Directors and Senior Management
Kanat Assaubayev is one of Kazakhstan’s leading entrepreneurs with a wealth of experience in natural resources. The first Kazakh to get a doctorate in metallurgy, Mr. Assaubayev’s early career was in academia where he rose to Chairman of the Metallurgy and Mining Department of Kazakh National Polytechnic University. He began in his business career in the 1990s and has led a number of natural resources enterprises to national and international success.
Non -executive Director
Mr. Qureshi is a U.S. qualified lawyer who was previously a partner with international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he was based first in the New York office and later in the London office where he helped establish the firm’s emerging markets presence. More recently, he was the Vice Chairman of Renaissance Group where he had a senior investment banking role and is currently Executive Vice Chairman of Luminaire Films, a director of Hanson Asset Management Limited and a partner of Naya Capital Management LLP. Mr. Qureshi was educated at Harvard Law School and Harvard College and holds a Juris Doctor.
Ken Crichton is a mining engineer with over 27 years’ experience in the mining industry. Since graduating in 1985, more than half of Ken’s career has involved working in developing countries and a considerable part in active mine production roles. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ASCOM Precious Metals Mining, S.A.E. (“APM”), an Egyptian-based minerals company with exploration activities in East Africa, where he is focused on advancing its gold discovery in Ethiopia. Previously, Mr Crichton worked for 15 years with BHP Billiton in both Australia and Indonesia, including as the President Director of PT Billiton Indonesia, a BHP Billiton subsidiary. Mr Crichton also spent over 4 years working with the Leighton Holdings Group of Companies, a leading construction and mining contractor in Papua New Guinea and Australia. Ken is also a non-executive director of Kemin Resources plc.
Alain Balian serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Cedar Peak Holdings. Mr. Balian was a Deputy Governor Banque du Liban, the Central Bank of Lebanon, and a member of its governing board from 2003 – 2008. While at Banque du Liban, besides monetary policy and regulation of the financial sector in Lebanon, his responsibilities included the bank’s financial reporting and the national financial system clearing operations. His earlier experience includes working at Kleinwort Wasserstein, ABN AMRO Corporate Finance, and Lebanon Invest in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and private equity.
Bill Trew has over 32 years’ experience in the engineering and mining industry and is a registered professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He has served as a director of a number of mining companies, both public and private, and he brings a wealth of experience to the Board. He holds a B.Eng. (Mech.) Hon. from the University of Wales Institute Science and Technology, and an M.Eng. from Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg.
Chief Executive Officer
Aidar Assaubayev is an Executive Director of AltynGroup Kazakhstan LLP. He was formerly Executive Vice Chairman of KazakhGold Limited, the gold mining corporation and formerly Vice President and a Board member of JSC MMC Kazakhaltyn, the gold exploration and development group. Aidar has completed over $1billion in IPO and M&A transactions in recent years.
He was educated at the Kazakh National Technical University, Almaty and holds a degree in economics from the Institute of Systemic Analysis in Moscow
Chief Financial Officer
Rajinder qualified as a chartered accountant with BDO LLP in1990, leaving in 2002 to co-found a chartered accountancy practice. He has extensive experience advising companies within the natural resources sector, and has worked with a number of mining and exploration companies based in Kazakhstan. He has more recently been assisting and advising mining and oil companies preparing for IPO’s and other corporate transactions.