & Gold: Michael Donnelly, Senior Consultant
Michael Donnelly’s deep experience in mining includes ten years as an exploration geologist with Rio Tinto, and he has subsequently covered a broad range of mineral commodities, principally copper, gold, uranium and diamonds. AME’s work on the global copper and gold industries combines forecasts for demand, supply and prices with a globally comprehensive industry database of costs and production data, built up from mine by mine analysis. His current focus on copper and gold at AME was preceded by a period as the company’s principal lead and zinc analyst, producing a full range of lead and zinc research, from exploration, mining and production cost estimation through to end-use consumption analysis, market balances and price forecasts.
Zinc & Lead: Andrew Jones, Industry Director—Base Metals
BAppSc (Geol) (Hons), M.Sc (Mineral and Energy Economics)
Andrew Jones leads a base metals team that constructs and supports AME’s detailed research into supply, demand and costs analysis in zinc, lead and other nonferrous metals. Andrew brings more than 15 years mining experience across several commodities, with senior roles in both underground and open-cut mines in a range of operating environments. After ten years in the Mount Isa region, Australia, Andrew consulted on a variety of resource estimations and due diligence projects in gold, iron ore, mineral sands, uranium and industrial minerals. His international experience includes Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, India, China, Vietnam and Kazakhstan.
Nickel: Ian Warden, Team Leader Nickel
B.Sc (Applied Geology), MAusIMM
Ian Warden is a geologist with over a decade of experience in the nickel, coal, mineral sands, iron ore and seafloor base metals industries in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and China. Prior to joining AME, he was the Project Development Manager for Direct Nickel, and President Director of the Indonesian subsidiary PT Direct Nickel. His developed skills in management, business development, market analysis and exploration were gained through significant operations experience, particularly with Rio Tinto Australia. AME has covered the nickel industry for more than 40 years, and has built an enviable database for our detailed market, costs and industry analysis of nickel mines, smelters and refineries.