Anglo Asian benefits from a strong board with the technical and corporate expertise to drive the Company forward.
Mr Khosrow Zamani
Non-Executive Chairman*, age 76
Khosrow Zamani was director of the southern Europe and central Asia department of the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank, from March 2000 to July 2005. He was responsible for the IFC investment programme and strategy in 15 countries across the region. Whilst a director at IFC, Khosrow was instrumental in building the IFC investment portfolio in the region with several new initiatives, particularly in central Asia and Caucasia. He oversaw the IFC portfolio of more than $2 billion, diversified across the financial, oil and gas, mining and manufacturing sectors. Khosrow has over 30 years of experience in investment and project finance and banking in emerging markets. He holds an MSc in Engineering from the United States of America and a master of business operations and management from the United Kingdom. He was formerly a non-executive board member and chairman of the corporate governance committee of Sekerbank A.S., a publicly listed commercial bank in Turkey, and a non-executive board member and a member of the compensation committee of Komercijalna Bank, Serbia.
* Independent non-executive director.
Mr Reza Vaziri
President and Chief Executive, age 66
Reza Vaziri has been actively involved in business in the Republic of Azerbaijan since just after its independence. Since R.V. Investment Group Services LLC, now Anglo Asian’s subsidiary, signed a Production Sharing Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Reza has been focused on developing Anglo Asian Mining PLC into a significant gold producer in the Caucasia and central Asia region. Prior to his business career, Reza held a number of high-ranking positions in the pre-revolutionary Iranian government. He was the head of the Foreign Relations Office at the Ministry of the Imperial Court of Iran. At the time of the revolution, he was chief of the office of political and international affairs. Reza holds a law degree from the national university of Iran. As founder and co-chairman for life of the board of directors of the US–Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce with James A Baker IV, Reza dedicates much of his time furthering business relations between the two countries. Reza serves alongside such directors as James Baker III, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Governor John Sununu and Henry Kissinger. Reza resides in Baku, London and Washington, DC.
Mr Richard Round
Non-Executive Director*, age 61
Richard Round has held senior finance and leadership roles in a range of quoted and private companies. Richard now maintains a portfolio of non-executive director and board advisory positions in the energy, mining and technology development sectors. Most recently, Richard led the strategy and ultimate sale of hydro developer Green Highland Renewables prior to which he successfully secured around £70 million of funding for the development of the Oyster wave power technology for Aquamarine Power. Prior to joining Aquamarine Power, Richard was acting chief executive at the quoted group, Novera Energy plc where he led the sale of the landfill gas, wind and hydro group. Richard has also held a number of finance director roles in the renewable, oil and gas service, coal and mining sectors with companies including Mining Scotland, Consolidated Supply Management and Cambrian Mining plc. Richard was also finance director of Anglo Asian Mining PLC where he stepped down in July 2008 and was appointed a non‑executive director.
* Independent non-executive director.
Governor John H Sununu
Non-Executive Director, age 79
Governor John Sununu received a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught engineering at Tufts University for 16 years. He served three terms as the Governor of New Hampshire before President George H W Bush appointed him chief of staff in 1989, a position that he held until March 1992. After his tenure as chief of staff, he co-hosted CNN’s Crossfire, ran an engineering firm and then, in 2004, served as the visiting Roy M and Barbara Goodman family professor of practice in public service at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. John is a former partner in Trinity International Partners, a private financial firm, and currently serves as president of JHS Associates Ltd.
Professor John Monhemius
Non-Executive Director*, age 76
Emeritus professor John Monhemius held the Roy Wright Chair in mineral and environmental engineering at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London until 2004, when he retired from full-time academic work. From 2000 to 2004, he was dean of the Royal School of Mines. He has more than 40 years of experience of academic and industrial research and development in hydrometallurgy and environmental control in mining and metallurgical processes, particularly in the management of toxic wastes and effluents, and he has acted as a consultant to many large mining and chemical companies. John has published over 130 papers of scientific literature and he has supervised more than 30 PhD students. From 1986 to 1996, he was a co-founder and director of Consort Research Ltd, a consultancy specialising in gold and base metal ore processing, and he is a former director of Obtala Resources plc.