Directors

Eric Finlayson

Director

Ivanhoe Liberia

Eric Finlayson

Director

Mr. Finlayson was appointed President of HPX in 2015 after serving as Senior Advisor-Business Development since 2013.

Prior to joining HPX, he spent 24 years with Rio Tinto including 5 years as Global Head of Exploration and 2 years as the CEO of Rio Tinto Coal in Mozambique. Mr. Finlayson is an exploration geologist with more than 35 years of global, multi-commodity experience.

Kadiatou Konaté

Director

Ivanhoe Liberia

Kadiatou Konaté

Director

Kadiatou Konaté is the Managing Director of Sustainable Mining & Infrastructure Group (SMIG), a purpose-driven organisation designing and implementing innovative approaches for the development and funding of sustainable mining and infrastructure projects in Guinea and West Africa.

Prior to her current role, Ms Konaté held positions as Director of Planning & Business Strategy for the Rio Tinto Minerals Group, leading the business planning and evaluating capital expansion projects.  She was previously Controller and CFO for Rio Tinto Simandou’s Iron Ore Project. Her prior roles include leading risk and compliance teams.

Ms Konaté is a certified public accountant and she holds a master’s degree of accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.

Senior Staff

Mamady Youla

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Ivanhoe Liberia

Mamady Youla

Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mamady Youla is the Chief Executive Officer of the Nimba Iron Project. Mr. Youla previously served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea from December 2015 to May 2018 during the second term of President Alpha Condé. During Mr. Youla’s mandate, Guinea achieved extraordinary economic growth of greater than 10% in both 2016 and 2017, registered a record level of foreign investment, and completed a reform program with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Mr. Youla is also a highly experienced mining executive and was previously the CEO of Guinea Alumina Corporation (“GAC”) from June 2004 to December 2015. GAC is a subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium and operates the Sangarédi bauxite mine, located in northwest Guinea, and related rail and port infrastructure. Mr. Youla was instrumental in overseeing the construction and operation of the US$1.4 billion project, which was one of the largest greenfield investments in Guinea.

Kevin McLean

Director of Operations

Ivanhoe Liberia

Kevin McLean

Director of Operations

Kevin McLean has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry with the last six years in West Africa where he held senior executive roles in Guinea and Sierra Leone. A geologist by training, Mr McLean has spent considerable time in general management of port, rail and mines for iron ore in the Pilbara of West Australia where he worked for Fortescue Metals Group Ltd during its start-up, after spending his early years in Rio Tinto Iron Ore. He worked also in business improvement, mining geology and exploration for gold and base metals.

More recently, he completed the successful construction and start of operations of Alufer Mining’s greenfield bauxite project at Bel Air in Guinea, first as its Project Director then becoming CEO as it moved into operations.

Shane Kay

Chief Financial Officer

Ivanhoe Liberia

Shane Kay

Chief Financial Officer

Shane Kay is a certified practicing accountant and chartered company secretary with 20 years’ experience in corporate accounting, financial management, budgeting, contracts, management, company secretarial responsibilities, reporting and legal compliance including with anti-corruption laws.

After starting his career in Brisbane in accountancy and financial analyst roles, Mr Kay served as Finance Manager for Rio Tinto Plc. on its Simandou Project in Guinea. He joined the Nimba Iron Project in 2012 as Finance Manager, responsible for the functional transition of the Nimba Iron Ore Project from a unit dependent on an owner to a standalone commercial entity across its human resource, IT, financial and governance functions. He was promoted to CFO in 2015, and is responsible for operational and capital budgets, forecasts and reporting, financial and tax reporting, contract management, company secretarial duties, anti-bribery and corruption and information technology.

Joanna Cochrane

Director of Environmental and Social Reponsibility

Ivanhoe Liberia

Joanna Cochrane

Director of Environmental and Social Reponsibility

Ms Joanna Cochrane brings over 30 years of experience in environmental and social responsibility and sustainability to the Nimba Iron Ore Project. She has degrees in Environmental Sciences and Energy Policy from University of East Anglia (UK) and Imperial College, London. She started her career in environmental consultancy in Hong Kong and followed this with 12 years based in London but travelling the world, working on international development programmes and impact assessments of major infrastructural projects in a range of sectors.

Ms Cochrane moved to the Hague in 2001 to join Shell as the global discipline lead for sustainable development, supporting major upstream and downstream projects. Over the next 19 years, she held environment and social performance leadership roles in new business development, upstream, and shale oil and gas, as well as corporate leadership of biodiversity and conservation, and finally as vice-president for social performance. Relocating to London in 2014, she left Shell in 2020 before joining the Nimba Iron Ore Project in 2021.

Mike Glaser

Study Manager

Ivanhoe Liberia

Mike Glaser

Study Manager

Mike Glaser is a geologist by training but has assumed various technical, operations and management roles around the globe for the last 25 years.

He worked for much of his career for BHP (Billiton), managing various geological and mine production teams and activities in South Africa and South America. He has worked in greenfield exploration, as a mine manager and on a complex joint venture where he supported HSEC performance, operations management and cost control. Mr Glaser joined the Nimba Project team in 2011 as the Area Manager Technical. He currently serves as the Study Manager, responsible for the completion of technical and engineering studies for the project.

Hadja I. Diallo

Human Resources Manager

Ivanhoe Liberia

Hadja I. Diallo

Human Resources Manager

Hadja I. Diallo is the Nimba Iron Project’s Human Resources Manager with over 15 years’ experience in the Guinean mining sector and a practical understanding of Guinean labour laws. She has as well a strong background in management of human resources (HR), recruitment and talent, performance, staff retention, classification and compensation, industrial relations, employee relations, policy interpretation and training.

Before joining the Nimba Iron Project in February 2021, Hadja served as Human Resources Manager for Alliance Mining Commodities Guinee (AMC SA) for the previous three years, from December 2017 to January 2021. Prior to AMC SA, Hadja held several leadership positions in human resources at Guinea Alumina Corporation SA, a subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), where she worked from May 2006 to November 2017, including the position of Senior Human Resources Business Partner at EGA in Dubai, on a secondment contract from 2016 to 2017. Following her graduation in 2003, Hadja operated as a finance controller for Compagnie Shell de Guinée, a petroleum company, from 2004 to 2005.

Hadja first graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Rouen (France). She also holds a master’s degree in international banking and finance from University Le Havre (France) in 2003, and a second master’s degree in HR management from the University of Poitiers (France) in 2013.

Hadja is the President of Guinean Council of Human Resources Professional (COGUIPRO-RH) – a prominent HR organisation on the national level, where she mentors upcoming HR professionals and shares her knowledge and passion for HR.

Ibrahim Baldé

Guinea Government Relations Manager

Ivanhoe Liberia

Ibrahim Baldé

Guinea Government Relations Manager

Ibrahim Baldé studied law at Hassan 1er University in Morocco.  He was selected by BHP Billiton in 2007 for its Green Shoots talent-recruitment programme, to develop future leaders for BHP Billiton’s operations in Guinea.  Mr Baldé studied and worked for a year in South Africa, where he learned English and BHP Billiton’s corporate culture at its head office in Johannesburg.  Returning to Guinea in 2008, he worked in the Nimba Iron Project’s Human Resources (HR) Department, after which he worked in Australia, with BHP Billiton’s HR Department at Port Hedland, West Australia.

Returning again to Guinea, Mr Baldé served as Human Resources Superintendent for the Nimba Iron Project from 2009 to 2012.  In 2012-13, he worked in the the Nimba Project’s Study Team based in London, developing the likely terms, conditions, opportunities and constraints relating to the Project’s future operations.

From later in 2013 until present, Mr Baldé has served as the Nimba Iron Project’s Government Relations Manager from its office in Conakry.  He quickly developed extensive working relationships at multiple levels across government, in particular with the Ministry of Mines and Geology but also with many other governmental departments and agencies with which the Nimba Iron Project interacts. He represents the Nimba Iron Project at the Guinean Chamber of Mines.

Danniel Stokes

Project Controls and Evaluation Manager

Ivanhoe Liberia

Danniel Stokes

Project Controls and Evaluation Manager

Danniel Stokes holds degrees in engineering and business, with an additional qualification in project management from the Association for Project Management. He has more than 17 years’ experience across diverse projects around the world, supporting project controls and project management, developing and implementing best practice in estimating, planning, cost management, change management, risk management and financial evaluation of projects in the mining, infrastructure, and nuclear industries. His work specialises in transforming highly complex ideas into safely delivered projects and long-lasting operations beneficial to all stakeholders.

Danniel started his career working for KBR in Brisbane as a project controls engineer, and worked on some of Australia’s largest mining and mineral projects and studies. He then progressed to senior roles within the owners’ teams on international mega-projects such as the Guinea Alumina Project, Ivanhoe’s Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and the Resolution Copper Project in Arizona. Danniel joined ArcelorMittal Mining’s PMO in 2013 and led development of the project management and project controls across their mining portfolio. He worked in the UK’s nuclear industry prior to joining the Nimba Iron Project in 2020.

Jamison Suter

ESIA External Relations Manager

Ivanhoe Liberia

Jamison Suter

ESIA External Relations Manager

With degrees in cultural anthropology and environmental science, Jamison Suter worked for the Environment Department of the World Bank Group in the mid-1990s, mainly for the newly created Global Environment Facility (GEF).

He then worked for eight years managing environmental conservation programs for the international NGO, Fauna & Flora International (FFI). He focused particularly on West African nations affected by conflict – Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire – and on balancing the perceived need for immediate ‘development’ in contexts of extreme poverty and socio-economic disarray, with longer-term imperatives like sustainability, protection of biological diversity & ecosystem services, and fighting corruption. Since 2006, he has supported exploration-level environmental management, community & external relations, and the environmental and social impact assessment for The Nimba Iron Project. He has been the Nimba Iron Project’s primary point of contact with the public on issues like world heritage, biodiversity, good governance, human rights and sustainable development.