Marna Cloete

Marna Cloete

President and Chief Financial Officer

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Marna Cloete

President and Chief Financial Officer

Marna Cloete is a registered Chartered Accountant and holds a Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Pretoria.  In 2006, Marna joined Ivanhoe Mines, and in 2009 she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and to President in 2020. 

Marna played an instrumental role as part of the Ivanhoe leadership team achieving a number of strategic milestones, as well as listing the Company on the TSX and concluding multiple strategic partnerships and financings with inter alia a Japanese consortium led by Itochu, Zijin Mining and CITIC Metal.  She also serves on the Board of Centamin plc as an independent non-executive director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.  Prior to joining Ivanhoe, Marna forged her career at PwC in 2002, in the Metals and Mining division, subsequently moving on to Group Five Construction.

Dr. Patricia Makhesha

Dr. Patricia Makhesha

Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Special Projects

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Dr. Patricia Makhesha

Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Special Projects

Dr. Patricia Makhesha joined Ivanhoe’s 64%-owned South African subsidiary, Ivanplats (Pty) Ltd., in September 2014. As Managing Director of Ivanhoe’s Platreef Project, she oversees the development of relationships with diverse communities in the vicinity of the planned Flatreef Mine in South Africa, and manages project relations with a broad group of stakeholders.

She has served on the boards of GlaxoSmithKline, Rand Water Board, Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority, Construction Industry Development Board, South African Broadcasting Corporation and Co-operative Bank Development Agency. She was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MMMS Consulting. Other positions during her 25-year career have included Senior Executive, Transformation and Human Capital Management at South African Forestry Company; Group Corporate Manager with Global Forest Products; Manager of Marketing and Communication at South African banker ABSA Group; and news and current affairs journalist with the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Dr. Makhesha holds a Doctorate and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from MU Business School and has completed executive development programs at the University of Cape Town, Harvard University and WITS business schools.

Peter (Chao) Zhou

Peter (Chao) Zhou

Executive Vice President, China

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Peter (Chao) Zhou

Executive Vice President, China

Peter Zhou is Executive Vice President, Chief Representative China of Ivanhoe Mines. Mr. Zhou joined Ivanhoe Mines after a career at BMO Capital Markets where he participated and executed more than 10 Chinese cross-border M&A and financing projects, with a total transaction size of ~30 billion US dollars. He has extensive experience in capital markets, insightful knowledge of regulatory procedures and a broad network of business relationships in China.

Since joining Ivanhoe Mines, Mr. Zhou has established Ivanhoe’s China entity and been actively bridging Chinese elements in supporting the development of Ivanhoe’s mining projects in Africa. He played a key role in multiple strategic investments from Zijin Mining and CITIC Metal, generated a total proceeds of over 1.5 billion US dollars for Ivanhoe Mines since 2015. Mr. Zhou graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor degree in Finance and Mathematics.

Pierre Joubert

Pierre Joubert

Executive Vice President, Technical Services

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Pierre Joubert

Executive Vice President, Technical Services

Pierre Joubert has 37 years of experience in building and managing mines in Coal, Gold, Platinum and Base Metals in Southern Africa. He has extensive experience in mechanised mining, shaft sinking, mining production and bringing new mines into production. During his career, he assumed progressively senior responsibilities in the operations of the then Anglo American Gold Division, Grinaker LTA Mining Contracting (Part of Aveng) where he was the Managing Director, Anglo American Platinum (AAP) and African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) where he was appointment in 2010 as the Operations Executive for its Copper Division. He also served as Divisional Mining Engineer, Head of Asset Optimisation and Head of Capital Development Services at AAP overseeing and implementing production, safety and efficiency enhancements at Anglo American Platinum.

Mr. Joubert joined Ivanhoe Mines in July 2017, assuming responsibilities as General Manager for the dewatering and rehabilitation of the Kipushi Zinc Mine in the DRC.

Mr. Joubert completed Management Development Programs from the University of South Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a Mining Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria and a Mine Managers Certificate of Competence for South African Metalliferous Mines.

Louis Watum

Louis Watum

General Manager, Kipushi Corporation SA; President of the Board of Directors of Kipushi Corporation SA

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Louis Watum

General Manager, Kipushi Corporation SA; President of the Board of Directors of Kipushi Corporation SA

Louis Watum joined Ivanhoe Mines in December 2014 as Managing Director of the company’s operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mr. Watum now leads responsibilities for Ivanhoe Mines’ mine development activities underway at the Kipushi zinc-copper-silver mine in the DRC.

Prior to joining Ivanhoe Mines, Mr. Watum spent eight years assuming progressively senior responsibilities in the DRC’s mining sector. Between 2010 and 2014, he successfully led the development and commissioning of Randgold’s Kibali Project, which followed his work on the launch of Moto Gold Mines’ Moto Project from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Watum previously was the Operations Manager at the Yatela Gold Mine in Mali from 2001 to 2005.

Mr. Watum holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Lubumbashi in the DRC.

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