Chairman of the Board
Christopher, minerals financier & economist, ran business development for natural resources for the IFC (International Finance Corporation) out of London office from 2006-2010, IFC is private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and is a major private sector investor in mining in emerging markets. Earlier he led IFC mining transactions in Africa, Russia, Central Asia and and Latin America. Prior, he advised African governments in natural resource policy and, negotiations in Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique and Swaziland. From 2010—2017 he was on the board of and latterly Non Executive Chairman of Triple Plate Junction, now Tethyan Resources, which was listed on AIM in London.
Annamite Resources is based in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, with a corporate office in Singapore. With about twenty (20) permanent employees (90% Lao nationals), we have the right mix of a local and foreign team. We have a permanent modern office, located in Visaya Building, 249 Lao-Thai Road, Vatnak Village, Sisattanak District. We operate our exploration activities at Sokdee from our base camp in Ban Navay, Hinherb District. Our CFO is based in Singapore, as well having our CEO and Communication Officer visiting regularly our Singapore registered office.
Chief Executive Officer
Didier has an engineering degree from the School of Geology and Mines, Nancy, France. He has 40 years of experience in natural resources, energy and geoscience including senior management positions in project finance, exploration, mine development, operations and closure/rehabilitation. and setting up junior explorers. This included 15 years in the World Bank Group/IFC mining group working in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Russia, three years with Areva Mines, managing new projects in Canada, Niger and Namibia as well as historical mine sites in the US and France. Over the last 7 years, he held various top positions in Lydian International and was Founder and then Executive Director of Tethyan Resources. Didier created SustainRisk, a niche Natural Resources & Sustainability Advisory 5 years ago and has worked for over a year in Laos assisting an investor to undertake an exploration programme and various due diligence assignments in South America, Europe and Africa. He has about 6 years of working experience in Laos.
Chief Financial Officer
With a CPA from Australia and working as a Chartered Accountant in Malaysia since 1998, Alex has over 28 years of professional experience gained from audit, banking, financial controlling and managing the Finance Shared Services Centers across various industries. Before joining Annamite, Alex was the CFO of Voestalpine Specialty Metals Pte Ltd in Singapore, a subsidiary of Voestalpine Group (a leading global steel and technology Group from Austria). From 2015 to 2022, he covered the Finance & Administration functions for Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, plus overseeing the Global Oil and Gas business units located in North America/North Sea/APME. Prior to that, he was the CFO of Tri-Star Industries Pte Ltd in Singapore for more than 3 years from 2012. Besides Singapore, Mr Pyng had set up and/or managed companies spanning Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and China. Alex is based in Singapore at our corporate office.
Paul is an Australian expat geologist with +30 years’ continuous experience in mineral exploration, project generation and management, in Australia, South America and Southeast Asia. His commodity experience includes PGMs, Au, base metals & industrial minerals. Paul is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (RPGeo) with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a Competent Person for precious & base metals in deposit types including porphyry/epithermal and sediment-hosted. He has worked in Laos since 2011, initially managing district exploration for MMG Limited at Sepon Mine then in 2017 establishing Savan Resources, a Lao-owned exploration consulting company.
CHANTHAVIPHONE (CHAN) MOUANMANY
Senior Manager, Finance & Investor Relations
Chan holds Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration, Finance & Banking and an MBA (Vientiane, with an Australian curriculum). She has 16 years of broad experience on a variety of assignments related to financial and human resources management in the education, utilities (Electricite du Laos) and travel industries. Chan has extensive knowledge in financial management, human capital strategy, human resources operations and cross-border personnel management and has worked in small and large companies as well as with Government agencies, supervising accounting and financial work in the private sector. She has a proven track record in implementing corporate policies and developing leadership. Chan’s role is to oversee the financial function of Annamite as well as take full charge of investor relations.
LEIAN MAE (LEI) DULTRA
Communication Officer &
Executive Assistant to the CEO
In 2014, after finishing University as a full-pledged scholar of the Philippine President, Lei began as an Executive Assistant to the CEO & Marketing Manager of HIT Equipment International, a Restaurant Machinery Company in Australia until 2020. In early 2021, Lei became the Executive Assistant to the President & Marketing Manager of the Australian Wellness Association.
Before joining Annamite, Lei was working in Dubai for more than a year with the help of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism & Commerce to promote software online publication for a Canadian company.
In parallel, she became involved in producing digital outputs, events management, marketing and branding and executive support for start-up companies. She gained valuable experience in emerging markets, mainly in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Lei is based in Vientiane with frequent visits to Singapore.
KHACHONESIN (BIC) SITHIPHONG
Bic holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Engineering and Computer Science (San Diego) and a Diploma of Business Management (Phoenix). Since returning to Laos in 2006, he has worked in managerial roles in tourism, project development and management (including contracts for Phu Bia Mining) and most recently in tourism as a business owner. Tic has excellent communication skills in Lao, Thai & English, with a proven record of exceeding corporate goals and maneuvering ahead of time constraints. Key role is leveraging his extensive local network of contractors and tenement holders to bring high quality projects to the discussion table. Bic’s role is to organize and manage all exploration activities on the ground, and develop relationships with local communities where we operate.
Nick graduated with a BSc in Geology from Flinders University of South Australia, 1982 and first class honours degree (Geology) from James Cook University of North Queensland, 1983. From 1984—2006 he provided geological mapping & prospect assessment services to wide range of clients in 11 countries. Specialised in mapping of geology, mineralisation & alteration of porphyry related mineralisation systems. Established Geomap Laos company in 2006 to generate and develop new exploration projects. Discovery credits in Laos include: Phu Kham Cu-Au ore body, Operating mine; LCT Au orebody, Feasibility; KSO Au orebody, Operating Mine; Sayabouly Pt prospect, Exploration and Nong Xeun polymetallic prospect, Exploration. Other discoveries in Argentina and Nevada, USA.
In addition to the management team, Annamite employs three Geologist Technicians (Geotechs) that are in charge of field surveys, surface geochemical sampling and drill core preparation for analysis. At the Navay field base, about 10-15 permanent staff are present to assist with accommodation, food, logistics, maintenance and support to the geology team.