Board & Management

Mr Ashish Kumar

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Mr. Kumar, a veteran of Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) operations has risen through various roles within JSPL. He commenced his productive career within JSPL as an operations engineer and fast tracked to core management through head roles for JSPL international and domestic projects, as well as being a technical assistant to the Chairman, Mr. Naveen Jindal for a period of eight years.

Mr. Kumar has played a pivotal role in acquiring JSPL’s first coal mine in Africa, making JSPL the first Indian conglomerate to have an operational mine on the African continent. Since leading the JSPL Africa projects Mr. Kumar has laid a solid foundation from which Jindal Africa has launched its wide-ranging operations in order to realise its continental ambitions.

Mr. Kumar, an Industrial Engineer from Thapar Institute, Patiala (India) compliments JSPL’s management portfolio with over 24 years of pivotal experience. He strongly believes in meticulous planning and subsequent execution, leaving nothing to chance. His understanding of the business has been instrumental in evolving growth strategies and significantly contributed to implementation of JSPL’s expansion and diversification projects in steel, power and mining sectors.

Dr Andrew Edwin Firek, M.Sc, Ph D, FAusIMM, FAIE

Non-Executive Director and Member of Audit Committee & Remuneration Committee

Dr Firek has been involved in mining and mineral processing for over 26 years. His experience includes managing of process development, construction, commissioning and operations of coal, base and precious metals plants in Europe, Africa and Australia. He worked in Europe and Africa as a United Nations expert in fossil fuels exploration, mineral processing and energy generation. Dr Firek is also familiar with downstream processing of oil and gas that helps in evaluating feasibility of fuel resources.

Dr Firek was a Group Leader at the CSIRO, Division of Fossil Fuels in Sydney and was engaged in developing technologies to produce liquid fuels from coal. He was Project Director at Memtec Ltd, following which he joined Pancontinental Mining Ltd where he was Research and Development Manager involved in substantial mineral resources projects including base and precious metals, uranium and the development and commissioning of a $220 million magnesia production facility near Rockhampton in Queensland. He worked on site during construction and commissioning for 12 months.

Dr Firek was a director of mineral residue processing group Hydromet Technologies Ltd. He was a founding director in three ASX listed companies and managed coal, iron ore, base and precious metals exploration, feasibility studies and financial negotiations for projects in Australia, South America, China (Inner Mongolia) and Indonesia.

Dr Firek was also the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Coalworks Limited until June 2012 and currently is a Technical Director at Orpheus Energy Limited.

Mr Maurice Anghie, B. Bus, FCA, FCPA, MAICD

Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Audit Committee & Member of Remuneration Committee

Mr Anghie is an experienced and financially qualified professional possessing a range of commercial and financial skills. Having worked extensively in the listed corporate environment, he possesses legal, regulatory and governance expertise.

He has been an Audit and Corporate Finance Partner in many chartered accounting firms over many years. He is currently an Independent Corporate Consultant and a non-executive director of Aditya Birla Minerals Limited.

Mr Azad Bhura

Non-Executive Director

B.Com & ACA

Mr. Bhura holds bachelor degree in commerce and a Chartered Accountant by profession, with 12 years of experience in the field of finance, accounts and merger & acquisitions. He is associated with Jindal Group since 2004 and has worked in various capacities in finance function.

Mr Sanjay Sharma, B.Com (Hons), MBA

Chief Commercial Officer and Company Secretary

Mr Sharma is a Management Graduate from the University of Canberra with over 15 years of experience in business management. He has held various senior positions in two other companies before joining Wollongong Coal Limited as a Company Secretary in 2004. He is also Company Secretary in other group of companies in Australia. He is currently looking after Secretarial and Legal compliance of the group in particular Wollongong Coal Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Mr Sharma has been associated with Wollongong Coal Limited since its inception and was fully involved in the Company’s successful initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the ASX. He is also actively involved in investors and other stakeholders’ relations.