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Abduljabar Ahmadov

Vice president – Government affairs, Azerbaijan International Mining Company Limited

Abduljabar Ahmadov, Vice-President Government Affairs, has wide range of experience in the oil industries starting in 1988.  He has served at various positions in the SOCAR, from Chief of Reserves Department to Advisor to the President and Advisor to BP President on ACG Project. In these senior positions, Abduljabar has taken an active role in preparation and signing of 27 PSAs and was one of the responsible executors of various projects such as Chirag platform, construction of Baku-Supsa, Baku-Novorossiysk, BTC, SCP (Baku-Erzerum) pipe lines, ACG project, etc. Abduljabar has a Ph.D. in geology.

Mehrdad Etemad

Senior Vice President, Azerbaijan International Mining Company Limited

Mehrdad Etemad, Senior Vice President of Azerbaijan International Mining Company since 2008, holds an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from California State University and a B.Sc. in Mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Mehrdad has 14 years of experience in consultancy work for the private sector as well as for the World Bank Group which included development and implementation of supply chain systems, implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and SME development. Prior to consulting work, Mehrdad had 25 years of experience in setup, start up and operations of medium and large enterprises in the USA, the Balkans, Middle East and China.

Farhang Hedjazi

Vice President Technical Services, Azerbaijan International Mining Company Limited

Farhang Hedjazi oversees all mining and exploration activities. He joined AIMC in July 2008 as project manager, overseeing the design and construction of the Gedabek mine, comprising the heap leaching and SART facilities. He served as technical advisor to the President from 2009 to 2011 when he was appointed as Vice President Technical Services. He has worked for the National Iranian lead and zinc company as chief process engineer from 1986 to 1989. He then founded Kahanroba engineering company. He has designed and constructed several zinc smelters, gold CIL plants, gold heap leach facilities and has managed underground mining facilities. He has an M.Sc. degree in non-ferrous extractive metallurgy, and has worked in this field since 1985.

William Morgan

Chief Financial Officer, Anglo Asian Mining PLC

Bill Morgan is a UK chartered accountant with over 30 years accountancy and financial management experience. He has worked in the UK, the Far East, Kazakhstan and Russia. Previously, he was regional financial officer for the Kinross Russia region based in Magadan, Russia. Between 2006 and 2012 was CFO of Hambledon Mining PLC, an AIM listed gold mining company, and was based in Kazakhstan. He has been instrumental in several successful start-ups and restructuring of companies in the telecoms and mining industries. Bill speaks Russian.

Timothy Bretten van Zeller

Operations Manager, Azerbaijan International Mining Company Limited

Tim van Zeller is operations manager of Anglo Asian's Gedabek operation and has 40 years experience in metallurgical processing in the mining industry. He has experience in the extractive metallurgy of gold, silver nickel and manganese having worked extensively in Africa and Central Asia. He specializes in gold processing plants as well as heap leaching.
Tim's studies at the Universities of Rhodesia and South Africa included Analytical Chemistry, Management Development and Extractive Metallurgy.

Stephen Westhead

Director of Geology, Azerbaijan International Mining Company (AIMC)

Dr Stephen Westhead is a geologist with over 28 years of experience and joined AIMC in April 2016. Stephen has worked in India, CIS, Eastern Europe and Russia. Previously, he was Technical Advisor to the Managing Director of Polyus Gold’s main business unit. Stephen has project management expertise from exploration to construction and mine production. He earned a PhD in structural controls on mineralisation, an MSc in Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology and a BSc in Applied Geology. He is a Chartered Geologist, Fellow of The Geological Society, a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and Member of the Institute of Directors.

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