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Our Leadership

Edwin Soeryadjaya
President Commissioner
Garibaldi Thohir
Commissioner
Tang Honghui
Commissioner
Budi Bowoleksono
Independent Commissioner
Muhamad Munir
Independent Commissioner
Yoke Candra
Commissioner
Albert Saputro
President Director
Simon James Milroy
Vice President Director – resigned on 31 January 2023 and shall be legally effective after the approval from the GMS
Andrew Phillip Starkey
Director – Executive Chairman
David Thomas Fowler
Director
Hardi Wijaya Liong
Director
Gavin Arnold Caudle
Director
Titien Supeno
Director
Chrisanthus Supriyo
Director
Jason Greive
Acting CEO
Boyke Poerbaya Abidin
Chief External Affairs
Peter Kevin Scanlon
Executive GM – Engineering & Construction
Eric Rahardja
Chief of Commercial and Business Support
Luke Daniel Morris
Chief Operating Officer
Jim Sweeney
Acting Executive GM Geoscience
Tim Mortimer
Executive GM Projects

Edwin Soeryadjaya

Indonesian citizen, born in 1949, was appointed as the President Commissioner of the Company in June 2016, having been the Vice President Commissioner of the Company since 2014. He is one of Indonesia’s leading businessmen with a solid track record in automotive, coal mining, plantation, banking, and the retail industry, having served for 15 years with PT Astra International Tbk, one of Indonesia’s largest diversified conglomerates, with the last position of Vice President Director.

He currently serves as the President Commissioner of PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk, PT Adaro Energy Indonesia Tbk (coal & energy), and PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure Tbk (telecommunication towers). He is also the Chairman (Non-Executive) of Interra Resources Limited (oil & gas).

He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2010.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, USA in 1974.

Garibaldi Thohir

Indonesian citizen, born in 1965, was appointed as the Commissioner of the Company in December 2014, having been the Director of the Company since 2012. He is a renowned entrepreneur and executive in the Indonesian business circle, most prominently as the President Director of PT Adaro Energy Indonesia Tbk, the largest coal mine company in Indonesia.

He currently serves as the Commissioner of PT Wahana Ottomitra Multiartha Tbk and President Commissioner of PT GoTo Gojek Tokopedia Tbk.

In 2011, Mr Thohir was awarded Businessman of the Year by Forbes Magazine Indonesia.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California, USA, in 1988, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northrop University, Los Angeles, USA in 1989.

Tang Honghui

Chinese citizen, born in 1980, was appointed as the Commissioner of the Company in June 2022. He serves as the Vice President of Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology Co., Ltd. Mr Tang Honghui used to serve for Shenzhen BAK Power Battery as an R&D Engineer and Hunan Brunp Recycling Technology as Director of the R&D Department and Deputy General Manager. He has more than 15 years of experience in technology development and application of recyclable resources recycle and reuse; development and industrialization of power-battery-used NMC & NCA precursor material, comprehensive development of laterite nickel ore, recycling of wastewater from industrial production, hazard-free treatment and comprehensive utilization of solid waste from industrial production.

He earned a Doctorate Degree in Non-Ferrous Metallurgy from Central South University in 2021.

Budi Bowoleksono

Indonesian citizen, born in 1959, was appointed as the Independent Commissioner of the Company in January 2020.

Previously, he was a career diplomat having served for over 34 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served in various capacities including as the General Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. His overseas postings included assignments to the Indonesian permanent missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, also the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Vienna, Austria. He served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the USA (2014-2019) and was appointed as the General Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (2010-2014) and to Kenya, which also covers the Uganda, Mauritius, Seychelles, UN-Environment Program, and UN-Habitat (2008-2010).

Currently, he also serves as the Independent Commissioner of PT Adaro Energy Indonesia Tbk and PT Adaro Minerals Indonesia Tbk.

He graduated with a degree from Krisnadwipayana University, Indonesia in 1984.

Muhamad Munir

Indonesian citizen, born in 1958, was appointed as the Independent Commissioner in July 2020.

Mr Munir served as the General Secretary of Wantannas from 2015 to 2016 and Deputy Chief of Staff AD from 2013 to 2015. He also served as Panglima Kostrad from 2012 to 2013, Panglima Kodam III Siliwangi from 2011 until 2012, Panglima Divif 2 / Kostrad from 2010 until 2011 and Kasdam Jaya from 2009 to 2010. He is an alumnus of the Army Command in 1996 and the Indonesian Army Command (2001) and the National Defense Institute of the Republic of Indonesia (2012). He also obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees majoring in Business Management at Bina Nusantara University in 2017 and 2020.

Yoke Candra

Indonesian citizen, born in 1975, was appointed as the Commissioner of the Company in January 2022. He has a solid background in managerial and commercial with more than 20 years of work experience in various local and foreign companies as well as State-owned Enterprises. Since 2021 until now, he serves as the Commissioner of PT Semen Gresik. Previously, from 2016 to 2021, he was trusted to carry out the position of the Commissioner of PT Petrokimia Gresik. During the period from 2014 to 2016, he served as the Board of Supervisor of Perusahaan Umum (Perum) Jasa Tirta I. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the Director of Marketing and Business Development of Surabaya Industrial Estate Rungkut (SIER) after previously having a career at PT Filtrona Indonesia and PT Alfa Laval Indonesia.

In the field of government, he was on duty as a Consultant and Expert at the Bureau of Economics for Regional-owned Enterprises Management of East Java Provincial Government from 2012 to 2015, Consultant and Expert on Cooperation and Investment of Surabaya-Madura Regional Development Agency from 2012 to 2016. Furthermore, until now he is also active in organizations such as serving as the Vice Chairman of the East Java Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Vice Chairman of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community of the Chemical Vocational Agency of the Indonesian Engineers Association.

He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in 1999 and a Master of Management degree in Marketing Management from Universitas Airlangga in 2008. He attended Certified Professional Marketer (Asia Pacific) by Asia Pacific Marketing Federation and Universitas Airlangga.

Albert Saputro

Indonesian citizen, born in 1985, was appointed as the President Director of the Company in May 2021. He currently serves as the Vice President Portfolio of PT Saratoga Investama Sedaya Tbk since 2016 until now. He once served as the Senior Analyst of Deutsche Verdhana Indonesia from 2011-2016 and Senior Analyst of Macquarie Securities Group from 2007-2011. He began his career as a Treasury & Financial Analyst of Jardine Matheson in 2005-2007. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sydney in 2005.

Simon James Milroy

Australian citizen, born in 1967, was appointed as the Vice President Director of the Company in July 2020.

He is a mining engineer with a broad range of expertise and experience in exploration, development, operations, mergers and acquisitions and government relations in the mining industry for over 30 years.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of South Australia (1988), a First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency, a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He once served as General Manager of Corporate Development and Exploration at PanAust, Australia (2016-2019); Managing Director and CEO at KGL Resources, Australia (2007-2016); General Manager for Project Development and Country Manager at PanAust, Australia (2004-2007); Mining Manager in Kingsgate, Thailand (2001-2004) and Padaeng Zinc, Thailand (1999-2001); and started his career as Senior Mining Engineer at Aberfoyle Resources, Australia (1996-1998).

Gavin Arnold Caudle

Australian citizen, born in 1968, was appointed as the Director of the Company in June 2016. With more than 20 years of professional experience in finance, Mr Caudle began his career with the Public Accounting Firm of Arthur Andersen Australia, subsequently becoming a Partner with Arthur Andersen Indonesia. He then moved to Citigroup Indonesia, as Head of Investment Banking and Head of Mergers and Acquisition, prior to joining Saratoga Capital as Managing Director. He currently serves also as Director of Provident Capital Partners and Non-Executive Director of Sihayo Gold Ltd.

He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia in 1988 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia.

David Thomas Fowler

Australian national, born in 1966, was appointed as the Director of the Company in December 2014. Mr Fowler has had more than 25 years of professional experience in the mineral resources industry with expertise in finance, operations and development. He started with the Public Accounting Firm of Arthur Andersen Australia, and went on to pursue a career in the mining business, held various managerial capacities with Eltin Limited and Western Metal Limited, both in Australia, then with Orosur Mining Incorporated in Canada.

He earned a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University, Australia in 1986, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia in 2003. He is a Chartered Accountant in Australia.

Hardi Wijaya Liong

Indonesian nationality, born in 1970, was appointed as the Director of the Company in December 2014. He began his career as an Auditor with the Public Accounting Firm of Arthur Andersen in Jakarta and moved to Citigroup Indonesia where he became Vice President of Citigroup Investment Banking Indonesia and Director of PT Citigroup Securities. He went on to become Commissioner of PT Provident Capital Indonesia and Commissioner of PT Provident Agro Tbk. He currently also serves as Vice President Director of PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure Tbk and President Director of PT Provident Capital Indonesia.

He earned a degree in Economics majoring in Accountancy from Universitas Trisakti, Jakarta in 1993.

Chrisanthus Supriyo

Indonesian citizen, born in 1954, was appointed as the Director of the Company in January 2022. Mr Supriyo has more than 39 years of professional experience in accountancy and other fields including the mining industry. He started as an accountant with Atlantic Richfield Indonesia Inc and moved on to serve in various finance and accounting capacities with PT Dual Perkasa Offshore, JOB Pertamina–Bow Valley Industries (OK) Ltd, PT Patra Drilling Contractor, PT Sejahtera Leisure Holiday, and PT Wahana Makmur Sejati.

He earned a degree in Economics from Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang in 1983.

Andrew Phillip Starkey

British and Australian dual citizenship, born in 1976, was appointed as the Director of the Company in January 2022. Mr. Starkey has more than 25 years of experience in infrastructure and natural resources in the financial, investment, and business development sectors, focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. He currently holds the position of Director and carries out the function as Executive Chairman of the Company, where he oversees business development, strategic initiatives, and corporate supervision of the Company’s major projects.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Starkey was Managing Director at Pierfront Capital (a Temasek-linked fund manager) from 2012 to 2016. He has also served as Executive Director and Principal at Presidio Capital. Previously for 12 years starting in 2001, he also held various senior executive positions in project finance, investment banking, and key investment roles at Macquarie Group and Goldman Sachs.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts. He earned his Master’s degree in Finance (Dean’s List) from INSEAD in 2011. He is also a Chartered Accountant and CFA charter holder.

Titien Supeno

Indonesian citizen, born in 1972, was appointed as the Director of the Company in May 2021. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resource management.

Since 2013, she serves as the Director of PT Mitra Pinasthika Mustika Tbk, Commissioner of PT Mitra Pinasthika Mulia and PT Mitra Pinasthika Mustika Auto. Currently, she also serves as the Director of PT Sulawesi Cahaya Mineral from 2022. During the period 2008 to 2013, she served as the Head of Human Capital of PT Anugerah Pharmindo Lestari (Zuellig Pharma Company). Previously, she was appointed in various managerial positions at PT HM Sampoerna Tbk (Philip Morris International) from 2001-2008.

She earned a Bachelor of Economics degree in Management from Trisakti University, Jakarta in 1994 and a Master’s degree in Management from Trisakti University, Jakarta in 1996. She also attended Executive Programs at INSEAD, Singapore and at Colorado State University, United States of America.

Jim Sweeney

Jim is an exploration and evaluation geologist with over 22 years of experience in gold, base metals and diamonds in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe, and most recently serving as the Exploration GM. He has managed multi-million-dollar exploration programs from grassroots through feasibility stages, overseen substantial annual increases in resource and reserve numbers and taken several projects from the exploration stage through to production. His previous employees include Locrian Resources Inc. in Laos and Myanmar, J Resources Group and Avocet Mining Plc. in Southeast Asia, and BHP Billiton subsidiary in Angola.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Geology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, a Master of Science in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science, London, and an MBA from the University of Warwick, England.

Peter Kevin Scanlon

A Civil Engineer with 28 years of construction experience, working the last 7 years with Merdeka Copper Gold and 21 years prior with Thiess.

During his tenures with both Merdeka and Thiess, Peter worked on multi-disciplined projects covering Heavy Civil, Mechanical, Process, Oil & Gas, Mining and Estimating, working internationally in Australia, England, India and 20 years within Indonesia.

He consistently manages and supports project teams, developing, guiding, and mentoring through all project phases to successful project completion, helping ensure works are delivered in accordance with requirements for safety, environment, quality, and schedule, in line with or bettering project budgets. He is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, understands the culture and way of business in Asia, and has a proven track record in a multitude of diverse remote projects and senior management roles.

Resource construction experience covers copper, gold, silver, nickel, coal, oil & gas.

He established Merdeka’s Tujuh Bukit Gold Mine from grassroots construction through all expansions till the current day.

He then established Merdeka Mining Servis (MMS), Merdeka’s construction business, with ongoing projects and expansions currently underway at Tujuh Bukit Gold, Wetar Copper, Sihayo Gold, Merdeka-Tsingshan Acid Iron Metal Project, Konawe Nickel Project and Pani Gold.

Luke Daniel Morris

Luke has over 20 years of international mining experience, in Australia, Tanzania and Laos, most recently serving as the General Manager of PT Bumi Suksesindo (BSI) in Banyuwangi, East Java. Previously, Luke was with Phu Bia Mining Ltd in Laos for more than 11 years in various roles, from Geotechnical and Geology to Technical Services to Mining Operations Management. Luke also held previous positions in Geotechnical at AngloGold Ashanti in Tanzania, BHP Billiton and WMC Resources in Australia.

Luke holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Geological and a Graduate Certificate in International Business from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Boyke Poerbaya Abidin

Indonesian citizen, born in 1964. He started his career in 1985 as a management consultant in finance and accounting systems before moving to the mining sector in 1990 and has experience in the fields of Government Affairs, Community Affairs, Asset Protection, and Corporate Communications until now. In addition to serving as Chief External Affairs at PT Merdeka Copper Gold Tbk, he also served in several subsidiaries of Merdeka. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Administration from the International University, London, in 1985.

Eric Rahardja

Indonesian citizen, 39 years old, professional in mining finance with experience including professional auditing as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of large mining companies, particularly in accounting, finance, business development, risk management, and infrastructure projects. He started his career as an auditor at Paul Hadiwinata, Hidajat, Arsono & Rekan (a member of the PKF International firm), then at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and then at PT Kaltim Prima Coal in Sangatta, East Kalimantan. Before joining Merdeka, he worked at Baramulti Group since 2011 as Group Finance Controller responsible for IPO and M&A projects and after that as CFO at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk (2012–2019) and PT Mitrabara Adiperdana Tbk (2020–2021). He is also responsible for the Baramulti Coal infrastructure project as President Director of PT Wahana Bara Sentosa (2019–2021). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The Australian National University, Canberra.

Tim Mortimer

Mortimer has over 34 years of international mining experience with extensive exposure to both corporate and consultancy roles. Prior to joining the Company, Mortimer was the Underground Manager, Principal Mining Engineering Consultant at AMC Consultants, Australia, and just prior to that he was the Principal Consultant – Productivity Improvement; Newcrest / MEC at the Lihir gold mine in Papua New Guinea. For about seven years prior, Mortimer was the Managing Director at Mortimer Mining, consulting on the full range of mining engineering and technical areas, providing sound higher-level strategic advice for high value investment decisions, mine development, planning and feasibility studies plus operational management and productivity improvement. His extensive underground and open cut experience includes the development of several large mines, goes back to the late eighties in various project management and mining engineering roles across a number of companies, most notably at Thiess, CS Energy, Downer, BHP Coal and Glencore.

 

Mortimer holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology and Master’s Degree in Mineral & Energy Economics from Macquarie University, both in Australia.

Jason Greive

Jason is a qualified metallurgist with over 29 years of international mining experience in leading large-scale mining operations over a diverse range of operational and corporate roles and a strong track record in driving value through operational improvement.

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