Collectively the board has more than 100 years of mining/mineral exploration experience. The board has combined experience in private business and enterprise development of more than 30 years .

Francis Harper
Non-Executive Director

Mr Harper is chairman of Tietto. He has been a director of Blackwood Capital since 2002 and prior to that spent 15 years with NM Rothschild in the US, UK and Australia in M&A and resources finance. Blackwood Capital has raised over $1 billion for small caps since inception. Mr Harper (through Blackwood Capital) financed West African Resources (ASX: WAF) and was chairman from 2009 to 2015.

Caigen Wang
Managing Director

Founder of Tietto Minerals. Bachelor, Master and PhD in Mining Engineering. Fellow of AusIMM and Chartered Professional Engineer of Institution of Engineer, Australia. Over 25 years practical experience in mining engineering and mineral exploration in Australia, China, Africa and Canada. Dr. Wang’s recent professional experience includes Managing Director for an ASX listed junior mineral resources company, senior technical and management roles in mining houses (St Barbara, Sons of Gwalia, BHP Billiton and China Goldmines PLC etc.) He has been working on a variety of mineral commodities including coal, gold, nickel, iron, copper, lead & zinc, molybdenum and oil sands etc.

Mark Strizek
Non-Executive Director

Mr Strizek is the chief executive officer of Vital Metals Limited, an ASX listed gold explorer in Burkina Faso. Over the last 20 years, Mr Strizek has been involved in gold exploration, resource development and operations of open pit and underground projects ranging from the Kalgoorlie super pit to high grade projects such as Frogs Leg in the Eastern Goldfields, Western Australia. Prior to joining Vital Metals Limited, Mr Strizek was involved in project development of mineral, coal and petroleum resources in both Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Hanjing Xu
Non-Executive Director

Mr Xu has enjoyed a successful career in the natural resources industry over the last 25 years. Mr Xu led China and CNNC in its launch into the international resource industry with a number of first breakthroughs in Chinese mining industry, including first trade investment in alumina of Alcoa, first international project finance for mining in China and first international company mining in China. He was a keynote speaker at the opening session of PDAC 2010 in Canada. He is now actively involved in research on Chinese mining reform and regarded as a leading authority in this area.


Matthew is a professional company secretary and active member of the WA State Governance Council of the Governance Institute Australia (GIA). He spent four years at the ASX facilitating the listing and compliance of companies and possess core competencies in publicly listed company secretarial, operational and governance disciplines. His working knowledge of ASIC and ASX reporting and document drafting skills ensure a solid base to make a valued contribution to Boards.

Paul Kitto
Non-Executive Director

Paul has more than thirty years experience within the mining industry serving on a number of Board of Directors and holding senior management positions in various countries around the world predominantly in Australasia and Africa. Paul has been Exploration Manager, West Africa for Newcrest Mining Ltd since 2015, and prior to that was CEO of Ampella Mining Ltd from 2008 until 2014 when Ampella was acquired by Centamin PLC. Paul led Ampella in discovering and growing the 3.25 million oz Konkera resource at the Batie West Project in Burkina Faso.