Harold Ou Wang, Chairman
Harold has spent 15 years working for China National Non-ferrous Metals Corporation (CNNC), China’s non-ferrous sector ‘ministry’ and former parent of CHINALCO, CNMC, JNMC, Minmetals and many other Chinese non-ferrous majors. Harold was Deputy Director of CNNC’s Planning Department and Foreign Affairs Department, overseeing new investments and in charge of all international funding for CNNC’s projects overseas.
Harold held the position of Vice President, China Business Development with Sino Mining International, Sino Refco Capital Limited and Asia Resource Capital Limited, a Joint Venture between Macquarie Bank and CNNC. Harold also held the position of Executive Director and President of Lynas Corporation Limited before 2007. Harold served as a non-executive director of Rutila Resources Limited from 2010 to 2013.
Harold graduated from Beijing University of Science & Technology in early 1980s and studied for his Master’s degree of Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Kevin Hobgood-Brown AM, Managing Director
Kevin has over 30 years of management and legal experience in the Asia Pacific region and has been based in Sydney since 1996. He was one of a small group of international lawyers to work in Beijing in the early 1980’s. Kevin managed Riverstone Advisory from May 2010, prior to which he served as Group Executive and General Counsel for Sino Gold Mining Limited, an Australian listed company and the most successful resources industry investor in China, until the take-over of Sino Gold by Canadian-listed Eldorado Gold.
Kevin was an international law firm partner for 18 years, in which capacity he had postings in Beijing, San Francisco, Taipei and Sydney. He handled investment projects throughout China and in almost all of Australia’s major Asian trading partners.
Kevin was the Deputy Chairman of the Australian government’s eight-member Australia-China Council, serving from 2007 to 2013. He was the Chairman of the Australia China Business Council from 2005 to 2008, and served on the Board of Directors of the ACBC from 1999 to 2013. He is a member of the Advisory Panel to the China Studies Centre of Sydney University. He is the chairman of the not-for-profit Foundation for Australian Studies in China. Kevin is a member of the Global Council of the Asia Society and taught at the Law School of Beijing University from 1983 to 1987.
Kevin was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List for his contributions to Australia-China relations, to tertiary education, to international business development and to the natural resources sector.
Kevin has Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the United States and a Diploma in Chinese Law. He is a member of the California and Texas Bar Associations and the Law Society of New South Wales.
Shirley Gao, Director
Shirley has advised Chinese companies on a number of overseas acquisitions during her five years of work with Riverstone Advisory. Shirley has extensive managerial and business experience in a number of cities in China and Australia. Through more than a decade of work with Chinese and multinational organizations, she has developed keen insights into the Chinese and international business and cultural environments. Shirley also has a comprehensive understanding of the entire process involved in cross-border business transactions from the beginning to the post-closing stage. Combined with her ability in detailed execution, Shirley has contributed to the successful completion of multiple major M&A transactions.
Shirley is fluent in Chinese and in English. She has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance. Since 2011, Shirley has been serving on board of the Foundation for Australian Studies in China, which is a not-for-profit organisation created to foster educational links between China and Australia and to support the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University. She is the Executive Director of the Foundation.