Board and management

Highly qualified Board and management team committed to promoting best standards of corporate governance and delivering Danakali’s strategy in line with shareholders’ and Eritrea’s long-term interests. Extensive sector and regional expertise generate confidence that the Colluli Project is executes in the most responsible and sustainable manner.


Technical Background: Corporate lawyer LLB, LLM

Relevant Experience: Cross-border resources and finance commercial negotiations and documentation.

Mr Cornelius is a corporate lawyer and former partner of one of Australia’s leading international law firms. He has a high degree of expertise in cross-border transactions, particularly in the resources and finance sectors.

Mr Cornelius has been based in China since 1993 and brings more than 20 years of corporate experience in legal and commercial negotiations. He has also advised global companies including major resource companies and banks on their investments in China and advised Chinese State-owned entities on their investments in overseas resource projects. Mr Cornelius is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Buxton Resources Ltd (appointed 29 November 2010), Element 25 Ltd (appointed 30 June 2011), and Duketon Mining Ltd (appointed 8 February 2013).

Special Responsibilities: Mr Cornelius is a member of both the Audit committee and the Technical and Risk committee.

Technical Background: Master’s in Business and Technology and a degree in Mining Engineering 

Relevant Experience: Strategy, Operations Management, Process Engineering, Projects and Engineering, Maintenance Management, and Business Process Improvement.

Over 30 years’ experience in senior management at BHP, Danakali and Pacific National. Mr Donaldson held a series of senior management roles spanning over 20 years with BHP Billiton where he managed large scale open-cut mining operations, headed the BHP Carbon Steel Materials Technical Marketing Team, managed the Port Hedland iron ore facility, as well as key roles in product and infrastructure planning across large scale supply chains.

He also has extensive experience in high level business improvement and logistics from base metal operations and a high degree of integrated supply chain management, technical operational management and frontline leadership experience in the steel industry.

Technical Background: Master’s Degree in International Consultancy and Accounting

Relevant Experience: Ms Zhang Jing joined the board in June 2016, and has held investment and project management roles in public listed companies in China. She brings more than 15 years of international trading and business development experience to the board.

Ms Zhang joined the board in June 2016, and has previously held investment and project managerial roles in public listed companies in China. She has more than 15 years of international trading and business development experience in China.

Ms Zhang holds a Master’s degree in International Consultancy and Accounting form the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Technical Background: Senior Director for Investment Operations & Execution, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)

Relevant Experience: Extensive in infrastructure investments and financial sector development

Mr Adeniji is Senior Director, Investments Group at the AFC where he oversees investments in oil & gas, mining and transport infrastructure.

Mr Adeniji has led the efforts at providing financial advisory and structuring services for AFC’s investments in infrastructure projects, including supervising the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s US$2 billion Power Intervention Fund in Nigeria. Recent transactions included the award-winning US$900 million Kpone IPP Project in Ghana, as well as the innovatively-structured US$360million Hakan Peat-fired IPP project in Rwanda.

His academic background is in economics and finance. He is an Honorary Senior Member (HCIB) of The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

Company Secretary

Technical Background: Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), Bachelor of Commerce, AGIA/ACIS, GAICD

Relevant Experience: Over 17 years’ experience in the provision of accounting, finance and company secretarial services to public listed and private resource companies in Australia and the UK.

Technical Background: Chartered Accountant (ICAA), Bachelor of Commerce

Relevant Experience: Over 14 years’ experience in external audit and the provision of accounting, finance and company secretarial services to listed resource companies.

Executive Team

Technical Background: PhD in Physical Chemistry, over 30 years of experience in the potash industry.

Relevant Experience: Responsible for the safe and environmentally responsible production of potash as the Vice President of Operations for Arab Potash Company and as General Manager of Nutrien’s Allan Division. Director of Process and Product Innovation for Nutrien, which included responsibility for new product development, process development for all Nutrien potash expansions, as well as innovation and advanced process control.

Technical Background: Mechanical Engineering and Project Management

Relevant Experience: Over 35 years’ experience managing the delivery of EPC, lump sum and EPCM projects across a diverse range of commodities, mineral processing units and jurisdictions including East Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, China, Europe, UK and Australia.

Technical Background: Chartered Accountant, PGDip (Fin), B.COM (Hons), BAccS

Relevant Experience: Mr MacPherson is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the resources industry.

He began his career in the Assurance & Advisory division of KPMG, before moving into commerce where he later joined Anglo America to establish the joint venture company Anglo American Inyosi Coal. He has significant experience in working in joint venture companies in Africa and instituting the financial and commercial functions for these businesses.

Mr MacPherson has strong governance competencies and is a graduate of the Institution of Chartered Secretaries. He was a Board member and Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee for the Phola Coal Processing Plant, a joint venture with BHP.