STRATEGY AND LEADERSHIP
Shaun Browne, Executive Chairman
BEC, MBA
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.
GENERAL MANAGEMENT
Yong Cho, Chief Executive Officer
BCom/B LLB
Yong heads AME’s global sales effort with core support and relationship centres in London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. This expanding network of offices functions as the backbone to AME’s effort to add value at the local level with near immediate response to our clients. 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.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Michael Dixon, Director EMEA & Americas
BSc (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. 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
Lloyd Hain, Advisory Director
BE (Mining), BSc (Hons), MAusIMM
Lloyd Hain 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. Lloyd is a mining engineer with over a decade of experience in the coal industry having worked in technical, operational and management roles. He has experience in the planning and operation of all types of coal deposits from simple, single seam to highly complex, faulted, steeply dipping, multi-seam deposits.
LONDON
Tom Haanen, Industry Manager
Bsc (Geology), BCom (Economics)
Tom Haanen is an experienced geologist in the commodities sector. He has had numerous roles focused on assessing the geology and economics of both exploration and mining projects in New Zealand & Australia, with a focus on coal and precious metals. Prior to joining AME, he worked as an exploration geologist for FMG in Western Australia whilst completing his CFA Level 1 exam. His previous experience across a range of commodities from both a public and private sector background has helped to increase the knowledge base of the AME team.
TORONTO
Sam Kiri, Regional Sales Manager
CFA B. Sc. Engineering
Sam Kiri is a CFA Charter Holder and a qualified engineer with experience in Mining, Oil & Gas and Capital Market Operations. He was involved in cross border listing of Natural Resources companies, and has extensive experience as an analyst covering both Mining and Oil & Gas sectors. Sam has previously undertaken assignments in Macro Policy Research related to the Oil & Gas industry and has published several research papers. He has over 20 years of Commercial and Business Development experience dealing with Natural Resources companies, Financial Institutions and Government Bodies. Sam is one of the founder members of Proactive Investors, a global media company.
COPPER & BASE METALS
Michael Donnelly, Senior Consultant
MSc, MAusIMM
Michael Donnelly’s experience in mining includes 10 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.
COAL
Linda Taglieri, Industry Director
BSc (Geology, 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 includes 11 years with RungePincockMinarco as a resources analyst and consultant geologist.
OIL & GAS
Robert M Ekstein, Senior Consultant
BSc (Geology), GDip 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.
OIL & GAS
William Vlahovic, Senior Consultant
BAppSc (Applied Geology), MAppSc, Fellow AIG, Fellow AIE, MSPE, MPESA, MAusIMM, MGSA
William Vlahovic is a senior geoscientist with 35 years’ experience in coal, oil and gas exploration, development, consulting and management. William has worked as a coal geologist, unconventional oil and gas geoscientist and exploration manager for various organisations including: the NSW State Government, junior global oil and gas exploration and production company Molopo Energy and Queensland coal seam gas production company Petrochina International Investment (Australia).
OIL & GAS
Sina Alidoust, Industry Manager
B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Petroleum Engineering)
Sina is a petroleum engineer with an extensive operational background, gained through working on the offshore fields in the Persian Gulf. Prior to joining AME Research, Sina was involved with Petroservices GmbH, conducting feasibility studies on NIOC’s flagship South Pars project. He has great familiarity with fundamentals of exploration, development and production forecasting of high pressure and high fractured reservoirs. His engineering knowledge and his analytical skills are progressively utilized by AME Research to develop accurate asset evaluation studies.
OIL & GAS
Bardia Alavi, Industry Manager
BEng (Petroleum Engineering) (Hons)
Bardia Alavi is a Petroleum Engineer/Energy Market Analyst with years of experience across various techno-economic sectors of the global oil and gas industry. Prior to joining AME, Bardia served as a private consultant for the WA Government, looking at risk factors and as an asset engineer, for Eureka Energy developing the company’s portfolio of assets. He possesses a strong foundation in upstream petroleum engineering, reservoir geomechanics, production optimization, pipeline engineering, asset monetization, financial modelling, and cost engineering.
IRON ORE
Tony Hespe, Industry Director
BSc (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.
TECHNICAL SERVICES
Sien Wei Phua, Industry Manager
BCom - Ac Stud, Industry Manager
Sien Wei is the industry manager of iron ore at AME. His focus includes iron ore, freight and product development. Over his career in AME, Sien Wei has been responsible for the global iron ore and freight research and market analysis, as well as the development of global trade flow model. Sien Wei has also had significant involvement in AME’s iron ore advisory transactions, including IPOs, internal market reports, M&A, due diligence and financing.
GOLD
Kate McCutcheon, Industry Manager
BE (Mining) (Hons), M.Eng (Mining), MAusIMM (CP)
Kate is the manager of precious metals at AME. She has broad experience in precious, base and industrial metals and has been based in Australia, Laos, Colombia and Chile. She has over 8 years’ onsite operational experience in mine design, optimisation and project evaluation. Prior to AME, Kate worked on feasibility studies with a consultancy in Santiago, spent four years as a senior geotechnical engineer with MMG and over three years with Xstrata Copper as a mining engineer. Kate is a Chartered Professional with the AusIMM and is based in Sydney.
STEEL
Dean Kennington, Industry Manager
BEng (Process Metallurgy, Hons)
Dean Kennington is a senior process engineer with over 10 years of steelmaking experience. He has worked in operational and technical roles across BOF, EAF, Steel Treatment, Continuous Casting, and Pipe and Tube Mills. He worked for two years at OneSteel’s Sydney Steel Mill as an Operations Engineer and Shift Leader gaining experience in all operations of an EAF Meltshop. Dean spent six years working in Port Kembla at BlueScope Steel’s BOF and Steel Treatment departments. Dean is currently contributing his detailed process knowledge to AME’s global steel model.
NICKEL
Ian Warden, Team Leader
BSc (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. Prior to joining AME, he was the Project Development Manager for Direct Nickel, and President Director of the Indonesian subsidiary PT Direct Nickel. Ian has 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.
ALUMINIUM
Andrew Denton, Industry Manager
BE (Chem) (Hon), MPM
Andrew is a process engineer with eight years practical experience within alumina refining operations. He has experience in data analysis, process modelling and improvement and has contributed to on-site process impact assessments and feasibility studies. Prior to joining AME Andrew held several site based technical positions in process development, projects and refinery operations in Queensland, Australia. His experience spans the alumina production chain, covering digestion, precipitation, settling and materials handling.